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Peter King
December 21, 1992
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December 21, 1992

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Chicago broke a six-game losing streak by crushing the Steelers. "This game I will remember for a lifetime, and for all the right reasons," said Singletary. "You fight and fight, and good things happen."

DISPATCHES

With so many stars at the skill positions, the 49er offensive line doesn't get the credit it deserves. In seven games against sack artists Chris Doleman of the Vikings, Kevin Greene of the Rams, Bruce Smith of the Bills, Clyde Simmons and Reggie White of the Eagles and Pat Swilling, Rickey Jackson and Wayne Martin of the Saints, San Francisco's linemen allowed a combined total of only 4� sacks to those players....

Minnesota is desperate for a quarterback. Rich Gannon completed only nine of 21 throws for 102 yards against San Francisco's 28th-ranked pass defense, and he was sacked three times for losses totaling 31 yards. "The defense was built; the offense will be built," said Viking coach Dennis Green after the game. "We just have to do the best we can with what we have."

GAME OF THE WEEK
Tampa Bay at San Francisco, Saturday. What symmetry: With a 35-7 loss to the Falcons on Sunday, the Bucs became the first team to endure 10 straight seasons with at least 10 defeats. Three weeks ago the 49ers became the first team to win 10 games 10 years in a row. More important, this game starts what could be a terrific home run trot for San Francisco, which could win the Super Bowl without having to leave California. The Niners finish the regular season with two home games. Should they win them both, they would have the home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Should they win those games, they would advance to the Super Bowl in Pasadena. That's five games in seven weeks, and were the Niners to win them all, they would give new meaning to the term Golden State.

THE END ZONE
Oiler receivers coach Chris Palmer was pressed into the role of offensive coordinator last week because Kevin Gilbride had surgery to remove a cancerous right kidney. The last time Palmer called plays in the pros was in 1985, when he was with the USFL's New Jersey Generals. Doug Flutie was the Generals' quarterback, Herschel Walker was their running back, and the despotic Donald Trump was their owner. "One lime Trump called me and said, 'I want you to make sure Doug throws for 400 yards and Herschel runs for 200,' " recalls Palmer, "I told him, 'Call them and tell them yourself.' "

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