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Kelly-Reed Combination Carries Bills : Interconference: Duo accounts for two scores and 191 yards in Buffalo's 29-20 victory over Green Bay.

November 21, 1994|From Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — They fight like children on the sidelines and bicker across the radio dial. On the field, though, Jim Kelly and Andre Reed are always together.

Kelly and Reed connected for two touchdowns and 191 yards on Sunday to defeat Green Bay, 29-20, and revive the Bills' playoff hopes. Buffalo (6-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and handed the Packers (6-5) their first loss in four games.

Kelly, who had a swollen hand and didn't practice until Friday, completed 32 of 44 passes for 365 yards--his best output in 2 1/2 years and the fourth-best of his career.

Reed had a team-record 15 catches and a career best in yardage one game after Kelly screamed at him on the sideline for missing an assignment.

"We need to argue a little more," Reed joked.

Together, the two have connected for 56 touchdowns and are tied for fourth best in NFL history and second best among active tandems. San Francisco's Steve Young and Jerry Rice, who had three against the Rams, now have 57.

"They're quite a combination," Buffalo Coach Marv Levy said of Kelly and Reed. "And I can't tell you how good they are for our team."

Added Kelly: "When he gives 100% each and every play, he's unstoppable. Hopefully we can do that each and every week."

Kelly upbraided Reed on the sideline Monday night during the Bills' 23-10 loss to the Steelers, when Reed admitted missing some audibles because of the crowd noise. Kelly was also upset that Reed failed to see a blitz that led to a sack, fumble and Pittsburgh touchdown.

On Reed's Tuesday night radio show, he said he wished Kelly had approached him in private so they could work it out, saying, "Don't act like a fool on national TV."

But the two said they had put the feud behind them.

And on Sunday, they showed they really have. Kelly connected with Reed on touchdown pass plays of 15 and 10 yards in the first half as the Bills moved out to a 24-0 lead.

"It was a very brief flareup in temper and it was forgotten," Levy said. "There are tempers in the game, the guy's getting battered around, he got upset and it's over."

Said Reed: "We didn't get (this far) by arguing. I think Jim has enough confidence in me . . . that when it's put-up or shut-up time, and it's time to get the ball downfield and make the first down, when it's third and five or third and six, he's looking to me.

"That's the confidence we have in each other. And I've got to come up and make the play. That's what I get paid to do. I relish that, because I feel I'm the guy they have to go to when it's like that. And that's what happened."

Packer Coach Mike Holmgren said, "Reed had one of the great games I've ever seen a receiver have. He's a very talented man and he had one of those days."

Brett Favre and Sterling Sharpe connected for two touchdowns and Edgar Bennett caught another as Green Bay made it 27-20, but the Packers failed in three attempts to get closer.

The Packers lost defensive end Reggie White in the third quarter with a sprained left elbow. Holmgren said he would be day-to-day.

For Buffalo, defensive end Bruce Smith, who had a bruised shoulder, did not play.

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