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Vikings Can't Get Over the Chiefs' Hill, 21-6

Interconference: Little-used running back scores two touchdowns and Allen adds another in victory over Minnesota.

November 04, 1996|From Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS — After Marcus Allen got a share of two career records Sunday, Greg Hill got a whole lot of redemption.

Allen tied Walter Payton's career record with his 110th rushing touchdown and Hill, benched eight days ago, added two late touchdown runs as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Vikings, 21-6.

"I had no doubt he could do that," Chiefs Coach Marty Schottenheimer said of Hill. "But with Marcus Allen here--and Greg understands this--Greg is a complementary player."

Hill got a lot of compliments Sunday even though Allen made history with his record-tying touchdown run and his 566th career reception, tying Roger Craig for the most by a running back.

Hill had the first 100-yard game of the season for a Kansas City back.

It came one week after he watched in street clothes as Allen and the Chiefs (6-3) managed only 24 rushing yards in a humiliating 34-7 loss to the Denver Broncos.

"Seven days ago I was asked to make a sacrifice for my team, and I did," Hill said. "I've always said that I just wanted to help my team, and today I was asked to go out and carry the ball a little more than I usually do, and I did.

"The whole thing with me is just that I want to help the team. There's nothing else behind it. When my time comes, it comes."

It came Sunday against the Vikings (5-4), who avoided a shutout with 1:28 remaining when Brad Johnson threw a one-yard touchdown to Cris Carter. The Vikings lost for the fourth time in five games.

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