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Walker gets first NFL touchdown
Buford grad scores in Texans' win

Buford graduate Darius Walker ended his first NFL season by getting into the end zone for the first time. Jason Elam capped his 16th season by doing something he'd never done, either.

In fact, maybe no NFL player has ever accomplished what Elam managed for the Denver Broncos this season.

The Brookwood grad kicked his fourth game-ending field goal, beating Minnesota 22-19 in overtime Sunday as snow began to fall in Denver.

The Broncos were just 7-9 in a disappointing season and the veteran Elam ended four of the victories with winning kicks.

Elam began the season be beating Buffalo 15-14 with a last-second field goal, then beat Oakland in overtime 23-20 the next week. In Week 7, his 49-yarder ended a 31-28 victory over Pittsburgh.

The NFL checked Sunday and couldn't find another instance since at least 1990 when a kicker had supplied four walk-off kicks for his team in a single season.

Elam, 37, also kicked a 43-yard field goal in the third quarter against the Vikings and finished the season 25-for-29.

Elam, who surpassed John Elway the previous week for the most games in Broncos history, will become a free agent and his future is up in the air. He brought his entire family to the game for the first time. Julianna, 5, had never seen her father play.

"I usually don't let my kids come to the games, just for the atmosphere and everything. I worry about them," Elam told reporters. "I let all my kids come to this game and they got to see daddy kick a last-minute field goal."

While Elam's career is close to the end, Walker's is just beginning.

The former Buford standout had his best game yet Sunday, rushing 10 times for 86 yards and scoring a 4-yard touchdown as Houston beat Jacksonville 42-28 to finish 8-8. He broke off a 41-yard run during the game.

Walker, who went undrafted after leaving Notre Dame a year early, wasn't promoted from the Houston practice squad until late November, but became a real find for the Texans.

In four games, Walker gained 264 yards on 58 carries and also caught 13 passes for 81 yards while sharing time at running back with Ron Dayne.