The sequence began with a long sideline pass that Marino completed with his customary good timing and accuracy.
Jimmy Johnson called for a run. He had proved that his team could pass, but now he wanted to prove that it could run. During NFL games, that's the way conservative coaches reason.
After the run failed, Johnson, on fourth down, got to see another punt.
McNown, Jauron are Chicago's Future
After the Chicago Bears' top three quarterbacks went down with injuries this season in their first 13 games, they began the rotation all over again Sunday, starting rookie Cade McNown against the formidable Detroit Lions.
Said Chicago's rookie coach, Dick Jauron, "You know your first quarterback hardly ever stays healthy for the whole year, but to go through all three of them, that's been a surprise.''
What happened next was another surprise to the I-Hate-McNown club, whose president threw for all four touchdowns to upset Detroit, 28-10.
As some of us have been saying, McNown is the best quarterback drafted this year--so this time, Jauron wasn't surprised.
He had prepared McNown intelligently all season, giving his young passer at least one series of plays in every game.
They'll be heard from next year, Jauron and McNown.
Ram Defense Raises Storm Signals
In one sense, the 12-2 St. Louis Rams were impressive Sunday, overcoming the New York Giants by a rout-type score, 31-10.
The Giants defense is one of pro football's most distinguished.
But football fans watching closely noted that the Rams scored two of their four touchdowns on interception runbacks.
And to subtract those 14 points is to conclude that their offense only prevailed by a touchdown, 17-10.
Does this mean that the Rams, who have scored more defensive touchdowns this year than the other contenders, are defensively wonderful?