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Dallas executed its No. 1 offense to perfection. Still, the 49ers wanted to keep it close, so the Cowboys leaned as well on its Doomsday defense to stay on top.
By now, the Rams had reinserted Pat Haden at quarterback. This night, he was the right QB for the job, demolishing the weakened Vikings.
An era ended when newly-traded Broadway Joe Namath started his final game at quarterback for the Rams. After passing poorly, it was undeniable that Namath's career was over. L.A. coach Chuck Knox inserted second-year QB Pat Haden, who nearly pulled off a giant comeback. Though Chicago won, the Rams knew Pat Haden would get them back on track.moreless
The playoff-tested Patriots and the eager Browns traded field goals at the end of this contest, won by Cleveland in overtime.