Terrell Davis decoyed and destroyed the Packers defense, giving Green Bay a migraine of its own
by Austin Murphy
Posted: Wed January 28, 1998
Still, Shanahan sought to use his woozy Pro Bowl running back, but as a decoy. The plan: Fake a handoff to Davis into the middle of the line, then have John Elway galumph around right end for a play-action pass or a quarterback keeper. As Davis made his unsteady way onto the field, Shanahan told him, "Just go over the top."
Over the top is exactly where Davis has carried the Broncos. After running for 1,750 yards and 15 touchdowns in the regular season, his third in the NFL, Davis added 581 rushing yards and eight more touchdowns in the playoffs. While the native San Diegan gashed and slashed Green Bay for 157 yards and three touchdownswhich earned him the game's MVP awardthe play on which he took the field as a dizzy decoy will rank among the game's most memorable. "It showed his guts," said right guard Brian Habib. It also demonstrated the liberating effect Davis has had on Elway, whose fake handoff so gulled the Packers that the knock-kneed quarterback could have done the electric slide into the end zone.
Ninety minutes after the game, Elway cheerfully credited Davis for the deliverance of the franchise. "Since he's been here, my job has basically been to pick up third downs, to keep him on the field so I can hand him the ball," Elway said. "We got here on his back."
Not exactly. Poor Darius registered zero tackles. The closest he
came to stopping Davis was late in the fourth quarter, when he
was flagged for yanking the face mask of his friend.
Issue date: February 2, 1998
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