The guy who is on this planet to run, Marshall Faulk, had 26 rushing yards at the half Sunday and finished with 42. "I'd say Miami was feeling pretty good," said Harbaugh. "Up 24-3, they'd stopped Marshall, now they were going to make us beat them with the pass. You know—make Harbaugh beat you, and who's he?...It's a pretty good strategy."
Except that Harbaugh found wide receiver Floyd Turner on three-yard and 47-yard scoring passes and forced overtime with a 21-yarder to second-year wide receiver Aaron Bailey. In overtime Harbaugh turned in a terrific Marino impersonation, hooking up with three different receivers for five straight completions and 48 yards. A 27-yard field goal by kicker Cary Blanchard, who had been signed five days earlier, finished off Miami and brought down a chorus of boos upon the losers.
"An embarrassment," said Don Shula.
"A disgrace," said linebacker Bryan Cox.
Upon leaving the locker room, Harbaugh had a question: "What do you think Ditka will have to say about that?"