The main culprit for the Rams was Miller, who threw no interceptions in the season's first four games but served up four in the first 34 minutes on Sunday. Even the continued brilliance of second-year receiver Isaac Bruce, who did his best Rice imitation with nine catches for 173 yards, couldn't keep Miller (eight for 22, 141 yards) from melting. Miller felt compelled to apologize to his teammates after the game. "I played like——," he said.
Grbac (119 yards, no sacks, no interceptions) completed his most hectic NFL week by turning in a mistake-free gem. "There's a moral to this," Young said. "For two years, he could've loafed, but he just worked and worked, and no one prodded him. He earned this moment."
Young then headed for the team bus, leaving his teammates to speak of 49er pride. Grbac said all the boring things, crediting his linemen and the defense and the coaches. His words were mild, but his smile betrayed him. Rocket Man was in a high orbit.