In the fourth quarter, Dickerson raced over right end for a 40-yard touchdown. Again, he shook off grasping hands at the line of scrimmage and then simply out-raced everybody to the goal line. Linemen Dennis Harrah, Tony Slaton and Jackie Slater and tight end David Hill provided key blocks, but it's possible nobody else in the NFL could have scored as easily as Dickerson did. "We call it 'Off to the Races," said Hill.
Late in the fourth quarter, Dickerson had 244 yards rushing and Dallas had raised the white flag. But coach John Robinson ran Dickerson two more times to get him the club record. Finally, the crowd gave the Rams and their gifted back a seemingly heartfelt cheer. Still, the stands were half empty long before the final gun sounded. In the people's defense, there was a hint of rain in the air, and you just know what moisture can do to the finish of a Porsche.
Nearly lost in the wake of Dickerson's performance was the rock-solid job turned in by the Rams' defense. Playing the toughest zone pass coverage in the league, the Rams harassed quarterback Danny White (24 of 43 for 217 yards and no touchdowns) into throwing three interceptions, one of which was returned for 55 yards by cornerback LeRoy Irvin. The Cowboys were held scoreless for the first time in their 36-game playoff history.
In the Rams' locker room the offensive line celebrated. In the two previous seasons, Dickerson had given his blockers watches and rings. But after this low-production year, the linemen were anticipating nothing more than T shirts.
David Hill looked at Dickerson as he came out of the shower and smiled. "Daddy," Hill said, "we passed T shirts and moved up to sweaters today."
"Caps, maybe," said Dickerson.
Mink coats might be nice for Chicago.