Meredith blamed himself for the failure of the Dallas offense, which gained 326 yards to 175 for St. Louis but could not win the game. "We weren't sharp," he said. "The Cardinals were doing exactly what we knew they'd do, but we weren't doing what we thought we'd do. Our timing and execution were off. We didn't adjust as we should have. We should have scored 28-30 points, but I called a bad game."
The Cardinals felt like losers, too. They sat quietly in their fancy digs, mulling the tie. Drulis, who called the defensive signals by shuttling his tackles, had specified blitzes 40% of the time, but Dallas audibles and quick counts had dropped the blitzing to 30%. "At least we got to Meredith," Drulis said. "We rattled him. If he'd been throwing better, we'd have had two more interceptions because our backs were in position, but he was off-target and nobody could catch the ball. That catch of Gent's should have been an interception. We had two men there, and Gent out-reached us."
So the critical day ended with nothing proved except that St. Louis and Dallas are strong on defense, and the Dallas hurricane offense is not much better than any other offense when some wild Cards come tearing out of the deck to grab the ball four times on fumbles and interceptions.