Robinson intercepted at the goal line and ran 72 yards to the Buffalo 28. Mercer kicked a 32-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in the half, and Kansas City had a 17-7 lead rather than a tie.
There was hardly a gesture at scoring in the third quarter, but in the fourth quarter Dawson passed 45 yards to Chris Burford to put the Chiefs in business at the Buffalo four, and Garrett scored from about a foot out. Behind 24-7, Kemp threw for Glenn Bass, who was knocked cold by a helmet-smacking maneuver that Kansas City Corner Back Fred Williamson calls The Hammer. Bass fumbled. Three plays later Garrett started to the left on a sweep from the Buffalo 19, got trapped, stopped as if to pass, turned back to the right, circled deep to escape a tackle, wove through a forest of Buffalo tacklers and wound up in the end zone with his second touchdown. "When I saw the goal line finally, I said, 'That's mine,' " Garrett said later.
That run and the extra point ended the scoring. The Chiefs were the new champs. From the bleachers at Buffalo's inadequate stadium, snowballs, rocks and chunks of ice began to fly toward the field. The Chiefs were soundly pelted but they escaped and clattered into their locker room for a few gargles.
The Kansas City offense had added a different concept or two for the Bills. Stram believes in the play-action pass—a pass that starts by looking like a run—and in a "moving pocket" of pass protection as the quarterback slides down the line. Against the Bills, the Chiefs kept shifting from the I formation into several others.
"What we were doing was creating formations," said Stram. "They were in some odd spacings. So we would shift to reduce the time they had to read our offense. They read basic offenses so well we felt we needed to cause some indecision to them by shifting. On defense, we used a little different spacing and most of the time stayed in an undershifted 5-3. The 4-3 defense, the one we have used most often in the past, we used the least of all today."
When asked if the 10 to 12 formations Kansas City shifted into from the I had bothered the Bills, Buffalo Coach Joe Collier smiled faintly. "Those shifts didn't bother us. They've done all those things before except the full house," he said. "You don't win with formations. You win with studs."
In their own cramped quarters, amid the jostle of reporters, TV cameras and those dozens of intruders who always manage to squeeze into a locker room, the Chiefs kept busy with deserved self-congratulations. Stram said his team "reeks with character." He said the team effort was "supreme." He said Dawson's poise was "fabulous." "I am going to drop The Hammer on Green Bay," said Williamson.
The players' pay amounted to $694,000 from the gate and TV. The Chiefs took 51 shares of $5,308 each, and the Bills got 47� shares of $3,800 each. The big payday comes Jan. 15, when the winners get $15,000 each, a fact that pro football players—though, certainly, they play for pride and the feeling of accomplishment—find impossible to overlook.
And there was one more guy around who was thinking about money. In the noise of the Kansas City locker room stood Milt Woodard, not one bit fooled by the Chiefs' mouthwash. Listerine corks do not ricochet off the ceiling, Lavoris does not foam, Micrin is not ingested by the gulp. "This," said Woodard, "will cost Kansas City a fine of $2,000." That's not even back pocket money for champions these days.