We even scored touchdowns by dumb luck, but that's the way it is when you're rolling—you get lucky and you create a lot of it yourself. You're winning, and you're having fun, and you get unexpected bonuses. On Thanksgiving Day we were having a tough game against Detroit, and then Jim Marshall intercepted a pass and took off down the sidelines. Now imagine that! Jim Marshall is just under six-four, and he weighs 250 pounds, and he doesn't exactly look like Peggy Fleming out there. He's chugging along and the Lions are about to nail him when he turns and sees our baby monster Alan Page chugging along behind him, giving his coyote howl. Just as Marshall is about to go down for the count, he flips the ball to Page, and Alan goes in standing up. Can you imagine? A quarter ton of defensive linemen engineering a 60-yard touchdown like that. Later on they explained what was going through their heads. In practice, we play this French game called la grabasse, where the defensive line stands the offensive line and it's really nothing much more than a free-for-all, with the ball squirting all over the place and laterals and passes being thrown from anywhere on the field. So here they were in the middle of a key league game and they acted like they were playing la grabasse. Jim lateraled that precious sack of gold to Alan, and we were in. Ay, chihuahua!
But that's what positive thinking does for you. In one of our games against the Bears, I came back to the huddle and I said, "Boys, this play is gonna go to the posts. To the posts! Now here's how we do it. If they get in the over-shift, we're gonna block it sock. If they get in the undershift, we're gonna cross-block it. Ozzie's gonna carry the seed, and he's going to the posts!" Well, that's exactly what happened. Dave Osborn went 58 yards and scored standing up, and when we ran off the field our defense was screaming at me. We were supposed to make some first downs before we scored and give our defense a rest. They were hot. I said to Ozzie, "Hey, man, you got to learn not to take me so seriously."
Ozzie says, "Well, if you want first downs, say so! You said you wanted to go to the posts, man. If you don't want the posts, then don't say the posts!"
We lost our final game of the season to Atlanta 10-3, a sweet win for Norm Van Brocklin. We'd have enjoyed winning, but after 12 straight we already had the Central Division cinched and some of our guys had trouble getting up for the Atlanta game, and maybe I was one of them.