Free Safety Dave Grayson agreed with Dawson. "We were playing the same coverage today," he said, "with a few wrinkles. We made Dawson guess and he was guessing more in this game than he ever has. We overplayed his primary receiver, then made him guess on the second receiver, and by that time the pressure was getting to him. We didn't give him the look he expected. We took away the crosses and the ups."
Dawson had expressed considerable concern about Grayson. "We have to try to contain him," he said. "Somehow, we have to get him out of that middle. With him in the middle, the cornerbacks can play it very tough short and to the outside, knowing they have help deep in the middle. They have the kind of defense that makes things happen. You know, you can't give all the credit to the offense for those games they win in the last few seconds. The defense had to stop people to give the ball to them. Our approach is to have patience. You can't waste a single play against Oakland. Containing Grayson is the key."
As the Raiders entered their dressing room after the game, big Al Dotson, who played tackle next to Tom Keating and who did a good job, too, was yelling happily, "We ran it down their throats. We beat 'em to death!"