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All season long, when Jones needed yardage for the Colts, he generally directed Lydell Mitchell to the right side of the Baltimore line, particularly behind All-Pro Tackle George Kunz—and now, trailing 7-0, it was time to go that way again. "We had to run straight at the Dolphins," Kunz said, "because they have too much speed on the outside." All-Pro or not, Kunz is as unpublicized as the rest of the offensive-line breed. "We're the last ones to get recognition," he said. "They mention us only when we're caught for holding or go offsides. When I walk into a restaurant in town, people just say, 'Geez, that guy's big, and he sure must eat a lot.' Bert Jones spends all his time signing autographs. Me? I go home and talk with my wife."
Talk aside, Jones and the Colts were 86 yards from the tying touchdown when they got the ball with 12:11 to play. Jones had moved them within scoring range in the second quarter, but Linhart had missed a field goal of 29 yards. ( Miami's Garo Yepremian missed 45- and 35-yarders.) This time Jones manipulated his offense perfectly, hitting Raymond Chester and Glenn Doughty with passes and sending Mitchell, who gained 87 tough yards on 30 carries all told, through the line. Faced with third-and-10 at his own 49, he connected with Mitchell for 13 yards. Slowly but confidently, Jones worked the Colts to the Miami six, then Mitchell swept around the right side and crashed into the end zone as Kunz eliminated two Dolphin defenders.
Linhart kicked the game-tying extra point through the fog, and suddenly 59,398 Baltimore fanatics were blowing their kazoos and chanting "dee-fense, dee-fense." Both defenses responded, as time ran out.
Miami won the toss before the overtime and naturally chose to receive. But Strock missed with a third-down pass at the Baltimore 47, and the Dolphins had to punt. Seiple angled his kick out of bounds at the Baltimore four—and Jones began the long last march.
"What I was thinking about down there," Jones said later, "was my best game, which is to throw the ball when I have to. We had to get the ball upfield. If they held us and we had to kick, we would have lost the game somehow." Jones sent Mitchell and Don McCauley for short yardage through the middle—"breathing room," he called it—then on third-and-one Bill Olds burst over left tackle for 11. Dropping back to pass on first down at his 24, Jones was sacked for a loss of 10 yards, but on third and 15 he threw a deep sideline pass that Chester caught as he stepped out of bounds at the 36. First down.
"Two years ago I wouldn't have completed that pass because I wouldn't have thrown it," said Jones, who completed 23 of 39 for 232 yards. "The coverage dictated the pass. Lydell was covered over the middle, so I went wide and Raymond was there."
Two more passes, both to Roger Carr, who may have better hands than Brooks Robinson, brought the Colts into Miami territory, and then Jones returned to his ground attack, Mitchell carrying on five of six plays as the Colts moved to the Miami 16. Jones protected the ball on a busted play at the Miami 14, and then Linhart came in.
No shank. The day of the Dolphins was over.
" Miami was on top for a long time," Mitchell said in the Baltimore dressing room. "Really, there's no love lost between these teams. Don't get me wrong. We're not a great team yet. We're not there. We've got to keep our heads screwed On and keep together."
Nevertheless, the Colts now have won eight straight games to tie the Dolphins for the division lead and, if they beat New England on Sunday, they go to the playoffs because they defeated the Dolphins in both their meetings. "If we beat New England," Mitchell said and laughed. "No ifs about it. They beat us earlier this year at their place. What they really did was taunt us. We were down, and they kept yelling things like, 'C'mon, you donkeys, get out here so we can whip up on you again.' There's going to be some whippin' done here next week. By us."