Having studied the Pittsburgh zone coverage, Reeves sent in a play called 74 Flare, a short pass to Alexander.
Said Elway, "I never saw the guy. I saw Ray. The last time I saw him he was open."
The guy Elway didn't see was Williams, the Steeler who had been burned on the touchdown pass to Wright. Stepping in front of Alexander, the free safety gathered in the ball and ran it back 28 yards to the two. Three plays later, Pollard followed Webster into the end zone—and the Broncos were history.
"When the clock ticked down," said Elway, "I said, 'Well, the dream is over for now.' But I'm still going to the Super Bowl. Only now, my Dad is going to buy me a ticket."