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Macek's quick feet and experience enable him to hook and seal off Carter on the outside running game, helping running back Gary Anderson slash for 116 yards, but he finds only frustration trying to excavate Carter on the straight-ahead running plays.
"I couldn't move him." admits Macek. Carter, on the other hand, never gets a chance to headhunt Fouts—Macek has allowed but five sacks in the last six years—and afterward scores their confrontation a virtual draw.
As they walk toward the tunnel at the end of the stadium at the final gun (San Diego has won this time 30-10), they seek each other out in the confusion and lock their hands in a shake, a custom they started several years ago.
"Good game," says Macek.
"God bless you," says Carter.
"Stay healthy, man."
"O.K., see you next time."