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Well, how much money back? The $15 ticket price, or the $15 plus incidentals, like parking and hot dogs?
"Tomorrow I'm going to discuss it with my attorney," Pietromartire said.
So while the 1-3 Eagles prepare for the legal battle, the 49ers are bandaging their wounded and getting ready for the Falcons. Despite its perfect record, San Francisco doesn't yet have the look of a force. With Cavanaugh at the controls, the 49er offense suffered a case of the shakes. Montana's ability to avoid the first and even the second emissary on the pass rush all by himself, to dodge and scramble and buy time, has been taken for granted. Cavanaugh doesn't have that talent. When the Eagles put the heat on he sprayed his passes. The idea was to clog the short lanes and force Cavanaugh to wait for his deep men to get clear, and hope the rush would get to him before he had time to load up.
For a while it worked, but Cavanaugh had the law of averages on his side. In August of 1983, Coach Bill Walsh gave the New England Patriots a seventh-round draft choice and two futures for Cavanaugh. The coach liked his ability to throw the high hard one.
"The most important thing for a backup quarterback is his ability to get the ball downfield," Walsh said. "All he has to do is hit two of 10 deep passes and he can survive. If the defense feels he's afraid to throw it long, that's when they'll close in on your running game."
According to the San Francisco press book, Cavanaugh spent the 1983 season "in residency" with the 49ers, a euphemism for did not play. But when Guy Benjamin underwent a knee injury during camp this summer, Cavanaugh became the No. 2 man, and when Montana banged up his chest against the Saints in this season's third game, Cavanaugh came in and rallied San Francisco to 13 fourth-quarter points and a 30-20 win.
When he's comfortable in the pocket he can stand and deliver, and against the Eagles he got enough time on three occasions to give the Niners all the points they needed—a 35-yard TD bomb to fullback Roger Craig in the first quarter, a 20-yarder to Dwight Clark in the second that carried to the two-yard line and set up a shortie TD flip to Freddie Solomon and a 51-yarder to Clark in the fourth period that clinched it. Cavanaugh's stats: 17 of 34 for 252 yards, four sacks, no intercepts and three TDs, certainly better numbers than those of poor Ron Jaworski of the Eagles, who officially connected on only 16 of 40 for 187 yards.
In helping themselves, the 49ers put together a big-league running game (177 yards, 113 by Wendell Tyler) that was built mostly on sweeps, but when you talk about defense, the San Francisco picture gets a bit foggy. With Fred Dean still holding out, there is no pass rush. Washington exposed that deficiency in the second game of the season, a Monday-nighter in which the Redskins came storming back from a 27-3 halftime deficit before losing 37-31. And on Sunday Jaworski had plenty of time to watch his receivers get open—and then drop the ball.
"Where's your pass rush?" Lott was asked after the game.
"Where's Fred Dean?" he said. "Right now we're getting by. We're well prepared. We don't make that many mistakes. But when it comes down to the stretch, we're going to need him."