"I kept noticing Holohan when he'd go to the huddle," said Lott. "He'd keep motioning to Everett, 'Hey, I'm open over the middle.' I knew eventually he'd go to him."
Everett had a long day, completing 16 of 36 passes for 141 yards. The Ram running attack was history after the half, gaining only six yards in the final 30 minutes.
So what must coach George Seifert fear as his Niners head to New Orleans for their date with Denver? Complacency? A false sense of invincibility? Arrogance? Greed? All the evils the rich and powerful are heir to? He'll take them, as long as he can keep Montana on his side. "Joe's been phenomenal all year," said Seifert on Sunday, "but it seems that he's elevated his performance for the playoffs. His concentration, his 'into-it-ness'—it's mind-boggling. He hasn't had a flat spot.
"You look at him from the sidelines, and you're almost in awe. You find yourself watching like a fan would. You fight to get out of a mode like that. In this game if you let your guard down, pretty soon you're fighting for your life. But today, in the heat of battle, I couldn't help saying, 'Damn, we're pretty good.' "