Then something truly remarkable happened—a play Packer fans will remember through the long winter ahead, a play that may have preserved Starr's job for another year. Chicago received the kick-off to begin the overtime, but Green Bay's defense was unyielding, and the Bears were driven back to their own three-yard line before they were forced to punt. Packer Quarterback Lynn Dickey, who had been sacked four times, lofted a pass from midfield to Lofton for 32 yards. After three running plays, Marcol, who hadn't kicked in a regular-season game since last Nov. 4, when he suffered a leg injury, trotted out onto the field and lined up for a 35-yard field-goal attempt.
The ball never really had a chance to gain altitude because the Bears' defensive wall had closed in by the time Marcol's leg swept into the ball. It came off his foot, disappeared for a moment into a sea of bodies, then popped out suddenly and fell directly into his arms at the 24-yard line. For a moment Marcol seemed confused, but then his legs began to move, his arms started to churn, and he found himself steaming around left end, heading for the end zone. All alone. Touchdown.
It was something. And it meant that, for a while at least, there'd be no vacancy in the coach's office in Title Town, U.S.A.