Now it was fourth down, and they called the play that had beaten the Redskins last year in one of Staubach's most famous finishes—Hill on another timed pattern down the left side. "Red right flip," said Hill, "wing motion, five-26, Y-nine, or something like that."
Hill lined up wide, Pearson slotted inside him, and Pearson went in motion to ensure single coverage. "Stay!" Young screamed to the right cornerback, Herman Edwards, fighting to be heard over the crowd. "Stay!" Which meant that he was staying and Edwards should drift with the motion man. Now White had what he wanted—a rookie covering Hill all alone—and he took his two steps back and lofted a mortar shot into the far left corner of the end zone.
"It's what you want," White said. "You want to give Tony a chance to outjump somebody. He'll outjump any defensive back in the league."
The wind was holding the ball up, Hill was looking into the sun, and then Young was coming over his back, battling for the ball, and the pass fell incomplete. Hill looked at the line judge, Gene Carrabine, for the interference call. Sorry, not this time, friend. Eagles' ball.
"I was pretty hot," Hill said. "I yelled at the official, 'The guy restricted me. How could I catch the ball?' He quieted me down real quick. He told me if I didn't shut up I was out of the game."
"In Dallas would they have thrown the flag?" someone asked him.
"Yeah, I certainly hope so," he said.
In the press box, the president and general manager of the Cowboys, Tex Schramm, let out a roar and raced over to where NFL Supervisor of Officials Art McNally was sitting. The only difference between the two confrontations was that McNally didn't threaten Schramm with ejection.
Was it interference? Well, maybe. But retribution was at work. Last year when the Cowboys beat the Eagles 24-17 in the Vet, Dallas Defensive End Harvey Martin committed a flagrant foul by clotheslining Montgomery, the intended receiver on a screen pass that could have tied the game, and there was no call. And if Schramm wanted to complain this time—cripes, that's tough.
In the Philly locker room, Young described the fourth-down play as "a contact play, but the contact came when his hand touched the ball," and when that description was relayed to Eagle Quarterback Ron Jaworski, he smiled and said, "Maybe it gets us even for that Harvey Martin play. Actually that one didn't surprise me that much. Their defensive ends are always clotheslining backs going out as receivers. I think they're taught to do it."