Courage enough that the Detroit Lions defense wrested control of the ball and Eric Hipple led the offense down the field to try a 47-yard field goal. With no timeouts, it was quite a precarious proposition, and the field goal unit had to dash onto the field like scurrying ants to give their team a chance to win the game. Monte Clark’s 4-6 team gave one indication why they were so, for there were clearly 12 men on the field during Murray’s attempt. It’s probably why 5/6 losses were close: mental errors in the final minutes. Here it was again, plain as day, as Eddie Murray’s kick sailed accurately through the uprights:
Then again, they were playing in the dim Pontiac Silverdome, the NFL’s answer to your aunt and uncle’s finished basement. Maybe the referees couldn’t see how many Detroit Lions players were on the field. John Madden, the color commentator for CBS Sports, sure could. Cowboys players sure could. The referees probably didn’t, or even worse but more expected by Cowboys fans, didn’t care. That’s why the record books show the Detroit Lions 27 and the Dallas Cowboys 24.