Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Get Credit for Spurring Colts to Title Showdown

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Get Credit for Spurring Colts to Title Showdown

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Give a big, if involuntary, assist to the Rams in the Indianapolis Colts' surprising drive to the American Football Conference championship game.

Coach Ted Marchibroda says the turning point of the Colts' season came Oct. 1 in a 21-18 victory over the previously unbeaten Rams at the RCA Dome. "From that moment on, we played good football," Marchibroda said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters. "We were 1-2 at that time and they were 4-0. If we would have lost that game, we had Miami and San Francisco staring us in the face, and I think that would have been a tough hole to come out of."

Indy had an early-season bye Sept. 24, so they had an extra week to prepare for the Rams, who were coming off a 34-28 victory over Chicago.

"The Rams were playing good football," Marchibroda said. "They had 14 takeaways and no turnovers. It gave us a tremendous amount of confidence."

With Jim Harbaugh making only his second start of the season, and Marshall Faulk running wild for 177 yards and three touchdowns, the Colts evened their record at 2-2 with the victory over the Rams.

The next week, they handed Miami its first loss of the season after a 4-0 start, rallying from a 24-3 deficit to defeat the Dolphins 27-24 in overtime. The next Sunday, they stunned the 49ers 18-17, knocking Steve Young out of the lineup for the next five games with a shoulder injury.

Come Again? Looks as if Dallas coach Barry Switzer is letting all the Deion Sanders hype get to him.

In discussing Sanders' increasing offensive role with the Cowboys, Switzer said Wednesday: "Deion has a chance to be one of the great receivers of all time."

Sanders caught one pass for 13 yards Sunday in the Cowboys' 30-11 victory over Philadelphia in a National Football Conference semifinal.

"He has an impact when he lines up on the field whether we throw the football or run the football," Switzer said. "If he didn't play baseball, and he had a chance to take in camp with Troy (Aikman), then I think we'd really see something exciting on the offensive side of the football."

Does Switzer really believe that Sanders could be as good as, or better than, Jerry Rice of San Francisco? …

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