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Super Bowl Xxi : Other Views

January 26, 1987|KEN DENLINGER | The Washington Post ; EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's a sampling of what some of the nation's leading out-of-town sportswriters told their readers about the New York Giants' 39-20 victory over the Denver Broncos in Sunday's Super Bowl XXI game at the Rose Bowl.

PASADENA — Where Neil Diamond had mouthed the national anthem, where Mickey Rooney, some fake horses and a few dozen silky show girls had pranced at halftime, the New York Giants showed why they are the best team in football.

This was very early in the third quarter of Super Bowl XXI Sunday, fourth down and about a yard near midfield. Trailing by a point, the safe, by-the-book call for Coach Bill Parcells would have been a punt.

But the Giants got to the NFL title game for the first time in more than a generation by writing fresh drama. There had been a fake field goal against the 49ers in an NFC semifinal game; there would be a fake punt Sunday.

"These games aren't for the fainthearted," Parcells said of the call. "I challenged the team. . . . and they came through (in dramatic situations) all year."

As Denver prepared for the routine, reserve quarterback Jeff Rutledge suddenly emerged. He had managed to sneak into the game--and now he was under center. As he was barking "Hut-hut," the Broncos surely were thinking "Oh, no."

Sure enough, Rutledge wedged between the center and right guard for just enough for the first down; sure enough, the Giants were off and running for a 39-20 victory.

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