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January 24, 1996 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some have theories, others have formulas, and everyone from the Dallas Cowboys' limousine drivers to their manservants have educated guesses. But to the most compelling NFL question of this era, Kenneth Davis has the only real answer. And he has it in porcelain. The figurine, bought in a Dallas-area souvenir shop, rests on the mantle of a friend's house. It is small and fragile, but strong enough to climb into a man's mind and work on it. "It's a statue of the hit," Davis said.
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January 15, 1996 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the perfect Hail Mary, Pittsburgh cornerback Carnell Lake said, "a real rainmaker," and where it landed would determine who went to the Super Bowl. With five seconds to go, a four-point Steeler lead and the Colts' ball on Pittsburgh's 29-yard line, Indianapolis quarterback Jim Harbaugh heaves a pass to the end zone.
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January 15, 1996 | MIKE DOWNEY
A replay is being shown on the scoreboard of Three Rivers Stadium, but many of the Indianapolis Colts cannot bring themselves to look. Aaron Bailey cannot. He is the one who nearly caught the ball. Jim Harbaugh, who threw the ball, does watch. Harbaugh sees Bailey squeeze the ball with one hand, sees it pressed against Bailey's chest. Harbaugh, the Colt quarterback, turns to Brentson Buckner, a 305-pound Pittsburgh Steeler who tried to keep him from throwing the ball.
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January 14, 1996 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Steelers were 3-4, coming off a loss to Jacksonville, and they saw a vision: You play hard the rest of the way and the only team standing between you and the Super Bowl will be the Indianapolis Colts. A Free Ride To The Super Bowl: More than enough incentive for any team to win eight games in a row, blow past Buffalo and dream of warm winter nights in Arizona. Has it ever been easier for a team?
SPORTS
January 14, 1996
* Site: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh * Time: 9:30 a.m. * TV: Channel 4 * Radio: KNX (1070) THE MATCHUPS REGULAR SEASON NUMBERS Rush Offense Indianapolis: 116 Pittsburgh: 116 * Pass offense Indianapolis: 192 Pittsburgh: 245 * Rush defense: Indianapolis: 91 Pittsburgh: 83 * Pass defense: Indianapolis: 223 Pittsburgh: 203 * POINTS Offense Indianapolis: 331 Pittsburgh: 407 * Defense Indianapolis: 316 Pittsburgh: 327 * INDIANAPOLIS Rushes: 478 Yards per rush: 3.9 Passes att.
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December 28, 1995 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jim Harbaugh celebrated his playoff invitation by shrugging. "I'm resigned to the fact that people don't think I'm very good," he said. Dan Marino celebrated by doing the only thing he does better than passing, which is sneering. "It shouldn't have been this hard," he said. Steve Bono, heretofore best known for being one of the few NFL players wearing braces on his teeth, celebrated in accordance with a resume that contains neither enthusiasm nor anecdote. "How it feels? I don't know," he said.
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September 1, 1995 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before going further in this dissertation on football's rear bumper, let's get one thing straight: The AFC title is not going to be won by the defending champion San Diego Chargers. Too many little bugs in the locker room. Too many giants on the schedule. The Chargers have suffered through the death of David Griggs, the illness of Coach Bobby Ross, the serious injury of Darrien Gordon and the nasty holdout of Natrone Means. They are a team that relies not on stars, but staying power.
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January 16, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Throw out the video. Throw in the Terrible Towels. The San Diego Chargers, disregarded in the preseason, maligned during a regular-season slump and mocked in the postseason, foiled their critics with one more improbable comeback at Three Rivers Stadium on Sunday, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 17-13, in the AFC championship game.
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January 16, 1995 | From Associated Press
Some 75,000 jubilant fans jammed Jack Murphy Stadium on Sunday night, welcoming a San Diego Charger team bound for its first Super Bowl. They screamed, waved and threw toilet paper in celebration of the 17-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. So many people showed up, some were turned away. They parked on neighboring streets to hear the festivities and watch the fireworks. The stadium's giant-screen TV showed the team's plane arriving at Lindbergh Field.
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