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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Colts win "Blunder Bowl"
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Jan. 17, 1971

Super Bowl V is known as the Blunder Bowl because of the ineptitude of the Cowboys and Colts. A total of 11 turnovers are committed, with Baltimore making seven in the Orange Bowl. While Dallas commits a mere four, it makes the last - and most significant - one.

With less than two minutes left of a 13-13 game, the Cowboys face a second-and-34 on their own 27. Craig Morton throws his third interception when his pass goes off halfback Dan Reeves' hands and to Colts middle linebacker Mike Curtis, who returns it 13 yards to the Cowboys 28.

That sets up a 32-yard field-goal attempt for rookie Jim O'Brien, whose extra point in the second quarter after a 75-yard pass from Johnny Unitas to John Mackey was blocked. About 10 days ago, O'Brien dreamed that a field goal was going to win the game. "I didn't know who was going to kick it or how far or when it would happen," he says.

Now he knows. O'Brien nervously kicks the field goal with five seconds left that gives the Colts the 16-13 Blunder Bowl victory in Miami.

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