... And coverage resumes of the first game of the Dreamland Football League. We are in the 3rd qtr with 5 minutes and 30 seconds left. After a Griese touchdown pass, we have a tied game 24-24.
After returning a punt, Shula and the Dolphins have the ball at their 35 yard line, 1st and ten.
It's a hand-off to Czonka, who only makes it back to the line of scrimmage, 2nd and 10.
Griese drops back to pass, looking 10 yards down field, but it's incomplete. And the Dolphins are now looking at a third and ten situation.
No surprise here, Griese is back to throw. And he is intercepted at the Miami 41, and the linebacker is tackled at the 34, where Namath and company will have it first and ten, with 4 minutes left in the 3rd qtr.
Namath hands it off to Snell, who is stopped at the line of scrimmage. But we have a flag on the play. It's against the Dolphins. NY will have a first and ten on the Miami 24.
Namath drops back to pass, and he is sacked back at the 34, where it will now be 2nd and 20.
Namath goes back into the pocket. Caught at the 21 and tackled at the 16, just short of the first down. It's 3rd and 2. Decision time: play it safe and go for the run, or go big with a pass?
They trust in Snell. A hand-off. And the Miami defense clothelines him at the line of scrimmage. 4th and 2. Two minutes left in the 3rd qtr.
The field goal unit comes out. And it's good! The Jets take back the lead 27-24.
Kicking off. Caught in the end zone and downed. The Dolphins will have it first and ten on their 20.
Griese drops back to pass and he is all business. And it's caught at the 42. Tackled at the 48 for a 28 yard gain. 1st and ten.
A hand-off to Czonk, who takes it for a 4 yard gain, and the Dolphins will have it 2nd and six on the NY 48. And that's the end of the 3rd qtr. Jet's leading 27-24.
They give it to Czonka again, and he struggles for a 2 yard gain. 3rd and 4 on the 46.
Griese drops back into the pocket. Thrown 17 yards to the sidelines, and it's caught but out of bounds. Incomplete. Miami now has a fourth and 4. And the kicking team comes out.
The punt is caught in the end zone and is downed there. Namath and company will have a first and ten on their own 20, up by a field goal with 13 minutes and 30 seconds left in regulation play.
Namath hands it off to Snell, good for a solid four yard gain. 2nd and 6.
Another handoff, but Snell only makes it back to the line of scrimmage this time. 3rd and 6.
Namath drops back to pass. And he's sacked for a nine yard loss. 4th and fifteen.
The kicking team comes out, and the Dolphins should have good field position. The punt: it's a good one. Fielded at the 25 and run up to the 36. 1st and ten for the Dolphins, still trailing by 3, with 11 minutes and 30 left to play.
Hand-off. And the Czonk breaks one for 12 yards. 1st down at their own 48.
They try it again, and Czonka gets 4 yards. 2nd and six.
Griese drops back. Caught at the NY 36 and taken down at the 34, where the Dolphins will have a 1st and ten, with ten minutes left in the game.
Griese will air it out again, and it's caught at the 22! He's at the ten, and he's down at the five yard stripe. 1st and goal.
Handoff to Czonka, and he is stopped just short of the goal line. 2nd and goal at the one.
Another handoff, and it's a TD! The Dolphins take the lead, for what I believe is the first time in the game, with 9 minutes left to play.
And the P.A.T. is good. Jets 27, Dolphins 31. There's plenty of time to play, but Namath needs to get serious. A field goal won't do it.
The kickoff. In the end zone and downed. So, the Jets will have it first and ten on their 20.
And we are back to cover the close of the inaugural game of the DFL. And it's a good one.
There are three minutes left to play in the game. The Dolphins lead the Jets 31-27 And the Jets have the ball on their own 38, first and ten.
Handoff to Snell, sweeping to the side, looking to round the corner, he only gets two. 2 and 8.
Namath drops back, looking deep, 20 yards down, but can't connect. 3rd and 8, and serious timewise, as we hit the two-minute warning.
Namath drops back. Another 20 yard throw, but close coverage short-circuits it. And now coach Weeb Ewbank and Namath have to have a heart-to-heart conversation. It's 4th and 8 at their own 40, with only a minute and a half to go. If they cannot score now, they are going to have to pray for a big blunder to get the ball again.
Namath stays in. They're going for it. They only need 8 yards to keep the drive going. It's a shorter pass, but again great pass-defense stops it. And Griese and company take over at the NY 40. They just have to run out the clock, with a minute to go.
Griese hand it off and Snell fights for 4. 2nd and six.
Snell gets it again, and this time he breaks through the line, taken down at the 23. And that's the end of the DFL's inaugural game. The Dolphins win it. NY 27, Miami 31.
We have the commissioner of Dreamland Football with us. Hello, Monk. I don't think we could have asked for a better league opener.
Monk said, "It was a thriller, Howard, and I am very excited about what we have started. The first season, I suppose, necessarily has an experimental quality about it, as we tighten up the rules. But it certainly looks like we have a pretty good system in place already."
This was a Trojan conference game. The Argive conference kicks things off next, am I right?
"Yes, you are. It will be between the Dallas Cowboys (led by Staubach and Dorsett) and the Kansas City Chiefs (led by Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt). That should be fun, too. I think it is all looking good - a happily ever after!"