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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta _____Monday, Oecombdr !0, THE lETHBRIDGf HERALB 13 Tic frames highlight Sunday action, Black Hawks make move to puil away B.v IAN HncLAINE Ciinnili.-.a Press Staff Writer Bobby Hull and Chicago Black Hawks are making critics who recently ruled thorn out as a power in tlic National Hockey League's West Division. Billed in pre-season polls to finish out of sight in the final standings, the Hawks have had trouble holding their lead after a fast stall. At one stage they were as much as five points into second. But Hull and the Hawks all but destroyed any thoughts they were finished as overwhelming leaders of the West during the weekend, crushing their nearest urday and blanking St. Louis Blues 2-0 Sunday. The two wins opened a seven- point lead over the Stars and Hull, who scored goals in both Even losing doesn't help Lions do it to Rains once more By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A year ago, Detroit Lions kept Los Angeles Rams out of the National Football League play- offs by winning their final regu- lar season game. This time they did it by losing. San Francisco Miters edged the Lions 31-27 Sunday on John B r o d i e 's 10-ya.rd touchdown scramble with 10 minutes to play. That gave the Hie National Conference's Western Division crown and relegated the Rams, whose 23-14 triumph over PitUsburgh Steelers al- ready was on the Scoreboard, to another meaningless second- place finish. Last season, the Rams beat the Giants in New York on the final day to stay alive, only to have the defeat Oakland Raiders and win the West while the Lions whipped Green Bay Packers for the test second- place record in the NFC and the conference's wild car playoff spot. Elsewhere, Miami Dolphins trounced Green Bay 27-0 and won the AFC Eastern Diusion title by one-half game over Bal- timore when the Colts bowed to New England Patriots 21-17. Dallas Cowboys won the NFC Eastern crown Saturday by routing SI. Louis Cardinals 31- 12. The Super Bowl playoffs open next Saturday with Dallas meet- ing. M i n n e s o t, a Vikings and Miami taking on Kansas City Chiefs Sunday finds Baltimore meeting Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins at San Francisco. Other results Sunday were Cleveland 20, Washington 13; Kansas City 22, Buffalo Bills 9; Atlanta Falcons 24. New Orle- ans Saints 20; Oakland 21, Den- ver Broncos 13; New York Jets 35. Cincinnati Bengals 21; Phila- delphia Eagles 41, N'ew York Giants 28 and Houston Oilers 49, San Diego Chargers 33. KEEP COMING BACK Brodie. wiio earlier threw scoring passes lo Dick Witcher Ken Willard and Gene Washing ton. pulled San Francisco from behind for the third time with his decisive gallop. He laded to pass, escaped two rushers and scrambled up the middle. The '49ers took possession of the ball for their winning drive when Frank Nunley and Earl Edwards combined to stop De- troit's Geg Landry on fourth down when he tried to sneak for less than a yard at the Lions' 4fl. The Rams, their backs s q 11 a r e ly against the wall, scored the first three times they had ball against Pittsburgh on a pair of David Ray field goals and Roman Gabriel's 20- yard pass to Jack Snow. "It was hard for us to play this Gabriel said. "I really don't think our team con- centrated well at all. We all just thought San Francisco was not going to lose.'' Miami, locked in a 6-6 strug- gle with Green Bay, exploded for three touchdowns within five minutes of the second half and then sat back to await New England's upset of Baltimore. The quick scores came on one- yard runs by Jim Kiick and Larry Cscnka and Curtis John- sen's 47-yard sprint with a blocked field goal attempt. Green Bay's John Bracking- ton ran for 73 yards to become the grcund-gainingest rookie in NFL history with yards. New England's Jim Plunkctt fired his second touchdown pass to Randy Vataha, this one an 38-yard bomb, to offset a late score by the Colls. John Outlaw ran 60 "yards with an intercep- tion for the Patriots' other touchdov.-n. Mike Howell's 68-yard inter- ception return set up Bill Nel- sen's tie-breaking f o 11 r -y a r d pass to Chip Glass that boosted the Browns over the Redskins. Jan Steneiud' five field goals and Bobby Bell's 26-yard inter- rivals, Minnesota North Stars, games while his team played 4-1 at Bloomington, Minn., Sat- with a. man in the penalty box, added to his stature as hockey's most complete player. The Hawks played both games with two high-scoring Mikila and Jim with injuries, hut the opposition's inability to contain Hull, who also played on the power play in addition to his regular shift, added to their frustrations. Elsewhere Sunday, Boston Bruins played a frustrating 2-2 score with Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens settled for a 3-3 tie against California OH HAPPY DAY John Brodie, San Francisco M9ors quarterback, tosses ball high into the air after he personal- ly scored the winning touchdown Sunday afternoon against Detroit Lions. The win moved the M9ors into the National Football League playoffs. The score was 31-27. Cougars capture fourth straight ceptibn gave Kansas City its triumph over hapless Buffalo, which wound up will a 1-13 record. Bob Lee passed to Bob Grim for two touchdowns to lead Min- nesota over Chicago and Bobby Berry's 22-yard pass to Ken Burrow with 34 seconds enabled Atlanta to turn back New Orle- ans for the Falcons' first win- ning season (7-6-1) ever. Darvle Lamonica's 67-yard pass to Raymond Chester started Oakland to its victory over Denver. Joe Namalh passed for two then an- nounced he'd be back next year Emerson Boozer ran for a pair as the Jets downed Cincin- nati. Pete Liske fired for three touchdowns in Philadelphia's rout of the Giants. Ken Houston intercepted two consecutive John Hadl passes and returned them 34 and 29 for third-quarter touchdowns as the Oilers rallied to beat San Diego. That gave the veteran safety man NFL records of nine inter- ception touchdowns in a career and two in a gajne. Duane Thomas exploded for four touchdowns Saturday in Dallas' triumph over St. Louis. He ran 53 yards and three yards twice and bolted 34 yards with a screen pass. Short sport SIGNS TO PLA i' OTTAWA (CP1 Linebacker Seals to remain deadlocked for second in the East, three points behind leading New York Hungers who needed a late goal from Jean Ratelle to pull out a 1-1 game with Minnesota. In other games, veteran Jacques Plante registered his first shutout of the season in Toronto Maple Leafs' 4-0 win over Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres, who were laced 8-1 in Toronto Saturday, re- bounded for a 5-1 victory at home against Vancouver Can- ucks. Also Saturday night, lowly Los Angeles Kings dumped De- troit Hed Wings 4-2, Johnny McKenzic's goals helped Boston 4-3 over Pittsburgh and New York ripped St. Louis 5-2. Tuesday night Los Angeles visits Minnesota. IT'S THIRD SHUTOUT The shutout at Chicago was Gary Smith's third of the sea- son, abetted by the Hawks' ma- ligned pow'er Bobby Hull engineering the winning score by Pit Martin at of the first period. Smith didn't have an easy time, facing 26 St. Louis shots, and showed a lot of mobility in smothering Jim Shires' danger- I I THINK VER'LL. AGREE, PESC A 3_OKE WHO'LL SPRITE OVE5 A HUtOSSS LETTERS TO COME V LETTERS WERE WRITTEN, THAT 'E. BE -1 ALLOWED TO CCME BAC W, -'W, ;