Near the end of Super Bowl V in Miami on January 17, 1971, on his second try from the two-yard line, Tom Nowatzke, the big fullback of the Baltimore Colts, plowed into the end zone and narrowed the score against the Dallas Cowboys to 13-12. With Jim O’Brien’s successful extra point, the Colts tied the Cowboys with less than two minutes to play for the championship.
Following the kickoff and Mike Curtis’ interception of Craig Morton’s overthrown pass, Baltimore’s offense ran three plays from scrimmage. Then O’Brien kicked the game winning 32-yard field goal, lifting the Colts to the championship of the National Football League. For many of the Colt players, the hard-fought triumph helped soothe two years of pain left over from Baltimore’s 16-7 defeat at the hands of the upstart New York Jets of the American Football League in Super Bowl III. Nowatzke, the number one draft choice of the Detroit Lions in 1965, made it in the NFL after a stellar career at Indiana University.