Sport: A San Francisco Tour De Force

Shula outcoached by Walsh, Marino outplayed by Montana

After saying "We caught Joe Montana on a big day," Miami Coach Don Shula could have stopped, except his usual forthrightness required him to add, "The way the 49ers played, it's hard to figure how we could have beat them." With last week's 38-16 defeat, he has matched the four Super Bowl losses of Minnesota Coach Bud Grant, whose quarterback for three of them was Fran Tarkenton. In a handy way, Tarkenton personifies the stakes of the game.

No National Football League quarterback has thrown more passes, completed more, for more yards or touchdowns. Still Tarkenton is regarded vaguely as a...

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