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Chicago 35 at New Orleans 41 OT

1984 Week 5 - Sunday, March 25, 1984
Attendance: 43,692, TV: ABC


Walton to Lockett for the winning TD in overtime.


New Orleans(AP) - There are two ways to look at Johnnie Walton's 44-yard touchdown pass to Frank Lockett at 2:59 of sudden-death overtime. Since the long-range toss gave the unbeaten New Orleans Breakers a wild 41-35 United States Football League victory over the winless Chicago Blitz, Lockett, who took the pass over his shoulder and streaked across the goal line, called it "a hell of a throw. I just turned and the ball was there."

But Chicago Coach Marv Levy had a different view."Their guy threw a pass, our guy missed it, their guy caught it," he said.

Walton's overtime TD strike to Lockett capped a game in which the New Orleans quarterback completed 29 of 43 passes for 440 yards and four touchdowns. He hit Buford Jordan -- who caught seven passes for 71 yards and rushed for 135 -- on a 14 yard scoring pass in the first quarter, Dan Ross on a four-yarder in the third quarter and Charlie Smith from nine yards out with 1:52 left in the fourth quarter after Chicago had taken a 32-28 lead.

The Blitz tied it 35-35 on Kevin Seibel's 23-yard field goal with no time left on the clock.


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