Humphries doesn't pass blame Chargers QB says he can rebound AFC notebook

January 11, 1993|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

MIAMI -- San Diego Chargers quarterback Stan Humphries took the blame for yesterday's 31-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins in an AFC semifinal playoff game at Joe Robbie Stadium.

Humphries completed only 18 of 44 passes for 140 yards. Halso threw four interceptions, three of which led to Miami touchdowns in the second quarter as the Dolphins built a 21-0 halftime lead.

Even though Miami shut down San Diego's running game and pressured him, Humphries pointed only to himself.

"I don't think I had that much pressure," said Humphries. "I feel our guys up front did a good job protecting me. I was the one who had the ball in my hands the most, and I had one of those

days you would like to forget about for the rest of your life.

"I didn't see anything that we didn't see all week," saiHumphries. "I didn't throw the ball well and you can blame it on me."

Humphries, though, is confident he can rebound from the loss.

"I've been worse than this," said Humphries, whose team had won 12 of its last 13 games. "I'll be back, and we'll be back in this position next year. We played well for 13 or 14 weeks and had an excellent year. I hate for it to end this way."

Marino extends streak

Miami quarterback Dan Marino threw three touchdown passes and has thrown for a touchdown pass in nine consecutive playoff games -- tied for second in league history with the Denver Broncos' John Elway. The leader is former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, who had 10 straight.

"We were able to hit some big plays when given the opportunitysaid Marino. "They were great plays by Keith [Jackson]. But overall it was a team effort, and the way the guys played, especially the defense and special teams, really helped for this victory."

Webster gets playing time

Miami defensive tackle Larry Webster, a former Maryland standout, played in passing situations. Webster, a rookie, didn't have a tackle, but he pressured Humphries into his first interception.

"I'm still learning," said the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Webster, who icoached by former Pittsburgh Steelers great Joe Greene. "I've got a wonderful teacher, the best. One thing for sure, I'll never get over 292 pounds again. He won't let me."

Webster, from Elkton, Md., recently purchased his mother a nehouse in the area.

Shula in from the cold

Miami coach Don Shula was one of the Dolphins who felt left out during the week before the playoff game because most of the talk centered on the San Diego defense.

Final result: Miami's defense gave up only 202 yards to thChargers, while San Diego's defense gave up 324 yards to Dolphins.

"We dominated. There's no question," said Shula. "Everyone was talking about San Diego and how physical a football team they are and we wanted them talking about us and us being physical. I think that's what happened today."

Chargers miss on Marino

Miami did not allow Marino to be sacked yesterday, a primary objective of the Chargers going into the game. Marino was pressured a little in the first half, but had a lot of time in the second.

"You have to give them credit," said Chargers linebacker JunioSeau. "You have to stop Dan Marino and we didn't. He had a great day. To rattle him, you have to hit him a couple of times hard and sack him, which we did not do."


Miami will make its seventh appearance in an AFC championship game. The Dolphins are tied with the Steelers for second place among AFC teams in trips to the title game. The Raiders are first with nine. . . . Miami is 5-1 in AFC title games, the most wins of any AFC team.

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