Jimmy wanted to keep the game close no matter if that meant running for losses into blitzes or playing so conservatively that eight punts were necessary.
It was an example of why, if Jimmy is calling shots, Marino probably will be invited back next season.
It will be his decision to retire or put the Dolphins into a decision.
It is a style that asks Marino to holster his mind as well as his right arm.
It demands discipline. It asks for patience. It rejects risks to the point that linebacker Zach Thomas, asked what he felt on the sideline as the Dolphins offense faced the pivotal third-and-17, answered: "I thought we'd be running a draw play they were going so conservatively."
There's no arguing it with the way it turned out. Marino, in fact, ended up throwing no interceptions on the day but completed 17 of 30 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown.
Eighty-four of those passing yards came on the game-winning drive. Four of the completions did.
But this drive that decided the day started all wrong with J.J. Johnson running backward for 2 yards and then tackle Richmond Webb getting an illegal procedure penalty. The Dolphins, trailing 17-13, were now back to their 8, needed the 17 yards for a first down. They felt the Kingdome turned to full volume.
"You couldn't hear anything," Marino said. "It's as loud as you can get in a stadium, and all you can try to do is get everyone working together to where the noise doesn't come into play."
He figured he was going to Martin when he called the play, knew it when he saw the Seattle secondary in its zone defense.
Martin knew it, too.
No matter that the cornerback under attack would be Shawn Springs, the Seahawks' best.
"That was the best place to go given the defense," Martin said. "All I'm thinking when I'm running the pattern is, `It's coming to me, it's coming to me.'"
It was a laser to Martin down the middle, a little high from Marino's view but of little difference when Martin pulled it. That put the ball at the 31.
Two more completions to Martin moved it to Seattle's 29 where, on first down, a flea-flicker failed.
On second down, Marino missed Martin. And on third-and-10, when a field goal wouldn't decide matters, Marino turned this time to the other side and Oronde Gadsden.
"I saw him one-on-one with [cornerback Willie Williams]," Marino said. "Had to go there."
That went for 24 yards to the 5. Johnson ran it in on the second carry from there. And now a security guard stood beside him holding the football Marino had taken on the game's final snap and then carried off the field surrounded by cameras.
As he walked off, a voice boomed from 30 yards away.
"Hey, Dan! Dan!" it called.
Marino turned to find it and, when he did, Jimmy gave him two big thumbs up.
Marino waved back. Smiles came, the season lived and the tough questions awaited another week mainly because the Marino who some thought to be gone from view took over another Sunday afternoon.