2000 Ten Titans 37, 2000 Bal Ravens 0:
early injury to star CB Duane Starks hurts Baltimore's defense. The
offense had trouble getting on-track with QB Dilfer out. Tennessee's
defense holds Baltimore to six first downs and 91 total yards. With
no answer at QB, a 28-0 halftime deficit was too much for the Ravens
to overcome and the Titans were able to focus on running the clock in
the second half. Steve
McNair was dominant on offense as he flipped 4 TD passes and 114 QB
2004 NE Patriots 30, 2004 Cin Bengals
In a contest that was truly one sided Corey Dillon ran all over his
former team mates to the tune of 130 yard on 25 carries and 2 TD's.
New England's defense was stingy and allowed only one FG. Cincy
Coach Mike Younkman was asked if there were any key plays or turning
points in the game. He responded by saying, "I think the only
key play was the toss", which Cincy didn't control either.
2002 TB Bucs 27, 2002 Oak Raiders 16:
This was a replay of Super Bowl XXXVII & to his credit coach Cliff
Dolgins kept the game a lot closer than real life coach Bill Calahan
did. In a Superbowl
rematch, Tampa Bay took advantage of 3 key turnovers enroute to a
grinding 27-16 victory over Oakland. The Tampa Bay attack was led by
Brad Johnson, 26-16-133-2, whose steady play gave the Bucs what they
needed to win. "They had a couple of key people out on defense," said
Johnson.. "We were able to take advantage and make a big play when
we needed it." The play of the game was made though by game MVP
Warren Sapp. Late in the game down by 4 Oakland Quarterback Rich
Gannon was sacked by the thunderous Sapp on 4th down deep in Raider
territory. "Sapp is a monster," said Raiders owner Al Davis. "He was
in our QB's face all day. Gannon couldn't get in any kind of rhythm.
I wouldn't mind having him on my team.".
2004 Phi Eagles 20, 2004 Pit Steelers
The Steel Curtain Defense came out to play and sacked McNabb for a
safety 3 plays into the game. Unfortunately their offense
didn't have the same intensity. Philly played a tight defense
and keyed on Pittsburgh's runners all day. Big Ben was forced
into a stunningly pathetic 39% completion percentage and McNabb was
just good enough for Philly despite 2 picks. Brian Westbrook
rambled for 104 yards and a key TD as Philly advanced to the
semi-finals in the "winners" bracket.
2003 GB Packers 30, 2001 STL Rams 15:
The "Greatest Show on Turf" never seemed to get on track during this
tournament and took a quick "2 and out". After jumping out to a
quick 7-3 the Rams could never stop the Packers and game MVP Ahman
Green who rushed for 115 yards on 24 carries.
2004 SD Chargers 31, 2004 NY Jets 24:
Brees, Antonio Gates and LaDainian Tomlinson powered the '04 Chargers
to a 24-7 first half lead over the '04 NYJ in this second round
contest. Jets QB Chad Penington "passed" his boys back into
contention in the 2nd half as New Yorkers drew to within 31-24 in the
fourth quarter. Drained of timeouts and forced to start from
their own 12, Pennington gamely moved the Jets into SD territory, but
time expired ending the green and white's tournament hopes.
Game MVP "LT" carried 26 times for 104 and 2 TD's..
2000 NY Giants 31, 2000 Min Vikings 20:
The NFC Championship game of 2000 was revisited here as old CFL
rivals Marc Weiss and Tim Groves went head to head in a game that was
close for 3 quarters. Tim had no trouble moving the ball until
he got to the Red Zone where the Giants 'D' and untimely penalties
forced him into problems. The Giants lost star defenders Mike
Barrow and Jason Sehorn on successive plays and looked to be prime
for the taking. Kerry Collins and Ike Hilliard hooked up for a
fantastic day. Collins through for over 300 yards and 4TD's,
while Ike was the recipient of single coverage. Minnesota
scored a late TD to bring the score closer..
2004 Ind Colts 45, 2003 KC Chiefs 19:
A promising start for the Chiefs quickly unraveled late in the second
quarter, as a costly fumble by Donte Hall allowed the Colts to score
two touchdowns in just 23 seconds and take a 24-13 lead at halftime.
Indianapolis continued its momentum into the second half, scoring
again to go up 31-13, but Kansas City battled back to cut the lead to
31-19. The Chiefs were not out of the game yet, but an electrifying
31-yard touchdown catch by Brandon Stokley and a fumble by Trent
Green on the Indianapolis 16 yard line put the game away. The Colts
defense surprisingly held Green to under 50 percent passing on the
day, and Payton Manning torched the Kansas City secondary with 304
yards and two touchdown passes to Reggie Wayne. Edgerrin James added
two touchdowns and 128 yards rushing on the ground.