Best Ever 2000-04 Team Tournament - Oct 2005


2000 Ten Titans 15, 2002 TB Bucs 10:
Injuries played a key role in this one with Tennessee losing Brad Hopkins for the game early in the first quarter and Samari Rolle midway through the 4th. Tampa lost Kerry Jenkins(G) in the 4th quarter as well and had no serviceable backup being forced to use Hochstein at guard for the remainder of the game.
A classic defensive struggle, the Titans were able to overcome a miserable 16% (3 for 19) third down conversion ratio by capitalizing on the good fortune of 5 turnovers (2 of them on kickoff returns) and relying on the steady consistent running of workhorse back Eddie George (31 rushes 116 yds) to help control the clock. Tennessee held the ball for nearly 40:00 in an effort to limit opportunities for Brad Johnson and the potent Buccaneer offensive attack.
Tampa opened the scoring on their first drive with a 49 yd Martin Gramatica FG. The Titans took a couple of failed chances on 4th down early in the game but eventually learned their lesson and scored two quick FGs early in the 2nd quarter to take a 6-3 lead. An Eddie Robinson sack and forced fumble in Titan territory late in the 2nd quarter was recovered by the Titans and set the stage for a third Del Greco FG of the quarter giving Tennessee a 9-3 lead and possession to start the second half.
The winds rolled in during the break and the second half saw the relatively calm winds pick up by as much as 20 mph.Tennessee started the third by taking some chances deep in an effort to extend their lead. After Tennessee's 2nd straight three and out of the second half  and a poor punt into the gusting wind the Bucs got great field position and  started in Titan territory. Tampa drove 49 yards for a TD in four plays to reagain the lead 10-9 on a brilliantly executed drive culminating with a 19 yd TD pass from Brad Johnson (19-29 160 yds 1 TD 1 INT) to Michael Pittman (11 receptions 72 yds)
Tennessee then chose to run exclusively and wait out the quarter in an effort get the wind at their back before trying to mount an offensive attack versus the vaunted Buccaneer secondary. In the 4th quarter Steve McNair (15-27 172 yds 1 INT) hit Derrick Mason (3 receptions 68 yds) on deep route to set up Del Greco's fourth FG of the day and give the Titans a 12-10 lead. One their next possession, the fierce wind and the loss of Kerry Jenkins (G) made it difficult for Tampa to move the ball despite Tennessee's loss of All Pro cornerback Samari Rolle. After regaining possession on their 14 the Titans used the long pass again to drive into position for a 5th FG and a 15-10 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff Dwight Smith fumbled the ball into the arms of a Titan defender for the second time that afternoon. Tennessee became very conservative with the ball and was forced to punt from the Buc 42 with dangerous returner Kevin Williams waiting, but the Titans special teams was able to down the ball on the Tampa 2 yard line with 3:47 to play. A 98 yard into the wind with a depleted offensive line was a little too much to ask  of Brad Johnson on this particular day and Tampa eventually turned the ball over on downs allowing Tennessee to run out the clock, feeling very fortunate to escape with victory.

----novel contributed by Bill Baker

2004 NE Patriots 31, 2004 Phi Eagles 24:  New England jumped out to a quick lead and never trailed.  It was basically too much Corey Dillon who ran for 187 yards on 26 carries.  Even when Philly called the right defense Dillon found a way to get through.  Philly scored 2 late TD's and forced Brady to throw a pick with 2 minutes to go.  Unfortunately for them New England's defense held on for the "W".
  Elimination Games
2003 GB Packers 22, 2000 Bal Ravens 17:  As Ahman Green goes, so goes the Packers. Green rushed for 97 yards on 27 carries and scored one touchdown as they Packers knocked off the Ravens 22-17. The Packers jumped out to a quick 13-3 lead and appeared to be on a roll, when right before the half Kim Herring picked off a Favre pass and returned it for six to cut the lead to 13-10.

Injuries to the Ravens began to take their toll in the second half. The Ravens lost backup QB Tony Banks as well as defensive standouts Duane Starks and Tony Siragusa. Still, the defense rose to the occasion when Cory Harris picked off a Favre pass and returned it to the Packer 8. On the very next play third string quarterback Chris Redman found Shannon Sharpe in the end zone for a touchdown to give the Ravens a 17-13 lead. That was to be the last of the Raven offense as the Packers shut down the Raven offense holding Redman to 6-17 and 17 yards. (contributed by Karl Scindl)

2004 Ind Colts 45, 2004 Pit Steelers 31:  The steelers lived by turnovers and die by them in real life.  This tourney game was no different as indy scored 17 points off three Steeler turnovers and won this shootout 45-31...Peyton Manning was electric !  He was 18 for 24 for 286 yards and 5 TD's !  Reggie Wayne and Edgerin James had 2 TD receptions a piece, while double covered Marvin Harrison netted one TD catch. (contributed by Pete Katsafanas)
2002 Oak Raider 42, 2000 NY Giants 35:  This game saw only 1 punt (by Oakland) the entire game !  Both teams were reduced to 3rd string CB's and the aerial barrage was a sight to watch.  The lead changed hands several times until the turning point late in the 3rd quarter.  In a brilliant strategic move coach Cliff Dolgins caught the Giants napping with a timely onside kick and subsequent recovery.  The Raiders gained momentum and drove the field to tie the score.  NY attempted a late rally but was stopped on 4th down by Oakland with less than 3 minutes to go in the game.  Oakland ran out the clock and advanced.  Jerry Rice had 15 receptions and over 200 yards in offense.  Not bad for a 40 year old !
2004 SD Chargers 28, 2004 Cin Bengals 0:  '04 Chargers and Bengals engaged in a close to the vest, battle of field position, knotting themselves at 0-0 midway thru the 3rd qtr.  Advantage swung to SD as their defense forced a "three and out" deep in CIN territory and gave Drew Brees and company some operating room.  Scoreboard operator was nudged awake as moments later Antonio Gates crossed the goal line with games first tally.  Frustrated by QB injuries and with elimination looming, the Bengals faced 4th and 2 deep in their own this point Mike Younkman pushed all his chips to the center of the table.  Chargers jumped the short pass route and hopes of WKRP listeners everywhere began to sink.  All SD all the time from there on out...The big tight end from Kent State finished as game MVP with 8 catches including 3 for touchdown.  Dave Stewart's boys have fought off two "break points" and continue to stumble along in the tournament. (contributed by Dave Stewart)


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Round 3 - Games

00-ten 15, 02-tb 10

04-ne 24, 04-phi 24


02-oak 42, 00-nyg 35

04-sd 28, 04-cin 0

04-ind 45, 04-pit 31

03-gb 22, 00-bal 17


Round 2 - Games

00-ten 37, 00-bal 0

04-cin 30, 04-ne 3

02-tb 27, 02-oak 16

04-phi 20, 04-pit 15


00-nyg 31 00-min 20

04-ind 45, 03-kc 19

03-gb 30, 01-stl 15

04-sd 31, 04-nyj 24


Round 1 - Results


ten-00 25, nyg-00 13

TB-02 24, GB-03 14

ne-04 38, IND-04 35

pit-04 27, SD-04 6

cin-04 17, kc-03 14 ot

oak-02 24, stl-01 21

bal-00 33, min-00 13

phi-04 27, nyj-04 23

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