1951 NY Yankees 23, 1958 Green Bay
Packers 0: When one thinks of the 51 Yankees the names
Mantle and DiMaggio pop into your mind. Well this is football
and Coach Ed Mikhli is running a Single Wing offense and not relying
on any 3 run homers or bunts. Mikhli gave the ball to Sherman
Howard and George Taliaferro (pictured left) and QB Bob Celeri threw
often enough to complete 60% of his pass attempts against Coach Greg
Marcucci's porus Packer defense. Future HOF'er Ray Nitschke had
13 tackles in a loosing effort. Young Bart Star had a rough
time of it going 8 for 22 and throwing 1 pick. He was pulled in favor
of Babe Parilli late in the game. The Yankees pitched a perfect
shutout limiting Green Bay to just 2 Paul Hornung FG attempts, which
were not on the mark.
1966 NY Giants 24, 1969 Chicago Bears 20:
Craig Swanson's 1969 Bears had no answer
for the enigmatic one, Homer Jones. Jones was everywhere ! He
averaged a whopping 25.4 yards per catch. His long for the day was
67 yards, which amazingly did not net him a TD. Gary Wood flipped
Homer an 11 yarder early on to knot the score at 10. The Giants went
on to win 24-20. Coach Fortel swore up and down that he was
lucky to escape this game with a win and was shocked that his
opponent didn't double team Jones (NY's only deep threat).
1979 SF 49ers 17, 1979 Detroit Lions 13:
In a defensive battle that pit Mark
Miller's 79 Lions vs Jeff Abramcyzk's 79 49ers Steve DeBerg hit
Freddie Solomon for a 10 yard game winner which capped off a 74 yard
drive. Overshadowed in this defensive struggle was Dexter Bussey's
20-116 yard rushing game for Detroit. SF linebacker Dan Bunz had 10
tackles to lead both teams in stops.
1994 Houston Oilers 36, 1992 Seattle
Chris Dishman (3 INT & 1 TD) had a day
that Cornerbacks can only dream of. He picked off 3 passes from 3
different QB's and ran one back for a 52 yard TD to put the 1994
Oilers ahead for good as they defeated the 1992 Seahawks 36-3.
Dishman, who suffered throught the 1994 campaign with injuries hopes
to stay healthy through the tournament.
1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16, 1974 NY Giants
Coach Mark Preston has re-written history
by leading the 1976 TB Bucs to their first ever victory ! Bryant
drained as much as he could out of his talentless squad and held on
long enough for Leroy Selmon to perform his magic. With a minute
left to go in the game Selmon forced Ron Johnson to fumble and then
rambled 60 yards to paydirt which forced OT, where the Bucs
eventually won on a FG. Final score was 16-13. Substitute Edwards
for Selmon and Snead/Johnson for Pisarcik/Csonka and you got a bad
remake of the "Miracle of the Meadowlands".
1962 LA Rams 20, 1961 Washington Redskins 3:
The Rams completely dominated Bill
Keller's 'Skins as Pervis Atkins caught 7 passes for 79 yards and
1TD. Pervis also dominated on special teams as he averaged
almost 29 yards per kick off return and 11 yards per punt return..
2002 Cincinnati Bengals 30, 2001 Carolina
Panthers 16: Voted the
pre-tournament favorites Ed Mikhli's Bengal squad let Corey Dillon
lead them to victory. In what looks like an audition for Bill
Bellichek Dillon rushed for 126 yards on only 20 carries averaging
6.3 yards per touch. He also chipped in with 4 receptions
including on TD. Coach Fortel's Panthers never seemed to
respond to his excellent play calling.
1991 Indianapolis Colts 16, 1992 NE Patriots 13:
Jeff George kept his cool and rallied the troops for a 4th quarter
tie to force OT. George threw a costly INT the previous drive,
which resulted in NE taking the lead and scoring their only TD of the
game. Indy received the ball in OT and drove 60 yards downfield
to set up a 27 yard Dean Biasucci chipshot to win the game.
Bill Brooks (pictured) caught 9 passes for 121 yards and was George's
key target all day.
1999 Cleveland Browns 29, 1996 NY Jets 0:
NY was forced to rely on the lead arm of
Frank Reich and a pair of rookie receivers. Coach Leor Gamzo
was heard saying, "Reich s--ks, how can you win with him ?".
The simple answer is, you can't. Coach Bill Keller's defense
put up a goose egg, while Terry Kirby (pictured) slammed 136 yards
down the Jets throat for a 6.8 yards per carry average. The
Jets defense was overworked and undermanned, while Cleveland's Tim
Couch threw 2 TD passes.
2001 Detroit Lions 27, 2000 SD Chargers
Due to a corrupt teamfile this game was
replayed, yet the result was the same. Coach Steve Sobel had
the right plays, but he also had the wrong players. With 4:39
left to go in the 3rd Jim Harbaugh flipped a 10 yard TD pass to bring
SD to within a FG, but Jeff Shelton's Motown crew answered right
back. Johnnie Morton (pictured) caught only 4 passes, but one
was for a big TD. He averaged a whopping 28+ yards a catch as
Detroit won by 10.
1972 Philadelphia Eagles 35, 1973 Houston
In a game marred by controversy Mark Van
Sickles Eagles dominated the hapless 73 Oilers. Houston's
performance was so wretched their coach quit at halftime and vowed
never to return again. Houston is presently without a leader
and might not be able to find one. On the field Philadelphia's
steady offensive attack benefited by Houston's Dan Pastorini throwing
3 picks to Philly's Nate Ramsey (pictured). John Reaves threw
for 207 yards and TD's and sat back and watched Houston implode.
1980 NO Saints, 29, 1981 Baltimore Colts 28:
Craig Swanson's Saints busted out of the
gate to score 16 un-answered point and looked to put Baltimore away
early. Coach Robb Reed is no quitter and neither is his QB Bert
Jones, who threw 4 TD passes in a loosing cause. Swanson needed
a Benny Recardo FG with :06 left on the clock to gain back the lead
and win the game. Tony Galbreath (pictured) ran for 101 yards
and averaged 7.2 yards per carry. He was a total workhorse,
adding 7 receptions including 3 on the game winning drive..
1985 Buffalo Bills 48, 1989 Dallas Cowboys
Rookie coach Chris Harris described it as
"a good 'ole fashioned butt whooping". Interim Coach Tom Smith
smiled as he rode Greg Bell (pictured) for 186 yard and 3 TD's.
Troy Aikman got injured early in the game & was replaced by Steve
Walsh, who threw for a 70% completion percentage. Buffalo
scored 17 big points in the 4th quarter to win going away.
1969 Pittsburgh Steelers 28, 1971 Buffalo
The Steel Curtain Defense showed flashes
of brilliance as rookie "Mean" Joe Green (pictured) recorded 3 sacks,
5 tackles and 1 deflection enroute to a 28-0 shutout of the Bills.
RB Dick Hoak posted a 18-112 yard day and QB Dick Shiner managed more
TD passes (3) than turnovers (2) in a game where defense counted.
3rd year man O.J. Simpson had 141 all purpose yards for the Bills and
accounted for 68% of their total offense..
1962 Minnesota Vikings 24, 1964 Denver Broncos 3:
The Purple People Eater defense stifled the Bronco offense all day
and limited them to one early FG. Future HOF'er Jim Marshall
(pictured) recorded 2 sacks, 4 tackes, 1 hurry and 1 key forced
fumble to lead the defense. Fran Tarkenton scrambled like a mad
man and threw 2 TD's and ran for one as the Vikings cruised to a easy
win. Bronco Head Coach Doug Brock was quoted as saying, "This
Bronco team might be the all time worst team ever". Time will
1981 NE Patriots 30, 1983 Houston Oilers 24:
New England Running back Tony Collins
(pictured) out dueled HOF'er Earl Campbell as the Patriots held on
for a 6 point victory. Collins was 21-126 (6.0 ypc) while
Campbell was 23-121 (5.3 ypc) and 2 TD's. Matt Cavanaugh
replaced Steve Grogan early on and was 20-28-193-2-2. Grogan's
injury will keep him out for the next game as well. Houston's
Coach Crawford Davis said his team just didn't have enough offense to
pull it out in the end. NE's Coach Marcucci was not available
for comment, but one can imagine he was sweating out the ending..