The Pi-Rate Ratings

December 3, 2013

PiRate Ratings: NFL–December 5-9, 2013

Greatest Moments

The finish to the Iron Bowl drew headlines all over the nation, as well as Canada.  Even the network nightly news’ ran the story on Monday.

 

The NFL is jokingly referred to as the “no fun league,” but this is not true.  There are numerous exciting single plays as well as a set of plays for every team in the league.  Here are our selections for the AFC; the NFC comes next week.  Yours may be different, but we are basing most of these on being around when they happened.

 

AFC East

Buffalo: The big hit in the 1964 AFL Championship Game is a close second, but the great comeback in the 1993 NFL Playoffs has to trump it.  The Bills trailed Houston 35-3 into the third quarter, before emergency fill-in QB Frank Reich led the most amazing comeback in NFL history.  The Bills forced OT at 38-38 and then won on a Steve Christie field goal.

 

There were two big plays in this game.  Christie personally recovered his onside kick in the third quarter, which seemed to ignite the spark for the amazing comeback.  In the overtime period, Nate Odomes intercepted a Warren Moon pass to give the Bills excellent field position.

 

Miami: We had to choose between a half dozen excellent options, but we went with the one that preserved the undefeated season of 1972.

 

In the conference championship game on New Year’s Eve, the surprising Pittsburgh Steelers, in their first playoff in years, appeared to have destiny on their side.  They had just knocked off the Raiders in the most incredible play in the NFL in decades (see Steelers’ best moment), and they seemed to have the 15-0 Dolphins on the ropes.

 

Trailing 7-0 and showing nothing on offense against the Steelers’ emerging dominant defense, punter Larry Seiple faked a punt and ran almost 40 yards for a first down.  The Dolphins went on to score a TD to tie the game at 7-7, and the Steel Curtain defense was not the same the rest of the game as Miami went on to win 21-17.

 

New England: The entire 2001 playoffs could qualify for the Patriots.  However, one play stands out above all others.  Adam Vinatieri booted a 45-yard field goal at the end of regulation to force overtime against the Oakland Raiders.  Normally, a 45-yard field goal would not qualify here, but this kick was special—it took place in a driving snowstorm (close to a blizzard) with icy field conditions.

 

New York Jets: Super Bowl III was the greatest game for the Jets, but it was a 60-minute effort.  The 1968 AFL Championship Game produced the biggest play in Jets’ history.  The Jets trailed Oakland 23-20 after a Joe Namath pass attempt to star receiver Don Maynard did not connect.  Star cornerback George Atkinson has read the play and jumped in to pick off the pass and return it to the Jets’ five yard line.

 

Namath did not let the pick deter him.  Immediately on the next possession, he went back to Maynard.  Maynard gave a little fake to the inside and then sprinted deep on a fly pattern.  Namath dropped back and quickly released a long bomb that fell into Maynard’s hands as Maynard and Atkinson fell into the slop at Shea Stadium.  It left the Jets just a few yards from paydirt, and they scored on the next play to go ahead 27-23.  The Jets’ defense and the swirling wind and mud stalled the great Daryle Lamonica, and the Jets were on their way to Super Bowl III.

 

AFC North

Baltimore: In the Ravens’ short history, there are a few exceptional plays, but this one is rather obvious.  Jacoby Jones’ 108-yard kick return to start the second half of the most recent Super Bowl is clearly the best play in Ravens’ history.  The 2000 champs had several excellent defensive stops, but none of them caused a power failure.

 

Cincinnati: We are going with our own trick play here.  The Bengals have a lot of exciting plays and games in their history, including the 1981 AFC Championship Game in weather similar to the Ice Bowl of 1967.  However, we are going with a game that our leader watched by the fireplace in 1969.

 

Many of you reading this may have never heard of Greg Cook.  A local boy, he played college ball at the University of Cincinnati.  In a day when most QBs were 6-0 to 6-2 in height, Cook was 6-04.  He had a rifle arm and could throw the ball accurately 60 yards downfield.  He had a quick, on the mark release, and he could set up in the pocket faster than most of his peers.  Basically, he had all the tools.

 

And, he had Paul Brown as his head coach and Bill Walsh as his teacher.  How good was the rookie?  Walsh calls him the best QB he ever coached, and that includes Joe Montana and Steve Young.  Walsh once described Cook as combining the accuracy, poise, and instincts of Montana with the speed, power, and cockiness of Terry Bradshaw.

 

Cook was perhaps one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, but he never got a chance to show it.  A rookie in 1969, he began his career with impressive victories to send the second year Bengals out to a 2-0 start.  The week two game was no fluke, as the Bengals blew a very talented San Diego Chargers team off the field, as Cook threw for more than 300 yards.  The Bengals would win game three over the Super Bowl Champion-to-be Chiefs, but it would cause them dearly.  Cook had just directed the Bengals on a scoring drive on the previous possession, when he seemed to have Cinti on the move again.  He rolled to his right to attempt a flood pattern pass when he was sacked from his blindside.  He landed on his throwing shoulder and tore his rotator cuff.

 

1969 was five years before Tommy John became the first athlete to undergo the new surgery for torn rotator cuffs, and it was 18-months before John could throw a baseball again.  Cook did not undergo surgery.  In 1969, the protocol was to shoot cortisone into the shoulder.  Cook missed time, but he made a comeback five weeks later against the undefeated Raiders.  The Bengals had lost all four games in his absence, and the Bengals were now in fourth place in the five-team AFL West Division.

 

Cook felt obligated to return, even though his shoulder could take little additional damage.  On this day in question, the Bengals-Raiders’ game was the early AFL game on NBC.  For one half, Cook was able to play near his peak, and the 3-4 Bengals looked to be poised to blow the 7-0 Raiders off the field, leading 17-0 at the half.  Cook’s arm tired quickly in the second half, but by then the Bengals were in control of the game.  They cruised to a 31-3 lead before Oakland scored two TDs in the final two drives to make it 31-17.  It was the last great game Cook ever played, as his arm fell apart and slowly weakened after every pass the rest of the season.  Cook finished out the season with no additional wins.

 

After the season, he underwent multiple operations and tried to return to the game, but his arm was shot.  He served as Ken Anderson’s backup at the start of the 1973 season and saw brief action in the first game, but he never played again. 

 

That game against Oakland in 1969 serves as our most exciting moment in Bengals’ history.

 

Cleveland: Little can be said about the second incarnation of Browns’ history.  The first version produced all the highlights.  For the best moment, it is hard to go against the final game of the 1964 season.  The Browns were 9-3-1, needing to beat the New York Giants in the 14th game to play the overwhelming top team in the league, Baltimore.  A loss would send the St. Louis Cardinals to the championship, as the football Cards had just defeated Philadelphia to finish the season 9-3-2.

 

This Browns team had a dominating offense, but the defense was suspect.  Any attack with the greatest running back in the history of the game and one of the greatest receivers in the history of the game had to be good, even if the rest of the offense was just average.  Cleveland had Jim Brown at fullback, and Brown needed little blocking help to gain five yards up the middle and just one block to turn a short off-tackle play into a 20-30 yard run.

 

Paul Warfield had few peers in the game.  The receiver would later become a star with the Miami Dolphins, but he was already a stud.  Having Gary Collins at the other wide-out spot forced defenses to stop the vertical pass first before concentrating on the running game.

 

Cleveland was only briefly threatened that final day of the 1964 regular season.  The Giants scored a touchdown early to take a lead held for just a few minutes.  Cleveland retaliated with three quick touchdowns to put the game away before halftime.  They added three more TDs in the third quarter and turned the game into a rout.  Quarterback Frank Ryan tossed 5 TD passes on the day as well as long bombs to both Warfield and Collins before sitting out the final quarter.  Cleveland won the game 51-20.  The Giants scored two TDs late, the final coming on the last play of the game.

 

Pittsburgh: There can be just one choice here, and most every serious fan has heard of “The Immaculate Reception.”  In the Steelers’ first playoff game since the 1962 Playoff Bowl (since reclassified as an exhibition game, making it the first since 1947), Pittsburgh looked to be a one and done participant as the Oakland Raiders had the game secured with seconds remaining.  Pittsburgh faced 4th and 10 at their own 40 yard line with time for maybe three more plays, less if the ball did not get out of bounds.  Of course, the Steelers needed 10 yards to maintain possession.

 

Terry Bradshaw took a big drop and then rolled right before taking a step back to the left to avoid the pass rush.  He eyed halfback John “Frenchy” Fuqua over the middle more than 10 yards past the first down marker.  The pass sailed toward Fuqua with Raider defensive back Jack Tatum appearing to have the advantage on the ball.  At the last second, Fuqua made a stab at the ball, but it bounced off Tatum’s shoulder pads and caromed several yards back toward the line of scrimmage.  The Raiders’ pass defense for a brief moment less than one second in length began to celebrate, just as they watched fullback Franco Harris scoop the ball inches before it hit the ground.

 

At this point, Harris’s path to the end zone was anything but clear.  It took a fantastic block from tight end John McMakin on linebacker Phil Villipiano and a strong stiff arm by Harris on safety Jimmy Warren.  The play used up 17 seconds, but it took several minutes for the officials to finally agree that it was a touchdown.  Rumors to this day detail that the head referee went into the PiRates’ baseball dugout to call upstairs to the pressbox to get the head of officiating to look at the instant replay to see if the reception was legal.  In those days, if an offensive player touched the ball first, no other offensive player could make the catch unless it hit a defensive player first. 

 

AFC South

Houston: There is a flat-footed tie here in the youngest team in the NFL.  The Texans first made the playoffs in 2011.  In their first playoff game against Cincinnati, two plays stand out.  Quarterback T.J. Yates threw deep down the left sideline to Andre Johnson, who had escaped double coverage, for the touchdown.  Maybe more momentous, in that same game, J. J. Watt intercepted an Andy Dalton pass and ran it to the house for the touchdown that put Houston ahead.

 

Indianapolis: It was hard picking between two great moments, both when the Colts were in Baltimore.  The “Kick heard ‘round the world” (Jim O’Brien’s game winning FG at the end of Super Bowl V), narrowly missed out to the play that made the NFL what it is today.  In the 1958 NFL Championship Game, the great Johnny Unitas led the Colts on a last-minute drive into field goal range to tie the New York Giants as time ran out, forcing the first overtime in NFL history.  The Giants won the toss and received, but the Colts’ defense held them to three plays and a punt.

 

Enter Unitas one more time.  Unitas was sacked on first down for a huge loss, and two plays later, with Baltimore facing 3rd and 15, he connected with Raymond Berry for a crucial first down, and the Giants seemed in shock.  Unitas directed the offense down the field, where Alan Ameche drove into the end zone from a yard out to end the “Greatest NFL Game of All Time,” at least up until then.

 

Jacksonville: How could a second year team make it to the AFC Championship Game?  With Tom Coughlin at coach and Dick Jauron at defensive coordinator, any team might have a chance to sneak into a playoff hunt, but to then win two playoff games, it is unheard of!

 

The 1996 Jags won six of their final seven regular season games to earn a wildcard spot at 9-7.  Then, the upstart team knocked off a good Buffalo team in the first round of the playoffs to advance to a game against overwhelming favorite Denver.  This was a Broncos team that went 13-3 with one of the losses coming on the final weekend when most of the key players, including John Elway, were rested since Denver had already clinched home field advantage as the top team.

 

The Broncos quickly showed the Jags that they were going to show them no mercy, reaching the end zone twice in the first quarter.  However, the PAT on the first TD was missed, and a two-point conversion attempt following TD number two was unsuccessful, leaving the Jags down 12-0 instead of 14-0.

 

The Jags came to life in the second quarter and went to the half with a 13-12 lead that should have been a 14-13 deficit.  Jacksonville took control in the third quarter and pulled away thanks to the passing of Mark Brunell.  Denver scored twice in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough.

 

Tennessee: There were some fantastic moments when the team was in Houston, such as winning the AFL Championships the first two years in the league existence.  The 1961 Oilers were one of the most exciting teams in pro football history with George Blanda throwing long and longer to Bill Groman and Charley Hennigan.

 

However, there can be but one game and one play that qualifies here—“The Music City Miracle” of 1999.  The Titans looked to be cooked with 16 seconds remaining in an opening round playoff game against Buffalo.  Trailing 16-15 following a Steve Christie field goal, Titans’ Coach Jeff Fisher called for his special trick kick return play.  Expecting a squib kick, he expected star tight end Frank Wycheck to field the ball, take a step or two to one side and then throw a long lateral across the field to Kevin Dyson.

 

Things did not go according to plans.  The Bills did not squib kick; they pooch-kicked the ball high into the air into Loreno Neal’s hands at the Titans’ 24.  Wycheck could not get over in time to make the catch.  Neal took three choppy steps to his right until he could hand the ball over to Wycheck and lead interference for him.  Wycheck took the ball and ran to his right for about a second and a half, turning to throw the ball across the field from the Titans’ 25 yard line.  Wycheck’s front foot toed the 25-yard line when he released the ball with the ball forward of the 25. Dyson’s back foot was clearly behind the 25-yard line when he caught the lateral on line with that back foot, making it a legal lateral.  There were no Bills’ defenders in Dyson’s way, as he sprinted 75 yards to the end zone.

 

AFC West

Denver: The Broncos have had numerous memorable moments, but two stand out above all others.  Both involve John Elway.  “The Drive” in the 1986 season (1987 playoffs) that defeated Cleveland is a close second to our choice.  In the Super Bowl in 1998 (1997 season), the Broncos and Packers were tied at 17-17 well into the third quarter, when Elway pulled off one of the most heroic runs in Super Bowl history.  Dropping back to pass on 3rd & 6 from the Packer 12, he could not find an open receiver as the pass rush closed in.  From the 21 yard line, he knew he would have to run free for about 16 yards, hoping to get to the five yard line.  He ran to his right and saw that he was not going to make it if he slid in a dive.  He needed to get to just shy of the five yard line and was going to take punishment between the six and seven yard line. 

 

Elway refused to slide.  Instead, he tucked the ball in and dove into the air.  Three Packers got a lick, with one of them propelling Elway like a helicopter blade.  When Elway hit the turf, the Broncos had a first and goal. 

 

Kansas City: Here was maybe the hardest team to choose from.  The Chiefs won the Super Bowl as well as two other AFL Championships, one of which came in a long overtime win.  However, we are going to a regular season game in a year where the Chiefs lost a playoff for the AFL West division title.

 

In 1968, Kansas City had the best defense in the league, possibly the best in AFL history.  The offense was not as spectacular as the 1966 Super Bowl I team, but it was adequate thanks to a couple of big play receivers and one of the most accurate passers of the 1960’s.

 

In the final four years of the AFL’s existence, Kansas City and Oakland were like Alabama and Auburn.  Games frequently became wrestling and boxing matches between plays.  NBC Television always reserved this game for its second spot in the doubleheader, and the ratings bonanza led to an excellent Sunday night warm-up for Bonanza, their top show.

 

In the October match against the Raiders at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, the Chiefs had no healthy wide receivers.  Coach Hank Stram, a great offensive innovator, decided the only way to play this game was to do the opposite of innovate; he went retro.  In secret, the Chiefs practiced from a two tight end full-house T-formation like the Chicago Bears made famous in 1940. 

 

In the first half of the game, the Raiders had no answer for the Chiefs’ ancient offense.  Guard Ed Budde looked like a man among boys in the opening 30 minutes, as he opened holes for backs to run free.  The three Chiefs’ backs, Mike Garrett, Robert Holmes, and Wendell Hayes, ran wild as the Chiefs topped 200 yards on the ground before halftime and led 17-0, before cruising to a 24-10 win.  Dawson attempted just three passes, an NFL modern day record, and he completed two.  All three were play-action passes off fake sweeps, one to Garrett out of the backfield.

 

Oakland: The 1967 Raiders were hands down the best AFL team of all time.  The Raiders dominated the opposition on their way to a 13-1 record.  This team dominated on both sides of the ball.  On offense, “The Mad Bomber,” Daryle Lamonica, was the most exciting quarterback of the time.  He could fire a 40-yard pass on the mark like it was a hitch pattern.  He frequently gave up easy 10-yard passes to throw 25 or more yards down the field.  The Raiders moved the ball with vertical passing setting up power running.  Defensively, the Raiders’ pass rush was scary, especially with Big Ben Davidson leading the way.

 

In the 1967 opener, Oakland held Denver below 0 total yards in the game!  It has not happened since.  Poor Broncos quarterback Steve Tensi frequently met Raider pass rushers in the pocket before he could finish his drop.  He completed just three passes all day, but one of those was to Raider defensive back Warren Powers, who returned it for the final score of the day as Oakland won 51-0.

 

That Raider team won the AFL Championship with ease, knocking Houston off 40-7 in a game that was never in doubt, but for the one game that epitomizes this team, we will select the game against San Diego in the middle of the season.  It was the second game of a nationally televised double header.  San Diego actually held the lead in the AFL West with a 5-0-1 record, while Oakland was 5-1, having lost to Joe Namath and the Jets. 

 

If the Chargers won this game, they would hold a commanding lead.  Quarterback John Hadl had quickly become the elite QB in the NFL with Lance Alworth providing the best target in football.  Diminutive back Dicky Post was a threat to take a simple handoff and turn it into a long gain, thanks to the league’s best tackle, Ron Mix, clearing out defenses.

 

The game was much anticipated all week among the AFL’s renegade fans.  Youngsters, like yours truly, waited all week for this great finish to the weekend. 

 

The scoring started early when the Chargers were backed up inside their one yard line.  A handoff to Post never got out of the end zone, and Oakland led 2-0.  It was a lead they would never relinquish.  Enter the Mad Bomber.  Lamonica faked a handoff to Hewritt Dixon and then dropped back and spotted Clem Daniels deep down the sideline.  He placed the ball into Daniels’ hands, and it was quickly 9-0 Oakland.

 

Following a San Diego field goal early in the second quarter, the Raiders went back on the attack and

Sustained a long drive using many power runs.  Lamonica dropped back to pass from the San Diego three and found a hole wide enough to drive a tractor through.  He quickly ran in for the score to make it 16-3.

 

San Diego was not ready to throw in the towel.  Hadl finally connected with Bambi, and Alworth hauled in a long pass in stride.  Nobody could stop Alworth from behind, and it became a 70+ yard touchdown strike to make it 16-10, where it stood at halftime.

 

The second half was all silver and black.  Lamonica tore the Chargers’ secondary apart leading Oakland on five touchdown drives, highlighted by his bomb to Fred Biletnikoff to put the game out of reach, and Oakland won 51-10.  The Chargers collapsed, and Kansas City never posted a challenge.  Oakland won the West by four games over the Chiefs and four and a half over San Diego.  They met their match in the Super Bowl against the greatest dynasty ever, but Oakland was not 19-points weaker than Green Bay that year.  The Packers played their best game of the season for Vince Lombardi’s finale in Titletown.

 

San Diego:  The AFL first appeared to have become the equal of the NFL during the 1963 season.  Many experts of the time believed the 1963 Chargers were better than the NFL Champion Chicago Bears that year.  They were probably right, because this Chargers’ team was dominating.

 

Quarterback Tobin Rote was a fullback disguised as a quarterback.  He had a strong arm, but his strong legs frequently caused troubles for pass rushes.  Halfback Paul Lowe and fullback Keith Lincoln were the best tandem runners until Mercury Morris and Larry Csonka came along in the following decade.  Both had breakaway speed, great hands to catch passes, and no fear to block blitzing linebackers.

 

When Rote dropped back to pass, he only had the greatest pair of hands in NFL history on the other end of his aerials.  Lance Alworth had no peer at his position.  “Bambi” was agile, quick, intelligent, and when the ball came anywhere near him, he caught it.  Defenses were forced to double team Alworth, which opened up the running game.  Throw in tight end Dave Kocourek, who was a monster over the middle for any safety, and the brilliant play-calling of Coach Sid Gillman, and opposing teams’ coaches spent many a sleepless nights trying to figure out how to slow this team down.

 

The Chargers faced the Boston Patriots for the AFL Championship, a team they had swept during the regular season, but winning by four and one point.  Boston had to defeat Buffalo in a playoff for the East Division title, while San Diego benefitted from having an extra week to recover and prepare.

 

The game figured to be a tight, lower scoring than average contest, much like the two regular season games.  Boston’s defense was more than adequate, but the Patriots were not up to the task that January afternoon.

 

San Diego’s running game was unstoppable from the start.  An inside trap play sprung Lincoln loose on a breakaway until he was brought down inside the Boston five yard line.  Rote snuck into the end zone to begin the onslaught.  On the next Chargers’ possession, Rote tossed a quick pitch to the weak side to Lincoln, and the small but speedy back took off with no defender in his way.  He took it to the house to go over 100 yards rushing in two attempts, and the score was 14-0 quickly.

 

Boston mounted its only touchdown drive of the day on the next possession, but the Chargers were not through in the first quarter.  Rote went back to the quick pitch, this time tossing to Lowe on the strong side.  Lowe evaded a couple tackles and was off to the races for the score.  San Diego had 200 yards rushing at the end of the first quarter and led 21-7.

 

Lincoln and Lowe kept breaking free on runs throughout the day, and San Diego turned the game into a laugher winning 51-10.  Lincoln rushed for more than 200 yards on the day, and the Chargers topped 300 as a team.  Rote did not need to rely on his arm, but he did find Alworth on a long pass that Bambi hauled in for a touchdown.

 

This Week’s PiRate Ratings

N F C

East

PiRate

Mean

Biased

Dallas Cowboys

100.4

101.3

100.0

Philadelphia Eagles

99.2

100.5

99.6

New York Giants

96.9

96.9

96.4

Washington Redskins

94.4

94.2

93.8

       
North

PiRate

Mean

Biased

Detroit Lions

102.7

103.1

102.5

Chicago Bears

100.1

99.7

99.4

Minnesota Vikings

95.0

94.5

94.3

Green Bay Packers

94.9

93.7

93.9

       
South

PiRate

Mean

Biased

Carolina Panthers

107.0

107.3

107.6

New Orleans Saints

105.8

106.8

106.5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

96.7

96.5

96.8

Atlanta Falcons

95.2

94.5

94.4

 

 

 

 

West

PiRate

Mean

Biased

San Francisco 49ers

110.2

110.9

110.7

Seattle Seahawks

110.1

110.5

110.5

St. Louis Rams

100.7

101.5

101.2

Arizona Cardinals

100.6

101.8

101.1

       

A F C

East

PiRate

Mean

Biased

New England Patriots

106.2

104.5

106.3

Miami Dolphins

100.3

99.9

100.5

Buffalo Bills

97.1

96.1

96.9

New York Jets

90.8

89.2

90.6

       
North

PiRate

Mean

Biased

Cincinnati Bengals

106.7

106.9

106.9

Baltimore Ravens

103.0

102.7

103.2

Pittsburgh Steelers

99.4

99.3

99.7

Cleveland Browns

94.5

94.0

94.0

       
South

PiRate

Mean

Biased

Indianapolis Colts

100.8

100.9

101.0

Tennessee Titans

97.8

97.9

97.9

Houston Texans

95.6

94.9

95.7

Jacksonville Jaguars

90.3

90.2

90.1

       
West

PiRate

Mean

Biased

Denver Broncos

110.8

111.3

111.3

Kansas City Chiefs

102.1

103.3

102.4

San Diego Chargers

100.9

101.2

100.7

Oakland Raiders

93.8

94.0

94.1

 

 

This Week’s PiRate Spreads

Home Visitor

PiRate

Mean

Bias

Jacksonville Houston

-2.8

-2.2

-3.1

Cincinnati Indianapolis

8.4

8.5

8.4

Tampa Bay Buffalo

2.6

3.4

2.9

Washington Kansas City

-4.7

-6.1

-5.6

Baltimore Minnesota

11.0

11.2

11.9

New England Cleveland

14.7

13.5

15.3

New Orleans Carolina

1.8

2.5

1.9

N Y Jets Oakland

0.5

-1.3

0.0

Philadelphia Detroit

-0.5

0.4

0.1

Pittsburgh Miami

2.1

2.4

2.2

Denver Tennessee

16.0

16.4

16.4

San Diego N Y Giants

7.0

7.3

7.3

San Francisco Seattle

3.1

3.4

3.2

Arizona St. Louis

2.9

3.3

2.9

Green Bay Atlanta

2.7

2.2

2.5

Chicago Dallas

2.7

1.4

2.4

 

This Week’s PiRate Playoff Projections

 

AFC

1. Denver

2. Cincinnati

3. New England

4. Indianapolis

5. Kansas City

6. Baltimore

 

NFC

1. Seattle

2. New Orleans

3. Philadelphia

4. Detroit

5. Carolina

6. San Francisco

 

Wildcard Round

New England over Baltimore

Kansas City over Indianapolis

San Francisco over Philadelphia

Carolina over Detroit

 

Divisional Round

Denver over Kansas City

Cincinnati over New England

Seattle over San Francisco

New Orleans over Carolina

 

Conference Championships

Cincinnati over Denver

Seattle over New Orleans

 

Super Bowl

Seattle over Cincinnati

January 28, 2009

Pro Football Computer Simulation League–SIMper Bowl II–January 28, 2009

SIMper Bowl II

January 25, 2009

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Weather: Sunny, Light Wind, 72 Degrees

 

NFC Champions: 1996 Green Bay Packers

AFC Champions: 1998 Denver Broncos

 

How They Got Here

 

Green Bay

12-4-0 Regular Season-NFC North Champions

Playoffs

Defeated 1991 Washington Redskins 31-17

Defeated 1999 St. Louis Rams 34-27

 

Denver

12-4-0 Regular Season AFC West Champions

Playoffs

Defeated 2000 Baltimore Ravens 17-14

Defeated 2007 New England Patriots 31-21

 

Coin Toss

Denver Calls Heads.  Here’s the toss.  It is tails.  Green Bay has won the toss.

 

Brett Favre: We want the ball

John Elway: We’ll kick to the clock

 

1st Quarter

 

Denver set to kick off.  Jason Elam’s kick is high and short.  Desmond Howard catches it at the Packer 11 and returns it just five yards to the 16 before running out of bounds.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 16-Brett Favre fakes the dive to Dorsey Levens and throws the quick out to Mark Chmura.  The pass is complete at the Packer 18.  Chmura turns up field and is pummeled by Steve Atwater at the 20.  Chmura fumbles the ball, and tt is recovered by Neil Smith for the Broncos!!!  TURNOVER

 

Den 1st & 10 @ GB 21-John Elway fakes to Terrell Davis and drops back to pass.  There’s a heavy rush, but the Broncos have a screen pass set up.  Davis cannot catch the pass.  Incomplete.

 

Den 2nd & 10 @ GB 21-Elway gives to Davis running off right tackle.  He’s inside the 20 to the 15 yard line before being stopped by a hoard of green jerseys.

 

Den 3rd & 4 @ GB 15-Elway drops back to pass.  He spots Shannon Sharpe running a post slant pattern to the goal.  Elway’s pass is…..just out of Sharpe’s reach.  Incomplete.

 

Den 4th & 4 @ GB 15-Elam in to attempt a 32 yard field goal.  The ball is down; the kick is up, and it is perfect.  FIELD GOAL. 

 

Denver 3  Green Bay 0 1st Qtr. 13:57   Scoring Drive: 3 plays, 6 yards, 0:51

 

Denver set to kick off.  Elam’s kick is short once again.  Howard fields the ball at the 13 and has a hole.  He’s to the 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and pushed out at the 40.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 40-Favre tosses to Edgar Bennett running wide left.  He has nowhere to go, and he’s going to be dropped for a loss of 3 by Glenn Cadrez.

 

GB 2nd & 13 @ GB 37-Here’s a quick trap off left guard by Bennett.  He breaks a tackle at the 40 and will get the first down on a 13-yard scamper.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ 50-Favre drops back to pass.  Nobody is open downfield.  He dumps it to William Henderson who will pick up 2 yards.

 

GB 2nd & 8 @ Den 48-Favre drops back and hands to Levens on a draw play.  He has no room and will pick up a yard.

 

GB 3rd & 7 @ Den 47-Here’s another draw play to Bennett.  The Broncos read this one all the way, and Bennett can only gain 1 yard.

 

GB 4th & 6 @ Den 46-Craig Hentrich set to punt.  Here’s the snap.  Hentrich booms it short and high.  The ball bounces at the Denver 15 and rolls to the 5.  It’s picked up by Darrien Gordon at the 5 and returned 3 yards.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 8-Elway gives to Davis running off tackle to the right.  He’s got room to run.  Davis is to the 10, the 15, the 20, and knocked down at the 22 for a 14-yard gain and first down.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 22-Elway drops back to pass and is looking deep to Ed McCaffrey.  He lets it go, but it is too strong and incomplete.

 

Den 2nd & 10 @ Den 22-Elway drops back and gives to Davis on a draw play.  Davis gets back to the line of scrimmage and dives forward for 1 yard.

 

Den 3rd & 9 @ Den 23-Elway drops back to pass, but Green Bay is blitzing.  Elway throws the ball away.

 

Den 4th & 9 @ Den 23-Tom Rouen set to punt for Denver.  He hit it high.  Howard calls for a fair catch and fields the ball at the Green Bay 38.  It’s a punt of 39 yards.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 38-Favre takes a short drop and looks downfield.  Nobody’s open.  He begins to scramble and throws to Bennett, but the pass is wide and incomplete.

 

GB 2nd & 10 @ GB 38-Favre drops back again, but this time it’s a draw play to Levens.  There’s no room to run, and Levens cuts wide getting just one yard before being shoved out of bounds.

 

GB 3rd & 9 @ GB 39-Here’s a quick pitch to Levens.  He’s going to be trapped behind the line.  No!  He breaks loose, but Romanowski has him as he hits the line of scrimmage.  No Gain!

 

GB 4th & 9 @ GB 39-Hentrich is in to punt.  He gets a high spiral, and Gordon catches it at the Bronco 19.  He has a seam.  He’s to the 20, the 25, the 30, and knocked down at the 32.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 32-Elway is back to pass, but here comes Reggie White on a stunt.  White’s got Elway and down he goes for a loss of 6 yards.

 

Den 2nd & 16 @ Den 26-Elway is back to pass again, and the Packers are blitzing.  He has no time to set up.  Elway escapes the initial pressure and runs up the middle getting back to the original line of scrimmage on a gain of 6.

 

Den 3rd & 10 @ Den 32-Here’s a delayed draw to Davis.  He’s going nowhere.  No gain.

 

Den 4th & 10 @ Den 32-Rouen set to punt for Denver.  The punt is a little low and returnable.  Howard takes the ball at the Packer 24 and has room to his left.  He rounds the left side at the 25, 30, 35, 40, and is taken down at the 43.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 43-Favre gives to Bennett on a dive play over right guard.  Bennet picks up a couple before going down.

 

GB 2nd & 8 @ GB 45-Favre fakes to Levens and rolls to his right.  He hits Robert Brooks at Midfield.  Brooks takes the pass and cuts upfield into Bronco territory.  He crosses the 45 to the 40 and cuts back to the middle.  He’s to the 36 before going down for a 19-yard gain.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ Den 36-Here’s the give to Bennett going off tackle to the left side.  He has no hole, but he bulls ahead for 2 yard.

 

GB 2nd & 8 @ Den 34-Favre drops back to pass.  He spots Antonio Freeman open on a deep out route.  His pass is on the mark and Freeman has it at the Denver 18 as he goes out of bounds for a 16-yard gain.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ Den 18-Here’s a quick opener to Bennett, and he has a large hole.  He’s to the 15, the 10, the 5, TOUCHDOWN Packers!

 

GB PAT-Jacke’s point after is GOOD.  Green Bay leads 7-3 with 1:48 remaining in the opening period. 

 

Green Bay 7  Denver 3  1st Qtr. 1:48   Scoring Drive: 5 plays, 57 yard, 2:52

 

Green Bay kicks off.  Jacke’s kick is hauled in at the 3 by Vaughn Hebron.  Hebron is going to be smashed as he crosses the 15 and falls at the 16.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 16-Elway stands immediately and fires a quick in to Sharpe at the 17.  Sharpe eludes the first wave and has plenty of room to run.  He’s to the 20, 25, 30, 35, and knocked down at the 39 for a 23-yard pickup.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 39-Elway’s looking deep over the middle.  Rod Smith is open, and here’s the throw.  It’s just over his outstretched arms and incomplete.

 

Den 2nd & 10 @ Den 39-Elway looks short to Smith this time.  The pass is complete, but Smith is stopped for 1 yard.

 

Den 3rd & 9 @ Den 40-Here’s the draw to Davis.  He crosses the 40 to the 45 and is knocked down at the 46 for a gain of 6.  The clock strikes 0:00, and that’s the end of the first quarter with the score: Green Bay 7  Denver 3.

 

2nd Quarter

 

Den 4th & 3 @ Den 46-Coach Mike Shanahan considers going for it, but he sends Rouen in to punt.  Here’s the punt.  It’s high and bounces at the Packer 15.  The ball rolls down to the 9, where it is downed.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 9-Favre gives to Bennett running up the middle.  He gets 5 yards.

 

GB 2nd & 5 @ GB 14-Levens gets the ball going over right tackle, but he doesn’t get much.  He falls at the 15.

 

GB 3rd & 4 @ GB 15-Here’s the fake to Bennett.  Favre takes a short drop and looks downfield before dumping wide to Bennett.  Bennett crosses the 15 and dives for the first down at the 20.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 20-Favre is back to pass, but here comes Neal Smith.  Smith knocks Favre down for a 7-yard sack,

 

GB 2nd & 17 @ GB 13-Favre gives to Bennett who sweeps around left end.  Bennett has some room to run.  He’s to the 20, 25, and knocked out of bounds at the 26.

 

GB 3rd & 4 @ GB 26-Favre fakes a quick pass and then gives to Levens on a trap up the middle.  He get nowhere and is stopped for no gain.

 

GB 4th & 4 @ GB 26-Hentrich is in to punt.  He skies the ball high and far.  Gordon fields the ball at the Denver 28.  He cuts left and then right.  Gordon crosses the 30 to the 35, where he breaks a tackle and gets to the 41.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 41-Elway hands to Davis up the middle, and Davis can only gain 2 yards.

 

Den 2nd & 8 @ Den 43-Elway takes a quick drop and fires to Sharpe at the 45.  Sharpe eludes one tackle and picks up 6 yards.

 

Den 3rd & 2 @ Den 49-Davis gets the ball up the middle and dives across the 50 to the Packer 49.  The referee calls for the chain gang.  The chain is stretched, and it is a Denver first down.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ GB 49-Davis gets the ball again slanting off right tackle.  He gets by the first wave and picks up 7 yards.

 

Den 2nd & 3 @ GB 42-Elway fakes to Davis and passes to Smith, but the pass is broken up by George Koonce.

 

Den 3rd & 3 @ GB 42-Elway drops back and finds McCaffrey open on a curl route into the Packer 2-deep zone.  McCaffrey holds on to the ball and takes a big hit, but he gains 11 yard and a first down.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ GB 31-Here’s the deep pitch to Davis.  Davis tries to sweep left, but there is no room, so he cuts back and just gets back to the line of scrimmage.

 

Den 2nd & 10 @ GB 31-The Broncos try the same exact play but to the right.  This time, Davis has some running room as he sweeps wide.  He crosses the 30, the 25, the 20, and is run down at the 16 for a 15-yard gain.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ GB 16-Davis gets 6 yards up the middle, but there’s a FLAG on the play.  Denver is penalized 5 yards for illegal procedure.  They only had 6 men on the line.

 

Den 1st & 15 @ GB 21-Howard Griffith is in the game to spell Davis.  Elway gives to Griffith, and he had a hole, but Griffith trips at the line of scrimmage for no gain.

 

Den 2nd & 15 @ GB 21-Derek Loville enters the game, and Elway hands to him.  Loville angles wide and can only pick up 1 yard.

 

Den 3rd & 14 @ GB 20-Elway looking into the end zone for Sharpe, but he’s covered.  Elway throws short to McCaffrey at the 13.  McCaffrey gives ground trying to get wide, and he’s tackled back at the 15 for a 5 yard gain.

 

Den 4th & 9 @ GB 15-Elam comes in for a second field goal attempt.  The ball is down, and the kick is right through the uprights.  FIELD GOAL.

 

Green Bay 7  Denver 6  2nd Qtr. 3:45    Scoring Drive: 11 plays, 49 yards 6:46

 

Elam kicks off for Denver.  Howard takes it at the 8.  He’s to the 10, 15, 20, 25,  and tackled at the 28.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 28-Favre fakes to Levens and passes across the middle of the Bronco zone to Keith Jackson.  Jackson catches the ball at the 35 and runs to the 43.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 43-Bennett gets the ball and sweeps left.  He hits the 45, where he runs out of real estate.

 

GB 2nd & 8 @ GB 45-Favre hands to Levens going inside left tackle.  He breaks one tackle and gets 4 yards.

 

GB 3rd & 4 @ GB 49-Before Favre can get the play off, the clock hits 2:00.  2:00 Warning===Time to get to the fridge and get your favorite beverage and snack food for halftime.

 

GB 3rd & 4 @ GB 49-Favre wants a quick six.  He drops deep and fires the bomb to the end zone for Beebe.  Beebe has a hand on it, but he cannot bring it in.

 

GB 4th & 4 @ GB 49-The Packers keep their offense on the field.  Favre appears to be trying to draw the Broncos offside, but it isn’t working.  Green Bay calls timeout.  Hentrich comes in to punt.  Here’s the kick.  It’s a knuckle ball punt that is going to hit the ground at the 20 and bounce to the 10.  George Coghill is the upback, and he picks up the ball at the 9.  He returns it across the 10 to the 15, the 20, the 25, the 30, and Hentrich makes the touchdown saving tackle at the 34, as the Packers were caught off guard.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 34-Elway has 1:34 to work with.  He’s back to pass and is looking in the left hook zone for Davis who had run a divide pattern.  The pass is tipped and intercepted by Koonce at the 50.  Koonce swings wide to the opposite side of the field.  He’s to the 45, the 40, and the 36 yard line before being stopped.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ Den 36-Favre drops back to pass, and he’s looking deep.  Now, he looks for his next read and spots Mark Chmura open in the middle of the field.  Favre throws a perfect pass, and Chmura catches it at the 26 and picks up an extra yard for a first down.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ Den 25-Favre takes a 3-step drop and passes wide to Jackson.  Jackson catches the ball at the 20 and picks up 2 more yards before getting out of bounds to stop the clock at 1:22.

 

GB 2nd & 3 @ Den 18-Favre tosses the ball wide to William Henderson.  Henderson tries to get to the corner and gives ground.  He’s not going to make it back to the line of scrimmage or get out of bounds, and he takes a 2-yard loss.  Green Bay calls timeout.

 

GB 3rd & 5 @ Den 20-Favre drops back and looks to the end zone.  Jackson is running a flag route and has a little space.  Here’s the pass.  At the last moment, Steve Atwater gets there to bat the ball away.

 

GB 4th & 5 @ Den 20-Jacke comes in for a 37-yard field goal attempt.  The snap is low, but Hentrich gathers it in.  Jacke adjusts and gets away a perfect kick down the middle.  FIELD GOAL

 

Green Bay 10  Denver 6  2nd Qtr. 1:08    Scoring Drive: 4 plays, 16 yards 0:25

 

Jacke kicks off for the Packers.  The ball sails to the 7 where Hebron takes it in.  He’s to the 10, 15, 20, 25, and up to the 30.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 30-Elway still has time to march Denver for a score.  He wants it right away.  He drops back and is looking deep.  There’s a bullet pass 40 yards downfield to Sharpe, but it’s just a bit too strong and incomplete.

 

Den 2nd & 10 @ Den 30-The Packers use a dime package.  Elway gives to Davis on a draw play.  The Packers aren’t fooled, and Davis is forced to give ground in order to get out of bounds for just 1 yard.

 

Den 3rd & 9 @ Den 31-Elway looks for Shannon Sharpe past the first down marker, but he throws the ball away. [NOTE: Sharpe played on both the ’96 Packers and ’98 Broncos.]

 

Den 4th & 9 @ Den 31-Green Bay has 10 defenders on the line and looks to be going after the punt.  Rouen gets the snap and has to hurry.  He shanks a punt that is going to go out of bounds.  The back judge starts moving forward and spots the ball at the Packer 40.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 40-The Packers have one timeour remaining and 32 seconds to work with.  Favre looks downfield and has to dump the ball to Bennett.  Bennett drops the ball.

 

GB 2nd & 10 @ GB 40-Favre gives the ball to Levens on a draw, but there’s nothing there.  Levens picks up a yard, and Green Bay uses its last timeout of the half with 23 seconds on the clock.

 

GB 3rd & 9 @ GB 41-Favre drops back to pass.  Brooks is open around the Denver 40, but Favre’s arm is hit as he tries to pass.  The ball sails high in the air, but no player can get to it before it hits the ground.

 

GB 4th & 9 @ GB 41-Hentrich is forced to punt with 17 seconds left in the half.  Denver appears to be setting up a return.  Hentrich’s punt is high and bounces at the 17 where it rolls backwards and out of bounds at the 20.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 20-Elway has just 6 seconds on the clock.  He drops back and tries the Hail Mary pass to the right side.  McCaffrey gets a finger on it, but three Packers are there to bat the ball away.

 

That’s the end of the first half, with the score: Green Bay 10  Denver 6

 

3rd Quarter

 

Jacke set to kick for Green Bay.  Here’s the kick.  It’s high and comes down at the 5 where Hebron fields it and runs left.  He’s at the 10, 15, 20, 25, and to the 28.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 28-Elway fakes to Davis and passes over the middle to Sharpe, but the ball sails wide.

 

Den 2nd & 10 @ Den 28-Elway gives to Davis slanting off tackle to the left.  He gets by the first wave and crosses the 30 to the 33.

 

Den 3rd & 5 @ Den 33-Elway fakes to Davis and takes a short drop.  Here comes Rod Smith on an end around.  Elway gives him the ball, and the Packers have been fooled.  Smith sweeps wide with plenty of open room.  He cross the 35, the 40, the 45, the 50, and into Green Bay territory at the 47.  Hold the phone!  There’s a flag back in the Bronco backfield.  HOLDING Denver.  The play won’t count.

 

Den 3rd & 15 @ Den 23-The Packers are in a Dime Package, and Denver goes with an empty backfield with Elway in the Shotgun.  Here’s the snap.  Elway appears to be sprinting wide to the left.  Here comes Smith again.  They are going to run the end around again.  This time, there isn’t much room.  Smith is met at the line of scrimmage, but he makes a good move to break free.  He gets to the 30 before being forced out of bounds.

 

Den 4th & 8 @ Den 30-Rouen comes in to punt.  He gets away a rocket.  This one is going to stay in the air for almost five seconds.  Howard signals for a fair catch and hauls it in at the Packer 27.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 27-Favre drops back to pass, but here comes an all-out Bronco Blitz.  Favre tries to scramble to his right, but Trevor Pryce is going to hit him hard at the 18.  Favre loses the ball, and it rolls forward to the 19.  Who recovers?  The referee is in there looking at the pile, and it appears that a green jersey is on the bottom.

 

GB 2nd & 18 @ GB 19-Favre drops back to pass.  The rush is strong once again, but Favre gets rid of the ball quickly.  It’s off  the mark, and Tyrone Braxton has just intercepted the pass at the 31.  He cuts to the middle and has some room.  He’s at the 30, the 25, the 20, the 15, the 10, the 5, and he scores?  No.  The head linesman has marked him out of bounds at the 2.

 

Den 1st & G @ GB 2-Elway drops one step and fires a quick pass to Sharpe.  He can’t find running room and goes down for no gain.

 

Den 2nd & G @ GB 2-Here’s the straight ahead dive to Davis.  He’s up in the air and over for the score.  TOUCHDOWN Denver!

 

Elam comes in for the point after.  The snap and hold are good, and Elam boots it through for the extra point.

 

Denver 13  Green Bay 10  3rd Qtr. 11:33        Scoring Drive: 2 plays, 2 yards 0:47

 

Elam kicks off for Denver.  Howard fields it at the 1.  He runs straight up the middle to the 5, the 10, the 15, the 20, and goes down at the 24.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 24-Favre hands to Bennett going just left of center, but there’s nothing there.  Bennett is dropped for a loss of 1.

 

GB 2nd & 11 @ GB 23-Favre pitches to Levens who is sweeping right.  He get around the corner and crosses the 25 to the 30.  The head linesman marks the ball back at the 29.

 

GB 3rd & 5 @ GB 29-Favre is in the shotgun with Henderson in to his left.  Favre hands to Henderson on the delay.  Henderson has a hole, but he cannot get to it in time.  He gets just 2 yards, and the Packers will have to punt.

 

GB 4th & 3 @ GB 31-Hentrich is back in punt formation, but there’s movement in the line.  Green Bay is penalized 5 yards for illegal procedure.

 

GB 4th & 8 @ GB 26-Hentrich sends a rocket that forces Gordon to backpedal.  Gordon fields it at the Bronco 23.  Gordon heads up the middle across the 25 to the 30 and cuts back to the left.  He gets to the 34 where he is knocked down.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 34-Elway drops back to pass and looks downfield.  Boom!  He never saw Reggie White coming from his blind side.  Elway’s down at the 29 for a 5 yard loss, but he appears to be okay.

 

Den 2nd & 15 @ Den 29-Elway is in the shotgun this time.  He rolls to his left and stops.  He’s going to throw back to the right flat, and Sharpe is open.  Sharpe catches the pass at the 36 and runs forward to the 43.  He’s close to a first down but a little short.

 

Den 3rd & 1 @ Den 43-The Broncos need less than a yard to move the chains.  Elway gives to Davis going off right guard.  He has the yard, and it’s first down Broncos.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 44-Elway pitches to Davis.  Davis is sweeping right and has the corner.  He picks up a quick 5 yards.

 

Den 2nd & 5 @ Den 49-Here’s the straight ahead dive to Loville.  Loville finds a seam and gets to the 50, but the ball has been knocked loose.  Green Bay appears to have recovered on the sideline, but the side judge has ruled the ball out of bounds before possession.  Denver keeps it.

 

Den 3rd & 40 @ 50-Elway fakes to Loville, and he rolls left.  He’s going to cross the first down marker and run out of bounds at the Packer 44.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ GB 44-Elway is looking deep.  McCaffrey is covered by two Packers.  Elway looks for Sharpe, but he’s covered as well.  Elway throws the ball away.

 

Den 2nd & 10 @ GB 44-Elway sprints to the right and throws to McCaffrey, but the ball is knocked away.

 

Den 3rd & 10 @ GB 44-Elway is in the shot gun.  He looks deep to Sharpe, but his throw is high.  Eugene Robinson has intercepted the pass at the Green Bay 32, and he’s sprinting for the left sideline.  He’s at the 35, the 40, the 45, midfield with only Elway to beat.  He eludes Elway, and he’s off to the races.  45, 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, TOUCHDOWN Packers!  That’s a momentum changing play!!!

 

Jacke is in for the PAT.  The ball is down, and the kick is up and good.

 

Green Bay 17  Denver 13  3rd Qtr. 4:36   Drive: 0 plays, 68 yards 0:00

 

Jacke kicks off for Green Bay.  The kick is short and Hebron has to run to the 15 to field it.  He runs to his right and crosses the 20.  Now, he cuts back to his left and has some running room.  He’s at the 25, the 30, the 35, and out of bounds at the 37.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 37-Loville gets the ball on a quick trap up the middle, but there’s not much there.  He gets 1 yard, but there’s a flag down at the 37.  Green Bay is penalized 15 yards for a personal foul grabbing the facemask.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ GB 48-Elway takes a short drop and fired to Sharpe on a quick out route.  Sharpe catches the ball and picks up 5 yards.

 

Den 2nd & 5 @ GB 43-Elway hands to Davis on a quick opener on the right.  He’s got a big hole to run through!  He gets through the line to the 40 and jukes left, avoiding a tackle at the 37.  He cuts back to the right and has some blocking interference.  Nobody’s going to stop him. 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, 5, TOUCHDOWN Broncos!  Terrell Davis has just put Denver ahead once again on a spectacular 43 yard run.

 

Elam enters the game for the point after.  The ball is down, and the kick is up and good.

 

Denver 20  Green Bay 17  3rd Qtr. 3:34     Drive: 3 plays, 48 yards 0:54

 

Elam kicks off for Denver.  The ball bounces at the 10 and rolls to the 4, where Howard has a tough time picking it up.  He gets started late and can only get back to the 14 where he’s bowled over by a host of Broncos in an orange crush.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 14-Favre hands to Bennett running straight ahead.  He has a little room and picks up 5 yards.

 

GB 2nd & 5 @ GB 19-Favre hands the ball to Brooks running to the right of the center.  He hasn’t got a hole and is stopped for no gain.

 

GB 3rd & 5 @ GB 19-Favre is in the shotgun.  Here’s the snap.  Favre’s in trouble as Romanowski is coming fast.  Favre cannot get away, and Romo has him in his grasp for a sack and loss of 8 yards.  There is a flag down on the play.  Denver has been flagged for defensive holding, and the Packers will get an automatic first down at the 24.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 24-Favre gives to Bennett running up the middle.  Bennett gets 3 yards.

 

GB 2nd & 7 @ GB 27-Favre passes wide to Levens at the 28.  Levens has it and turns upfield.  He gets to the 30 and is forced out of bounds at the 33, just short of the marker.

 

GB 3rd & 1 @ GB 33-Favre fakes to Levens and drops back.  He’s looking deep for Antonio Freeman.  The ball is just out of Freeman’s reach at the Denver 28.

 

GB 4th & 1 @ GB 33-Hentrich comes in to punt.  He boots a high one that is going to land at the Denver 25 and take a backward roll to the 33.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 33-Elway fakes to Davis and drops back deep.  Here comes a strong rush.  It’s a screen, and Green Bay has fallen for the trick.  Elway lobs the ball forward to Davis on the bubble screen, and Davis is in the clear again.  He’s to the 35, the 40, the 45, the 50, the Green Bay 45, and knocked out of bounds at the 44 for a gain of 23 yards.  The clock ticked down to 0:00 on the play, and that’s the end of the 3rd Quarter with the score: Denver 20  Green Bay 17

 

4th Quarter

 

Den 1st & 10 @ GB 44-Elway gives the ball to Davis going off tackle to the right.  He breaks through the line and crosses the 40 to the 37.

 

Den 2nd & 3 @ GB 37-Loville gets the ball this time on the sweep to the right.  He gets to the sideline and forces his way forward for 2 yards before going out of bounds.

 

Den 3rd & 1 @ GB35-Elway pitches to Davis running wide to the left.  He has the first down and more.  He crosses the 30 to the 26.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ GB 26-Davis gets the ball again on a trap play to the left, but there’s not much there.  He gets a yard.

 

Den 2nd & 9 @ GB 25-Loville gets this one on a sweep to the left.  He picks up 2 yards before tripping and falling.

 

Den 3rd & 7 @ GB 23-Elway is looking across the middle against the seam in the 2-deep Packer zone.  He fires toward Sharpe, but he’s off target.

 

Den 4th & 7 @ GB 23-Elam comes in to try to give Denver a 6-point lead.  The ball is down, the kick is up, and it’s good.  FIELD GOAL!

 

Denver 23  Green Bay 17 4th qtr. 11:40   Scoring Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards, 4:03

 

Elam kicks off for Denver.  The ball sails to the 5, where Howard takes it on the run this time.  Howard crosses the 10 to the 15, the 20, the 25, and makes the 28 before being stopped.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 28-Favre drops back to pass.  He’s looking for Chmura about 10 yards downfield, but the ball has been tipped and knocked away.

 

GB 2nd & 10 @ GB 28-Favre rolls to his right and has nobody open.  He’s going to run.  He gets back to the line of scrimmage and picks up 2 yards before running out of bounds.

 

GB 3rd & 8 @ GB 30-Here’s a draw play to Henderson.  He’s stopped at the line, but he turns and heads wide to the left.  He’s going to be brought down for a loss of 2 yards.

 

GB 4th & 10 @ GB 28-Hentrich comes in to punt once again.  He gets away a better one this time, and Gordon fields it at the Bronco 30.  He gets 4 yards before he is swarmed under.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 34-Elway fakes to Davis and takes a short roll to the right.  He spots Sharpe open in the deep right out and fires a bullet on target.  Sharpe has it at the Packer 47 before being tackled at the Packer 45 for a gain of 21.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ GB 45-Elway raises and throws a quick pop pass to Smith.  Smith has it at the 40, and he heads to the outside.  He crosses the 35 to the 32 for another Bronco first down.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ GB 32-Davis gets the ball going right, but he just barely gets back to the line of scrimmage.

 

Den 2nd & 10 @ GB 32-Elway takes a 5-step drop and looks to his left.  There’s McCaffrey running a curl pattern.  Elway hits him in the numbers for a gain of 14 and another first down.  The clock rolls past the halfway point of the final period.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ GB 18-Elway fakes to Loville and runs the bootleg to his left.  Wayne Simmons isn’t fooled, and he will sack Elway for a 6-yard loss.

 

Den 2nd & 16 @ GB 24-Elway gives to Davis running wide right.  There’s nowhere to run, and Davis will fall down at the line of scrimmage.

 

Den 3rd & 16 @ GB 24-Elway drops back to pass with a strong Green Bay pass rush coming fast.  Elway dumps to Dwayne Carswell, who picks up 4 yards and stays in bounds.

 

Den 4th & 12 @ GB 20-Elam is in to try to connect on his fourth field goal of the day.  The ball is down, and the kick is up and good.  FIELD GOAL!

 

Denver 26  Green Bay 17  4th Qtr. 4:56   Drive: 7 plays, 46 yards  4:55

 

Elam will kick for Denver.  The Packers need two scores in less than five minutes or else the Broncos will be Sim Champions.  Here’s the kick.  It’s a squibber, and it’s going to roll to the 17 before Travis Jervey fields it.  Jervey crosses the 20 the 25, where two Broncos try to sandwich him.  Jervey pitches the ball backward to Beebe, and Beebe has some running room.  Beebe crosses the 30 and the 35 before being knocked out of bounds at the 39.  The Packers have excellent field position.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 39-Favre is in the shotgun.  Here’s the snap.  Favre drops back a couple steps and looks wide to Freeman.  He’s covered, so Favre dumps to Bennett at the 46.  Bennett shoots through a gap in the Bronco 3-deep zone and crosses midfield to the Denver 41 yard line for a 20 yard gain.  He was unable to get to the sideline, and Green Bay has elected to call a timeout with 4:37 remaining in the game.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ Den 41-Bennett goes in motion wide to the left.  Favre drops back and passes wide to Bennett who had a little interference in front of him.  Bennett breaks a tackle at the 37 and heads down the sideline to the 35, the 30, the 25, and goes down at the 23.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ Den 23-Green Bay goes no huddle.  Favre drops back, but there’s a strong Bronco pass rush.  Favre scrambles and goes down before he can get out of bounds for a 3 yard loss.

 

GB 2nd & 13 @ Den 26-Green Bay stays in a hurry-up offense.  Favre is in the shotgun.  He fires a quick pass to Levens who runs past the line of scrimmage and gets out of bounds to stop the clock at the 20.

 

GB 3rd & 7 @ Den 20-Favre drops back and looks for Freeman at the 10.  The pass is off the mark and incomplete.

 

GB 4th & 7 @ Den 20-Jacke is in to try a 37-yard field goal.  The ball is down, and the kick is up and hooking left.  It’s going to be…………just inside the uprights.  FIELD GOAL. 

 

Denver 26  Green Bay 20  4th Qtr. 3:42   Drive: 5 plays, 41 yards 1:01

 

Will Green Bay try an onside kick with this much time remaining?  It appears they will kick deep.  Here come’s Jacke’s boot, and indeed it is a regular kickoff.  Hebron fields it at the 13 and he has a good wall of support.  He crosses the 20, to the 25, 30, 35, and goes down at the 39.

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 39-Green Bay has nine men up near the line of scrimmage.  Elway hands to Davis running straight up the gut.  Five Packers swarm to stop him for no gain.

 

Den 2nd & 10 @ Den 39-Elway gives to Davis again running wide left.  Davis crosses the line of scrimmage and goes down for a 2-yard gain to avoid going out of bounds.

 

Den 3rd & 8 @ Den 41-Green Bay has 10 men up near the line.  Elway gives to Davis again, and Davis manages to stretch out for a 1 yard gain.

 

Den 4th & 7 @ Den 42-Green Bay won’t call timeout here, and the clock will wind down to the 2-minute warning. 

 

Den 4th & 7 @ Den 42 (2:00)-Rouen comes in to punt for Denver.  Green Bay looks to be setting up a return rather than try to block it.  Rouen hits it high and it’s going to hit the ground at the 30 and begin to roll.  The ball bounces down to the 15 before it is downed. 

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 15 (1:50)-Green Bay has to go 85 yards in 110 seconds.  Favre is in the shotgun, and Denver is in a Dime defense prevent.  Favre fires a bullet to Chmura at the 22, and Chmura gets another three yards to the 25 for a first down (clock continues to run).

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 25 (1:30)-Favre goes without a huddle and spikes the ball to stop the clock.

 

GB 2nd & 10 @ GB 25 (1:27)-Favre drops back and looks across the middle deep to Beebe.  He fires long, but the pass is batted away.

 

GB 3rd & 10 @ GB 25 (1:18)-Favre is in the shotgun and takes the snap.  He throws a dart to Freeman.  The pass is completed at the 33, and Freeman moves forward to the 37, but he cannot get out of bounds.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ GB 37 (1:01)-Favre tries another deep pass across the middle to Jackson.  The ball is overthrown and incomplete.

 

GB 2nd & 10 @ GB 37 (0:51)-Favre is going deep again.  The ball is on target, and Freeman CATCHES IT at the Denver 28.  He moves to the right and picks up another five for a 40-yard gain!  Green Bay takes their second timeout.  Hold onto your seats folks.  This game is going down to the wire.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ Den 23 (0:41)-Favre drops back and tries to hit Levens through the seam of the zone.  The ball is short and incomplete.

 

GB 2nd & 10 @ Den 23 (0:36)-Favre drops back and looks to the goalline for Beebe.  He’s not open, but Favre spots Freeman open across the middle.  The pass is on target, and Freeman takes it in at the 13 and picks up another two yards.  Green Bay calls their final timeout.

 

GB 1st & 10 @ Den 11 (0:27)-Favre drops back and fakes a toss wide to Freeman.  Now he lofts the ball in the back corner to Levens coming out of the backfield.  Levens jumps up and MAKES THE CATCH FOR A TOUCHDOWN!  There’s just 21 seconds left to go in the game.

 

Jacke’s point after is true, and the Packers lead.

 

Green Bay 27  Denver 26  4th Qtr. 0:21   Drive: 9 plays, 85 yards  1:29

 

Jacke is set to kick off for Green Bay.  The Packers have to be alert for a lot of laterals.  Here’s the kick.  Hebron takes it at the 2 and sprints forward quickly to the 5, 10, 15, 20, and goes down at the 21. 

 

Den 1st & 10 @ Den 21 (0:17)-Elway is in the shotgun, and Green Bay has 7 defensive backs in the secondary.  Elway takes the snap and surveys the field.  He fires to Smith at the Denver 40, but the ball is knocked away.

 

Den 2nd & 10 @ Den 21 (0:12)-Elway looks deep right, but there’s nobody open.  He fires quickly to McCaffrey on the deep left, and McCaffrey makes a great catch at midfield.  He runs to the Packer 43 and steps out of bounds..

 

Den 1st & 10 @ GB 43 (0:06)-Denver has three receivers wide to the right.  Elway is in the shotgun.  Here’s the snap.  Sharpe cuts into the middle of the field at the Packer 25, but Elway’s pass is a little early and incomplete.  There’s just one tick left on the clock.

 

Den 2nd & 10 @ GB 43 (0:01)-Elam is in to try a 60-yard field goal on the game’s final play.  He has a strong enough leg.  Okay, here we go.  The snap is good, and the ball is down.  The kick is on its way.  It definitely has the distance, but will it hook back in the uprights.  The ball reaches the back of the end zone, and it is…………..WIDE LEFT and NO GOOD.  The 1996 Green Bay Packers are the Simper Bowl Champions!!!!!

 

FINAL SCORE: 1996 GREEN BAY PACKERS  27  1998 DENVER BRONCOS  26

 

And with that, we wait anxiously for Sunday’s real thing in Tampa.  I’ll have a preview of the Super Bowl on Friday afternoon.

January 19, 2009

Pro Football Computer Simulation League Conference Championship Games–January 19, 2009

Pro Football Computer Simulation League Playoffs

Conference Championships

 

The third round of the 2009 Pro Football Computer Simulation League Playoffs are in the books.  In this round of coverage, I will reveal the scores of the games, the statistics, and how the scoring happened.  In the Simper Bowl next week, I will actually list the play-by-play.

 

NFC

 

1996 Green Bay Packers    34

1999 St. Louis Rams           27

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

1999 Stl

7

6

14

0

 

27

1996 GB

14

3

10

7

 

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stl

Stat

GB

 

 

 

 

19

FD

21

 

 

 

 

29-107

Rush-Yds

33-126

 

 

 

 

246

Pass Yds

266

 

 

 

 

19-31-1

Passes

20-31-1

 

 

 

 

2-15

Sacks

1-7

 

 

 

 

5-42.8

Punt

4-44.0

 

 

 

 

2-19

PR

3-46

 

 

 

 

6-52

Pen

7-55

 

 

 

 

1-0

Fum

0-0

 

 

 

 

62

Play

65

 

 

 

 

338

Tot Yds

385

 

 

 

Stl: Bruce 19 yd. pass from Warner, Wilkins Kick 1st Qtr. 11:48

GB: Levens 3 yd run, Jacke Kick 1st Qtr. 8:58

GB: Levens 4 yd. run, Jacke Kick 1st Qtr. 2:33

Stl: Wilkins 42 yd. FG 2nd Qtr. 9:11

GB: Jacke 46 yd. FG 2nd Qtr. 5:09

Stl: Wilkins 39 yd. FG 2nd Qtr. 0:06

Stl: Holt 31 yd. pass from Warner, Wilkins Kick 3rd Qtr. 12:28

GB: Jacke 48 yd. FG 3rd Qtr. 8:17

GB: Freeman 43 yd. pass from Favre, Jacke Kick 3rd Qtr. 6:13

Stl: Faulk 9 yd. run, Wilkins Kick 3rd Qtr. 2:27

GB: Jackson 12 yd. pass from Favre, Jacke Kick 4th Qtr. 1:19

 

 

1998 Denver Broncos                    31

2007 New England Patriots        21

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

1998 Den

3

7

14

7

 

31

2007 NE

14

0

7

0

 

21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Den

Stat

NE

 

 

 

 

22

FD

20

 

 

 

 

29-142

Rush-Yds

27-97

 

 

 

 

235

Pass Yds

283

 

 

 

 

19-30-0

Passes

21-37-2

 

 

 

 

0-0

Sacks

3-22

 

 

 

 

4-48.8

Punt

5-34.4

 

 

 

 

1-7

PR

3-21

 

 

 

 

4-35

Pen

9-79

 

 

 

 

2-1

Fum

1-1

 

 

 

 

59

Play

67

 

 

 

 

377

Tot Yds

358

 

 

 

NE: Moss 18 yd. pass from Brady, Gostkowski Kick 1st Qtr. 13:02

NE: Moss 16 yd. pass from Brady, Gostkowski Kick 1st Qtr. 9:12

Den: Elam 50 yd. FG 1st Qtr. 2:56

Den: Davis 22 yd. run, Elam Kick 2nd Qtr. 6:11

NE: Morris 2 yd. run, Gostkowski Kick, 3rd Qtr. 10:00

Den: Sharpe 14 yd. pass from Elway, Elam Kick 3rd Qtr. 6:34

Den: Burns 4 yd. blocked punt return, Elam Kick 3rd Qtr. 1:21

Den: Davis 4 yd. run, Elam Kick 4th Qtr. 9:47

 

Simper Bowl II

 

The 1998 Denver Broncos will face the 1996 Green Bay Packers in Simper Bowl II next week.  Look for the play-by-play action to be posted some time next Monday, January 26, 2009.

 

In Simper Bowl I, the 1967 Oakland Raiders defeated the 1968 Dallas Cowboys to win the inaugural championship in the Pro Football Computer Simulation League.

December 1, 2008

Pro Football Computer Simulation: Week 13–December 1, 2008

Pro Football Computer Simulation League: Week 13-December 1, 2008

 

The Pro Football Computer Simulation League for 2008 uses a fantastic season from the past between 1981 and 2007 for each of the 32 current NFL Franchises.  It uses the actual 2008 NFL schedule and then simulates games between the past great teams.  Last year’s simulation involved teams from 1960 to 1979.  The 1967 Oakland Raiders edged the 1968 Dallas Cowboys in the Simper Bowl.

 

Here are the results of this week’s games:

 

2000 Tennessee Titans  24  1991 Detroit Lions  6

Jevon Kearse picked up two sacks and Frank Wycheck caught 5 passes for 77 yards and 2 touchdowns, as the Titans spoiled Thanksgiving for Detroit fans. 

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

1991 Det

0

3

3

0

 

6

2000 Ten

0

10

7

7

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Det

Stat

Ten

 

 

 

 

11

FD

17

 

 

 

 

28-92

Rush-Yds

38-147

 

 

 

 

144

Pass Yds

168

 

 

 

 

13-23-1

Passes

15-25-0

 

 

 

 

3-19

Sacks

0-0

 

 

 

 

7-47.3

Punt

5-43.6

 

 

 

 

2-11

PR

4-67

 

 

 

 

6-64

Pen

4-25

 

 

 

 

2-1

Fum

1-1

 

 

 

 

54

Play

63

 

 

 

 

217

Tot Yds

315

 

 

 

1992 Dallas Cowboys  27  2005 Seattle Seahawks  20

Emmitt Smith rushed for 136 yards on 22 carries and scored the game-clinching touchdown, and the Cowboys’ defense stopped Seattle on downs late in the game at the Dallas 28 yard line.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

1992 Dal

7

10

10

0

 

27

2005 Sea

7

3

3

7

 

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dal

Stat

Sea

 

 

 

 

19

FD

15

 

 

 

 

41-196

Rush-Yds

31-87

 

 

 

 

174

Pass Yds

193

 

 

 

 

15-25-0

Passes

16-28-2

 

 

 

 

1-6

Sacks

1-7

 

 

 

 

4-41.0

Punt

5-41.8

 

 

 

 

2-29

PR

2-17

 

 

 

 

6-45

Pen

8-87

 

 

 

 

2-0

Fum

2-1

 

 

 

 

67

Play

60

 

 

 

 

364

Tot Yds

273

 

 

 

2004 Philadelphia Eagles  27  1998 Arizona Cardinals  7

Terrell Owens caught 5 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown, and the Eagles’ defense forced three turnovers, as Philadelphia cruised to an easy win.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

2004 Phi

14

7

3

3

 

27

1998 Ari

0

0

0

7

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phi

Stat

Ari

 

 

 

 

20

FD

14

 

 

 

 

38-114

Rush-Yds

21-55

 

 

 

 

266

Pass Yds

168

 

 

 

 

19-32-0

Passes

17-36-2

 

 

 

 

1-8

Sacks

3-21

 

 

 

 

4-43.3

Punt

6-34.3

 

 

 

 

2-14

PR

1-7

 

 

 

 

3-20

Pen

5-45

 

 

 

 

0-0

Fum

2-1

 

 

 

 

71

Play

60

 

 

 

 

372

Tot Yds

202

 

 

 

 

1998 New York Jets  25  1998 Denver Broncos  24

Vinny Testaverde threw touchdown passes of 19 and 23 yards to Keyshawn Johnson and Bryan Cox sacked John Elway for a safety as the Jets upset the Broncos at the Meadowlands.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

1998 NYJ

9

6

10

0

 

25

1998 Den

3

7

14

0

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYJ

Stat

Den

 

 

 

 

16

FD

17

 

 

 

 

42-163

Rush-Yds

25-103

 

 

 

 

152

Pass Yds

214

 

 

 

 

14-24-0

Passes

17-31-1

 

 

 

 

0-0

Sacks

1-9

 

 

 

 

5-44.4

Punt

5-40.4

 

 

 

 

2-9

PR

1-12

 

 

 

 

5-39

Pen

6-55

 

 

 

 

2-1

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

66

Play

57

 

 

 

 

315

Tot Yds

308

 

 

 

1984 Miami Dolphins  45  1999 St. Louis Rams  42 OT

Dan Marino threw 5 touchdown passes including a 42-yard bomb to Mark Clayton in the final minutes of regulation to force overtime.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

1999 Stl

7

14

14

7

0

42

1984 Mia

7

7

14

14

3

45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stl

Stat

Mia

 

 

 

 

26

FD

27

 

 

 

 

31-127

Rush-Yds

29-88

 

 

 

 

365

Pass Yds

401

 

 

 

 

24-39-1

Passes

29-52-1

 

 

 

 

1-7

Sacks

1-5

 

 

 

 

3-41.3

Punt

3-47.7

 

 

 

 

1-11

PR

1-(-1)

 

 

 

 

4-42

Pen

6-40

 

 

 

 

0-0

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

71

Play

82

 

 

 

 

485

Tot Yds

484

 

 

 

 

1991 Washington Redskins  17  1986 New York Giants  13

Earnest Byner’s 4-yard TD run with 2:11 to play in the game provided the Redskins with the winning points in a game played with first place on the line in the NFC East.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

1991 Was

3

7

0

7

 

17

1986 NYG

3

3

7

0

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Was

Stat

NYG

 

 

 

 

16

FD

15

 

 

 

 

39-143

Rush-Yds

28-77

 

 

 

 

158

Pass Yds

224

 

 

 

 

14-23-1

Passes

14-26-1

 

 

 

 

2-11

Sacks

1-8

 

 

 

 

6-40.3

Punt

8-42.0

 

 

 

 

5-41

PR

3-23

 

 

 

 

4-25

Pen

4-30

 

 

 

 

2-1

Fum

3-1

 

 

 

 

64

Play

55

 

 

 

 

290

Tot Yds

293

 

 

 

 

1987 New Orleans Saints  19  2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers  16

Mel Gray returned a fourth quarter punt 42 yards to set up the Saints at the Tampa Bay 31 yard line.  Six plays later Bobby Hebert used a QB sneak to score from inside the 1 yard line with 0:13 to play.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

2002 TB

3

7

3

3

 

16

1987 NO

7

5

0

7

 

19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TB

Stat

NO

 

 

 

 

16

FD

16

 

 

 

 

38-149

Rush-Yds

26-96

 

 

 

 

157

Pass Yds

222

 

 

 

 

13-21-0

Passes

17-29-2

 

 

 

 

0-0

Sacks

2-12

 

 

 

 

9-42.6

Punt

7-40.3

 

 

 

 

4-35

PR

5-102

 

 

 

 

5-50

Pen

4-31

 

 

 

 

0-0

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

59

Play

57

 

 

 

 

306

Tot Yds

306

 

 

 

 

2005 Indianapolis Colts  41  1987 Cleveland Browns  17

Edgerrin James rushed for 119 yards and caught 3 passes for 35 yards and a score, and Marvin Harrison hauled in 7 passes for 113 yards and 3 touchdowns.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

1987 Cle

7

0

10

0

 

17

2005 Ind

14

13

14

0

 

41

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cle

Stat

Ind

 

 

 

 

12

FD

23

 

 

 

 

18-55

Rush-Yds

39-181

 

 

 

 

174

Pass Yds

285

 

 

 

 

13-28-3

Passes

19-32-0

 

 

 

 

1-7

Sacks

1-6

 

 

 

 

8-42.1

Punt

4-43.8

 

 

 

 

3-45

PR

4-35

 

 

 

 

5-35

Pen

4-30

 

 

 

 

1-1

Fum

3-1

 

 

 

 

47

Play

72

 

 

 

 

222

Tot Yds

460

 

 

 

 

1990 Buffalo Bills  30  1984 San Francisco 49ers  24

Thurman Thomas rushed 29 times for 203 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The Bills’ defense forced Joe Montana into 2 interceptions and a fumble on a QB sack.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

1990 Buf

14

10

3

3

 

30

1984 SF

7

7

3

7

 

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buf

Stat

SF

 

 

 

 

22

FD

21

 

 

 

 

34-216

Rush-Yds

30-122

 

 

 

 

247

Pass Yds

211

 

 

 

 

19-31-1

Passes

19-34-2

 

 

 

 

0-0

Sacks

2-13

 

 

 

 

3-46.3

Punt

5-42.4

 

 

 

 

2-19

PR

1-11

 

 

 

 

4-25

Pen

7-50

 

 

 

 

1-1

Fum

2-1

 

 

 

 

65

Play

66

 

 

 

 

463

Tot Yds

320

 

 

 

 

1981 Cincinnati Bengals  13  2000 Baltimore Ravens  10

Pete Johnson’s 2 yard touchdown run in the 3rd quarter was set up by Ross Browner’s 33 yard fumble return.  The Bengals’ defense stopped the Baltimore running game.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

1981 Cin

3

3

7

0

 

13

2000 Bal

7

0

3

0

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cin

Stat

Bal

 

 

 

 

18

FD

13

 

 

 

 

37-136

Rush-Yds

25-85

 

 

 

 

153

Pass Yds

142

 

 

 

 

12-25-1

Passes

13-28-0

 

 

 

 

2-19

Sacks

2-15

 

 

 

 

9-40.2

Punt

8-36.9

 

 

 

 

1-5

PR

4-51

 

 

 

 

4-20

Pen

11-102

 

 

 

 

1-0

Fum

2-1

 

 

 

 

64

Play

55

 

 

 

 

270

Tot Yds

212

 

 

 

 

1996 Green Bay Packers  34  1996 Carolina Panthers  13

Brett Favre completed a 74 yard TD pass to Don Beebe and a 58 yard TD pass to Antonio Freeman, as the Packers won a rematch of the 1996 NFC Championship Game.  Green Bay won that real game 30-13.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

1996 GB

10

10

7

7

 

34

1996 Car

0

3

3

7

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GB

Stat

Car

 

 

 

 

19

FD

14

 

 

 

 

41-156

Rush-Yds

17-45

 

 

 

 

269

Pass Yds

220

 

 

 

 

14-25-0

Passes

19-34-3

 

 

 

 

0-0

Sacks

1-8

 

 

 

 

6-45.5

Punt

7-41.4

 

 

 

 

4-53

PR

2-17

 

 

 

 

5-33

Pen

4-35

 

 

 

 

0-0

Fum

1-0

 

 

 

 

66

Play

52

 

 

 

 

425

Tot Yds

257

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1998 Atlanta Falcons  21  2006 San Diego Chargers  20

Jamal Anderson rushed for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns to give the Falcons all the points they needed.  Atlanta stays in contention in the NFC South, while San Diego falls two games back in the AFC West.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

2006 SD

0

6

0

14

 

20

1998 Atl

7

7

7

0

 

21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SD

Stat

Atl

 

 

 

 

16

FD

17

 

 

 

 

31-116

Rush-Yds

42-192

 

 

 

 

183

Pass Yds

139

 

 

 

 

16-29-1

Passes

11-19-0

 

 

 

 

2-13

Sacks

1-7

 

 

 

 

6-43.2

Punt

6-42.0

 

 

 

 

3-25

PR

2-24

 

 

 

 

5-35

Pen

5-35

 

 

 

 

1-0

Fum

2-0

 

 

 

 

62

Play

62

 

 

 

 

286

Tot Yds

324

 

 

 

2007 New England Patriots  38  2005 Pittsburgh Steelers  16

Randy Moss grabbed 5 passes for 141 yards and 2 TDs.  He took one quick screen at the line of scrimmage and ran 58 yards after the catch.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

2007 NE

17

7

7

7

 

38

2005 Pit

3

0

6

7

 

16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NE

Stat

Pit

 

 

 

 

18

FD

19

 

 

 

 

25-103

Rush-Yds

35-147

 

 

 

 

296

Pass Yds

179

 

 

 

 

21-33-0

Passes

14-27-2

 

 

 

 

0-0

Sacks

3-23

 

 

 

 

3-47.0

Punt

6-41.8

 

 

 

 

3-43

PR

0-0

 

 

 

 

5-40

Pen

6-48

 

 

 

 

1-0

Fum

1-1

 

 

 

 

58

Play

65

 

 

 

 

399

Tot Yds

303

 

 

 

2003 Kansas City Chiefs  27  2000 Oakland Raiders  21

Trent Green rushed for 1 TD and passed for 2 others as the Chiefs won for just the third time this season.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

2000 Oak

7

14

0

0

 

21

2003 KC

3

10

0

14

 

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oak

Stat

KC

 

 

 

 

15

FD

21

 

 

 

 

22-90

Rush-Yds

28-95

 

 

 

 

177

Pass Yds

343

 

 

 

 

15-26-1

Passes

26-45-1

 

 

 

 

1-7

Sacks

1-6

 

 

 

 

6-45.8

Punt

4-40.8

 

 

 

 

2-67

PR

3-44

 

 

 

 

8-80

Pen

4-36

 

 

 

 

1-0

Fum

2-1

 

 

 

 

49

Play

74

 

 

 

 

260

Tot Yds

432

 

 

 

 

1998 Minnesota Vikings  21  1985 Chicago Bears  17

The 1998 Vikings proved they belong in the playoff chase as they moved in to a tie for second just one game behind Green Bay in the black and blue division.  Chicago had the ball at the Minnesota 6 yard line on 2nd & 1 late in the game.  The Bears were unable to score and turned the ball over on downs at the Viking 2 yard line.  Jimmy Hitchcock’s 56 yard interception return on the first play of the 4th quarter proved to be the winning score.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

1998 Min

0

7

7

7

 

21

1985 Chi

7

3

7

0

 

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Min

Stat

Chi

 

 

 

 

14

FD

17

 

 

 

 

21-57

Rush-Yds

42-159

 

 

 

 

231

Pass Yds

147

 

 

 

 

16-28-2

Passes

13-24-2

 

 

 

 

3-17

Sacks

1-7

 

 

 

 

7-46.6

Punt

5-44.4

 

 

 

 

3-22

PR

2-19

 

 

 

 

5-30

Pen

7-48

 

 

 

 

1-0

Fum

2-1

 

 

 

 

52

Play

67

 

 

 

 

271

Tot Yds

299

 

 

 

 

2007 Houston Texans  31  1999 Jacksonville Jaguars  27

Andre Davis returned a kickoff 102 yards for the winning touchdown after Jacksonville had taken a 27-24 lead.

 

Team

1

2

3

4

OT

F

2007 Hou

0

17

7

7

 

31

1999 Jac

3

3

14

7

 

27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hou

Stat

Jac

 

 

 

 

19

FD

17

 

 

 

 

21-69

Rush-Yds

37-141

 

 

 

 

308

Pass Yds

171

 

 

 

 

25-43-2

Passes

15-26-1

 

 

 

 

4-25

Sacks

1-7

 

 

 

 

4-41.8

Punt

3-42.3

 

 

 

 

1-11

PR

2-17

 

 

 

 

5-39

Pen

6-45

 

 

 

 

0-0

Fum

2-1

 

 

 

 

68

Play

64

 

 

 

 

352

Tot Yds

305

 

 

 

Current Standings

 

Pro Football Computer Simulation League

National Football Conference

East Division

Won

Lost

Tie

Pts

Opp

PiRate

1991 Washington Redskins

8

4

0

246

169

104.3

1992 Dallas Cowboys

7

5

0

247

254

99.2

1986 New York Giants

6

6

0

191

161

101.3

2004 Philadelphia Eagles

4

8

0

194

216

97.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Division

Won

Lost

Tie

Pts

Opp

PiRate

1985 Chicago Bears

9

3

0

248

171

108.5

1996 Green Bay Packers

8

4

0

362

198

115.1

1998 Minnesota Vikings

8

4

0

329

247

109.5

1991 Detroit Lions

2

10

0

196

310

94.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Division

Won

Lost

Tie

Pts

Opp

PiRate

2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

7

5

0

230

199

102.8

1987 New Orleans Saints

6

6

0

245

228

102.6

1998 Atlanta Falcons

6

6

0

223

298

95.3

1996 Carolina Panthers

5

7

0

239

292

96.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Division

Won

Lost

Tie

Pts

Opp

PiRate

1999 St. Louis Rams

9

3

0

338

281

103.6

1984 San Francisco 49ers

7

5

0

306

220

105.4

2005 Seattle Seahawks

5

7

0

223

307

93.9

1998 Arizona Cardinals

2

10

0

164

328

87.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Football Conference

East Division

Won

Lost

Tie

Pts

Opp

PiRate

2007 New England Patriots

8

4

0

393

275

107.7

1990 Buffalo Bills

7

5

0

325

260

103.7

1998 New York Jets

6

6

0

248

293

96.5

1984 Miami Dolphins

4

8

0

322

391

93.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Division

Won

Lost

Tie

Pts

Opp

PiRate

2000 Baltimore Ravens

9

3

0

164

160

98.1

1981 Cincinnati Bengals

6

6

0

219

222

97.5

1987 Cleveland Browns

4

8

0

189

281

92.2

2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

2

10

0

178

245

94.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Division

Won

Lost

Tie

Pts

Opp

PiRate

2000 Tennessee Titans

10

2

0

279

118

112.4

1999 Jacksonville Jaguars

5

7

0

229

250

100.2

2005 Indianapolis Colts

5

7

0

274

305

99.4

2007 Houston Texans

4

8

0

257

348

93.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Division

Won

Lost

Tie

Pts

Opp

PiRate

1998 Denver Broncos

9

3

0

355

251

106.5

2006 San Diego Chargers

7

5

0

287

251

101.5

2000 Oakland Raiders

4

8

0

236

284

95.2

2003 Kansas City Chiefs

3

9

0

265

395

90.1

 

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