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256 Team NFL Tournament Round 1/Region 9: 1969 Minnesota Vikings v. 2007 Green Bay Packers

Wednesday, August 17, 2022


15. 2007 GREEN BAY PACKERS at 2. 1969 NFL CHAMPION MINNESOTA VIKINGS

2. 1969 NFL CHAMPION MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Record: 12-2
Pythag: 13-1
Off: 1st
Def: 1st
1st NFC Central
d. Rams Div Rnd 23-20
d. Browns NFL Title 27-7
Lost Super Bowl Chiefs 23-7
HC Bud Grant OC Jerry Burns DC Bob Hollway
Metropolitan Stadium: 35 degrees
Ray Christensen

Offense
QB Joe Kapp 31   Cal
RB Dave Osborn 26  N Dakota
FB Bill Brown 31  Illinois
WR John Henderson 26  Mich
WR Gene Washington 25  Mich St
TE John Beasley 24  Minn
LT Grady Alderman 31  Det Mercy
LG Jim Vellone 25 USC
C Mick Tingelhoff 29 All Pro  Nebraska
RG Milt Sunde  27 Minn
RT Doug Davis 25 UK

Defense
LDE Carl Eller 27 All pro  Minn
LDT Gary Larsen 29 Concordia Moorhead
RDT Alan Page 24 N Dame
RDE Jim Marshall 32 Ohio St
LLB Roy Winston 29 LSU
MLB Lonnie Warrick 27 Tenn Tech
RLB Wally Hilgenberg 27 Iowa
LCB Earsell Mackbee 28 Utah St
RCB Bobby Bryant 25 S Carolina
LS Karl Kassulke 28 Drake
RS Paul Krause 27 Iowa

K Fred Cox 31 Pitt
P Bob Lee 23 Pacific
KR Clint Jones 24 Mich St
PR Charlie West 23 UTEP

The 1970, 1988, 1998 Vikings have advanced - here's the 2nd seed in Region 9, the 32nd overall seed in the field, the last NFL Champs before the merger - number 1 in both offense and defense. 31 year old Joe Kapp had 19 scores and 13 picks. 29 year old Mick Tingelhoff is an All Pro - on defense, Carl Eller is an All Pro, at 27, 25 year old Bobby Bryant had 8 picks.  

15. 2007 GREEN BAY PACKERS
Record: 13-3
Pythag: 12-4
Off: 4th
Def: 6th
1st NFC North
d. Seahawks Div Rnd 42-20
Lost Giants NFC Title 23-20
HC Mike McCarthy OC Joe Philbin DC Bob Sanders

Offense
QB Brett Favre 38  So Miss
RB Ryan Grant 25-R N Dame
RB Korey Hall 24-R Boise
WR Donald Driver 32 Alcorn
WR Greg Jennings 24 West Mich
TE Donald Lee 27 Miss St
LT Chad Clifton 31 Tenn
LG Daryn College 25 Boise
C Scott Wells 26 Tenn
RG Jason Spitz 25 Louisville
RT Mark Tauscher 30 Wisc

Defense
LDE Aaron Kampman 28 Iowa
LDT Ryan Pickett 28 Ohio St
RDT Corey Williams 27 Ark St
RDE Cullen Jenkins 26 C Mich
LLB Brady Poppinga 28 BYU
MLB Nick Barnett 26 Ore St
RLB AJ Hawk 23 Ohio St
LCB Charles Woodson 31 Mich
RCB Al Harris 33 Tex A&M Kings
SS Atari Bigby 26 C Florida
FS Nick Collins 24 Beth Cook
 
K Mason Crosby 23 Colorado
P Jon Ryan 26 Regina
KR Tramon Williams 24 La Tech
PR Charles Woodson 31 Mich

The Packers have had good round one success: 1961, 1962, 1996, 1997 2014 -- 5 out of the 8 regions have a Packer squad moving forward.  The 2007 team is the 15th seed in Region 9, here because of the 4th ranked offense from '07.  Brett Favre is 38, 28 scores and 15 picks. A 24 year old Aaron Rodgers is on the bench. A thousand yards receiving for 32 year old Donald Driver. On defense, 19 combined sacks for 28 year old Aaron Kampman, 27 year old Corey Williams. 

Last round one game in region  9 - cold Minneapolis day - winner to face the '51 Rams in the second round.  Lets go to the kick.

1st Qtr
Packers start at the 27.

3 and out.  Vikes at the 38.

1/10 - Incomplete
2/10 - Bill Brown picks up a yard.  
3/9 - Joe Kapp picks up the game's first first down - he hits Dave Osborn for a 10 yard gain.
1/10 - Osborn gets 1
2/9 - Osborn gets 8
3/1 - Brown picks it up, the Vikes are at the Packer 37.
1/10 - Brown gets 1
2/9 - Osborn gets 1
3/8 - Kapp in trouble -- Kapp is dropped by Aaron Kampman - it's 4th and 13 for the Vikes at the Packer 40.  

Long FG attempt by Fred Cox -- 57 yards -- that's a real bomb....up......Good!  Fred Cox hits a 57 yard FG and Minnesota takes the 3-0 lead.  Longest kick in the tournament to date.

Pack at the 32.  

1/10 - Ryan Grant loses 2 yards.
2/12 - Brett Favre going up top -- Favre finds Greg Jennings for the 49 yard bomb -- Favre picks up GB first first down with the home run.  
1/10 - Favre - Grant out of the backfield, 3 yard gain.  
2/7 - Favre -- fires over the middle to Donald Driver -- Driver has a step -- Driver's going to roll into the Endzone -- TOUCHDOWN PACKERS - Favre hits Driver with the 18 yard score and GB takes the lead.  

Vikes at the 33.

1/10 - Brown is stacked up.
2/10 - Oscar Reed gets 1
3/9 - Joe Kapp finds Gene Washington - 20 yard gain as the qtr ends the Vikes are across midfield.  

2nd Qtr: Packers 7 Vikings 3
Pack take the lead on a quick Favre TD drive, Vikes have first down at the Pack 46.

1/10 - Kapp to Brown out of the backfield, 4 yard pickup.
2/6 - Give to Brown and he's through the line - Brown all the way down to the 27 yard line.
1/10 - Reed is stopped.
2/10 - 2 for Brown
3/8 - Kapp - hits John Henderson in the endzone -- TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS - 25 yard scoring strike from Joe Kapp to John Henderson and the Vikings regain the lead.  

Packers at their own 20 - they get a first down, Favre to Driver for a dozen - but need to punt, Vikes at the 25.

3 and out.  Corey Williams gets the second Packer sack of the day - and after the punt, Packers in great field position at the Viking 47.

1/10 - Grant is stopped at the line.
2/10 - Favre dump off to Korey Hall, 2 yards.  
3/8 - Draw - Ryan Grant - Grant's Got a Hole -- Grant's Got a Hole--- Ryan Grant is Gonna Go - 45 yards into the endzone -- TOUCHDOWN PACKERS - Ryan Grant with the 45 yard TD run and GB has again taken the lead in this 2/15 matchup.  

Vikes at the 38.  One first down - Kapp to Brown, 13 yards - but there's a punt - it rolls dead at the Packer 3 yard line, Favre pinned deep.  

1/10 - Big play here -- Pack decides to throw the ball - that's a mistake, the People Eaters put the heat on Favre and Alan Page drops him in the endzone for the Safety - Vikes get the big safety, that cuts the deficit to 14-12.  

And then another big play - Clint Jones returns the kick all the way to the Packer 15 yard line - we hit the 2 minute warning with the Vikes having grabbed a safety and now are in position to score again before the half.

1/10 - Incomplete
2/10 - Kapp - in trouble -- Kapp - just dumps it off to Henderson for a couple yards. 
3/8 - Kapp - Endzone -- Henderson ---     TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS - Kapp hits John Henderson again, the second time in the half - it's now 19-14 Vikes - they score 9 points in a minute, just a big reversal here -- the great punt, the safety, the great return - and now a quick score and the Pack will get the ball back -- they will have great field position after the KR at their own 41.

3 and out - Carl Eller gets a sack - Packers give the ball back to Minnesota with less than a minute left - Vikes do get a nice gain on a 30 yard Kapp to Gene Washington reception, but the half harmlessly ends.  

3rd Qtr: Vikings 19 Packers 14
Packers had a 4 point lead late in the half - but Minnesota scores 9 fast points and take the lead.

Vikes start at the 17.

3 and out.  Charles Woodson with the return to the Viking 40.  

1/10 - Favre to Donald Lee, 8 yards.
2/2 - Incomplete
3/2 - Favre again to Lee, 4 yards, Pack at the 28.
1/10 - Gary Larsen sacks Favre, third sack for the People Eater defensive line.  
2/14 - Grant carries for 6.  Third and 9.
3/9 - Favre -- Greg Jennings on the sideline, he has the first down and the Pack are at the Viking 12 yard line.

But....that's all.  Short Crosby FG and it's 19-17 Vikings midway through the third.  

Vikes at their own 17 -- another 3 and out - Nick Barnett sacks Kapp, third Packer sack of the day - Vikes have to punt deep in their own end and the Pack will start at midfield, trailing by 2 points.

3 and out - the Viking defense stiffens - Pack has to punt - Vikes will start at their own 24.

3 and out.  Pack takes over at their own 42.  

1/10 - Favre is sacked - Jim Marshall gets him, all four members of the Viking DL with sacks today.
2/15 - Favre -- harrassed - it's a jailbreak - Favre throws it up for grabs -- it is Picked Off by Paul Krause -- Krause Intercepts Favre -- Krause has some blockers -- Paul Krause has some Blockers --- Paul Krause is gonna Go!  Paul Krause is Gonna Go!  TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS - just a huge, huge, huge spot here- the Viking lead is now 25-17, Paul Krause with the Pick 6 late in the third quarter.

Packers at the 25.

1/10 - Favre flips to Grant, 5 yds.  
2/5 - Hall gets 1.
3/4 - Favre.  Donald Driver.  16 yards and Green Bay is at the 47.
1/10 - Favre -- Favre's looking downfield -- Favre Going Deep -- Greg Jennings -- And Jennings Has it - Right in the Heart of the Defense - Favre with the Perfect Strike and Jennings is gonna be into the endzone - TOUCHDOWN PACKERS -- Brett Favre comes right back after the pick six and throws a 53 yard absolute dart to Greg Jennings - it's the last play of the 3rd, as we go to the 4th it will be Vikings 26 Packers 24 - we have a good one here, possible 2/15 upset  - 15 more minutes of round one football in region 9.

4th Qtr: Vikings 26 Packers 24
Favre giveth, taketh away - he throws a pick 6 and 4 plays later hits a 53 yard strike for a score.  It's a 2 point game.  Packers trying to pull the 15/2 upset.  Winner will meet the '51 Rams.

Vikes start at the 14.

1/10 Osborn carries for 2.
2/8 - Reed for 3
3/5 - Joe Kapp picks it up, 8 to Osborn.
1/10 - Osborn for 4
2/6 - Reed picks it up, Vikes out to the 37.
1/10 - Kapp finds John Beasley in the All-Berkeley connection, 11 yards to the 48.
1/10 - Osborn finds a seam and goes for 11 - Vikes on the move all the way to the Green Bay 39 yard line.

But ---- the next 3 plays net a loss of 3 yards - and the Vikes punt.  That drive took over 7 minutes and came up empty - Pack starts at their own 13.  Favre needs a FG to win this game and pull the huge, huge upset.  

1/10 - Favre to Bubba Franks, his first catch is for 5.
2/5 - Favre to James Jones - his first catch is a 16 yard gain and the Pack is at their own 34.

But....the next 3 plays net 3 yards and with under 6 left, the Vikes get the ball back at their own 29.  GB needs a quick stop here.

1/10 - Osborn loses 2.  
2/12 - Kapp - goes to Brown, 6 yards.  
3/6 - Kapp picks it up- 13 yards to Gene Washington and now with less than 4 to go, Vikes are at their own 46.  
1/10 - Reed...Reed has some yards, 11 yard gain for Reed.  

But....the next 3 plays net a yard and at the 2 minute warning, GB gets one more shot, they take the ball at their own 19.  Here we go.

1/10 - Monster Alan Page sack, his second, on first down, Pack has to stop the clock. 
2/18 - Favre comes right back at them 23 yards to Donald Driver -- that's a first down - Packers use their second timeout, there's 1:39 left in the game, Pack down to 1 timeout, they are at their own 34 - a FG wins this game.  

1/10 - Incomplete
2/10 - Incomplete
3/10 - Favre has to keep the play alive, Favre running around, 38 year old Brett Favre desparate -- Favre pulls the ball down and takes off -- Favre is gonna get all the way to midfield -- he is out of bounds with the huge 16 yard gain - there's a minute left, Packers are at midfield - they just need a FG to win this game.  

1/10 - Incomplete
2/10 - Incomplete
3/10 - Incomplete

And so - here we are.  4th and 10 at midfield.  

4/10 - Favre.  Favre in trouble -- Favre in trouble -- Favre is gonna be Brought Down by Carl Eller!  The Carl Eller sack is gonna end the game - Carl Eller sacks Brett Favre and that is gonna do it -- Kapp's able to burn the clock and it is done.

Final: Vikings 26 Packers 24
Fun game to wrap up Region 9 - that Viking defense had a safety, a pick 6, and a half dozen sacks, including one that ended the game and they move on.

Kapp: 12 for 20 159 yds 2 TD
Favre: 18 for 28 275 yds 2 TD 1 INT

Brown: 14 carries, 41 yds
Grant: 13 carries, 65 yds 1 TD

Henderson: 3 catches, 40 yds, 2 TD
Jennings: 4 catches, 150 yds TD

Krause: Int/TD

Page/Eller: 2 sacks

Player of the Game: Alan Page

Region 9/Round 1 MVP: Kenny Stabler

In Round 2:

1973 Dolphins v. 1966 Chiefs
1976 Raiders v. 2011 Patriots
1992 49ers v. 1958 Colts
1969 Vikings v. 1951 Rams

256 Team NFL Tournament Round 1/Region 9: 1998 New York Jets v. 1951 Los Angeles Rams

Tuesday, August 16, 2022


10. 1951 NFL CHAMPION LOS ANGELES RAMS at 7. 1998 NEW YORK JETS

7. 1998 NEW YORK JETS 
Record: 12-4
Pythag: 12-4
Off: 5th
Def: 2nd
1st AFC East
d. Jags Div Rnd 34-24
Lost Broncos AFC Title 23-10
HC Bill Parcells OC Charlie Weis DC Bill Belichick
Giants Stadium: 55 degrees
Howard David/Dave Jennings

Offense
QB Vinny Testaverde 35
RB Curtis Martin 25
FB Keith Byars 35
WR Wayne Chrebet 25
WR Keyshawn Johnson 26
TE Kyle Brady 26
LT Jumbo Elliott 33
LG Todd Burger 28
C Kevin Mawae 27
RG Matt O'Dwyer 26
RT Jason Fabini 24

Defense
LDE Rick Lyle 27
LDT Jason Ferguson 24
RDT Ernie Logan 30
RDE Anthony Pleasant 30
LLB Mo Lewis 29 All Pro
MLB Pepper Johnson 34
RLB Bryan Cox 30
LCB Aaron Glenn 26
RCB Otis Smith 33
SS Victor Green 29
FS Jerome Henderson 29

K John Hall 24
P Brian Hansen 38
KR Aaron Glenn 26
PR Leon Johnson 24

Namath's '68 Jets are into the next round - here's a Parcells/Belichick Jets team, 7th seeds in the region, 2nd in defense, 5th in offense in 1998. Mo Lewis is a 29 year old All Pro with 7 sacks, 26 year old Aaron Glenn had a half dozen picks.  Vinny Testaverde's 35, 30 scores and 7 picks. 25 year old Curtis Martin had 1600 yards from scrimmage. 26 year old Keyshawn Johnson had 11 scores, he and 25 year old Wayne Chrebet each had over a thousand yards receiving.  There aren't a lot of Jets teams in the field - they've got a home game here, can they take advantage?


10. 1951 NFL CHAMPION LOS ANGELES RAMS
Record: 8-4
Pythag: 9-3
Off: 1st
Def: 6th
1st NFL National 
d. Browns NFL Title 24-17
HC Joe Stydahar 

Offense
QB Bob Waterfield 31
RB Dick Hoerner 29
RB Dan Towler 23
RB Tank Younger 23 All Pro
WR Tom Fears 29
WR Crazy Legs Hirsch 28
LT Don Simensen 25-R
LG Dick Daugherty 22-R
C Leon McClaughlin 26-R
RG Bill Lange 23-R
RT Tom Dahms 24-R

Defense
LDE Larry Brink 28 All Pro
LDT Jim Winkler 24
MG Stan West 25
RDT Jack Halliday 23-R
RDE Andy Robustelli 26 R
LLB Tank Younger All Pro 23
RLB Don Paul 26
RDH Woodley Lewis 26
LS Norb Hecker 24 R
RS Herb Rich 23

K Bob Waterfield 31
P Norm Van Brocklin 25
KR/PR Vitamin Smith 28

The NFL Champs from 1951 are the Rams, 10th seeded in the region.  The '67, '99, '21 Rams have already moved on.  Best offense in football - they're gonna start off with Bob Waterfield, 31, 16 scores and 10 picks.  Norm Van Brocklin may also see considerable action.  28 year old Crazy Legs Hirsch is All Pro with 17 scores and nearly 1500 yards receiving in a dozen games.  2 All Pros on defense, 23 year old Tank Younger, who is playing both ways and 28 year old Larry Brink.  We should see a heavy dose of ground action today - let's go out to the Meadowlands for the kick.

1st Qtr
Rams starting at the 37

1/10 - Give to Dan Towler - 30 yards right up the middle - the Rams are gonna run, gonna run, gonna run some more.  
1/10 - Dick Hoerner stopped at the line.
2/10 - Towler again - another gasher, the Rams are already at the Jet 17.
1/10 - Hoerner again, 10 yards and it is a first and goal to go.
1/goal - Incomplete
2/goal - Towler -- Towler powers his way into the endzone -- the Jets had the second best defense in 1998 and the Rams just ran right down their throat to start this game TOUCHDOWN RAMS  

Jets to start at the 24.

On the first play - Curtis Martin is hit by Larry Brink -- Fumble -- the Rams recover -- on the Jets first play the Rams turn them over, they're up 7 with the ball at the NY 23.

3 plays net 5 yards - Waterfield with the FG, we're 5 minutes into the game and it's 10-0.

Jets at the 31.  

3 and out.  Rough start for NY.  Rams have great field position at the Jet 49.

1/10 - Towler gets 1.
2/9- Incomplete
3/9 - Bob Waterfield's first completion is to Crazy Legs Hirsch, its 12 yards and the Rams are at the 36.
1/10 - Hoerner gets 2.
2/8 - Tank Younger gets a yard. 
3/7 - Waterfield picks it up again, 14 yards to Tom Fears -- Rams are all the way down to the 19.  

3 plays net 3 yards and when Waterfield misses the FG - the Jets regain possession at the 23.

1/10 - Keith Byars gets 4.
2/6 - Vinny Testavarde's first completion is New York's first first down - to Wayne Chrebet for a 9 yard gain to the 36.
1/10 - Curtis Martin busts one, 42 yards - Martin motoring to the Rams 22.  
1/10 - Byars is stacked up.
2/10 - Martin -- Martin Breaks it -- Curtis Martin is gonna go into the endzone -- TOUCHDOWN JETS - Curtis Martin goes 22 yards and the Jets are back into the game.  

Rams at the 25.  One play - Towler goes for a dozen.  End of the qtr.

2nd Qtr: Rams 10 Jets 7
Rams running attack dominating so far, but a missed FG and a couple of big Curtis Martin runs have the Jets back in the game.  LA has first and ten at their own 37.

1/10 - 2 for Hoerner.
2/8 - Waterfield picks it up - finding Tom Keane for an 8 yard gain.  

One more first down - biggest play Waterfield 9 yards to Hirsch -- but the drive dies, after the punt, the Jets take over at their own 17.

1/10 - 3 for Martin.
2/7 - Leon Johnson's first carry, 3 yds
3/4 - Johnson picks it up.  Jets at the 30.  
1/10 - Draw - Jerald Sowell and it's a big gainer - 20 yards -- Jets now at midfield as we're halfway through the qtr.
1/10 - 2 for Johnson
2/8 - Martin - Martin's through the hole - Martin is Stripped by Andy Robustelli -- Fumble -- Fumble -- Curtis Martin's second fumble of the day and LA takes over at their own 45.  Another fumble -- it looked like the Jets were getting back into this game -- down just 3, driving at midfield - but there'a another Martin fumble.

3 and out.  Jets get the ball back at the 19.  About 5 left in the half.  

1/10 - Back to Curtis Martin and he gets a dozen.  
1/10 - Stan West sacks Testaverde, first sack of the game. 
2/14 - Testaverde picks it up - hits Chrebet - Jets are now at their own 43, again, Jets on the move.  There's a false start, so back 5.
1/15 - Martin gets a yard.
2/14 - Sowell gets 9.
3/5 - Testavarde - quick out to Keyshawn - No - Woodley Lewis jumps the route - Lewis Picks Off Testaverde -- the Rams force the 3rd Jet turnover of the half and take possession at midfield at the 2 minute warning.  

1/10 - It's Glen Davis - he carries for 8.
2/2 - Incomplete
3/2 -Towler picks it up - Rams stop the clock at 1:22 left, they're at the 38.  
1/10 - Waterfield to Hoerner, 11 yards, he's out of bounds at the 27.

It stops here - Waterfield kicks the FG to make it 13-7.  The Jets are gonna get a couple of good gains - 20 to Chrebet, 14 to Keyshawn - 12 to Dedric Ward - but a Hail Mary gets knocked down and we hit the locker rooms.

3rd Qtr: Rams 13 Jets 7
3 Jets turnovers the story here - they're fortunate to still be within a score.

Jets to start at the 27.

They get one first down, 13 yard pickup for Martin - but they have to kick and LA starts at their own 17.

3 and out.  Jets ball at their own 40.  3 and out including a Don Paul sack.  3 LA sacks.  

LA at their own 40.  One first down - a Towler 13 yard run - but another punt and the Jets regain at their own 8.  

One first down, Jets with nothing but short runs, they have to punt from deep in their own end, LA takes the ball at their own 45.  

3 runs gets them a first down at the NY 44 and that's the end of the qtr.

4th Qtr: Rams 13 Jets 7
Just defense in the third qtr - neither team moving the ball at all - Rams now are in Jets territory.

1/10 - Towler loses 2
2/12 - Waterfield finds Hirsch, 13 yards and LA is at the NY 33.  
1/10 - Glen Davis gets 8.
2/2 - Vitamin Smith gets a carry, he is short.  
3/1 - Towler gets 7 and the Rams are at the 17.
1/10 - 9 for Davis.  
2/1 - Waterfield - endzone -- Bob Boyd --- TOUCHDOWN RAMS - 8 yard strike from Waterfield to Boyd -- LA is into the endzone and when Hoerner runs in the 2 point conversion it is 21-7 Rams with less than 11 minutes to go - just like that, LA goes up 2 scores and the Jets are in real trouble today.

Jets at the 21.  3 and out - and with just 8 and a half minutes left, the Rams get the ball back at their own 22.

3 and out.  Jets take over at the 40.  

4 down territory -- but after 4 downs the Jets don't have 10 yards, the ball goes back to LA at the Jets 46, less than 6 minutes left, Jets unable to get anything going at all in the second half.  

Rams again just running the ball, content to let the clock roll - Rams punt again with a little more than 2 left -- But It's Blocked -- and just before the 2 minute warning - the Jets have the slightest amount of life, at midfield.  

1/10 - Parcells with a gadget play -- a reverse, Keyshawn busting out a 27 yard gain all the way to the Ram 23 yard line and we hit the 2 minute mark.  

Nothing results from it - 4th Rams sack goes to Brink, he's had a tremendous day coming off the edge for LA, the Rams will take over on downs, victory formation and it's over.

Final: Rams 21 Jets 7
LA really dominates defensively, 3 turnovers, 4 sacks - and they claim a spot in the 2nd rnd.

Waterfield: 9 for 15, 84 yds, TD
Testaverde: 8 for 18, 69 yds, Int

Towler: 16 carries, 106 yds, TD
Martin: 20 carries, 136 yds, TD, 2 fumbles lost

Hirsch: 5 catches, 43 yds
Chrebet: 3 catches, 43 yds

Brink: 2 sacks

Player of the Game: Larry Brink





256 Team NFL Tournament Round 1/Region 9: 1958 Baltimore Colts v. 2020 Baltimore Ravens

Monday, August 15, 2022


11. 2020 BALTIMORE RAVENS at 6. 1958 NFL CHAMPION BALTIMORE COLTS

6. 1958 NFL CHAMPION BALTIMORE COLTS 
Record: 9-3
Pythag: 10-2
Off: 1st
Def: 2nd
1st NFL West
d. Giants NFL Title 23-17
HC Weeb Ewbank
Memorial Stadium: 50 degrees
Chuck Thompson

Offense
QB Johnny Unitas All Pro 25  Louisville
FB Alan Ameche 25 Wisc
RB LG Dupre Baylor
RB Lenny Moore 25 All Pro Penn St
WR Ray Berry 25 All Pro SMU
WR Jim Mutscheller 28 N Dame
LT Jim Parker All Pro 24 Ohio St
LG Art Spinney 31 B College
C Buzz Nutter 27 Va Tech
RG Alex Sandusky 26 Clarion
RT George Preas 25 Va Tech

Defense
LDE Gino Marchetti All Pro 31  S Francisco
LDT Art Donovan 34 B College
MG Don Schinnick 23 UCLA
RDT Big Daddy Lipscomb 27 All Pro  None
RDE Don Joyce 29 Tulane
LLB Bill Pellington 31 Rutgers
RLB Leo Stanford 29 La Tech
LDH Carl Taseff 30 J Carroll
RDH Milt Davis 29 UCLA
LS Andy Nelson 25 Memphis
SS Ray Brown 22 R Ole Miss

K Steve Myhra 24 N Dakota
P Ray Brown 22 Ole Miss
KR Lenny Lyles 22 Louisville
PR Carl Taseff 30 J Carroll

The '68 Colts, '76 Colts, and the post move '04 Colts all advanced in the first half of round 1 - here's the 6th seed in Region 9, the NFL Champs from 1958.  Number 1 in offense, number 2 in defense.  The Great Unitas is 25, All Pro, 22 scores and 7 picks in 9 games. 25 year old Lenny Moore is also All Pro with 14 scores. 25 year old Ray Berry is an All Pro as is 24 year old Jim Parker.  2 All Pros on defense, they're the guys you'd expect - 31 year old Gino Marchetti and 27 year old Big Daddy Lipscomb. 

11. 2020 BALTIMORE RAVENS
Record: 11-5
Pythag: 12-4
Off: 7th
Def: 2nd
2nd AFC North
d. Titans WC 20-13
lost Bills Div Rnd 17-3
HC John Harbaugh OC Greg Roman DC Wink Martindale

Offense
QB Lamar Jackson 23 Lousiville
RB Mark Ingram 31 Alabama
FB Patrick Ricard 26 Maine
WR Miles Boykin 24 N Dame
WR Marquise Brown 23 Oklahoma
TE Mark Andrews 25 Oklahoma
LT Orlando Brown 24 Oklahoma
LG Bradley Bozeman 26 Alabama
C Matt Skura 27 Duke
RG Ben Powers 24 Oklahoma
RT DJ Fluker 29 Alabama

Defense
LDE Calais Campbell 34  Miami
NT Brandon Williams 31 Mo Southern
RDE Derek Wolfe 30 Cincinnati
LOLB Pernell McPhee 32 Miss St
LILB Patrick Queen 21-R LSU
RILB LJ Fort 30 No Iowa
ROLB Matt Judon 28 G Valley 
LCB Marlon Humphrey 24 Alabama
RCB Marcus Peters 27 Wash
SS Chuck Clark 25 Va Tech
FS DeShon Elliott 23 Texas

K Justin Tucker 31 All Pro Texas
P Sam Koch 38 Nebraska
KR Devin Duvernay 23 Texas
PR James Proche 24 SMU

Baltimore on Baltimore violence -- we move 60 years in the future from those World Champion Colts to find the 2020 Ravens with the 2nd best defense in football.  34 year old Calais Campbell and 28 year old Matt Judon combined for 10 sacks.  On offense, Lamar Jackson is 23, 33 scores and 9 picks and he'll give the Colts a look they've never faced before.  The Baltimore Ravens travel very far back in time but not very far back in space to meet the Baltimore Colts.   Let's go to....Baltimore...for the kick.  

1st Qtr
Colts to start at the 34.  

3 and out.  Ravens at the 30.  

3 and out.  Colts at the 24.

1/10 - Alan Ameche busts one -- 53 yards - roaring down the field to the 23.
1/10 - LG Dupre gets 18 and the Colts have a first and goal.
1/goal - Lenny Moore sweeps around left tackle - Jim Parker seals the edge -- Moore rolls into the endzone. TOUCHDOWN COLTS - 3 plays and the Colts are into the endzone.

Ravens at the 31.

3 and out.  Colts start at the 35.  

They get a first down, Ameche with a 15 yard gain - but that's all and after the punt the Ravens start at the 14.

3 and out, great start for this Colt defense against an offense 60 years ahead of them.  

Colts in good field position at their own 47.

1/10 - Incomplete
2/10 - Johnny Unitas completes the first pass of the game, a 6 yarder to Lenny Moore. 
3/4 - Another big gain for Alan Ameche - 18 yards and the Colts are at the Raven 29 yard line.

Nothing the next two plays and as the qtr ends it's 3rd and 10.

2nd Qtr: Colts 7 Ravens 0
The Ravens without a first down, Colts up a touchdown and have 3rd and 10 at the Ravens 29.

They don't pick it up -- and Myhra misses the FG - Rav6ens will take over at their own 32.

1/10 - Nothing for Mark Ingram
2/10- Nothing for Patrick Ricard
3/10 - Lamar Jackson's first completion goes to Miles Boykin, 14 yards and the first down.
1/10 - JK Dobbins gets 1.
2/9 - Dobbins gets 1.
3/8 - Jackson again - finds Hollywood Brown for the 18 yard pickup, Ravens now at the Colt 35.
1/10 - 2 for Dobbins.
2/8 - 3 for Ingram.  
3/5 - Jackson picks it up again, 8 to Brown -- Ravens at the 22.  Nice series of third down conversions for Jackson. 

The drive stalls here - Justin Tucker is the Ravens only All Pro and he puts them on the board with 4 minutes left in the half.  Colts to open at the 31.

1/10 - Unitas - leveled on a safety blitz by DeShon Elliott.  
2/15 - Unitas - Ravens bring the house - Unitas escapes -- and Unitas has real estate -- it's a big gain, a 20 yard gain for Unitas -- and tack on 15 more for a late hit on the tackle -- that's a 35 yard play and the Colts are at the Ravens 39.
1/10 - 1 for Lenny Moore, 2 minute warning.
2/9 - Unitas quick out to Ray Berry, just 2 yards and a false start on the next play makes it 3rd and 12.
3/12 - Unitas -- throws a great ball into the teeth of the defense, threads one to Jim Mutscheller, Colts with a first down at the 21.
1/10 - Unitas - over the middle --- Mutscheller has it - he breaks a tackle - Mutscheller will go into the endzone -- TOUCHDOWN COLTS - 21 yard pass from Unitas to Mutscheller and the Colts have gone 69 yards to take the 14-3 lead. 

Ravens with just 90 seconds left.  Start at the 27.  

1/10 - Jackson, has to run - gets out of bounds after 5.
2/5 - Jackson - Mark Andrews over the middle for 13 yards - Ravens with their first timeout, 1:14 left, Ravens at their own 45.
1/10 - Jackson...can't find anyone open - dumps to Andrews, out of bounds after 3.
2/7 - Incomplete.
3/7 - Jackson over the middle to Ricard - Ricard bowls his way to a 9 yard gain - Ravens stop the clock at 42 seconds left, Ravens at the Colt 43.  
1/10 - Incomplete
2/10 - Jackson - flips to Ingram out of the backfield - he's got 7 yards, gets out of bounds at the 36.  24 seconds left.  
3/3 - Give -- Dobbins -- Dobbins has the first down --- And Dobbins is Gonna Go -- Dobbins Breaks it -- JK Dobbins is gonna go all 32 yards all the way into the endzone - TOUCHDOWN RAVENS - 32 yard run for Dobbins just before the half - the Colts are gonna be content to run a play into the line - and at the half it's now 14-10.

3rd Qtr: Colts 14 Ravens 10
Couple late scores, the Unitas drive and then a gutsy run call on a third down from Harbaugh, we've got a good one in this generational battle of Baltimore.

Ravens at the 35.

1/10 - Lamar Jackson comes out throwing - 8 yards to Mark Andrews.  
2/2 - Nothing for Ricard.
3/2 - RPO - Jackson keeps it himself and picks up the first down, Ravens at their own 47.
1/10 - Jackson - Andrew--No - Picked Off by Ray Brown -- Brown steps in front of Andrews, picks off Jackson -- Brown is down at the Ravens 45 -- big early turnover here in the second half for the Colts.  

1/10 - Ameche gets 1.
2/9 - Ameche again, he gets 9 and it's a first down at the 35.
1/10 - Incomplete
2/10 - Calais Campbell with the first sack of the game - he rips Unitas to the turf.
3/14 - Unitas - Ray Berry -- Berry works his way to the sticks -- nice run by Berry and the Colts have the first down at the 22 yard line.
1/10 - Ameche -- Ameche running behind Parker - he clears the way -- Ameche is gonna go - Alan Ameche is gonna go -- TOUCHDOWN COLTS - 22 yard TD run for Ameche and the Colts take the 21-10 lead.  

Ravens at the 22.

They get 2 first downs - Jackson 16 to Snead the biggest play - but after a Gino Marchetti sack the drive ends on the Ravens side of the field, Colts will take over at their own 20 after the punt.

1/10 - Dupre gets nothing.
2/10 - Ameche gets nothing.
3/10 - Lenny Moore picks it up - a 14 yard gain -- Colts up double digits as we near the end of the third qtr, Colts are looking to wrap this up.  
1/10 - Ameche gets 3.
2/7 - Incomplete
3/7 - Unitas hits Lenny Moore in space - he has a step and he roars forward for a 25 yard gain, the Colts are at the Ravens 38 yard line as the qtr ends.  

4th Qtr: Colts 21 Ravens 10
Colts really rolling now, 11 point lead with a first down in Ravens territory.  

On the first play of the quarter - Chuck Clark intercepts Unitas -- Ravens take over at their own 42 - big play by the Ravens defense to keep them in the game.

3 and out - the Colts defense doesn't give any ground, Art Donovan with the second Colt sack of the day.  There's another punt and the Colts start at their own 27, now 12 minutes left in the game.

Colts stay on the ground, using clock, they get a first down on a Dupre 9 yard run - after the punt, Ravens take over at their own 21, now just 8 minutes to play.  

1/10 - Ricard gets 12.
1/10 - Incomplete
2/10 - Give to Ingram, nothing.  
3/10 - Incomplete.  Ravens have a 4th and 10, they have to go for it.  
4/10 - Jackson....in trouble...Jackson keeps it alive -- goes to Dobbins who is able to break loose, he has the first down out to the Raven 45 yard line.  5 and a half minutes left in the game, it's 21-10 Colts.  Ravens alive, but barely.  
1/10 - Dobbins busts a 14 yarder - he's out of bounds at the Colts 41.  
1/10 - Jackson's sacked - Big Daddy Lipscomb with the third Colts sack of the day, Ravens stop the clock.
2/14 - Jackson's sacked again - Lipscomb gets him again - that's 4 Colts sacks -- the Colts side of the crowd roaring now - Ravens again stop the clock and it's third and 18.
3/18 - Jackson is running for his life -- the Colts defensive line now totally taking over -- Jackson keeps it alive - finds Ricard, Ricard's got 8 yards, he's out of bounds at the Colts 41 and it's another 4th and 10, just 4 and a half minutes left in the game.  
4/10 - Jackson - Brown -- right at the sticks -- 10 yards - a first down to the Ravens 31 yard line, big play there.

That's as far as the drive goes - Tucker has to kick the FG -- that cuts the deficit to 21-13, so within a score and a 2 pt conversion, Colts will get the ball back at their own 14 yard line with under 4 minutes left in the game.  Ravens only have 1 time out - so they need a stop.

They don't get it - the Ravens never get the ball back - Colts only need to throw one pass, a big 3rd and 9 completion from Unitas to Dupre - otherwise they stay on the ground, pick up three first downs and kill the rest of the clock.  

Final: Colts 21 Ravens 13
Good all around performance here, the '58 Colts controlled both lines of scrimmage and they will head to San Francisco in round 2 to face the '92 Niners.  

Unitas: 9 for 15, 111 yds, 1 TD/1 INT
Jackson: 11 for 19, 108 yds, 1 INT

Ameche: 16 carries, 149 yds, 1 TD
Dobbins: 12 carries, 58 yds, 1 TD

Mutscheller: 2 catches, 41 yds, 1 TD
Brown: 3 catches, 34 yds

Lipscomb: 2 sacks

Player of the Game: Alan Ameche






256 Team NFL Tournament Round 1/Region 9: 1992 San Francisco 49ers v. 2001 Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday, August 14, 2022


14. 2001 PITTSBURGH STEELERS at 3. 1992 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

3. 1992 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Pythag: 13-3
Off: 1st
Def: 3rd
1st NFC West
d. Redskins Div Rnd 20-13
lost NFC Title Cowboys 30-20
HC George Seifert OC Mike Shanahan DC Bill McPherson
Candlestick Park: 55 degrees
Joe Starkey/Wayne Walker

Offense
QB Steve Young 31  All Pro  BYU
RB Ricky Watters 23-R N Dame
FB Tom Rathman 30  Nebraska
WR Jerry Rice 30 All Pro Miss Vall St
WR John Taylor 30 Delaware St
TE Brent Jones 29 S Clara
LT Steve Wallace 28 Auburn
LG Guy McIntyre 31 UGA
C Jesse Sapolu 31 Hawaii
RG Roy Foster 32 USC
RT Harris Barton 28 All Pro  UNC

Defense
LDE Pierce Holt 30 Angelo St 
NT Michael Carter 32 SMU
RDE Kevin Fagan 29 Miami
LOLB Tim Harris 28 Memphis
LILB Keith DeLong 25 Tenn
RILB Mike Walter 32 Ore
ROLB Bill Romanowski 26 B College
LCB Eric Davis 24 Jacksonville St
RCB Don Griffin 28 Midd Tenn
SS Dave Whitmore 25 SFA
FS Dana Hall 23-R Wash

K Mike Cofer 28 NC St
P Klaus Wilmsmeyer 25 Louisville
KR Marc Logan 27 UK
PR Alan Grant 26 Stanford

Bottom half of Region 9 starts with the third seeds, the '92 Niners.  The '93, '96 and '12 49ers have already advanced.  Here's the best 49er team we've seen so far; top offense, 3rd defense in 1992.  Steve Young's 31, All Pro, 29 scores and 7 picks.  36 year old Joe Montana is ready if called upon.  It's Ricky Watters rookie season, he rushed for over a thousand yds and scored 11 times. Jerry Rice is, of course, an All Pro, 30 years old, 11 scores and 1200 yds receiving.  28 year old Harris Barton is also All Pro. The defense is led by 28 year old Tim Harris and his 17 sacks. 

14. 2001 PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Pythag: 12-4
Off: 7th
Def: 3rd
d. Ravens Div Round 27-10
Lost AFC Title Patriots 24-17
HC Bill Cowher OC Mike Mularkey DC Tim Lewis

Offense
QB Kordell Stewart 29
RB Jerome Bettis 29
FB Jon Witman 29
WR Plaxico Burress 24
WR Hines Ward 25
TE Mark Bruener 29
LT Wayne Gandy 30
LG Alan Faneca 25 All Pro
C Jeff Hartings 29
RG Rich Tylski 30
RT Marvel Smith 23

Defense
LDE Aaron Smith 25
NT Casey Hampton 24 R
RDE Kimo von Oelhoffen 30
LOLB Jason Gildon 29
LILB Earl Holmes 28
RILB Kendrell Bell 23 R
ROLB Joey Porter 24
LCB Chad Scott 27
RCB Dewayne Washington 29
SS Lee Flowers 28
FS Brent Alexander 30

K Kris Brown 25
P Josh Miller 31
KR Troy Edwards 24
PR Hank Poteat 24

The '75 and '78 Steelers have advanced, the '01 team is here because of its 3rd ranked defense. Just a ton of sacks - 25 year old Aaron Smith with 8, 29 year old All Pro Jason Gildon with 12, 23 year old Kendrell Bell and 24 year old Joey Porter with 9 each.  The offense is okay - Kordell Stewaet is 29, 19 scores and 11 picks.  29 year old Jerome Bettis rushed for a thousand yards, 24 year old Plaxico Burress and 25 year old Hines Ward each had over a thousand yds receiving. 25 year old Alan Faneca is an All Pro

We have a 3/14 game - let's go out the Stick for the kick.

1st Qtr
Steelers start at the 32.

1/10 - Jerome Bettis opens the game with a 7 yard run.
2/3 - Bettis picks it up.
1/10 - One for Bettis.
2/9 - Bettis gets another yd
3/8 - Kordell Stewart's first attempt - its deep - Kordell to Plaxico Burress - big 38 yard strike, the Steelers are all the way at the Niner 20.
1/10 - Bettis again - and he's got 13 yards and the Steelers have a first and goal at the 7.

But that's it - the Niner defense stiffens, Steelers settle for the FG.

Niners at the 36.

1/10 - Ricky Watters gets a yard.
2/9 - Steve Young - over the middle to Brent Jones, sitting right at the sticks.  
1/10 - Give to Tom Rathman, one yd.
2/9 - Give to Watters, 3 yds.  
3/6 - Young - throws in the tight window to Jerry Rice, he's got 10 yards at the first.  Niners at the Steeler 40.  
1/10 - Young - forced to escape the pocket - Young is running - Young's got a dozen yards to the 28.
1/10 - Ricky Watters goes for 12, Niners now at the 16.

But that's it - Aaron Smith gets a sack - Niners match the FG and we are tied.

Steelers at the 33.

3 and out.  Niners at the 31.

1/10 Incomplete
2/10 - 3 for Watters and that's the end of the qtr.

2nd Qtr: Niners 3 Steelers 3
Dead even through 1, both clubs with good drives that end in FGs, Niners have a 3rd and 7 at their own 34.

Jason Gildon sacks Young - Niners punt, Steelers take over at their own 29.

1/10 - 2 for the Bus
2/8 - It's Hines Ward's first reception - good battle today with Griffin/Davis, the Niners corners, against Burress/Ward, the Steelers receivers, Ward's got 14 and the first.  
1/10 - Bettis breaks it.  The Bus rolls for a 43 yard gain, dragged down at the 49er 12.
1/10 - Stewart.  Endzone.  Ward.  TOUCHDOWN STEELERS - Kordell Stewart hits Hines Ward in the endzone for a 12 yard score, the 14th seeded Steelers again go up on San Francisco.  

Niners at the 25.

1/10 - Gadget play.  Young - inside handoff to Rathman -- he pitches back to Young, flea flicker -- Young hands to John Taylor on the end around - Taylor runs wide - stops -- Throws the Backward Pass to Young.  Young -- Young Downfield -- Wide Open Ricky Watters!  Wide Open Ricky Watters!  Watters at the 40-3-20-10 - TOUCHDOWN NINERS - Great play call by Mike Shanahan here - Rathman, back to Young, to Taylor, back to Young -- and the 75 yard TD bomb to the wide open Ricky Watters who leaked free down the sideline -- like a lightning bolt the 49ers have tied this score at 10.  

Steelers at the 12.

They get 1 first down, Hines Ward 6 yard reception the biggest play - after the punt, Niners at the 27.  Midway 2nd qtr.  10-10.

1/10 - Rathman gets 4.
2/6 - Young finds Mike Sherrard at the sticks, he's just a little short.  
3/1 - Watters picks it up, Niners at the 40.  
1/10 - Young, quick out to Rice, 6 yards.  
2/4 - Watters is stopped at the line.
3/4 - Young - Taylor - Niners cross midfield now with less than 4 minutes to go in the half.
1/10 - Watters for 2.
2/8 - Young, busted play - Young looking for a receiver, Rice comes open, 6 yards, another third down.
3/2 - Young -- over the middle -- Brent Jones is there, Jones has the first down, Niners at the Steeler 26 at the 2 minute warning.  
1/10 - Watters gets 6.  Niners stop the clock.
2/4 - Rathman is stopped at the line - Niners use their second timeout.  
3/4 - Young -- Taylor with the crossing route- John Taylor has the first down - he is out of bounds at the Steeler 13 yard line with a little more than a minute to go.
1/10 - Young - to Rathman coming out of the backfield -- Rathman breaking tackles -- Tom Rathman bulldozes his way into the endzone -- TOUCHDOWN NINERS - San Francisco goes 73 yards, taking up most of the back half of the quarter and they grab their first lead of the day.  

Steelers at the 30 - they get a first down on a big Stewart to Ward 27 yard gain - but 3 incompletions later the Niners have the ball at their own 8 with 26 seconds left.  

Young is able to get a big shot - 43 yards to Odessa Turner - but that's where the half ends.  

3rd Qtr: Niners 17 Steelers 10
San Francisco takes its first lead late in the half - Niners with the big gadget play to Watters and then the long TD drive.  Niners will start at the 20.

3 and out.  Kendrell Bell gets Pittsburgh's 3rd sack.  

Steelers at the 42, good field position.  

1/10 - Bettis gets 1.
2/9 - Incomplete
3/9 - Stewart - Ward -- Picked Off By Don Griffin -- Griffin steps in front of Ward and we have the game's first turnover -- Niners take over at their own 43 yard line.  

They get 1 first down - Young to Watters, 13 yards.  But that's all - and after the punt, Steelers have the ball at their own 13.

1/10 - Bettis gets 1.
2/9 - Big gain again for Bettis - 34 yards - Bettis out to the 48.  
1/10 - Jon Witman's first carry, he gets 5.
2/5 - 2 for Bettis.
3/3 - Stewart.  Burress.  9 yards and Pittsburgh's at the Niner 36.  
1/10 - Amos Zereoue's first carry, he gets 1.
2/9 - Zereoue again, he's near the first down.
3/1 - Bettis picks it up - Pittsburgh is at the Niner 26.  4 minutes left in the third. 

That's as far is it goes -- John Brown with his second FG and the Niner lead is cut to 17-13.

Niners at the 37.

1/10 - Ricky Watters breaks one -- 44 yards, Watters all the way to the Steeler 19 yard line.  
1/10 - Amp Lee's first carry, he gets a yard. 
2/9 - Broken play - Young keeps the play alive - Young scrambling - Young pulls it down - Young breaks tackles -- Steve Young breaks tackles -- Steve Young is gonna go into the endzone -- TOUCHDOWN NINERS - An 18 yard Steve Young scramble into the endzone and San Francisco goes up 24-13 with less than a minute to go in the third qtr.  

Steelers start at the 16, Bettis gets 5 on first down and the qtr ends.

4th Qtr: Niners 24 Steelers 13
San Francisco has its biggest lead, Steelers need to get some points on the board on this opening drive, they've got 2nd and 5 at their own 21.

They don't pick it up - Niners will start at their own 39.

3 and out - 4th Steelers sack belongs to Joey Porter.  

Steelers at their own 41, they get a first down - Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala's first carry goes for 11 yards - but they punt again, clock working against Pittsburgh now, Niners at the 22 with 9 minutes left.  

1/10 - Watters gets 7.
2/3 - Amp Lee stopped at the line.
3/3 - Young - Rice - 16 yards and the chains move, and the clock moves.  
1/10 - Nothing for Watters.
2/10 - Young, planned run - gets 4 yards.  
3/6 - Another third down -- and Young hits Rice again -- big play for Jerry, he's all the way to the Steeler 27 yard line, and with a little more than 4 minutes left and an 11 point lead - that's probably the kill shot.  
1/10 - Rathman gets 2.  Steelers use their first timeout.  
2/8 - Rathman just bowling his way through for a 9 yard gain - another first down, Steelers have to stop the clock again.  Niners at the 16.
1/10 - Amp Lee sweep gets 6 yards, stays in bounds - Steelers are now out of timeouts, there's not really a path forward from here.  
2/4 - Watters --- Watters is gonna go into the the endzone -- TOUCHDOWN NINERS - it is 31-13 San Francisco, the Niners cruising into round two.  

Pittsburgh gets 1 first down, 15 yard Burress reception - but thats it - victory formation for Young and San Francisco moves on.

Final: 49ers 31 Steelers 13
Steelers had a 10-3 lead and then San Francisco dominated the rest of the way, both sides of the ball - they'll head to round 2 and host the winners of the next game.

Young: 16 for 22, 264 yds, 2 TD (1 rushing)
Stewart: 8 for 16, 1 TD/1 INT

Watters: 18 carries, 108 yds, 3 receptions, 105 yds, 2 TD
Bettis: 19 carries, 125 yds

Rice: 5 catches, 55 yds
Burress: 4 catches, 89 yds

Player of the Game: Steve Young


256 Team NFL Tournament Round 1/Region 9: 1976 Oakland Raiders v. 2003 Tennessee Titans

Saturday, August 13, 2022


13. 2003 TENNESSEE TITANS at 4. 1976 SUPER BOWL CHAMPION OAKLAND RAIDERS

4. 1976 SUPER BOWL CHAMPION OAKLAND RAIDERS
Record: 13-1
Pythag: 10-4
Off: 4th
Def: 12th
1st AFC West
d. Patriots Div Rnd 24-21
d. Steelers AFC Title 24-7
d. Vikings Super Bowl 32-14
HC: John Madden 
Oakland Coliseum: 55 degrees
Bill King/Van Amburg

Offense
QB Kenny Stabler 31 Alabama
RB Clarence Davis 27 USC
FB Mark Van Eeghan 24 Colgate
WR Fred Biletnikoff 33 Florida St
WR Cliff Branch 28 All Pro Colorado
TE Dave Casper 24 All Pro N Dame
LT Art Shell 30 ME Shore
LG Gene Upshaw 31 Tex A&M Kings
C Dave Dalby 26 UCLA
RG George Buehler 29 Stanford
RT John Vella 26 USC

Defense
LDE John Matuszak 26  Tampa
NT Dave Rowe 31 Penn St
RDE Otis Sistrunk 30 Mars
LOLB Phil Villapiano 27 B Green
LILB Willie Hall 27 USC
RILB Monte Johnson 25 Nebraska
ROLB Ted Hendricks 29 Miami
LCB Skip Thomas 26 USC
RCB Willie Brown 36 Grambling
SS George Atkinson 29 M Brown
FS Jack Tatum 28 Ohio St

K Errol Mann 35 N Dakota
P Ray Guy 27 All Pro S Miss
KR Rick Jennings 23 Mary
PR Neal Colzie 22 Ohio St

The 4th seeds in Region 9 -- the 1976 Super Bowl Champion Raiders; the '67 Raiders and the '02 Raiders have already advanced.  Oakland's 4th in offense, 12th in defense in '67. The Snake's 31, 28 scores and 12 picks. 24 year old Mark van Eegahan rushed for over a thousand yards in a 14 game season. 12 scores for 28 year old All Pro Cliff Branch, 10 for 24 year old All Pro Dave Casper. Some big names on that Oakland defense, despite its mediocre rank, 29 year old Ted Hendricks and 36 year old Willie Brown are both headed to the Hall of Fame.  Ray Guy is 27 and added an All Pro season.

13. 2003 TENNESSEE TITANS
Record: 12-4
Pythag: 11-5
Off: 5th
Def: 13th
2nd AFC South
d. Ravens WC 20-17
lost Patriots Div Rnd 17-14
HC Jeff Fisher OC Mike Heimerdinger DC Jim Schwartz

Offense
QB Steve McNair 30
RB Eddie George 30
WR Drew Bennett 25
WR Derrick Mason 29
WR Justin McCareins 25
TE Erron Kinney 26
LT Brad Hopkins 33
LG Zach Piller 27
C Justin Hartwig 25
RG Benji Olson 28
RT Fred Miller 30

Defense
LDE Kevin Carter 30
LDT Robaire Smith 26
RDT Albert Haynesworth 22
RDE Jevon Kearse 27
LLB Peter Sirmon 26
MLB Rocky Calmus 24
RLB Keith Bulluck All Pro 26
LCB Andre Dyson 24
RCB Samari Rolle 27
SS Tank Williams 23
FS Lance Schulters 28

K Gary Anderson 44 
P Craig Hentrich 32 
KR Jake Schifino 24
PR Justin McCareins 25

The Titans can't love this draw, seeing a Super Bowl Champ on the other side of the field in the 4/13 matchup. The 2000 Titans have already moved on; this team makes the field on the backs of the 5th ranked offense. Steve McNair's 30, 28 scores and 7 picks. Eddie George is also 30 and rushed for over a thousand yards. Big year for 29 year old Derrick Mason, 95 catches for 1300 yards.  It's a middling defense, but it contains the only All Pro on the roster, 26 year old Keith Bulluck. 27 year old Jevon Kearse had 9.5 sacks.  The 2011 Patriots await, either they'll host the Titans or travel to Oakland - we're going to Oakland now for the kick.

1st Qtr
Titans will open at the 24.

3 and out. Raiders at the 27.

1/10 - Mark van Eeghen sweeps left behind Shell and Upshaw and it is a jailbreak, 51 yards - Van Eeghan with a 51 yard run all the way to the Titan 22.
1/10 - Clarence Davis gets 7.
2/3 - Kenny Stabler's first pass is to Davis, he's got the first down, Raiders at the 11.
1/10 - Van Eeghen gets a half dozen.  
2/4 - The Snake -- floats one to the corner -- Cliff Branch.  TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS - Oakland goes 73 yards in less than 4 minutes and grab the early lead.

Titans at the 23.

1/10 - Eddie George gets 1.
2/9 - Robert Holcombe for 6.
2/3 - Steve McNair's first completion is to Justin McCareins, 5 and the first.  
1/10 - McNair - Derrick Mason - 18 yard pickup and Tennessee crosses midfield.
1/10 - McNair- George, 5 yards.
2/5 - McNair - Mason, 8 and the Titans are at the 34.  
1/10 - McNair, Holbombe - 9 more, Titans putting together a drive.  
2/1 - McNair - Frank Wycheck, short completion, but that's a first down at the 22.
1/10 - Holcombe gets 2.
2/8 - George gets 1.  
3/7 - Holcombe picks it up - Titans saying we are gonna run the ball on you, Oakland, see if you can stop it - Titans first and goal at the 7.
1/goal - Eddie George is into the endzone TOUCHDOWN TITANS - Really strong drive there, 77 yards in a little less than 8 minutes to tie the score.

Raiders at the 29 - time for one play - a 30 yard Clarence Davis explosion - the Raiders cross midfield as the qtr ends.

2nd: Raiders 7 Titans 7
Both teams getting yards on the ground, Oakland has the ball at the Titan 41, game is tied.

1/10 - Van Eeghen is stacked up.  
2/10 - The Snake needs to run, gets back to the line.
3/10 - Stabler - Dave Casper - over the middle for 19 - Raiders at the 22 
1/10 - Van Eeghen gets blown up in the backfield by Albert Haynesworth - Fumble -- Fumble -- the Titans make the big play -- they take over at their own 28.  Titans turn the Raiders over as they drove down the field.  

1/10 - McNair - busted play - McNair keeping is alive with his legs -- throws back across the field to Erron Kinney -- He is Wide Open -- Kinney is going to go for a big gain 49 big yards to the 23 - a big gainer for McNair.  

Oakland doesn't allow more -- the old man, Gary Anderson, hits the go ahead FG.  

Raiders at the 22. 

1/10 - Incomplete
2/10 - Van Eeghen is stopped at the line
3/10 - Stabler to Van Eeghen out of the backfield -- good pickup, he gets the first down.
1/10 - Pete Banaszak's first carry is for 8 yards, Raiders at the 40 yard line.
2/2 - Sweep to Davis -- Keith Bulluck penetrates the line - punches the ball free -- Fumble - Fumble -- Davis fumbles, Tennessee recovers a second Raiders fumble and there has to be some anxiety now - the 13th seeded Titans have the ball, have the lead.  

Titans at the Oakland 41.  

3 and out - they go back to midfield on a John Matuszak sack.  

Raiders at the 14.  6 and a half left in the half.  10-7.  

1/10 - Davis gets 3.
2/7 - Van Eeghen gets 11, Raiders at the 28.  Offsides makes it 1st and 5.
1/5 - Davis picks it up.  Raiders stay on the ground.  
1/10 - Incomplete
2/10 - Keith Bulluck forced a fumble on the last possession - he sacks the Snake here.  Third and a bunch.
3/16 - Stabler -- going up top -- Stabler - finds Cliff Branch, big strike, 37 yards to the Titan 31 yard line.  
1/10 - Van Eeghen gets 4 and at the 2 minute warning Oakland's at the 27.
2/6 - Stabler -- Casper -- The Ghost has the 19 yard gain to the 8 yard line and it is a first and goal for the Raiders.  
1/goal - nothing for Davis
2/goal - nothing for Van Eeghen
3/goal - Stabler.....fires EndZone ----Biletnikoff --- TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS -- the Snake hits Biletnikoff with the 8 yard shot and Oakland regains the lead with 90 seconds left in the half.

Titans at the 31.

1/10 - McNair - Kinney, 11 yards, clock moving.  
1/10 - McNair - Mason -- 13 yards, Titans cross midfield and use their first timeout with a minute and change left.  
1/10 - McNair - busted play -- he has to run - he's out of bounds at the Raider 41, 48 seconds left.  
2/6 - Incomplete
3/6 - It's a draw - George -- Eddie George is gonna get 4 yards, with 32 seconds left, it's a 4th and 1.  Titans use their second timeout.  

Fisher decides the kick is a tick too long, it would be 54 yards, so the Titans go for it.  

4/2 - McNair - to Eddie George out of the backfield -- George has the first down - George cuts inside -- George has a big 15 yard gain - Tennessee uses their final timeout at the Oakland 22, 17 seconds left in the half.  

They can't advance beyond this point - there's a completed pass in bounds to Holcombe - they wind up inside the 10 but with just a couple seconds left in the half, Anderson comes on for the chip shot - he hits it and we head to the locker rooms.

Third Qtr: Raiders 14 Titans 13
Stabler's got a couple TD passes, Oakland's also fumbled a couple of times - Raiders up 1.

Raiders at the 28.

1/10 - Clarence Davis gets 2.
2/8 - Nothing for Van Eeghen
3/8 - Stabler -- finds Biletnikoff - he picks it up.  
1/10 - Van Eeghen gets 7.  
2/3 - Pete Banaszak gets 14 yards, Raiders continue to move the ball effectively, they are at the Titan 39.
1/10 - Nothing for Van Eeghen.
2/10 - Nothing for Banaszak.  
3/10 - Again, the Snake picks it up - finds Branch for 18 yards to the 23 yard line.  
1/10 - Davis gets 5.
2/5 - Van Eeghen, running left, in between Shell/Upshaw - finding the big hole -- big hole - Mark Van Eeghen goes untouched - 18 yards into the endzone - TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS - 18 yards for Van Eeghen and Oakland takes the 21-13 lead.

Titans at the 13.  They get one first down on a George Atkinson personal foul, he just brutalizes Drew Bennett, he has to be helped to the locker room - but a big Phil Villapiano sack backs the Titans up and they punt - Raiders take over at their own 45.

They get a first down on an 11 yard Van Eeghen run - but they have to punt -- good Ray Guy kick leaves the Titans starting at their own 8.

1/10 - Eddie George busts a 30 yard run -- tack on 15 yards for the Jack Tatum face mask call on the tackle - that gets the Titans across midfield.  
1/10 - Eddie George gets 8 to the 39 on the last play of the quarter.

4th Qtr: Raiders 21 Titans 13
Oakland's got the 8 point lead - Titans driving, at the Raider 39 with a 2nd and 2.

They don't pick it up - Ted Hendricks gets the third Oakland sack of the day - Titans punt from near midfield - Raider ball at the 14.  

1/10 - Incomplete
2/10 - Stabler to Banaszak, he's got 11.  
1/10 - Nothing for Banaszak
2/10 - Nothing for Van Eeghen. 
3/10 - Snake.  Over the middle.  Great catch by Biletnikoff.  20 yards to the 44.  
1/10 - Davis gets 1
2/10 - Incomplete, another 3rd and long.
3/9 - Stabler finds Mike Siani, his first catch of the day, 16 yards to the Titan 39 - Oakland's up 8, Oakland's driving, less than 9 minutes to go.  
1/10 - Nothing for Van Eeghen.
2/10 - 1 for Van Eeghen.  Again, third and long, probably too far from here for a FG.
3/9 - Stabler - Clarence Davis out of the backfield - he picks it up -- Raiders are at the 27 yard line with less than 7 minutes left in the game and an 8 pt lead.  
1/10 - Nothing for Van Eeghen
2/10 - Davis gets 2 - and here's one more third and long.  
3/8 - Stabler - Banaszak and he will make his way to the sticks -- there's a measurement -- Oakland has the first down -- Oakland's working their way to the dagger, 21-13, little more than 4 minutes left.  Oakland at the 16.
1/10 - Snake.  End Zone.  Branch.  TOUCHDOWN RAIDERS - Stabler hits Cliff Branch with the 16 yard strike -- that will do it, Oakland up 28-13 with 4 minutes to go.  

Titans start at the 32.

They take nearly all of regulation to work their way all the way downfield, series of medium range passes -- it ends with a 1 yard TD pass to McCareins with 44 seconds to go TOUCHDOWN TITANS - Tennessee can't convert the onside kick -- Oakland burns the rest of the clock and the Raiders move on.

Final: Raiders 20 Titans 20
3 Kenny Stabler TD passes and Oakland is headed to round 2.

Stabler: 16 for 21, 214 yds, 3 TD
McNair: 20 for 31, 215 yds, 1 TD

Van Eeghen: 19 carries, 115 yds 1 TD
George: 17 carries, 79 yds, 1 TD

Branch: 4 catches, 76 yds, 2 TD
Mason: 7 catches, 72 yds

Bullock: 10 tackles/sack

Player of the Game: Kenny Stabler

That wraps up the top half of Region  9 - moving on:

1973 Dolphins
1966 Chiefs
2011 Patriots
1976 Raiders