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Post subject: 1978 NFL Playoff Replay  PostPosted: Oct 02, 2013 - 05:41 PM



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This is a short project replaying the 1978 NFL playoffs. I've been playing random Gridiron Wars games to learn the game mechanics and get my playing procedures/methods down. Apart from an occassional missed penalty check, I think I've got it.

The NFC Wildcard game will be Philadelphia at Atlanta. Both clubs finished 9-7, so it is likely to be a close contest. The winner goes to Dallas to take on the Cowboys.

The AFC Wildcard will feature the Houston Oilers (10-6) traveling to Miami to take on the 11-5 Dolphins. The winner of this game has the unenviable task of taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Oct 03, 2013 - 03:21 PM



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Looking forward to your results, it should be a good replay. Fuzzy
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Oct 03, 2013 - 04:41 PM



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1978 NFC Wildcard - Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) vs. Atlanta Falcons (9-7)

In a battle of Polish-American quarterbacks, Ron Jaworski's Eagles marched to Atlanta to take on Steve Bartkowski's Falcons. The Eagles would draw first blood, as Jaworski led his troops on a 70-yard drive, culminating in a 2-yd Wilbert Montgomery touchdown plunge. Bartkowski and the Falcons would answer with an extended drive of their own on their next possession, but bad penalties and and a stiffened Eagle red zone defense caused the Falcons to settle for a 50-yd Tony Fritsch field goal on the first play of the second quarter. Wilbert Montgomery scored his second touchdown of the day, this time on a 14-yd run, to extend the Philadelphia lead to 14-3 midway through the second quarter. Once again, the Falcons answered with a sustained drive and, once again, faltered and had to settle for a field goal. At the half, Philadelphia led 14-6.
The teams would go scoreless in the third quarter, as penalties and fumbles interrupted drives for both offenses. Early in the 4th quarter, after Herman Edwards intercepted a Bartkowski pass, the Eagles would add 3 points to their lead on a Nick Mike-Mayer field goal. Trailing by three scores, the Falcons began to take some chances. Bobby Howard took advantage of this and picked off another Bartkowski pass, running it back 43 yards deep into Falcon territory. From the 3 yard line, Montgomery banged into the endzone with his 3rd touchdown of the day to seal the 24-6 Philadelphia victory.
The Falcons could only manage 179 yards of offense on the day. They also lost two fumbles to go along with Bartkowski's 2 interceptions. The Eagle offense was not prolific either (222 yds), but it was opportunistic, as it turned the 4 Falcon turnovers into 17 points. Next up for the Eagles - the Dallas Cowboys.

Philadelphia 7 7 0 10 - 24
Atlanta 0 6 0 0 - 6
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Dec 02, 2013 - 10:55 AM



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1978 AFC Wildcard - Houston Oilers (10-6) vs. Miami Dolphins (11-5)

In sunny Miami, the Dolphins overcame an 11-point 1st quarter deficit to beat the Oilers, 27-17. Houston got on the board quickly on their first drive, as Rob Carpenter scored on a 12-yd pass from Dan Pastorini. After Miami got a 34-yd field goal from Garo Yepremian, Pastorini connected with Mel Renfro on a 45-yd touchdown pass to give Houston a 14-3 lead. The Dolfphins defense would stiffen, though, and Miami would score 24 unanswered points. Gary Davis scored two touchdowns (5 yd run and 12 yd pass from Bob Griese), Delvin Williams had a 3 yd touchdown run, and Yepremian added another field goal, this one from 42 yards, to give the Dolphins a 24-14 lead going into the 4th quarter. Houston could manage only a 25-yd field goal from Tony Fritsch for the final score of the game. The Miami defense stifled Oiler star Earl Campbell, who only managed 15 yards rushing on the day. The win sends Miami into the AFC Divisional round and a matchup with AFC East rival New England.

Houston 14 0 0 3 - 17
Miami 3 17 7 0 - 27


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great report..
 
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1978 NFC Divisional Round - Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1) vs. Los Angeles Rams (12-4)

Rams quarterback Pat Haden threw 3 touchdown passes to lead the Rams to a 24-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Los Angeles today. Tight end Terry Nelson scored two of those touchdowns, including a 38-yarder which gave the Rams a 17-7 lead in the second quarter. After Minnesota jumped to an early 7-0 lead, Jack Youngblood and the Rams shut down the Viking offense. Youngblood was a one-man wrecking crew, notching a pair of sacks, a fumble recovery, and an interception. The Vikings turned the ball over 3 times and had a crucial roughing the punter penalty which denied them the opportunity for great field position and led to the second Nelson TD. Chuck Foreman scored on a 20-yard run late in the 4th quarter, but it was not enough to prevent the Vikings' elimination from the playoffs. Los Angeles moves on to the NFC Championship game and awaits the winner of the Cowboys-Eagles match.

Minnesota 7 0 0 7 - 14
Los Angeles 0 17 0 7 - 24
 
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1978 AFC Divisional Round - Denver (10-6) vs. Pittsburgh (12-4)

Fans of great defensive football went away very pleased after this game. The Steelers and Broncos were scoreless after 3 quarters before Terry Bradshaw hit James Stallworth with a 6 yd touchdown pass with 6:00 minutes remaining. Craig Morton took his Broncos out on the next possession and orchestrated Denver's best drive of the day, culminating with a 3 yd touchdown run by Jon Keyworth to tie the score at 7-7. The game went into overtime and Denver won the toss, electing to receive. An untimely holding penalty nullified a Bronco first down and necessitated a punt. Denver's punter, Bucky Dilts, had had a good day until now, when his low line drive punt only traveled 27 yards, giving Pittsburgh great field possession on the Bronco 48 yard line. Bradshaw came out and moved the Steelers deliberately down field. After working their way to the Denver 5 yd line, Pittsburgh called on Roy Gerela to boot the game winning field goal, which he did. Pittsburgh wins 10-7 and moves on to the AFC title game against the winner of the Dolphins-Patriots game.

Denver 0 0 0 7 0 - 7
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 7 3 - 10
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Dec 03, 2013 - 11:50 PM



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Nice thread. I've noticed that you did the opposite of what the NFL did at that time under the three-divisions-plus-wildcard(s) format, in that you have intradivisional matchups in the divisional round, whereas in the actual NFL, two teams from the same division that both advanced to the divisional round could not meet each other until the conference championship. I don't know if you knew this already or not. Forgive me for being a technical b------ and pointing this out. Either way, I am enjoying this thread.

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Hi Marty -

Thanks for following along. No, I did not know that the NFL playoffs were structured to prohibit intra-division matchups in the divisional round back then. I like the way I'm doing it better, anyway.
 
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1978 NFC Divisional Round - Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) vs. Dallas Cowboys (12-4)

Roger Staubach connected on 3 touchdown passes, including 2 to Tony Hill, to lead the Cowboys to a 21-9 win over Philadelphia in Dallas this morning. Besides Staubach's arm, the Dallas defense came up big, sacking a hapless Ron Jaworski 9 times!! All day long the Eagles' offensive line was overmatched by the fierce Cowboy rush. After a scoreless 1st quarter, the Cowboys came out shooting in the 2nd quarter to score all 21 of their points. Jaworski did manage to scramble away from the Cowboys long enough to hit Ken Payne for a 34 yard touchdown pass to make it a 7-6 game in the 2nd quarter before Staubach took over. After recovering a Jaworski fumble, Staubach found Billy Joe Dupree in the back of the Eagle endzone for a 14 yd touchdown strike. On the Cowboys' next possession, Tony Hill got behind the Philadelphia secondary and received a 39 yd pass from Staubach to stretch the Cowboy lead. From there, Ed "Too Tall" Jones and the rest of the Dallas defense took control and frustrated Jaworski and the Eagles to seal the win.

Philadelphia 0 6 3 0 - 9
Dallas 0 21 0 0 - 21
 
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That's good. The important thing is that you're doing what suits you better, and that you're having FUN!

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1978 AFC Playoffs - Divisional Round

Miami Dolphins came to chilly Foxboro today for a matchup with their AFC East rivals, the New England Patriots. For the Dolphins, in the words of Charles Dickens, "it was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Miami dominated the first half, although they could only put 10 points on the board. Going into the lockerroom down 10-0, the high-powered New England offense had had a disappointing showing. However, the Patriots began to move the ball much easier in the second half. A 19-yd touchdown strike from Steve Grogan to Stanley Morgan made it a 10-7 game. After David Posey kicked a 25-yd field goal, the 3rd quarter ended with the teams tied at 10-10, but with momentum clearly on the side of the Patriots. On the first play of the 4th quarter, Sam "Bam" Cunningham blasted into the Dolphin endzone for a 2-yd touchdown run. He followed that up with a 5 yd TD run a little later. Posey kicked a 20 yarder to complete the scoring. New England scored 27 unanswered points in the second half to earn a 27-10 victory and the right to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship.

On the day, Miami's Bob Griese would complete 21 passes to 9 different receivers for 223 yards, but would also throw 4 interceptions. Cunningham had 99 yards rushing to lead the Patriots. The Patriots finished with 443 total yards to the Dolphins' 310.

Miami 7 3 0 0 - 10
New England 0 0 10 17 - 27
 
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1978 NFL Playoffs - NFC Championship

The Dallas Cowboys traveled to Los Angeles to take on the Rams for the NFC championship. Both teams boast stout defenses and it was expected that points would be hard to come by. As it turns out, this was only true for one team.

The Rams got on the board first when Pat Haden hit Ron Jessie with a 6 yard strike to make it 7-0. In the second quarter Haden would find Charlie Young for an 8 yard touchdown pass to make it 14-0. Meanwhile, the Rams defense was stifling the Cowboy attack. Dallas's running game, usually strong behind Tony Dorsett and Robert Newhouse, ground to a halt in the face of Fred Dryer and Jack Youngblood. Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach did not have much better luck throwing the ball against the fierce Ram rush.

Pat Corral started the scoring in the 3rd Quarter with a 24 yd field goal to give the Rams a 17-0 lead. Later in the quarter, Lawrence McCutcheon would burst into the Cowboy endzone for a 23-0 Ram lead (Corral missed the extra point). Dallas finally got on the board with about 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd Quarter, as Rafael Septien kicked a 36 yd field goal.

The Rams continued their unrelenting pressure on Staubach, sacking him in the endzone for a safety to make the score 25-3 after 3 quarters. On the day, Los Angeles sacked Staubach 5 times. Corral added an 18 yd field goal for the only scoring of the 4th Quarter. Final score Los Angeles 28 Dallas 3.

The Rams held the Cowboys to just 222 total yards (only 36 yards rushing). Staubach threw 2 interceptions and was sacked 5 times. Cullen Bryant had a big day for the Rams, rushing for 115 yards on 19 attempts. The Rams had 403 total yards.

Dallas 0 0 3 0 - 3
Los Angeles 7 7 11 3 - 28
 
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