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Season 16 Divisional Playoff Round

Bob Davis

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And then there were four. The Divisional Playoff Round is complete. Big plays highlighted all these games. 


Pittsburgh at Washington - (These two teams met in RFK Stadium on the final week of the regular season. The Redskins beat the Steelers 18-11). The Steelers score on their opening drive. RB Franco Harris follows up a 48 yard run with a 7 yard run for a touchdown. The Redskins answer with an 8 play drive ending with a 55 yard touchdown pass, QB Billy Kilmer to RB Clarence Harmon. After an incomplete pass over the middle, QB Terry Bradshaw throws a 67 yard bomb to WR Calvin Sweeney for a touchdown. Kilmer is sacked to end the first half. Steelers 14 Redskins 7. The Redskins opening drive of the second half covers 10 plays but ends with a sack of Kilmer. The Redskins punt. On 3rd and 6, Bradshaw unloads another bomb this time to WR John Stallworth covering 64 yards. 3 plays later, K Matt Bahr boots a 30 yard FG giving the Steelers a 10 point lead. Kilmer is intercepted by Steeler Safety Donnie Shell and the Steelers run out the clock. Final - Steelers 17 Redskins 7.

New York at Minnesota - (Being in the same division, these two teams met in week two at New York. The Vikings won 11-10). The Giants score a touchdown on their 8 play opening drive as RB Earl Campbell rumbles 9 yards to pay-dirt. The Vikings answer almost immediately as QB Fran Tarkenton uncorks a bomb to RB Chuck Foreman covering 55 yards for the touchdown. The Giant's next drive covers 71 yard in 6 plays; all running plays. K Ali Haji-Sheik kicks a 22 yard FG as time runs out in the first half. The Giants lead 10-7 at halftime. The Viking's 8 play opening drive of the second half ends with two straight incomplete passes. They are forced to punt. On 3rd and 6, Giants QB Jeff Hostetler is sacked for a 15 yard loss forcing a punt. Vikings WR Sammy White returns the punt 56 yards setting up Chuck Foreman's 16 yard touchdown run. The Giant's final drive ends as Hostetler is sacked. Final - Vikings 14 Giants 10.


Los Angeles Rams at Denver Broncos - The Rams open the game with a 10 play drive including a 4th down conversion but the drive ends with two straight sacks of QB Doug Williams. The Rams are forced to punt. After two incomplete passes, Broncos QB Craig Morton completes to RB Otis Armstrong for 14 yards and to WR Steve Watson for 54 yards and a touchdown. Rams RB and league MVP Cullen Bryant returns the ensuing kickoff 56 yards. Williams completes to TE Charlie Young for 37 yards and a touchdown. Bryant converts the two point conversion as time runs out in the first half. Rams 8 Broncos 7 at halftime. The opening kickoff of the second half is returned 91 yards by Watson setting up the Bronco offense. The Ram defense holds, and the Broncos settle for a 19 yard chip-shot FG by K Jim Turner giving the Broncos the lead at 10-8. The Rams opening drive of the second half ends with a 4th and 5 incomplete pass. The Broncos go on a 7 play drive including a 4th down plunge by Morton culminating with a 31 yard TD run by Rob Lytle. Turner's extra point puts the game out of reach for the Rams. Final - Broncos 17 Rams 8. 

Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints - Cowboy's RB Ron Springs takes the opening kickoff 72 yards. 3 plays later RB Tony Dorsett scampers 22 yards for the game's opening score. The Saints opening drive starts with back to back runs by Chuck Muncie and ends with a 36 yard touchdown pass, QB Bobby Scott to WR Ike Harris. Muncie runs for two yards completing the two point conversion. The Saints take an 8-7 lead. Springs returns the ensuing kickoff 44 yards giving the Cowboys good field position. After an incomplete pass, RB Tony Dorsett rumbles 49 yards for the go-ahead score. Dorsett then dives into the endzone completing the two point conversion giving the Cowboys a 15-8 lead. Saints QB Bobby Scott then leads a brilliant drive going 4 of 4 for 64 yards culminating with an 11 yard precision pass in coverage to Muncie for a touchdown. K Nick Meyer adds the extra point as time runs out tying the game (15-15) at halftime. The opening kickoff of the second half is returned 47 yards by Saints RB Tony Galbreath. Bobby Scott continues his brilliance with a 16 yard completion to Galbreath and a 15 yard touchdown pass to Muncie. The extra point gives the Saints a 22-15 lead. The Cowboy's make a valiant effort on their next drive including a 4th and 3 conversion but ultimately fall short a Carano pass deflects off of TE Jay Saldi and into the hands of Saints LB Reggie Mathis for the interception at the 2 yard line. The Saints run the ball (Muncie 2 for 49 yards and Galbreath 2 for 27 yards) down the field pounding through a tired Cowboy defense. Galbreath scores a touchdown on a 6 yard carry and Muncie adds the two point conversion giving the Saints a 30-15 lead. That would be the final score. 

The Championship Games are set:

AFC - Pittsburgh Steelers at Minnesota Vikings

NFC - Denver Broncos at New Orleans Saints 



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Alameda County Coliseum. That's where my Raiders play. This year's AFC Championship is going to be played at Metropolitan Stadium (The Met). That was where the Vikings played before the HHH Metrodome was built. Outdoors in Minnesota in December. 🤩 I'm going to play the game on my old 620 board. That board has some very minor rust and dents which along with some shredded Styrofoam will mimic slippery and snowy conditions. Looking forward to that game!

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