Super Bowl What Ifs.....

Super Bowl What Ifs.....

Post by Stephen Jaro » Tue, 02 May 2000 04:00:00


Sometimes bad results in the conference title games lead to ugly Super
Bowls. Here are some speculations about better matchups that we could have
gotten over the years:

1976: Raiders v. Rams

Raiders outclass old, worn out Viking squad by moving the ball easily in the
air and on the ground. The Rams, who lost to the Vikes 24-13 in a screwy
game decided by blocked kicks, would have put up more of a fight. The Rams
defense was extremely stingy against the run and pass, and their offense was
very effective at running the ball. Raiders win, but by a much closer
score...

1977: Raiders v. Cowboys

One of the greatest disappointments of 70s football was that the NFL fan
never got to see the great Doomsday-era Cowboys square off against Madden's
great Raiders in the SB. In 'real life', the talent-laden Cowboys roll over
under-talented cinderella Denver team. They whipped them on both sides of
the ball. The Raiders, losers of a very close AFC title game in Denver in
which they were the victim of a bad goal-line fumble call, would have been
much more formidable opposition. Snake vs. Staubach? It woulda been fun!

1980: Cowboys v. Raiders

This time, it was Cowboys NFC title game ineptness that prevented a matchup
with the Raiders, leading to a lopsided game in which Vermeil's team was
beaten soundly every which way. As in '77, it is hard to see the loaded
Cowboys team of '80 going down so easily...

1983: Raiders v. 49ers

Yeah, the Redskins would have been ranked #1 in any football poll all season
long....right up until the time the Raiders returned that blocked punt for a
td and started the SB rout, that is. Bottom line here is that it's hard to
visuallize any Walsh/Montana team -even this injury plagued version that was
robbed in the NFC title game by a bad pass interference call - getting
creamed this bad by anyone, even the deserving Raiders....

1985: Dolphins v. Bears

Dolphins upset loss at home to Pats in AFC title game deprived us of seeing
whether they could duplicate their 38-24 win over the Bears during the reg.
season. Marino would have given them a chance, even against this awesomely
*** Bears team...

1987: Browns v. Redskins

In the late 80s, the under-sized and too slow Broncs simply couldn't match
up physically or athletically with the NFC winners in any of the three SBs
they played in during that time. The Browns, victimized by the famous
goal-line fumble in the last minute of their AFC title loss to Denver, were
a big physical team that the Redskins would have had more difficulty
steamrollering...

1994: 49ers v. Steelers

Yeah, this *** Niners team would have been a substantial favorite even
against Pitt, but the Steelers - title game chokers against San Diego in one
of the most shocking conference playoff losses of the decade - probably
wouldn't have let the Niners score on the *very first* snap from scrimmage!

1998: Vikings v. Denver

Vikes were the best team all year right up to the point where their field
goal kicker decided to miss his *first kick of the year* with 4 minutes to
go in the NFC title game, a kick that would have salted the game away. The
talented Vikes would have been a far more formidable opponent than the
cinderella Falcons were in the SB...

 
 
 

Super Bowl What Ifs.....

Post by Frank Tsen » Tue, 02 May 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> 1994: 49ers v. Steelers

> Yeah, this *** Niners team would have been a substantial favorite even
> against Pitt, but the Steelers - title game chokers against San Diego in one
> of the most shocking conference playoff losses of the decade - probably
> wouldn't have let the Niners score on the *very first* snap from scrimmage!

It was the third snap from scrimmage (first drive of the game) but the
point is well taken.  I doubt the outcome would have been different, but
at least the story lines would have been more exciting (Team of '70s vs.
Team of '80s, both teams 4-0 in SBs, who will be first to win 5, etc.)
As it was, XXIX was one of the worst games in SB history, IMHO.  And
this is coming from a Bay Area guy who was rooting for the 49ers.  At
least I was happy for Steve Young (finally escaping Montana's shadow).

Quote:

> 1998: Vikings v. Denver

> Vikes were the best team all year right up to the point where their field
> goal kicker decided to miss his *first kick of the year* with 4 minutes to
> go in the NFC title game, a kick that would have salted the game away. The
> talented Vikes would have been a far more formidable opponent than the
> cinderella Falcons were in the SB...

Most people agree with you; however, Dennis Green has a history of
*** in big games, so you never know, a Broncos-Vikes SB could still
have been a blowout.  Besides, did you really want John Elway to end his
fantastic career losing (or even barely winning) the SB?  I didn't think
so.  :)

The Fates could have had a hand in this too...Dan Reeves supposedly made
Elway's life miserable at times in Denver, so you could call it poetic
justice to blow out your former coach in the SB.

-Frank