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    The Rams finished the 1973 regular season with a 12-2 record, with their only two losses coming at a combined three points against the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons. They wouldn't make it any further than the divisional round before getting knocked out by the Dallas Cowboys, 27-16.


    After an 11-5 finish to the year, the Raiders seem to breeze through the divisional round with a 30-10 win over the Jets as well as a 41-24 win over the Tennessee Titans to win the AFC championship. But, come Super Bowl time, the Raiders found out that although they were blowing out teams, they were the ones getting blown out. A 48-21 win by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a game that was never that close.

    The Atlanta Falcons were perhaps the most feared team in the NFL during the 1998 season. They had a running back who made the "dirty bird" famous after touchdowns and nearly lost their head coach, Dan Reeves, who had to undergo necessitating quadruple bypass surgery after multiple blockages were found in his arteries. Despite all that, the Falcons finished the season with a 14-2 record, ranked fourth in the league in points (442), and points allowed (289). They won a hard fought divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers, 20-18, before knocking off the Minnesota Vikings, 30-27, in overtime to win the NFC Championship. Despite how well they had played all season, the Falcons were overmatched by the Denver Broncos who handed Atlanta a 34-19 loss in the Super Bowl.

    In 2006, the city of Chicago finally had something to cheer for. After suffering for a long time with the Chicago Cubs, the Bears were having a dream season and it looked like they may just pull of a run to the Super Bowl.After a 13-3 finish to the season, they would earn a hard fought win over the Seattle Seahawks before blowing out the New Orleans Saints, 39-14. Unfortunately for Chicago, that's where their dream season would end as they would get upended by the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl, 29-17.


    A 15-1 finish to the regular season would make anyone stand up and take notice and that's exactly what the 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers did, winning 14 straight to close out the regular season. They had to fight hard to pick up a 20-17 win over the New York Jets but, though they thought they were the best team around, met an even better team in the AFC title game.The New England Patriots handed the Steelers a 41-27 lopsided loss and headed off to the Super Bowl. A 15-win season goes all for not.




    The Miami Dolphins came out of the chute as the hottest team in the NFL, winning their first 11 games of the season under quarterback Dan Marino who threw for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns that seasonThey would finish the regular season with a 14-2 record and would make the divisional and AFC championships look easy with a 31-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks and a 45-28 win over the Steelers. However, Marino and the Dolphins would run into Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers and found out that they were the better team, losing 38-16 in the Super Bowl.

    The 1978 Dallas Cowboys were led by arguably the best quarterback in team history in Roger Staubach as well as running back Tony Dorsett.

    The two would lead the Cowboys to a 12-4 finish to the regular season and would take down the Atlanta Falcons 27-20 in the divisional round.

    It was prior to the NFC title game against the Los Angeles Rams that the Cowboys' arrogance began. Linebacker Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson told the media that the Rams "had no class" and predicted his team would "shut them out." They did just that, jumping all over Los Angeles by a final to 28-0, advancing to the Super Bowl to face the Pittsburgh Steelers. The two teams combined to have some of the best talent on one field that the NFL had ever seen, and the Cowboys had believed their hype. Henderson again started talking before the game and said Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw "couldn't spell cat if you spotted him the a and the c."

    The Steelers, however, would have the last laugh, taking down the Cowboys 35-31 to win the Super Bowl.

    Get the point yet?

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    1997 Green Bay Packers were coming off a Super Bowl championship the previous year and looked prime to repeat with a young Brett Favre at the helm.After a 13-3 finish to the season, the Packers headed into the playoffs with every intention of repeating as champions. They would defeat Tampa Bay, 21-7, in the divisional round before knocking off the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC title game, 23-10. The Super Bowl would come down to Favre and the Packers against John Elway and the Denver Broncos. A championship game for the ages. On this night, it was Elway who would prevail, taking a 31-24 win over the Packers.


    Quarterback John Elway, running back Terrell Davis, tight end Shannon Sharpe, and linebacker Bill Romanowski.Those names along would make you wonder how the Broncos ever finished their 1996 season the way they did.After a 13-3 regular season, the Denver Broncos would head into the divisional round of the playoffs against the Jacksonville Jaguars.Unfortunately, it was not meant to be for Elway and company, dropping a 30-27 decision to the Jaguars.

    This was one of the best Oakland Raiders team in quite some time and after a 12-2 finish to the regular season, head coach John Madden, yes that John Madden, looked prime to take this team all the way to the Super Bowl.They were playing host to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were 10-3 in the regular season, at Oakland Coliseum, a matchup for the ages.Unfortunately for Oakland, what it didn't realize is it was meeting up with the eventual Super Bowl champions.
    The Steelers bounced Oakland from the playoffs in the divisional round with a 24-13 win.

    This was a season of firsts for the Oakland Raiders.They would win their first Western Division Championship following a 13-1 season and followed that up by taking the AFL title with a 40-7 win over the Houston Oilers.Unfortunately, their luck would run out against the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl II, losing 33-14.

    The 1983 Washington Redskins, under head coach Joe Gibbs, were trying to win back-to-back Super Bowl Championships and were well on their way to doing just that.

    The Redskins finished the regular season with a 14-2 record and won their last nine straight games leading into the playoffs.

    In the divisional round, the Redskins put a beat down on the Los Angeles Rams 51-7, their offense doing everything it wanted to do with little to no resistance.

    Up next, in the conference championship game, it was Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers. The Redskins would come out on top in this one as well, 24-21, sending them back to the Super Bowl to go for their second straight championship.

    Unfortunately for the Redskins, they ran into a buzzsaw of a team in the Los Angeles Raiders, who pushed the Redskins around to the tune of a 38-9 blowout win.
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    Why no mention of the Pats* wonderful undefeated reg season only to ultimately LOSE in the SB?

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    The 1968 Baltimore Colts, led by quarterback Johnny Unitas, finished the season with a 13-1 record, their lone loss coming against the Cleveland Browns in a 30-20 defeat.They would get through the first two rounds of the playoffs with wins over the Minnesota Vikings, as well as the same Browns team that had beaten them earlier in the season.They were the favorites to win the Super Bowl over the heavy underdog New York Jets led by quarterback Joe Namath.However, the underdogs became the wonderdogs as the Jets beat the Colts 16-7 to win Super Bowl III.

    The 1998 Minnesota Vikings had some of the best talent in the league.

    Quarterback Randall Cunningham, running back Robert Smith, veteran wide receiver Cris Carter, and incoming rookie Randy Moss. They were explosive to say the least.

    They proved as much with a 15-1 regular season including eight straight wins to close things out. Their only loss came in week eight against Tampa Bay, a three-point 27-24 loss.They took down the Arizona Cardinals in the divisional round of the playoffs, 41-21, but ran into the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC title game. A Falcons team that boasted running back Jamal Anderson and quarterback Chris Chandler.The Vikings had the talent, but couldn't get past the Falcons, falling 30-27

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    2007 New England Patriots


    After losing to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC title game the year before, the New England Patriots wanted something more. They got this close, but couldn't get the job done.

    They proved to the entire league that they were a better team than the year before, finishing the regular season unbeaten, 16-0.

    They were the favorites to win the Super Bowl, they were the team to beat.

    They got past the divisional round against the Jacksonville Jaguars and followed that with a win in the AFC title game over the San Diego Chargers.

    The Patriots and the New York Gaints went back and fourth in the Super Bowl with the Patriots leading the game late in the fourth quarter. But, New York came battling back and would take the lead thanks to a pass from Eli Manning that needed an amazing catch from Plaxico Burress to get the touchdown.

    The Patriots season came to disappointing end and it was capped off by head coach Bill Belichick walking off the field and into the locker room with one second left in the game.

    A move that was heavily criticized in the media for weeks to come.
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    Why no mention of the Pats* wonderful undefeated reg season only to ultimately LOSE in the SB?
    Still workin' away here Les...

    That's all for now buddy.


    PS; LVG really needs to read this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WYsteel View Post
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    Still workin' away here Les...

    That's all for now buddy.


    PS; LVG really needs to read this.
    I read it. If we were talking about any other team then the Pats I wouldn't be so cynical.

    We lost to the Ravens, OK, if we see them in the playoffs I like our chances to beat them.
    We lost to the Saints. If we caught them in the Super Bowl I think we could beat them too.

    We lost to the Pats. What makes anyone believe we can hang with this team? If you take away the Halloween game and the Cassell game the Pats have basically owned us for a decade. We just don't have the players to execute a perfect game plan or the coaches to draw up the perfect game plan.

    We can get all warm an toasty inside about our 10-3 record. We can even shout from the rooftops we are 13-3 and the number #2 seed when the season is officially over. Truth be known that when we hit the Patriots our season is over and probably in an embarassing way if history repeats itself. Tomlin will join the ranks of Cowher of being beat in the AFC championship game by the Patriots. One less thing all you Cowher haters can tuck away because Captain Coachspeak will suffer the same fate.

    Dude, I hope I am wrong but nothing spells disaster like us going to Foxboro to play the Pats for all the marbles.

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