Wildcard Weekend Match Ups: A Look Back

We always like to put a bit of historical perspective on things so here is a brief history of the playoff meetings of this weekend's teams.

New York Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts

  • 1968 - These two teams met in Super Bowl III.  The Colts were the Baltimore Colts at the time, but it still counts.  Jets QB Joe Namath guaranteed a victory prior to the game and went on to lead his team to a 16 - 7 win.  This was no minor accomplishment as the Colts had lost only once in 16 games.  Namath finished with 206 passing yards but it was the Jets defense who really changed the game.  They intercepted Colts QB Earl Morrall three times in the first half and the Jets went into halftime with a 7 - 0  lead.  The Colts didn't get on the scoreboard until the fourth quarter when an injured Johnny Unitas came off the bench and led Baltimore to it's only touchdown late in the quarter.
  • 2002 - AFC Playoff Game - This one was all Jets with a final score of 41 - 0.  Chad Pennington threw for three td's while Payton Manning and the Colts couldn't get anything going.  Manning threw 2 interceptions and the Colts finished with only 52 rushing yards and 137 passing yards.
  • 2009 - AFC Conference Championship - The Colts took this one with a final score of 30 - 17.  The game was close through the first half with a halftime score of 17 - 13.  But it was all Colts in the second half with Peyton Manning throwing 2 td's and finishing the game with 360 passing yards.

 

Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs

These two teams have never met in the playoffs.  The Chiefs lead the regular season series 4 - 1, but the Ravens won the most recent meeting in 2009, 38 - 24.


New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks

These teams have never met in the playoffs either.  The Saints lead the regular season series 6 - 5, with the Saints beating the Seahawks this year 34 - 19.

 

Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles


  • 1960 - The Packers and Eagles met in the 1960 NFL Championship Game.  The underdog Eagles surprised everyone and won the game by a score of 17 - 13.  This was Packers coach Vince Lombardi's only playoff loss and remains the Eagles only championship.
  • 2003 - NFC Playoff Game - In this overtime thriller the Eagles came out on top with a 31 yard, game winning, David Akers field goal.

 

So there you have it.  We can't wait to see what this year's Wildcard Weekend brings us.  Will you be watching? 

 

 

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Giveaway # 3 - This is the last for today

For the last giveaway for the day we have two New Orleans Saints Women's hoodies. Be the first to comment this post on facebook.

 

 

December 21, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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The Colts - Saints Connection

The Colts remain undefeated through week 15 with last night's win over Jacksonville.  Now all eyes are on the Saints and their Saturday match up against Dallas.

We were thinking about Archie Manning and how much he must be enjoying the success of these two teams.  His beloved Saints and his middle son battling to stay undefeated.  If you don't know much about Archie check out the video below to see how the media reported Archie's retirement.  You'll see why he is widely regarded as one of the greats of the game, on and off the field. You'll also see a very young Peyton talking about his dad.

 

 

Enjoy week 15!

December 18, 2009 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Through the Years - Saints vs. Patriots

With the big Saints vs. Patriots game happening tonight, let's take a look back at how these two have matched up over the years.

The Patriots lead the overall series 8 - 3.  Here are the year by year results.

December 10, 1972 - Patriots 17 @ Saints 10

  • QBs: Patriots - Jim Plunkett / Saints - Archie Manning
  • Leading Rushers: Patriots - John Ashton (51 yards) / Saints - Bob Gresham (54 yards)
  • Coaches: Patriots - John Mazur / Saints - J.D. Roberts

December 5, 1976 - Saints 6 @ Patriots 27

  • QBs: Patriots - Steve Grogan / Saints - Bobby Douglass
  • Leading Rushers: Patriots - Don Calhoun (113 yards) / Saints - Tony Galbreath ( 41 yards)
  • Coaches: Patriots - Chuck Fairbanks / Saints - Hank Stram

December 21, 1980 - Patriots 38 @ Saints 27

  • QBs: Patriots - Matt Cavanaugh / Saints - Archie Manning
  • Leading Rushers: Patriots - Don Calhoun (113 yards) / Saints - Archie Manning (27 yards)
  • Coaches: Patriots - Ron Erhardt / Saints - Dick Stanfel

December 4, 1983 - Saints 0 @ Patriots 7

  • QBs: Patriots - Tony Eason / Saints - Ken Stabler
  • Leading Rushers: Patriots - Mosi Tatupu (128 yards) / Saints - Wayne Wilson (67 yards)
  • Coaches: Patriots - Ron Meyer / Saints - Bum Phillips

November 30, 1986 - Patriots 21 @ Saints 20

  • QBs: Patriots - Tony Eason / Saints - Dave Wilson
  • Leading Rushers: Patriots - Craig James (5 yards) / Rueben Mayes (157 yards)
  • Coaches: Patriots - Raymond Berry / Saints - Jim Mora

November 12, 1989 - Saints 28 @ Patriots 24

  • QBs: Patriots - Steve Grogan / Saints - Bobby Hebert
  • Leading Rushers: Patriots - Bob Perryman (40 yards) / Dalton Hilliard (106 yards)
  • Coaches: Patriots - Raymond Berry / Saints - Jim Mora

November 8, 1992 - Patriots 14 @ Saints 31

  • QBs: Patriots - Tom Hodson & Scott Zolak / Saints - Bobby Hebert
  • Leading Rushers: Patriots - Leonard Russell (31 yards) / Saints - Vaughn Dunbar (52 yards)
  • Coaches: Patriots - Dick MacPherson / Saints - Jom Mora

December 3, 1995 - Saints 31 @ Patriots 17

  • QBs: Patriots - Drew Bledsoe / Saints - Jim Everett
  • Leading Rushers: Patriots - Curtis Martin (112 yards) / Mario Bates (123 yards)
  • Coaches: Patriots - Bill Parcells / Saints - Jim Mora

October 4, 1998 - Patriots 30 @ Saints 27

  • QBs: Patriots - Drew Bledsoe / Saints - Danny Wuerffel
  • Leading Rushers: Patriots - Robert Edwards (97 yards) / Saints - Lamar Smith (22 yards)
  • Coaches: Patriots - Pete Carroll / Saints - Mike Ditka

November 25, 2001 - Saints 17 @ Patriots 34

  • QBs: Patriots - Tom Brady / Saints - Aaron Brooks
  • Leading Rushers: Patriots - Antowain Smith (111 yards) / Saints - Aaron Brooks (65 yards)
  • Coaches: Patriots - Bill Bellichick / Saints - Jim Haslett

November 20, 2005 - Saints 17 @ Patriots 24

  • QBs: Patriots - Tom Brady / Saints - Aaron Brooks
  • Leading Rushers: Patriots - Heath Evans (74 yards) / Saints - Antowain Smith (32 yards)
  • Coaches: Patriots - Bill Bellichick / Saints - Jim Haslett

So there you have it.  The history of the Saints vs. the Patriots.  And your pick for tonight is...?

 

 

November 30, 2009 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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The Mighty Boot of Dempsey

With the Saints being the talk of the NFL, we got to thinking about what are some of the greatest moments in Saints history.  Certainly coming back to the Superdome after Katrina stands out in recent memory, but this moment by Tom Dempsey might be the winner.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ziTME4lfsU

Dempsey's 63 yard field goal is now tied for the longest field goal in NFL history. The Broncos Jason Elam also kicked a 63 yard fg on October 25, 1998 against the Jaguars.

Did you know that Tom Dempsey was born without toes on his right foot?  He kicked with a modified cleat as seen here.

At the time there was a debate on whether or not this type of cleat gave a kicker an unfair advantage.  In 1977 the NFL added a rule that unofficially became known as the "Tom Dempsey Rule."  It stated that "any shoe that is worn by a player with an artificial limb on his kicking leg must have a kicking surface that conforms to that of a normal kicking shoe."

But back to the matter at hand, is Dempsey's kick the greatest moment in Saints history?  Let us know what you think.

November 10, 2009 | E-mail | Comments (1) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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