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    Default A Spacetime Odyssey: Playing old football games



    This is a continuation of my "Nobi Plays" series where I play through seasons in old ancient football video games. Join me on my ship of the imagination and embark on a personal voyage through NFL and video game history. It's time we get going again....




    So I figured I would keep this going but keep everything in one single thread since there isn't much to talk about, it's more of a personal diary as I keep notes and spew the bullshit off of my brain about these old games. Think of this project as franchise mode of Madden, but instead of playing through the future I've cracked the spacetime continuum and gone back in time to 1991, like Dr. Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap, I've assumed the identity of the Houston Oilers head coach and I'm righting all of the wrongs and changing history. Here is what has happened so far:


    History:

    Season Game Platform Team Record(Playoffs) Result
    1991 Tecmo Super Bowl NES Houston Oilers 11-5(1-1) Lost AFC Championship
    1992 John Madden Football '93 Genesis Houston Oilers 14-2(2-1) Lost Super Bowl XXVII
    1993 Tecmo Super Bowl Genesis Houston Oilers 16-0(3-0) Won Super Bowl XXVIII
    1994 NFL '95 Genesis Houston Oilers 12-3-1(0-1) Lost AFC Divisional Playoff
    1995 Madden NFL '96 Genesis Houston Oilers 8-8(0-0) Missed Playoffs
    1996 Madden NFL '97 Playstation Houston Oilers 9-7(4-0) Won Super Bowl XXXI
    1997 Madden NFL '98 Playstation Washington Redskins 10-4-2(0-1) Lost NFC Wildcard Playoff
    1998 Madden NFL '99 Playstation Washington Redskins 11-5(2-1) Lost NFC Championship



    Warren Moon career stats:



    Season Team Games Completions Attempts Completion Percentage Passing Yards Touchdowns Interceptions
    1991 Houston Oilers 16 140 230 60.8% 4,475 42 8
    1992 Houston Oilers 16 198 335 59.1% 3,193 40 35
    1993 Houston Oilers 15 145 213 68.1% 3,542 51 6
    1994 Houston Oilers 16 183 302 60.5% 3,726 41 13
    1995 Houston Oilers 14 91 229 39% 1,523 11 13
    1996 Houston Oilers 16 144 292 49% 2,782 20 11
    1997 Washington Redskins 14 97 267 36% 1,352 10 18
    1998 Washington Redskins 16 105 261 40% 1,871 14 22
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    Default Nobi Plays: Madden NFL '96



    Madden NFL '96
    Sega Genesis(1995)

    Ding, ding, ding, it's time for round 5. I remember one of my best friends got Madden 96 for the Genesis for Christmas that year that it came out and we were thoroughly blown the fuck away by this game. We stayed up all night playing games, creating players, simulating seasons(we would draft teams), I was so fucking jealous that he had this game. This was THE football game when it came out. I wrote a review for the game for another website way back in 2011(pardon the poor grammar):

    Madden NFL ’96
    Developer: High Score Productions
    Publisher: Electronic Arts
    Released: 1995

    Well my friends, I think it’s safe to say that an era has ended in the NFL. Things are changing big time. Soon enough we will be watching our favorite team’s play eighteen game regular seasons instead of the traditional sixteen (I’m sure fans in Detroit, and Cincinnati are really looking forward to those 3-15 seasons). The NFL is also making the game softer, Steelers Linebacker James Harrison was fined a total of $100,000 this year for making the kind of career ending hits that made Lawrence Taylor, and Mike Singletary Hall of Famers. What’s worse is, If things don’t work out between the NFL and its players during the current collective bargaining agreement, we may be looking at another strike shortened season such as in 1982. We could possibly even see the NFL bring out the “Scabs” like they did in ’87 or even no 2011 season at all.

    Needless to say, we’ve been long removed from the good old days when John Madden and Pat Summerall used to call Sunday afternoon NFL games on Fox. Those were the days when Americans fell in love with EA’s John Madden Football video games series and turned it into one of the longest running franchise’s (and most profitable) in the history of the industry. The Madden games have been released on everything from the Commodore 64 to the Wii, but the franchise’s run on the Sega Genesis in the ’90s was where it developed its distinct style of gridiron simulation and became the household name that it is today. It wasn’t without a fight though. Sega’s NFL ’95 for the Genesis was highly innovative compared to the Madden games of the day, not to mention it looked and sounded much better than Madden NFL ’95. The two football franchises were at war, and with Sega acquiring NFL superstar Dion Sanders endorsement for its 1996 game, EA knew it had serious competition for Madden NFL ’96 on the Genesis. The result was one of the best looking and sounding 16-bit football games, and the very first modern installment in the series that is still running strong today.

    When your playing around with the eight Madden games on the Genesis, the first thing you’ll notice that stands out about ’96 is the uncharacteristically good music and sound quality. With the exception of one or two tracks, the music in the Madden Genesis games range from forgettable to downright terrible. The Genesis version of Madden ’96 is the exception in that it has the best music and sound of all 16-bit Madden games thanks to critically acclaimed American composer Tommy Tallarico. The intro has an actual sample of the NFL on Fox theme song, and a nice long one at that. Tallarico was known for using real sampled sound effects in games as much as he could, within the limits of the cartridge space he was allotted to by developers. With Madden ’96 Tallarico used a lot of really nice sounding samples. The in-game sound effects actually sound like real plastic pads smacking together, as opposed to the “chugga lugga” sound effects used in other Madden games. The whistles sound like real whistles, the quarterback’s pre-snap banter actually sounds like a human voice, not a barking dog.

    In fact, the voice samples in Madden NFL ’96 are among the best on the Genesis. Even though the commentary doesn’t run like Sports Talk Football, there is much more of it than previous Madden games, and John and Pat sound just as good here as they do in the first few 32-bit games. The crowd even makes different sounds during different situations throughout the game, such as chanting “De-fence,” or doing the “stomp-stomp-clap” thing from the opening of Queen’s “We Will Rock You.” My personal favorite sound effect is the bone-breaking celery crunch when someone gets injured followed by Summerall’s classic line “oh no, there’s a man down.” As for the tunes, Tallarico did a great job of integrating sampled instruments and sounds into synthesized FM music for this game. The bass and snare drums are sampled and sound very crisp and deep. The short “touchdown stingers” that play after the home team scores a touchdown are the highlight of the music in the game, some feature sampled horn instruments and sound really good (“When the Saints Go Marching In” plays when you score as New Orleans playing at home).

    William Robinson and High Score Entertainment’s development work on Madden ’96 was their third Madden game for the Genesis. With the graphics they stayed with the digitally rendered style of Madden NFL ’95 (as opposed to the hand drawn style of the older 16-bit games), with a few very nice upgrades. The main improvement over ’95 is the great looking field, and highly detailed, better animated player models. During gameplay the graphics are very pretty and colorful, with a very detailed, high resolution shine to them. The field has a great grassy textured look to it, with actual home team logos in the end zones. All of the team colors are very sharp, and vivid, and the player sprites look amazing. Even though there are seemingly no white guys on any of the teams, each of the twenty-two on-screen player sprites are very detailed. From the numbers on the uniforms to the stripes on the socks, right down to the taped wrists, more attention was paid to the fine details of the graphics in ’96 than in any other Madden on the Genesis (or SNES).

    The animation was also bettered over ’95, with improvements to the previously choppy diving and tackling. Quite a bit of animation was added to the game as well. At the opening kickoff the kicker will wiggle his fingers before raising his hand to signal the umpire, Quarterbacks will actually stick the ball out faking a hand off during bootleg plays, running backs will dive over the line of scrimmage on short yardage situations, receivers will drag their feet to stay inbounds for receptions. The players do a lot of little things in ’96 that just push the series over into the full on simulation that we play today. The Genesis port of Madden NFL ’96 is also one of the fastest moving football games on the Genesis. The action moves very quickly, and the nice graphics hold up very well at the high speeds without any frame rate issues, or sprite flickering. A lot of attention was paid to the small details of the graphics, everything looks great in Madden ’96, even better than the Genesis ports of ’97 and ’98. Even with the absence of any fancy scaling, or rotation effects I would argue that Madden ’96 on the Genesis is perhaps the fastest moving, and best-looking American football game of the entire 16-bit era.

    While Madden NFL ’96 is easy on the eyes and ears, its problem is that it really isn’t all that much fun to play. High Score killed away the arcade spirit of the original gameplay for Madden NFL ’95 and made ’96 even more difficult, with quite a steep learning curve on offense. Most of the same controls from ’95 were cleaned up, with A fourth button introduced (the start button) for laterals, and fair catches during kick offs, pushing off of defenders as a receiver, and throwing the ball away as the QB if no receivers are open. Moving the chains on offense can be quite a challenge unless your playing with San Francisco (Jerry Rice is almost unstoppable in this game). Completing passes, and breaking tackles seems much more difficult in this version than before, the game may even feel cheap at times. It really depends on which team you play with. One thing I do enjoy about Madden ’96 is how quickly you can play a game. It seems like the clock runs faster than usual, not to mention no loading at all, allowing you to play a few quick games in no time at all.

    The problem with the gameplay is that it just doesn’t really feel good. What made the old Madden games great was the way they felt – the way the controls felt, the way it felt when the players collided and bounced off of each other. The way it felt to clown on your friends by spinning out of eleven tackles and diving seventeen yards for a touchdown. EA just kind of lost that feeling with Madden ’95 and ’96, it seems like it forgot in trying to make the games look better and play more like the real thing that the games were after all supposed to be fun to play.

    Madden ’96 does have a few nice features. All of the players from the 1995 season are in the game, You can even create your own player and send him through the “Scouting Combine.” The combine gives you a series of mini games (forty yard dash, agility drill, receiver catch drill, defensive back drill, and a ten yard fight) to determine your created players overall rating (and the round you’re selected in the draft). The “combine” games aren’t anything special, and mostly consist of tapping buttons as fast as you can, or staying in between two obstacles on a course – nothing to write home about, but a nice little diversion from plain old football nonetheless. You can also trade players and sign free agents for the very first time in the series.

    One of my absolute favorite things about ’96 is the ability to unlock over eighty classic championship teams with a seven button combination code (CCAACAB unlocks a team of the game’s developers for example). Each Super Bowl team up to the ’94 Niners, as well as several classic ’60s AFL and NFL teams all have their retro logos and uniform colors intact. Scattered throughout the retro teams are actual names of some of the greatest players to ever play the game. You may be surprised to find out that great Hall of Famers like Walter Payton, Ray Nitcshke, and Dan Fouts are actually in the game, you can even play as O.J.Simpson. The unlockable championship teams are fun to play around with, and rather easy to unlock simply by pressing random buttons on the team select screen.

    For High Score Entertainment, Madden ’96 was a huge improvement over ’95 on the Genesis, and EA’s last Madden game tailor-made for the “Blast Processor” before moving on to the Playstation and Saturn. The graphics, music, and sound make Madden ’97 and ’98 on the Genesis feel uninspired (even though those games have more balanced difficulty and gameplay). Unless you’ve been living in America for the last twenty years or so, I would recommend other, more enjoyable football games on the Genesis such as Tecmo Super Bowl, or even earlier installments of the Madden series like ’92, or ’93 (or the Walsh College Football series). However, If you know your Xs and Os and want to go back to a better time in the NFL, Madden NFL ’96 is a nice little snap shot of the NFL in the ’90s. Madden and Summerall made a great pair back then, like a Farley/Spade partnership. The two just weren’t the same without each other, and no other duo set the mood for watching football like they did in those days. Even though EA was reserving the fun gameplay for its college football games of the time, Madden NFL ’96 is quite playable for knowledgable football fans and definitely stands out from other Genesis football games in the music, sound, and graphics departments, a surprisingly high quality game for such a dirt cheap price. So stock up on Genesis football games and get ready for a long Fall.
    This is the most polished Madden on the Genesis. It lacks the fun factor of the earlier games but the effort put into the graphics, music, sound was unmatched by any of the Genesis Maddens that came before or after it. The balanced level of difficulty and the AI is better than any other football game of the era, even better than some of the early Playstation football games. There are a lot of little details that make this one of my favorite Madden games ever made.

    The cartridge I have for this game has a dead battery so I could not use it to play through a season. I ordered a brand new copy from Amazon but the battery was dead in that one too, so I will have to resort to emulation to play this season. I actually could not get the rom for this game to work properly in Fusion so I had to use the old Gens emulator, which kind of sucks(makes the games look like shit when you use full screen mode).


    Team:



    1995 Houston Oilers

    Roster:

    Quarterbacks
    #1 Warren Moon
    #9 Steve McNair
    #11 Andre Ware

    Running Backs
    #33 Gary Brown
    #48 T. Mcnair
    #40 J. H. Mills
    #20 R. Thomas

    Wide Receivers
    #80 Haywood Jeffires
    #84 D. Russell
    #87 C. Sanders
    #88 Gary Wellman
    #83 M. Seabron

    Tight Ends
    #47 P. Carter
    #49 R. Lewis
    #45 R. Campbell

    Offensive Line
    #74 Bruce Matthews
    #72 B. Hopkins
    #53 Mark Stepnoski
    #64 E. Norgard
    #77 Kevin Donnalley
    #73 David Williams
    #66 P. Hunt
    #67 J. Reid

    Defensive Line
    #92 G. Montgomery
    #79 Ray Childress
    #92 H. Ford
    #90 K. Davidson
    #91 S. Lewis
    #78 A. Cook

    Linebackers
    #58 Joe Bowden
    #54 Al Smith
    #50 Eddie Robinson
    #55 Witherspoon
    #56 M. Barrow
    #52 B. Wortham
    #58 J. Logan

    Defensive Backs
    #29 Darryll Lewis
    #28 Cris Dishman
    #31 Marcus Roberston
    #36 T. Hunter
    #38 B. Addison
    #24 S. Jackson
    #30 C. Richardson
    #23 B. Bishop

    Specialists
    #3 K Al Del Greco
    #16 P R. Camarillo
    #21 KR/PR M. Gray

    Big changes to the roster I made are trading Warren Moon back to the Oilers from the Vikings. Steve Mcnair is a rookie in this game. Other than that the Oilers roster was pretty much gutted over the course of the 94 and 95 seasons. Mike Munchak retired and became an offensive assistant coach for the team. Ernest Givens and Lamar Lathon were lost to the expansion draft to the Jaguars and Panthers respectively. Haywood Jeffires was the last of that killer receiver unit left after losing Duncan, Givens, Slaughter, and Hill over the years. So aside from Jeffires and running back Gary Brown the offense is a skeleton crew. The defense is virtually the same team that played in 94(Bill Goldberg is not in the game though, unfortunately). The secondary is really good in this game and probably the biggest strength they have.

    1995 Schedule:


    Opponent Result(score)
    @Jacksonville Jaguars WIN(14-10)
    Pittsburgh Steelers LOSS(0-16)
    Cleveland Browns LOSS(3-34)
    @Cincinnati Bengals WIN(3-0)
    Jacksonville Jaguars LOSS(13-14)
    @Minnesota Vikings WIN(17-14)
    @Chicago Bears LOSS(10-17)
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers LOSS(8-34)
    @Cleveland Browns WIN(23-13)
    Cincinnati Bengals WIN(10-7)
    @Kansas City Chiefs WIN(19-3)
    Denver Broncos LOSS(8-31)
    @Pittsburgh Steelers WIN(21-14)
    Detroit Lions WIN(20-6)
    New York Jets LOSS(10-11)
    @Buffalo Bills LOSS(21-23)


    Playing through a season in Madden 96 is a breeze, the games fly by very quickly due to a fast game clock. There is a good challenge when you play with a lackluster team like the Oilers. I remember the last season I played with the Oilers(without Warren Moon) I finished 7-8-1 and missed the playoffs just barely.
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    Default Madden NFL 96 regular season part I



    Associated Press Game Summaries:
    1995 Houston Oilers


    Houston Oilers at Jacksonville Jaguars(September 3rd, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 0 7 7 0 14
    Jaguars 0 3 7 0 10

    The Jaguars inaugural season kicked off in Jacksonville on Sunday with the Houston Oilers spoiling the party with a 14-10 win. Warren Moon struggled to generate any offense through the air while Steve Beurlien hit former Oiler great Ernest Givens for the first touchdown in Jaguars history. The Oilers kept the ball on the ground to control the rest of the game. Gary Brown ran the ball 19 times for 88 yds and 1 touchdown, while Moon struggled, completing only 5 of 15 passes for a mere 77 yds. Moon finally got his act together by driving Houston down the field for the go ahead touchdown in the third quarter. Oilers defense held strong in the 4th quarter to seal the win at 14-10.


    Pittsburgh Steelers at Houston Oilers(September 10th, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Steelers 3 7 3 3 16
    Oilers 0 0 0 0 0

    The Steelers shut out their division rival in Houston on Sunday with a dominant 16-0 victory. The Steelers defense completely shut down the Oilers passing game as Moon only completed 4 of 14 passes for 57 yds, with 1 interception and 0 touchdowns, while also holding Gary Brown to just 10 yards rushing.


    Cleveland Browns at Houston Oilers(September 17th, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Browns 13 7 7 7 34
    Oilers 0 0 0 3 3

    Disaster struck the Houston Astrodome on Sunday as everything that could have gone wrong for the Oilers did go wrong as they were drummed with a 34-3 pounding at the hands of Bill Bellichick and his Cleveland Browns. Vinnie Testaverde was out with injury but backup Tom Tupa came in and hit a 67 yard touchdown pass on the very first play of the game. The Oilers fumbled the ensuing kickoff and gave the Browns a 13-0 lead after a failed 2 point conversion. Moon struggled again as he completed just 10 of 34 passes for 173 yards, with 1 interception and 0 touchdowns. Running back Gary Brown was injured early in the game as the Browns held the Oilers to just 4 total rushing yards on the day. Ray Childress' 5 tackles and a sack were not enough to stop the Browns as Tom Tupa threw 3 touchdown passes and burned the Oilers for a 34-3 blowout win.


    Houston Oilers @ Cincinnati Bengals(September 24th, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 0 0 3 0 3
    Bengals 0 0 0 0 0

    The once powerful Oilers offense stuttered for the fourth consecutive week as Houston barely got by the lowly Bengals in a 3-0 defensive stalemate on Sunday. Moon threw more interceptions than completeions as he completed only 1 of 7 and threw 2 interceptions, with only 16 yards passing and 0 touchdowns. Gary Brown and the defense carried the team to victory as Brown ran the ball 20 times for 98 yards. Even though the victory over the Bengals puts Houston at a 2-2 record the offense is in a major slump with no offensive touchdowns scored in the last three games.

    Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Oilers(October 1st, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Jaguars 0 7 7 0 14
    Oilers 0 7 0 6 13

    The Oilers fell to 2-3 after a heartbreaking loss to the Jaguars in the Astrodome on Sunday. Warren Moon struggled for his 5th consecutive game before being taken out with an injury late in the first half. Rookie Steve Mcnair entered the game and awakened the slumbering offense, converting 3 first downs using his legs before running for the first offensive touchdown the Oilers have scored in almost a month. Houston struggled through the second half as the Jaguars took a 14-7 lead into the final minutes. Mcnair drove the Oilers down the field and threw for a 26 yard touchdown pass with 1:02 left on the clock. The Oilers went for a 2 point conversion to take the lead but Mcnair's quarterback sneak was stopped just short of the goal line. Houston managed to use their timeouts to get the ball back with just 36 seconds left. Mcnair drove the Oilers down into the red zone to the 2 yard line but ran out of time. Moon is expected to be able to return next week but the performance of Steve Mcnair has created a quarterback controversy. Mcnair completed 4 of 13 for 71 yds, 1 touchdown and 1 interception, along with 77 yards and 1 touchdown running the ball.


    Houston Oilers at Minnesota Vikings(October 8th, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 7 3 0 7 17
    Vikings 0 7 7 0 14

    Rookie Steve Mcnair took the starting job for the Houston Oilers and led them to a 17-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. Blaine Bishop intercepted a Chris Chandler pass and returned it for a touchdown to give Houston a 7-0 lead early. Mcnair struggled passing the ball, going only 2 of 7 as the Vikings took a 14-10 lead going into the fourth quarter. Mcnair put the Oilers offense on his back and carried the team to victory late in the game. Down 14-10 Houston faced 4th and 7 with the clock running out. Mcnair saved the game with a 15 yard run, followed by an 18 yard run two plays later that put the Oilers on the 7 yard line. The Vikings held strong and forced a dramatic 4th and goal situation. Mcnair took the snap and took the ball up the middle into the end zone to give Houston the 17-14 lead with just 1 minute left. Ray Childress brought down Vikings quarterback Chris Chandler with a huge sack that stopped the Vikings final drive and sealed the victory for the Oilers. Mcnair ran for 86 yards rushing and helped the Oilers even their record at 3-3.


    Houston Oilers at Chicago Bears(October 22nd, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 3 0 0 7 10
    Bears 3 14 0 0 17

    The quarterback controversy in Houston heated up after another heartbreaking loss for the Oilers on Sunday, this time a 17-10 loss to Chicago. Mcnair started the game for Houston but played terribly. Two fumbles and two Mcnair interceptions helped give Chicago a 17-3 lead going into halftime. Moon took over in the second half and brought life to the Oilers sagging offense, converting a 4th and long with a 38 yard strike to Haywood Jeffires. Moon converted another 3rd and 18 later to keep the drive alive and put Houston into scoring position where he ran in a 6 yard touchdown, cutting Chicago's lead to 17-10. The defense came up big when Darryll Lewis intercepted Erik Kramer's pass to give Houston a chance late in the game. Moon again drove the Oilers down the field as the clock wound down to the 2 minute mark. A sack by the Bears stalled the drive and put Houston at 4th and 18. Moon miraculously hit Gary Brown deep for the first down. The Oilers ran the ball to the 1 yard line for a goal line stand with everything on the line. Moon took the snap and ran the ball up the middle for the tying touchdown but the ball was knocked out of his hands for a fumble. The Bears recovered the ball for a touchback and held on to win the game.


    Houston Oilers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers(October 29th, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 0 0 0 8 8
    Buccaneers 14 10 10 0 34

    The Oilers coaching staff's solution to their quarterback conundrum turned out to be a massive flop on Sunday as the Tampa Bay Bucs destroyed Houston 34-8. Steve Mcnair and Warren Moon shared snaps throughout the game as Mcnair was used more in the running game while the Oilers relied on Moon's arm. Tampa managed to stuff the Oilers rushing attack while Moon never found his rythm due to the inconsistent playcalling from the Oilers coaching staff. Tampa's victory puts the Oilers at 3-5 and in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1986.


    Houston Oilers at Cleveland Browns(November 5th, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 0 7 3 13 23
    Browns 7 6 0 0 13

    The 3-5 Oilers hosted the 7-1 Cleveland Browns in a revenge game at the Astrodome on Sunday. Warren Moon took the starting job back but struggled early on as the Browns capitalized on an interception to take a 13-0 lead. Later after the game the Oilers coach admitted that he was strongly considering benching Moon for rookie Steve Mcnair at the half but his mind was changed as Moon finally managed to move the chains. Moon put the Oilers on the board with a 12 yard touchdown pass to Gary Wellman at the end of the half that saved his starting job. The Oilers defense stuffed the Browns in the second half as Moon put whatever quarterback controversy there was in Houston to bed(for now), going 9 of 19 for 116 yards, with 1 interception and 3 touchdown passes to help Houston avenge their embarrassing 34-3 loss earlier this year with a 23-13 win. The revenge factor came into play late in the game as Houston led 17-13 and the Oilers called a timeout with just 3 seconds left on the clock, setting up a 22 yard touchdown strike from Moon to Jeffires for an additional 6 points to rub salt into the wound. The win saved the Oilers season and Warren Moon's starting job as the Oilers stay in the playoff hunt just barely with a 4-5 record.


    Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Oilers(November 12th, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Bengals 0 7 0 0 7
    Oilers 3 0 0 7 10

    Houston survived another defensive standoff with the Bengals in the Astrodome on Sunday as Moon hit Haywood Jeffires for a 36 yard touchdown pass with 26 seconds left to give the Oilers 10-7 victory. Darryll Lewis picked off Jeff Blake to set Houston up for a field goal early on in the game. Moon struggled as the Bengals took a 7-3 going into the fourth quarter where Moon woke up and led the Oilers to the dramatic victory. Overall Moon went 7 of 20 for 93 yards with 1 interception and 1 touchdown. The win puts keeps the Oilers barely alive in the playoff picture with a 5-5 record.


    Houston Oilers at Kansas City Chiefs(November 19th, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 0 3 3 13 19
    Chiefs 3 0 0 0 3

    Warren Moon returned to prime form for the first time this season as he led the Oilers to a dominant 19-3 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday. The Oilers dominated the ravaged Chiefs offensive line to hold them without a touchdown all day. Moon completed 15 of 26 passes for 226 yards with 2 interceptions and 2 touchdowns. Gary Brown led the Oilers in receiving with 7 catches for 93 receiving yards, with an additional 13 rushing yards putting him at 106 total yards from the line of scrimmage on the day. Darryll Lewis scored his 3rd interception of the season to help the Oilers defense hold Kansas City to only 3 points. The Oilers victory helps their fight for playoff survival as they hang on by the skin of their teeth at 6-5 in the wild card race.

    AFC Playoff Picture

    Division Leaders:

    Oakland Raiders 11-0
    Pittsburgh Steelers 10-1
    New England Patriots 9-2

    Wild Card:

    Miami Dolphins 8-3
    Cleveland Browns 8-3
    Indianapolis Colts 6-5

    In The Hunt:

    Houston Oilers 6-5
    San Diego Chargers 6-5
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    Default Nobi Plays: Madden NFL '96 part II



    Associated Press Game Summaries:
    1995 Houston Oilers


    Denver Broncos at Houston Oilers(November 26th, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Broncos 17 8 0 6 31
    Oilers 0 0 0 8 8

    John Elway had his way with the Oilers secondary at the Astrodome as he picked them apart with 4 touchdown passes to help defeat Houston in a 31-8 blowout. Two Warren Moon interceptions helped the Broncos take a 25-0 lead at the end of the first half. Moon was benched in the 3rd quarter after throwing his 3rd interception. Steve Mcnair came into the game and took the ball for a 43 yard run in his first play of the game. Mcnair drove the Oilers down the field for their only score of the game, along with a two point conversion run on a quarterback sneak up the middle. The Broncos dominated the Oilers for the 31-8 victory. John Elway threw 214 passing yards with 4 touchdowns. Anthony Miller caught 2 of Elways touchdowns passes along with 168 receiving yards. Moon went 3 of 14 for 92 yards with 3 interceptions. Mcnair came in the 3rd quarter and ran the ball for 64 yards rushing with 1 rushing touchdown and 1 two point conversion run along with 2 out of 3 for 34 yards passing. The loss sends Houston to 6-6 and in serious danger of missing the playoffs.



    Houston Oilers at Pittsburgh Steelers(December 3rd, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 7 0 7 7 21
    Steelers 0 7 0 7 14

    The 6-6 Houston Oilers traveled to Pittsbugh to take on the 11-2 Steelers in a fight for their playoff survival. The Oilers defense rallied to help Houston score the big upset and keep their playoff hopes alive. Ray Childress stopped Pittsburgh's opening drive with a sack on a critical 3rd and long. Moon took Houston to the end zone with 3 passes on their opening drive, hitting Gary Brown for a 28 yard touchdown pass to put Houston up 7-0. The Oilers would eventually lose both Brown and center Mark Stepnoski to injuries in the 2nd quarter. Pittsburgh tied the game with a 48 yard touchdown pass from Neil O'Donnell to Bam Morris on 3rd and long. Strong play from Houston's defense helped keep the offense in scoring position early in the 2nd half as Moon guided the Oilers to a commanding 21-7 lead going into the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh drove down the field to add another touchdown but by then it was too late. Houston kept their run for a playoff spot alive with a huge 21-14 win over arguably the best team in the AFC. Ray Childress had 2 sacks, 3 tipped passes and 3 tackles. Warren Moon completed 5 of 9 for 116 yards and 1 touchdown as the Oilers relied on the running game and defense to avenge their 16-0 shutout loss at home back in week 2. The win puts Houston at 7-6 and still alive in the fight for the final wildcard spot in the AFC.


    Detroit Lions @ Houston Oilers(December 10th, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Lions 7 0 0 0 7
    Oilers 7 0 7 6 20

    The Oilers defense came up big for the second week in a row as they held Barry Sanders to just 20 yards on 6 carries to beat the Lions 20-7. Gino Torretta was in for the injured Scott Mitchell as the Lions starting quarterback. Sanders broke a 19 yard touchdown run early in the game to put Detroit up 7-0. From there the Oilers defense targeted Sanders and held him to mostly negative yardage. Warren Moon went 9 of 15 for 172 yards, with 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. Steve Mcnair ran the ball for 65 rushing yards and threw for a touchdown pass late in the game as Houston was ahead. Detroit fought back late and threated to tie the game until Chris Dishman intercepted Torretta's pass to seal the win at 20-6. The victory keeps Houston's playoff hopes alive as they move to 8-6.


    New York Jets at Houston Oilers(December 17th, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Jets 0 3 0 8 11
    Oilers 3 7 0 0 10

    The Houston Oilers were eliminated from playoff contention after a heartbreaking loss to the New York Jets in the Astrodome. Houston went up 10-3 and held onto the lead until the final minute in the 4th quarter. Boomer Esiason led the Jets on a 78 yard drive, converting a 3rd & 11 and a 3rd & 14 before scoring the tying touchdown. Boomer hit Kyle Brady for the go ahead 2 point conversion to give the Jets an 11-10 lead with just :26 seconds left in the game. Warren Moon rallied the offense and incredibly managed to drive Houston into field goal range with the clock stopped with 2 seconds left. The Oilers lined up for a 44 yard field goal attempt with their entire season on the line. Al Del Greco's field goal bounced off of the bottom cross bar of the goal post as the clock expired. The loss officially eliminates Houston from the playoffs after the Colts defeated the Chargers earlier today to earn their 9th victory, giving them the tiebreaker over the Oilers(win-loss record vs common opponents) no matter what happens next week.


    Houston Oilers at Buffalo Bills(December 24th, 1995)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 0 7 14 0 21
    Bills 7 3 0 13 23

    The Houston Oilers played for pride as they took on the Buffalo Bills in their season finale in a rematch of the 1991 AFC Championship. Buffalo's no huddle offense gave Houston's defense problems early on as Jim Kelly led the Bills down the field for a quick touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. The Oiles fought back with an aggressive passing attack to take a 21-10 lead going into the 4th quarter. A Gary Brown fumble and Warren Moon interception helped Buffalo answer back to pull to 21-17 late in the game. Jim Kelly led the Bllls down the field and hit Andre Reed with a long 44 yard bomb as the clock expired, giving Buffalo the victory over Houston 23-21. Thurman Thomas was unstoppable as he racked up 119 rushing yards and another 67 receiving yards with 1 touchdown. Jim Kelly threw for 3 touchdown passes.

    Final Notes

    Well I enjoyed this one. Every game was a tough challenge, the whole season came down to that one field goal against the Jets. In typical Houston Oiler fashion I collapsed in epic fashion there in the end, giving up big leads and losing both of those final games to miss the playoffs. That missed field goal legit made me mad.

    I do love this game though. There is a learning curve but once you get it the game has a lot of little things that I prefer over other Madden games. I love the fact that you can see the players numbers on their jerseys. That is actually a pretty big deal for the gameplay being able to see where you're receivers, defenders, opponents are, for example being able to see that 20 on Barry Sanders to see where he is lining up was nice. Being able to see where Greg Loyd was on Pittsburgh's defense to run the other way would be another example. They dropped this little feature with the later Maddens, I don't think you could see the numbers on the jerseys again until maybe Madden 99.

    But that's a wrap anyways. After playing this I think the game developers had a pretty good idea of how the real life Oilers would have done that year. The game is developed and released before the season so the player/teams ratings are kind of a mix of what they did the season before and what their expectations are for the upcoming season. Some cases they get it right, like with these Oilers, some cases they get it wrong, as is the case with the Arizona Cardinals. Whoever developed this game must have really thought the Cardinals were going to make a run because they are probably one of the best teams in the game. Anytime you sim a season the Cardinals are a serious threat for the Super Bowl. I guess they thought ole' Buddy Ryan was going to get it done in AZ that year. They were wrong. As for the real life 95 Oilers they finished 7-9. The last time I played through a season with the Oilers(with Chris Chandler instead of Warren Moon) I finished 7-8-1, this time with a better quarterback all I could do was 8-8. So maybe the Oilers would not have been that much better in 95 with Moon? The thing was that they had no offensive weapons for any quarterback that year. Eddie George didn't get drafted until the next year, they lost Ernest Givens, Curtis Duncan, Webster Slaughter, and Drew Hill. At least in this game they gave you a pretty good Gary Brown(he wasn't that good in real life that year), and Haywood Jeffires. That was reflected pretty well in this game as moving the ball on offense with the Oilers is a real challenge. Here are some final stats for this run:

    Warren Moon: 91/229(39%), 1,523 yards, 11 touchdowns 13 interceptions
    Gary Brown: 413 yds rushing, 282 yds receiving
    Haywood Jeffires: 21 catches 472 yds
    Ray Childress: 8 sacks


    1995 NFL Final Standings

    AFC EAST
    Miami Dolphins 13-3
    New England Patriots 11-5
    Indianapolis Colts 10-6
    New York Jets 7-9
    Buffalo Bills 4-12

    AFC CENTRAL
    Pittsburgh Steelers 13-3
    Cleveland Browns 12-4
    Houston Oilers 8-8
    Cincinnati Bengals 5-11
    Jacksonville Jaguars 3-13

    AFC WEST
    Oakland Raiders 14-2
    San Diego Chargers 8-8
    Denver Broncos 6-10
    Seattle Seahawks 6-10
    Kansas City Chiefs 1-15

    NFC EAST
    Arizona Cardinals 13-3
    Dallas Cowboys 13-3
    Philadelphia Eagles 9-7
    New York Giants 6-10
    Washington Redskins 6-10

    NFC CENTRAL
    Chicago Bears 11-5
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-7
    Minnesota Vikings 7-9
    Green Bay Packers 5-11
    Detroit Lions 3-13

    NFC WEST
    San Francisco 49ers 12-4
    Atlanta Falcons 9-7
    St. Louis Rams 8-8
    New Orleans Saints 6-10
    Carolina Panthers 2-14



    1995 NFL Playoffs


    Wild Card Playoffs
    Indianapolis Colts 13 @ Miami Dolphins 20
    New England Patriots 7 @ Cleveland Browns 24
    Philadelphia Eagles 20 @ Chicago Bears 23
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 @ Arizona Cardinals 23

    Divisional Playoffs
    Cleveland Browns 27 @ Oakland Raiders 9
    Miami Dolphins 9 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 17
    Arizona Cardinals 10 @ Dallas Cowboys 17
    Chicago Bears 27 @ San Francisco 49ers 21

    NFC/AFC Conference Championships
    Cleveland Browns 23 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 13
    Chicago Bears 27 @ Dallas Cowboys 13

    SUPER BOWL XXX
    Chicago Bears 31 vs Cleveland Browns 19

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    Madden NFL '97
    Sony Playstation(1996)

    Here we go with round 6. Moving on from the 16 bit Sega Genesis(for now) to the Sony Playstation, a fucking beast of a machine. The backstory to this game is that EA tried to release Madden 96 for the Playstation the year before(1995). The game was pretty deep into development, being programmed by Visual Concepts(the same people that did the NFL 2K series for Sega years later) when for whatever reasons EA decided to cancel the game, leaving the Playstation without a Madden football game. Sony's 989 Sports released the NFL Gameday series that year and had some good success because of the lack of a Madden game in 95. From what I've read the Gameday series was outselling the Madden games for a few years there in 96-98. There is some footage of the unfinished Madden 96 for PS1 on Youtube, it doesn't look very good.

    So EA finally hit the Playstation a year late with Madden 97. This is a pretty high tech game for it's time, featuring actual video footage of the NFL on Fox presentation by Madden and Pat Summerall, as well as James Brown(not that one). These little video clips are pretty good nostalgia. The graphics look kind of bad. The game is still 2D sprite based graphics. The players look like shit, with a lower resolution than even Madden 96 on the Genesis(no more numbers visible on the jerseys). Everything is super pixelated. The 3D stadium models and the camera movement is pretty sweet for it's time. I do like the fact that the Astrodome actually looks like the Astrodome in this game.


    The presentation is where this game shines. You get some pretty cool opening videos before each game when you play through a season. These bring back the memories of the good ole days of NFL on FOX. I like the shadowy silhouettes cut-scenes you get after each game, depending on the outcome of the game you will get a little scene with your team walking back to the locker room either celebrating victory or crestfallen in defeat. The music, sound, and the interface menus are really sharp for their time, pretty high tech stuff compared to the previous Madden games. One thing that annoys me about the sound is the crowd noise, whenever you get into 3rd or 4th down or goal line situations the crowd just continuously chants "D-FENSE", it's so loud and annoying you will be reaching for the volume button.

    The controls and gameplay physics aren't all that hot in this game. It's definitely not as fun to play as Tecmo Super Bowl or even some of the earlier Genesis Maddens. The players kind of move weirdly and awkwardly. In all though Madden 97 is really good for it's time, playing pretty much like a Genesis Madden on steroids.

    Team:



    1996 Houston Oilers

    Roster:

    Quarterbacks
    #1 Warren Moon
    #9 Steve McNair
    #15 D. Hollas

    Running Backs
    #32 M. Archie
    #33 R. Harmon
    #20 R. Thomas
    #27 E. George
    #80 M. Roan

    Wide Receivers
    ##86 W. Davis
    #85 D. Russell
    #81 C. Sanders
    #83 M. Floyd
    #04 J. Strong
    #21 M. Gray

    Tight Ends
    #89 F. Wycheck
    #87 J. McKeehan
    #88 R. Lewis

    Offensive Line
    #74 Bruce Matthews
    #72 B. Hopkins
    #53 Mark Stepnoski
    #75 I. Eatman
    #77 Kevin Donnalley
    #64 E. Norgard
    #66 J. Layman
    #60 Elmashtoub

    Defensive Line
    #76 R. Young
    #96 G. Walker
    #92 H. Ford
    #78 A. Cook
    #95 K. McGhee
    #97 B. Mix

    Linebackers
    #58 Joe Bowden
    #54 Al Smith
    #55 J. Mills
    #51 L. Hall
    #56 M. Barrow
    #52 B. Wortham
    ##50 T. Killens

    Defensive Backs
    #29 Darryll Lewis
    #28 Cris Dishman
    #31 Marcus Roberston
    #37 R. Robinson
    #26 R. Stewart
    #24 S. Jackson
    #23 B. Bishop
    #22 T. Barnes

    Specialists
    #3 K Al Del Greco
    #16 P R. Roby
    #21 KR/PR M. Gray

    So just as I did with 94 and 95 I'm keeping Moon on the Oilers for 1996. As you probably know Moon was traded to the Vikings for a 6th round draft pick before the 1994 season in real life. When the Oilers lost Moon they lost their identity to me. It just wasn't the same team without him. That was the only change I made to this roster. I noticed that the core of the defense was retained from the previous few years, also the offensive line was mostly still intact. Overall there was a pretty big turnover in the roster over those three years from 93 to 96. One thing I noticed about this game is that there are no free agents. The Genesis version has Ray Childress, Ernest Givens and a few other Redskins favorites of mine in Gary Clark and Mark Rypien in the free agent pool. Usually when I play through one of these old seasons the free agents are fair game but there aren't any in this version of Madden 97, so I'm going at it with Moon and the real life 96 Oilers here. Two rookies that joined the team this year are Eddie George and tight end Frank Wycheck.

    The real life 1996 Houston Oilers are an interesting team to look back on. This was the Oilers final season playing in Houston before packing up and heading to Tennessee in 1997. They ended up drawing some of the smallest crowds to the Astrodome through the season. By the end of the year the games were blacked out on television and the Oilers Radio Network had disbanded.


    1996 Schedule:


    Opponent Result(score)
    Kansas City Chiefs LOSS, 0-21
    @Jacksonville Jaguars LOSS, 17-23(OT)
    Baltimore Ravens LOSS, 27-31
    @ Pittsburgh Steelers LOSS, 10-24
    @Cincinnati Bengals WIN, 13-6
    @Atlanta Falcons LOSS, 14-17
    Pittsburgh Steelers LOSS, 20-35
    San Francisco 49ers WIN, 7-0
    @Seattle Seahawks WIN, 21-17
    @New Orleans Saints LOSS, 10-14
    Miami Dolphins WIN, 28-3
    Carolina Panthers WIN, 17-14
    @New York Jets WIN, 16-14
    Jacksonville Jaguars WIN, 20-10
    Cincinnati Bengals WIN, 17-14
    @Baltimore Ravens WIN, 17-7


    AFC Wildcard Playoffs: @Denver Broncos, WIN(10-7)
    AFC Divisional Playoffs: @ Pittsburgh Steelers, WIN(14-10)
    AFC Championship: vs Kansas City Chiefs, WIN(17-16)
    Super Bowl XXXI: vs Atlanta Falcons, WIN(10-3)
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    1997 NFL Record and Fact Book
    Associated Press Game Summaries
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    1996 Houston Oilers


    Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Oilers(September 4th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Chiefs 14 7 0 0 21
    Oilers 0 0 0 0 0

    Steve Bono and the Chiefs spoiled the Oilers opening day game at the Houston Astrodome with a 21-0 shut out. Houston fell behind early and had a hard time generating offense. Warren Moon was finally able to move the ball in the 2nd half but Houston couldn't get into the end zone. The Chiefs big lead forced Houston to go for touchdowns instead of field goals from the red zone, going 0 for 3 on fourth down conversions. Moon threw for 246 yards passing with 1 interception and no touchdowns. Steve Bono threw for 2 touchdown passes.


    Houston Oilers @ Jacksonville Jaguars(September 8th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
    Oilers 7 0 3 7 0 17
    Jaguars 7 0 3 7 6 23

    The Houston Oilers fell to 0-2 after a tough overtime loss in Jacksonville on Sunday. It took only 3 plays for Warren Moon to move 73 yards and put Houston into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7 early. The Jaguars finally took the lead late in the 4th quarter after a Brunell to Andre Rison touchdown pass gave Jacksonville a 17-10 lead with just over 2 minutes left. Moon drove the Oilers down the field in the final seconds to hit Chris Sanders with a 21 yard touchdown pass that tied the game 17-17, sending the game into overtime. Facemasking and pass interference penalties killed the Oilers in overtime as the Jaguars marched right down the field on their opening drive. Brunell hit Andre Rison for a touchdown to give the Jaguars the 23-17 victory.



    Baltimore Ravens vs Houston Oilers(September 15th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Ravens 7 3 7 14 31
    Oilers 10 7 3 7 27

    Warren Moon and Vinnie Testaverde had a shootout in Houston as the Oilers hosted the Baltimore Ravens for the very first meeting between the two teams. Houston's offense seemed to be back in prime form as Moon drove the Oilers down the field at will, putting Houston up with a 20-10 lead in the 3rd quarter. Testaverde led the Ravens on a comeback to take the lead at 24-20 in the final minutes of the 4th quarter. Moon answered back by leading the Oilers down the field and hitting Chris Sanders with a 36 yard touchdown pass to put Houston up 27-24 with just over a minute left. Vinnie led the Ravens on a 7 play drive in the final minute to retake the lead with another touchdown pass, putting Baltimore up 31-27. Moon managed to use timeouts and get the Oilers close to scoring range but threw an interception in the final moments to ice the comeback, giving Baltimore the win. Moon went 15 of 29 for 349 yards, with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Oilers receiver W. Davis caught 6 catches for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns.



    Houston Oilers @ Pittsburgh Steelers(September 29th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 0 3 7 0 10
    Steelers 7 7 3 7 24

    The Houston Oilers fell to 0-4 after losing their 6th consecutive game going back to last season when the defensive juggernaut Pittsburgh Steelers manhandled them in Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Steelers moved the ball at will early on to take a 10-0 lead. Houston answered back and tied the game at 10-10. Moon threw 2 interceptions and Mike Tomczack hit Yancy Thigpen twice to torch Houston 24-10. Moon went 11 of 28 for 264 yards, with 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.



    Houston Oilers @ Cincinnati Bengals(October 6th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 0 7 0 6 13
    Bengals 0 0 3 3 6


    The Houston Oilers snapped their 6 game losing streak by defeating the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday by a score of 13-6. Warren Moon and the Oilers offense failed to produce anything early on but the defense covered for them. The Oilers relied on their running game to control the ball and the clock, finally making it down the field for a scoring drive to take a 7-0 lead. The Bengals drove down to the goal line and threatened to tie the game but Houston's defense held strong and held them to a field goal that cut their lead to 7-3. Cincinnati threatened to take the lead in the final minutes when they again drove down to the goal line, only to be stuffed on all 3 plays by Houston's defense. The Bengals opted to go for a field goal instead of the win. Down by 1 point with just undr a minute left the Bengals went for and nearly recovered the onside kick. Houston special teams came up with the ball and Moon added another 6 in the final seconds with a touchdown pass to Chris Sanders. Warren Moon went 8 of 16 for 133 yards with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Chris Dishman had 2 interceptions to help lead a strong performance by the Oilers' defense. The win puts Houston at 1-4 with a trip to Atlanta next week to play the Falcons in the Oilers' 3rd consecutive road game.
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    1997 NFL Record and Fact Book
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    1996 Houston Oilers


    Houston Oilers @ Atlanta Falcons(October 13th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 0 7 0 7 14
    Falcons 0 3 14 0 17

    The Houston Oilers dropped to 1-5 with their loss to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Atlanta struck first with a 51 yard Morten Anderson field goal that gave them a 3-0 lead in the second quarter. The Oilers put together a 5 play 65 yard scoring drive capped by a 24 yard touchdown pass to Frank Wycheck. Houston missed the opportunity to add to their lead when Jack Del Rio missed a 45 yard field goal right before the end of the half. Jeff George struck back in the second half with 2 touchdown passes to give Atlanta a 17-7 lead going into the 4th quarter. Moon drove the Oilers down the field in the final minute to hit W. Davis for a 46 yard touchdown strike to cut the Falcons lead to 17-14 with just 46 seconds left in the game. Houston just barely failed to recover the onside kick but managed to get the ball back after a strong defensive stand and use of their remaining timeouts. By the time the Oilers got the ball back they were out of time. The loss puts the Oilers' playoff hopes in serious jeopardy as they fall to 1-5 and prepare to host the Pittsburgh Steelers next week. Moon completed 9 of 25 passes for 121 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.


    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Houston Oilers(October 20th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Steelers 7 7 14 7 35
    Oilers 7 7 0 6 20

    The Oilers season hit rock bottom at the Astrodome on Sunday as the defense completely fell apart in a devastating 35-20 loss to the Steelers. The first half was competitive as Houston was able to keep up. The Steelers started the game with a 76 yard drive capped by a Mike Tomczack to Yancy Thigpen touchdown pass giving them a 7-0 head start. Houston answered back with Warren Moon hitting 2 consecutive 35 yard passes to W. Davis and C. Sanders, the latter of which put Houston on the scoreboards to tie it up at 7-7. The Steelers drove right back down the field within 3 plays on their next drive, taking a 14-7 lead after a 9 yard touchdown run by Jerome Bettis. Warren Moon answered back by leading Houston on a 12 play 72 yard drive capped by a 33 yard touchdown pass to Chris Sanders with 8 seconds left in the first half to tie it up at 14-14. The Steelers came out in the second half and rolled all over Houston's defense by putting up 3 unanswered touchdowns. Greg Lloyd, Rod Woodson and co. shut out Houston's offense in the second half to help Pittsburgh take a 35-14 lead. Warren Moon was benched due to ineffectiveness in the 4th quarter. Steve Mcnair came in and put 6 points on the scoreboard with a 37 yard touchdown pass to W. Davis. Mcnair's touchdown pass was too little too late, the 2 point conversion was stopped short and Pittsburgh got out of town with the 35-20 victory. The loss puts Houston at 1-6 on the season. Houston Oilers head coach later denied any talk of starting Mcnair over Moon for the next game and refused to comment on any of the rumors of Oilers' owner Bud Adams reportedly working behind the scenes to move the team to Tennessee.


    San Francisco 49ers @ Houston Oilers(October 27th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    49ers 0 0 0 0 0
    Oilers 0 7 0 0 7

    The struggling Oilers defense recovered with a shut out win over the high powered offense of the San Francisco 49ers, holding Steve Young and Jerry Rice scoreless in a 7-0 victory. R. Thomas ran a 20 yard touchdown run in the 2nd quarter for the only score of the game, giving Houston the only 7 points they would need to edge the 49ers. Moon and the Oilers' offense struggled but their defense held San Francisco to just 3 first downs and never allowed them to get into scoring range. The win keeps Houston just barely hanging on in the AFC playoff picture by a thread at 2-6.


    Houston Oilers @ Seattle Seahawks(November 3rd, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 0 14 0 7 21
    Seahawks 7 3 0 7 17

    Houston fought for their playoff lives and won in Seattle on Sunday after Warren Moon shut the door on whatever quarterback controversy may have existed between he and young backup Steve Mcnair. Moon completed 10 of 17 passes for 218 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Houston took a 14-10 lead into halftime but Seattle fought back and took a 17-14 lead in the 4th quarter with just 2:03 left in the game. Moon completed an 80 yard drive down the field to score the winning touchdown and help keep the Oilers season alive. The victory puts Houston at 3-6 on the season, just barely hanging onto the outer fringers of the AFC playoff picture.



    Houston Oilers @ New Orleans Saints(November 10th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 0 7 3 0 10
    Saints 0 7 0 7 14


    The Oilers fell to the Saints in the Superdome in New Orleans on Sunday despite a near flawless performance by Warren Moon and another strong performance by the Houston defense. The Oilers took a 10-7 lead in the 3rd quarter after an Al Del Greco field goal. Jim Everett led the Saints down the field in the 4th quarter for a 13 yard touchdown pass to Michael Haynes to take a 14-10 lead with just over 1 minute left in the game. Moon drove the Oilers deep into Saints territory but threw an interception. The Oilers played tight defense and used their timeouts to get the ball back. Moon moved the chains for 3 quick first downs to move into scoring range with just 18 seconds left on the clock. A 22 yard touchdown pass from Moon to C. Sanders was called back on a holding penalty. Moon responded by hitting Frank Wycheck near the goal line but Wycheck fumbled the ball. The Saints were able to recover and hold on to survive with a 14-10 victory. Moon completed 9 of 10 passes for 161 yards with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. The loss puts Houston at 3-7 and one loss away from being eliminated from playoff contention.


    Miami Dolphins @ Houston Oilers(November 17th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Dolphins 0 0 3 0 3
    Oilers 7 7 7 7 28

    The Houston Oilers iced Dan Marino and the Dolphins for a big 28-3 win at the Astrodome. Houston took a 14-0 lead into halftime, then added another touchdown after intercepting Marino on the Dolphins opening drive of the second half. Houston ran the ball on the ground to keep the Dolphins offense off the field and wear their defense down through the course of the game. Warren Moon completed 7 of 11 for 144 yards, with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. R. Thomas had his best game of the season running the ball 17 times for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns. Marino was held to just 6 completions in 23 attempts with only 73 passing yards and 1 interception. Houston stays alive in the AFC wild card race by improving to 4-7. The Oilers will need to win their remaining 5 games and will need help to stay in contention.


    Carolina Panthers @ Houston Oilers(November 24th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Panthers 0 7 0 7 14
    Oilers 7 3 7 0 17

    Houston defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-14 in the Astrodome to keep their playoff hopes alive on Sunday. The Oilers defense shut the Panthers down in the first half as the offense gave them a 10-0 lead by the second quarter. The Panthers were able to answer back with a touchdown at the end of the half but Houston would add to their lead with a R. Thomas touchdown run early in the 3rd quarter, giving the Oilers a 17-7 lead going into the final period. Houston was able to hold Carolina off and survive for the 17-14 win, moving their record to 5-7. Warren Moon completed 8 of 13 passes for 202 yds and 1 touchdown.



    Houston Oilers @ New York Jets(December 1st, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 7 3 0 6 16
    Jets 0 7 0 7 14

    The Oilers won their 3rd in a row by surviving a close thriller in New York against the Jets on Sunday. Houston took a 10-7 lead and fought to keep it until Neil O'Donnell led the Jets on a long scoring drive to take a 14-10 lead late in the game. Moon answered by leading Houston to a 67 yard scoring drive, hitting C. Sanders for the go ahead touchdown strike. Houston went for a 2 point conversion to attempt to take a 2 score lead but Moon was sacked in the backfield. Houston fought to defend their 16-14 lead in the final 2 minutes of the game as the Jets threatened to steal the victory with a quick 54 yard drive to the Oilers' 30 yard line, just outside of field goal range due to the high winds. Neil O'Donnell hit Wayne Chrebet on the 5 yard line but he was tackled just inches from the goal line as the clock expired, sealing the Oilers victory at 16-14. Moon completed 9 of 17 passes for 178 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.



    Jacksonville Jaguars @ Houston Oilers(December 8th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Jaguars 0 3 0 7 10
    Oilers 7 7 0 6 20

    The Oilers avenged their loss to the Jaguars earlier this season with a dominant defensive performance in their 20-10 victory at the Astrodome on Sunday. Houston controled the ball and the clock throughout the game, taking a 14-3 lead into the half. The Jaguars looked poised for a comeback after Mark Brunell ran in a 7 yard touchdown to cut the Oiler's lead to 14-10. Houston's defense would hold strong and Moon would pad the Oilers' lead with a last second touchdown pass to Eddie George, giving Houston their 4th consecutive victory(5th in their last 6 games). Moon completed 6 of 13 for 122 yards and 1 touchdown. R. Thomas ran the ball 12 times for 92 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns. The Oilers sacked Mark Brunell 4 times, twice by B. Bishop, 1 by Gary Walker and 1 for A. Cook. The victory puts the Oilers into position to make the final wild card playoff spot in the AFC after pulling their record to 7-7.



    Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Oilers(December 15th, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Bengals 0 0 7 7 13
    Oilers 7 0 7 3 17


    The Oilers defeated the Bengals with a last second 41 yard field goal by Al Del Greco in the Astrodome. Houston took a 14-0 lead but Jeff Black hit Carl Pickens for 2 touchdowns to tie it up late in the final minutes. The Oilers drove down the field on a 59 yard drive to set up the 41 yard game winning field goal with no time left on the clock. Warren Moon completed 12 of 23 passes for 179 yards, with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The win puts the Oilers in control of their own destiny as they pull their record to 8-7. If Houston can defeat the Baltimore Ravens on the road next week they will secure the 6th seed in the AFC playoffs. Baltimore defeated Houston 31-27 in a back and forth shootout earlier in the season.


    Houston Oilers @ Baltimore Ravens(December 22nd, 1996)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Oilers 0 14 3 0 17
    Ravens 0 0 7 0 7


    The Houston Oilers defense carried a sagging offense to a victory over the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday in a 17-7 victory that gives Houston the final wild card spot in the AFC playoffs. Both teams held each other scoreless early on in a tough defensive struggle. Houston was able to pick Vinnie Testaverde off twice in the first half to set up 14-0 lead. Baltimore came out and looked to make a comeback as they marched down the field on a 77 yard scoring drive on their first possession of the second half, cutting Houston's lead to 14-7. The Ravens stopped a long drive by the Oilers when Moon threw an interception in the red zone. Houston's defense made the save when Gary Walker intercepted Vinnie Testaverde at the line of scrimmage, setting up a chip shot field goal to give Houston a 17-7 lead. Houston's defense would hold strong to secure the spot in next week's AFC Wild Card playoffs. Warren Moon struggled, going 3 for 12 for only 46 yards, with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. The defense was the deciding factor for the Oilers as they picked off Testaverde 3 times and sacked him 3 times. The win caps a remarkable 6 game winning streak to close the Oilers regular season, finishing on a 8-1 run after starting out 1-6 early on to finish with a 9-7 overall record.


    Houston Oilers 1996 Team Leaders

    Warren Moon: 144 of 292(49%), 2,782 passing yds, 20 td, 11 int
    R. Thomas: 126 rushing att, 487 yds, 10 td
    W. Davis: 35 rec, 870 receiving yds, 7 tds
    M. Robertson: 57 tackles
    A. Cook/B. Bishop: 3 sacks
    C. Dishman: 3 ints



    1996 NFL Final Standings


    ***AFC***


    New England Patriots 15-1
    Indianapolis Colts 9-7
    Miami Dolphins 8-8
    Buffalo Bills 7-9
    New York Jets 2-14

    Pittsburgh Steelers 11-5
    Houston Oilers 9-7
    Cincinnati Bengals 6-10
    Baltimore Ravens 5-11
    Jacksonville Jaguars 5-11

    Denver Broncos 11-5
    Oakland Raiders 11-5
    Kansas City Chiefs 10-6
    San Diego Chargers 8-8
    Seattle Seahawks 6-10


    ***NFC***


    Dallas Cowboys 12-4
    Philadelphia Eagles 8-8
    Arizona Cardinals 6-10
    Washington Redskins 4-12
    New York Giants 3-13

    Detroit Lions 12-4
    Chicago Bears 9-7
    Green Bay Packers 8-8
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-9
    Minnesota Vikings 4-12

    New Orleans Saints 12-4
    Atlanta Falcons 10-6
    San Francisco 49ers 9-7
    St. Louis Rams 7-9
    Carolina Panthers 6-10


    Wild Card Playoffs

    Saturday December 28th, 1996
    Kansas City Chiefs @ Oakland Raiders
    San Francisco 49ers @ New Orleans Saints

    Sunday December 29th, 1996
    Chicago Bears @ Atlanta Falcons
    Houston Oilers @ Denver Broncos

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    Houston Chronicle
    Monday, December 30th, 1996



    Oilers Upset Broncos


    The Houston Oilers pulled off the upset over the Broncos in the AFC Wild Card game at Mile High Stadium in Denver on Sunday. Even though the Oilers were penalized 8 times for 91 yards and Warren Moon was held to just 90 yards passing with no touchdowns, a strong defensive effort and a combined 111 rushing yards between Eddie George(5 carries for 46 yds), R. Thomas(13 carries for 61 yds), and Warren Moon (7 carries for 12 yards, including a 1 yard run on 4th down that saved the game for Houston) helped carry them to a 10-7 upset victory. Houston drove into scoring range early on in the first quarter but Al Del Greco missed a 48 yard field goal. John Elway drove the Broncos down the field on a 7 play 61 yard drive capped by an 18 yard touchdown pass to Anthony Miller to take a 7-0 lead in the 2nd quarter. The Oilers answered back with a 6 play 77 yard drive that was mostly all through running the football. R. Thomas ran in a 17 yard touchdown run to tie the game up at 7-7. Houston picked off John Elway within field goal range but a holding penalty nullified Al Del Greco's 28 yard chip shot, keeping the game tied at 7-7 going into the half. A defensive stalemate kept the 3rd quarter and almost all of the 4th quarter scoreless. Houston gained possession late in the game and drove down the field on a long, grueling drive into the red zone. Houston pulled within field goal range but chose to go for it on 4th and 1 with just over a minute on the clock. Warren Moon kept the ball and ran it up the middle to save the drive, giving Houston the chance to eat up the remaining time on the clock and set up a 26 yard field goal with just 1 second left on the clock. Del Greco hit the field goal and gave the Oilers the win 10-7, setting them up for a trip to Pittsburgh for the AFC Divisional Playoffs next week. Houston's defense held Denver to just 46 total yards of offense. The Oilers were also able to control the game with their running game, keeping possession for 15:52 compared to Denver's 4:08.

    The win sets Houston up for a rematch against the Steelers next week in Pittsburgh. The Steelers defeated Houston in both games in the regular season, handing the Oilers their most lopsided losses of the year with a 24-10 beating in September, then a 35-20 embarrassment in October. The 35 points allowed against Pittsburgh was the most that the Oilers gave up all season and was rock bottom for the team as the loss sent them to a 1-6 record. Houston went on an 8-1 run after losing the second game to Pittsburgh, with last night's victory over Denver their 7th win in a row.




    Houston Oilers @ Denver Broncos

    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Oilers 0 7 0 3 10
    Broncos 0 7 0 0 7


    NFL Wild Card Playoff Scores:

    Kansas City Chiefs 13
    Oakland Raiders 3

    San Francisco 49ers 14
    New Orleans Saints 17

    Chicago Bears 9
    Atlanta Falcons 20


    NFL Divisional Round Playoff Schedule:


    Saturday January 4th, 1997
    Atlanta Falcons @ Dallas Cowboys
    Houston Oilers @ Pittsburgh Steelers

    Sunday January 5th, 1997
    New Orleans Saints @ Detroit Lions
    Kansas City Chiefs @ New England Patriots

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    Houston Takes Down Pittsburgh


    The underdog Houston Oilers kept rolling on Saturday with a huge upset over their division rival Steelers in Pittsburgh to earn a spot in the AFC Championship game next week. The Steelers outscored Houston 59-30 in their two previous meetings in the regular season but the Oilers defense managed to stop Jerome Bettis and Yancy Thigpen to grind out a 14-10 victory. Houston took a 7-0 lead in the 2nd quarter when Moon led them down the field on a 5 play 51 yard drive capped by a 4 yard Moon touchdown run up the middle. Pittsburgh answered back with a long drive of their own, tying the game up with a 26 yard touchdown run by Jerome Bettis. A Mel Grey facemask penalty on a punt gave Pittsburgh a free field goal at the end of the first half to give them a 10-7 lead. A battle of two hard hitting defenses kept the 3rd quarter scoreless. Houston was able to get the ball for a long drive late in the game. The drive was stalled at 4th and 8 on the 36 yard line, just outside of Al Del Greco's range. Moon made a completion to Frank Wycheck who barreled through defenders to pick up just enough yardage for the first. Overall the Oilers drove 80 yards down the field on 9 plays before R. Thomas broke a 21 yard touchdown run to give Houston the lead at 14-10 with just :45 seconds left on the clock. Pittsburgh used their timeouts to drive down the field to Houston's 11 yard line. Mike Tomczack hit Yancy Thigpen with a pass but Thigpen was tackled just a yard away from the end zone as the time ran out. Warren Moon completed 5 of 11 passes for 106 yards with no touchdowns and 1 interception. Moon has yet to complete a touchdown pass in the playoffs but he's come through when Houston has needed it the most. Now the Oilers are back in the AFC Championship next week where they will host the Kansas City Chiefs in the Astrodome.




    Houston Oilers @ Pittsburgh Steelers

    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Oilers 0 7 0 7 14
    Steelers 0 10 0 0 10


    NFL Divisional Playoff Scores:

    Detroit Lions 27
    New Orleans Saints 9

    Atlanta Falcons 34
    Dallas Cowboys 21

    Kansas City Chiefs 13
    New England Patriots 3


    NFL Conference Championship Schedule:


    Sunday January 12th, 1997
    AFC Championship: Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Oilers
    NFC Championship: Atlanta Falcons @ Detroit Lions

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    Monday January 13th, 1997



    Houston Oilers: Super Bowl Bound


    The Houston Oilers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs to win the Lamar Hunt Trophy in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday at the Astrodome. The Chiefs took a 3-0 lead early after a field goal but Houston answered back with a 15 yard touchdown pass from Moon to R. Lewis to give the Oilers a 7-3 lead going into the 2nd quarter. The Chiefs marched 95 yards on 14 plays in their ensuing possession, adding another field goal to cut Houston's lead to 7-6. Kansas City held Houston to another three and out and put the Chiefs into position to take the lead with another field goal before the half, putting them up 9-7. The Chiefs looked poised to pull away and bring an end to the Oilers Cinderella story as Steve Bono hit T. Vanover for a 12 yard touchdown pass to give the Chiefs a 16-7 lead going into the 4th quarter. Houston's season came down to one play on their next possession as they found themselves at 4th and 3. Eddie George broke a 24 yard run to get the first down and put the Oilers into position for Al Del Greco to hit a 35 yard field goal. The field goal cut Kansas City's lead to 16-10 in the fourth quarter. Houston's defense came up with a big stop on Kansas City's next drive. The Oilers then drove 80 yards on a 9 play drive that ate up 3:40 off the clock. Eddie George ran in a 1 yard touchdown to give Houston the lead with just :16 seconds left. The Chiefs ran out of time and Houston survived to win the AFC Championship by a score of 17-16.

    With the win the Oilers will return to the Super Bowl in two weeks where they will play the Atlanta Falcons in the New Orleans Superdome. The Oilers lost in the AFC Championship in 1991, then lost Super Bowl XXVII before going on a rampage undefeated 19-0 run in the 1993 season, defeating the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl XXVIII. After coming out strong with a 12-3-1 record and earning the #1 seed in the AFC in the 1994 season the Oilers were upset at home in the divisional playoffs by the Los Angeles Raiders. The disappointing playoff loss in 1994 was followed by an up and down season in 1995 as the old vets either retired or were traded. The Oilers collapsed and missed the playoffs when they lost their final 2 games of 1995, then stumbled out of the gate to a 0-4 start in 96 as the offense struggled to adjust to a new crew of running backs and receivers, while the defense was rebuilt after the departure of Ray Childress, Wilber Marshall, and Lamar Lathon. After the disappointing loss in the 94 playoffs, the embarrassing collapse in the end of 95, and then coming out 1-6 in 1996 rumors began to circulate that the Houston Oilers would move on from both quarterback Warren Moon and head coach Shinobi Musashi at the end of the season. As the rumors picked up that team owner Bud Adams as negotiating to move the franchise to Tennessee the Oilers began to improve drastically, shutting out the high powered offenses of Steve Young's 49ers and Dan Marino's Dolphins as they finished the season on an incredible 8-1 run. Now after huge upset victories over the Broncos, Steelers, and Chiefs, the Oilers are set for Super Bowl XXXI, a game that could have the entire fate of the Oilers' franchise hanging in the balance. Many believe that if the Oilers fail to win the Super Bowl that Bud Adams will move the team. Some say that even if the Oilers win the Super Bowl, it is only a matter of time before Adams packs up the team and moves to greener pastures of Tennesee. The Oilers lease for the Astrodome expires at the end of next season.



    Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Oilers

    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Oilers 0 7 0 10 17
    Chiefs 3 6 7 0 16


    Super Bowl XXXI
    Houston Oilers vs Atlanta Falcons

    Sunday January 26th, 1997
    The Super Dome @ New Orleans, LA

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    Monday January 27th, 1997



    Super Bowl Champions

    The Houston Oilers captured their second Vince Lombardi Trophy by defeating the Atlanta Falcons 10-3 in Super Bowl XXXI on Sunday. The Falcons defense held Houston in their own territory throughout the first quarter. Cornelius Bennett intercepted Warren Moon in the 2nd quarter to set up a 38 yard Morten Anderson field goal that gave Atlanta a 3-0 lead. Moon answered back with a 66 yard drive capped by an 18 yard touchdown pass to Frank Wycheck, giving Houston a 7-3 lead going into halftime. The Oilers added to their lead in the third quarter with a 42 yard field goal to take a 10-3 lead. The Falcons comeback drive was stopped when Chris Dishman intercepted Jeff George's pass. Moon led the Oilers down the field on a clock consuming drive that stalled out when they were faced with 4th and 6. The Oilers kept the drive alive when Moon hit Wycheck for a 13 yard pass up the middle. Houston's drive would come to a screeching halt when Atlanta picked off his pass at their own 2 yard line to keep their hopes alive with just :16 seconds left on the clock. Houston's defense kept Atlanta pinned deep until the time ran out, giving the Oilers their 2nd Super Bowl victory in the past 4 years. Warren Moon went 9 of 18 for 133 yards with 1 touchdown pass and 2 interceptions. Frank Wycheck was awarded the MVP award with 5 critical receptions for 56 yards and the only touchdown of the game.



    Houston Oilers vs Atlanta Falcons

    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Oilers 0 7 3 0 10
    Falcons 0 3 0 0 3


    Madden '97 Final Thoughts

    And that's a wrap on another fake football video game season. 1996 is in the books with another fake Lombardi on the trophy case. I got to say that was pretty weak for the Falcons to make it to the Super Bowl, the developers must have really undersold the Packers in this game because I don't think they even made the playoffs in this season. I was hoping for the Lions to make it so I could at least play against Barry Sanders but it just wasn't meant to be I guess. The Falcons were actually a pretty good team in 1995 so I'm guessing the programmers had high hopes for them in 96. They were about 2 years off.

    I've seen reviewers be critical of the AI of this game. I have to say once you play a few games and get used to the physics and the computer play calling tendencies it does get a little easy. A big reason I started 1-6 was that I just could not make tackles because of the weird physics of this game. It's impossible to change directions with your player, there is no strafing from side to side, your guy just lumbers forward with momentum like a tank, so if you don't hit the ball carrier at just the right angle he will just run right past you. Sometimes you can run up on a ball carrier and he will just bounces off of you and keep going. It takes a while to get a feel for the controls and the physics to make tackles, but once you get it down it becomes pretty easy to stop the other team. All of the players seem to move at the same speed, all of the teams play the same game. Madden 96 on the Genesis was so much better than Madden 97 on the Playstation in so many departments. For starters the player models in Madden 96 just look so much better, they have so much more detail(like numbers on jerseys). Also in Madden 96 certain players were faster or better than others, someone like Jerry Rice or Tim Brown catching the ball down field and they were gone, you couldn't catch them. You can catch anybody in Madden 97, everybody moves as the same speed. The physics just felt better in Madden 96, the playbooks were better, and the AI was way better. All of the teams of Madden 97 play the same game but in Madden 96 on the Genesis you had teams that would play a ground and pound running game(Pittsburgh), teams that would air the ball out, teams that would run the no huddle offense, teams that would adjust to whatever plays you kept calling.

    With that said though I still really liked this game. It was like they took the Genesis 2D games and turned them into a real 3D playing field with super sound and all kinds of little bells and whistles. I actually do think the Genesis version of Madden 97 was better than the Playstation version. The AI was a lot tougher in the Genesis version but there were a couple of other little features that I prefer, the ability to save an instant replay is a pretty sweet little feature that you can do on the Genesis but not on the PS1 version. Also there is an "Any Player Mode" on the Genesis version where you can play as anyone on offense, including a receiver or a running back(I like playing as an offensive lineman). But I enjoyed this season. Getting my ass handed to me against Pittsburgh in both of those games and then taking them down in the playoffs was pretty sweet. I enjoyed this season so much I'm thinking about changing my plans for this project and playing Madden 98 for PS1(or Saturn, I have both, not sure which one I'll go with) next instead of NFL 98 on the Genesis. I don't know yet, we'll see how it goes.

    Edit: As far as the FMV scenes they are pretty useless, there are only 2 or 3 videos with Madden and Summerall talking about either home field advantage, or turf vs real grass, then in the playoffs they talk for a few seconds about how to handle the nerves of big games. James Brown does a pretty sweet extended intro for the Super Bowl and there is a pretty sweet Super Bowl celebration animated cut scene where a giant Vince Lombardi trophy comes up out of a stage as fireworks and lasers and dancers are going off around it.
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    Breaking News: Houston Oilers Moving to Tennessee

    June, 1997

    The news broke this morning that a deal has been made for the Super Bowl champion Houston Oilers to move to Tennessee to start playing in the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis in 1997 while a new stadium breaks ground in Nashville. Trouble had been brewing for the franchise for the past two years as Bud Adams failed to negotiate a deal with the city of Houston for a new publicly funded stadium. In a recent interview NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue blamed the city of Houston for allowing the Oiler's owner's personality to color it's thinking on a new football stadium. A recent poll in Houston showed a majority of residents rejected spending public money for a new stadium for Bud Adams' Oilers. Houston mayor recently showed his support for public funds for a new downtown baseball park in Houston, voters approved the funding for the park by a slim margin in a recent vote. Bud Adams responded saying that he felt like the approval for the new baseball park was in response to his recent deal struck to move to Tennessee, suggesting that the roles would have been reversed if it were the Astros who were first to cut a deal to leave town.

    Oilers' owner Bud Adams popularity in the city has been at an all time low even though the team brought in two Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophies over the past four years. Bud's status in Houston began to decline when he fired the beloved Oilers head coach Bum Phillips in 1980. Bud also haggled endlessly over contracts with draft picks resulting in their delayed arrival at training camps. Adams also reportedly threw nickels around like manhole covers, letting his front office go several years without a pay raise, letting his team work in a practice facility that has become the laughing stock of the league. In 1987 Adams threatened to move the Oilers to Jacksonville in order to extort a $67 million dollar renovation to the Astrodome, a publicly funded deal that kept Houston locked into the venue for a 10 year lease. Adams began screaming for more taxpayer dollars long before that 10 year lease was up, even throwing weight around demanding an entirely new building. Bud has been known to distance himself from any local charities and has alienated the business community of Houston. Bud recently tried to strike a deal for a new basketball/football domed super stadium but after Rockets owner passed on the deal Bud refused to discuss any other options and instead signed an exclusive negotiating agreement with the city of Nashville.

    When Bud Adams was holding the city of Houston hostage in 1987 mayor Kathy Whitmire took action to keep the Oilers from leaving town. Whitmire went to Bud Adams' office and asked him what she could do to keep the Oilers in Houston. Adams, ever the gentleman, responded by telling mayor Whitmire, "Mayor, I've got a little office in back with a fold-out couch if you'd like to discuss it further". The deal that was made for the $67 million in renovations to keep the Oilers in Houston in 1987 will be payed by Houston taxpayers through bonds, hotel taxes, and property taxes until 2017, a full twenty years from today. In regards to Bud's failure to get a new stadium deal worked out with the city of Houston, the current Houston mayor Bob Lanier was quoted saying; "You need the sports community, the business community, the media, and the public behind it. He had none of those. He was relying strictly on me to get things done. One reason I get things done is I don't attempt things that aren't possible. Initially I was outraged at the arrogance of these sports-team owners. I never was then and I am not now of a frame of mind that sports facilities should be my No. 1 priority. You need a consensus, broad based community support. I had to work through my own anger toward the owners for trying to shift to the taxpayers the burden of their own incompetence as labor negotiators. These owners fashion themselves as the jungle animals of the free enterprise system. In reality, they're the pussy cats of a monopoly world, and the characteristics of a monopoly are high prices and low service. If they had to do business in the real world wit their methods they would all go broke. If they couldn't look to the taxpayers to bail'em out, they'd run their businesses and quit doing stupid labor contracts."

    Mayor Lanier did support a publicly funded baseball stadium for the Astros but there was a significant difference in their situation and that of Bud Adams' Oilers. The Astros new stadium project was supported by all of the sectors that mayor Lanier cited in his quote. The chairman of Enron Corp. Ken Lay pledged for the business community of Houston to raise $75 million towards funding the new Astros park, a project that was developed on a county wide basis instead of being left to the city(which has half the tax base of the county), no taxes that would have gone to basic services were used and the measure passed in referendum(with a 51% vote). Houston mayor Lanier also had the following to say:

    "I made a major effort. Maybe it wasn't along the lines they liked or maybe my personality wasn't the best, but I spent a major portion of my time on this. I went to Cleveland and Cincinnati to look at stadium plans. I went to two league meetings and told Tagliabue we'd do an open air deal along the lines of Charlotte. Adams could have made his open air deal in Houston. It wouldn't have been as good of deal as they made in Nashville but he could've had a stadium in Houston. Bud was willing to do his share on the plan but he just never had a plan that would work. The deal with the Rockets could have been struck. Open air ala Charlotte could have been done. I never got a deal from the Oilers that was doable. If I had, I would have gone with it. "

    The deal comes just weeks after Warren Moon was traded to the Washington Redskins for a 6th round draft pick, just months after Super Bowl winning head coach S. Musashi resigned and took the job in Washington. Bud Adams was quoted in saying that Musashi's decision to turn down his contract offer over loyalty to the city of Houston makes him look like the east side of a westbound mule. The Oilers will move on from Moon, Musashi, and the city of Houston next year to begin the Steve Mcnair/Jeff Fischer era. The move is reminiscent of the Cleveland Rams move to the greener pastures of Los Angeles following their winning the 1945 NFL Championship. The Oilers held their final practice in Houston yesterday. After the practice 14 year veteran Bruce Matthews had the following to say about the Oilers' departure from Houston:
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    "A lot of the younger guys are excited about going to Tennessee but to tell you the truth, I haven't felt that excitement yet. I'm a Houston Oiler, and no matter how many years I play in Tennessee, I'll always be a Houston Oiler. I've got a lot of fond memories of the years I've spent in this place. When some guys would sign with other teams, they'd tell me how nice their facilities were and what a dump this place is. But you know what? I've grown to kind of like this place. It may be a dump, but it's been my dump."

    -Bruce Matthews(real quote), 1997
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    Madden NFL '98
    Sony Playstation(1997)

    Keeping it going with the next installment of Madden on the Playstation. I was originally planning on playing through NFL 98 on the Genesis because they have a team relocation feature, which I was going to use to keep the Oilers in Houston for 1 more year for the 97 season. But after I played a little bit of Madden 98 on the Playstation I changed my mind, mostly because of how much of an improvement this was over Madden 97. I enjoyed Madden 97 but it had it's flaws. With Madden 98 they made everything about the game better. It still uses a similar graphic style, a 3D playing field with 2D blocky "sprites" for the players. The sprites are much better animated with more detail than Madden 97. I'd go as far as saying that Madden 98 for the PS1 is one of the best in the series. While the gameplay is nowhere near as fluid or fun as the Genesis Madden games it still feels like a Genesis Madden on a 3D playing field.


    Madden 98 improves on pretty much everything about Madden 97. I played the Sega Saturn version a few years ago(went 6-10 with the Bengals) and even though the games look identical there is something different about them, a subtle difference that I can't quite put my thumb down on, it's like the PS1 version just moves a little smoother and faster, not much, but I do feel like the Playstation version is better. Still the Saturn version is really good, easily the best football game for the console.

    For this go around I have decided to switch teams from the Houston Oilers to the Washington Redskins. If you want to get fan ficy with it you can pretend that Bud Adams had set up all the moves to move the Oilers from Houston to Tennessee before they even went on that Super Bowl run in the end of 96, that Super Bowl win was too late to save the team. I do believe that Bud would have moved the team even if they had won a Super Bowl back then in real life, it would have made it even easier and cheaper on him because Tennessee would have given him even more to make the move if they were Super Bowl Champs. So with the Oilers moving I'm switching to the Redskins of Landover Maryland. In these season simulations the Redskins made it to the Super Bowl in 94(XXIX, lost badly to the Dan Marino Dolphins in NFL 95), then they went 6-10 in Madden 96(1995), and 4-12 in Madden 97(1996), so they've cleared out Norv Turner by then and are now hiring the Super Bowl Champion to take over the team as they open up their inaugural season in their brand new Fed Ex Stadium:

    Team:



    1997 Washington Redskins

    Roster:

    Quarterbacks
    #1 Warren Moon
    #12 Gus Frerotte
    #10 Trent Green

    Running Backs
    #21 Terry Allen
    #48 Stephen Davis
    #30 Brian Mitchell
    # W. Bell

    Fullbacks
    #47 Larry Bowie

    Wide Receivers
    #85 Henry Ellard
    #82 Michael Westbrook
    #86 Leslie Sheppard
    #83 Albert Connell
    #80 Alvin Harper

    Tight Ends
    #89 Keith Cash
    #84 Jamie Asher
    #88 James Jenkins

    Offensive Line
    #67 Shar Pourdanesh
    #68 Joe Patton
    #55 Jeff Uhlenhake
    #77 Tre' Johnson
    #76 Ed Simmons
    #73 Darryl Ashmore
    #74 Brad Badger
    #52 Cory Raymer
    #75 Bob Dahl

    Defensive Line
    #98 Glenn Montgomery
    #94 Sean Gilbert
    #90 Kenard Lang
    #92 Jamal Duff
    #97 Kelvin Kinney
    #91 Chris Mims
    #99 Ryan Kuehl
    #95 William Gaines
    #93 Marc Boutte
    #96 Rich Owens

    Linebackers
    #57 Ken Harvey
    #53 Marvcus Patton
    #50 Derek Smith
    #54 Greg Jones

    Defensive Backs
    #26 Cris Dishman
    #28 Darrell Green
    #37 Jesse Campbell
    #24 Stanley Richard
    #31 Darryl Pounds
    #35 Leomont Evans

    Specialists
    #16 K Scott Blanton
    #6 P Tommy Barnhardt
    #30 KR/PR Brian Mitchell

    The real Washington Redskins during this time had 36 year old Jeff Hostetler battling it out with Gus Frerrotte for the starting QB job. They had a really good defense with Ken Harvey, Darrell Green, and the addition of Houston Oiler Chris Dishman, their problem was the quarterback position, this was the season that Frerrote headbutted the wall and gave himself a concussion. In real life the Redskins had a great season in 96, they came out and lost their first game of the season then won 7 in a row for a 7-1 start, then they went 2-6 to finish the season, losing some REALLY close games. I remember their playoff hopes came down to their second-to-last game against the Cardinals which the Cardinals won on a last second field goal. They ended up closing out the season by destroying the Cowboys in the final game at RFK stadium to finish 9-7. Meanwhile over on the Vikings in 1996 Warren Moon was benched for Brad Johnson due to ineffectiveness. Moon was traded from the Vikings to the Seahawks in 1997. Many people though Moon was finished, he started the season off as the backup for John Friez. Friez got injured in the first game of the season then Moon came out and surprised a lot of people in 97 pulling the Seahawks to some big wins, completing 313 of 528(59.3%) for 3,678 yards with 25 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, helping the Seahawks win 7 games(they were 6-4 at one point with Moon starting, then lost 4 of their last 6 to go 8-8 and miss the playoffs). So what if instead of Jeff Hostetler the Redskins took a chance on Warren Moon? That would have been really fucking awesome to me. They should have did it. They probably would have made the playoffs that year with Moon. So having Chris Dishman already there, trading for Moon, and then picking up longtime Oiler defensive tackle Glenn Montgomery from the free agent pool makes this the Washington Oiler-Skins! Also picked up Keith Cash from the free agents for my tight end.


    1997 Schedule:


    Opponent Result(score)
    At Carolina Panthers LOSS, 3-16
    At Pittsburgh Steelers WIN, 6-3
    Arizona Cardinals LOSS, 0-10
    Jacksonville Jaguars LOSS, 7-17
    At Philadelphia Eagles WIN, 7-3
    Dallas Cowboys TIE, 7-7
    At Tennessee Oilers WIN, 35-0
    Baltimore Ravens WIN, 10-3
    At Chicago Bears LOSS, 3-7
    Detroit Lions WIN, 14-12
    At Dallas Cowboys WIN, 7-6
    New York Giants WIN, 17-7
    St. Louis Rams WIN, 10-7
    At Arizona Cardinals TIE, 14-14
    At New York Giants WIN, 13-3
    Philadelphia Eagles WIN, 14-0

    NFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs Philadelphia Eagles, Loss(0-7)
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    1998 NFL Record and Fact Book
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    Washington Redskins @ Carolina Panthers(August 31st, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Redskins 0 0 3 0 3
    Panthers 0 3 10 3 16

    A new era in Washington began as new head coach and new quarterback Warren Moon stumbled out of the gate in a 16-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Redskins running game was nonexistent as Warren Moon threw 3 interceptions and went down with a leg injury late in the 4th quarter after being sacked for the 4th time. Gus Frerrote came in and threw 3 of 7 for 30 yards in the end of the game. Moon is expected to be able to play next week where he will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers.


    Washington Redskins @ Pittsburgh Steelers(September 7th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Redskins 0 3 0 3 6
    Steelers 0 3 0 0 3

    The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Warren Moon and A Skins Coach was renewed in Pittsburgh as the Redskins picked up right where Moon and A Skins Coach left off in the AFC Divisional Playoff game last year, icing Pittsburgh's offense with a ground and pound running game that ate up the clock, tight defense that helped secure a win for Washington with a final score of 6-3. Both defenses dominated the game as Warren Moon and the Redskins offense struggled again for the second week. The game remained tied up at 3-3 until Redskins kicker Scott Blanton hit a 36 yard field goal in the final seconds to win it for Washington. Moon went 4 of 11 for 58 yards. The Redskins won the possession battle by controlling 16:18 of the clock vs Pittsburgh's 3:42. The victory puts A Skins Coach's all time record vs Pittsburgh at 9-4-1.


    Arizona Cardinals @ Washington Redskins(September 14th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Cardinals 7 0 3 0 10
    Redskins 0 0 0 0 0

    Warren Moon and the Redskins offense failed to put up a touchdown for the 3rd consecutive week as the Arizona Cardinals defeated Washington 10-0. Cardinals defensive end Eric Swann sacked Warren Moon 3 times and completely shut down the right side of the field.


    Jacksonville Jaguars @ Washington Redskins(September 28th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Jaguars 0 10 0 7 17
    Redskins 0 0 0 7 7

    Gus Frerrote took over the starting quarterback job of the Redskins but was iced by the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 17-7 loss. Frerrote was benched in the fourth quarter after an interception led to Jacksonville taking a 17-0 lead. Warren Moon came in and drove the Redskins down the field to score their first touchdown of the season, a 17 yard strike to Michael Westrbook. The loss puts A Skins Coach career record against the Jaguars at 2-3. The Redskins fall to 1-2 on the season with the defeat. Warren Moon is expected to start next week against Philadelphia coming off of his performance in the end of the game.



    Washington Redskins @ Philadelphia Eagles(October 5th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Redskins 0 0 0 7 7
    Eagles 0 3 0 0 3


    Warren Moon threw the game winning touchdown pass with just 38 seconds left in the game to pull the Redskins to a 7-3 victory against the Eagles. Darrel Green caught 2 interceptions to help the Redskins defense hold Philadelphia without a touchdown in the entire game. Moon drove the Redskins down the field in the final 2 minutes to score the game winning touchdown with a 6 yard pass to Henry Ellard. The victory pulls Washington to a 2-3 record on the season so far.


    Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins(October 13th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
    Cowboys 0 0 7 0 0 7
    Redskins 0 0 0 7 0 7

    Monday Night Football seen the rematch from Super Bowl XXVIII as A Skins Coach, Chris Dishman, and Warren Moon took on their former interstate rivals the Dallas Cowboys wearing Redskins colors. The game played out in a battle of two defenses as Chris Dishman and Darrel Green intercepted Troy Aikman. Emmitt Smith ran for over 100 yards and scored Dallas' only touchdown of the game in the 3rd quarter to give Dallas a 7-0 lead. Warren Moon led the Redskins down the field and ran in a 1 yard touchdown to send the game into overtime tied at 7-7. Both offenses were put on ice in overtime as the clock ran out on a 7-7 tie.


    Washington Redskins @ Tennessee Oilers(October 19th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Redskins 7 14 7 7 35
    Oilers 0 0 0 0 0

    The revenge game of the season turned out to be a blowout as A Skins Coach, Chris Dishman, Warren Moon, and Glenn Montgomery took on their former team in their new home in Tennessee and blew them out 35-0. Warren Moon had one of the best games in a long time, completing 19 of 38 passes for 281 yards and 3 touchdowns(with 2 interceptions). The Redskins held the Oilers to just 72 total yards of offense, while putting up over 415 total yards themselves. Warren Moon was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury early in the 1st quarter. Gus Frerrotte came in and did 6 of 11 for 115 yds and 1 td. Moon returned to the game and hit Henry Ellard with a 71 yard touchdown pass. Ellard, Alvin Harper, L. Sheppard, and Michael Westbrook all had receiving touchdowns. Henry Ellard caught 7 passes for 188 receiving yards and Michael Westbrook 5 for 109. Darrell Green had 2 interceptions.



    Baltimore Ravens @ Washington Redskins(October 26th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Ravens 0 0 3 0 3
    Redskins 0 7 3 0 10

    Washington Redskins' defense dominated the Ravens en route to a 10-3 victory as Ken Harvey had 1 interception, 1 sack, and 5 tackles, while Darrel Green also had 1 interception. Warren Moon hit Henry Ellard for a 79 yard touchdown pass but it was just about the only thing he was able to complete as the offense struggled for yet another week.



    Washington Redskins @ Chicago Bears(November 2nd, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Redskins 3 0 0 0 3
    Bears 0 7 0 0 7

    The Redskins winning streak came to an end in Chicago as the Bears completely shut down their offense to secure a 7-3 victory. Moon drove the Redskins down the field into the red zone late in the game but threw an interception to seal it for the Bears. The loss sends Washington to 4-4-1 and in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs.



    Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins(November 9th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Lions 3 0 3 6 12
    Redskins 7 0 7 0 14


    Washington stopped a 2 point conversion late in the game to hold on and defeat the Detroit Lions by a score of 14-12. Warren Moon was benched after struggle in recent weeks then coming in and throwing an interception with his very first pass of the game. Gus Frerrote came in and completed 13 of 25 for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 interception. Chris Dishman, Darrel Green, and Ken Harvey all had interceptions.


    Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys(November 16th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Redskins 0 0 7 0 7
    Cowboys 0 0 3 3 6


    The Redskins defeated the Cowboys in Texas Stadium 7-6 in a defensive battle for NFC East supremacy. Gus Frerrote started the game but was benched at halftime after going 0 for 6 with 1 interception. Redskins linebacker P. Alexander picked off Troy Aikman on the very first play of the second half, putting Washington in position for Warren Moon to hit Michael Westrbook with a 17 yard touchdown pass to take a 7-0 lead. The defense held Dallas to a pair of field goals to survive and get out of town with the win. Moon in the second half went 4 of 5 for 41 yards and 1 touchdown to win back the starting quarterback job. With the win the Redskins pull to 5-4-1 and keep their hopes alive for a playoff spot.


    New York Giants @ Washington Redskins(November 30th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Giants 7 0 0 0 7
    Redskins 7 3 7 0 17

    The Redskins moved into contention for an NFC East division title with a decisive victory over the Giants in Landover. Dave Brown drove the Giants down the field to take a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter but a late hit by Redskins defensive tackle Sean Gilbert put him out of the game with an injury(Brown is expected to miss 5 weeks). Warren Moon went on to complete 8 of 13 passes for 100 yards and 1 touchdown with no interceptions. Darrel Green had an interception and helped the Redskins defense hold the Giants to just 75 yards of offense. The win puts Washington at 7-4-1 and in the thick of the hunt for the NFC East.



    St. Louis Rams @ Washington Redskins(December 7th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Rams 7 0 0 0 7
    Redskins 0 7 3 0 10

    Washington's stifling defense dominated the Rams to secure a 10-7 victory despite a sputtering offense. Warren Moon completed only 8 of 23 passes for 102 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Dishman, Turner, and Pounds all had crucial interceptions while Ken Harvey had 1 sack. The Redskins move to 8-4-1 with the victory.


    Arizona Cardinals @ Washington Redskins(December 7th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q OT F
    Cardinals 3 3 8 0 0 14
    Redskins 0 7 0 7 0 14

    The NFC Eastern Division was one the line when the Washington Redskins played the Arizona Cardinals to a 14-14 tie in Landover Maryland. Warren Moon struggled yet again, this time throwing 2 interceptions early on. The Redskins dominant defense stepped up and helped take a 7-6 lead into the second half. Arizona took 14-7 lead after a touchdown and 2 point conversion late in the third quarter. The Cardinals held onto their lead until Warren Moon finally managed to put together a scoring drive, marching the Redskins 60 yards down the field in the final minute to hit Keith Cash for an 11 yard touchdown on 4th & 9 with :08 seconds left on the clock. Both teams battled it out through the overtime period. Washington moved into field goal range but missed a 43 yard field goal that would have put them in 1st place in their division. Neither team was able to get past the other's defense to win the game, resulting in a 14-14 tie that turns the NFC East into a 3 way log jam.


    Washington Redskins @ New York Giants(December 13th, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Redskins 0 3 3 7 13
    Giants 0 0 3 0 3

    Warren Moon was benched for Gus Frerrote in the Redskins 13-3 victory over the Giants in New York. Frerrote completed 7 of 15 for 116 yards with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. The victory moves Washington to 9-4-2 and secures Gus Frerrote the starting QB job going into the final game fo the season.



    Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins(December 21st, 1997)

    Team 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
    Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
    Redskins 7 0 7 0 14


    The Redskins shut out the Eagles with a dominant 14-0 victory as Gus Frerrotte completed 14 of 26 for 182 yards with 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Ken Harvey had a sack and an interception to help keep Philadephia without a touchdown in both of their games this season. The win puts Washington at 10-4-2 on the season after starting 1-3, finishing with a 9-1-2 run, including a 6-0-1 finish in their last 7 games.



    Washington Redskins 1997 Stats

    Warren Moon: 97/267(36%), 1,352 yds, 10 tds 18 ints,
    Gus Frerrotte: 52/124(41%), 752 yds 7 tds 4 ints,
    Terry Allen: 163 att, 307 yds rushing, 1 touchdown
    Henry Ellard: 52 receptions, 1,182 receiving yards, 3 tds
    Michael Westbrook: 20 receptions, 290 receiving yards, 6 tds
    Chris Dishman: 40 tackles, 7 interceptions
    Ken Harvey: 37 tackles, 7 sacks, 2 interceptions
    Darrel Green: 7 interceptions




    1997 NFL Final Standings

    AFC

    New England Patriots 11-5
    Miami Dolphins 10-6
    Buffalo Bills 8-8
    Indianapolis Colts 6-10
    New York Jets 6-10

    Baltimore Ravens 9-7
    Pittsburgh Steelers 8-8
    Cincinnati Bengals 7-9
    Jacksonville Jaguars 7-9
    Tennesee Oilers 5-11

    Oakand Raiders 13-3
    Kansas City Chiefs 9-7
    Denver Broncos 7-9
    Seattle Seahawks 6-10
    San Diego Chargers 5-11

    NFC

    Dallas Cowboys 11-4-1
    Washington Redskins 10-4-2
    Arizona Cardinals 10-5-1
    Philadelphia Eagles 10-6
    New York Giants 2-14

    Detroit Lions 11-5
    Minnesota Vikings 10-6
    Green Bay Packers 10-6
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7-9
    Chicago Bears 6-10

    San Francisco 49ers 13-3
    Carolina Panthers 8-8
    St. Louis Rams 6-10
    Atlanta Falcons 4-12
    New Orleans Saints 3-13


    *****


    1997 NFL Wildcard Playoffs Schedule
    Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins
    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Baltimore Ravens
    Kansas City Chiefs @ Miami Dolphins
    Minnesota Vikings @ Dallas Cowboys
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    Eagles Upset Skins In DC


    The Philadelphia Eagles scored a big upset win in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs in Washington on Sunday. The Redskins defeated the Eagles in both regular season meetings, never allowing a single offensive touchdown in either game. The Eagles finally scored their first and only touchdown against Washington, and it turned out to be the only one they would need as the defense shut Washington out for a 7-0 victory. Gus Frerrote started the game for Washington but was benched after the end of the first half. Moon came in and proved to be equally as ineffective. The Eagles held Terry Allen to negative 18 yards on the day to completely ice Washington's running game and survive with the victory.




    Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Redskins

    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Eagles 0 7 0 0 7
    Redskins 0 0 0 0 0



    NFL Wildcard Playoffs:
    Philadelphia Eagles 7 @ Washington Redskins 0
    Pittsburgh Steelers 21 @ Baltimore Ravens 0
    Kansas City Chiefs 19 @ Miami Dolphins 10
    Minnesota Vikings 12 @ Dallas Cowboys 23

    NFL Divisional Playoffs:
    Kansas City Chiefs 3 @ New England Patriots 23
    Pittsburgh Steelers 27 @ Oakland Raiders 15
    Philadelphia Eagles 10 @ Detroit Lions 14
    Dallas Cowboys 6 @ San Francisco 49ers 16

    NFL Conference Championships
    Pittsburgh Steelers 21 @ New England Patriots 15
    Detroit Lions 16 @ San Francisco 49ers 21

    Super Bowl XXXII:
    Pittsburgh Steelers 3 vs San Francisco 49ers 20

    Madden 98 Final Thoughts

    Man I really enjoyed playing through this season. Scoring points or moving the football at all was such a challenge, when you did score a touchdown it felt so good. I just can't get over how 98 improved upon virtually every single aspect of 97. The game really has not aged well at all but it's still pretty interesting to get a feel for how the series evolved. I'd definitely say it was probably the best Madden up to this point, and maybe even better than the ones that followed; Madden 99 and 2000.

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    Madden NFL '99
    Sony Playstation(1998)


    Madden 99 is a pretty pivotal entry in the EA football series, quite possibly one of the most important games in the series. For better or worse, I think maybe Madden 99 is one of the reasons why EA has exclusive rights to NFL football video games. Before EA got the exclusive rights to the NFL there was a lot of competition, everything from Sega/2K Sports NFL 2K series, 989's NFL Gameday series, Acclaim's NFL Quarterback Club series, NFL Blitz, Tecmo Super Bowl, and countless other one-off games and series that I'm not even remembering. Needless to say gamers had a lot of options if they wanted to play a football game, that is at least up until EA snagged the exclusive rights in 2005. Ever since then NFL football games are a one horse town, you get whatever Madden gives you and if you don't like it tough shit.

    Madden 99 was instrumental in EA becoming that 1 horse because prior to Madden 99 EA was getting outdone by 989's NFL Gameday games on the Sony Playstation. Gameday got a head start on the Playstation after EA cancelled Madden 96 on the system in 1995. By the time Madden 97 came out for the Playstation the Gameday series was one step ahead, this became the most evident for the 1997 series of games where Gameday 98 outshined and outsold Madden 98. The Madden series was falling out of relevancy by 97 with the rise of Gameday and the success of the home console versions of the hit arcade game NFL Blitz by Midway. Madden 99 is an important game in the history of the Madden series because with it EA reclaimed their throne as the kings of NFL video games with it's release in 1998. As a continuation of little retroactive franchise mode project, I dove into a season of Madden 99 to see how it's held up, how it compares to the previous games that came before it, also how it compares to NFL Gameday 99 from it's main competitor at the time.

    Madden NFL 99 was released on the N64, Sony Playstation, and PC's in August of 1998. They did not release any handheld versions for this as far as I know. I think they were planning on programming a version for the Sega Saturn but Sega announced that the Saturn was dead in the water before dropping all support for it to put all their resources into the new Dreamcast. This pissed EA pretty bad because they were still developing games for the Saturn, it pissed them off so bad that they never supported the Dreamcast. I originally wanted to play through a season of the 64 version for this project but I've always had problems saving/loading seasons. I don't know if it's my console or my copy of the game or my memory pack or if this was a regular bug that all 64 versions suffered from but twice now I've gotten 5-6 games deep into a season only for it to not be able to load the saved data. It happened again as I tried to play a season with the Redskins for this project, after 5 games I got a message telling me that the game couldn't load the game note whenever I would try to load it up. So I ordered the Playstation version off of Amazon. I never played the Playstation version because I always heard that the graphics were not as good as the 64 version. As I was playing through this season I found that to be very true, but the Playstation version makes up for the lack of polish and detailed graphics with far superior music, sound effects, and some extra full motion videos that aren't on the 64 version.




    The graphics in both the 64 and PS versions are huge improvements over Madden 97 and Madden 98. This is the first fully 3D Madden game as it uses polygon graphics for the players for the first time(97 and 98 games used 2D sprites on a 3D playing field). The graphics in the 64 version are way better than the Playstation version and blow Gameday 99's graphics out of the water. The graphics in the Playstation version are really good for their time but they are more blocky and pixelated looking compared to the 64 player models. As previously mentioned the Playstation version makes up for this with some nice full motion videos, a sweet opening with highlights from the 1997 NFL season as well as the same type of intros from John Madden, Pat Summerall, and James Brown like they used in Madden 97 and 98. One of the big advantages that the Playstation has over the 64 version is the crowd noise and the commentary by John and Pat. In the 64 version there is no real crowd noise and barely any commentary from Pat and John, but in the Playstation version the crowd reacts appropriately depending on what is going on. The crowd will get loud on 3rd downs, they will gasp at big hits, chant defense for the home team, it's a big improvement over Madden 97/98. Also John and Pat's commentary is deeper than the previous games as John will speak about individual players at times, like talking about how the thing about Warren Moon is that there just aren't very many quarterbacks in the NFL better than him, or how Adrian Murell was the all time leader in career rushing yards at West Virginia, or how Dan Wilkinson was the fastest D-Lineman at the combine his rookie year. I thought it was cool when I played the Raiders in Oakland he says a line about how many great memories he has at Oakland Alameda Coliseum and how great it was to be back there where he coached in so many legendary games.

    For me the gameplay of Madden 99 had a pretty good little learning curve with the offense. As was the case with Madden 97 and Madden 98 I had a really hard time completing passes or running the football. In the first few games of the season I played I struggled on offense because the camera was zoomed in so close you can't really see the sides of the field very good. Thankfully you can go through the settings and change the camera settings. I found the "Madden Classic" camera view much better than the default one because it zooms out to show you more of the field. Eventually I settled on the blimp camera view, and once I did I finally started to pass the ball with success. The blimp camera view worked the best for me because you could see your receivers and time their routes better. I started the season out using the default and classic camera views and was putting up single digit completions and double digit passing yards with Warren Moon. Once I started to get the hang of the blimp camera view I started putting up some good numbers, throwing for 254 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 23-0 win over the Eagles, 264 yards and 3 touchdowns in a win over the Raiders, and my best game with Moon going 11 of 22 for 267 yards and 4 touchdown passes in a 30-7 win over the Panthers. Overall throughout the season with Moon I went 105/261(40%), with 1,871 yards with 14 touchdowns and 22 interceptions.

    Playing defense on Madden 99 is fun and easy. I was able to shut out the computer in 6 games. Before the season in these games I usually go through the free agents and pick up any guys from that era that I liked. For this season I was able to pick up linebacker Eddie Robinson, who played with the Oilers from 92 to 95. I played with Robinson most of the time and was able to lead the team with 10 sacks and 1 interception. Redskins got a great secondary in this game with Darrell Green and former Oilers great Chris Dishman. Darrell Green picked off 7 interceptions through the season. Other free agents I picked up before the season were offensive lineman Gary Zimmerman, the legendary Hershel Walker, linebacker Larry Izzo, and wide receiver Willy Davis(who was my leading receiver for the season I played with the Oilers in Madden 97, he was my leading receiver for this season of Madden 99 with 22 receptions, 663 yds and 4 tds). I wasn't able to run the ball for much with Walker, I used Terry Allen for most of the season and only put up 319 yards on 128 carries with 1 rushing touchdown. At some point for the last 5 or 6 games I just abandoned the running game and threw the ball most of the time, Allen was one of the best receivers catching 34 balls for 402 yards and 5 tds receiving.





    1998 Results:

    Opponent Result(score)
    @New York Giants LOSS(0-10)
    San Francisco 49ers WIN(7-0)
    @Seattle Seahawks WIN(5-0)
    Denver Broncos LOSS(0-13)
    Dallas Cowboys WIN(7-6)
    @Philadelphia Eagles WIN(16-0)
    @Minnesota Vikings LOSS(3-7)
    New York Giants WIN(9-6)
    @Arizona Cardinals WIN(6-0)
    Philadelphia Eagles WIN(23-0)
    Arizona Cardinals WIN(12-0)
    @Oakland Raiders WIN(24-3)
    San Diego Chargers LOSS(7-13-OT)
    @Carolina Panthers WIN(30-7)
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers LOSS(10-13)
    @Dallas Cowboys WIN(19-3)


    Playoffs

    NFC Wildcard: vs Atlanta Falcons 21-3 WIN
    NFC Divisional: @ San Francisco 49ers, 7-3 WIN
    NFC Championship: @ Green Bay Packers, 7-13 LOSS

    I finished 11-5 to win the NFC East. Once I finally got the hang of this game and learned how to throw the football I started to enjoy it. There were a few fun games through the 16 game season, the best one probably being against Tampa there towards the end of the year. Tampa's defense was really good in this game. I was able to go up 10-7 after an Eddie Robinson forced fumble recovered by Kenard Lang and returned 40 yards for a touchdown. A Warren Moon fumble set up a Tampa field goal to tie it up 10-10 at the half. In the second half Tampa took a 13-10 lead after a John Lynch interception and a long Mike Alstott run set up the go ahead field goal. I was able to drive into scoring range in the final minute of the game in hopes of tying it up with a field goal but I threw an interception on 3rd down. Both of the last 2 games in the playoffs were also really good. The game against San Francisco I was unable to move any type of offense, San Fran held on to a 3-0 lead until my last drive, with 1:15 left in game I drove 67 yards on 8 passes. I got down to the 2 yard line with 7 seconds left and won it on a Moon touchdown pass to Lito Shephard. The NFC Championship game against Green Bay was a tough challenge. Farve is probably the best quarterback in the game, which is fitting because Madden had a huge man crush on the dude around the time this game came out. Green Bay took a 10-0 lead but I came back with a 58 yard touchdown pass to Willie Davis to pull it to 10-7. Held on with defense until the final 2 minutes where I drove down to field goal range but missed the field goal. Green Bay took it down the field to go up 13-7 with a FG. I had another chance to win it but Reggie White sack and tipped pass killed the drive.


    ^No surprise, Bret Favre is the best player in Madden 99

    One of the things that I love about the old Madden games is the classic rosters. I enjoy playing with Warren Moon on the Redskins, he is one of the best quarterbacks in the game, it just took me a while to figure out how to use him. Some other noteworthy players in Madden 99 are Barry Sanders(in his final Madden game as he retired after the 98 season), the Steve Young/Jerry Rice 49ers(with Terrell Owens and one of the best running backs in the game Garrison Hearst), infamous San Diego Chargers bust Ryan Leaf, and Peyton Manning making his Madden debut as a rookie(with Marshall Faulk). Randy Moss is not in the game, at least his name is not in it, there is a rookie receiver on the Vikings with the number 19 and his stats are not nearly as high as they should be. Since this game came out in the 1998 preseason the developers had no idea that Randy Moss was going to be so good that year, or for that matter the Vikings(went 15-1 and scored more points than any team in NFL history up to that point, they finished 4-12 in this season I played through in this game).

    The Packers and Broncos were the best teams in the game with Elway in his last Madden game before he retired as back to back Super Bowl champ at the end of the 98 season. One of my favorite players in this game is Mike Alstott, the fullback for the Tampa Bucs. Alstott is a beast in this game, I played with him in the pro bowl and had fun running people over, running the ball 26 times for 50 yards and 1 rushing touchdown, also caught 3 passes for 79 yards and 1 receiving touchdown along with 2 two point conversion runs up the middle. One name in particular caught my eye while browsing the rosters of Madden 99, on the Vikings as a backup defensive lineman they have none other than Bob Sapp!



    ^Japanese MMA/Kickboxing legend Bob Sapp is in Madden 99!


    So that's Madden 99 for the Playstation. I definitely like this version better than the 64 version, even though the 64 version looks much better. I also really like this game a lot better than NFL Gameday 99, which really lacks the depth and the gameplay of Madden 99. I really didn't like the controls or the passing system of Gameday. Along with the season mode you can also create players(like Randy Moss!) in Madden 99. There is also a really primitive Franchise mode where you can play through 15 seasons, this was the first Madden to have a Franchise Mode(Gameday didn't have one). You also get the classic championship teams like the 72 Dolphins, 84 49ers, 91 Redskins, even the 93 Oilers! Madden 99 doesn't hold up to the later modern Madden games but it's easy to see why this was a turning point game in the franchise, it was a big improvement over their first 2 Playstation outings and outshined the competition. Now it's time to move on from the Playstation and to take a break from the Madden series altogether. For this voyage of the imagination, we make our way into 1999 to the NFL 2K series on the next generation system by Sega... It's thinking...
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