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The WCB tournament: first round games, part I

Posted by Jason Lisk on March 22, 2010

The brackets have been set and the opening round matchups have been played. Today, we move to the first round matchups in the Tampa and New Orleans Regions.

TAMPA REGION FIRST ROUND

#17 1986 Denver Broncos at #1 2007 New England Patriots

The first #1 seed to take the field rolls as Tom Brady puts up ruthlessly efficient 25 of 29 for 300 yard and 3 td performance.

New England 37, Denver 14

#9 1966 Dallas Cowboys at #8 1973 Minnesota Vikings

Dan Reeves and Don Perkins combine for 164 yards on the ground, and Lilly and company shut down the Vikings' ground game, as the Purple People Eaters take their first loss of the tourney.

Dallas 21, Minnesota 10
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#12 1999 Jacksonville Jaguars at #5 1974 Oakland Raiders

Marv Hubbard's early touchdown run gets the Raiders off to a good start, but Stabler throws four picks as the Jaguars roll.

Jacksonville 23, Oakland 7

#20 1992 Buffalo Bills at #4 1990 San Francisco 49ers

Buffalo gets off to a rough start as Kelly throws a pick on the first two possessions, the second of which is returned for a td. Buffalo battles back, and Nate Odomes gets an interception return for touchdown in the second quarter to give Buffalo the lead. Dexter Carter's 30 yard run in the third gives the 49ers the necessary points to win, and they hold off a late Bills drive to tie.

San Francisco 26, Buffalo 19

#14 1975 Dallas Cowboys at #3 2005 Indianapolis Colts

Dallas jumps out to a 16-3 second quarter lead, but the Colts fight back to take a slim lead early in the fourth, and then survive the upset bid where they were outgained significantly, when Fritsch misses a fourth quarter field goal and the Boys are stopped on downs. No Hail Mary to Pearson in this one.

Indianapolis 17, Dallas 16

#11 1976 Los Angeles Rams at #6 1997 Green Bay Packers

Dorsey Levens scores three times as the Packers pull away in Lambeau in impressive fashion, setting up a showdown between Favre and Manning.

Green Bay 34, Los Angeles 12

#10 1996 Denver Broncos at #7 1998 Atlanta Falcons

The game was close at the half, but a huge game by John Elway gives the Broncos an easy victory in the second half. The Falcons do no better against the '96 version of the Broncos.

Denver 34, Atlanta 12

#18 1981 San Diego Chargers at #2 1969 Minnesota Vikings

Cold conditions in the Midwest, and the Vikings defense, hold down Air Coryell, and the neither team scores after the first quarter as the Vikings hold on for the victory.

Minnesota 10, San Diego 7

TAMPA REGION SECOND ROUND MATCHUPS

2007 New England Patriots vs. 1966 Dallas Cowboys

#4 1990 San Francisco 49ers vs. #12 1999 Jacksonville Jaguars

#3 2005 Indianapolis Colts vs. #6 1997 Green Bay Packers

#2 1969 Minnesota Vikings vs. #10 1996 Denver Broncos

NEW ORLEANS REGION FIRST ROUND

#16 1993 Buffalo Bills at #1 1998 Minnesota Vikings

In the game of the tournament so far, the Bills jump to a shocking 21-3 halftime lead with a flurry at the end of the half. The Vikings fight back to within 5, and get a key sack on third down with 3 minutes left to force a punt. On 4th down with the ball at the 7, Cunningham finds Cris Carter in the back of the end zone for the winning touchdown.

Minnesota 22, Buffalo 21

#9 2000 Tennessee Titans at #8 1979 San Diego Chargers

In another tight game, the Chargers jump out to a 13-0 lead, but the Titans fight back. Fouts throws his third interception of the day with the score at 13-9, and the Titans go on an 18 play drive that features two fourth down conversions, and score with less than two minutes remaining. The Chargers get into field goal range, but Benirschke misses a 44 yard attempt that would have sent it to overtime.

Tennessee 16, San Diego 13

#12 2002 Philadelphia Eagles at #5 1984 Miami Dolphins

Marino throws 3 touchdowns, and rookie reserve running back Joe Carter has the game of his career, breaking a 55 yard run and finishing with 169 yards on 11 carries, as the Dolphins roll.

Miami 41, Philadelphia 14

#20 2000 New York Giants at #4 1967 Los Angeles Rams

Eddie Meador's punt return touchdown is the difference in a defensive slugfest.

Los Angeles 10, New York 3

#14 1974 Minnesota Vikings at #3 1994 Dallas Cowboys

Aikman throws four touchdown passes while Tarkenton throws three. The Vikings get one last chance at midfield to tie, but fail to pick up a first down.

Dallas 31, Minnesota 28

#11 1998 New York Jets at #6 1970 Detroit Lions

Testaverde has a huge game at Detroit, hitting Chrebet early for a big touchdown pass. The Jets pull away with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, as Landry is knocked out of the game.

New York 32, Detroit 10

#10 2003 Kansas City Chiefs at #7 2006 Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Defense sacks Trent Green five times in the fourth quarter to preserve the win.

Baltimore 27, Kansas City 17

#15 2002 Oakland Raiders at #2 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh jumps out to a 17-0 halftime lead. Oakland fights back in the third, but Bleier's late touchdown run seals the win.

Pittsburgh 29, Oakland 13

NEW ORLEANS SECOND ROUND MATCHUPS

#1 1998 Minnesota Vikings vs. #9 2000 Tennessee Titans

#4 1967 Los Angeles Rams vs. #5 1984 Miami Dolphins

#3 1994 Dallas Cowboys vs. #11 1998 New York Jets

#2 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. #7 2006 Baltimore Ravens

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