Here were the opening round results and the first round results from the Tampa/New Orleans and the Los Angeles/Houston regions. The other half of the second round has been played as well, so let's get to the Los Angeles and Houston Regionals, to set the Sweet 16.
LOS ANGELES REGION SECOND ROUND
The Kansas City Chiefs, not realizing that Rich Gannon is on the bench and will soon prove to be better than Grbac, leave Elvis in the building to take 6 sacks and put up 59 net passing yards. Baltimore methodically pulls away with a solid game from Morrall.
In what has to be one of the games of the tournament so far, the Cowboys jump out to a 13-0 lead, but do settle for two short field goals. The Bills get one back right before the half, and put up 24 unanswered to take an 11-point lead in the fourth. Captain Comeback then leads two scoring drives as part of a 328 yard, 3 td performance, to give Dallas a 1 point lead with just under two minutes. Thurman Thomas adds to his MVP of the WCB resume, with a 33 yard td run to give Buffalo the victory and keep Scott Norwood on the bench.
In a back and forth game that went down to the wire, Lamonica found Biletnikoff for the go-ahead score with about 10 minutes left. Riggins scored with 3:25 left, but the 2-pt conversion attempt failed, and the Raiders were able to hold on for the mild upset.
Even-year Jerry puts up a hall of fame performance, going for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. The 49ers pull away late, with Tom Rathman adding the clinching touchdown.
HOUSTON REGION SECOND ROUND
The Eagles got off to a good start, and looked like they would take a lead into the half, with the Rams turning the ball over four times in the half. Then, Bruce took a reverse 45 yards for a touchdown to give the Rams a slim 14-13 lead. After that, it became the Marshall Faulk show, as he scored three touchdowns after halftime as the Rams rolled to the victory.
In an ugly game where neither team can reach the end zone, Charles Haley sacks a rookie Ben Roethlisberger three times, and Ray Wersching connects on all four field goal attempts.
In a tale of two halves, the Vikings get all the scoring they need in the first half and go into the locker room up 24-0. Seattle claws back and cuts it to 24-17 with just over a minute left, but cannot get any closer. Gary Cuozzo has an efficient game for Minnesota, throwing for nearly 10 yards an attempt and adding a touchdown dive.
The Rams defense shows up in a big way, and intercepts Jim Kelly five times en route to a methodical victory over the no-huddle Bills.
THE SWEET 16 MATCHUPS
I will probably not get back to this until next weekend (for those who have office pools riding on the results) but there should be some fun matchups. Thirteen franchises are still represented, with only the Rams (with two versions of the Los Angeles version and the 2001 Saint Louis team) and the 49ers ('87, '92) still having multiple entries. Breaking down by decade, we have three teams from the late 60's, three more from the 70's, only one from the 80's, six from the 90's, and three from the last decade. I think what I'm going to do is to post the regional semifinals and finals for the Tampa and New Orleans Regions (six games) in one post, the regional semifinals and finals for the Los Angeles and Houston Regions in another post, then follow up with a more in-depth profile of the final four teams, with those three games.
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