Thursday, January 06, 2005
 

Review: NFL Playoffs Virtual Style
Posted by Ryan :: 1:53 PM

Desperate for quick content I've decided to simulate the NFL Playoffs all the way through the AFC & NFC Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl. If you're looking for play-by-play coverage or indepth analysis of the games, well, I don't have THAT much time on my hands. Besides, I can't hog the main television all the time, the wife has to catch up on her Law & Order watching and all of its incarnations. I will be using samples from the following games; Madden 2005, ESPN NFL 2K5 and Super Tecmo Bowl for the NES. Both Madden and ESPN were "played" on an Xbox, with the most recent roster updates used. The most current ESPN roster is nearly two months old, so if you're wondering why TO is still playing or why the Vikings are doing well, I hope that explains it. Madden on the other hand has a roster that's current up to December 21st and yes, Super Tecmo Bowl's rosters are as current as 1991.

ESPN NFL 2K5 - Wild Card Games

AFC

Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts
Indoor
31 Score 24
241 Pass Yds 300
43 Rush Yds 12
1 Turnovers 2
12:34 T.O.P. 7:26

Petyon Mannning & Jake Plummer both threw 3 touchdowns in the game. Marvin Harrison accounted for a majority of the receiving yards with 242. Rod Smith and Ashlie Lelie caught 98 and 115 respectively. Denver scored on a last second INT that was returned for a touchdown.

New York Jets @ San Diego Chargers
Light Rain
10 Score 17
195 Pass Yds 117
41 Rush Yds 102
2 Turnovers 0
13:13 T.O.P. 6:47

In the way of stats, it was all San Diego, Ladanian Tomlinson with 102 yds rushing with 2 touchdowns. Keenan McCardell followed up with 71 yds.

NFC

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
Light Snow
17 Score 10
164 Pass Yds 74
71 Rush Yds 61
3 Turnovers 4
10:58 T.O.P. 9:02

The game took place in the snow and it shows. Dante Culpepper threw 2 INTs, along with 1 touchdown to Randy Moss who received 129 yds. Brett Favre doubled Culpepper's INT effort with 4.

St Louis Rams @ Seatle Seahawks
Clear
17 Score 7
118 Pass Yds 95
73 Rush Yds 13
1 Turnovers 2
13:04 T.O.P. 6:56

This was all Rams,Bulger threw 2 touchdowns, one to Tori Holt who had 112 yds receiving. Marshall Faulk also ran for 76 yds.


ESPN 2K5 - Divisional Games

AFC

Denver Broncos @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Clear
10 Score 20
144 Pass Yds 164
22 Rush Yds 22
2 Turnovers 2
9:33 T.O.P. 10:27

Ben Roethlisberger threw 1 touchdown along with 2 INTs. 82 of his passing yards were caught by Hines Ward. Rod Smith faired just as well with 82 yds receiving, but Plummer threw 2 INTs with no touchdowns.

San Diego Chargers @ New England Patriots
Heavy Snow
3 Score 17
156 Pass Yds 170
7 Rush Yds 86
1 Turnovers 0
7:06 T.O.P. 12:54

All New England, Corey Dillon rushed for 88 yards and 1 touchdown while Daniel Graham had 118 yds receiving.

NFC

Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles
Clear
14 Score 28
212 Pass Yds 209
14 Rush Yds 48
2 Turnovers 1
9:34 T.O.P. 10:26

Donovan McNabb and the Eagles had an excellent showing. McNabb threw 3 touchdowns along with an 1 INT to Terrell Owens, 81 yds/2 TDs, and Todd Pinkston, 76 yds/1TD. Culpepper and Moss hooked up for 1 touchdown and 113 yds receiving, but it wasn't enought to overcome the Eagles.

St Louis Rams @ Atlanta Falcons
Indoor
10 Score 7
110 Pass Yds 121
50 Rush Yds 21
0 Turnovers 3
11:39 T.O.P. 8:21

The only stat worth noting here is Michael Vick's 3 INTs.

ESPN 2K5 - Conference Championship Games

AFC

New England Patriots @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Light Snow
20 Score 3
147 Pass Yds 102
72 Rush Yds 41
2 Turnovers 4
11:27 T.O.P. 8:23

Roethlisberger's winning streak came to an end when he threw 4 INTs. Tom Brady didn't do much better, throwing 1 TD along with 2 INTs.

NFC

St Louis Rams @ Philadelphia Eagles
Clear
20 Score 17
214 Pass Yds 222
27 Rush Yds 86
1 Turnovers 2
10:21 T.O.P. 9:39

This was a stat heavy game. McNabb threw for 2 touchdowns, but none to Owens who did have 124 yds receiving. Michael Westbrook had 2 touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, along with 76 yds rushing and 58 receiving. On the other side of the ball Holt had 132 yds receiving with 1 touchdown.


ESPN NFL 2K5 - Super Bowl XXXIX

St Louis Rams v New England Patriots
Clear
3 Score 35
167 Pass Yds 202
20 Rush Yds 72
1 Turnovers 2
9:39 T.O.P. 10:21

In the biggest game of the year, Corey Dillon ran for 63 yds and 3 TDs.

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Madden 2005 - Wild Card Games

AFC

Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts
Indoor
19 Score 21
259 Pass Yds 222
69 Rush Yds 28
1 Turnovers 1
11:57 T.O.P. 8:03

Manning was knocked out early in the game, but his back-up, Jim Sorgi, ended up with Player of the Game, throwing his only touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne, who ended the game with 109 yds receiving. Plummer threw 1 INT and 2 TDs, both to Ashlie Lelie, who gained 153 yds.

New York Jets @ San Diego Chargers
Clear
17 Score 13
87 Pass Yds 43
175 Rush Yds 146
1 Turnovers 2
9:07 T.O.P. 10:53

The only people worth noting are Chad Pennington's 2 touchdowns and Curtis Martin's 79 yds rushing.

NFC

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
Clear
28 Score 24
192 Pass Yds 264
143 Rush Yds 98
1 Turnovers 2
9:04 T.O.P. 10:56

It was a RB/WR combination that kept both teams going. Ahman Green rushed for 103 yds and Donald Driver lead all Green Bay wide receivers with 143 yards. The two combined for 3 TDs. So was the case with Minnesota, where Randy Moss, 89 yards receiving, and Onterrio Smith, 130 yards receiving, combined for 4 TDs.

St Louis Rams @ Seatle Seahawks
Clear
17 Score 33
294 Pass Yds 289
2 Rush Yds 77
2 Turnovers 0
6:31 T.O.P. 6:56

In a losing effort, three Rams wide receivers were at, or close to 100 yards receiving, Tori Holt, Shaun McDonald and Issac Bruce were all near the centry mark. Holt and McDonald had a touchdown each. It wasn't enough however as Shaun Alexander had 66 yards rushing with 2 touchdowns, while Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram both had 100 yard receiving days.


Madden 2005 - Divisional Games

AFC

New York Jets @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Clear
44 Score 41
297 Pass Yds 417
102 Rush Yds 98
3 Turnovers 0
11:59 T.O.P. 8:01

Pittsburgh had three receivers over 100 yards receiving; Hines Ward 142/1 TD, Plaxico Burress 114/1 Td and Antwaan Randle El 139/ 2 TDs. Deuce Staley had 98 yards and 1 TD in the losing effort. The thorn in the side of the Steelers was Ben Roethlisberger's 3 INTs. The Jets had outstanding efforts in all fields; Pennington with 3 touchdowns, Martin with 101 yards rushing/1 TD and Santana Moss 135 yards receiving/ 1 TD.

Indianapolis Colts @ New England Patriots
Rain
14 Score 16
176 Pass Yds 181
13 Rush Yds 39
2 Turnovers 1
7:20 T.O.P. 12:40

Player of the game was Tedy Bruschi with 2 INTs and 4 tackles.

NFC

Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles
Clear
14 Score 3
187 Pass Yds 184
244 Rush Yds 94
0 Turnovers 1
8:58 T.O.P. 11:02

Culpepper and Moss hooked up for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win.

Seatle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons
Indoor
20 Score 12
177 Pass Yds 205
47 Rush Yds 43
2 Turnovers 2
9:00 T.O.P. 11:00

When the player of the game is Jay Feely going 4 for 4 on field goals in a losing effort, you know it was a crap-tastic game.

Madden 2005 - Conference Championship Games

AFC

New York Jets @ New England Patriots
Clear
31 Score 24
317 Pass Yds 257
43 Rush Yds 30
1 Turnovers 0
10:53 T.O.P. 9:07

Two good QB/WR combos carried most of the game. Brady threw 2 touchdowns, on of which went to Givens, who also had 118 yards receiving. But it was the Jets coming up with the win behind Pennington's 3 TD/1 INT performance and McCareins 152 yards receiving and 1 TD.

NFC

Minnesota Vikings @ Seatle Seahawks
Light Rain
13 Score 26
287 Pass Yds 240
43 Rush Yds 62
2 Turnovers 1
9:50 T.O.P. 10:10

A game of old school v new school wide receiver action. Moss in the losing effort had 160 yards/1 TD, while Jerry Rice caught 174 yards and 1 TD

Madden 2005 - Super Bowl XXXIX

New York Jets v Seatle Seahawks
Clear
20 Score 7
170 Pass Yds 112
89 Rush Yds 45
0 Turnovers 1
7:50 T.O.P. 12:10

Chad Pennington passed for 2 touchdowns while Curtis Martin racked up 83 yards rushing and 1 TD.

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Super Tecmo Bowl 1991 - Wild Card Games

AFC

Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts
17 Score 13
33 Pass Yds 160
193 Rush Yds 28

No individual stats.

New York Jets @ San Diego Chargers
14 Score 15
137 Pass Yds 107
79 Rush Yds 108

No individual stats.

NFC

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
21 Score 20
167 Pass Yds 183
64 Rush Yds 54

No individual stats.

St Louis Rams @ Seatle Seahawks
7 Score 10
167 Pass Yds 183
34 Rush Yds 107

No individual stats.


Tecmo SuperBowl 1991 - Divisional Games

AFC

Denver Broncos @ Pittsburgh Steelers
20 Score 10
58 Pass Yds 109
113 Rush Yds 61

Bubby Brister with a 30% completion percentage and 3 INTs.

San Diego Chargers @ New England Patriots
14 Score 17
148 Pass Yds 155
128 Rush Yds 82

Although it was in a losing effort, Marion Butts rushed for 115 yds.

NFC

Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles
35 Score 20
317 Pass Yds 157
29 Rush Yds 114

The tag-team of Wade Wilson and Anthony Carter owned the game. Wilson threw for over 300 yards, 205 of them to Carter, had a 75% completion percentage with only 1 INT.

Seatle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons
9 Score 26
64 Pass Yds 268
29 Rush Yds 114

Andre "Bad Moon" Rison caught three passes for 157 yards.

Super Tecmo Bowl 1991- Conference Championship Games

AFC

Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
34 Score 20
123 Pass Yds 157
190 Rush Yds 69

Only stat worth noting here, John Elway and Steve Grogan combined for 4 ints.

NFC

Minnesota Vikings @ Atlanta Falcons
25 Score 7
223 Pass Yds 72
33 Rush Yds 30

Anthony Carter caught 3 passes for 119 yards.

Super Tecmo Bowl 1991 - Super Bowl XXXIX

Minnesota Vikings v Denver Broncos
7 Score 0
89 Pass Yds 44
46 Rush Yds 24

No individual stats.

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After ESPN's results came in I thought "It's possible, but not practicle." It wasn't until I saw the results from Madden and said "What the hell?" Of course the games can't take into effect momentum (Steelers), attitudes (Vikings) or their overall strangeness (Rams). The NFC is certainly a crap shoot, in my honest opinion, and the four division leaders in the AFC all have a shot at the Super Bowl. I don't know that I would wager any money on the results above, but it certainly was a lot of fun to do. Once the Super Bowl matchup is announced, we'll follow up with another sim of the game, with more details, stats and lame jokes.




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