APBA Pro Football Replays and More!


I’ve used the APBA Football Master game to replay several seasons.  The Master game provides the “ebb and flow” of an actual contest and allows the “coach” the opportunity to deploy multiple personnel packages to mirror today’s game or the single platoon system of yesteryear. On numerous occasions, I’ve matched team records and have come extremely close to replicating team and individual statistics.

My original purpose for creating this blog was solely to present my current and previous replays, offer “method of play” alternatives, share innovations, provide tools for evaluating individual cards, post links and informational tips to assist with preparing for and conducting season replays.

Of course season replays will always remain the focal point, however, it’s my goal and ambition to cover all aspects of APBA Football ranging from historical, solo tournaments, league play and the finer points of Face-to-Face play. To accomplish this, I’ve enlisted the help of the finest minds in all APBA Football. My team of authors have been former card makers for the game company, innovators, league commissioner, writers for the APBA Journal, and APBA Hall of Famers.

Site authors are Mr. Mark Zarb, Mr. Ray Dunlap, Mr. Dave Urban, Mr. Greg Wells, Mr. Phil Molloy, Mr. Dan Flynn and Mr. Scott Griffin.

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Boyd’s 1997 Replay Game 100 (Week 8) Seattle at St. Louis

Seahawks complete largest comeback win in OT thriller

The Seattle Seahawks were down 21-0 in the 1st Quarter to the St. Louis Rams Sunday in the TWA Dome. The Seahawks fumbled away and threw a pick in four of their first five possessions of the game. Before they knew it, Rams’ QB Tony Banks threw 2 TDs and Lawrence Phillips ran in a TD to give the Rams the 21-0 lead.

Then Warren Moon and the Seahawks offense began to heat up. They scored 31 unanswered and erased the 21-point deficit and turned the game into a 10-pt lead 31-21.

The Rams showed some moxie, and they answered the call late in the 4th quarter. Jeff Wilkins booted a kick and then with 1:30 in the 4th, Banks connected with Keith Crawford for a 2-yd scoring strike to knot the game up at 31.

The game went into overtime and the Rams won the toss. They punted to the Hawks and on the next play Moon launched a bomb to Joey Galloway, who caught it and raced 80 yards for the game-winning score. The Seahawks capped off the largest come-from-behind victory in franchise history to win 37-31.

Moon threw for 298 yards and 4 TDs, while Banks threw for 317 yards and 3 TDs. Galloway caught 9 passes for 176 yards and 2 TDs, while Isaac Bruce caught 8 passes for 116 yards and a score. Rams RB Amp Lee caught 11 passes for 120 yards and a TD.

The Seahawks are now 4-3 in the AFC Weat and will host the Oakland Raiders next Sunday. The Rams have now lost three in a row and will host the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in the TWA Dome next Sunday.

1997 Game 100 Stats

Introducing the “Wildcat Formation” – Tabletop Demo

Wildcat formation describes a formation for the offense in football in which the ball is snapped not to the quarterback but directly to a player of another position lined up at the quarterback position. (In most systems, this is a running back, but some playbooks have the wide receiver, fullback, or tight end taking the snap.) The Wildcat features an unbalanced offensive line and looks to the defense like a sweep behind zone blocking. A player moves across the formation prior to the snap. However, once this player crosses the position of the running back who will receive the snap, the play develops unlike the sweep.

Relying on the experience of quarterbacks coach David Lee who had run the scheme at Arkansas, the 2008 Miami Dolphins under Henning implemented the wildcat offense beginning in the third game of the 2008 season with great success, instigating a wider trend throughout the NFL. The Dolphins started the wildcat trend in the NFL lining up either running back Ronnie Brown (in most cases) or Ricky Williams to take a shotgun snap with the option of handing off, running, or throwing. Through eleven games, the wildcat averaged over seven yards per play for the Dolphins. “It could be the single wing, it could be the Delaware split buck business that they used to do,” Dolphins offensive coordinator Dan Henning said. “It comes from all of that.” On September 21, 2008, the Miami Dolphins used the wildcat offense against the New England Patriots on six plays, which produced 5 touchdowns (four rushing and one passing—from Ronnie Brown himself) in a 38–13 upset victory.

Boyd’s 1997 Replay Game 99 (Week 8) New England at NY Jets

Kicking woes spell doom for the Jets

The “Big Tuna” welcomed his former team, the New England Patriots, to his new home with the New York Jets. Earlier in the season, Bill Parcells and the Jets came up short, 20-13, in his return to New England. This time, Parcells became very frustrated with his place kicker as John Hall went 2 of 5 in field goal attempts in a 17-13 loss.

On this Sunday, the Patriots and the Jets were battling for 1st place in the AFC East, and the game started out with fireworks. Jet QB Neal O’Donnell hit Wayne Chrebet with a 63-yard bomb for a TD. A few possessions later, Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe answered with a bomb of his own as he connected with Shawn Jefferson for an 80-yard TD. Later in the 1st quarter, Bledsoe hit Kieth Byars on a wheel-route for a 23-yard TD pass to give the Patriots a 14-7 lead.

After that, the game settled down and the defenses took over. Neil O’Donnell went out with an injury and Glenn Foley came in as his replacement. In the 4th quarter down 17-13, Foley led the Jets into scoring position twice; however, John Hall missed two field goals from 33 and 39 yards out, which potentially could have given the Jets the win.

Foley tried to rally the Jets late, but Teddy Bruschi sacked Foley on a 4th down to end the Jets’ attempt at a comeback.

The Patriots are now 6-1 on the season and lead the AFC East by 2 and a 1/2 games now over the Jets, who fell to 5-3. The Patriots will face the World Champion Packers next Monday Night, while the Jets get a much-needed bye.

1997 Game 99 Stats