Final Minutes

The video begins with Detroit facing a third down and 12 with just over three minutes remaining and protecting a two-point lead.  Can Gus Frerotte convert this third and long or will it fall on the Detroit defense? There is nothing like playing the Master game in a close contest in the final minutes of the game. For me, it’s almost like watching the game on the television.  Get ready for a wild ride that only APBA can take you on.

Note: On a fumbled punt d10 is the primary returner (TA) for the defense but since he is 40-yards down field and the fumble occurred 20-yards behind the line of scrimmage, I always treat it that the punter recovered the fumble.  This is my “homegrown” rule and I should have explained it during the video clip but I was too caught up in the moment.  


5 thoughts on “Final Minutes

  1. First off, exciting finish! I followed what was going on for the most part, but have a couple of questions.

    On the fumbled punt, is it possible the punt returner fumbled or not possible because he was never placed on a specific yard line from which the negative twenty yard measure is taken?

    I was a bit lost on the Def Pass Interference (on the first last play of the game) when you rolled the back-to-back 11s. Could you explain what happened in a bit more detail? I’m at work and don’t have my boards to reference, so any explanation is appreciated.

    • Steve,
      It was an exciting ending to a game. To answer your first question: The punter fumbled the snap and the play result was -20d10. If you followed APBA’s rules to a tee your primary punt returner (TA) would have recovered the fumble 20-yards behind the line of scrimmage. The APBA “coach” could justify that by saying a TC rated player was back to receive punt and TA was put in position to block the punt or whatever rationale you want to use. This coach (me) awards the fumble to any defensive player except d10 (TA) because I want him to return the punt and he would be around 60-yards (35 to 40 yards downfield and than -20 behind the line of scrimmage) from were the action happened. In this rare case, I just award the punter as have recovering the fumble. Again, this is my rule and it’s against the official rules. Regardless, it didn’t have any bearing on the play result because the punter, Jett, lost two-yards on the return.

      To answer you second question: A game can’t end on a defensive penalty. Detroit’s “Hail Mary” was incomplete but San Diego was flagged for pass interference. To determine the penalty yardage on an incomplete pass for pass interference the coach would: Screen pass, roll one dice; Short pass, roll both dice and add together; Medium pass, roll both dice, add them and double that number, Long Pass, roll both dice, add them and triple that number. This is why I laughed, the penalty only resulted in a 6-yard gain. Almost any other dice roll and Detroit wins that game because Hanson would have most likely made the field goal. For example, a dice roll 14 would have resulted in a 15-yard penalty putting the ball at the 28-yard line making it a 45-yard field goal attempt. Steve, if this happened to the Jets on my tabletop, I most likely would have thrown the dice through the wall :).

      • Thanks Greg. I forgot that you play the Master Game and also use various innovations. I was caught up in the excitement as well. The fumble recovery was exciting and I was thinking like you said another player was the returner. But I also was wondering if the kicking team became the defense. I need to play more to re-familiarize myself with the game. Thanks again!

  2. Question on FG attempts. You mentioned the “18” that Hanson has on his card; a few of them. The more modern seasons have those; 17 and 18, 37 and 38 – GREAT NUMBERS. You ever think APBA should have “multiple” kicker cards where perhaps the short distances have many “great” result numbers and the longer kicks have fewer; maybe even have some sort of “clutch” rating too? Or; do you think they are fine as is?

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