Boyd’s 1997 NFL Replay Game 65 – NY Jets at Cincinnati

Jets continue to surprise with an OT win in Cincinnati

Bill Parcels’ total reinvention of the NY Jets continued Sunday versus the Bengals at Pro Cynergy Field. The Jets squeaked out an overtime victory over the Bengals, 23-20, and are now 4-1 on the season. Neil O’Donnell got hot in the second half as he completed 19 of 20 passes, including 13 straight.

In OT, O’Donnel connected with Wayne Chrebet on a 26-yard pass that set the Jets up deep in Bengal territory. After a few runs from Adrian Murrell, John Hall kicked a 20-yard FG to win the game, 23-20.

The Bengals are now 1-3 on the season. Jeff Blake completed 17 of 34 passes for 204 yards and a TD. He also rushed for 42 yards. The Jets’ Defense held All-Pro WR Carl Pickens to just one catch on the day for 14 yards.

The Jets will take their 4-1 record into Indianapolis to take on the struggling Colts, while the Bengals will travel to Jacksonville to take on the 1-3 Jaguars.

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Boyd’s 1997 NFL Replay – Game 64 – Chicago at Dallas

Cowboys Tame the Bears!

The Dallas Cowboys improved to 3-1 on the season as they dismantled the Chicago Bears. Usually, the Cowboys dominate on the ground, but this year they have relied on the arm of QB Troy Aikman. On Sunday in front of a sold-out Texas Stadium, Aikman threw for 269 yards and 3 TDs in the Cowboys’ 24-7 rout of the Bears. WR Michael Irvin caught 9 passes for 131 yards and 2 TDs. On the Bears side, they got horrible QB play from Rick Mirer and Eric Kramer. They combined for only 117 yards passing and Kramer threw 2 INTs. The Bears are now 1-3 on the season and will face the surprising Saints next Sunday. The Cowboys will travel to New Jersey to take on the arch-rival Giants.

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Boyd’s 1997 NFL Replay – Game 63 – Baltimore at Chargers

The Chargers blow the game! Ravens win in OT!

The San Diego faithful thought their beloved Chargers were finally going to get into the win column in the 1997 campaign. The Chargers had a 33-23 lead with under a minute left in the game. Eric Metcalf returned 2 punts for touchdowns, and he had Qualcolmm stadium rocking; however, on one of those returns, Greg Davis missed an extra point. That one point proved costly as the improbable happened. Ravens QB Vinny Testaverde hit Eric Green for a 24-yd TD pass to cut the lead to 33-30 with only 30 seconds remaining. Then…the Ravens recovered an onside kick at the SD 40-yd line. Testaverde threw a short completion, and the Ravens were in FG range. Matt Stover drilled a 47-yd kick, and the game went into OT. The Ravens won the coin toss and Testaverde, who threw for 364 yards, marched the Ravens into FG position, where Stover drilled a 32-yd kick to win the game, 36-33 in OT.

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Boyd’s 1997 NFL Replay – Game 62 – New Orleans at NY Giants

Saints’ defense shuts down the Giants

One of the surprises of the 1997 campaign has been the New Orleans Saints. They are off to a 3-2 start after their 24-17 victory over the New York Giants at Giants’ Stadium on Sunday. The Saints’ stunning start has nothing to do with QB Heath Shuler, even though he was a part of 3 TDs. The Saints defense has been outstanding. On Sunday, they held the Giants to 174 total yards and only a field goal. It was the offense and special teams that made the mistakes. The Giants’ two TDs came off a pick-six and a punt return. Other than that, the Saints D dominated the day holding the Giants’ to only 58 yards on the ground. LB Mark Fields had a career day with 3 sacks and a forced fumble. On offense, Heath Shuler did just enough. He threw for 228 yards and 2 TDs, and he also ran one in, but he threw 3 INTs in the process. The Giants are now 2-3.

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Boyd’s 1997 NFL Replay – Game 61 – Jacksonville at Washington

Skins’ Dishman breaks the game open!

Redskins’ defensive back Chris Dishman thwarted a Jaguar come-back in front of a ruckus crowd at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium on Sunday. The Jaguars closed the gap to 16-10 when Mark Brunell connected with Keenan McCardell late in the third quarter on a scoring strike. The Jaguars had the momentum, and their defense stuffed the Redskins on the Washington next possession. Brunell connected with Jimmy Smith on a 23-yd pass and seemed as if the Jaguars were going to take the game over. BUT Dishman stepped in front of a Brunell pass on the next play and picked the ball off. He weaved through Jaguar tacklers and raced 49-yards for the TD. The Redskins took a 23-10 lead and never looked back. The Skins are now 3-1 on the season, while the Jaguars, who were in the AFC Championship game a year ago, have stumbled out of the blocks going 1-3.

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Boyd’s 1997 NFL Replay – Game 60 – Tennessee at Pittsburgh

Slash continues to impress!

Kordell Stewart has been the talk of the first quarter of the season. In his first season as the Steelers’ signal caller, he has dazzled the fans and reeked havoc on opposing defenses. Slash’s legs have provided dynamic runs but also allowed him to hit on some big pass plays. This was evident in the Steelers’ 28-10 win over the Tennessee Oilers in Three Rivers Stadium on Sunday. Kordell threw for only 98 yards, but he hit on three big TD passes in the first quarter to pace the Steelers to a 21-7 1st quarter lead. Stewart also slashed through the Oilers’ defense with 74 yards scrambling out of the pocket. The Steelers stay undefeated on the season at 4-0, while the Oilers drop to 2-2 on the season.

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Boyd’s 1997 Replay – Game #59 – Detroit at Green Bay

Packers hold off Lions to stay undefeated!

In a wild shoot-out for three quarters, the Packers and the Lions traded blow after blow in front of a sold-out crowd inside the Pontiac Silverdome. The Packers Brett Favre and the Lions’ Barry Sanders showed the football world that they are indeed the elite players at their positions. Favre threw the ball all over the field and Barry Sanders ran all over the Packers for three quarters. Then…the Packers defense stepped up. Reggie White and Co. corralled Sanders and held him to just 12 yards in the 4th quarter. Meanwhile, Favre hit Bill Schroeder with a huge 35-yd gain to put the Packers in scoring position. Rookie placekicker Ryan Longwell booted a 23-yd field goal with 5:15 to play. Lions QB Scott Mitchell tried to rally the Lions, but DT Santana Dotson sacked Mitchell thwarting any Lions chances at winning the game. The Packers are now 5-0 and will face Tampa Bay at Lambeau next week in a battle of the unbeatens. The Lions fall to 3-2.

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Barry Sanders 2,000 yard quest

Boyd’s 1997 NFL Replay – Game 58 – Denver at Atlanta

Broncos Stomp the Falcons!

The Denver Broncos improved to 4-1 with a dominating performance over the Atlanta Falcons (2-3) in front of 48,200 fans in the Georgia Dome. Terrell Davis rushed for 150 yards and 2 TDs, while John Elway tossed two TDs to Rod Smith. Elway threw for 221 yards. The Bronco defense showed signs of a resurgent Orange Crush as they pressured Falcon QB Chris Chandler all day, registering 4 sacks and forcing 2 interceptions. The Broncos will host a big-time game on Monday Night next week as they welcome the undefeated Patriots to Mile-High. Atlanta will go on their bye.

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Boyd’s 1997 Replay – Game 57

Tampa Bay rallies to beat the Cards and stay undefeated!

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 1996 season winning five of their last seven games. Head Coach Tony Dungy has duplicated that success early in the 1997 campaign. In front of a sell-out crowd at Houlihan’s Stadium, Bucs rookie running back Warrick Dunn had the fans on their feet with an exciting 73-yard break-away touchdown run to put the Buccaneers ahead for the first time in the game 15-14 with 5 minutes to play. Errict Rhett ran in the two-point conversion and the Bucs took a 17-10 lead. The defense shut the Cardinals down the rest of the way. The Bucs are now 5-0 and will travel to Lambeau Field next week to take on the World Champion Packers. The Cards fell to 0-4. 

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