WhatIfSports Duel to the Death Season: Week 4 (Part 2)

If you missed yesterday’s post, you’ll want to head back to that one just because Laurence Maroney catches a Hail Mary from Tom Brady and that’s the first nice thing that’s happened to Laurence Maroney in five years, so read that post first and send him well-wishes in the comment section. Once you’re done with that, feel free to read the synopses of the other Week 4 games in the Greatest of All Time season below.

2008 Arizona Cardinals (3-1) 20, 1964 Cleveland Browns (0-4) 17

Kurt Warner threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns (both to Anquan Boldin) and Neil Rackers kicked a 24-yard field goal with 9:50 remaining to send the Cardinals to 3-1 and keep the Browns winless. Boldin caught seven passes for 77 yards and Larry Fitzgerald added 88 yards on four catches. Jim Brown scored a rushing touchdown but was upstaged by his backup, Ernie Green, who rushed for 109 yards on only ten carries. Cleveland drove to the Arizona 49-yard line with under two minutes to play, but Brown only gained three yards on a 4th-and-6 carry and the Cardinals ran out the clock from there.

1999 St. Louis Rams (3-1) 23, 2005 Seattle Seahawks (1-2-1) 20

Jeff Wilkins kicked a 42-yard field goal with no time remaining, capping a ten-point flurry from the Rams in the last 2:06 of the game for their first road victory of the season. St. Louis was down 20-13 and facing a 4th-and-5 from the Seahawks 20-yard line when Kurt Warner (20-of-30, 261 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) hit Marshall Faulk for the game-tying touchdown shortly before the two-minute warning. The Seahawks were able to drive to the Rams’ 37-yard line on their ensuing possession, but Josh Brown missed his 54-yard go-ahead attempt wide right. Handed excellent field position, Warner was able to hit Isaac Bruce twice and Az-Zahir Hakim for a total of 36 yards to put Wilkins in position to win the game.

2005 Carolina Panthers (2-2) 12, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) 0

A week after scoring 50 points and racking up close to 600 yards of offense, the Buccaneers could only muster 172 yards of offense against the Panthers and got shut out at home for their first loss of the season. DeShaun Foster ran for 97 yards on 16 carries and John Kasay accounted for all the points with field goals from 28, 32, 44 and 50 yards away. Tampa Bay was held to just 57 yards rushing on 26 attempts and Brad Johnson managed only 119 yards on 30 pass attempts.

1991 Houston Oilers (3-1) 16, 1969 Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) 10

Allen Pinkett scored on a 25-yard touchdown run with 5:34 remaining and the Oilers scored 16 unanswered points in the second half to claim their third victory of the season. Pinkett wound up with 131 yards on just 17 carries and the Oilers limited the Chiefs to a little over 200 yards of offense. After a Mike Garrett touchdown catch from Len Dawson and a Jan Stenerud field goal on two of their first three posessions, the Chiefs were in good shape with a 10-0 lead in the first quarter but only managed one scoring opportunity the rest of the game (a 43-yard field goal attempt that Stenerud missed).

1998 Denver Broncos (3-1) 26, 1976 Oakland Raiders (1-3) 19

Terrell Davis rushed for 149 yards and added a receiving touchdown as the Broncos achieved nearly perfect balance offensively (175 yards passing, 174 rushing) and defeated their arch rival Raiders in Oakland. John Elway hit numerous big plays in the passing game, going 12-of-22 for 202 yards and two touchdowns and Jason Elam added four field goals for the Broncos. The Raiders’ last hope ended with 1:37 remaining when Ken Stabler (12-of-25 for 183 yards) threw his second interception of the game from the Oakland 49.

1991 Washington Redskins (3-1) 27, 1986 New York Giants (1-3) 17

Earnest Byner rushed for 155 yards on just 18 carries and the Redskins rushed for over 200 yards on the Giants’ defense, coming away with a victory at the Meadowlands in the process. Mark Rypien added two touchdowns and 148 yards passing on 24 attempts and Washington sacked Phil Simms five times, ultimately limiting the Giants to 104 total yards passing. Joe Morris was the offensive highlight for New York, running for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

1958 Baltimore Colts (2-2) 21, 1972 Miami Dolphins (0-4) 14

Desperate for a turnaround after their 0-3 start, the Dolphins inserted Bob Griese at starting quarterback over Earl Morrall but found no better luck with a different man under center, falling for the fourth straight time to start the season at the hands of the Colts. Raymond Berry caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas with thirteen minutes remaining in the game to break a 14-14 tie; Unitas finished a sparkling 13-of-17 for 174 yards, two touchdowns (both to Berry) and no interceptions. Griese, on the other hand, was a miserable 6-of-21 for 96 yards, a touchdown and an interception and was even briefly pulled for Morrall again, who couldn’t do any better (3-of-5, 17 yards  and an interception). The Dolphins’ passing woes ruined a great performance from Larry Csonka, who rushed for 133 yards and a touchdown on just fifteen carries.

Next week: Renowned genius Darth Hoodie leads the ’07 Patriots into the Meadowlands to take on up-and-coming defensive guru Darth Hoodie and the ’86 Giants; the ’76 Raiders and ’69 Chiefs renew their rivalry in Kansas City as both try to avoid a 1-4 start; the ’90 Bills try to get some microscopic measure of revenge against the ’92 Cowboys for atrocities that will be committed in the future; and the ’85 Bears and ’62 Packers meet at Lambeau. Not bad.

AFC East

  1. ’07 New England: 4-0
  2. ’90 Buffalo: 3-1
  3. ’68 NY Jets: 2-2
  4. ’72 Miami: 0-4

AFC North

  1. ’75 Pittsburgh: 2-2
  2. ’58 Baltimore: 2-2
  3. ’81 Cincinnati: 2-2
  4. ’64 Cleveland: 0-4

AFC South

  1. ’00 Tennessee: 3-0
  2. ’91 Houston: 3-1
  3. ’99 Jacksonville: 2-2
  4. ’06 Indianapolis: 0-3

AFC West

  1. ’98 Denver: 3-1
  2. ’79 San Diego: 3-1
  3. ’69 Kansas City: 1-3
  4. ’76 Oakland: 1-3

NFC East

  1. ’91 Washington: 3-1
  2. ’92 Dallas: 3-1
  3. ’86 NY Giants: 1-3
  4. ’60 Philadelphia: 0-3

NFC North

  1. ’62 Green Bay: 4-0
  2. ’85 Chicago: 2-2
  3. ’52 Detroit: 1-3
  4. ’73 Minnesota: 1-3

NFC South

  1. ’02 Tampa Bay: 3-1
  2. ’05 Carolina: 2-2
  3. ’09 New Orleans: 1-2
  4. ’12 Atlanta: 1-3

NFC West

  1. ’08 Arizona: 3-1
  2. ’99 St. Louis: 3-1
  3. ’89 San Francisco: 1-2-1
  4. ’05 Seattle: 1-2-1

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