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2000 Week 7 Atlanta Falcons (2-4) at St. Louis Rams (5-0)

Sunday Oct 15, 2000
Start Time: 1:02pm
Stadium: TWA Dome
Attendance: 66,019
Time of Game: 3:23

The struggling Atlanta Falcons take on the surging St. Louis Rams for the second time in three weeks. This was one of Marshall Faulk's best games as he rumbled for over 200 yards. Kurt Warner passed for over 300 yards himself, becoming the first to do so in six straight games. The Rams defense was not performing very well, which would be a theme all seasons long. However, especially at this juncture, it was a moot point due to the potent offense the Rams had. 

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Good spotlight. Bills had a couple of good seasons under Knox from 1980 to 1981. Both times in the playoffs they lost close ones to the Chargers and Bengals. They had a lot of good players, and probably could have gotten to the Super Bowl one of those years if they had a few more breaks go their way.

 

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1984 Week 1 San Francisco 49ers (0-0) at Detroit Lions (0-0)

Sunday Sep 2, 1984
Start Time: 1:00pm
Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome

Dynamite game between the 49ers and Lions to kick off the 1984 season. This was a back and forth contest full of big plays that came down to the final few seconds. The same type of game happened 8 months earlier when the Lions lost a close one in the playoffs against the 49ers at Candlestick in the divisional round. The Lions would once again come up short here. NFL Films selected this game for their Game of the Week segment at the time. The 49ers of course would go on to have arguably their best season in franchise history, going 18-1, and ending up with their second Super Bowl victory. The Lions on the other hand, got off to a terrible 1-5 start, and finished the season 4-11-1. Star running back Billy Sims was injured after the 8th game of the season, and would never play again. Head coach Monte Clark was fired after the year, ushering in the depressing Darryl Rogers era. 

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2008 Week 5 Minnesota Vikings (1-3) at New Orleans Saints (2-2)

Monday Oct 6, 2008
Start Time: 8:40pm
Stadium: Louisiana Superdome
Attendance: 70,015
Time of Game: 3:26

Despite having "Angels in the Endzone" luck on their side, the Minnesota Vikings almost gave a game away that was handed to them on a silver platter via the Football Gods. On a Monday night, the Vikings waltzed into the Louisiana Superdome in desperate need of a win sitting at 1-3, with the Packers/Bears ahead in the NFC North. The Saints were 2-2, and actually sitting last in a tight NFC South pending the result on the night. New Orelans turned the ball over 4 times, and had blocked field goal returned for a TD. However, thanks to the efforts of Reggie Bush, and the Vikings failing to capitalize, they were never down more than 10 points. Saints roared back in the 4th quarter, but so did the Vikings. Good game overall with a litany of nutty errors that don't drag the action down. Saints would miss the postseason for the second straight year, while the Vikings made a brief cameo with a wild card. Both teams would make the following year in the same arena with a chance to go to the Super Bowl. 

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Pretty nutty to think that Smith would have languished all those years in Cincinnati. He probably gets them 2 more wins a year, but that franchise still would have been a doormat. 

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5 hours ago, TecmoSuperJoe said:

Pretty nutty to think that Smith would have languished all those years in Cincinnati. He probably gets them 2 more wins a year, but that franchise still would have been a doormat. 

Huh? I don't think the Bengals would have drafted Smith. They had Ickey Woods and James Brooks at the time. They probably take another OLB if they pass on Francis, like Lamar Lathon or Renaldo Turnbull.

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1 hour ago, 7DnBrnc53 said:

Huh? I don't think the Bengals would have drafted Smith. They had Ickey Woods and James Brooks at the time. They probably take another OLB if they pass on Francis, like Lamar Lathon or Renaldo Turnbull.

Oh what was I smoking? I saw the video the other day, and for whatever reason got it in my head that the Bengals would have taken Smith. 

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