Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl XIII

Once again a showdown featuring two of the country’s most popular franchises, the Dallas Cowboys would face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XIII.

Pittsburgh Prevails

Once again played in front of over 80,000 fans in Super Bowl 54 host Miami, Florida at the famed Orange Bowl, Super Bowl XIII would see the Pittsburgh Steelers, winners of the AFC, would go up against back-to-back NFC champion and the defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys. However, Super Bowl XIII would prove to be less enjoyable than the previous years for Dallas, as the Steelers would come away with the 35-31 victory.

Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw would walk away with Super Bowl MVP honors, completing 17 of his 30 passing attempts for 318 yards and four touchdowns, as the Steelers would never trail throughout the game. The final score of 35-31 was much closer than the game itself, as the Steelers actually led 35-17 with 19 seconds to go in the game. Super Bowl XIII would become infamously known as Black Sunday in Las Vegas, as many notable sportsbooks lost big on wagers throughout the game.

Cost of commercials during the Super Bowl continued to rise in 1979, this year’s cost of a 30-second spot rising to over $185,000 per spot, by far the most expensive to date for a Super Bowl.The announcers for Super Bowl XII were none other than Curt GowdyMerlin Olsen, and John Brodie.

 


 

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Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl XII

Two teams looking to bounce back after disappointing campaigns in 2018, the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys had reached the pinnacle in 1978, facing off in Super Bowl XII from the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“America’s Team” Wins Super Bowl XII

In a game played once again from New Orleans in front of early 76,000 fans, the Dallas Cowboys, dubbed “America’s Team,” would walk away victorious after a 27-10 matchup against the Denver Broncos.

Putting together a complete game in Super Bowl XII, the Cowboys defense would be vital to their victory. Dallas would go on to force eight  turnovers and only allowed eight pass completions for Denver throughout the entirety of the game. Cowboys wide receiver Butch Johnson would provide the highlight reel, most notably reeling in a 45-yard touchdown diving into the end zone.

Dallas’ defensive stars, linemen Randy White and Harvey Martin, would go on to be named Super Bowl co-MVPs, the first (and so far, only) time that two players would share Super Bowl MVP honors.

The cost of a 30 second television commercial during Super Bowl XII went up to $162,000, still paling in comparison to the Super Bowl LI’s rates. Pat Summerall would once again be the game announcer on CBS, hosting alongside analyst Tom Brookshier. At halftime, Super Bowl fans were treated to plenty of entertainment, including musicians Pete Fountain and Al Hirt.

 


 

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Road to Super Bowl 54: Training Camp Headlines

With the 2019 NFL preseason in full swing, teams are in the heat of their training camps and preseason preparations. And as teams continue working on their goals of heading to Miami for Super Bowl LIV in 2020, we’re taking a look at some of the top training camp headlines to dominate the league over the opening weeks of the season.

Antonio Brown’s Helmet Debacle

“When the All-Pro receiver threatened to retire from football completely if he wasn’t allowed to wear his old helmet, the news set the NFL on fire. The problem was Brown’s favorite helmet is more than 10 years old and therefore cannot be certified as safe by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment. Brown pushed the issue in a way never before seen, which included attempting to sneak his original helmet onto the practice field on multiple occasions — driving an early wedge between himself and the Oakland Raiders in the process.” — Read more at CBSSports.com.

Cowboys QB Prescott seeking “record money”

“Dak Prescott turned down a contract offer that would’ve averaged $30 million annually, according to NFL Network’s Jane Slater.

Slater reported Prescott is looking to get $40 million a year, which would make him the highest-paid player in the league, per Spotrac. Tom Brady and Russell Willson own the current mark as they each earn $35 million a season.” — Read more at BleacherReport.

Inspiring story: Browns wide receiver Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi

“On Thursday night, with less than four minutes left in the game between the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins, the Redskins punted the ball to the Browns’ 24-year-old receiver, Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, who, in a flash, ran it back 86 yards for a touchdown.

Four months ago, according to the Browns, Sheehy-Guiseppi was a guy sleeping outside of a Miami gym. He had spent his last dollars traveling there from his home in Arizona in the hopes of impressing NFL scouts at their annual tryouts in North Miami. But, to complicate matters, once he arrived, the broke athlete didn’t have a formal invite to the tryout — those are usually reserved for college football standouts and Sheehy-Guiseppi hadn’t played college football for the past two years.” — Read more at CNN.com.

Washington Redskins refuse to trade tackle Trent Williams

“With the relationship between Washington and left tackle Trent Williams fractured, the Washington team president continues to believe that the passage of time will somehow unfracture the relationship, resulting in Williams walking through the door, reporting for duty, and playing for the team.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Washington has told multiple teams that Williams will not be traded. Teams repeatedly have inquired, per Schefter, and teams repeatedly have been rebuffed.” — Read more at ProFootball Talk.

 


 

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Countdown to 2020 Miami: Super Bowl X

With the 2019 NFL season and the road to the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami just weeks away, two of America’s favorite teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, are looking to rebound after disappointing campaigns in 2018. In 1976, however, the two were squaring off in Super Bowl LIV host Miami, Florida at Orange Bowl Stadium for Super Bowl X.

Steelers Defeat “America’s Team”

Touting the title of “America’s Team” heading into Super Bowl X, the Dallas Cowboys would square off against the Pittsburgh Steelers, defending champions from Super Bowl IX (against the Minnesota Vikings). And for the second-straight season, the Steelers would walk away victors, a 21-17 win over the Cowboys.

Featuring two of the most iconic franchises in Super Bowl and NFL history, Super Bowl X was one of the more anticipated Super Bowls to date leading up to the big game. Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann, who managed to catch four passes for a record 161 yards and one touchdown, would become the first ever WR to walk away with Super Bowl MVP honors.

Pre-game, the National Anthem before Super Bowl X would be sung by Tom Sullivan in unison with “Up With People.” For halftime entertainment, fans were treated to an equally entertaining show by “Up With People,” who attributed the show to America’s Bicentennial. Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier were the announcers for Super Bowl X on CBS, and brands could expect to pay around $110,000 for a 30-second commercial in 1976.

 


 

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Road to Super Bowl 53: Divisional Weekend

After Wild Card weekend, we officially have the NFL’s version of the “Elite Eight,” as we approach Divisional Weekend on the Road to Super Bowl 53. So who’s got the best chance to head to Atlanta next month for the big game?

 

A heartbreaker in Chicago after a missed game-winning field goal in the waning seconds has the defending Super Bowl champions breathing new life, as they’ll head to New Orleans to face the #1 seed Saints in the divisional round.

The Saints boasted the best record in the NFL in the 2018 season, and with their league-leading defense, will be the toughest test of the Eagles’ postseason run. The two teams faced each other in November, with the Saints beating the Eagles by a final score of 48-7.

After defending their home turf in the Wild Card round, the Dallas Cowboys will hit the road to face the #2 seed Los Angeles Rams and their potent offensive attack in the divisional round. Despite neither team meeting in the 2018 regular season, these two teams are quite familiar with one another, which will prove to be an intriguing matchup with Rams running back Todd Gurley looking to take on Dallas’ surprisingly staunch defense.

 

Saturday: Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET (FOX) | Sunday: Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears, 4:40 p.m. ET (FOX)

 


Not something many predicted just a few short weeks back — but one could argue the two hottest teams in the AFC (and really, the entire NFL) right now are the Wild Card teams in the AFC in the 5-seed Los Angeles Chargers and the 6-seed Indianapolis Colts.

Winners of 10 of their last 11 games, the Indianapolis Colts are considered by many to be the hottest team in football, defeating the Houston Texans 21-7 on the road in the Wild Card round, setting up a matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs that sports the potential for fireworks on both offensive sides of the ball.

Between Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (39) and Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (50), the two combined for 89 touchdown passes in the regular season, the most between two quarterbacks to face off in the postseason in NFL history. And with plenty of playmakers such as T.Y. Hilton, Tyreek Hill, and plenty of others, this Divisional showdown is arguably the marquee matchup of the weekend.

The second matchup on the AFC’s side is a matchup that seems all-too-familiar — the Los Angeles Chargers traveling to New England to face quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots.

It’s like a broken record — Brady and Belichick are having a down season, yet somehow still manage the #2 seed and a bye week. Brady has never lost to any of the remaining quarterbacks in the AFC’s playoff race, and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will be looking to change that.

 

Saturday: Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs, 4:35 p.m. ET (NBC) | Sunday: Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS) 

 

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Road to Super Bowl 53: Wild Card Weekend

The stage is officially set — what began with 32 teams in September has come down to the final 12, with all eyes on Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for Super Bowl 53. A quick preview of the Wild Card weekend matchups as we kick off the 2018 NFL postseason!

 

All roads to Atlanta and Super Bowl 53 run through the New Orleans Saints in the NFC, with the Los Angeles Rams the other team sporting a Wild Card weekend bye.

The headlining matchups in the NFC this weekend feature the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Seattle Seahawks, and the NFC North champion Chicago Bears hosting the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

 

Saturday: Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys, 8:15 p.m. ET (FOX) | Sunday: Philadelphia Eagles at Chicago Bears, 4:40 p.m. ET (NBC)

 


Up until the waning minutes of the 2018 regular season, the AFC’s playoff picture was still very much in flux. With the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots winning to secure their first-round byes, the Los Angeles Chargers were the only remaining team locked into their playoff spot ahead of a crucial Sunday night matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

Winners of 9 of their last 10 games (and the remaining wild card spot), the red hot Indianapolis Colts’ victory Sunday night cemented the matchups, heading back to Houston to take on the division-rival Texans in a rubber match, with the Baltimore Ravens hosting the Los Angeles Chargers.

 

Saturday: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, 4:35 p.m. ET (ESPN/ABC) | Sunday: Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens, 1:05 p.m. ET (CBS) 

 

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