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NFL season schedule 2017:

The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons had met thirteen times previously.   Patriots now lead this series eight to six.  In 1998, the Falcons were 14-2 and trampled the Patriots, 41-10.    That was the first and only year the Falcons went to the super bowl until this year.  They have met four times since.   Patriots have won all four.    The last time that the two teams met was in 2013, and the game was won by the Patriots, 30-23.  They will meet in 2017.

Falcons beat the Green Bay pack 44-21 in the 2016 playoffs!

How about that!   One of my teams, New England Patriots, defeated the steelers twice ~ in the regular season and in the American Football Conference championship game.    On January 22, 2017,  the Patriots beat the steelers, 36 to 17.      Play by play:   http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201701220nwe.htm#all_pbp       Dallas Cowboys destroyed the  pack { Green Bay } in Green Bay, week 6, this season.    Pack just won playoff game in Dallas { Arlington, Texas,  USA }.

New England Patriots beat Houston 27-0 without Tom Brady in week 4 this past season.   Patriots did not play well,  but beat the Houston Texans this 2016 NFL postseason { divisional playoffs }, 34 – 16.

Kansas City Chiefs lost 43:14, week 4, to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh.     Chiefs had a better record but lost at home to the steelers { divisional playoffs },  by a count of 18 to 16.

“Wild card week”, which was the first week of the 2016 season NFL playoffs:    Houston 27, Oakland 14               Pittsburgh 30, Miami 12

Green Bay 38, New York Giants 13           Seattle 26, Detroit 6

NFL standings from 1933 through the present:    http://shrpsports.com/nfl/stand.htm

2017 National Football League schedule  🏈    Released 4-20-17

2016 National Football League { NFL }  standings:      http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/standings/2016.      

2015 National Football League standings:     http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/standings/2015

PRO FOOTBALL’S SPURRIOUS MYSTIQUE!       Dax Prescott’s rookie performance has drawn rave reviews as to how a rookie can play so very well against “the sophisticated defenses of the National Football League.   However, rookies have performed very well in the past as well as the present.           

Definition of spurious :  1)  of illegitimate birth:  bastard      2 :  outwardly similar or corresponding to something without having its genuine qualities :   false    3a :  of falsified or erroneously attributed origin :  forged  b :  of a deceitful nature or quality      THAT’S from the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which I trust!     Pro football { NFL } has a spurious mystique!     The spurious mystique of National Football League public relations is this:   that pro football players must take years to learn their position on the field because pro football is so sophisticated and complex.    However, that is NOT true.     The day after rookie quarterback Clint Longley of the Dallas Cowboys threw three touchdown passes to beat the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving Day in 1974, either the New York Times of the Wall Street Journal came out with an article by some sports writer entitled “pro football’s spurious mystique”.   The article explained that pro football is not difficult to learn and that NFL  defenses are NOT that sophisticated.   If a receiver is open, he is open.

So I decided to come up with a few examples from the top of my head:

Greg Cook, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals in the old American Football League { AFL } in 1969 and briefly in 1973.    The Bengals were in their second year of existence in the AFL.   Yet Greg Cook contributed to the Bengals 4-9-1 record by making very few mistakes.   He had a powerful arm and was a very accurate passer.

Ben Rothlisberger 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers:   As a rookie, led Pittsburgh to a 15-1 record.

Dax Prescott 2016 Dallas Cowboys:  led Cowboys to a 13-3 record.  13-2 from one standpoint as the season finale was a meaningless game for the Cowboys.  Also, Tony Romo played for a series in that game.

Tom Brady, New England Patriots 2000-   :   Started in 2001 when quarterback Drew Bledsoe got injured in week 2.   The Patriots wound up 14-3 when Brady was the starter as New England started the season 0-2.     The Patriots beat Oakland, Pittsburg and the St. Louis Rams in the postseason.

The 1951 Los Angeles Rams team had quite a number of rookies, yet they won the championship!!     Average age for the team was 25 1/2 years.

The 1987 Washington Redskins strike team beat the St. Louis Cardinals regulars that year, 28-21, on October 4, 1987!

Jim Plunkett, New England Patriots, in 1971:  Led the Patriots to an opening day upset of the Oakland Raiders on the opening day.   The Patriots were a poor team, but he led them to a 6-8 record, which was a 4 game improvement over 1970.   Tom Landry, the great coach of the Dallas Cowboys, and one of the greatest coaches in football history, had high compliments for Jim Plunkett as the two teams met that season.   Plunkett had a 16 year career in the NFL with the Patriots, Raiders and 49ers.

Roger Staubach ~ who came in 1969 to the Dallas Cowboys but did not start until game 9 of the 1971 season.    Behind Staubach, the Cowboys won all seven of their remaining regular games.   The Dallas Cowboys won the championship that season.   He played in 6 games in 1969 and is credited with a 1-0 record, his only start.    He played in 8 games in 1970 and is credited with a 2-1 record, his only 3 starts.   He won the starting job for good in the 7th game of the 1971 season.   His team won the next 10 games, 7 regular season, and defeated the Vikings, 49ers and Dolphins in the postseason.    He was selected to the Pro Bowl, one of pro football’s highest honors.

Mark Sanchez ~ with the New York Jets in 2009.    Although he has had mainly poor years, in his first NFL start, his team, the Jets, beat the Houston Texans, 20-7.   His team made the playoffs.  He is credited with an 8-7 record, so he did not start in one game.

Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers ~ came up in 1979.   He only started 8 games in 1979-80.  But in 1981, he started all 16 games and led the 49ers to a 13-3 record.  He threw a touchdown {TD} in the NFC championship game in the final minute to defeat the favored Cowboys.   He then led his team to a 26-21 super bowl victory over the AFC CincinnatilBengals.

Andrew Luck did well in his rookie season in 2012 with the Indianapolis Colts.

Francis {Fran} Tarkenton, with the EXPANSION Minnesota Vikings in 1961, won his very first game and his team’s very first game over the Chicago Bears!!!    It was the first time an expansion team won their very first regular season game!     That feat has been accomplished twice since then.

The rookie quarterback David Carr for the Houston Texans in 2002.   He led his team is 19-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in his inaugural regular season game.

Jeff Hostetler – took the New York Giants to a Super Bowl victory following the 1990 season, following an injury to the starting QB, Phil Simms.

Kurt Warner was bagging groceries in 1999 after he was DROPPED by the Green Bay Packers and did not play.   He played in one game in 1998 for the St. Louis Rams.  He did not start.  He played in all the games in 1999.  He contributed mightily to the St. Louis Rams 16-3 record.   The Rams were 13-3 in the regular season, then defeated the Vikings, Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans for the NFL championship.

The year that Tom Matte played quarterback, he was 1-0.   It was in 1965, his 4th year in the NFL.

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Have the Cleveland Browns ever played the Seattle Seahawks?     The answer:     The question should actually be:    did the Cleveland Browns originate in 1999?    Answer is   “No!!!”    The Cleveland Browns are now the Baltimore RavensTeam vs. Team all-time records have to be clarified as to which professional team you are inquiring about.   The Baltimore Ravens originated in 1946 as the Cleveland Browns of the defunct All American Football Conference.    That “conference” lasted 4 years, then went broke.      The National Football League { NFL } tries to maintain the impression, and influences authors, that the “conference” went broke because the Cleveland Browns won all 4 of the titles.    However, the Boston Celtics of the current NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION { NBA } won EIGHT titles in a row from the 1958-1959 through the 1965-1966 season!    Boston Celtics won the NBA title ELEVEN times in the 13 seasons from 1956-1957 through 1968-1969.    Therefore, that argument will not fly.    The team was one of three teams – the others were the San Francisco 49ers and the Pittsburgh Steelers – that were incorporated in to the National Football League in 1950.  The NFL does not recognize All America Football Conference { in business from 1946-1949 }  results as official [the business aspect ].   Therefore, in Team versus Team rivalries, the Cleveland BrownsBaltimore Ravens are supposed to be recognized as first beginning in 1950.   

The Chicago Bears {NFL} and New York Giants {NFL}  met recently.  The Bears lead the all-time team vs. team series 33-22-2.     These two teams have met 8 times in the postseason.     Chicago is 5-3 vs. NY Giants in postseason.     Those results are included in the 33-22-2 lead the Bears have in the rivalry.

1932 actually:    Chicago Bears and Portsmouth Spartans { now the Detroit Lions finished tied for first at 7-1-6.    The NFL decided to play an indoor game on an 80 yard field.    Chicago won 9-0.

In the 1933 championship game of the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE { NFL }, the Chicago Bears won.  Only 9 points separated these teams as they met thrice in 1933.  For the championship Chicago 23, New York Football Giants 21.
1934:   Giants won the famous “sneaker game”. Giants were behind 13-3 early in the 3rd Q. Giants wound up winning 30-13.
1941:    The Bears were a powerful team in the early 1940s.   They defeated the Giants, 37-9 for the NFL championship after smearing GB, 33-14.    Both the the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears were 10-1 in 1941.
1946:   Bears again defeated the New York Giants for the NFL championship, 24-14.
1956:   New York Giants won the NFL championship over the Bears, 47-7. Frank Gifford likes to say that professional football got recognized in 1956, not as late as 1958.   He should;   it is more pleasant.   The New York Giants lost in 1958 to the Baltimore Colts, 23-17 in overtime.
1963:    Chicago Bears won the NFL championship over the Giants 14-10 even though Y.A. Tittle shredded the Bears defense with his passing.  This was the fifth of 5 consecutive losses in the battle of the NFL championship for the Giants.   Giants lost in ’58, ’59, ’61, ’62, ’63.
1985:   Bears 21, Giants 0 in divisional playoff. The Bears would win the Super Bowl that year, compiling an 18-1 record overall.
1990:   Giants 31, Bears 3 in divisional playoff. Giants pushed the Bears around and rushed for a lot of yardage. The Giants would eventually win the Super Bowl.
The  National Football League {NFL} Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys played Thursday night, November 29, 2007.    Brett Favre wound up 0-9 in Dallas.     Green { ha ha ha!   I typed “green” because, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came in to the National Football League for their inaugural 1976 season, the Green Bay Packers football team put up in their advertised game circular “Tampa”.   This enraged the fans of Tampa Bay as the team was enfranchised as “Tampa Bay“.    What occurred was that the public relations staff put out a statement:   “Don’t worry.   When the Packers come here to play here, we will call them green”.   Ha ha ha ha ha ha.   He he he he he! }  now leads the series 18-17;   14-13 in regular season play.   The two teams have played 8 times in the playoffs { often times labeled “postseason” }.    Cowboys  are 4-4 vs. the Green Bay Pack in the playoffs.    Cowboys won 37-27 at home on a Thursday night in 2007.    It was a game that gave a black eye to the NFL and the cable networks.   Many could not see the game solely because of the limitless greed of the cable companies.   Green Bay won 45-17 in Green Bay in 1997 and 41-20 in 2004 – again in GB.   But that game was in Green Bay.   Dallas has won 11 of the last 13 meetings. {??}    They had won 9 straight at Texas Stadium.   In fact, Packers quarterback Brett Favre has never won a game at Texas Stadium.   Dallas won 9 in a row at home vs. the Pack from 1990 through 2007.   Ended in 2013.    Matt Flynn played the game.   Aaron Rodgers was injured.

The two teams have had some historic games:   The 1966 National Football League { NFL } championship:  Green Bay 34, Dallas 27.   The Packers were terrified as they had not stopped Dallas after taking a 14-0 lead.   Dallas was on the Packer one.  Glen Boeke, a Dallas guard moved.   After the five yard illegal procedure penalty was assessed, quarterback Don Meredith attempted to complete a TD pass.   A Packer had Meredith in the grasp.  Meredith’s heave was underthrown and packer cornerback Tom Brown intercepted in the end zone.

1967 NFL championship:   Green Bay Packers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17.    “The fastest game ever played”.    It was minus 15 Fahrenheit in Green Bay and there was a breeze blowing.     On the last play of the game, Quarterback Bart Starr ran the ball in behind the block of right guard Jerry Kramer.   If Dallas had won those two National Football League championship games, they would probably have 7 Super Bowl titles, not 5.    They probably would have beaten the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders,  the teams the Pack defeated 35-10 and 33-14, respectively,  in Super Bowls One and Two.   And the Packers would have only two Super Bowl titles, not four.   This is interesting. And Dallas might be a little better known and Green Bay might be not as well known.   Tom Landry was one of the greatest coaches, if not the greatest coach in National Football League history.   His teams nearly won both games.   But almost does not count in professional sports.  No one remembers whom finished second.        In 1968, the Dallas Cowboys were a very good team and the Pack was not back.  But the Dallas faithful groaned as the Packers won, 28-17.
In 1970,
Dallas defeated the Pack for the first time.  It was in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.   After the Pack blocked a punt and scored a Field Goal, Dallas controlled the game and won 16-3.
In 1972,
Dallas was defending their Super Bowl { the championship game of the National Football League } VI title.   They played the Pack in Milwaukee.   Even though Dallas was the better team – at least in the early part of that season – the Pack defeated Dallas on a Field Goal by Chester Marcol.   The score was 16-13.
In 1975, the 0-4 Packers came from 9-17 down to defeat the 4-0
Cowpokes in Dallas, 19-17.

1982:   strike year divisional playoff:   Dallas 37, GB 26.
1993:    Dallas won, 36-14 in Green Bay.  They also won a NFC divisional playoff game that year.  The score was 27-17.
1994:  Cowboys won 42-31 on Thanksgiving Day.  Also won a divisional playoff vs. the Pack, 35-9.
1995:  Dallas defeated GB 34-24, in Dallas, during the regular season. Also beat the Packers for the NFC championship.
Also,  the Cowboys defeated the Packers at home in 1996,  21-6,  and also in 1999.
2004:   Cowboys lost at GB 41-20 in 2004.   First loss to Pack since ’89.
Last loss at home for the Cowboys vs. the Pack was in 1989 – until 2013.   Both teams finished last in 1988, as they met twice in 1989.   They are in different divisions.   The format was different from 1978 until 1995, I believe.
2016:    Cowboys lost at home after a thrilling comeback.   Aaron Rodgers is the most accurate QB I have seen on a week after week;  year after year basis.

In 2007, the New England Patriots finally defeated the Redskins for the first time in 35 years.  There were years  { a good example:   1978, 1996, 2003 and one could argue 1984 }  when the Patriots had a better team than the ‘Skins.   The Pats had not defeated the Washington Redskins since 1972.    Patriots finally won in 2007.    That game is still talked about, as the Patsies were one of the worst teams in the National Football League.   The Pats, directed by QB Jim Plunkett, were down 14-0 and engineered a comeback.  They were ahead 24-21 with less than two minutes to go.  The Redskins kicked a Field Goal with two minutes or less to go.    The Patriots ran in to kicker Curt Knight.    Coach George Allen was a good coach but this time he “violated” a coach’s rule:  never take points off the scoreboard.  The ‘Skins didn’t get a first down and attempted another FG. It was wide.   They forced the Patriots to punt.   Bill Malenchalk blocked the punt and fell on it in the opponent’s end zone for a touchdown!   The officials ruled it a safety.   Warner Wolf of then WTOP showed an official on camera raising his hands for a touchdown.    A Patriots player stood in front of the official and made the sign for a safety.   The official hesitated, then made the signal that it was a safety!   The Redskins got a free kick and drove within field goal range.  The field goal attempt was wide right but barely wide right. The Patriots had to “free kick”.    The Redskins couldn’t pick up a first down.   Field goal attempt by redskins kicker Curt Knight of 50 yards was wide.  The Redskins then won 9 in a row, while the Patsies lost their next 9 in a row.   The Redskins wound up going to the Super Bowl.    The Patriots were their usual “Patsies”, and finished 3-11, following a 2-1 start.
The New England Patriots 52-7 triumph in Foxboro, Massachusetts, U.S.A, over the Redskins in 2007 was the  fourth worst defeat in franchise history for the Redskins.
The Detroit Lions had not won in Washington until 2013.   They had lost 21 straight away vs. them, including 3 postseason games.   They last won away vs the Redskins in 1935, 17-7, when the Redskin franchise was in Boston.
Source of these 4 statistics: not given.   May be espn used the elias sports bureau.

Record losing streaks;  record vanities;  record losing streaks away;   record losing streaks at home;   record losing losing streaks vs. an opponent;   record losing streaks away vs. an opponent;  record losing streaks at home vs. an opponent:

20:   record losing streaks away.   Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins.    1970-1979

16:   Record losing streak away vs. an opponent:     Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins.

16    { 16 or 18 **}   Boston {1970} – New England Patriots {1971 on through present }  vs.  Miami.

12:        Detroit vs. San Francisco 49ers
2-14:    Indianapolis Colts away vs Pittsburgh Steelers.      0-5 in playoff competition vs. the Steelers.    6-21 all games vs. Pittsburg.
11:   Minnesota vs Baltimore – Indianapolis  {includes 1968 playoff loss in Baltimore }.  Minnesota Vikings never won in Baltimore and have not won in Indianapolis.     They play Indianapolis AT HOME this year.   The game will be played December 18.
9:  GB vs. Philadelphia   Ended in 2010

The Atlanta Falcons had their inaugural season in 1966.   The team is only 2-14 vs. the Baltimore – Indianapolis Colts.   This record by the Colts against the Falcons means that the Colts have the best team vs. team mark for more than ten games.      Atlanta Falcons did not win away vs. the Colts until the 2011 season, when Peyton Manning was lost for the season because of a neck injury.      The same Falcons are only 2-13-1 vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers.        They did not win at home vs. the Steelers until 2006.       San Diego Chargers 1-9 vs. Atlanta Falcons all time.    Their only win was in Atlanta in 1988 and the game was played in Atlanta.

17:  the number of consecutive losses within their division by the Oakland Raiders until they defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on November 25, 2007.   This may be a National Football League record.

12:  Before Oakland defeated Denver 34-20, on December 2, 2007, they had a 12 game losing streak at home vs. divisional opponents.    The NFL is a business!   The Cleveland Browns are now the Baltimore Ravens!   The Cleveland Browns launched just prior to the 1999 NFL season is NOT the old Cleveland Browns.   But the NFL tries to make you believe that the new expansion franchise has been tied to the original Cleveland Browns of 1946;  the team that was one of three to come to the NFL in 1950.   NOTE:  The team vs. team records of the Cleveland Browns Vs. the Miami Seahawks-Baltimore Colts of the old All-American Football Conference {AAFC} are not here yet.   In 1949 or 1950, the old AAFC folded and 3 teams joined the NFL:   The San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Colts and the Cleveland Browns.   Presumably, the Buffalo Bills, New York Yanks, Los Angeles Dons and the rest of the franchises went broke and the 3 mentioned above showed promise.    However, the 1950 Baltimore Colts {NFL} folded following one season.   The Colts went 1-11.   The Colts fans protested and the NFL wound up awarding another different franchise with the same name in 1953.   The Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts and the San Francisco 49ers do NOT include the games that they played in the old AAFC in their record books played from 1946-1949.   The Baltimore Colts from 1953 { to Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. in 1984 } through to the present are NOT related to the 1946-1950 AAFC and NFL Baltimore Colts.    The Boston Yanks 1944-49 { New York Bulldogs in 1949, New York Yanks in 1950-51 },  1933 Pittsburg Pirates { renamed the Steelers in 1934 or 1940 depending upon the source },  1943 Pittsburg – Philadelphia “Steagles”, 1944 Pittsburg – St. Louis { Card-Pitt }, 1932-1936 Boston Redskins, which became the Washington Redskins in 1937, the 1920-1932 Portsmouth Spartans, which became the Detroit Lions in 1934, 1950 Baltimore Colts, 1952 Dallas Texans, 1950-1951 New York Yanks, the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1930-1944 { the “Tigers” in 1944, merged in to the Boston Yanks in 1945 }, the 1950 Baltimore Colts are NOT included in the NFL record and fact book.  But the 1920 Chicago Staleys, which were renamed the Bears the following year and the 1920 Chicago Cardinals ARE included.   The teams they played are NOT included in the record and fact book with the exception of the Green Bay Packers, the Chicago { then St. Louis in 1960 then Phoenix in 1988 then Arizona in 1994 Cardinals } and the Bears, as they played one another.  Again, the NFL is a business, as are all of the “professional” leagues.  The present Cleveland Browns are NOT the Cleveland Browns of 1946-1995.   The old Cleveland franchise was moved to Baltimore for the 1996 NFL season.  The team became the “ravens”.   So in actuality, the Cleveland Browns franchise has won two Super Bowls, not zero!!   The NFL, in their “nfl record and fact book”, DELETED the 1950 Baltimore Colts from their team vs. team rivalries in 1974, 1975, 1976 or 1977.   It should be further noted that the Colts home games were played at Baltimore Memorial stadium.   The 1950 Baltimore Colts home games were played at Municipal stadium, Baltimore.   – Rocky   

1950 Baltimore Colts  1-11     

14   Washington Redskins 38 {B}  

  0   Cleveland Browns 31 {B}    

13  Chicago Cardinals { now Arizona }  55  {Chicago}

14  Philadelphia Eagles 24  {B}

27  Los Angeles Rams 70 {LA}     

14  San Francisco 49ers 17 { SF}          

41 Green Bay Packers 21  { B }

  7  Pittsburg Steelers 17 { P }

20 New York Giants 55 {B}

28 Washington Redskins 38 {W}            

21 Detroit Lions 45 {B}     

21 New York Yanks 51 {NY}   

Credit goes to:   http://www.footballdb.com/teams/nfl/baltimore-colts/results/1950

INTERESTING FACTS:   Twelve times National Football League teams have met in regular season and in the Super Bowl.  Reversal of the regular season result 7 times:      

1977: Dallas 14, Denver 6          Super Bowl 12:  Dallas 27, Denver 10
1980: Philly 10, Oakland 7 {P}   Super Bowl 15: Oakland 27, Eagles 10
1981:  SF 21, Cincinnati 3        Super Bowl 16:    49ERS 26,Cincinnati 21
1983:  Wash 37, Oakland 35 {W}  Super Bowl 18:  Oakland 38, skins  9
1986:  NY Giants 19, Denver 16 {NY} Super Bowl 21: Giants 39, Denver 20

1990: Bills 17, New York 13 {NY}     Super Bowl 25:   Giants 20, Bills 19
1993: Buffalo 13, Dallas 10 {D}         Super Bowl 28:   Dallas 30, Buffalo 13
1994:  49ers 38, San Diego 15 {SD}  Super Bowl 29    San Francisco, 49-26
1999:  Tennessee 24, St. Louis 21{T}  S.B. 34: St. Louis Rams, 23, Titans 16
2001:  Saint Louis Rams 24, New England Patriots 17 {NE}         In Super Bowl 36:  New England Patriots, 20, Saint Louis Rams 17
2007: NE 38, NY Giants 35 {NY}  Super Bowl 42: Giants 17, NE 14  
2011: New York 24, New England Pats 20              In Super Bowl 46:   Giants 21, New England Patriots 17

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INTERESTING FACTS:   Name THE WILD CARD teams that have won the SUPER BOWL.
ANSWER:   A bit tricky is this question.   NFL rules designated teams as the wild card, beginning with the 1970 postseason.   In 1969, the merged American Football League held a playoff scenario of second place vs. the first place of the other division.   That league had two divisions.   They called them “divisional playoffs”, but, it involved second place teams, which meets the criteria of a wild card team.  Moreover, the NFL and AFL had already agreed to merge.   In 1990, the NFL initiated a format that involved the divisional winner with the least best record having to play in the first week of the postseason. Six teams, { a wild card team, or second place team or team with the “worst” divisional winner record} have gone on to win it all.  They are:

1969:   Kansas City 13, NY Jets  6  [ NY ]

Kansas City Chiefs 17, Oakland 7 ( O ) 
Kansas City 23, Minnesota  7    Super Bowl IV
1980:  Oakland 27, Houston  7   [H]
Oakland 14, Cleveland 12    [C]
Oakland 34, San Diego 27   [SD]
Oakland 27, Philadelphia 10
1997:  Denver 42, Jacksonville 17 [D]
Denver 14, Kansas City 10 [KC]
Denver 24, Pittsburgh 21   [P]
Denver 31, Green Bay 24
2000:  Baltimore 21, Denver 3 [B]
Baltimore 24, Tennessee 10 [T]
Baltimore 16, Oakland      3 [O]
Baltimore 34, NY Giants  7
2005: Pittsburg 31, Cincinnati 17 [C]
Pittsburg 21, Indianapolis 18 [I]
Pittsburg 34, Denver          17 [D]
Pittsburg 21, Seattle          10
2006: Indianapolis 23,  Kansas City  8 [I]
Indianapolis 15, Baltimore 6 [B]
Indianapolis 38, New England 34  [I]
Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17
2007:   New York Giants 24, Tampa Bay 14 {T}
New York Giants  21, Dallas      17 {D}
New York Giants  23, Green Bay   20  {GB}  OT
New York Giants  17, New England 14
The only teams that won all of their games on the road AND played THREE on the road were the 1980 Oakland Raiders and the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers 
  

The number one seeds ~~ teams with the best record in their respective conference that have lost in the first round of the postseason since 1969.    Neither the NFL nor the media referred to them as “seeds” until the 1980s or 1990s.   1969 is not included because the American Football League, in their final season, set up a bogus “second place vs. first place playoff.   The second place teams were not labeled “wild card”,  nor “3rd seed”, nor “4th seed”.     

1970:   Minnesota Vikings was 12-2.   Vikings lost to San Francisco 49ERS, 17-14, in the first round of the playoffs { all the post-season teams played in the first week of the playoffs then.   Wild card playoffs commenced in 1978 }.         

1979:   San Diego Chargers team was 12-4.   San Diego was beaten, 17-14, by the Houston Oilers { now Tennessee Titans }, in the first round.   Pittsburg was also 12-4, but San Diego was “awarded” the number 1 seed because they had beaten the Steelers when they met in the 1979 regular season.    Also, in the National football conference, the Dallas Cowboys had the best record in the NFC, but were beaten 21-19 by the Los Angeles Rams.  

1980:   Atlanta Falcons team was the top seed ~  defeated by Dallas 30-27.    Atlanta was the top seed based upon a head vs. head victory during the 1980 regular season.   Philadelphia eagles finished ahead of Dallas based upon better net points in division games { plus 84 net points to Dallas plus 50.   The nfl never tells how they come up with this stuff:  “net points in division games ” is the first time the nfl ever used that criterion! }    1985:   Los Angeles { Oakland from 1690-1981, 1995-2016 } Raiders team was tied with Miami with identical 12-4 records.   Los Angeles Raiders and Miami did not meet during the 1985 regular season.   The Raiders were possibly the #1 seed based upon a better conference record:  9-3 vs. Miami’s 8-4.   Raiders lost to New England, 27-20.  

1987:  San Francisco 49ers were the top seed.   Minnesota Vikings 36, SF 24  

1992:   Pittsburg Steelers were the #1 seed at 11-5.   Pittsburg was counted as the better record based upon their conference record of 10-2 to Miami‘s 9-3 and San Diego Chargers 9-5.   Buffalo 24,  Pittsburg 3 1995:   Kansas City Chiefs finished with a 13-3 record.   Beaten by the Indianapolis { formerly Baltimore } Colts, 10-7.     

1996:   Denver Broncos finished the regular season 13-3.   Denver was eliminated by the Jacksonville Jaguars, 30-27.   This is considered one of the largest upsets of all of the history of professional football, as Denver had a great team and Jacksonville was an expansion team, in their second season in the league.  

1997:  Kansas City finished 13-3 again.   But, Denver 14, KC 10.   2016:  Dallas eliminated by Green Bay, 34-31, in Dallas { Irving, TX, U.S.A }.    2000:   Tennessee Titans was 13-3.   Beaten by Baltimore Ravens, 24-10.    2005:   Indianapolis Colts team was 14-2.    Pittsburg Steelers won over Indianapolis, 21-18.    2006:   San Diego Chargers finished 14-2.   Eliminated by New England, 24-21     2007:   Dallas Cowboys were the #1 seed in the National Football Conference { NFC }, by finishing 13-3.   Eliminated by the New York Giants, 21-17 at home.    2013:   Dallas Cowboys finished with the best record in the NFC at 13-3.   Eliminated in the second round by the Packers, 34-31 by a last second 50 yard FG.   Dallas did not have to play in the first round of the playoffs, per the set up that began in 1990.

 

 

New York Giants played in East Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A,  beginning in the 1975 or 1976 season.

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New York Giants * vs. Buffalo Bills    Bills lead the series, 6-5.
1970  Giants, 20-6  {Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York, U.S.A. }    1975  Giants, 17-14 {B}       1978  Bills, 41-17  {B}    1987  Bills, 6-3  {B}    1990  Bills, 17-13 { Giants, stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey }   NY Giants turned it around 5 weeks later and beat Bills in the Super Bowl    1993  Bills, 17-14 {B}     1999  Giants,19-17  ( B)    2003  Bills, 24-7   (NY)  2007: Giants 38-21   (B)        2011:  Giants 27-24 {  New Jersey}                           2015:  New York Giants, 24:10 {B}

TRIVIA IS INTERESTING AND I GET ANSWERS!   IT some times takes a while, BUT I DO GET ANSWERS!  New York Giants did not make the playoffs at the end of the 1988 season.   The reason is because the Los Angeles Rams had a better conference record.  The Rams did beat the Giants, but the Giants defeated the New Orleans Saints. The Rams and the Saints split the regular season.  Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans and the Giants all had 10-6 records in 1988.    Rams were 8-4 within the conference;  Giants 9-5;  New Orleans 6-6.  Hence, it could be argued that the previous year’s record affects your fortunes the following season.  if the “G-men” hadn’t finished last in their division in ’87, they wouldn’t have had as many games within their conference.    Not a fair standard because the Giants played a different number of “conference games” probably due to finishing last the previous year.   They had a different schedule making criterion then.

 The Giants and the Buccaneers got gypped out of the playoffs in 2010 on some terminology that the NFL  called “strength of victory” {!!}   WHAT is THAT??   I’ve done all the possibilities and still cannot make any sense out of this.
   The Washington Redskins and the Chicago Bears  met on a Thursday night late in the 2007 season.   ‘Skins won.    This is another old rivalry that has had some memorable games, including a record defeat in terms of margin of defeat.   The “monsters of the midway” destroyed the Redskins 73-0, for the NFL championship in 1940.   The Bears recorded 11 TDs and missed 4 extra points.   The Redskins had won during the regular season, 7-3, in Washington.
The Bears won the championship the following season, also.   But, in 1942, Washington defeated those Bears for the championship.   The score was 14-6.   The “monsters of the midway” had gone 11-0  during the regular season.   They also went 13-0 during the 1934 regular season, but lost the NFL championship game to the New York Giants.  So they lost the opportunity on two separate occasions to be the first to have a “perfect season”.   In 1948, that did happen, but it was the Cleveland Browns, then in the All America Football Conference that did it, going 14-0 and then beating the New York Yanks for the championship.
1937 NFL championship:  Washington 28, Chicago 21 { Wrigley field, Chicago }
1940 NFL championship:  Chicago 73, Washington 0  {Griffith stadium, Washington }
1942 NFL championship:  Washington 14, Chicago 6  {Griffith stadium, Washington}
1943 NFL championship:  Chicago 41, Washington 21 {C}
1984 NFC divisional playoff:  Chicago 23, Washington 19 {RFK, Washington}
1986 NFC divisional playoff:  Washington 27, Chicago 13 {Soldier field, Chicago }
1987 NFC divisional playoff:  Washington 21, Chicago 17 {Soldier field}

Jacksonville Jaguars have not defeated the New England Patriots in the regular season.  But they won once in the post season, defeating the Pats 25-10 in 1998.   Patriots have taken 3 from Jacksonville in postseason play for an overall 7-1 record vs. the Jags.

Dallas Cowboys 7-0 vs the Carolina Panthers in regular season play following a 13-23 home loss in ’97.   But ‘Boys have lost twice in the playoffs to Carolina.
Kansas City Chiefs 6-1 all time vs. the Washington Redskins
Miami 8-1 all time vs. the Saint Louis – Card Pitt – St.Louis -Phoenix -Arizona Cardinals franchise.
Giants 9-2 vs. the Chiefs
Giants 4-2 vs Dolphins [92-80]   Giants lost 23-13 at home vs the Dolphins in Miami’s perfect season.
New York Jets 8-2 vs. GB.      Jets 8-2 vs. the Minnesota Vikings.   Both losses in Minneapolis, Minnesota.     Vikings 0-5 at the home of the New York Jets { East Rutherford, New Jersey }.     New York Jets 10-1 vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Won 8 straight over Tampa.   Tampa never won away vs. the Jets in 7 attempts.    New York Jets 4-10 vs. the Los Angeles – Saint Louis Rams.        Jets 3-10 vs. the San Francisco 49ers.      New York Jets have no good fortune vs. the Philadelphia Eagles.   They have always lost.   Now 0-10 all time vs. the Eagles.  Next game will be in 2019 unless the format schedule changes….

Cincinnati Bengals had not won in Miami since 1968, the team’s very first year in the American Football League.   It existed then;  see above.   They had lost EIGHT in Miami until 2007.  

Atlanta Falcons 9-2 vs. San Diego Chargers.

Pittsburg Steelers 20-5 vs the New York Jets all time, which includes 2 playoff wins – in 2004 and in 2010.   Was 16-2 from 1970 through ’05 or ’06.    From one standpoint, even more remarkable than Raiders 17-0-1 vs. Denver, or Miami’s 20-0 vs. Buffalo from ’70 -’79.   Pittsburgh’s record was over a string of 37 years, not 10.         Pittsburg Steelers vs. Tampa Bay.
Cleveland Browns  33-9-1 vs. the Washington Redskins.

Dallas Cowboys were 0-5 vs. the Cleveland BrownsBaltimore Ravens since 1991 – until November 6, 2016.   As discussed previously, the Baltimore Ravens are NOT a new team.    The Cleveland fans wanted to be rid of owner Arthur Modell.   So they moved the franchise to Baltimore.   Modell is still the owner.

Los Angeles Rams formerly Cleveland Rams formerly Los Angeles Rams formerly St. Louis Rams are 2-11 vs. Miami Dolphins all time.

St. Louis – Arizona Cardinals have lost their last 8 in Atlanta.    Last time beating them in Atlanta was in 1994.

New England Patriots 6-0 at home vs. the baltimore ravens in the regular season match ups.

{ 4-12-17 }:  FOOTBALL SEASON IS COMING      Refresher:

2017 NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE { NFL } SCHEDULE

2016 National Football League { NFL }  final STANDINGS POSTSEASON:     http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand.php?link=Y&season=2016&divcnf=div&week=Week%2017           http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2016/

2015  NFL FINAL STANDINGS:     http://www.pro-football-reference.com

2014  NFL FINAL STANDINGS:      http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2014

2013   NFL FINAL STANDINGS:     http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/standings.nsf/Seasons/2013

2012  NFL FINAL STANDINGS:   http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/standings.nsf/Seasons/2012

2011  NFL FINAL STANDINGS:   http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/standings?season=2011&seasonType=3&grouping=1

2010 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2010

2009 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:  http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2009

2008 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:  http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2008

2007 NFL FINAL Standings:      http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/2007

2006 NFL FINAL STANDINGS AND PLAYOFFS:    http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/2006finaldiv.htm

2005 NFL FINAL STANDINGS AND POSTSEASON:   http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/2005finaldiv.htm

2004 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:    http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/2004finaldiv.htm

2003 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:     http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/2003finaldiv.htm

2002 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:       http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/2002finaldiv.htm

2001 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:     http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/2001finaldiv.htm

2000 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:   http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/2000finaldiv.htm

1999 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:   http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1999finaldiv.htm

1998 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:   http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1998finaldiv.htm 

1997 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:    http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1997finaldiv.htm

1996 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:  http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1996finaldiv.htm

1995 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1994 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1993 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1992 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1991 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1990 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1989 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1988 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1987 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1986 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1985 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1984 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1983 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1982 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1981 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:

1980 NFL FINAL STANDINGS:   http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1980finaldiv.htm

 

1969 NFL AND AFL FINAL STANDINGS AND POST-SEASON  { “LAR” is supposed to be St. Louis Cardinals.   BAL is supposed to be Baltimore – Nextaxpro }   http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1969.htm

1968 NFL AND AFL FINAL STANDINGS AND POST-SEASON:  { “LAR” is supposed to be St. Louis Cardinals.   BAL is supposed to be Baltimore – Nextaxpro }   http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1968.htm

1967 NFL AND AFL FINAL STANDINGS AND POST-SEASON:   { “HOU” is supposed to be Houston.  – Nextaxpro }   http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1967.htm

1966 NFL AND AFL FINAL STANDINGS AND POST-SEASON:    { “NY” is supposed to be New York Jets   – Nextaxpro }     http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1966.htm

1965 NFL AND AFL FINAL STANDINGS AND POST-SEASON: http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1965.htm    { “LAR” is supposed to be St. Louis Cardinals – Rocky }        http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1965.htm

1964 NFL AND AFL FINAL STANDINGS AND POST-SEASON: http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1964.htm

1963 NFL AND AFL FINAL STANDINGS AND POST-SEASON:      http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1963.htm

1962 NFL AND AFL FINAL STANDINGS AND POST-SEASON:     http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1962.htm

1961 NFL AND AFL FINAL STANDINGS AND POST-SEASON:     http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1961.htm

1960 NFL AND AFL FINAL STANDINGS AND POST-SEASON:     http://www.shrpsports.com/nfl/stand/1960.htm 

  PAST NFL STANDINGS:     http://www.pro-football-reference.com  { when the site doesn’t freeze!!! }



NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION { NBA }

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS FOLLOWING 2016-2017 SEASON:

Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics   {B}      Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics   {B}        Houston Rockets lead Oklahoma City Thunder  2-0 ## {H}   Golden State leads Portland 2-0.   Cleveland Cavaliers lead Indiana 2-0.    Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks are tied, 1-1.   Washington leads Atlanta Hawks 2-0.   Los Angeles Clippers $$ and Utah Jazz are tied at one apiece.   San Antonio Spurs lead Memphis Grizzlies 2-0.   The Spurs have beaten Memphis 10 consecutive games in the postseason.

NATIONAL Basketball 🏀 Association Final Standings 2016-2017:   https://www.si.com/nba/standings

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION {NBA} FINAL STANDINGS 2015-2016:   http://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2016_standings.html

NBA PLAYOFFS 2015 – 2016:   http://www.basketball-reference.com/playoffs/NBA_2016.html

NBA FINAL STANDINGS 2014-2015 SEASON:   http://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2015_standings.html

NBA PLAYOFFS 2014-2015 SEASON:    http://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2015.html#all_all_playoffs

NBA FINAL STANDINGS 2013-2014 SEASON:

NBA FINAL STANDINGS 2012-2013 SEASON:

NBA FINAL STANDINGS 2011-2012 SEASON:

NBA FINAL STANDINGS 2010-2011 SEASON:

NBA FINAL STANDINGS 2009-2010 SEASON:

NBA FINAL STANDINGS 2008-2009 SEASON:

NBA FINAL STANDINGS 2007-2008 SEASON:

NBA standings and postseason results  2006-2007:    http://www.shrpsports.com/nba/stand/2007finaldiv.htm

NBA standings and postseason results   2005-2006:   http://www.shrpsports.com/nba/stand/2006finaldiv.htm 

NOTE:  The allegation has been made that the Los Angeles Clippers { formerly Buffalo Braves – San Diego Clippers } deliberately lost their season finale in April 2006 to the Memphis Grizzlies in order to play the Denver Nuggets.  That is only possible if the tie breaking rules would’ve favored Memphis had the Grizzlies won the game.   Clippers losing made them 1-3 vs. the Grizzlies for the season.   Both teams won their following game, which was the finale of the 2005-2006 NBA season.   Dallas Mavericks were hot, and eliminated Memphis, 4 games to zero.   The Clippers were the #6 seed, but the #3 seed was the winner of the weak Northwest Division, which was the Denver Nuggets.   The Clippers defeated Denver, four games to one, then lost to Phoenix in the following round of the playoffs, 4 games to 3.

NBA standings and postseason   2004-2005:   http://www.shrpsports.com/nba/stand/2005finaldiv.htm

NBA standings and postseason 1999-2000:    http://www.shrpsports.com/nba/stand/2000finaldiv.htm

NBA standings and playoffs results 1998-1999:   http://www.shrpsports.com/nba/stand/1999finaldiv.htm

NBA standings and playoffs results 1997-1998:  http://www.shrpsports.com/nba/stand/1998finaldiv.htm

NBA standings 1989-1990:  http://www.dougstats.com/89-90.html

NBA standings 1982-1983:    http://statsc.freeservers.com/nba/nba_83st.html

Boston Celtics {NBA } Playoff History ~  http://www.boston.com/sports/boston-celtics/2016/04/22/10-times-celtics-resilient-playoff-team

PLAYOFF Appearances: 52   Overall Playoff Record:  http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=bostonpost   307-224  { as of 2016  }    NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION {NBA} Championships: SEVENTEEN {17}   { 1957, 1959-66, 1968-69, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2008 }

2008:   defeated Atlanta 4-3 defeated Cleveland 4-3 defeated Detroit 4-2 defeated Los Angeles 4-2    WON 17TH NBA CHAMPIONSHIP!

2005 — lost to Indiana, 4-3, first round

2004 — lost to Indiana, 4-0, first round

2003 — defeated Indiana, 4-2, first round lost to New Jersey, 4-0, in conference semifinals

2002 — defeated Philadelphia, 3-2, first round defeated Detroit, 4-1, conference semifinals lost to New Jersey, 4-2, conference finals

1995 — lost to Orlando, 3-1, first round

1993 — lost to Charlotte, 3-1, first round

1992 — defeated Indiana, 3-0, first round.  lost to Cleveland, 4-3, conference semifinals

1991 — defeated Indiana, 3-2, first round lost to Detroit, 4-2, conference semifinals

1990 — lost to New York, 3-2, first round

1989 — lost to Detroit, 3-0, first round

1988 — defeated New York, 3-1, first round.  defeated Atlanta, 4-3, conference semifinals lost to Detroit, 4-2, conference finals

1987 — defeated Chicago, 3-0, first round defeated Milwaukee, 4-3, conference semifinals defeated Detroit, 4-3, conference finals lost to LA Lakers, 4-2, NBA Finals

1986 — defeated Chicago, 3-0, first round defeated Atlanta, 4-1, conference semifinals defeated Milwaukee, 4-0, conference finals defeated Houston, 4-2, NBA Finals    WON NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION {NBA} CHAMPIONSHIP

1985 — defeated Cleveland, 3-1, first round.  defeated Detroit, 4-2, conference semifinals defeated Philadelphia, 4-1, conference finals.  lost to L.A. Lakers, 4-2, NBA Finals

1984 — defeated Washington, 3-1, first round defeated New York, 4-3, conference semifinals defeated Milwaukee, 4-1, conference finals defeated LA Lakers, 4-3, NBA Finals    WON NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION {NBA} CHAMPIONSHIP

1983 — Defeated Atlanta 2 to 1 in a best of 3 “first round” format.  Celtics only 56-26 in 1982-83.  Then lost to Milwaukee, 4-0 in the  conference semifinals

1982 — defeated Washington, 4-1, conference semifinals. lost to Philadelphia, 4-3 conference finals

1981 — defeated Chicago, 4-0, conference semifinals defeated Philadelphia, 4-3, conference finals defeated Houston, 4-2, NBA Finals   WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

1980 — defeated Houston, 4-0, conference semifinals lost to Philadelphia, 4-1, conference finals

1977 — defeated San Antonio, 2-0, first round lost to Philadelphia, 4-3, conference semifinals

1976 — defeated Buffalo, 4-2, conference semifinals defeated Cleveland, 4-2, conference finals defeated Phoenix, 4-2, NBA Finals WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

1975 — defeated Houston, 4-1, conference semifinals lost to Washington, 4-2, conference finals

1974 — defeated Buffalo, 4-2, conference semifinals defeated New York, 4-1, conference finals defeated Milwaukee, 4-3, NBA Finals   WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

1973 — defeated Atlanta, 4-2, conference semifinals.   Lost to New York Knickerbockers, 4-3, conference finals.   Boston Celtics, a record of 68-14, had the best record in the NBA 1972-73 season.

1972 — defeated Atlanta, 4-2, conference semifinals.  lost to New York, 4-2, conference finals  (I think 4-2.  This reference says 4-1)

1969 — defeated Philadelphia, 4-1, division semifinals.   Defeated New York Knickerbockers, 4-2, division finals.  Defeated L.A. Lakers, 4-3, NBA Finals WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP.   ROSE FROM A FOURTH PLACE FINISH TO DEFEAT NUMBER 2 SEED PHILADELPHIA, #1 SEED NEW YORK, #1 SEED OF THE ENTIRE NBA IN THE L.A. LAKERS…

1968 — defeated Detroit, 4-2, division semifinals defeated Philadelphia, 4-3, division finals defeated LA Lakers, 4-2, NBA Finals   WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

1967 — defeated New York, 3-1, division semifinals lost to Philadelphia, 4-1, division finals

1966 — defeated Cincinnati, 3-2, division semifinals defeated Philadelphia, 4-1, division finals defeated LA Lakers, 4-3, NBA Finals    WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

1965 — defeated Philadelphia, 4-3, division finals defeated LA Lakers, 4-1, NBA Finals 42 point victory largest victory margin in a NBA championship series.  WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

1964 — defeated Cincinnati, 4-1, division finals defeated San Francisco, 4-1, NBA Finals  WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

1963 — defeated Cincinnati, 4-3, division finals.   Defeated Los Angeles Lakers, 4-2, NBA Finals WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

1962 — defeated Philadelphia, 4-3, division finals.   Defeated LA Lakers, 4-3, NBA Finals WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

1961 — defeated Syracuse, 4-1, division finals.  Defeated St. Louis, 4-1, in the NBA finals.  WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

1960 — defeated Philadelphia, 4-2, division finals.  Defeated St. Louis, 4-3, in the NBA Finals.  WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

1959 — defeated Syracuse, 4-3, in division finals.   Defeated Minneapolis, 4-0, in the NBA Finals   WON NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

1958 — defeated Philadelphia, 4-1, in division finals.  lost to St. Louis, 4-2, in the NBA Finals

1957 — defeated Syracuse, 3-0, division finals defeated St. Louis, 4-3, NBA Finals   WON NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION {NBA} CHAMPIONSHIP 

1956 — lost to Syracuse, 2-1, division semifinals 1955 — defeated New York, 2-1, division semifinals lost to Syracuse, 3-1, division finals 1954 — defeated Syracuse and New York, 3-1, round-robin lost to Syracuse, 2-0, division finals 1953 — defeated Syracuse, 2-0, division semifinals lost to New York, 3-1, division finals 1952lost to New York, 2-1, division semifinals 1951 — lost to New York, 2-0, division semifinals 1948 — lost to Chicago, 2-1, quarterfinals.

PAST NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION FINAL STANDINGS:    http://www.basketball-reference.com

PAST MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FINAL STANDINGS, PLAYOFFS AND WORLD SERIES:     http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues

 http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason

WORLD SERIES RESULTS:     http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/history/postseason/mlb_ws.jsp?feature=recaps_index       Also, pro football reference has a lot of good stats and has conducted a tremendous amount of thorough research.   That is, when the site doesn’t freeze on you!

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The game I will never forget.   By Rocky:

It was actually a professional basketball game, albeit I am the most interested in professional American football.   There are many games I will never forget in American pro football.   But the game that I will NEVER forget was played on April 17, 1977, in the National Basketball Association { often times called the NBA }.   It was  a playoff game between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers { often called “sixers” by their fans }.    The “sixers”  came from the folded American basketball association { ABA } and their initial season in the NBA was the 1975-76 NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION {NBA} season.    The Celtics had won the NBA championship for the 13th time { 1957-1959-66, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976 previously };   the last championship was following the previous  season – 1975-76.   The Celtics were not excellent during the 1976 – 1977 season through a combination of injuries and subpar play from their stars.   The 76ers were playing good basketball.   They had a number of stars including Caldwell Jones, Darrell Dawkins, Sedaile Threat and a player you may well have heard of:   “doctor J”, which stood for Doctor Julius Irving, a multi-talented athlete.    I think he had a doctorate degree, but I do not know which subject.

The Celtics 🍀  were behind for nearly the entire game.   The “sixers”  moved out very quickly to a 14-4 lead.   Just before time expired at the end of the first half, a Celtic threw up the basketball from half court.   The basketball hit nothing but net!   But the Celtics were still down 67-59, at halftime.

In the second half, it was frustrating, as the 76ers were continually scoring buckets and being fouled, resulting frequently in 3 point plays.    But the Celtics 🍀  gradually stormed back.   Sidney Wicks, with three or less minutes to go in the game, moved to all alone “in the paint”.   He made spectacular dunks and helped tie the game with less than one minute to play.     Boston took a two point lead on a Boston basket.  The camera replayed a sixer fan slamming his fist in anger and frustration.   The sixers then tied the game.    John Havlicek, one of the better of many of the Celtics 🍀 of all time, threw the basketball over the head of one of his teammates and the basketball sailed out of bounds on the other side of the playing court.  

Then, Julius Erving made a VERY good 😊 play, scored and was fouled.   The “DR J” missed the free throw!     There were six seconds left in the game.     Boston inbounded, Jo Jo White shot and missed.  McDonald got the rebound.   He shot, but the “Sixers” blocked his shot!    Jo Jo White grabbed the basketball and tossed it in the general direction of the hoop.  The basketball 🏀 hit nothing but the net!   The buzzer  🔊   sounded.    Both referees signaled the bucket as “good “,  meaning that Jo Jo White caused the basketball to leave his fingers prior to the buzzer ringing!   The Celtics 🍀  ran for the exits.   Brent Musburger, one of the announcers, said:  “and the Celtics know that they got to get out of there “.    I jumped off of my sofa and yelled the loudest war whoops I have ever shouted in my entire life,   The Celtics 🍀  ,  heavy underdogs in the series, had beaten Philadelphia in Philadelphia.   Next morning, I greeted my boss with those same war whoops.   My boss said “oh, they were lucky”.

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##   Oklahoma City Thunder used to be the Seattle Supersonics.
$$   Los Angeles Clippers used to be Buffalo Braves, San Diego Clippers.

**   I say 16 or 18.   It depends upon how one looks at it.    Boston-New England Patriots lost 16 consecutive from 1970 through 1985 IN MIAMI.    The Patriots won in 1969.   However, the game was played at Tampa Stadium, sometimes called “Honihan stadium”  IN TAMPA.    The Patriots LOST in expansion franchise Miami in 1968 and, also in 1967.

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