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With the Jets beaten the day before, this showdown in Pro Player Stadium would decide the AFC East Championship. It also was a preview of sorts for the AFC Wild Game of Sunday, Dec. 28. New England, defending AFC Champions, held their ground against the pass-reliant Dolphins.
One of the most dominant seasons in 49ers history was 1997. They had won eight in a row (their first seven against divisional opponents). Two more wins would give San Francisco the NFC West championship. With a deep pool of reserves, the Niners would not be denied. Certainly the back-pedaling Eagles stood no chance.moreless
Chicago had been winless going into this rescheduled game at Pro Player Stadium. Miami thought they had the game under control, leading 33-18. But the Bears reached back for the pride that had always been there. Pride and self-respect drove the Bears to tie the game and win 36-33 in overtime.moreless
It took a long time for the Eagles and their fans to realize that the opportunity for coach Ray Rhodes to lead them to glory, had passed. Maybe this nail-biter in Texas Stadium, the biggest thrill during Frank Gifford's last year in the MNF booth, told the story. (See Notes.)
Neither the Chiefs nor the Raiders could afford an 0-2 start. New Kansas City players made the big breaks. After Darren Anderson scored on a 55-yard INT to cut Oakland's lead down to five points, Andre Rison caught the winning TD with 11 seconds to play. This 28-27 game defined the season for both the sprinting Chiefs and the dispirited Raiders.moreless