Colts/Ravens fantasy tournament—– Semis

August 15, 2009 |

 

     Sorry guys, I promised this on Friday. Yesterday I came home from work, took a pill and laid on the couch all night. I feel much better today. Now we get to see who moves on to the finals. For those that didn’t read the early rounds blog, here are the particulars. I use a simulator at whatifsports.com. I only simulate each game once. This has caused there to be a few upsets. Don’t get mad at me. I’m not trying to decide who the greatest Colt or Raven team is. That is best left to bar arguments. I though this would be a fun thing to do before the season starts. I seeded all 13 Ravens and 31 Colt teams before the tourney. The one advantage the higher seed gets is home field advantage until the final. So here goes………………….

 

                      #2  2008 Ravens     vs.     #13  1996 Ravens

   1996   Ravens                  0           0           0          0   =      0

  2008  Ravens                 14          14           0          10 =     38

Leading Passers

08    Joe Flacco      14-19         213yds          3TD           1 INT

96   Vinny Testaverde    12-29      108yds     0TD     2 INT

Leading Rushers

 08  Le’Ron McClain   20 car     59 yds

 96  Bam Morris      11 car      30 yds

Leading Receivers

  08  Derrick Mason (MVP)   6 catch      107 yds      2 TD

  96  Brian Kinchen     3 catch        38 yds

Defensive leader

  08  Ray Lewis   6 tackles    1 INT

  96  Antonio Langham      1 INT

    The 1996 team came into the semis off a shocking upset over the 2001 team, but they proved no match for last years squad. They were held to 147 yards of total offense by the stingy ’08 defense. The  2008 Ravens roared out to an early lead on 1st quarter TD’s by Demetrius Williams and Ray Rice. They were up 28-0 at the half and cruised in the second half. A 3 yard Flacco to Mason pass and a 34 yard Stover FG closed out the scoring in the 38-0 demolition.

 

        #3    2006 Ravens          vs.         #6     2004 Ravens

 2004 Ravens            0            10               0             0  =      10

 2006 Ravens            0             3                 3             9  =      15

Leading Passers

06    Steve McNair         14-30             177 yds

04   Kyle Boller               6-15                 45 yds

Leading Rushers

  06   Jamal  Lewis               21 car    32 yds

  04   Jamal Lewis                 18 car    77 yds

Leading Receivers

  06    Derrick Mason        5 catch   59 yds

  04    Kevin Johnson        2 catch    20 yds

Defensive Leaders

  06  Adalius Thomas    7 tackles   1 sack

  04  Ed Reed                        7 tackles   1 sack

 The MVP of the game was 2006 Matt Stover. He connected on FG’s of 27,41,37,49, and 50 to account for all 15 points for the 2006 team. As a matter of fact the only TD in this defensive struggle was a 70 yard punt return in the second quarter that gave 2004 a 10-3 halftime lead. The 2006 defense then rattled Kyle Boller in the second half and rode the foot of Stover into a spot in the finals.

 

                          #1  1958 Colts         vs.     #19  1980 Colts

1980  Colts              3               3          0              0  =       6

1958 Colts               0                0         14            3  =      17

Leading Passers

  58     Johnny Unitas               12-20      119 yds

  80    Bert Jones                         13-28       125 yds         3 INT

Leading Rushers

  58   Alan Ameche (MVP)    16 car    96 yds      1 TD

  80  Curtis Dickey                     17 car     60 yds

Leading Receivers

  58  Raymond Berry              7 catch     62 yds

  80  Roger Carr                          5 catch      68 yds

Defensive Leaders

   58  Carl Taseff               2 INT’s

   80  Joe Ehrmann      7 tackles    1 sack

         Two Steve Mike Mayer FG’s put 1980 up 6-0 at the half, as Unitas and company were stymied. The picture changed in the second half, partially due to 2 Bert Jones interceptions. As for the 1958 NFL champs, they got a 10 yd TD run from Alan Ameche and a 15 yd TD run from LG Dupre in the third to take hold of the game. They added a Steve Myrha 37 yd FG in the 4th for the final score.

 

              # 8   1965 Colts      vs     # 10   1975 Colts

 1975 Colts                   0             0              0                 21  =     21

 1965 Colts                    14           0            10                  0  =    24

 Leading Passers

 65    Johnny Unitas (MVP)       17-23     249 yds          2 TD

 75    Bert Jones                                16-24       228 yds          2 TD

Leading Rushers

  65    Tony Lorick          4 car       62 yds

  75    Lydell Mitchell   19 car      68 yds

Leading Receivers

   65    Jimmy Orr               4 catch      105 yds       1 TD

   75   Roger Carr                 2 catch         60 yds

 Defensive Leaders

    65   Dennis Gaubatz        5 solo tackles

   75    Mike Curtis          6 tackles     2 sacks

   This matchup between two playoff teams that lost to the eventual NFL champ turned out to be very exciting. It didn’t see that way early as 1965 built up a 14-0 lead. Unitas was on fire early as he hit Jimmy Orr for a 60 yd TD and Tony Lorick turned a screen play into a 41 yd TD in the first quarter. Lou Michaels booted through a FG and Lenny Moore had a 14 yd TD run in the third to push it out to what seemed like an insurmountable 24-0 lead at the start of the 4th quarter. But then Bert Jones and crew roared back. First Jones hit Lydell Mitchell in the end zone with 10:53 left to get on the board. After a 3 and out, Jones drove the 1975 team 82 yards in 5 plays culminating in an 8 yd TD catch by Glenn Doughty. After yet another 3 and out the ’75 squad moved the ball with ease and got within 3 after another Doughty touchdown with 2 minutes to go. 1965 recovered the onside kick but were unable to move the football again. 1975 Colts had one last shot, but on their second play from scrimmage; with 1:12 seconds left in the game, Lydell Mitchell coughed up the ball on a pass in the flat. With no TO’s left, they could only watch Unitas take a knee and send 1965 to the finals.

 

 

                                                     RAVENS FINAL

   2008 Ravens  ( 11-5)                 vs         2006 Ravens   (13-3)

  The 2008 AFC runner-ups take on the 2006 team that rolled to the AFC North title but lost to Indy in the divisional round.

 

            1958 Colts  (9-3)             vs.           1965  Colts   (10-3-1)

 The 1958 team that got hot at the right time and won “Greatest Game Ever Played” will take on a 1965 team that boasts many of the same players, but unfortunately lost to 65 Packers in the Western division championship game.

 

                        Finals results will be posted on Tuesday.

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