Pro Football Weekly editors Jon Styf and Kyle Nabors debate the best playoff game of all time.
Nabors: The first weekend of playoff football is in the books, and it wasn't exactly an inspiring slate of games. I might have dozed off at one point during the Bills' and Jaguars' attempt to set offense back a few decades. But smile, Jon, we've got better football ahead. What looks to be a fun divisional round got me thinking, what's the best playoff game of all time?
Styf: It wasn't that game, though I was appreciative of Tony Romo's candor in calling it. To me, two games stand out and they both included the same two organizations. Frank Reich leading the Bills back from a 32-point deficit to beat the Oilers, 41-38, in the wild card round in 1993 and the "Music City Miracle" in 2000, when the latter day Oilers (Titans) scored on a lateral from Frank Wycheck to Kevin Dyson on a kickoff return with 16 seconds left for a 22-16 Titans win.
Nabors: It's still amusing to watch Dyson streak down the left sideline to this day. But I'll take the "Music City Miracle" and raise you the "Tuck Rule" game. Tom Brady leads the New England Patriots back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to top the Oakland Raiders in overtime of the divisional round with the help of a controversial call. I still say Brady fumbled, but it sparked the first of now five Super Bowls for Brady and the Patriots.
Styf: Maybe a distaste for the Patriots, in general, keeps that one further down on my list. I know it wasn't the greatest, by any stretch, but as a kid who grew up in Michigan, the Lions beating the Cowboys, 38-6, in 1992 was my favorite playoff moment. The biggest reason is that it's the Lions' lone playoff win in my lifetime and their only one of the Super Bowl era. I have an equal distaste for their 41-10 loss to Mark Rypien's Washington club the next week. Speaking of beating the Cowboys, how about the "Ice Bowl" in 1967, when the Packers beat Dallas, 21-17, with a nearly negative-50 degree wind chill?
Nabors: The "Ice Bowl" is just a bit before my time, but it's almost required viewing when becoming a football fan. As a sidenote, it's the first time I can recall seeing old clips and asking why the goal posts were in the end zone. I still can't believe they thought that was a good idea. But if you have a general distaste for the Patriots, the name David Tyree has to bring a smile to your face.
Styf: That was such a great catch. But I'm going to bring up the Titans again. Maybe it would be higher on the list if they scored on that final play against Kurt Warner's Rams in 2000, but that Super Bowl (XXXIV) is the best that I can remember.
Nabors: Man, we went from career highlight to career lowlight for Dyson here. I think I've got it figured out, though. Super Bowl XLIII between the Cardinals and Steelers is the answer. James Harrison with the 100-yard interception return to close the first half. Larry Fitzgerald streaking down the field to give Arizona the lead in the closing minutes. And then Santonio Holmes' ridiculous touchdown catch. It doesn't get any better than that.
Styf: You're just hating on Warner. I'd prefer to remember his best moments than this loss.
Nabors: I don't blame Warner. It's not his fault Holmes became super human for one day.