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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Sports December New Texas Page surprise Wildcard matchups typify wild season By THE ASSOCIATED By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS That this was a year of surprises In the NFL is at tested to by the quartet of teams playing on Sunday in the AFC and NFC wildcard The Minnesota Vikings will travel to New Orleans to play the while the Seattle Seahawks will be in Houston to take on the New Orleans only finished second In Its the NFC because the San Francisco 49ers have been awesome In recent finishing the regular season at The Saints won their last nine finished with a 123 record the first winning season in their 21year history and still came up with only a wild card and the home field in the first Jim the Saints1 said an emotional game on Sunday would not surprise Its the first playoff game in the history of this organization and the first time they the Vikings have been In the playoffs since There are 10 teams in the and 1 would guess theyll all be he said The fact that its adoordte situation if they lose their season is over mav pick things up a Minnesota made the playoffs despite losing its final regularseason game in overtime to the Washington Redskins and finishing at second in the NFC Cen behind the Chicago The Vikings had one of Uie leagues best records in nonstrike But its strike replacement team went 03 and the regular team lost three of its last The Vikings needed the Cowboys to pick them up They did us two said Minnesota defensive coordinator Floyd They lost to us 14138 on and then they beat Uuis for us Cowboys It really is a crazy playing in the tough AFC Central began the season with few aspirations with a NFL Playoffs By The Associated Press All Times CST 1 NFC Wild Card Minnesota at New a m AFC Wild Card Seattle at 3 AFC Divisional Playoffs Seattle or Indianapolis at 11 30 a m NFC Divisional Playoffs Minnesota or Washington at San Francisco 3 D m 10 NFC Divisional Playoffs New Orleans or Washington at a m AFC Divisional Playoffs Houston or Indianapolis at Denver 3pm 17 AFC Championship Divisional Playoff TBA NFC Championship Divisional Playoff TBA 31 Super Bowl AFC champion NFC champion at San 5pm boost from a 21 replacement team during the early season made it to the playoffs for the first time since Seattle also was 96 and second in its the AFC behind But the unlike the other three wildcard had every hope when the season began that they would not only be involved In postseason but Would win their Among the blows suffered by Seattle on Sunday was the loss of star running back Curt Warner with a badly sprained left ankle Houston relishes the taste of ending playoff drought HOUSTON AP Houston Oilers Coach Jerry Glanville knows what to expect from Seattle Coach Chuck Knox when the two teams meet Sun day in the AFC wild card playoff game in the Ground Chuck is his nickname because he likes to run the Glanville said A lot of things that we do in the league started with He perfected Houston defeated Cincinnati 2117 Sunday while the Seahawks were los ing to Kansas City securing the home field advantage for the Oilers for the playoff Glanville also is familiar with Knox because the two coaches careers have crisscrossed for Glanville coached at Detroit and Buffalo after Knoxs Glanville and Knox battled when Glanville was an Atlanta assistant and Knox was head coach at Los So if all things unfold like they I should be in Seattle for my next The Oilers and Seahawks also are familiar with each other because they hold preseason scrimmages together Knowing the Seahawks will help the young Glanville said Weve gone out to their training camp and had two real good scrim Glanville I think our team felt good about how we could match We played well out there Irish wary of Wrecking Crew DALLAS defense calls itself The Wrecking Crew and Notre Dame assistant Coach Pete Cordelli says it reminds him of one hes seen before Miami The defense is very comparable to Miamis with us speed and Cordelli said Their spmi really scares you Miami blanked Notre Dame 240 in the final game of the regular season limiting the Fighting Irish to only 13 first downs Cordelli said Texas ends John a first learn AP and Aaron Wallace are so fast they force the opponents to run inside Both Miami and AiM have an at tacking he added Notre Dame and Texas University meet for the first time in the 52nd Cotton Bowl Classic on New Years day The Fighting Irish are ranked 12th and Texas 13th The Aggies uen seventh in total defense in the final NCAA statistics 10th against the run and ninth against the pass M has the 11 th best scor ing defense in the nation First down will be critical for us against Cordelli said If we can establish four or five or six yards on first we can control the tton owi Classic tempo We need to put ourselves in a second and second and short situation If we they can tee off on you like Miami does the quarterback and receivers said Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown gives the Fighting Irish numerous offensive We move people around and use a vanty of things the quick passing pitch he said You have to take advantage of what the defense gives you when they try and stop a player like Tim Center Chuck Lanza said the Notre Dame players have taken note of some boasting by the defense This isnt the first time that people have com mented about Notre Lanza Some comments would tend to fire us The Southwest Conference champion 9 led the league in total defense while their of fense was Were looking forward to a very physical Lanza said OBrient their mid dle has tremendous quickness and should really be Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz said The Wreck ing Crew had impressed him in Its not luck Texas has been in the Cotton Bowl the last three HolLz Theyve been getting the athletes for the last three or four years in Texas And their defense is tremendously they are a lot like He said he enjoys attacking a defense like 1 do love the challenge of taking on a top and has a great Holtz Patriots edge Dolphins in finale It 1 4 I I I 411 The game meant Steve Cirogan was MIAMI Al but something concluded his 13lh NFL season by throwing for yards and two touchdowns as the New England Patriots boat the Miami Dolphins 24 10 Monday night to bring the regular season to an end Both teams had been eliminated from playoff conten tion a day earlier Grogan shared playing lime this season with Tom Ramsey and Tony Kason He had started only five times the last two seasons before leading the Patriots to victories in their final three games who said he has no plans to directed a ball control offense that had possession 15 minutes longer than Miami and converted 10 of 15 thirddown situations Grogan com pleted 21 of 32 passes despite a broken bone in his or non hand If the game had meant a playoff Id have so there was no reason for me not to he said Thats what 1 get paid to do Grogan and his teammates had the best of a matchup between the NFLs 25thranked offense and 25thranked defense The Patriots scored touchdowns the first three times they had the ball and led 243 at halftime Both teams finished one game behind AFC Kasl Division champion Indianapolis The victory was the fifth straight against the Dolphins for New which has a 418 record at Miami New opened the scoring when Grogan hit Irving Fryar with a 3 yard touchdown pass after a Miami fumble Grogan later connected with Stephen Starring for a 34yard score to capa 79yard drive Tony Collins ran five yards for the Patriots final and Tony Franklin kicked a 31yard field Miamis Dan Marino threw a nine yard touchdown pass to James Pruitt in the fourth and Fuad Reveiz booted a 47yard field goal NFL By The Associated Press AMERICAN Minnesota 8 7 0 533 Green Bay 5 9 1 367 Tampa Bay 4 11 o 267 Detroit 4 11 0 255 286 300 360 384 xlndianapolis New Kngland Francisco 13 2 u 867 vNew Orleans 12 3 0 283 A Hams 690 3 12 o N V won division Central x playoff Pittsburgh 27 Minnesota x Buffalo y 2 San Atlanta LA Orleans Green Bav Kansas New York G iants New York Jets Louis City 41 Seattle xWashington Tampa Bay 6 Denver San Diego St Angeles Raiders Philadelphia NY Francisco Los Angeles Rams V t Kngland Miami White team up again on AllPro NEW YORK t AP Charles who began the season as the backup to Eric Dickerson in the Los Angeles Rams is teamed with Dickerson at running back on the Associated Press AllPro The ascension of White to the announced was made possible when Dickerson was traded at midseason to the Indianapolis who played in three replacement games during the NFL players went on to lead the league in with Dickerson Jerry Rice of the San Francisco who set two season receiving records despite playing in only 12 games because of the was the only unanimous choice in the voting by three sport swriters or sportscasters representing each of the 28 NFL The 180pound thirdyear player from Mississippi Valley State set records by catching touchdown passes in 13 consecutive regular season games dating to last year and had 22 touchdown catches this breaking the mark of 18 set by Miamis Mark Clayton in 16 Rice was joined by three teammates from a club that posted the NFLs best They in cluded quarterback Joe who threw most of Rices nose tackle Michael Carter and safety Ronnie Nineteen of the NFLs 28 teams had players on the 26man first San Francisco had four and the Washington New York Min nesota Vikings and Chicago Bears two players each on the Not on the for the first time in his seven year is linebacker Lawrence Taylor of the last years league who made the second was edged by two votes by team mate Carl Andre Tippett of New England is the other outside The rest of the offensive first team includes wide receiver Gary Clark of tight end Mark Bavaro of the tackles Anthony Munoz of Cincinnati and Gary Zimmerman of guards Bill Fralic of Atlanta and Mike Munchak of center Dwight Stephenson of placekicker Morten Andersen of New Orleans and kick returner Vai Sikahema of The rest of the defense includes ends Reggie White of Philadelphia and Bruce Smith of defensive tackle Steve McMichael of in side linebackers Mike Singletary of Chicago and Fredd Young of cornerbacks Hanford Dix on of Cleveland and Barry Wilburn of safety Joey Browner of Minnesota and punter Jim Arnold of The second team includes wide receivers Steve Urgent of Seattle and Smith of tight end Kellen Winslow of San tackles Jim Lachey of San Diego and Jackie Slater of the guards Ron Soil of Indianapolis and Tom Newberrv of the Were going to enjoy the season that just end ed and prepare for the next one that begins on The next season is four games long and we want to try to go four for Oiler Coach Jerry Glanville The Oilers and Seahawks will take 96 regular season records into the The Oilers took today off and will resume workouts Wednesday for their first playoff game since Its been a long time coming for starting tackJe Bruce wholl be in his first playoff game after an up and down Its like Matthews A lot of people thought we had taken our last Wed wed go under a few But we made it back to the Glanville came to work Monday after a sleepless I was afraid to go to sleep because I might wake up and find it was only a Glanville Were go ing to enjoy the season that just end ed and prepare for the next one that begins on The next season Is four games long and we want to try to go four for completing his second season as Oiler head said he was happiest for those who had suf fered the The longer you suffer the sweeter It Glanville You have to be here the whole time to really ap preciate Ive only been here for part of it so owner Bud Adams and Ladd general manager get to en joy it more than Talkative Oiler tight end Jamie Williams said the Oilers made The general feeling around Houston and the league was that the Oilers were lost in some black hole in Williams Wed never be seen again as Oiler guard Dean Steinkuhler said accusations that the Oilers used dirty tactics made the playoff berth Weve been the laughing stocks around the league for quite Steinkuhler Weve been false ly accused of a lot of thats gonna happen when youve been everybodys whipping boy and now start to Offensive tackle Bruce Davis has a ring from Super Bowl XV which he earned with the Los Angeles I hope this is deja Davis Crista Dees and the Unicorn girls will try to get back on track at Lockhart Photo by Deryl Clark Holiday breakover for basketball teams The schools may be in recess all this but that doesnt mean the local basketball teams are taking it There is a lot of work to be done for all six teams and tonight they all find out if their holiday workouts have paid After playing the brutal portion of its schedule New Braunfels girls team will try to get back on the winning track today at The Unicorns are 22 in 134A play while the host Lady Lions enter the contest at The freshman game kicks off the procedings at 5 with the junior varsity and varsity matches to Canyons girls team was playing its best games of the year just before the and the Cougarettes will be trying to maintain that pace at Schertz Canyon is 23 in district while Clemens is 12 The freshman game is set for 3 Smithson Valleys girls had their first taste of victory in the Canyon Classic two weekends Now the Rangerettes are after their first district win as they host The Lady Rebels have given oppos ing teams some trouble and enter tonights contest with a 22 Smithson Valley is The varsity scheduled to begin at 8 will be preceded by the freshman game at 5 and the JV game at District 134A District basketball standings GIRLS Team W L GB Fredericksburg 60 Boerne 3 l 2 New Braunfels 223 Tivy 223 Hays 223 Canyon 2 3 Clemens l 2 3 Lockhart l 3 4 Smithson Valley 045 Todays Games Hays at Smithson Valley New Braunfels at Lockhart Canyon at Clemens Thursdays Gime Medina Valley at Smithson Valley BOYS w I GB Tivy 30 Clemens 2 0 4 Fredericksburg 3 l Canyon 1 1 ifc Boerne l l Smithson Valley 0 1 2 New Braunfels Hays 0 2 Lockhart 0 2 2Vi Games Clemens at Canyon Lockhart at New Braunlels Smithson Valley at Hays Saturdays Canyon at Smithsan Valley The boys are not as far into the district portion of their srhifMfg if the but things are not any less
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