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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Tuesday . December 29 1987 Heraid-Ze/fung Ne* Braunfels Texas Page 7 Surprise, surprise Wild-card matchups typify wild season By THE ASSOCIATE D PRESS That this vs as a year of surprises in the NFL is at tested to by the quartet of teams playing on Sunday in the AFC and NFC wild card games The Minnesota V lkings will travel to Ne* Orleans to play the Saints while the Seattle Seahawks will be in Houston to take on the < filers Ne* Orleans only finished second in its division the NFC ^est because the san Francisco 4*ers have been awesome in recent weeks finishing the regular season at 13 2 The' Saints won their last nine games finished with a 12 3 record the first binning season in their 21 year history and still came up with only a wild card and the home field in the first round Jim Mora the saints coach said an emotional game on Sunday would not surprise him It s the first playoff game in the history of this organisation and the first time thee the Vikings have been in the piavoffs since 19H2 There are IO teams in the playoffs and I would guess thee ll ail be emotional he 'aid The fact that it s a do-or-die situation if they lose it their season is over mav pie k things up a little Minnesota made the playoffs despite losing its final regular season game .n overtime to the Washington Kedskins and finishing at 8 7 second in the NFC Cen tral behind the ( 'htcago Bears IM The \ things had one of the league s hest records in non strike games m But Us stnke replacement team went 0 3 ami the regular team lost three of Us last four The V (kings needed the Cowboys to pick them up Thev did us two favors said Minnesota defensive coordinator Floyd Peters    They lost to us 44 w on Thanksgiving and then they teat st Ixmts for us Thanks c owboys It really is a crazy league Houston plav mg in the tough AF( Central Ihv ision tegan the season with few aspirations and with aNFL Playoffs By Th# Aiiooi'M Press All Tim** CST Sunday Jan ] NFC Wild Card Minnesota at New Orleans ll loam AFC Wild Card Seattle at Houston lpm Saturday Jan « AFC Divisional Playoffs seattle or Indianapolis at Cleveland ll nam NFC Optional Playoffs Minnesota or VV ashingion at San Francisco 'pm Sunday Jan IO NFC Divisional Playoff* New Orleans or Washington at (*hk ago ll nam AFC Divisional Playoff* Houston or Indianapolis at Denver 3pm Sunday Jan 17 AFC Championship Divisional Playoff winners TBV NFC Championship Divisional Playoff winners TBV Sunday Jan ii 'aper Bow I VFC champion vs NFC champion al > an Diego 5pm boost from a 2 1 replacement team during the early season strike made it to the playoffs for the first time since nato Seattle also was 9-6 and second in Us division the AFt West behind Denver UM I But the 'eahawks un.ike the other three wildcard teams had every hope when the season began that they would not only be involved in post season play but would win their division V rn orig the blows suffered by seattle or. sunday w as the loss of star running back Curt W artier w uh a badly sprained left ank.e Houston relishes the taste of ending playoff drought HOL STON AF Houston Oilers Coach Jerry Glanville knows what to expect from Seattle Coach Chuck Knox when the two teams meet Sun day m the AFC wild card playoff game in the Astrodome “Offensively. 'Ground Chuck' is his nickname because he likes to run the ball “ Glanville said Monday A lot of things that we do in the league started w ith Chuck He perfected it Houston defeated Cincinnati 21-17 Sunday while the Seahawks were losing to Kansas City 41-20 securing the home field advantage for the Oilers for the playoff game Glanville also is familiar with Knox because the two coaches careers have cnss-crossed for years Glanville coached at Detroit and Buffalo after Knox s departure Glanville and Knox battled when Glanville was an Atlanta assistant and Knox was head coach at Los Angeles no if all things unfold like they should I should be in Seattle for my next job Glanville said The Oiler' and Seahawks also are familiar with each other because they hold preseason scrimmages together Knowing the seahawks will help the young Oilers Glanville said We ve gone out to their training camp and had two real good scrim mage' Glanville said ' I think our team felt good about how we could matchup We played well out there Irish wary of 'Wrecking Crew' W I) VIJ As VI’ I ex as AAV! v ie fens** tails •self Th* Wre\kir.g ( rew arx! Notre Dame assistant Coach Fete Cordel 11 ov s it reminds him if * toe he s seen t vrfore Man The VAN! defense is very comparable to M ami * with its spe*tod aik* qui* Abr" Cordell! wk! Their speed rea.,v m ares \o*J V! ami blanked N«*tre Dame 24*’ in the final game of the regular scas*n, limiting the Fighting I rn sh to onl y lift nu do w ns Cordell I 'ald Te\a' VAN! ends John Koprr a first team VC VIS Art cr ar. and Varon Wallace are s*> fast they force the opponent! to run inside Both M ami and VAN! r .ive ar. aggressive at 'ai style be aisled Notre Dame and Texas AAM Lr.;verity meet fur the first ".me * the 2nd ( lit tor Bow I I i asale or. New Near S 1av The Fighting Irish are ranked *2th arni Texas VAN! Uh The Vgg.e' were seventh in Jota, defense in the fina. Nt VV statistic* '. th against the run and ninth against the pass va N! has the ; ith fa s? st or mg defense in the nation hirst down will ta- critical f*»r us against AAM Cor drill 'a ! lf we t an estat ish four or five or six xanlx on first down we i an control the tenter Chuck Lama said the Notre Dame players have 'asen note of some boasting by the VA NI defense Classic tempo We flees! to put ourse.ves in a second am! medium srxond and short situation If we don t they v an tee off tm vim like Miami doe' Cordelli the quarterbai s and rev elvers coach said Hei&man Trophy winner Tim Brown give' the F ghting Irish numerous offensive options We move p*sple around and un* a varity of things the quick passing game pit*, h outs he said Nou have to take advantage of what the defense gives you when thev try and slop a player like Tim Patriots edge Dolphins in finale MI VMI VC Ihr game meant nothing but 'trvr brogan was something Grogan H corn laded hi* I Uh N FI season by throwing fur 2Ut v apis ami two touchdowns as the New Frig .md Patriot* twat tm* Miami Ikilphtn* 24 lo Monday night lo bring the regular season to an end Both teams had bon eliminated from plav off con ten lion a day earlier Grogan share*! playing time this season with Tom Kamsey ant! Tony Fast rn He had st art **tl only five times the last two seasons t*efore leading the Patriots to victories in their final thr**e game* Grogan wh*» said tie has no plans lo retire dire* te«l a ball control offense that had possession if, minutes longer than Miami ami converted IO of 15 third down situations ti hogan com pieted 21 of 12 pasys despite a broken bom* in his left or min throwing ham! lf the game had meant a playoff spot I d have play***! so there was no reason fur me md to play he said That s what I get paul to do Grogan and his teammates had the best of a matchup between the NFL s 2 Uh ranked offense ami 25th ranked defense The Patriots scored touchdown* the first three times they had the ball am! led 24 ? at halftime Both team* f im she*! 8 7 one game behind AFC Fast Division champion Indianapolis Die victory was the fifth straight against the Dolphin* for New Fngiand which has a 4 in record at Miami New England itprtx**! th** scoring when Grogan hit Irv mg Fry ar with a ( vard touchdown pass after a Miami fumble Grogan later connected with Stephen Marring for a V4 yard score to capa 79 yard drive Ton* Collins ran five yards for the Patriots (mal touchdown and Tony Franklin kicked a 31 y ard field goal Miami s Dan Marino threw a nine yard touchdown pass to James Pruitt in the fourth quarter am! Fuad Bevel/ booted a 47 yard field goal NFL > M nm-WX a 8 7 o VC? (rf 335 linen Has 5 9 I (67 255 JOU TampaBav 4 ll o 267 28* lilt! b, T Be assoclated Pre** av*( Micas COSI I Kl vet lietroit 4 ll o 26 7 269 JIM East A L T Pct pp PA Aest x Irvdianapoti' 9 £ tam .too 2-18 x s Y ram inco 13 2 o He 7 4 * 2f> > Nrw y ngland I tis toll * New Orleans .2 3 is* 42. 283 M,ami I 162 1 A Karns u 9 0 4<t* 31"* Mb I Buffalo 8 487 270 Atlanta 3 12 0 20U 305 4 M N N Jets 6 9 4i*U LH Pa' \ won dis iMitn title Central \ *on playoff berth x Cle*eland tie? flto 239 > Houston y 6 NHI (4 J HT Saturday s Games Pittsburgh 8 7 285 2**9 » lev eland 19 Pittsburgh 13 Cincinnati 4 ll 267 285 too w a'hIngton 27 Minnesota 24 OT Ae st Sondey s Game* x Denser 4 Tun (79 28S Philadelphia 17 Buffalo 7 > seattle 9 ti tail- 171 ii 4 Houston 21 Cincinnati 17 'an Diego n [Adroit si Atlanta I t I. A Haulers to! 289 New Orleans (J Green Bay 24 kansas City 4 ll 267 273 (88 New N ork Giants 20 New S ork Je u: NATIONAL COM (HENCE Dallas 21. St I amis is East A L T Pct PP PA Kansas City 41 seattle to x VV ashmgton ll 4 179 285 Indianapolis 24 Tampa Bay 6 Dallas 7 8 467 (4*1 UH I xnv er 24 san Diego o M I amis J 8 467 to.’ to* t 'hicago 6 tats Angeles Haulers 3 Philadelphia rn I 8 0 467 337 ton san Francisco 48 tats Angeles Karns o N N Giants b i 0 4UI 280 312 Monde, s Game Central New England 24 Miami lo x Chn ago ll 4 0 rn 3A6 282 Season Ends 'We're going to enjoy the season that just ended and prepare for the next one that begins on Sunday. The next season is four games long and we want to try to go four for four.' Oiler Coach Jerry Glanville The Oilers and Seahawks will take 9-6 regular season records into the game The Oilers took today off and will resume workouts Wednesday for their first playoff game since 19&; It s been a long time coming for 'tarting tackle Bruce Matthews who ll be in his first playoff game after an up and down season I? s like drowning Matthews 'aid .A lot of people thought we had ’aker. our last breath Wed gasp wed go under a few times But we made it back to the boat ’ Glanville (ame to work Monday-after a sleepless night I w a' afraid to go to Sleep because I might wake up and find it was only adream Glanvdie 'aid We regent to enjoy the season that just ended and prepare for the next one that This isn t the first time that people have commented about Notre Dame hart/a 'aid Some comments would tend to fire us up The Southwest Conference champion Aggie' 9-2 Ie*! th** league rn iota! defense while their of fen*** was next to-last We re looking forward to a very physical game Lan/u said Sammy O Brient their middle guard has tremendous quickness and should really be tough. Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz said The Wreck mg Crew had impressed him in films It s not Ilk. k Texas AA NI has been in the Cotton Bow! the last three years Holtz said They ve been getting th** athletes for the iast three or four years rn Texas And their defense is tremendously fast N es they are a lot like Miami He 'aid he enjovs attacking a defense like NAM s I do love the challenge of taking on a top defense and AA V! has a great one Holtz said SF VV N DBK AP Charlet* White who began e season as the backup to Enc Dickerson in the >s .Angeles Bams backfield is teamed with ickerson at running back on the Associated ress All Pro team Tin* ascension of White to Hie team announced onday was made possible when Dickerson was ade*! at midseason to the Indianapolis Colts hue, w ho played in three replacement games iring Hie NFL players strike went on to lead the ague in rushing, with Dickerson second Jerry Bice of the San Francisco 49ers who set co season receiving records despite playing in niy 12 games txxause of the strike was lh** only nanintous choice in the voting by three sport writers or sportscasters representing each of the I NKL teams The 6 foot 2, Bk) pound third year player from ltssissippi Valley State set records by catching joe fido wn passes in 13 consecutive regulai eason games dating to last year and had 22 touchdown catches this year, breaking the 19H4 mark of 18 set by Miami's Mark Clayton in 16 games Bice was joined by three teammates from a dub that posted the NFL s best record 13 2 They in eluded quarterback Jo** Montana who threw most of Kice's TDs nose tackle Michael (.'arter and safety Bonnie la>tt Nineteen of the NFL s 28 teams had players on the 26 man first team San Francisco had four and the Washington Kedskins. New York Giants Min nesota Vikings and Chicago Bears two players each on the team Not on the team for the first time in his seven year career is linebacker Lawrence Taylor of the Giants, last year s league MVP Tay lor who made the second team was edged by two votes by team mate Carl Hanks Andre Tippett of New England is Hie other outside linebacker The rest of the offensive first team includes w ide receiver Gary Clark of Washington tight end begins on Sunday “The next season is four games long and we want to try to go four for four ” Glanville completing his second season as Oiler head coach said he was happiest for those who had suffered the longest The longer you suffer the sweeter it is ' Glanville said You have to be here the whole time to really appreciate it I ve only been here for part of it so owner Bud Mr Adams and Ladd Herzeg general manager get to enjoy it more than me ” Talkative Oiler tight end Jamie Williams said the Oilers made history The general feeling around Houston and the league was that the Oilers were lost in some black hole in space " Williams said “We d never be seen again as winners “ Oiler guard Dean Stemkuhler said accusations that the Oilers used dirty tactics made the playoff berth sweeter We’ve been the laughing stocks around the league for quite awhile " Stemkuhler said We’ve been false Iv accused of a lot of things but that s gonna happen when you've been everybody’s whipping boy and now start to win “ Offensive tackle Bruce Davis has a ring from Super Bowl XV which he earned with the Los Angeles Raiders I hope this is deja vu,’ Davis said Mark Buvaro of th** Giants tackles Anthony Munoz of Cincinnati and Gary Zimmerman of Minnesota guards Bill Fralie of Atlanta and Mike Munchak of Houston center l>w ight Stephenson of Miami, placekicker Morten Andersen of New Orleans and kick returner \ ai Sikahema of St IAHJIS The rest of the defense includes ends Beggie White of Philadelphia and Bruce Smith of Buffalo defensive tackle Steve McMichael of Chicago, in side linebackers Mike Singletary of Chicago and Fredd Young of Seattle cornerback* Hanford Dix on of ('lev eland and Barry Wilburn of W ashington safety Joey Browner of Minnesota and punter Jim Arnold of Detroit The second team includes wide receivers Steve Largent of Seattle and J T Smith of St Louis tight end Keller! Winslow of San Diego, tackles Jim Lac hey of San Diego and Jackie Slater of the Bams, guards Hon Snit of Indianapolis and Tom Newberry of the Hams Holiday break over for basketball teams Dickerson, White team up again on All-Pro The M/hools may tx* in recess all this w t*t*k but that doesn t mean the local basketball teams are taking it easy There is a lot of work to tie done for all six teams and tonight they all find out if their holiday workouts have paid off After playing the brutal portion of its schedule first New Braunfels girls team will try to get hack on the winning track today at Lockhart The In leo ms are 2 2 in 13-4 A play while the host Lady Lions enter the contest at I 3 The freshman game kicks off the procedings at 5 p rn with the junior varsity and varsity matches to tollow Canyons girls team was playing its best games of th** year just before the break and the Cougarettes will be try ing to maintain that pace at Schertz Clemens Canyon is 2-3 in district while C lemens is 12 The freshman game is set for 3 p rn today Smithson Valley’s girls had their first taste of victory in the Canyon Classic two weekends ago Now the Bangerettes are after their first district win as they host Hays The Lady Rebels have given oppos mg teams some trouble and enter tonight s contest with a 2 2 record Smithson V alley is 0 4 Th** varsity match scheduled to tmgin at 8 p rn will be preceded by the treshman game at 5 p rn and the JV game at District 13-4A District basketball standings GIRLS Team    A    L    GB Fredericksburg    6    0 Boerne    3    I    2 New Braunfels    2    2 Tivy    2    2    3 Hays    2    2    3 Canyon    2    3    3G Clemens    I    2    SG Lockhart    I    3    4 Smithson V alley    0    4    5 Today s Games Hay* at Smithson Valley New Braunfels at Lockhart Canyon at Clemens Thursday s Game Medina Valley at Smithson Valley BOTS Team    A    L    GB Tivy    3    0    — Clemens    2    0    G Fredericksburg    3    I    G Canyon    I    I    IG Boerne    I    I    IG Smithson Valley    0    I    2 New Braunfels    0    2    IG Hays    0    2    2G laxkhart    0    2    2G Today s Games Clemens at ( anyon lax'khart at New Braunfels Smithson V alley at Hays Saturday s Game Canyon at Smithson Valley 6 'JO p rn The boys are not as far into the district portion of their schedules as the girts but things are not any less See BREAK, Page I Cnsta Dees and the Unicorn girls will try to get back on track at Lockhart tonight (Photo by Deryi Clark; ;