Sunday, January 23, 2011

Worst Performances In The NFC Championship Game

Even Staubach had some bad playoff performances
These are some of the worst performances in the history of the NFC Championship game. Mind you it can be in a win or loss.

John Brodie, San Francisco 49ers- 1971 NFC Championship. The 49ers defense played well, but Brodie was unable to hold up his end as he went 14-30 for 184 yards and 3 interceptions. Dallas' Roger Staubach didn't fare any better as he went a pedestrian 9-18 for 103 yards but was on the winning side of the ledger.

Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys-1972 NFC Championship. For all the greatness Staubach had he came up woefully short against Washington this game. He was 9-20 for 98 yards, mirroring his performance of the year before against San Francisco. The rushing game stalled out also, leaving Staubach to carry the Cowboys.

Roger Staubach- 1973 NFC title game. Staubach was just as bad in this game against Minnesota, as he tossed 4 interceptions in this one at home. Listen Cowboys fans, I'm not dogging Staubach but it is what it is when you see those horrific stat lines.

Ron Jaworski- 1975 NFC title game. Look here, a Jaworski choke job similar to Super Bowl XV.  11-22, 147 yards and two picks says enough. Lawrence McCutcheon deserves this spot as well for his 11 carry, 10 yard game. Overall it looks like a collective choke job.

Pat Haden- 1976 NFC title game. No wonder the Rams went through a revolving door of quarterbacks in the 1970's. Haden was 9-22, 161 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. I see why the Rams couldn't make it to the Super Bowl because their quarterbacks gagged in the game before it. The great Fran Tarkenton wasn't great in this game either, but his defense bailed him out.

Bob Lee, Minnesota Vikings, 1977 NFC championship. Who? Yeah same thing I thought. 14-31, 158 yards and an interception. Probably never to be heard from again after this game. By the way, did anyone ever throw for more than 250 yards in any of these games.

Vince Ferragamo and Pat Haden, Los Angeles Rams, 1978 NFC Championship. This was a joint effort right here, as the whole team crumbled around these two. Ferragamo was 7-16, for 130 yards and 2 interceptions. Haden was worse. He went 7-19, 76 yards and 3 interceptions. The Rams were blown out after the game was scoreless at halftime. Once again the team as a whole should be held accountable, but it wasn't the defense that threw five picks.

Tampa Bay's passing game, 1979 NFC title game. 5-27, 96 yards, and one interception among three players. Doug Williams was the starter so he gets the brunt of the blame here. He was 2-13, for 12 yards and one interception. It's still hard to believe that the Buccaneers were one game away from the Super Bowl.

Danny White, Dallas Cowboys, 1980 NFC Championship. White didn't make anyone forget about Roger Staubach. In three NFC title games he came up short. He was woefully bad, going 12-31, 127 yards and an interception. Ron Jaworski didn't put up great numbers himself, it was the Eagles defense that carried him, not the other way around.

Dieter Brock and Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams, 1985 NFC title game. Dickerson and Brock couldn't get anything going on this cold day at Soldier Field. In fairness, no one really got off on the Bears that year as this was one of the greatest defenses of all time.

Chicago Bears, 1989 NFC Championship. The Bears were favored to beat the San Francisco 49ers and managed to pull one of the biggest gag jobs in NFC title game history.

Jim Everett and the Rams receivers, 1990 NFC Championship. This game was the beginning of the end for Everett as he, Flipper Anderson and Henry Ellard pulled a disappearing act against the 49ers. Everett tossed three interceptions in the loss. He was 16-36 with 141 yards.

Minnesota Vikings, 2001 NFC Championship. The Vikings as a whole seemed uninspired and looked like they were going through the motions. Sometimes I forget this game was even played since Minnesota decided they didn't want to show up.

Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles, 2004 NFC Championship. McNabb was terrible on this day and the near misses and Super Bowl loss haunts McNabb to the day. McNabb made Carolina Panthers corner Ricky Manning a lot of money that day, tossing three picks to the aforementioned. McNabb hasn't been able to shake the stigma of being a gag artist in big games.

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