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    Re: AFL: Full Color Football

    The Rise and Fall of the NFL



    The death of the NFL rocked the sports world in February 1978. The league formed in 1920 but has roots that run back to the earlier 1900's with the Ohio League, which was dominated by the legendary Jim Thorpe. The NFL survived a Great Depression, World War II, and a war against the rival AAFC league in the 1950's, eventually becoming the hottest sports league in the United States as the sport grew with television exposure in the late 50's. The AFL launched in 1960 and supplied pro football to the demand of the general public. The war between the AFL and NFL escalated until a merger was negotiated in the late 60's. The AFL backed out of the merger at the last second in a highly controversial manner that generated a ton of media buzz. The AFL carried on into the 1970's and gradually passed the NFL up in popularity, stealing away their top players, their television deals, and the hearts of America. The NFL has officially folded after the 1977 season. The AFL purchased all rights to the NFL properties, team names, logos, and the NFL Films film company and the library of footage that comes with it. NFL Films is expected to be one of the only things from the NFL that will be absorbed into the AFL and kept alive, renamed "AFL Films".

    A press conference was held by the AFL owners to announce that they had purchased the NFL but had no plans to merge the entire league into the AFL, citing that they did not want to water down the AFL product in fear that the league would lose it's identity. AFL commissioner Lamar Hunt announced that there were plans of moving only 2 of the NFL teams to the AFL and that the remaining teams would be shut down and that the players from the other teams would be drafted into the AFL in a special "NFL Allocation Draft" to be held 1 week after the 1978 AFL rookie draft.

    The announcement made was that the 2 NFL teams that will be moved to the AFL would be the Baltimore Colts and Cleveland Browns. The reasoning for these two teams were that they were two of the healthiest financially, with very loyal fanbases in their cities, and ownership that is willing to join the AFL family. When considering what 2 teams to take from the remaining NFL, right off the top the Cowboys, Bears, Packers, Giants, and Redskins were ruled out because owners refused to transfer their franchises to the AFL, with rumors being that these owners will get together in an attempt to start a new league from scratch. If the owners do succeed with a new league they would have to build new teams from scratch as the AFL maintains the trademarks for their respective NFL franchises. As for the Minnesota Vikings there was bad blood with ownership and the AFL owners stemming from the double cross back when the AFL launched in the early 60's. The Vikings were supposed to be one of the original AFL teams until they jumped ship to take an offer to join the NFL prior to the launch of the AFL. As for the Eagles, 49ers, Lions, Rams, and Cardinals each team was found to be financially unstable and retired.

    Plans were also announced by the AFL to realign the now 14 team league into 3 divisions, with a new playoff format that allows for a "Wild Card" in case there is a tie for the #4 playoff seed there will be a playoff game for the spot.

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    1978 AFL College Draft



    The Houston Oilers traded up to take 1977 Heisman Trophy winning running back out of the University of Texas, Earl Campbell with the #1 pick overall. Campbell ran the ball 267 times for 1,744 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games for the Texas Longhorns in 1977. Overall in 4 seasons with the Texas Longhorns Campbell racked up 4,443 rushing yards and 40 rushing touchdowns in 40 games.


    Other notable picks included the Seattle Seahawks taking Wide Receiver James Lofton out of Stanford with the 6th overall pick. The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Colts from the NFL were put into the draft order according to their records from the 1977 NFL season, with Cleveland picking up Linebacker Clay Matthews out of USC with the 7th overall pick in the first round, then trading up to take Tight End Ozzie Newsome with the 12th overall pick in the 1st round. San Diego Chargers picked up Wide Receiver John Jefferson in the 1st round. Notable later round picks include the Miami Dolphins picking up Quarterback Doug Williams out of Grambling in the 2nd round and the Houston Oilers drafting Quarterback Warren Moon out of the University of Washington with their 3rd round pick. The same draft order will be used in 2 weeks for the "NFL Player Allocation Draft", where the AFL teams will draft the rights to sign players from the now defunct NFL.
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    NFL Player Allocation Draft

    The free agent market was flooded with talent after the death of the NFL following the 1977 season. In order to prevent bidding wars for the top stars from the NFL, a special allocation draft was planned to help keep player salaries from skyrocketing. The 14 AFL teams drafted a 5 round draft for the rights to the NFL's top stars. Many of the older NFL stars such as Roger Staubach and Alan Page chose to retire instead of making the transition to the AFL. The best of the best NFL free agents were selected in the first 2 rounds of the allocation draft, with the results as follows:



    With the first pick in the allocation draft the Kansas City Chiefs select...

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    Walter Payton, Running Back





    With the second pick in the allocation draft the Buffalo Bills select...

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    Jack Youngblood, Defensive Lineman





    With the third pick in the allocation draft the New York Jets select...

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    Steve Bartkowski, Quarterback





    With the fourth pick in the allocation draft the Seattle Seahawks select...

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    Ron Yary, Offensive Lineman





    With the fifth pick in the allocation draft the Cleveland Browns select...

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    Dan Dierdorff, Offensive Lineman





    With the sixth pick in the allocation draft the San Diego Chargers select...

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    Tony Dorsett, Running Back





    With the seventh pick in the allocation draft the Houston Oilers select...

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    Roger Wehrli, Defensive Back





    With the eight pick in the allocation draft the Miami Dolphins select...

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    Randy White, Defensive Linemen





    With the ninth pick in the allocation draft the Cincinnati Bengals select...

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    Drew Pearson, Wide Receiver





    With the tenth pick in the allocation draft the New England Patriots select...

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    Harry Carson, Linebacker





    With the eleventh pick in the allocation draft the Pittsburgh Steelers select...

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    Conrad Dobler, Offensive Lineman





    With the twelvth pick in the allocation draft the Baltimore Colts select...

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    Harvey Martin, Defensive Lineman





    With the thirteenth pick in the allocation draft the Oakland Raiders select...

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    Lawrence McCutcheon, Running Back





    With the fourteenth pick in the allocation draft the Denver Broncos select...

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    Tom Banks, Offensive Lineman




    Second Round results:
    Kansas City Chiefs- Ed Too Tall Jones DE
    Buffalo Bills- Ron Jaworski QB
    New York Jets- Dave Butz DT
    Seattle Seahawks- Cliff Harris FS
    Cleveland Browns- Harold Carmichael WR
    San Diego Chargers- Charley Watters SS
    Houston Oilers- Billy Joe Dupree TE
    Miami Dolphins- Golden Richards WR
    Cincinnati Bengals- Herm Edwards RCB
    New England Patriots- Lenn Hauss C
    Pittsburgh Steelers- Mark Mosely K
    Baltimore Colts- Dennis Lick RT
    Oakland Raiders- Brad Van Pelt MLB
    Denver Broncos- AJ Duhe DT


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    1978 AFL Pre-Season Scouting Report





    The American Football League will enter it's 19th season in 1978, the first season after the death of their rival NFL. The AFL will add 2 teams from the NFL in the Baltimore Colts and Cleveland Browns, with a new realignment into 3 different divisions, the AFL East(Colts, Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots), the AFL Central(Steelers, Oilers, Browns, Bengals), and AFL West(Raiders, Chiefs, Chargers, Seahawks, Broncos). The AFL will maintain a 14 game regular season. At the end of the season the 3 division winners and 1 wild card will enter the 4 team AFL Playoffs. The AFL instituted a new "Wild Card Playoff" rule for the end of the season in case there is a tie for the #4 seed there will be a 1 game playoff for the spot.


    Denver Broncos: The Orange Crush phenomenon swept the AFL in 1977 as the Broncos dominated with one of the strongest team defenses in AFL history to date. Broncomania was running wild in Denver in 1977 and will continue to run wild as head coach Red Miller returns for his second season with new stars acquired from the NFL Allocation Draft in all pro center Tom Banks and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award winning defensive tackle AJ Duhe. Archie Manning will return to lead the Broncos offense along with running back Otis Anderson, but wide receiver Gene Washington's presence will be sorely missed after he announced his retirement in the off season. The Broncos' strength is their Orange Crush defense, led by Lyle Alzedo, Tom Jackson, Randy Gradishar, and Bill Thompson, all returning to the Broncos in 78 to defend their AFL Title.



    Oakland Raiders: The Silver and Black commitment to excellence has brought the Raiders 5 AFL Championship Titles, more than any other team in AFL history. The Raiders have played in 8 of the first 12 Super Bowls so far, capturing AFL Championship Titles in 1967, 1970, 1974, 1975, and 1976. The Raiders quest for a 4th consecutive AFL Super Bowl Championship was derailed by the Denver Broncos last year. Coach John Madden returns for his 10th season with the Raiders in 1978. Also returning is 2 time AFL MVP, 3 time Super Bowl MVP quarterback Ken "The Snake" Stabler. The core unit of the Raiders offense will remain intact for 1978 as Cliff Branch, Dave Casper, Fred Biletnikoff, Art Shell and Gene Upshaw all return for 1978, with running back Lawrence McCutcheon being acquired through the NFL Allocation Draft, adding some much needed youth and speed on offense. On the defensive side the Raiders will field another strong unit as Lester Hayes, Jack Tatum, Phil Villiapano, and Ted Hendricks hope to take the Raiders back to the AFL Western Division Title and avenge their loss to the division rival Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XII.



    Baltimore Colts: The Colts were one of only two NFL teams that will make the transition into the AFL starting in the 1978 season. Baltimore enters the AFL coming off of three consecutive division titles in '75, '76, and '77 with a run to the NFL Championship Game in 1977 where they fell short in a dramatic finale against the Dallas Cowboys, the final NFL game ever played and one of the greatest pro football games ever played. The Colts biggest weapon is strong armed quarterback Bert Jones, who led a high powered offense that broke NFL records for passing yards, points scored, and yards gained. Jones will be better protected after the Colts picked up NFL all pro lineman Dennis Lick through the Allocation draft. Baltimore already had one of the best defenses in the NFL in 1977 but they will be even better in the AFL in '78 after acquiring Cowboys defensive lineman Harvey Martin. The Colts enter the AFL Eastern Division with built in rivalries with the Dolphins and Jets, as the Dolphins are coached by former Colts head coach Don Shula, who was fired shortly after the Colts lost the huge upset to the Jets in Super Bowl III a decade ago.



    Pittsburgh Steelers: Head coach Chuck Knoll and his "Steel Curtain" defense dominated the NFL in 1974 and 1975, winning back to back NFL Championships before making the move to the AFL in 1976. The Steelers lost Super Bowl XI to their arch rival Oakland Raiders and then were upset in last year's playoffs by the upstart Denver Broncos. Pittsburgh will return for their 3rd season in the AFL in 1978 with revenge on their minds, hoping to finally defeat their rivals in Oakland(Raiders are 3-0 vs Pittsburgh so far). On offense Pittsburgh will again be led by quarterback Terry Bradshaw, with running back Rocky Bleier and Franco Harris returning as well as wide receivers John Stalworth and Lynn Swann. All pro center Mike Webster will be joined on the offensive line by Conrad Dobler, whom Pittsburgh acquired through the NFL Allocation Draft. Pittsburgh's defense has dominated the AFL in 76 and 77, capturing back to back AFL Eastern Division titles and setting new records for fewest points and yards allowed. The Steel Curtain will return in 78 as Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Mel Blount, Jack Lambert look to finally break through and win the AFL title.



    New England Patriots: Chuck Fairbanks enters his 6th season as the Patriots head coach in 1978, with new acquisitions from the NFL in young linebacker Harry Carson and powerful center Lenn Hauss joining the team. The Patriots emerged as one of the premier teams in the AFL in 1976 and 1977 but they fell short in both seasons with back to back playoff heartbreak. Quarterback Steve Gogan and fullback Sam Cunningham remain as the stars of the Patriots offense, with offensive lineman John Hannah leading the way as one of the premier linemen in all of the AFL. The Patriots defense will be led by standout cornerback Mike Haynes, who will be entering his 3rd season.



    Cincinnati Bengals: It was just 2 years ago that quarterback Ken Anderson burned the AFL for over 3,000 passing yards and 21 touchdowns to lead the Bengals to an 11-3 record and a trip to the playoffs in Paul Brown's final season as head coach. Bill Johnson took over coaching duties in 76 and 77 and the Bengals have missed the playoffs despite finishing with winning records both seasons. Johnson hopes to return the Bengals to the playoffs in 1978 after adding wide receiver Drew Pearson and defensive back Herm Edwards through the NFL Allocation draft. The big story for the Bengals in 1978 will be their placing in the new AFL Central Division with the Cleveland Browns from the now defunct NFL. The backstory of the Browns and Bengals creates a built in rivalry between the two Ohio teams. Head coach Paul Brown was the popular figure in Ohio that the Cleveland Browns were named after. Brown led Cleveland to 4 consecutive AAFC Championship title from 46-49 before the upstart league folded and the Browns were brought up to the NFL starting in 1950. The Browns dominated the NFL in the 1950's, winning 3 NFL titles in 1950, 1954, and 1955. Cleveland transitioned in ownership with Art Modell firing Paul Brown in 1962. Paul Brown would go on to found the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFL after leaving Cleveland. The bad blood still exists between Paul Brown and the team that he helped mold in his image in Cleveland, the Bengals and Browns will finally clash on Monday Night Football in the first week of the 1978 season in one of the most anticipated games in AFL history.



    Miami Dolphins: Don Shula's Dolphins were the most dominant team in AFL history from 1971 to 1973, winning 3 Super Bowl titles in a row, going undefeated in 1972. The Dolphins dynasty was brought to an end with a heartbreaking last second loss to Oakland in Super Bowl IX followed by another tough loss to the Raiders in the 1975 Divisional playoffs. Last year the Dolphins struggled and finished with a 5-9 record. Shula will return in 1978 with a younger Dolphins defense, adding the dominant defensive tackle Randy White through the NFL Allocation draft. The Dolphins also acquired rookie QB Doug Williams in the 1978 AFL draft, Williams is expected to back up the aging veteran Bob Griese, with veteran Golden Richards joining the Dolphins offense at wide receiver. With all pro linemen Bob Kuechenberg, Jim Langer, and Larry Little returning and one of the best coaches in the history of the sport, the Dolphins are built to make a strong comeback in 1978.



    Houston Oilers: Charming country bumpkin head coach Bum Phillips has been quietly building a contender down in Houston ever since he took over the job in 1975. Phillips defensive minded coaching took the Oilers back to the AFL playoffs in his first season. The Oilers offense struggled in 1976 and 1977 but they hope to solve their problems with new rookie Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell at running back, all pro tight end Billy Joe Dupree brought from the upstate Dallas Cowboys through the NFL Allocation draft, and new rookie quarterback Warren Moon set to backup the veteran Dan Pastorini, with wide receiver "#00" Kenny Burrough. The Oilers defense looks to be stronger than ever in 1978 with veterans Elvin Bethea and Curley Culp anchoring the front line, with "Dr. Doom" Robert Brazille at linebacker, and defensive backs Ken Houston and Roger Wehrli, two of the best ever at their positions.



    San Diego Chargers: The Chargers hired new head coach Don Coryell in 1978, the man that took the St. Louis Cardinals to back-to-back division titles in the NFL in 1974 and 1975. Coryell's Chargers will be well equipped on the offensive side of the ball after the drafting of Tony Dorsett in the NFL Allocation draft. Dorsett, along with rookie wide receiver John Jefferson and veteran Charlie Joiner will provide quarterback Dan Fouts with enough firepower to make a run for the AFL Western Division title in '78.



    Cleveland Browns: The Browns will be starting a new era in 1978 as they make the transition from the now defunct NFL to the AFL with a new head coach in Sam Rutigliano. Cleveland was one of the most dominant pro football teams in the 1940's and 50's in the AAFC and NFL. Cleveland won the 1964 NFL Title but have struggled ever since the retirement of their star running back Jim Brown. Cleveland struggled in the NFL in the 1970's so far, going 0-2 in the playoffs, the Browns haven't seen postseason play in 5 years. Cleveland made moves in the draft to trade up and pick up tight end Ozzie Newsome and linebacker Clay Matthews before picking up one of the premier offensive linemen out of the NFL in the Allocation draft in Dan Dierdorff. The Browns also picked up Harold Carmichael at wide receiver to help out quarterback Brian Sipe. The Browns defense is a work in progress that is not built to compete against the high powered offenses of the AFL.



    Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks entered the AFL as an expansion team in 1976 and have built a strong contender in just 2 seasons. Head coach Jack Patera hopes to take the Seahawks to the top of the AFL Western Division in his 3rd season. On offense quarterback Jim Zorn will be working with Steve Largent, rookie James Lofton, and legendary veteran offensive lineman acquired through the NFL Allocation draft, Ron Yary. On the defensive side the Seahawks are built to make a run in 1978, with defensive tackle Lee Roy Selmon entering his 3rd season quickly becoming one of the best defenders in the AFL. Selmon will get some help in the secondary with the addition of Cowboys all pro safety Cliff Harris acquired through the NFL Allocation draft.



    New York Jets: The Jets begin a new era in 1978 after the retirement of Joe Namath and the debut of Steve Bartkowski as the new man at Quarterback. NFL All Star defensive tackle Dave Butz will join Joe Klecko on the defensive line in 1978. Head coach Walt Michaels enters his second season as the young Jets hope to rise out of the AFL Eastern Division cellar and become a playoff contender for the first time in 5 years.



    Buffalo Bills: The biggest star of the Buffalo Bills and perhaps all of the AFL over the past decade will be returning after signing a new contract extension, "The Juice" OJ Simpson, the all time leading AFL rusher. The Bills hope to make a run at the AFL playoffs in 1978 with new head coach Chuck Knox. Knox picked up his former defensive standout from the LA Rams in the NFL Allocation draft when they picked up Jack Youngblood in the first round. The Bills also picked up quarterback Ron Jaworski, who is expected to compete for the starting job with Joe Furgeson in the preseason. Simpson will be running behind star linemen Joe DeLamielleure. Knox's defense will be a young one in 1978 as he starts to rebuild around Jack Youngblood.



    Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs hired new head coach Marv Levy in the offseason before drafting the best player in the NFL when they picked 1977 MVP Walter Payton in the first overall pick in the NFL Allocation Draft. The Chiefs also picked up Cowboys all pro defensive end Ed "Too Tall" Jones to anchor a young defense that will start 4 rookies. Even with the addition of Payton and Jones the Chiefs have a lot of work to do to get out of the AFL West cellar.
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    1978 AFL Schedule



    Week 1
    Bengals @ Browns(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Colts @ Bills
    Patriots @ Jets
    Raiders @ Chargers
    Seahawks @ Chiefs
    Dolphins @ Steelers
    Broncos @ Oilers

    Week 2
    Oilers @ Colts(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Seahawks @ Raiders
    Jets @ Broncos
    Browns @ Steelers
    Dolphins @ Patriots
    Chiefs @ Chargers
    Bills @ Bengals

    Week 3
    Steelers @ Raiders(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Browns @ Oilers
    Colts @ Patriots
    Jets @ Dolphins
    Broncos @ Seahawks
    Chargers @ Bengals
    Chiefs @ Bills

    Week 4
    Dolphins @ Oilers(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Raiders @ Broncos
    Bengals @ Steelers
    Chargers @ Seahawks
    Patriots @ Chiefs
    Browns @ Colts
    Bills @ Jets

    Week 5
    Bengals @ Patriots(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Jets @ Raiders
    Chargers @ Steelers
    Chiefs @ Broncos
    Colts @ Seahawks
    Dolphins @ Browns
    Oilers @ Bills

    Week 6
    Raiders @ Colts(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Jets @ Bills
    Patriots @ Dolphins
    Seahawks @ Browns
    Chiefs @ Oilers
    Broncos @ Chargers
    Steelers @ Bengals

    Week 7
    Steelers @ Oilers(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Bills @ Dolphins
    Broncos @ Chiefs
    Browns @ Chargers
    Jets @ Patriots
    Colts @ Bengals
    Raiders @ Seahawks

    Week 8
    Dolphins @ Colts(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Bengals @ Oilers
    Raiders @ Chiefs
    Bills @ Chargers
    Browns @ Jets
    Seahawks @ Steelers
    Patriots @ Broncos

    Week 9
    Colts @ Steelers(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Oilers @ Browns
    Bills @ Patriots
    Seahawks @ Broncos
    Jets @ Bengals
    Chargers @ Raiders
    Chiefs @ Dolphins

    Week 10
    Colts @ Jets(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Dolphins @ Bills
    Chargers @ Broncos
    Patriots vs Browns
    Raiders @ Oilers
    Bengals @ Seahawks
    Steelers @ Chiefs

    Week 11
    Raiders @ Patriots(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Oilers @ Bengals
    Steelers @ Browns
    Dolphins @ Jets
    Chiefs @ Seahawks
    Chargers @ Colts
    Bills @ Broncos

    Week 12
    Colts @ Dolphins(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Broncos @ Raiders
    Chargers @ Chiefs
    Seahawks @ Jets
    Browns @ Bengals
    Oilers @ Steelers
    Patriots @ Bills

    Week 13
    Bengals @ Chiefs(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Broncos @ Dolphins
    Seahawks @ Oilers
    Raiders @ Browns
    Bills @ Colts
    Jets @ Steelers
    Patriots @ Chargers

    Week 14
    Broncos @ Colts(ABC Monday Night Football)
    Chiefs @ Raiders
    Seahawks @ Chargers
    Bengals @ Dolphins
    Steelers @ Patriots
    Oilers @ Jets
    Bills @ Browns


    AFL Wild Card Playoff(Sunday December 10th 1978)
    TBA vs TBA*


    AFL Divisional Playoffs(Sunday December 17th 1978)
    TBA vs TBA
    TBA vs TBA



    Orange Bowl, Miami Florida, Sunday December 31st 1978
    TBA vs TBA
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    Absolute love the detail you've gone into this Shin since my last comment.

    The effort you've put into this 1978 season is unbelievable and will pay off! Can't wait to see what happens from here. I'm adopting the Chiefs as my club for 78 for the sole reason of Walter Payton. Let's go KC, Let's Go!! Would still love to know what your basing this off but don't want any spoilers so feel free to ignore that question if the case. Would love to see the Bears in this somehow unless that's impossible, I will understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franchiser View Post
    Absolute love the detail you've gone into this Shin since my last comment.

    The effort you've put into this 1978 season is unbelievable and will pay off! Can't wait to see what happens from here. I'm adopting the Chiefs as my club for 78 for the sole reason of Walter Payton. Let's go KC, Let's Go!! Would still love to know what your basing this off but don't want any spoilers so feel free to ignore that question if the case. Would love to see the Bears in this somehow unless that's impossible, I will understand.
    Thanks man. I'm not really basing this off of anything, I'm just kinda freewheeling it up to this point. I came up with that schedule manually by hand and it had me ready to pull may hair out. I wish there was a program that generated schedules, the ones I could find didn't work the way I wanted it to so I did it manually. I wanted each team to have 7 home games and 7 road games, division teams all play each other 2 times(1 at home and 1 on the road), with no more than 2 road/home games in a row, and only playing non division teams once, kinda tricky. This schedule was the best I could do, some teams have 3 road/home games in a row but it'll do for now.

    I don't really know what is going to happen next. I'm thinking about using a dice roll system to determine the outcomes of the games. I'm going to write short 1-2 sentence summaries for 6 games a week and then write a more detailed descrpition for that week's Monday Night Football game, as well as playoffs and Super Bowl. I haven't made my mind up yet on how the dice roll system will work. I loved pen and paper roll playing games back when I was younger so I like the idea of using the dice to determine who wins games and how they win them. I'll use the virtual dice rolling deal over at Random.Org or .Com whatever it is. I'm going to try to come up with a rating system for each team's offense/defense/special teams, maybe factor in things like weather, field, etc. to determine the dice rolls, similar to pen and paper RPG's(which it's been so long since I've played one I've kinda forgotten how they work!).

    The results up to this point were only slightly changed from what really happened in the 70's except for that the two leagues were kept separate(and certain players were plucked away by the AFL). After the death of the NFL things really start to change though, just think about the upcoming draft classes, Joe Montana in 79, the legendary 83 draft, etc. Where will the chips fall now that there are only 14 teams? We're going to have a league with some real super-teams once you start getting into the 80's, will be interesting to see where things go, I'm going to simulate the games with my system and let the chips fall where they fall as far as draft orders.

    Some things may be unrealistic if something like this were to happen but I'm willing to give and take reality here and there for aesthetic or other reasons. I'm not going to get into any other leagues that I'm sure would have popped up, the WFL in the 70s and the USFL in the 80's for example, it's just going to be a 14 team AFL league from here on out(I'll add some new teams in the 90's). Unfortunately the Bears will not be coming back to life, just as my beloved Redskins and their rivalry with the Cowboys, it's all gone from here on out, collateral damage. I wanted the AFL to maintain it's identity from the 60's on, I think it would have lost some of that by adding any other NFL teams.
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    1978 AFL Season

    Week 1



    vs
    Rich Stadium, Orchard Park NY
    Baltimore Colts- 0
    Buffalo Bills- 21

    Curtis Brown ran a kickoff back 101 yards for a touchdown, Jack Youngblood had 2 sacks and 1 fumble recovery, and Joe Fergeson threw 2 touchdown passes to give Buffalo a nearly flawless performance on all 3 aspects of the game. Baltimore struggled in their AFL debut without star quarterback Bert Jones, who will miss the next 6 weeks with a preseason shoulder injury.


    vs
    Shea Stadium, Flushing NY
    New England Patriots- 26
    New York Jets- 17

    The Steve Bartkowski era got off to a rocky start in New York as the Patriots defense intercepted him 4 times(2 by Mike Haynes) to get out of town with a victory.


    vs
    San Diego Stadium, San Diego CA
    Oakland Raiders-20
    San Diego Chargers- 33

    Ken Stabler was intercepted 3 times as the high powered Chargers offense got off to a huge start under new head coach Don Coryell with an upset victory over the defending AFL West Champions. Tony Dorsett ran for a 107 yards and 1 touchdown in his debut with the Chargers as quarterback Dan Fouts threw for over 200 yards and another 2 touchdowns.


    vs
    Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City MO
    Seattle Seahawks- 40
    Kansas City Chiefs- 17

    The Seahawks defense held Walter Payton to just 56 yards and 1 touchdown to beat the Chiefs in Kansas City. Jim Zorn threw 5 touchdown passes and 378 passing yards. Rookie James Lofton caught 3 touchdowns and Steve Largent caught 11 passes for 127 yards and 1 touchdown. Lee Roy Selmon had 8 tackles with 2 sacks, 1 of them being a safety.


    vs
    Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh PA
    Miami Dolphins- 6
    Pittsburgh Steelers- 24

    Everything went right for the Steelers as the Steel Curtain held Miami without an offensive touchdown, taking veteran Bob Griese out early with a concussion before intercepting rookie Doug Williams 3 times. Terry Bradshaw threw 2 touchdown passes and Franco Harris ran for another along with over 100 yards rushing.


    vs
    Astrodome, Houston TX
    Denver Broncos-7
    Houston Oilers- 10

    Rookie Earl Campbell opened the Oilers first offensive drive with a 71 yard touchdown run against what was one of the most dominant defenses in AFL history last season. Both defenses dominated the game until Roger Wehrli intercepted Archie Manning on the Broncos own 18 yard line, setting up the go ahead field goal that eventually won it for the Oilers. Earl Campbell ran the ball 18 times for 110 yards and 1 touchdown in his AFL debut.







    vs
    Municipal Stadium, Cleveland OH
    Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns


    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT F
    Bengals 10 3 0 3 0 16
    Browns 0 0 6 10 6 22


    Cincinnati lost quarterback Ken Anderson to injuries in the first half but the Bengals maintained a 16-6 lead until Brian Sipe led the Browns on a 10 point comeback in the final 4 minutes to put the game into overtime. The Benglas won the coin toss in overtime and drove into scoring range but backup quarterback Mark Miller fumbled the snap and the ball was recovered by Browns rookie Clay Matthews. Brian Sipe led Cleveland on a 8 play 77 yard drive capped with the game winning 19 yard catch and run by Greg Pruit, giving Cleveland the victory in the first ever meeting between the two rival Ohio teams in a thrilling game on primetime national television.




    AFL Standings


    Eastern Division
    Buffalo Bills 1-0
    New England Patriots 1-0
    Baltimore Colts 0-1
    New York Jets 0-1
    Miami Dolphins 0-1


    Central Division
    Pittsburgh Steelers 1-0
    Cleveland Browns 1-0
    Houston Oilers 1-0
    Cincinnati Bengals 0-1


    Western Division
    San Diego Chargers 1-0
    Seattle Seahawks 1-0
    Denver Broncos 0-1
    Oakland Raiders 0-1
    Kansas City Chiefs 0-1
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    Some surprising results there. Again I've enjoyed reading the recaps you've put up. Lot of effort and lot of people checking this out. Hope you get some more love for this because it's great. I'm gonna predict a Pats/Steelers SuperBowl.

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    1978 AFL Season


    Week 2





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    Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland CA
    Seattle Seahawks- 22
    Oakland Raiders- 19


    The Seahawks pulled off the upset in Oakland with a field goal in the final 2 minutes after a hard fought defensive game. Lee Roy Selmon and the Seahawks defense held Oakland to just 33 rushing yards while Ken Stabler threw 2 interceptions.




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    Mile High Stadium, Denver CO
    New York Jets- 15
    Denver Broncos- 12


    Jets quarterback Steve Bartkowski and Broncos quarterback Archie Manning both took a beating in a defensive stalemate that seen a combined 9 field goals, the last one coming in overtime to give the Jets the upset victory over the defending AFL Super Bowl Champions.




    vs
    Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh PA
    Cleveland Browns- 17
    Pittsburgh Steelers- 28


    The Steel Curtain sacked Browns quarterback Brian Sipe 6 times, putting him out of the game with a shoulder injury in the 4th quarter. Terry Bradshaw threw 2 touchdown passes and ran for another touchdown as the Steelers built a 21-0 lead by halftime. Brian Sipe is expected to miss at least a month due to his shoulder injury.




    vs
    Shaefer Stadium, Foxboro MA
    Miami Dolphins- 17
    New England Patriots- 23


    Miami's defense made a statement by holding New England to just 21 rushing yards as they helped the Dolphins take a 17-10 lead into the final 4 minutes. Steve Grogan led the Patriots to what would have been the tying touchdown if not for Randy White blocking the ensuing extra point, keeping the Dolphins lead at 17-16 with 2:40 left in the game. Dolphins backup rookie quarterback Doug Williams was hit hard on 3rd and long, causing a fumble that was scooped up and run into the end zone by Mike Haynes for a Patriots victory that fans in Shaefer Stadium that day will never forget.




    vs
    San Diego Stadium, San Diego CA
    Kansas City Chiefs- 21
    San Diego Chargers- 18


    Walter Payton ran for 202 yards and 2 touchdowns with another 44 yards and 1 touchdown receiving to lead the Chiefs to the upset win over the high powered Chargers in San Diego. The Chargers turned the ball over 4 times, 2 times on fumbled punt returns as the Chiefs controlled the clock and the ball with long drives that kept the Chargers high powered offense off of the field for most of the game. Fouts fought to bring the Chargers back with a touchdown and two point conversion in the final minute but the Chargers failed to recover the onside kickoff attempt.




    vs
    Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati OH
    Buffalo Bills- 14
    Cincinnati Bengals- 17


    Even with the absence of star quarterback Ken Anderson the Bengals were able to hold strong with defense to beat the Bills. Bengals receiver Drew Pearson had 118 yards receiving and 1 touchdown to help give the Bengals the 17-7 lead going into halftime. Cincinnati's defense would pick Joe Fergeson off twice in the second half to help the Bengals hold on and win it.











    vs
    Memorial Stadium, Baltimore MD
    Houston Oilers @ Baltimore Colts



    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Oilers 6 3 7 7 23
    Colts 0 0 7 7 14



    Earl Campbell ran for 174 yards and 2 touchdowns in a breakout performance on primetime network television as the Houston Oilers took down the defending NFL Eastern Division Champions on their own home field. The Colts offense continued to struggle with the absence of star quarterback Bert Jones, who went down with an injury in the preseason. The Oilers defense dominated Baltimore as Elvin Bethea and Curley Culp terrorized the Colts backup quarterbacks all game long. Ken Houston had an interception and Robert Brazille had a forced fumble and a sack.






    AFL Standings




    Eastern Division
    New England Patriots 2-0
    Buffalo Bills 1-1
    New York Jets 1-1
    Baltimore Colts 0-2
    Miami Dolphins 0-2




    Central Division
    Pittsburgh Steelers 2-0
    Houston Oilers 2-0
    Cleveland Browns 1-1
    Cincinnati Bengals 1-1




    Western Division
    Seattle Seahawks 2-0
    Kansas City Chiefs 1-1
    San Diego Chargers 1-1
    Denver Broncos 0-2
    Oakland Raiders 0-2

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    1978 AFL Season


    Week 3



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    Astrodome, Houston TX
    Cleveland Browns- 20
    Houston Oilers- 10


    Brian Sipe threw 2 touchdowns as the Browns defense held Earl Campbell to just 88 yards while Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini was knocked out of the game with a concussion in the 2nd quarter. Rookie quarterback Warren Moon came in and threw 2 interceptions.




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    Shaefer Stadium, Foxboro MA
    Baltimore Colts- 0
    New England Patriots- 21


    Baltimore Colts offense continued to struggle without injured star quarterback Bert Jones. The Colts were shut out as Mike Haynes had his third consecutive game with an interception.




    vs
    Orange Bowl, Miami FL
    New York Jets- 6
    Miami Dolphins- 35


    Bob Griese returned to action with 2 touchdown passes and 247 yards as the Dolphins defense shut Steve Bartkowski down. Randy White recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown to set the tone early in the game. Golden Richards caught 6 passes for 93 yards and 1 touchdown.




    vs
    Kingdome, Seattle WA
    Denver Broncos- 21
    Seattle Seahawks- 24


    The Seahawks established themselves as the team to watch in the AFL by defeating the defending Super Bowl champs and moving to 3-0. Seattle took a 14-0 lead after Jim Zorn connected with Steve Largent and James Lofton in the first half. The Broncos came out and took the lead with 3 unanswered touchdowns in the second half. Seattle put it into overtime with a Jim Zorn 1 yard touchdown run late in the game and then took the win with a 28 yard field goal on their first possession of the extra period.




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    Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati OH
    San Diego Chargers- 36
    Cincinnati Bengals- 17


    Tony Dorsett had a combined 238 total yards from the line of scrimmage, 153 yards on the ground and another 85 yards through the air with 2 touchdowns as the Chargers took advantage of a beat up Bengals defense to light up the scoreboard. Dan Fouts went 29 of 41 for 254 yards passing with 2 touchdown passes and 1 interception.




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    Rich Stadium, Orchard Park NY
    Kansas City Chiefs- 3
    Buffalo Bills- 17


    Buffalo's hard nosed defense held Walter Payton to just 63 yards on 22 carries while OJ Simpson ran for 86 and 1 touchdown in a showdown between two of the best running backs of all time.











    vs
    Oakland Alamada Coliseum, Oakland CA
    Pittsburgh Steelers @ Oakland Raiders



    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Steelers 6 7 3 7 23
    Raiders 0 0 3 7 10



    The fiercest rivalry in the AFL took center stage on primetime network television as the Pittsburgh Steelers took down the Oakland Raiders for the first time in 4 meetings since the Steelers came to the AFL in 1976. Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain defense completely dominated Oakland as Franco Harris ran for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ken Stabler threw 3 interceptions and took a beating throughout the game.






    AFL Standings




    Eastern Division
    New England Patriots 3-0
    Buffalo Bills 2-1
    New York Jets 1-2
    Miami Dolphins 1-2
    Baltimore Colts 0-3

    Central Division
    Pittsburgh Steelers 3-0
    Cleveland Browns 2-1
    Houston Oilers 2-1
    Cincinnati Bengals 1-2

    Western Division
    Seattle Seahawks 3-0
    San Diego Chargers 2-1
    Kansas City Chiefs 1-2
    Denver Broncos 0-3
    Oakland Raiders 0-3
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    1978 AFL Season




    Week 4



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    Cincinnati Bengals- 17
    Pittsburgh Steelers- 30

    Terry Bradshaw lit up the Bengals for 297 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Steelers rolled to 4-0 with another dominant win.



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    Kingdome, Seattle WA
    San Diego Chargers- 22
    Seattle Seahawks- 30

    Lee Roy Selmon and the stout Seahawks defense proved to be too much for the high powered Chargers offense. Seattle held a 21-7 lead until the 4th quarter where Dan Fouts led the Chargers to back to back touchdowns in the final 3 minutes. Tony Dorsett caught a 2 point conversion pass from Fouts to close it to 8 points but San Diego failed to recover the onside kick.



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    Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City MO
    New England Patriots- 38
    Kansas City Chiefs- 35

    Chiefs lost a heartbreaker in overtime after coming back from a 35-14 lead at halftime. Patriots Quarterback Steve Gogan threw for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns against a faulty Chiefs defense. Walter Payton ran the ball 33 times for 216 yards and 2 touchdowns.



    vs
    Memorial Stadium, Baltimore MD
    Cleveland Browns- 9
    Baltimore Colts- 10

    The Colts defense powered them to their first win in the AFL with 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery.



    vs
    Shea Stadium, Flushing NY
    Buffalo Bills- 24
    New York Jets- 17

    Chuck Knox defense wreaked havoc on Steve Bartkowski and the Jets offense to steal away a tough win on the road. OJ Simpson suffered a badly pulled hamstring early in the game and is expected to be out of action for the 3-4 weeks



    vs
    Mile High Stadium, Denver CO
    Oakland Raiders- 20
    Denver Broncos- 17

    Ken Stabler brought the Raiders back from a 14-0 deficit in the fourth quarter to help win it on a last second field goal as time expired, giving the Raiders their first win of the season and revenge for their loss to the Broncos in last year's Super Bowl.












    vs
    Astrodome, Houston TX
    Miami Dolphins- 30
    Houston Oilers- 35


    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Dolphins 7 7 7 9 30
    Oilers 7 7 7 14 35


    The Luv Ya Blue phenomenon was born in Houston with heroic performance by rookie running back Earl Campbell running for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns, his last being an 81 yard run that sealed the victory for Houston in the 4th quarter, a play that will live on in the annals of Houston sports history forever.






    AFL Standings


    Eastern Division
    New England Patriots 4-0
    Buffalo Bills 3-1
    New York Jets 1-3
    Miami Dolphins 1-3
    Baltimore Colts 1-3

    Central Division
    Pittsburgh Steelers 4-0
    Houston Oilers 3-1
    Cleveland Browns 2-2
    Cincinnati Bengals 1-3

    Western Division
    Seattle Seahawks 4-0
    San Diego Chargers 2-2
    Oakland Raiders 1-3
    Kansas City Chiefs 1-3
    Denver Broncos 0-4
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    Getting ready to fire this thing back up but I'm getting ready to make a major change. Instead of the dice roll system to determine outcomes of games I'm going to do something much cooler. I recently got my hands on a soft modded XBOX and I've learned how to download custom made rosters for NFL 2K5. I got the 1979 roster downloaded and installed, it was the earliest roster I could find online. I've got every roster from 79 up to 2012, so I'm going to edit these rosters to match the ones I've got going in this alternate universe, simulate the games on NFL 2K5 and post the results here. So for the rest of this 1978 season I'm just going to do a quick results instead of writing out the summaries for every game.
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    1978





    1978 AFL Standings


    Eastern Division

    New England Patriots 9-5
    Miami Dolphins 9-5
    New York Jets 6-8
    Buffalo Bills 6-8
    Baltimore Colts 3-11

    Central Division
    Pittsburgh Steelers 13-1
    Houston Oilers 10-4
    Cleveland Browns 6-8
    Cincinnati Bengals 5-9

    Western Division
    Seattle Seahawks 9-5
    Oakland Raiders 8-6
    Denver Broncos 7-7
    San Diego Chargers 6-8
    Kansas City Chiefs 2-12



    1978 AFL MVP:

    Terry Bradshaw(QB, Pittsburgh Steelers), 2,788 yds, 25 tds




    1978 AFL Playoffs
    Houston Oilers 24 @ New England Patriots 13
    Seattle Seahawks 10 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 21






    Orange Bowl, Miami Florida, Sunday December 31st 1978


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    Houston Oilers vs Pittsburgh Steelers


    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Oilers 7 0 3 0 10
    Steelers 7 14 7 7 35


    Super Bowl XIII MVP:



    Terry Bradshaw(3 tds)




    AFL '78: The Road to Super Bowl XIII


    The 1978 season was the dawn of a new era for the American Football League. The AFL stood victorious as the only pro football league in America in the Fall of 1978 after winning a 19 year long war against the rival National Football League. To the victors go the spoils of war, and in 1978 the AFL brought over 2 NFL franchises to add to the league, storied former NFL Championship teams in the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Colts. The Baltimore Colts transition to the AFL was met with a lot of hype and high expectations as they were coming off of a stunning performance in the final NFL game ever played, a heartbreaking last second loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the 1977 NFL Championship game. The Colts dominated the NFL in 1975, 1976, and 1977 and were heavy favorites to run the table in their first season in the AFL in 1978. Instead the Colts fell on hard times after the preseason injury to their star quarterback Bert Jones. The Colts defenses struggled to adjust to the wide open offensive style of the AFL and the Colts fell to a 3-11 record by the end of the year. The Cleveland Browns on the other hand struggled after an impressive 2-2 start that seen them defeat their upstate rivals the Bengals in a highly anticipated showdown on Monday Night Football. The Browns fell apart and went on a 7 game losing streak before rallying late in the season to finish strong and win each of their last 3 games to finish with a 5-9 record. The Browns young quarterback Brian Sipe came on strong in the end of the year with the help from offensive talent Harold Carmicheal who had 980 receiving yards. Veteran offensive lineman Dan Dierdorff shined in his first season in the AFL, as did rookie tight end Ozzie Newsome. Head coach Sam Rutigliano has the Browns on the right track and will be looking to returning the former NFL powerhouse to glory in his second season next year.




    Along with the elite franchises in the Colts and Browns being acquired by the AFL, the league also brought over the best talent from the defunct NFL and distributed throughout the AFL teams through a special draft held prior to the 78 season. Without a doubt the best of that talent was running back Walter Payton who was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs. Payton was generally regarded as the best player in the NFL in the league's dying days, and he made a smooth transition into the AFL in 1978 despite playing for the worst team in the league. The Chiefs struggled through injuries to it's defense and a struggling quarterback as they stumbled to a 2-11 finish, the worst record in the league. Walter Payton was the lone shining star of the Chiefs as he ran for over 1,288 yards, 2nd most in the AFL in 1978. The Chiefs will have a long way to go to become a contender in the AFL next year but with Walter Payton second year head coach Marv Levy will have one of the best players in the league to build around.

    Another star running back that was acquired in the NFL veterans draft was former Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett, who was picked up by Don Coryell's San Diego Chargers. Dorsett made an immediate impact with Chargers along with quarterback Dan Fouts but San Diego's young defense struggled later on in the season and they finished in 4th place in the AFC Western Division. Other teams that showed promise but finished with losing records in the cellars of their respective divisions included the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets. Former AFL MVP Ken Anderson missed 5 games with the Bengals due to injuries and struggled with over 20 interceptions, while over in Buffalo it was the end of an era as OJ Simpson likewise struggled through injuries, missing 4 games and only running for 527 rushing yards. Chuck Knox put together a tough defense in his first year at the helm of the Buffalo Bills, reuniting with former Rams player in his years coaching in the NFL Jack Youngblood. Both Bills quarterbacks Ron Jaworski and Joe Fergeson struggled and Buffalo finished with a disappointing 6-8 record. As for the Jets the Steve Bartkowski era kickstarted with disappointing results as he threw 19 interceptions and just only 9 touchdown passes. Despite the sputtering offense a tough defense anchored by Joe Klecko and Dave Butz kept the Jets competitive in 1978 as they finished with a 6-8 record.




    Just as the AFL began a new era in 1978, one of it's most storied franchises was closing the curtains on the end of an era as the Oakland Raiders struggled and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1966. Oakland's once high powered offense struggled as stars Ken Stabler, Fred Biletnikoff, and Dave Casper showed their age. The Raiders started with a 1-3 record but rallied late in the season to finish 9-5, missing the playoffs by just 1 game. Another former powerhouse in the AFL began their ascension back to the elite class of the league as Don Shula's Dolphins rebounded in 1978 and finished with a winning record to make up for last year's disappointing 5-9 finish with the help of their NFL veteran draft acquisition Randy White and rookie backup quarterback Doug Williams filling in for the injured Bob Griese, helping Miami knock on the door of the Eastern Division Title and a trip to the AFL playoffs with a 9-5 record.

    Last year's AFL Champions the Denver Broncos struggled with injuries on the defensive side while quarterback Archie Manning had his best season yet, leading the AFL with over 3,300 passing yards. The Broncos defensive woes and their lack of a running game doomed them to a disappointing 7-7 finish. It was a new threat that emerged in the AFL Western Division in 1978, the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks entered only their 3rd season in the AFL after entering as an expansion team in 1976. It only took them 3 years to put together a strong contender, with quarterback Jim Zorn leading an effective offense featuring two of the best receivers in the league in James Lofton and Steve Largent, with an offensive line anchored by NFL veteran Ron Yary. The Seahawks shined on defense with the leadership of Lee Roy Selmon. Seattle stole the Western Division title away from the Broncos and Raiders with some big wins to make the playoffs for the first time in the team's brief history. The Seahawks road to the Super Bowl hit a roadblock in the first round of the playoffs as they were stifled by the Pittsburgh Steelers.




    Over in the Eastern Division it was the New England Patriots who emerged as the leaders of the pack for the first time after finishing as bridesmaids for the last 2 years. New England broke the AFL record for team rushing yards in a single season as 4 Patriot running backs had over 500 yards. Sam Cunningham led the team with over 800 rushing yards behind the dominant offensive lineman John Hannah and NFL veteran draft acquisition Lenn Hauss, while star defensive back Mike Haynes led the AFL in interceptions. New England again suffered playoff heartbreak with their 3rd consecutive loss in the first round, this time an upset loss at home to the upstart Houston Oilers. The Houston Oilers rose to the occasion in 1978 and created a frenzy in the city of Houston that the AFL has never seen before.






    It all started on Monday Night Football where rookie running back Earl Campbell ran for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns in a heroic performance for the ages, a performance that captivated the city of Houston and created the "Luv Ya Blue" phenomenon. Houston then took down the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers weeks later to take the lead in the AFL Central Division. Former Heisman Trophy winner out of the University of Texas Earl Campbell led the AFL in his first season in the league with over 1,400 yards, carrying the Oilers on his back to the playoffs where they upset the Patriots on the road to earn their very first trip to the Super Bowl. Earl Campbell was shut down by the Steelers as Pittsburgh routed Houston 35-10 in Super Bowl XIII. Even though they were defeated badly in the Super Bowl the Houston fans welcomed the Oilers back home with a hero's reception




    Hands down without a doubt the 1978 season will go down as the year of the Pittsburgh Steelers, The Steel Curtain. The Steelers dominated the NFL in 1974 and 1975, winning back to back NFL Championship games before shaking the sports world to it's core when they left the NFL for the AFL in 1976, a defection that many point to as the turning point in the war between the two rival leagues. The Steelers would falls short of the AFL title in their first year in the league when they lost to the Raiders in Super Bowl XI. Pittsburgh would fall short again in 1977 when they were upset by the Denver Broncos in the playoffs. This year the Steelers finally broke through and ran roughshod over the entire AFL. Pittsburgh's defense led by Jack Lambert, Mel Blount, and "Mean" Joe Greene dominated the AFL, while Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, and Jon Stalworth soared to new heights, taking Pittsburgh to a 13-1 record, best in the AFL. The Steelers finally defeated their rivals the Oakland Raiders for the first time on Monday Night Football early in the season. Pittsburgh's only loss came to the Houston Oilers in week 7 but they never lost again, winning each of their last 9 games including a win over the Oilers in a rematch in week 12. After decimating the Seahawks in the AFL Playoffs Pittsburgh met Houston in a third meeting in the Orange Bowl in Miami for Super Bowl XIII. The Steelers defense completely eliminated Earl Campbell from the game and intercepted Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini 5 times to route the Houston 35-10 and finally capture the AFL Championship. With the victory the Steelers became the only team to ever win an NFL Championship and an AFL Championship, in doing so not only did they prove that they were finally the undisputed #1 team in pro football, but perhaps one of the greatest teams in the entire history of the game.
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    AFL Offseason News

    January 5th, 1979



    Madden retires, Raiders name Tom Flores succesor

    One of the most successful head coaches in AFL history retired when John Madden stepped down from the Raiders after 10 years at the helm. During Madden's time coaching the Raiders they won 3 Super Bowl titles, winning Super Bowl IX, X, and XI. The Raiders missed the playoffs in 1978 for the first time in 14 years. The Raiders made the announcement shortly after Madden stepped down that assistant coach Tom Flores would take over as head coach of the team in 1979.


    New England Patriots name Bill Walsh new head coach

    New England released Chuck Fairbanks after their loss to the Houston Oilers in the playoffs. This week Stamford head coach Bill Walsh was announced as the new head coach of the Patriots. Walsh was a longtime assistant under Paul Brown at the Cincinnati Bengals. Walsh had a falling out with Brown and the Bengals franchise after he was passed over for the head coaching job when Brown retired two years ago. Walsh spent the last two years coaching a strong program at Stamford in the college game.


    Dick Vermiel named new coach of Cincinnati Bengals

    Former UCLA and Philadelphia Eagles head coach Dick Vermiel was signed as the new head coach of the Bengals after Bill Johnson was relieved of his duties after 2 highly disappointing seasons. Vermiel got his start as an assistant coach for the LA Rams from 1969 to 1974 before being hired as the head coach of the UCLA Bruins for 2 seasons. Vermiel took over the ailing Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL in 1976. Vermiel coached the Eagles in the final 2 seasons of the NFL before the league folded following the 1977 season.

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    1979 AFL Draft



    The 1979 AFL Player Selection meeting was held on the first weekend of May with the Kansas City Chiefs opening up the ceremonies with the first pick. Kansas City selected Mike Bell, defensive lineman from Colorado State. I'm not going to cover every single pick in this draft since there are a lot of no namers or guys that wouldn't amount to much, some great players that may not be household names that would get picked in this draft include running back William Andrews(picked by Seattle), tight end Dwight Clark(picked by New England), and offensive lineman Max Montoya(picked by Cincinnati). Below is a list of some of the picks of the key impact players, players that will go on to make a major difference for their teams:


    Other notable first round picks:




    With the 2nd overall pick in the 1979 AFL draft, the Baltimore Colts select...

    Spoiler:



    Dan Hampton, Defensive Lineman(Arkansas)





    With the 4th overall pick in the 1979 AFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select...

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    Kellen Winslow, Tight End(Missouri)





    With the 5th overall pick in the 1979 AFL draft the Cleveland Browns select...

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    Otis Anderson, Running Back(Miami)





    With the 7th overall pick in the 1979 AFL draft the New York Jets select...

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    Phil Simms, Quarterback(Moorhead State)




    Notable later round picks:






    With their 2nd round pick in the 1979 AFL draft the New York Jets select...

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    Mark Gastineau, Defensive Lineman(East Central Oklahoma State)





    With their 3rd round pick in the 1979 AFL draft the Kansas City Chiefs select...

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    Joe Montana, Quarterback(Notre Dame)
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    Hope this starts back up. Interesting concept.

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    1979 AFL Pre-Season Scouting Report


    The American Football League will enter it's 20th season in 1979, coming off of yet another record breaking year in 1978 that seen the league set new all new marks in overall attendance and television ratings. The league heavily considered expanding to a 16 game format with a regularly scheduled "Wild Card" playoff game, which would add a 5th team to the playoff tournament but at the end of the day the decision was ultimately made to push those changes off one more season. The AFL will maintain the standard 14 game schedule for 1979 as well as the 4 team playoff, though they did keep the option for a Wild Card playoff in the event that two teams are tied for the 4th seed spot(division winners will take the top 3 seeds). Prior to the 1978 season the AFL held an "NFL Allocation Draft", a player selection meeting where teams drafted the rights to the players that were coming out of the defunct NFL. Many NFL players that were either not signed or held out for the 1978 season were available to the highest bidder as unrestricted free agents in 1979.

    The 1979 AFL 20 year anniversary season will culminate with the mega spectacular Super Bowl XIV on January 20th 1980 live from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California!







    Pittsburgh Steelers:
    Stadium: Three Rivers Stadium
    Head Coach: Chuck Noll
    Notable Assistant Coaches: N/A
    1978 Record: 13-1


    Impact Players:
    QB- #12 Terry Bradshaw
    HB- #32 Franco Harris
    WR- #88 Lynn Swann
    WR- #82 John Stallworth
    C- #52 Mike Webster
    G- #69 Conrad Dobler
    DT- #75 Joe Greene
    OLB- #59 Jack Ham
    ILB- #58 Jack Lambert
    CB- #47 Mel Blount
    K- #3 Mark Mosely

    The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the 1979 AFL season as the defending Super Bowl Champions. Pittsburgh's victory in Super Bowl XIII was their 3rd Pro Football title of the 1970's across 2 separate leagues. The Steelers dominated the NFL in 1974 and 1975 to win back to back NFL Championships before winning a federal injunction that allowed for the team to jump from the ailing(now defunct) NFL to the AFL in 1976. The Steelers avenged their losses to their rival Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XI and the 1977 AFL Divisional playoffs by finally defeating them for the first time in 1978, moving on to run the table and destroy the Houston Oilers in Super Bowl XIII. Chuck Noll hopes to take the Steelers back to glory in 1979 to further cement their claim as the best team that ever played the game.







    Houston Oilers:
    Stadium: Houston Astrodome
    Head Coach: Bum Phillips
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Joe Bugel(offensive line), Wade Phillips(defensive line)
    1978 Record: 10-4


    Impact Players:
    QB- #7 Dan Pastorini
    HB- #34 Earl Campbell
    FB- #44 John Riggins
    WR- #00 Kenny Burrough
    T- #72 Leon Gray
    DT- #78 Curley Culp
    DE- #65 Elvin Bethea
    OLB- #52 Robert Brazile
    CB- #28 Ken Houston
    FS- #22 Roger Wehrli


    The Houston Oilers experienced a phenomenon in 1978 as rookie running back Earl Campbell took the AFL by storm and kickstarted the "Luv Ya Blue" craze that has the city of Houston in a frenzy about their football team. The Oilers were the only team in the league in 1978 that managed to defeat the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers when they ended their undefeated streak in their first meeting. The victory propelled the Oilers to a run to Super Bowl XIII but they were shut down in a rematch with the Steelers. The team came back home to Houston to a jam packed Astrodome as the fans welcomed their team back with open arms in a homecoming celebration never before seen for a team that lost a title game. Head coach Bum Phillips is poised to push the Oilers to greatness as many believe Houston is the only team that stands a chance against the Steel Curtain in 1979. Houston added even more power to their backfield with the signing of free agent fullback John Riggins.







    New England Patriots:
    Stadium: Shaefer Stadium
    Head Coach: Bill Walsh
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Chuck Studley(defensive coordinator), Dennis Green(running backs/special teams)
    1978 Record: 9-5


    Impact Players:
    QB- #16 Vince Ferragamo
    HB- #45 Chuck Foreman
    FB- #39 Sam Cunningham
    WR- #28 Ahmad Rashad
    WR- #86 Stanley Morgan
    TE- #89 Dwight Clark
    G- #73 John Hannah
    ILB- #57 Steve Nelson
    ILB- #53 Harry Carson
    CB- #40 Mike Haynes

    The New England Patriots and longtime head coach Sam Cunningham mutually parted ways after their 3rd consecutive heartbreaking playoff loss in 1978 when they fell to the Houston Oilers in the divisional round. The Patriots hired former Stanford head coach Bill Walsh in the offseason and signed key unrestricted free agents in Chuck Foreman, Ahmad Rashad, and quarterback Vince Ferragamo.







    Miami Dolphins:
    Stadium: The Orange Bowl
    Head Coach: Don Shula
    Notable Assistant Coaches: N/A
    1978 Record: 9-5


    Impact Players:
    QB- #12 Bob Griese
    G- #66 Larry Little
    T- #78 Jackie Slater
    T- #67 Bob Kuechenberg
    DT- #54 Randy White
    DE- #77 AJ Duhe
    OLB- #58 Kim Bokamper

    The Dolphins aging offense will be supported by one of the fastest improving young defenses in the AFL. Head coach Don Shula looks to add to his legacy as the greatest head coach in AFL history by returning the Dolphins to the glory they experienced earlier in the decade when they won 3 consecutive AFL Championships(1971, 1972, 1973).







    Seattle Seahawks:
    Stadium: The Kingdome
    Head Coach: Jack Patera
    Notable Assistant Coaches: N/A
    1978 Record: 9-5


    Impact Players:
    QB- #10 Jim Zorn
    HB- #36 William Andrews
    WR- #80 Steve Largent
    WR- #81 James Lofton
    DE- #77 Lee Roy Selmon
    SS- #43 Cliff Harris

    The Seahawks surprised everyone by rising up to win the AFL Western Division title in only their 3rd year in existence last season. Seattle will look to repeat as the top team in the west in hopes of taking the next step and making a run to Super Bowl XIV.







    Oakland Raiders:
    Stadium: Oakland Alameda County Coliseum
    Head Coach: Tom Flores
    Notable Assistant Coaches: N/A
    1978 Record: 8-6


    Impact Players:
    QB- #12 Ken Stabler
    WR- #21 Cliff Branch
    TE- #87 Dave Casper
    G- #63 Gene Upshaw
    G- #51 Randy Cross
    T- #78 Art Shell
    DE- #72 John Matuszak
    OLB- #83 Ted Hendricks
    OLB- #41 Phil Villapiano
    CB- #37 Lester Hayes
    SS- #32 Jack Tatum
    P- #8 Ray Guy

    The Raiders have stood out over the first 19 seasons as the New York Yankees of the AFL. The Raiders missed the playoffs last year for the first time since 1966. Head coach John Madden retired at the end of the year and Al Davis promoted assistant coach Tom Flores to take over for Madden in 1979. Flores enters his first season as head coach of the Raiders with the tall task of rejuvenating a sagging old offense in hopes of taking the Raiders back to the AFL playoffs where they belong.







    Denver Broncos:
    Stadium: Mile High Stadium
    Head Coach: Red Miller
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Joe Collier(defensive coordinator)
    1978 Record: 7-7


    Impact Players:
    QB- #8 Archie Manning
    HB- #24 Otis Armstrong
    FB- #44 Ricky Bell
    OLB- #57 Tom Jackson
    ILB- #53 Randy Gradishar
    CB- #20 Louis Wright

    The Broncos Orange Crush defense dominated the AFL and brought the team a Super Bowl victory in 1977. Last year the Broncos suffered key injuries and struggled to a disappointing 7-7 record. This year a healthy Broncos unit will look to reclaim their place as best in the west and make a return to the Super Bowl.







    San Diego Chargers:
    Stadium: San Diego Stadium
    Head Coach: Don Coryell
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Joe Gibbs(offensive coordinator), Ernie Zampese(wide receivers)
    1978 Record: 6-8


    Impact Players:
    QB- #14 Dan Fouts
    HB- #33 Tony Dorsett
    WR- #89 Wes Chandler
    WR- #83 John Jefferson
    WR- #18 Charlie Joiner
    TE- #80 Kellen Winslow
    DE- #71 Fred Dean
    FS- #41 Charlie Waters

    The Chargers struggled early last year under Don Coryell's first season as head coach. San Diego quickly improved and showcased one of the best offenses in the league towards the end of the season. The Chargers look to carry over their momentum from the end of the season last year into the 1979 season as they take the field with 3 speedy receivers, arguably the fastest running back in the AFL, and one of the best tight ends in the AFL.







    Cleveland Browns:
    Stadium: Cleveland Municipal Stadium
    Head Coach: Sam Rutigliano
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Dick Macpherson
    1978 Record: 6-8


    Impact Players:
    QB- #17 Brian Sipe
    HB- #32 Otis Anderson
    WR- #80 Harold Carmichael
    TE- #82 Ozzie Newsome
    T- #75 Dan Dierdorf
    DE- #77 Lyle Alzado
    OLB- #57 Clay Mathews

    The Cleveland Browns made some moves in the offseason by drafting rookie power running back Otis Anderson as well as picking up Lyle Alzado through a trade with the Denver Broncos.






    New York Jets:
    Stadium: Shea Stadium
    Head Coach: Walt Michaels
    Notable Assistant Coaches: N/A
    1978 Record: 6-8


    Impact Players:
    QB- #10 Steve Bartkowski
    HB- #27 Wendell Tyler
    DT- #73 Joe Klecko
    DT- #67 Dave Butz
    DE- #99 Mark Gastineau

    Walt Michaels enters his second season as Jets head coach with one of the strongest defensive lines in the AFL adding even more muscle when they drafted Mark Gastineau in the later rounds of the 1979 draft.







    Buffalo Bills:
    Stadium: Rich Stadium
    Head Coach: Chuck Knox
    Notable Assistant Coaches: N/A
    1978 Record: 6-8


    Impact Players:
    QB- #7 Ron Jaworski
    QB- #12 Joe Ferguson
    HB- #31 Wilbert Montgomery
    HB- #32 OJ Simpson
    WR- #81 Mel Gray
    G- #68 Joe Delamielleure
    DE- #85 Jack Youngblood
    ILB- #58 Isiah Robertson

    Chuck Knox enters his second season as head coach of the Buffalo Bills amid a quarterback controversy as both Ron Jaworski and Joe Ferguson are neck and neck in competition for the starting job. Wilbert Montgomery was signed to carry the load of the running game while an aging legend in OJ Simpson could very well be entering his final season in 1979 with hopes of going out as a Super Bowl Champion.







    Cincinnati Bengals:
    Stadium: Riverfront Stadium
    Head Coach: Dick Vermiel
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Marion Campbell(defensive coordinator)
    1978 Record: 5-9


    Impact Players:
    QB- #14 Ken Anderson
    WR- #81 Drew Pearson
    T- #65 Max Montoya
    ILB- #66 Bill Bergey
    CB- #47 Herman Edwards
    SS- #49 Gary Fencik

    The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Dick Vermiel in the offseason, an offensive guru that hopes to get the most out of quarterback Ken Anderson, a former AFL MVP that has struggled over the last few seasons.







    Baltimore Colts:
    Stadium: Memorial Stadium
    Head Coach: Ted Marchibroda
    Notable Assistant Coaches: Buddy Ryan(defensive coordinator), Joe Vitt(strength/quality control)
    1978 Record: 3-11


    Impact Players:
    QB- #7 Bert Jones
    WR- #81 Roger Carr
    DE- #65 Harvey Martin
    DT- #99 Dan Hampton

    The Baltimore Colts struggled last year in their inaugural season in the AFL. The Colts were a longtime NFL franchise that shined in the final 3 years of the doomed league, losing the NFL Championship Game to the Dallas Cowboys in the final NFL game ever played in 1977, a game that went down as perhaps the best ever in pro football history. The Colts made the transition to the AFL last year after the NFL closed up shop following the 77 season. Baltimore's star quarterback Bert Jones suffered an injury and the Colts fell apart in 1978, finishing with one of the worst records in the AFL. Jones will return healthy in 1979 and the Colts defense will look to improve after the signing of new defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan. Ryan served as assistant coach on Weeb Ewbank's coaching staff for the Jets Super Bowl III winning team in 1969. Ryan spent the final years of the NFL as the defensive line coach with the Minnesota Vikings in 1976 and 1977, where he coached "The Purple People Eaters", one of the best defensive units in the NFL. One of Buddy Ryan's first moves was the drafting of defensive tackle Dan Hampton, one of the best young defensive lineman in the nation.







    Kansas City Chiefs:
    Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
    Head Coach: Marv Levy
    Notable Assistant Coaches: N/A
    1978 Record: 2-12


    Impact Players:
    QB- #19 Joe Montana
    HB- #34 Walter Payton
    ILB- #55 Dewey Selmon
    K- #3 Jan Stenerud

    The Kansas City Chiefs went through one of their worst seasons in 1978 as the team only won just 2 games. Kansas City built for the future by selecting Notre Dame quarterback Joe Montana in the draft and signing free agent linebacker Dewey Selmon.
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    Just an update on this, I actually decided not to simulate all the games for the 1979 season on NFL 2K5. I was mistaken about the quick sim feature, I was playing a game against my little brother back earlier this year and he had to leave before we finished, we were in the 4th quarter with like 2 minutes left and there was an option to simulate the rest of the game(it finishes the game for you and gives you the stats). I thought that this was something you could do at the start of a game but I was wrong, apparently it's only something you can do at the end of a game. It would take a ridiculous amount of time to simulate every game of a season, even with 14 teams x 14 games format at 5 minute quarters, and besides the stats for 5 min. quarters would not be realistic.

    So I will be going back to the original format where I just summarize everything in the single post per year. I will simulate the playoff games and Super Bowl on NFL 2K5. I did go through a 1979 NFL roster edit for NFL 2K5 and fix the rosters to be accurate with this alternate reality. I spent some time and got all 14 of these teams accurate with what I have going on in this thread, I could even upload the UDATA file somewhere if anyone has a soft modded XBOX with NFL 2K5 and wants to play with these alternate reality 1979 AFL rosters just let me know. But for this project for the games I'm going to revert back to my dice roll system based on pen and paper RPG's, each team has a defense and offense rating that determines their roll, each team gets an offense and defense roll and the numbers determine the outcome. I'll have 1979 done soon.

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    1979





    1979 AFL Standings


    Eastern Division
    New England Patriots 10-4
    Miami Dolphins 10-4
    New York Jets 7-7
    Buffalo Bills 7-7
    Baltimore Colts 4-10

    Central Division
    Pittsburgh Steelers 12-2
    Houston Oilers 10-4
    Cleveland Browns 8-6
    Cincinnati Bengals 6-8

    Western Division
    San Diego Chargers 12-2
    Seattle Seahawks 9-5
    Denver Broncos 8-6
    Oakland Raiders 7-7
    Kansas City Chiefs 6-8


    1979 AFL MVP:

    Earl Campbell(#34 Running Back, Houston Oilers); 1,529 rushing yards, 17 tds




    1979 AFL Playoffs

    AFL Wild Card Playoff
    Miami Dolphins 13 @ Houston Oilers 26

    AFL Divisional Championships
    Houston Oilers 16 @ San Diego Chargers 7
    New England Patriots 7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 29





    The Rose Bowl in Pasadena California, January 7th 1980



    vs
    Houston Oilers vs Pittsburgh Steelers


    Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
    Oilers 3 7 10 13 33
    Steelers 17 6 10 3 36



    Super Bowl XIV MVP:

    Lynn Swann(11 receptions, 211 yards, 3 TDs)






    AFL '79: The Road to Super Bowl XIV


    The American Football League took the field in 1979 for it's 20th anniversary season, a season that went down in the record books as the league soared in popularity. The average AFL attendance record was broken for the 4th straight season. AFL Monday Night Football on ABC celebrated it's 10 year anniversary with great success, with the late season clash between the Houston Oilers and Pittsburgh Steelers(dubbed by the media as "Super Bowl 13.5") broke ratings records on ABC Monday Night Football with an unheard of 25.1 rating(40 percent share). The AFL closed out it's second decade with one of the most exciting seasons to date as teams aired the football out more than ever in an explosion of offense in the passing game. New concepts by innovative head coaches like Don Coryell of the Chargers and Bill Walsh of the Patriots stretched defenses of the AFL with wide open, scientific passing games while new faces such as Chiefs rookie Quarterback Joe Montana gave football fans a preview of things to come in the next decade in the AFL. Montana started 13 games for the Chiefs in 1979, leading the team to a late 4th quarter come from behind victory over the Chargers in the Chiefs final game of the year. Joe Montana threw for 2,677 passing yards with 12 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions while he got help from Walter Payton, who ran the ball over 300 times for over 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Chiefs improved in 1979 and proved that they are a team on the rise going into the 1980's.




    The Cincinnati Bengals new head coach Dick Vermiel made a strong impression in his first year in the AFL by rebounding the Bengals from an 0-5 start, leading them to win 5 of their last 8 games. Meanwhile the Baltimore Colts struggled once again in their sophomore season in the AFL. Buddy Ryan's defense improved around rookie defensive tackle Dan Hampton but the Colts offense hit rock bottom with another injury to star quarterback Bert Jones keeping the team in the cellar of the AFL Eastern Division. The New York Jets and Buffalo Bills emerged from the bottom of the AFL East to improve in 1979. Buffalo's aging legend OJ Simpson faded out as the new star running back Wilbert Montgomery emerged, running for over 1,400 rushing yards. OJ Simpson bid his farewell and announced his retirement from the sport after Buffalo's final game of the season. The New York Jets fought to their best record in years on the strength of their stout defensive line. The Oakland Raiders fought through countless injuries to finish with a winning record under Tom Flores' first year at the helm, while their ageless wonder Kenny "The Snake" Stabler proved that he still had what it took to win in the AFL.




    Another team that took strides to improve in 1979 was the Cleveland Browns led by one of the most productive quarterbacks in the AFL, Brian Sipe. Sipe finished 2nd in the AFL in passing yards with 3,437 with an AFL best 26 touchdown passes. Cleveland finished with a winning record at 8-6 but fell to 3rd place in the AFL Central Division and missed the playoffs. While some teams took steps forward other teams seemed to have taken steps backwards in 1979, teams like the Super Bowl XII Champion Denver Broncos, who's "Orange Crush" defense dominated the AFL just two years ago. The Broncos started strong in 1979 but lost all of their final 3 games to miss the playoffs with an 8-6 record. The Seattle Seahawks won the AFL Western Division in 1979 in only their 3rd year in existence but the team missed the playoffs this year after a heartbreaking loss to the Dolphins in a win or go home season finale in the Orange Bowl in Florida in one of the best games of the year. The Seahawks defense was top 5 in the league due to the strength of AFL Defensive Player of the Year Lee Roy Selmon, while Steve Largent led the AFL in receiving with 1,175 yards and 9 touchdowns.




    A new era began in New England as former Stanford head coach Bill Walsh took over as new head coach of the Patriots in 1979. Under Walsh's system veteran Steve Grogan threw for 25 touchdown passes, while receivers Stanley Morgan and Harold Jackson both finished with over 1,000 yards receiving. The Patriots clinched the AFL Eastern Division title by sweeping Don Shula's Miami Dolphins. Walsh's Patriots went on the road to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFL Divisional Playoff where they were dominated by the Steel Curtain defense in a 29-7 route, New England's 3rd consecutive "one and done" playoff defeat. While the Miami Dolphins fell to the Patriots in both meetings in 1979 they still held their own against the rest of the AFL. Larry Csonka returned to action for the Dolphins in 1979 and Don Shula put together one of the fastest defenses in the league. The Dolphins won their last 3 games including a thriller over the Seahawks in the season finale to clinch their spot in the Wild Card Playoff. The Dolphins fell to the Oilers in Houston in the Wild Card Playoff Game as their undersized defense was bowled over by Earl Campbell. The team that suffered perhaps the most severe playoff heartbreak in 1979 was the San Diego Chargers, who dominated the AFL in 1979 with one of the most potent offenses ever seen in league history. Don Coryell opened up the field in 1979 with a deep passing attack and one of the best quarterbacks in the AFL in Dan Fouts. Fouts led the AFL in passing yards with 3,900 while throwing 22 touchdown passes. Charlie Joyner and John Jefferson both caught over 1,000 yards receiving while Tony Dorsett ran for over 1,000 yards rushing. The Chargers dream season came to a screeching halt when they were upset by the Oilers at home in the AFL Divisional Playoff game, a game they played without Dorsett or Joyner due to injuries late in the season. Even though they fell short in the post season the Chargers established themselves as one of the premier teams in the AFL going into the 1980's.




    One of the teams in the AFL that captured the hearts of America in 1979 was the Houston Oilers, led by their lovable country bumpkin head coach Bum Phillips and Lone Star State hero Earl Campbell the Oilers sold out every game at home and on the road and drew record ratings for their Monday Night Football victory over the Steelers in December. Earl Campbell led the AFL in rushing and won the 1979 AFL MVP award as he led the Oilers to a 10-4 record. Campbell suffered through injuries in the Oilers home playoff win over the Dolphins in the Wild Card. Earl Campbell would miss the AFL Divisional Playoff against San Diego but fullback John Riggins picked up the slack and ran the ball 23 times for 119 yards and a touchdown in a heroic performance that led one of the biggest upsets in recent memory over a high powered Chargers team on the road.




    The upset win over San Diego put Houston in the Super Bowl for the 2nd strait year, setting them up in a Super rematch against the Steel Curtain defense of the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers. The Oilers put up a strong fight in Super Bowl XIV in front of a record capacity crowd in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California. Pittsburgh jumped out to a 17-0 lead early in the game and took a 23-10 lead into halftime. The Steelers went up 33-20 going into the 4th quarter but Houston put together a stunning comeback attempt that seen them score 13 unanswered points to tie the game up 33-33 with less than 2 minutes left in the game. Terry Bradshaw took Pittsburgh down the field on a 12 play 77 yard drive to set up the game winning field goal with just :02 seconds left on the clock, giving Pittsburgh the win 36-33 in what will go down as not only one of the all time best Super Bowls but one of the greatest football games ever played period. After the loss the Oilers returned home to Houston to discover the streets lined with fans giving them a warm welcome home all the way from the airport to the Astrodome. Head coach Bum Phillips addressed the packed Houston Astrodome and gave the Oilers fans hope that 1980 would finally be their year:




    The Pittsburgh Steelers thrilling last second victory over their rival Houston Oilers cemented their legacy as one of the all time greatest teams to ever play the game. The victory in Super Bowl XIV gave the Steelers their 2nd consecutive AFL Championship, their 4th overall pro football title(they won the 1974 and 1975 NFL Championships). The Steelers dominated the AFL in 1979 in every aspect of the game. The Steelers offense shined in 1979 with Terry Bradshaw having his best year yet, throwing for 3,399 passing yards and 24 touchdowns.




    Mean Joe Green led the Steelers vaunted Steel Curtain defense that once again smothered the opposing offenses of the AFL. Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, and Mel Blount fought to keep the Steelers reputation as the best defense in the AFL. The Steelers finished 2nd in the AFL in fewest yards allowed and 3rd in fewest points allowed.




    The Pittsburgh Steelers run in the 1970's will go down as one of the most impressive in the history of any sport. No other team was able to win multiple Championships in 2 different leagues in the same decade with the level of dominance that Pittsburgh has done it with. Head coach Chuck Knoll will bring his Steelers back in 1980 on a quest for a 3rd consecutive AFL Championship, a feat that has only been done by the Miami Dolphins in 1971-1972-1973 and the Oakland Raiders in 1974-1975-1976.


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