1989 afc championship game. 1989 AFC Divisional Playoff Game: Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns

1989 AFC Championship

1989 afc championship game

The Bengals took over the game in the second half, forcing Buffalo to start all of their drives from inside their own 23-yard line as they held the ball for only 9:04, totaling 53 yards, two first downs, and no points. Himself - Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver. The switch gave the Browns a timely wind advantage. Moon threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns. The strategy paid off as Cincinnati built a 10—0 lead in the first quarter.

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Denver Broncos AFC Championships

1989 afc championship game

The second round, the divisional playoffs, had a restriction where two teams from the same division could not meet: the surviving wild card team visited the division champion outside its own division that had the higher seed, and the remaining two teams from that conference played each other. Craig was the top rusher of the game with 94 yards and a touchdown, while also catching three passes for 40 yards. This season featured only three teams that failed to make 's postseason. The Browns took their first drive into Bills territory, but came up empty when slipped while planting his foot on a 45-yard field goal attempt. Buffalo then drove 77 yards entirely on receptions by Thomas and fellow running back , who hauled in a 22-yard catch on the Browns 3-yard line. Houston responded on their next drive, moving the ball 96 yards to the Steelers 3-yard line, but could go no further and settled for a 26-yard Zendejas field goal.

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NFC Championship

1989 afc championship game

Later in the quarter, Everett completed six of seven passes for 44 yards and rushed for 12 yards on a 75-yard drive that ended with Lansford's 21-yard field goal with 3:01 left, tying the score and sending the game into overtime. Chicago responded with a 25-yard field goal by. However, they also ended up facing fourth and 1, and would settle for an Anderson field goal to put them up 10—6 going into halftime. McKinnon finished the game with four receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown. His dual threat receiving tandem of and was nullified as they combined for just three receptions for 32 yards. Between , and , at least one of the three quarterbacks has been in every championship game between the 2003 and the 2018 seasons.

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1988 AFC Championship Game (1989)

1989 afc championship game

Rice finished the game with five receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns. In the third quarter, Houston got another scoring opportunity when defensive back intercepted a pass from Kelly on the Bills 47-yard line. Houston responded by driving 71 yards, with Moon completing a 21-yard pass to and rushing for a 31-yard gain, to score with a 35-yard field goal from. While the Rams had momentum at this point, it shifted to San Francisco's favor for good when safety batted down a pass intended for a wide open Anderson. The Bengals forced three interceptions, and allowed only 45 rushing yards and 136 passing yards, while their offense held the ball for 39:29.

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1989 NFL season

1989 afc championship game

But just before halftime, Everett led the team 70 yards to cut the lead in half with his 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end. The Browns fumble four times, throw one interception and punt a club-record-tying 12 times. Denver responded with a 12-play, 75-yard drive to score on Bratton's 1-yard touchdown run, cutting the lead to 10-7. Defensive coordinator was promoted to head coach. Linebacker had five tackles, two sacks, and a fumble recovery. Elway brought his side back by 48-yard score followed by an 11-yard touchdown pass.

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1989 afc championship game

In the first round, dubbed the wild-card playoffs or wild-card weekend, the fourth seed wild card hosted the fifth seed. Meanwhile, Houston scored on their first play after the turnover with Pinkett's 16-yard touchdown run, making the score 14—3. Meanwhile, Philadelphia struck back with a 65-yard completion from Cunningham to Jackson that set up Zendejas' 30-yard field goal, making the score 17-9. Krieg started off the drive with a pair of completions to rookie receiver and tight end for gains of 17 and seven yards before eventually converting a fourth down and 3 with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Williams, cutting the score to 21—7 with 11:40 left in the game. A wild card team can only host the game if both participants are wild cards, in which case the fifth seed would host the sixth seed. Los Angeles subsequently put the game away with an 84-yard, 7-play scoring drive.

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1989

1989 afc championship game

Later on the drive, Johnson converted a 4th and inches situation with a 7-yard run, and Anderson eventually finished it off with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Don Bass, making the final score 27—7. Moon then completed four passes, including a 29-yarder to receiver , on a 9-play, 80-yard drive. Broncos receiver caught five passes for 111 yards. Minnesota scored first on a 51-yard, 12-play drive that ended with 's 47-yard field goal. Denver outgained Cleveland in total yards 497 to 256 and forced three turnovers.

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1988 AFC Championship Game (1989)

1989 afc championship game

On the next play, Kelly found Reed in the right corner of the end zone for a touchdown pass to tie the game. It would be the Browns's fifth consecutive season making the playoffs, but it would be their last playoff season until. But Harmon dropped a potential game winning catch in the end zone and Kelly was intercepted by Matthews on the next play. Philadelphia tackled Chicago returner on the 22 on the ensuing kickoff, but the kick had to be redone due to an offsides penalty on the Eagles. Then they drove to a third and 1 on the Vikings 30 and were stopped for no gain on consecutive running plays. Then defensive back recovered a fumble from receiver on the Bears 18-yard line with 2:45 left in the half.

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