There has been at least one memorable performance for each NFL franchise.
This past season, the National Football League celebrated its 100th season. Fans of the game were reminded throughout the season how the game and the league had grown. It was a steady walk down memory lane. With the NFL’s 101st season on the horizon, it’s time to look at each franchise’s greatest moment – be it a game, season or even a single play.
Arizona Cardinals: 1947 NFL Championship Game
The Cardinals own the NFL’s longest current title drought and their last league championship came way back in 1947 while the franchise was based in the Windy City. Pro Football Hall of Famer Charley Trippi ran 44 yards for one touchdown and returned a punt 75 yards for another score as the team defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-21
Atlanta Falcons: 1998 NFC Championship Game
Dan Reeves’ squad wasn’t given much of a chance at Minnesota, who set a new NFL record for points scored in a season. But the “Dirty Birds” overcame a seven-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Morten Andersen’s field goal sent the Falcons to their first Super Bowl.
Baltimore Ravens: Super Bowl XXXV
Brian Billick’s squad was a wild card team in 2000 and after a somewhat-sluggish start, turned their season around when quarterback Trent Dilfer brought some need consistency to the position. The Ravens won their final 11 outings, routing the Giants in Tampa, 34-7. In 20 overall games that season, Baltimore allowed a mere 188 points.
Buffalo Bills: 1992 AFC Wild Card Playoffs
It was the start of third straight trip to the Super Bowl, although the Bills have never hoisted a Lombardi Trophy. Down 35-3 to the Houston Oilers in the third quarter, backup quarterback Frank Reich (starting for Jim Kelly) rallied Marv Levy’s team to a 41-38 overtime victory. It remains the biggest comeback (32 points) in league history.