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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | January 28, 1999
MIAMI -- It appeared to be a mismatch two weeks ago when the Atlanta Falcons brought the league's 21st-ranked pass defense into the Metrodome to face the Minnesota pass offense that was ranked first in the league in the NFC title game.But the Falcons showed the rankings were misleading when they held Randall Cunningham to 266 yards passing and only one completion of longer than 18 yards.The Falcons held the Vikings to just one touchdown in the second half and overtime and escaped with a 30-27 victory that put the Falcons in the Super Bowl.
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By VITO STELLINO and VITO STELLINO,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1999
MIAMI -- Chalk up another one for the Denver Broncos' offensive line.The Broncos whipped the Green Bay Packers' defense in last year's Super Bowl and did the same thing to the Atlanta Falcons last night in Super Bowl XXXIII.Defusing the Atlanta "Bomb Squad," they gave John Elway all the time he needed to throw for 336 yards and win MVP honors in a 34-19 victory."They were great tonight and gave us time to throw," Elway said after the game.The line of Tony Jones, Mark Schlereth, Tom Nalen, Dan Neil and Harry Swayne is the smallest in the league but is noted for its quickness and good use of technique in neutralizing opposing defensive ones.
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By Ken Murray | January 31, 1999
In addition to quarterback John Elway, these are five players who need big games for the Broncos to win: RB Terrell Davis The NFL's rushing champ will be wading through heavy traffic against the Falcons, who have allowed only one back to gain 100 yards this season. The toss play is Davis' favorite, but it could be dangerous if the Falcons get across the line of scrimmage quickly. If Davis can establish the run, Elway can execute the passing game. WR Rod Smith Averaging better than 15 yards a catch in the postseason, Smith is the perfect complement to Pro Bowl receiver Ed McCaffrey.
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By JOHN STEADMAN | February 1, 1999
MIAMI -- Witnessing John Elway dissecting a falling bird, in this case the Atlanta Falcons, was comparable to watching a blue-ribbon chef carve up a Christmas turkey. He came close to picking them clean.If this was Elway's farewell to football after 16 years as the leader of the Denver Broncos, then let it be said he left in memorable fashion. He was at the top of his game, throwing bullet passes from all positions -- after dropping back and setting up, from deep out of the shotgun, on the run and even pitching half the distance of the field off a bootleg.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 28, 1999
MIAMI -- John Elway had trouble all around in the AFC championship game in Denver -- wind gusts of 40 mph and a fierce New York Jets pass rush played havoc with his passes.The wind tossed his throws; the pass rush deflected them.The Broncos quarterback doesn't figure to have a wind problem at Pro Player Stadium in Super Bowl XXXIII, but he easily could see a repeat of that pass rush from the Atlanta Falcons.The Jets' rushers came in high on passing plays, arms raised in anticipation of rerouting Elway's throws.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1999
MIAMI -- What was the Achilles' heel of the Denver Broncos' defense a year ago has become, in radical transformation, its rock-ribbed backbone.No phase of the Broncos' play this season has improved as much as their run defense.The Broncos have been so efficient defending the run that in two playoff games, the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets abandoned their running games as early as the second quarter.And though the Dolphins were fighting from a 14-0 hole, the Jets were locked in a 0-0 stalemate when they quit trying to run.The result was one of the season's most impressive statistics: Denver has allowed a total of 28 rushing yards on 26 attempts -- barely a yard a carry -- in two postseason wins.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 29, 1999
MIAMI -- A year ago, the way to beat the Denver Broncos was to run the ball.This season, the strategy is to pass.The New York Jets put up 52 passes in the AFC championship game at Denver, and they had a lead halfway through the third quarter. The San Diego Chargers threw 53 passes against the Broncos. The Jacksonville Jaguars threw 46, the Kansas City Chiefs 43. Eight other opponents threw 35 or more passes.In three of their last seven games, the Broncos were torched for more than 300 yards passing.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 26, 1999
MIAMI -- This year, Terrell Davis better remember his migraine medication.In Super Bowl XXXII, the Denver Broncos tailback forgot, then had to sit out the second quarter with a debilitating headache. He returned in the second half to collect his second and third touchdowns and the game's MVP hardware in Denver's thrilling 31-24 victory over the Green Bay Packers.Migraines are about the only thing that can stop Davis these days.Can the Atlanta Falcons serve one up in Super Bowl XXXIII?Denver's No. 2 rush offense against Atlanta's No. 2 rush defense promises to be one of the great matchups of this Super Bowl.
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January 31, 1999
SUPER BOWLS are notoriously dull, but this one may have set a new low even before the opening coin flip.The weeks leading to this de facto national holiday often offer some compelling story line: Green Bay's rebirth in 1997 of a once-proud franchise that had fallen on hard times; Denver quarterback John Elway's last gasp at a championship in 1998; the braggadocio of a Broadway Joe Namath in 1969.This evening's game between last year's victor Denver and underrated Atlanta offers no such drama, no morality play.
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By KEN MURRAY and KEN MURRAY,SUN STAFF | January 29, 1999
MIAMI -- You can second-guess his judgment and ponder his long-term health, but you can't question Mark Schlereth's heart.After 22 surgeries on six different body parts, he will line up at left guard for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII without regret."
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1999
MIAMI -- It only took five tries, but John Elway finally got the hang of playing well in the Super Bowl last night.In his fifth Super Bowl appearance, he got his first Super Bowl MVP honor and he found out a new car goes with the award ."That's all I need is some more cars," the veteran Denver quarterback said with a smile after the Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19, in Super Bowl XXXIII.That was a reference to the fact he has a string of car dealerships in Denver that he recently sold to Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga for $82.5 million.
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By KEN MURRAY and KEN MURRAY,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1999
MIAMI -- Two for the road? Or time to three-peat?John Elway answered every question but one last night when the Denver Broncos dominated the Atlanta Falcons for a 34-19 victory in Super Bowl XXXIII.Throwing for 336 yards, the third-highest total in Super Bowl history, Elway won the Most Valuable Player trophy in what could serve as a fitting farewell to his 16-year, Hall of Fame career.The only issue left after the Broncos (17-2) became the first AFC team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since Pittsburgh in 1978-79, was Elway's retirement plans.
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By KEN MURRAY and KEN MURRAY,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1999
MIAMI -- Two for the road? Or time to three-peat? John Elway answered every question but one last night when the Denver Broncos dominated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19, in Super Bowl XXXIII at Pro Player Stadium. Throwing for 336 yards, the third-highest total in Super Bowl history, Elway won the Most Valuable Player trophy in what could serve as a fitting farewell to his 16-year, Hall of Fame career. The only issue remaining after the Broncos (17-2) became the first AFC team to win back-to-back Super Bowls since Pittsburgh in 1978-79 was Elway's retirement plans.
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February 1, 1999
Super Bowl MVPs1967: Bart Starr, QB, Green Bay1968: Bart Starr, QB, Green Bay1969: Joe Namath, QB, N.Y. Jets1970: Len Dawson, QB, Kansas City1971: Chuck Howley, LB, Dallas1972: Roger Staubach, QB, Dallas1973: Jake Scott, S, Miami1974: Larry Csonka, RB, Miami1975: Franco Harris, RB, Pittsburgh1976: Lynn Swann, WR, Pittsburgh1977: Fred Biletnikoff, WR, Oakland1978: Randy White, DT and Harvey Martin, DE, Dallas1979: Terry Bradshaw, QB, Pittsburgh1980: Terry...
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By Ken Murray | January 31, 1999
In addition to quarterback John Elway, these are five players who need big games for the Broncos to win: RB Terrell Davis The NFL's rushing champ will be wading through heavy traffic against the Falcons, who have allowed only one back to gain 100 yards this season. The toss play is Davis' favorite, but it could be dangerous if the Falcons get across the line of scrimmage quickly. If Davis can establish the run, Elway can execute the passing game. WR Rod Smith Averaging better than 15 yards a catch in the postseason, Smith is the perfect complement to Pro Bowl receiver Ed McCaffrey.
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January 31, 1999
SUPER BOWLS are notoriously dull, but this one may have set a new low even before the opening coin flip.The weeks leading to this de facto national holiday often offer some compelling story line: Green Bay's rebirth in 1997 of a once-proud franchise that had fallen on hard times; Denver quarterback John Elway's last gasp at a championship in 1998; the braggadocio of a Broadway Joe Namath in 1969.This evening's game between last year's victor Denver and underrated Atlanta offers no such drama, no morality play.
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By VITO STELLINO and VITO STELLINO,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1999
MIAMI -- Chalk up another one for the Denver Broncos' offensive line.The Broncos whipped the Green Bay Packers' defense in last year's Super Bowl and did the same thing to the Atlanta Falcons last night in Super Bowl XXXIII.Defusing the Atlanta "Bomb Squad," they gave John Elway all the time he needed to throw for 336 yards and win MVP honors in a 34-19 victory."They were great tonight and gave us time to throw," Elway said after the game.The line of Tony Jones, Mark Schlereth, Tom Nalen, Dan Neil and Harry Swayne is the smallest in the league but is noted for its quickness and good use of technique in neutralizing opposing defensive ones.
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By KEN MURRAY and KEN MURRAY,SUN STAFF | January 24, 1999
Reluctant at first to reopen old wounds on Monday, Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves lost his inhibitions and poured out his soul on Wednesday. What tumbled into view was private pain and public acrimony.In the space of 48 hours last week, Super Bowl XXXIII went from the Dirty Bird to simply down and dirty, from John Elway's valedictory speech to his unwashed laundry.Miami, get ready for the mud bath.Amid Reeves' allegations that he was betrayed by Denver coach Mike Shanahan some seven years ago, the Falcons will face the Broncos in the NFL's championship game next Sunday.
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January 31, 1999
MIAMI -- Let's say the Denver Broncos beat the Atlanta Falcons tonight in the Super Bowl at Pro Player Stadium. It's hardly a given, but let's just say they do. What do we make of the Broncos then?They'd want you to believe they're one of the best teams in NFL history, one of only six to win back-to-back Super Bowl titles. And they could be working on their third in a row, a feat no team has accomplished, if they hadn't blown an easy trip to the Super Bowl two years ago with a home playoff loss to Jacksonville.
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