WHEN THE NFC WAS ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL

2/11/23

Jay C. Brandriet

As each Super Bowl approaches, I tend to think about events from the past.

We know the NFL is divided in half.

The American Football Conference and the National Football Conference.

On January 20th, 1985, the NFC went on a historic streak of Super Sunday domination.

[1985]

(NFC) 49ERS 38

(AFC) DOLPHINS 16

[1986]

(NFC) BEARS 46

(AFC) PATRIOTS 10

[1987]

(NFC) GIANTS 39

(AFC) BRONCOS 20

[1988]

(NFC) REDSKINS 42

(AFC) BRONCOS 10

[1989]

(NFC) 49ERS 20

(AFC) BENGALS 16

[1990]

(NFC) 49ERS 55

(AFC) BRONCOS 10

[1991]

(NFC) GIANTS 20

(AFC) BILLS 19

[1992]

(NFC) REDSKINS 37

(AFC) BILLS 24

[1993]

(NFC) COWBOYS 52

(AFC) BILLS 17

[1994]

(NFC) COWBOYS 30

(AFC) BILLS 13

[1995]

(NFC) 49ERS 49

(AFC) CHARGERS 26

[1996]

(NFC) COWBOYS 27

(AFC) STEELERS 17

[1997]

(NFC) PACKERS 35

(AFC) PATRIOTS 21

THEN IT FINALLY HAPPENED

On January 25th, 1998, Denver beat Green Bay 31-24.

The AFC took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time since the Raiders struck gold in 1984.

That’s 14 years.

We’re talking about 5,000 plus days.

That’s me going from recess at West Kearns Elementary School, to being seven years into my first job.

It’s the span of Michael Jordan’s entire Bulls career.

Televisions “The Golden Girls” didn’t exist.

It began, ended, and had been off the air for six seasons.

The NFC had just taken 15 out of 16 rings.

The 13 in a row were won by an average of 21 points!

It wasn’t about the AFC being weak.

IT WAS ABOUT…….

Bill Walsh and his San Francisco machines of the 1980’s.

Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Ronnie Lott.

The 1985 Chicago Bears!

The most feared performer on defense, Lawrence Taylor.

The hard ass wisdom of Bill Parcells, and some assistant named Belichick.

Joe Gibbs arriving to work at 3:30 a.m., “The Hogs”, and Doug Williams putting a dent in racial stereotypes.

Steve Young’s breakthrough and the swagger of Deion Sanders.

The “Triplets”, the offensive line, and the dynastic Dallas Cowboys of the 1990’s.

God telling Reggie White to go to Green Bay.

John Madden loving him some Brett Favre.

This was the golden age of the National Football Conference.

The achievement deserves more shine.

NOW IT’S 2023

The NFC leads in Super Bowl victories 29 to 27.

It’s the National Football League.

It’s going to be close right?

I remember when the NFC was on a different level.

Jay C. Brandriet

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