I am watching one of the NFL’s forgotten classic games on NFL Network right now. I’ve made it a habit of DVR’ing these games and this is one I did not recognize. It was five days before my 13th birthday on November 5th, 1995.
The box score shows an absolute shootout, won in overtime by the Steelers 37-34. Here are the things I’m seeing as I roll the tape:
- Erik Kramer is mentioned as having a dream season at the beginning of the telecast. Despite having Rashaan Salaam, the Bears are working out at the moment because Kramer leads the NFL in touchdown passes entering the game with 18.
- The telecast crew mentions the Bears success due to Dave Wannstedt.
- Jeff Graham at wide receiver, out of Ohio State University.
- I see Kevin Greene on the screen early almost intercepting a Kramer pass; what a monster Greene was in these days. He had nine sacks in 1995, and none on this day at Soldier Field.
- Bears entered the game -2.5 favorites.
- This slugfest ends in overtime on a Norm Johnson 24-yard field goal.
Also on this day around the NFL:
*The Oilers blew out the Browns in Cleveland 37-10.
*The Raiders and Jeff Hostetler snuck past the Bengals in Cincinnati 20-17. This was very early in Jeff Blake’s run.
*Brett Favre had a rough week in what turned out to be his ‘house of horrors’ at the Metrodome in Minnesota.
*The Panthers and rookie Kerry Collins beat the 49ers in San Francisco 13-7. Elvis Grbac was under center that day for the 49ers.
*The Broncos covered an 8-point spread easily in Denver 38-6. The Cardinals were a shell of their current selves in those days, and the Broncos were on their way to an 8-8 season. Garrison Hearst had 12 carries for 50 yards.
*My wife and father in law’s Giants wasted a great effort from Dave Brown and lost to the Seahawks 30-28 in Seattle.