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Elway, Broncos Clean Up the "Dirty Birds" in Super Bowl
John Elway may have been playing in his last game of his career, and what a way for him to go out.  In perhaps his best performance of the season, Elway passed for 336 yards on 18 of 29 passing, threw for one touchdown and ran for another, as the Broncos breezed by the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19.  Elway was named the Super Bowl MVP.

What may have caught the Falcons off-guard was the passing of Elway.  The Falcons seemed set on controlling running back Terrell Davis, but it was John Elway's arm that did the damage.  The Falcons took the early lead with a field goal on the opening drive of the game.  The Broncos immediately countered with a drive for a touchdown, as FB Howard Griffith scored the first of his two in the game, to give the Broncos a 7-3 lead.  

Later in the first half, the Falcons would drive down deep into Broncos territory but had to settle for a field goal attempt.  However, Morten Anderson was wide on the attempt, and the Broncos took over at their own 20-yard line.  On their first play after the missed field goal, Elway hit Rod Smith deep down the middle for a 80-yard touchdown.  Suddenly the Broncos were up 14-3.  That seemed to take some steam out of the sail for the Falcons, as they never regrouped.  Each team exchanged field goals at the end of the first half, as Denver went into the locker room leading 17-6.

The only highlight for the Falcons came in the fourth quarter after Elway scored on a 3-yard run to make it 31-6.  On the ensuing kickoff, Falcon Tim Dwight took the kickoff 94 yards to close the gap to 31-13.  The rest of the game was just played out as the Broncos were able to keep the Falcons off their game.

The Broncos successfully defended their title and became the sixth team to win back-to-back titles.  No team has been able to win three in a row.  That maybe the one thing that could bring back John Elway for one more season.  Many teams hope he doesn't.


The NFC-AFC Pro Bowl Marks the End of the 1998-99 Season
It all came to an end on February 7th, as the NFC-AFC Pro Bowl took place in Honolulu, Hawaii.  John Elway started the first drive and led the AFC to a touchdown for a 7-0 lead, and then watched from the sidelines as the AFC went on to win the game 23-10.  The game was marred by interception, particularily the one by Ty Law, of a Cunningham pass, for a touchdown, and the game-sealer.  Law shared the game MVP honors with Keyshawn Johnson of the Jets.  This marked the third straight win for the AFC in the Pro Bowl.
Taylor, Dickerson and Three Others to be Inducted in HoF
Even with all his off-field problems during his career and after his retirement, it was his play on the field that was recognized, as Lawrence Taylor heads the list of five that will be inducted as the Class of 1999 into the Football Hall of Fame on August 7th in Canton.  Joining Taylor were Eric Dickerson, Tom Mack, Ozzie Newsome, and Billy Shaw.

NFL Announces 1999-2000 Pro Line Team & Licensee Designations
So you want to have what the coaches and players wear on the sidelines.  Well, if you bought NFL apparrel this past season supporting your favorite team, the company that supplies them may have changed.  For this coming season, the four companies supplying apparrel for the coaches and players will be Adidas, Nike, Puma and Starter.   For the upcoming season, the Philadelphia Eagles will switch from Starter to Puma.   For a list of what teams will be wearing what, check out NFL.com for the latest information.

Walter Payton Diagnosed With Rare Liver Disease
Not too many years ago, Walter Payton was rushing through many open holes on his way into the record book as the best running back ever, as he set the record for most yards in a career.  Now we see Payton in a much different light, as a normal human being.  Payton announced that he is stricken with a rare liver disease.  I like to take this spot on the site to wish the best to Walter Payton, and hope that he can overcome this disease.
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