GROUP PLAY: WAR MACHINE V 8-BIT
MATCHUP: PHX v DAL (WAR MACHINE WINS TOSS)
PRE-GAME: This was an interesting matchup picked by War Machine, because he beat me with Dallas a few months ago while playing a tpc scrimmage. These teams are pretty much even, although, I think the cowboys have a slight advantage. Checking Brudogg's tecmo matchup spreadsheet we can see the cowboys score a 13 on the scale while the cardinals score 12, which gives the cowboys a 1 point advantage here. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1w0sntWyYUWOZ0xVncnGATONP57lnqFUZuIhDgYoh2Z8/edit#gid=626874606
The cowboys receive the ball to start the game and gain some nice chunk yardage from their passing attack on the first drive and put it in for a TD. I figured War would pick run defense to help defend against the cowboys running attack, so I tried to mix it up best I could to keep him guessing. The cardinals answer back with a nice connection between Rosenbach and Green for the score. 7-7. Later in the game Rosenbach goes into bad condition and Tupa comes in off the bench; which is huge for the men in blue and silver. Cowboys answer back to make the score 14-7. What was interesting about this drive was that War picked a bunch of my plays, but the Aikman to Novacek JJ connection was hitting and it saved me from taking a few sacks. Tupa comes in for a bad Rosenbach this drive and connects deep to Jones for 60 yards which results in a Johnny Johnson rushing TD (triple deke nhl94 style) 14-14 halftime.
Cardinals receive the kick and drive to mid field where they take a big sack on 2nd down and an errant throw on 3rd down results in an INT and change of possession, however, a fumble by The Babe running down the sidelines gives the ball right back to AZ. Tupa and Johnson take the ball down the field and Tupa hits Green on a nice pass 1 wr2 burn route from the 30 for 6 points. Cowboy's answer back quick with the deep ball to Irvin and a pass 3 JJ from the 15 to tie the score in the 4th 21-21 with 4 tecmo minutes left in the game. Phoenix shut down a lot of my big iso run plays with help from the drone coverage. Being able to stretch the field was key for the cowboy’s success this game. Cardinals put together a nice drive late in the 4th quarter to the 5 yard line, but an errant throw from Tupa to a wide open Green in the end zone results in AZ settling for a FG. 24-21, cardinals. The cowboys get the ball back with 32 seconds left on the clock and on the last play of the game, Babe, in good condition, connects with Irvin for 75 yards and the win with no time left. 28-24 Cowboys. This was a fun game that was back and forth and came down to the wire.
GG War Machine. Thanks for hosting this tournament