Dan Fouts was intercepted five times in shocking loss to Oilers. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without DeAngelo Williams and Antonio Brown in the playoffs Sunday against Denver. Several outlets are saying this is the first time in NFL history a team has been in a playoff game minus its leading rusher and receiver. This is wrong; it will be the second time.
Authentic Mens Koa Misi Jersey In the 1979 AFC Divisional playoffs, the Houston Oilers traveled to face the top-seeded San Diego Chargers. The Oilers were without Earl Campbell (their leading rusher), Ken Burrough (their leading receiver) and Dan Pastorini (their starting quarterback). They were facing a high-flying Chargers team led by Dan Fouts that looked like a lock. That’s why they play the game.
The Oilers didn’t put up much offense but stunned the Chargers, 17-14. The reason? The Oilers intercepted Fouts five times. The hero was defensive coordinator Eddie Biles, who had figured out the Chargers’ hand signals. Here is the Sports Illustrated game story from January 1980:
The ankle sprain was welcomed news, as Maclin has had his ACL repaired twice previously. He tore his ACL early in his college career at Missouri, and he missed the entirety of the 2013 season with the Philadelphia Eagles after tearing his ACL in training camp. Maclin was emotional when he left the field Saturday, anticipating the worst, but managed to avoid the worst case scenario.
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Maclin’s status is especially important for a Chiefs’ offense that has managed to win 11 straight games while missing a key player. Running back Jamaal Charles was placed on injured reserve early in the season with a torn ACL.
Maclin was the Chiefs’ leading receiver through the regular season, with 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns on 87 receptions. In the Chiefs Wild Card victory over the Texans, their first playoff win since 1994, Maclin had three receptions for 29 yards.
I wondered if perhaps for a lot of football fans, even in 2016, in their minds if it didn’t show up on the stat sheet, then it didn’t happen. That’s not to say any of these guys had pitiful stats, it’s just that to truly understand their impact you need to look deeper than that.