Tecmo Bowl Rivalries
Here, we chronicle the best rivalries of Tecmo Bowl. Some continue to be as heated as ever to this very day, while others fell by the wayside once a particular era was ushered out. Regardless of the current state of affairs, we look into the match-ups & story lines that played a role in thrusting these games into the spotlight.
San Francisco 49ers vs Chicago Bears:
This series has had it all with games decided on the last play, overtime battles, and a few monumental blowouts. Historically it's a huge rivalry centered on two playoff games in particular. Those were the conference championship games in season 2 and 3. The Bears won 31-0 in season 2, & the 49ers exacted revenge a year later with a 24-0 victory.
Chicago Bears vs New York Giants:
This rivalry is predicated on low-scoring field position wars. They have 2 playoff meeting which resulted in a Chicago 28-0 romping over the Giants in season 3. The Giants won in season 5.
The Giants also shut out the Bears in the 1st Tecmo Cup championship game, winning 3-0.
It's usually a heavily contested battle when these two meet, but its also very predictable on how the game will play out. Bears & Giants split 2 games in season 5, but the G-men got the last laugh in the playoffs.
Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks:
When I think of rivalries that have emerged in a huge way during 2010, its this particular match-up that comes to mind 1st. These teams are so evenly matched, its hard to really pinpoint any advantage other than which team is at home. Every aspect is deadlocked. Honestly I really HATE playing this game regardless of which team I have. It's always a close, low scoring grudge match.
San Francisco 49ers vs L.A. Raiders:
At one point many years ago, this was the marquee match-up in Tecmo Bowl. SF had dominated early on winning 4 in row, but LA pulled off a huge playoff game upset in season 1. Nowadays, it's not much of a game as SF has continued to dominate in this match-up with recent blowouts by scores of 42-0 and 56-0. The notion that its even a rivalry anymore is a distant memory. Over the years, defensive strategies have changed greatly and LA has fallen victim to the new schemes.
Dallas Cowboys vs Chicago Bears:
The talent gap between the two teams is huge but that doesn't seem to matter in this match-up. This rivalry is littered with close memorable battles. The Al Michaels game & the rematch were great games. In the season 3 Gentry took 2 kickoffs to the house against Dallas, but still lost on account of Mike Lavette returnining a couple long kickoffs himself. This game is rarely easy for the Bears despite the huge talent advantage.
Miami Dolphins vs New York Giants:
A short lived series that's had it's share of memorable moments though. The Giants had a great goal 4th qtr line stand vs Miami in the season 2 finale which won them a division title. Miami recently prevailed in season 5 with a stunning Marino come from behind win late in the game. The Giants & Dolphins also battled it out in the season 4 conference championship game. Miami led 12-10 at the half, & New York crushed them in the 2nd half, winning 32-12. The Tecmo Cup saw the Giants throttle the Dolphins 24-7. More often than not the Giants find a way to take out the Dolphins.
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