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  1. Jelperman on February 19, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Cris Collinsworth said that in this game the referees and chain gangs had to take more breaks and longer time outs because they were exhausted trying to keep up.

  2. Brian Richard on February 19, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Reggie Williams #57 of the Cincinnati Bengals.

    During his career he recorded 16 interceptions and 23 fumble recoveries and 62.5 sacks. In his final two seasons with Cincinnati, he was appointed to an open seat on the Cincinnati City Council in 1988 and was elected for a second term in 1989 on the Charter Party ticket.

    Although he was a starter for 14 seasons, Williams played most of his career on a bad right knee. He has had 24 knee surgeries since his career ended. He had the first surgery in 1979, plus knee replacements as well as multiple infections.

    He played in super bowls 16 and 23

    NFL Players Association’s Byron R. (Whizzer) White Humanitarian Award in 1985

    NFL Man of the Year for 1986

    Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year 1987

  3. caponsacchi on February 19, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Good question. If I may give a hint, this game set a new record in combined passing yards by the two teams. (I remember the game well.) If only Youtube could make more of these games from the 1970s and early -80s available–I for one would be happy to pay for the subscription version of Youtube. I’ve been looking forever to find at least two of the games I remember watching with my son: the first a 1974 game with the Bengals at Pittsburgh, when Ken Anderson completes 20 in a row (I remember holding my breath with each pass), end with Anderson running across the field to make a game-saving tackle; the 2nd a complete game, 11-17-75, when Buffalo is in Cincinnati on a Monday Night, in what becomes a duel between the passing of Ken Anderson (relatively unknown in a Division in which Bradshaw, even before playing a down, was the game’s most celebrated QB) vs. the running of O.J. Simpson. Anderson’s 447 yds not only won the game but overshadowed O.J.’s 197 yds rushing and gave the nation a glimpse. of the future of Pro-Football–more passing, more completions, more scoring–all for a more exciting, enjoyable game (notice how "giddy" Cosell and company become with each new score–by either team).

    After 1975, Bill Walsh–who had devised his new "West Coast Offense" in Cincinnati, using his discovery Ken Anderson as his "model"—packed his videotapes of Anderson running the Offense and accepted the job as QB coach for Dan Fouts and the Chargers, who by the end of the ’70s, had surpassed the Bengals’ record passing yardage set in 1975. So here in 1982 we see the prime examples of the new, more open, more "Aerial-Dynamic Game" that would replace the old game represented in the ’70s by "Mean" Joe Greene’s "Steel Curtain" and in the ’80s by "Iron Mike’s" intimidating Bears. The 49ers, moreover, had gone into a temporary "swoon" after their ’81 "Super Bowl" season under Walsh. Thus the scene was set for an offensive shoot-out between the game’s top two offensive forces. Ken Anderson, with the AFC’s 1st-place team and with the addition of Pro-bowlers Collinsworth (to help out with the receiving) and Munoz (to protect the QB’s blind side), had come off an ’81 season with two lop-sided wins vs. Fouts–first on the Chargers’ home field and, 2nd, in the now legendary -59F "Freezer Bowl" in Cincinnati. If anyone was anxious for vengeance, it was Fouts and the Chargers, who throughout the first half appear headed for a 3rd straight defeat against the upstart Bengals.

    Besides the two quarterbacks, this complete game serves as a showcase for the talents of the extraordinary James Brooks. A Charger fan might be forgiven for questioning the trade that, not long after this game, sent Brooks to the Bengals, where he would vie with Boomer Esiason as the city’s favorite new sports idol. After five All-Pro seasons, Brooks would retain his popularity, despite a trial for non-support that coincidentally revealed that Brooks–while setting all-time rushing records in high school and then again at Auburn University–had graduated from both schools unable to read or write. ( https://diverseeducation.com/article/10/ ) Even so, no Charger or Bengal fan would believe that James Brooks lacked the ability to read the complicated routes drawn up for him by NFL offensive coaches!

  4. Jelperman on February 19, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    12:54 Muncie with the bomb!

  5. Astro Bear on February 19, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    what happen to the mnf intro before the game

  6. SingleTax on February 19, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Ken Anderson was an excellent quarterback. That said, a high school quarterback could have picked apart San Diego’s secondary. When the Charger offense scored a touchdown in those days, it was almost as if their defense was thinking: "How quickly can we give those points back to the other team without making it obvious that that’s what we’re doing?"

  7. rankinnwc on February 19, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    In back to back games against the previous season’s Super Bowl teams the Chargers scored a total of 91 points and gained a total of 1199 yards .of total offense .

  8. Chad Gagnon on February 19, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    These games are such a treat to watch!

  9. Chairman7w on February 19, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Man, James Brooks was GREAT.

    If memory serves, he played for the Bengals later, and was awesome there, too.

  10. tizzlebizzle1234 on February 19, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    R. Griffin was a damn bum

  11. Matt A on February 19, 2020 at 6:33 pm

    Coryell always looked really pissed off.

  12. Steve Eisenhower Eisenhower on February 19, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Kenny Anderson was a very good qb

  13. Jay Zachary on February 19, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    I wish the Bengals would go back to these uniforms.

  14. Randall Denison on February 19, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    A lot of great players in this game.

  15. peter zebot on February 19, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    omg refs make sure the spot for the ball is accurate first then deal with an injured player. Wow

  16. Mark B Fensler on February 19, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    This game was a lot WARMER than when they met 11 months earlier in the Freezer Bowl. Kenny Anderson reportedly still has some effects from frostbite today. Gosh I miss this era as well as 60s & 70s football.

  17. The1972watcher on February 19, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Wonder why the chargers wore their white jerseys as opposed to their blue ones. This wasn’t a playoff game neither. We’re they similar to the cowboys and redskins where the white jerseys were home and dark were away? I never recalled this regarding the chargers back then, just noticed from this video.

  18. Jonathan Price on February 19, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Classic game. Wes had a great game. Absolutely super quality game. Any more games like this

  19. Marc Amerine on February 19, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Im a Raiders Fan but imagine if San Diego had a DMan, LB & a DB..they NEEDED A DL & LB BADLY, Just Half Decent ones that could tackle or guard somebody. And they should’ve never let John Jefferson go as good as West Chandler was JJ with that Smile was special the three of them together along with Winslow unstoppable may be the best offense ever..!

  20. Cat Jordan on February 19, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    MNF didn’t get great until Al Michaels became the play-by-play man..he blows fucking Cosell out of the water.

  21. Michael Lubin on February 19, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    What were the Bengals doing calling time outs at the end? 16 points was three scores back then – no 2-point conversions.

  22. Israel Ramos on February 19, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Cincinnati had whooped SD twice the previous year including the Championship. It was nice to see my Chargers get some sweet revenge.

  23. Dan the Man on February 19, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    14:09 Back when players actually smiled, like they were normal, well-grounded human beings. Unlike the angry, conceited multi-millionaires who play now.

  24. ScorpioBornIn69 on February 19, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    39:30 Yikes, who ever would thought back then O.J. being a murderer 12 years later??

  25. SingleTax on February 19, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    1:18:20 – You know you have a Swiss cheese defense if the opposing quarterback completes 27-35 for 258 yards in the *first half.*

  26. caponsacchi on February 19, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Anderson won the shoot-out. He threw 56 times for 416 yards; Fouts threw 40 times for 435 yards. But what counts is the Quarterback Rating: Anderson’s rating for this game was 97.0; Fouts’ rating was 87.0. The difference is in Kenny throwing for 2 TDs; Dan for only 1. Also, Ken threw only 1 interception; Dan threw 2. The rating also factors in sacks, with Dan having a slight edge, going down twice for a loss of 15 yds. compared to Ken getting sacked 3 times for a total of 19 yards. —- If the Chargers "seemed" to have a much greater advantage in yards gained, they did–but not because of Fouts. Chuck Muncie threw a pass that was good for 66 yards. On top of that, Muncie and Brooks ran all over the Bengals in this game, rushing for 167 yards between them. As for the Bengals, Pete Johnson ran for 21 yds. in 7 attempts (including getting stopped at the Chargers’ 1-yard line).  In Anderson’s career, th Bengals would not have a breakaway, elusive rushing back until they traded for James Brooks! They even let the Chargers rob them of 2 HOF receivers–Joiner and Winslow. As was usual for the Bengals, Anderson’s precise, high-percentage passing was not enough by itself, especially when opposing teams had a better ground game, enabling them to tee off on the oppoxinb QB. Anderson would stake the Bengals to a 2-touchdown lead in their ’82 play-off game against the Jets. But then a manic Mark Gastinau would start getting to Kenny, and hb Freeman McNeal would run all over the Bengals for 200 yds. (and pass for another 50).

  27. Shabba6884 on February 19, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Just after the Collinsworth TD in the second quarter, you hear Meredith say this would probably be the football of the future. Indeed it would be. Interesting former Saint-former-Saint TD connection to start the game as Muncie hit Chandler. The Charger D stiffened just enough in the second half to give the offense some chances to get back ahead. Chargers had good defensive players in spots during the Coryell years, but just weren’t stout enough in big playoff games to push through to a Super Bowl. Great, great game to watch overall!

  28. Marc Amerine on February 19, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Is it Me or was this the best Monday night announcing crew ever in history of Monday night football.!??? (and Thursday night special back then it was Thursday night special football games.)

  29. John Simmons on February 19, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    The only thing strange looking about this game as compared to today’s game is the lack of shotgun formations in obvious passing downs.

  30. Brandi lord on February 19, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Up by 16 with 2 minutes left and Fouts still in?

  31. Dan the Man on February 19, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    I vividly remember watching this game. So hopeful that Cincinnati could handle Fouts and the Chargers, especially after jumping out to a 17-7 lead. And then watching as Fouts & Co. absolutely shredded the Bengals’ defense.

    Still, so nostalgic re-watching this game. But so sad that Frank, Howard & Dandy Don are all gone now, along with a number of the players….Dan Ross, Chuck Muncie, Turk Schonert, Wilson Whitley…along with HCs Forrest Gregg and Don Coryell.

  32. Jelperman on February 19, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    2:04:45 Fouts was a badass, going with the draw play when he knew he was going to get decked.

  33. romelovesdan on February 19, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Game of the year!

  34. Olu Hamilton on February 19, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Air Coryell. Ah, memories……along with FUMBLIN’ MUCK CHUNCIE.

  35. NaghaviSystem on February 19, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    39:28 Murderer Alert

  36. L Rod on February 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    I remember watching this game. It was a great game. Watching Fouts come back from behind was awesome!!!!

  37. James Satchwill on February 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Jim LeClair was Over-Zealous all night! The Late Hit on Fouts @56:41 is a good example. No need to "Dead Weight" your entire body on top of Dan after a way after the release hit. Howard said it best…"LeClair is a Bully!"

  38. mck man on February 19, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    When you see Anderson play with the combination of mobility and accuracy like he did it reminds me of Russell Wilson today although Kenny was bigger at 6"2 and ran 4.6 as does Wilson. It’s a shame Anderson’s not in the Hall of Fame

  39. Israel Ramos on February 19, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    The Chargers were at full offensive power against the 2 previous years SB teams (San Fran/Cincy). Dan had back to back 400+ yards and they scored 41 & 50 points against them. Sadly, It was another disappointing Playoff loss. I’m not sure how Miami was able to stop their offense.

  40. Israel Ramos on February 19, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    The Chargers only had 7 points with 5 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter and finished with 50+

  41. El Omon on February 19, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    Lol.. Says Chargers coach always look as if he has a headache. Rofl Great post-Good memories

  42. Michael Stevens on February 19, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    What in the heck had happened to the Bengals…for more than 30 yrs this once proud franchise were REALLY, REALLY good and then, the different teams were just sooo bad. I am not a fan of the team but…isn’t it time for the long suffering franchise and fans win a championship and a Super Bowl? Is that too much to ask? I can not, for the life of me, understand that. I personally think Mike Brown, the cheapest owner in the league btw, should either hire FOOTBALL MINDED people (ie Bill Polian, Ron Wolf folks like them) or give up his iron-like control of the longtime "mom and pop" franchise to someone (or more than 2 individuals) who would make some drastic changes to better the team. Like the many years Bill Belichick has made winners out of the NY football Giants as Def. Coordinator, the Cleveland Browns ( when they were good, somewhat and b4 the late Art Modell moved them to Baltimore to become the Ravens), a stint as a Def. Coordinator for the NY Jets and the number of Super Bowl rings as the current Patriots head coach. If only the Cincinnati Bengals would STOP being perpetual losers year in, year out. Something’s got to break at some point. Paul Brown Stadium is a very nice stadium to play football games. They should have MORE fans than the average of 20-30,000 fans for home games. If the team(s) wants to play a similar style of Steeler football…they gotta start somewhere. Maybe instead of nice guy Marvin Lewis coaching the team…they could find a Chuck Noll type of coach, a no nonsense kind of hard ass. That would be awesome IMO.

  43. Brian Richard on February 19, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Back when a player could raise their arm and we wouldn’t have to see his armits and tattoos. Refreshing.

  44. Ace Williams on February 19, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    lol!😄 A young Chris Collinsworth.

  45. THE C.O.E.G on February 19, 2020 at 7:11 pm

    OMG my friend, where do you get these games from I love it commercials and all please let me know so I can them to my library

  46. MarshalLucky1 on February 19, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    RIP Don, Frank and Howard.

  47. Da BUTCHER on February 19, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Back then, the *Chargers* defense *never* got off of the bus.

  48. Gone Ballistik on February 19, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Even though I’m from Cincinnati, I am not, let me reiterate, I am not a Cincinnati Bengals fan, but Ken Anderson was one of the most accurate Quarterbacks in NFL History. He had won 2 scoring titles in 2 different decades. Why is this man not in The H.O.F. I’ll never know.

  49. Jason Collins on February 19, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Sounds like Howard , Meridith, Frank were all hitting Jack quite a bit. Not sluring but struggling to finish sentences without pauses. It’s like they went to the NWA David Crockett school of description.

  50. Marc Amerine on February 19, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Question so this was the 81’/82’ Season.??? Who went to the super bowl.?? In the Strike Yr.??

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