Presenting the 2015 Cleveland Browns

by Tim Brulia

Last night (April 14th), at about 7:45 ET, the Cleveland Browns, as promised, debuted their long awaited new uniforms. The unveiling was webcast on the Browns website and carried live locally in Cleveland on 5ABC (WEWS-TV).

Nine Browns players took the stage at the Cleveland Convention Center sporting all nine color combinations to cheers.

Courtesy of, rather than make a description of each combo, here are several of the combos.
Browns in all bronwn

Browns in all white
Browns in white/brown
Browns in brown/orange
Browns in all orange

Some highlights:
One that stands out as much as anything is the large "Cleveland" wordmark across the chest of the three jerseys.

Also, the Browns follow the path of the Carolina Panthers and added an inscription to the inside of the jersey collar,

following the lead of some college football teams and numerous soccer teams in Europe.

The three pants feature an unprecedented stripe and wordmark combination that appear to be more centered to the back of the pant leg
Browns orange pants.
Browns brown pants

The socks, you ask? Merely two pairs of hose; all orange and all brown. But we didn't see any players going with one orange and one brown at the unveiling.

All in all, a major change for sure. Surprising to this reporter is the use of orange numbers on the brown jerseys. Twice before in the Browns history have we seen this combination (1946 and 1984), and in each case, the team changed to white numbers as the orange numbers were considered difficult to see from afar.

But rumors abound that the orange jerseys will be the first choice of the Browns. If so, it would then appear that for the first time ever, the brown tops would be used as an alternate, meaning no more than three appearances a season, one in the preseason, and twice in the regular season.

As a reminder, if you want to see our blog on the history of the Browns prior to the coming see, here you go.

There they are, your 2015 Cleveland Browns!

The Cleveland Browns Uniform History

By Tim Brulia

On April 14th, the Cleveland Browns are set to unveil brand new uniforms. We are told that there will be three sets of white, orange and brown that will be mix-and-matched during the season. We have seen some "leaks" of an orange jersey that is purported to be the new look. We won't comment about that here. But we did think it would be a good notion to have a chronological look see at the history of the uniform.

In 1946, the Browns took the field in the fledgling All-America Football Conference. They wore plain white leather helmets, brown jerseys, white jerseys (which they wore most of the time), white pants and white or brown socks, that corresponded with the jersey color. The distinguishing characteristics of the jerseys were the unique (for that time) five striped pattern on the sleeves and socks and the drop shadow numbers. They used orange over white numbers on the brown jerseys and brown over orange numbers on the white jerseys. As the season progressed however, the Browns went with straight numbers on the brown jerseys, perhaps because of the difficulty of seeing the orange numbers from afar.

In 1947, the Browns reversed the striping pattern on the brown socks and this would be the look for the rest of their days in the AAFC.

After the demise of the AAFC, in which the Browns were champions for each season of the AAFC's existence, the Browns entered the NFL in 1950 along with the San Francisco Forty-Niners and Baltimore Colts. The Browns introduced orange leather helmets for night games and an early season game or two before returning to the white lids. The Browns also returned the stripe pattern on the brown socks to match up with the sleeve stripes on their brown jerseys. 

In 1952, the Browns shed the white helmets for good and coach Paul Brown ordered all players to wear plastic shelled helmets. The helmets were orange with a single white stripe up the middle.

For their first home game in 1953, a Saturday nighter, the Browns broke out orange jerseys for the first time, against the Philadelphia Eagles. Here is how the matchup appeared:
Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns, October 10, 1953.

The Browns also wore orange jerseys for preseason games in 1954 and 1955. The numbers were straight brown.
1954 and 1955 Browns preseason orange jerseys.

In 1957, while other teams in the NFL were starting to add "TV numbers" to the sleeves of their jerseys for easier identification of those watching the game on TV, the Browns put a little twist on the innovation by adding the numbers to sides of the helmets instead of the sleeves.

As well in 1957, the NFL ordered that each team's dark jerseys be worn for home games only. Thus, the more familiar white jerseys of the Browns were relegated to being worn for away games only while the brown jerseys would be worn for all games until 1964.

For 1960 only, the Browns added brown stripes to flank the single white stripe on the helmet, with the players numbers remaining on the helmet. 

In 1961, the Browns went along with most of the rest of the teams in the NFL and added TV numbers to the sleeves of their jerseys. This meant that the numbers on the helmets were removed, and the helmet was once again blank on the sides. While almost every NFL team was now sporting emblems on their helmets, the Browns avoided them.

In 1965, the NFL released some publications with a league display of helmet logos, including those of the Browns, which featured a "CB" insignia on the sides. But this helmet never saw the light of day or night on a football field.

In 1968 with the brown jersey, then in 1969 with the white jersey, the Browns separated the sleeve stripes ever so slightly. And in 1970, as part of the merger with the AFL, nameplates were added to the backs of the jerseys. The GUD's 1970 Browns page shows these revisions.

For 1974 only, the Browns wore brown striped socks with their white jerseys.

In 1975, the Browns unveiled a rather startling change to their wares, by replacing the white pants, which up to this point had been unaltered in their history.
1975 Cleveland Browns

By 1984, the Browns decided to make the first major overhaul of their uniforms in team history. While the helmet would be untouched, the new unis would feature orange numbers on both jerseys, with outlines on each. The familiar five stripe sleeve pattern would become a three striped pattern, The pants would return to white with a thicker new brown/orange/brown pattern. The Browns would wear the new brown jersey for their first preseason game against the Steelers in Cleveland. But both fans and media personnel alike complained of the difficulty of seeing the numbers. So, the Browns immediately ditched both sets of jerseys and went with easier to see white numbers trimmed in orange (brown jerseys) and brown numbers trimmed in orange (white jerseys). The orange numbered white jerseys thus never were worn.

Apparently the new style didn't sit well with the Dawg Pound faithful, so the Browns returned to the more familiar threads the following season,

These unis more or less stayed the same through 1995 when courtesy of owner Art Modell, the franchise relocated to Baltimore and became the Baltimore Ravens. The move so incensed the city of Cleveland and the citizens of Northeastern Ohio, that the NFL declared that "officially" the Browns franchise was on a sabbatical and would return in 1999 with name, colors and history intact. Modell's Ravens would be deemed a new franchise. The 1999 Browns took the field with only slight modifications, the iconic logoless helmet was untouched, the TV numbers were moved from sleeves to shoulders, the pants stripes were thickened a bit and a patch commemorating the new team was worn.
Detail of Browns 1999 patch

In 2002, the Browns broke out orange jerseys for the first time in 47 years with a Week 7 home game against the Houston Texans. The following week they would wear a commemorative patch for the passing of owner Al Lerner. This is how the patch appeared on the resurrected orange top:

In 2003, the Browns joined in on the growing trend of mixing and matching uniforms with their NFL brethren. The Browns wordmark was added to the jersey front, above the numbers. Orange pants returned after 20 years, the white pants changed stripe patterns and the Al Lerner tribute became permanent and was fixed on the left sleeve stripes of all three sets of jerseys. Note also that the socks were changing over to a solid brown.

By 2005, the orange colored jersey and pants were dropped.

In 2006, the Browns sported a 60th anniversary patch and also wore throwback uniforms for the first time, in homage to the 1957-1959 home look with a Week 12 game against the cross-state Cincinnati Bengals. And by now, the sleeve stripes were the old pre-1968 connected five striped style.

On Monday, August 18, 2008, the Browns showed off a rather shocking look for a preseason game at the Meadowlands against the New York Giants for a national ESPN telecast. A pair of solid colored brown pants worn with the white jerseys.
2008 Browns preseason brown pants

The Browns would not wear the brown pants again till the following 2009 season, when they wore them for all games in which they wore their white jerseys. The striped white socks would return with this look,

While the white striped socks were worn once again with the white jerseys, the brown pants would not return until the 2013 season. When they did, it was an unexpected all brown monochrome look for a Week 5 Thursday night game at home against the Buffalo Bills. They would also again wear the brown bottoms with their white jerseys. It was also in 2013 that the Al Lerner tribute was deleted from the jerseys. 

And for 2013, the Browns wore the basic four uniform combinations, white'white, white/brown, brown/white and yes,,,brown/brown.

As for helmet decals, the Browns have worn the following throughout the years:
And for a history of the Browns wearing white at home since 1957, here is that info:
For good measure, the Browns wore their white jerseys for all regular season games in 1972 (though they did wear brown jerseys for a playoff game at Miami), 1973, 1977, 1986, 1995 and 2011.

So there you are, everything you ever wanted to know about the Browns uniforms through the years. On April 14th, a new uniform chapter will unfold for the Browns. 

We'll report the unveiling here on the GUD. Be here!

On Golden Gridiron

by Tim Brulia

Yes, we are still alive at the Gridiron Uniform Database. We were just in hibernation!

On March 24th, it was revealed by the NFL that the upcoming 2015 season will be a golden celebration. For what reason, you may ask? At the end of the season, the AFC Champion and NFC Champion will meet in the Super Bowl as always. However, this will be no ordinary Super Bowl, By no means. This will be Super Bowl 50. Yes, even the roman numerals will take a one year hiatus.

In the NFL's eyes, the 50th playing of the Super Bowl is so momentous that the entire season will be cause for celebration.

Among other things, the NFL has created a gold-plated NFL Shield,

gold trimmed Pro Bowl uniforms,

gold 50's for the on-field markings,

special edition gold-trimmed logo caps for rookies at the NFL Draft,
with more to follow.

What will all of this mean in terms of uniforms? Will the NFL Shield be gold on the jersey collars and pants legs? Will the officials wear gold colored caps? Will the Super Bowl 50 Vince Lombardi trophy be gold instead of the usual silver? All that glitters is gold? All will be known soon enough, we're sure.

It was also revealed that the Browns new uniforms, to be released April 14th, will contain as many as nine different color combinations. Which one would think means a white set, a brown set and an orange set, to be mixed and matched.

The NFL has been known to have the "Midas Touch" in terms of marketing its wares. They also say that "Silence Is Golden."

All-time Uniform Games - Super Bowl Edition

by Kyle Standerfer

Super Bowl Sunday is finally here. And my goal is to get this posted before kickoff. If I don't, oh well.

Here are my impressions of the 48 Super Bowls based on the uniforms the participants wore.

First, the 8 "sour cream" games.

January 15, 1967; Chiefs-Packers- Super Bowl I: I hate to rate the very first one this way, It's just that I never was a fan of Kansas City in white-on-white, even though they never adopted red pants until two years later.

January 30, 1983; Dolphins-Redskins - Super Bowl XVII: So many things are wrong IMO about how Washington dressed that day. First is them being the designated "host" team and wearing white. Second is the burgundy pants they had with their white tops for 31 solid years (and most of the next two). I'll leave it at that for now.

January 22, 1984; Redskins-Raiders - Super Bowl XVIII: same as the year before, even though this time Washington was the official "road" team.

January 31, 1988; Redskins-Broncos - Super Bowl XXII: aside from the devastation the 2nd quarter laid on my Broncos, it's the same uniform as they wore twice previously under Joe Gibbs.

January 26, 1992; Redskins-Bills - Super Bowl XXVI: once again, Washington had those abominable uniforms.

January 29, 1995; Chargers-49ers - Super Bowl XXIX: aside from being the ultimate inevitable mismatch, I couldn't stand the white pants San Francisco wore for most of that season, or the drop shadow #s they had. Doesn't look like the Niners to me.

February 5, 2006; Seahawks-Steelers - Super Bowl XL: Bill Cowher decided to go with a superstition that said they won their previous three games on the road - all in white jerseys, thus they couldn't mess with the juju by going back to black, even as the designated host team for this game. Thus, for me, that aspect of the game just didn't look right.

February 3, 2013; Ravens-49ers - Super Bowl XLVII: I'll say it again. One thing I hate about John Harbaugh becoming coach of the Baltimore Birdies is how they made black their primary pants color to go with white jerseys (and all too often with purple jerseys or, even worse, black jerseys). To me those black pants dull out their uniforms.

February 2, 2014; Seahawks-Broncos - Super Bowl XLVIII: Apart from the horrible result, I don't like Seattle in blue pants with white jerseys. I want the gray pants on them.

Now the 39 games eligible for ranking.

39. January 17, 1971; Colts-Cowboys - Super Bowl V: both teams had royal blue. Baltimore had white and Dallas had their gray/silver (whatever you called it). Hardly anything to wow me.

38. January 31, 1999; Broncos-Falcons - Super Bowl XXXIII: Atlanta's home uniforms needed an opponent with bright colors to provide a decent contrast. Denver's white and navy didn't really do that.

37. February 1, 2004; Panthers-Patriots - Super Bowl XXXVIII: the game thus far with the most Roman "digits" was pretty underwhelming when it came to the two teams' duds.

36. February 5, 2012; Giants-Patriots - Super Bowl XLVI: since it was a repeat of the game four years earlier, it had the gusto of oatmeal.

35. January 25, 1987; Broncos-Giants - Super Bowl XXI: some contrasts but pretty underwhelming uniform-wise.

34. January 28, 2001; Ravens-Giants - Super Bowl XXXV: not the mot inspiring uniform matchup, but Baltimore's purple at least provided somewhat of a contrast.

33. January 27, 1991; Bills-Giants - Super Bowl XXV: Both teams had their red white and blue, but Buffalo's red helmets made it salvageable.

32. January 12, 1969; Jets-Colts - Super Bowl III: three was also the number for the fewest combined colors in one game. New York in their Kelly green and white against Baltimore in their blue and white.

31. February 3, 2008; Giants-Patriots - Super Bowl XLII: both teams had red white and blue and both had gray or silver pants but their were enough subtle differences to make this one passable.

30. January 12, 1975; Steelers-Vikings - Super Bowl IX: the colors contrasted well, and this is one game I believe I might be underrating, but I just like 29 others better. It might have looked better if it were sunny that day.

29. February 6, 2011; Steelers-Packers - Super Bowl XLV: the only Big Game played thus far in North Texas had a lot of gold, but it was Pittsburgh's black and white against Green Bay's green and white.

28. February 4, 2007; Colts-Bears- Super Bowl XLI: not a lot of colors, but the ones on the field contrasted well enough. It was Indy in their classic white and blue against Chicago in their classic navy, white and orange.

27. January 31, 1993; Bills-Cowboys - Super Bowl XXVII: these same two teams met one year later in the same uniforms. I just liked the one the next year that much better.

26. January 30, 2000; Rams-Titans - Super Bowl XXXIV: not a bad uni contrast. I just liked 25 games better.

25. January 16, 1972; Cowboys-Dolphins - Super Bowl VI: I'm not the biggest fan of the pants the Cowboys wore in the early 70s. Looks a little too much like cement mix to me. But those unis contrasted well against Miami in their Howard Johnson colors that day in Tulane Stadium.

24. January 25, 1981; Raiders-Eagles - Super Bowl XV: Oakland in their classic road unis against Philly in their home uniforms they wore from 1974-1984 (with a few variations in the amount of striping on the sleeves). Not the greatest, but not bad.

23. January 26, 1986; Bears-Patriots - Super Bowl XX: Chicago in their white jerseys with navy pants and helmets with hints of orange against New England in their classic red, white and blue looked very good in the Superdome that day.

22. January 11, 1970; Vikings-Chiefs - Super Bowl IV: Kansas City in their red and white with hints of gold contrasted decently against Minnesota in their white and purple with hints of gold. Those two uniforms may have looked better at night or under sunshine.

21. February 6, 2005; Patriots-Eagles - Super Bowl XXXIX: Philly in their midnight green and white against New England in their white and navy with silver helmets looked pretty good that evening in Jacksonville.

20. January 28, 1996; Cowboys-Steelers - Super Bowl XXX: as you well see below, all 3 matchups between these two traditional powers crack the top half (20) of the ranked games. I just like 19 games better than this one, including the two other matchups between Pittsburgh and Dallas.

19. January 20, 1980; Rams-Steelers - Super Bowl XIV: Yes there was a lot of gold that day, as evidenced by both teams' pants. But Pittsburgh's black and white against Los Angeles' blue and white sparkled well that day in Pasadena, both before and after the sun went down.

18. February 3, 2002; Rams-Patriots- Super Bowl XXXVI: New England's current home uniforms aren't exactly a jolt to my senses, but their unis that day were sparkling brand new and contrasted well against St. Louis in their navy and gold in the Superdome.

17.January 14, 1973; Dolphins-Redskins - Super Bowl VII: it was Miami's last game in the stripeless white jerseys, worn by Griese, Csonka, and Jake Scott to name a few. Difference is - that season, some Dolphins players had the white jerseys with the sleeve stripes - such as Mercury Morris, Jim Kiick and Paul Warfield. Their white and aqua with coral trim contrasted well with Washington's burgundy and gold.

16. January 25, 1998; Packers-Broncos - Super Bowl XXXII: I have always preferred Denver in their classic orange, but the navy blue jerseys with orange trim were acceptable to me, and they clashed beautifully against Green Bay. It was also the Packers' first season in their jerseys with fewer sleeve stripes. That game also gave me my all-time favorite Super Bowl logo.

15. January 24, 1982; 49ers-Bengals - Super Bowl XVI: the first Super Bowl played in a cold-weather city provided a beautiful color contrast. It was also Cincinnati's first year in their orange and black tiger stripes, which was on their helmets, pants, and shoulders.

14. January 18. 1976; Cowboys-Steelers- Super Bowl X: this was the first ever Super Bowl where both teams wore the same patch on their respective uniforms. The two teams' unis contrasted well in the last game at the Orange Bowl ever played on an artificial surface.

13. January 28, 1990; 49ers-Broncos - Super Bowl XXIV: I hated the 55-10 result. But . . . this was the first season the Broncos widened, or enlarged, if you will, the middle sleeve stripe between the blue outer sleeve stripes (on both jerseys). The two uniforms contrasted well on the Superdome turf that evening.

12. January 26. 1997; Patriots-Packers - Super Bowl XXXI: the Packers green shone through sharply that evening in the Superdome. And I was a huge fan of New England's road unis in the late 90s. Watching Desmond Howard streak past the Patriots' coverage unit was beautiful not only in a football sense, but in a uniform color sense.

11. January 21, 1979; Steelers-Cowboiys - Super Bowl XIII: I just like 10 others better than this one. And I just like this one better than the other two matchups between these two heavyweights. The Steelers' gold pants had more luster in my eyes than the game 3 years earlier.

10. February 7, 2010; Saints-Colts - Super Bowl XLIV: New Orleans' gold helmets and pants sparkled well with their white jerseys and black numbers/trim against Indy in their classic blue and white. Looked great that evening in Miami Gardens.

9. February 1, 2009; Steelers-Cardinals - Super Bowl XLIII: in what ended up as John Madden's last broadcast, Pittsburgh's black, gold and white looked great at Raymond James Stadium against Arizona's red and white. Furious action on the field can bring out the best in those colors, and that game had plenty of furious action.

8. January 30, 1994; Cowboys-Bills - Super Bowl XXVIII: the only SB rematch to happen in back-to-back seasons, I just preferred this one to the one in Pasadena one year earlier. Dallas and Buffalo's uniforms contrasted beautifully back then. It looked better under the Georgia Dome lights than in the Rose Bowl to me.

7. January 22, 1985; Dolphins-49ers - Super Bowl XIX: Miami's white uniforms with aqua numerals and aqua/coral trim looked great that day against San Francisco in their classic colors. ABC's first crack at the Big Game was also a colorful treat.

6. January 13, 1974; Vikings-Dolphins - Super Bowl VIII: this is the only time in any game that Minnesota was in their white jerseys against Miami (other than maybe a few preseason games). Played on a cloudy day at Rice Stadium in Houston, Miami's aqua-green jeresys with white pants and helmets and coral trim contrasted well against Minnesota's white jerseys and pants with purple helmets and gold trim. But what makes this game a high-ranker for me is the Vikings' purple socks, where the color burst out in a big way.

5. January 14, 1968; Packers-Raiders - Super Bowl II: at least one of the very early games that wasn't yet officially dubbed the "Super Bowl" cracks the top 5. Green Bay in their classic gold helmets and pants with white jerseys and green numbers and trim against Oakland in their silver and black. This was not only Vince Lombardi's last game roaming the Packers' sidelines, it was a good uniform game.

4, January 15, 1978; Cowboys-Broncos - Super Bowl XII: Unlike the game the year before, this was the first one played indoors, and the first one to start at prime time. But Dallas in their classic colors against Denver in their orange blue and white was a color treat for me.

3. January 26, 2003; Raiders-Buccaneers - Super Bowl XXXVII: Oakland in their road whites with black numerals, silver pants and helmets against Tampa Bay in their pewter power with red jerseys. I just enjoyed looking at these two uniforms going against each other.

2. January 22, 1989; Bengals-49ers - Super Bowl XXIII: these two met seven seasons earlier in a dome in their opposite jersey colors. This time it was the first Super Bowl at the then new Joe Robbie Stadium (now Sun Life Stadium), Cincinnati's white, orange and black contrasted gorgeously against San Francisco's classic red and gold. It looked even better once the sun went down.

1. January 9, 1977; Raiders-Vikings - Super Bowl XI: It has now been 38 seasons since the Big Game started and ended in daylight. I just loved the way Oakland's white, silver and black clashed against Minesota's grape-juice purple with white pants and yellow trim in the California sunshine.

2014 Conference Championship matchup rankings

by Tim Brulia

This will be our last uniform rankings for 2014. We hope you have enjoyed them.

2) Colts-Patriots: IND in white/white, NE in navy/silver. In many ways a very boring matchup. In some ways, not all that bad. The Colts, in their understated all whites, with only blue trim and a rather conservative presentation, is well liked by a lot of people for that very reason. No frills, basic block numbers, a two stripe shoulder pattern, two simple stripes on the pants, solid blue socks, topped by a white helmet with a single blue stripe and a blue horseshoe on the sides. The basics of which haven't changed in well over 50 years (though there was some tweaking in the 1980's). The Patriots meanwhile, underwent numerous changes to their wardrobe throughout their rather zig-zag history until they struck gold in 2000 with a look adopted then that has barely changed since then. Navy jersey, with double trimmed white numbers, logos on the sleeves, some side panel trim, pants that are silver/gray with bold navy striped edged in red, solid navy socks topped off with a silver helmet featuring the so called "Flying Elvis" logo facing forward on both sides. When these two looks match up, it combines fairly well, though dominated by the blue and the Colts in all white, save for the blue socks. Silver then speaks to us, with the scant red trim giving some perspective. Not one of my favorite uni clashes, but I have certainly seen worse.

1) Packers-Seahawks: GB in white/yellow, SEA in navy/navy. Compared to the AFC matchup, this one is a lot more exciting. In my youth, I admit to enjoying the NFC uniforms more than the AFC digs. I found them to be more colorful, imaginative, vibrant. I still do. Both teams resonate with me. The Packers in their legendary green and (yellow) trimmed white jerseys, brilliant yellow pants with green and white stripes and solid green socks topped the legendary yellow helmet with the iconic white and green oval G. A design (like the Colts, tweaked some over the years) that hearkens back to the time Saintly Vince Lombardi personally designed the unis back in 1959. The Seahawks on the other hand, sport a uniform that is a bout as modern in design as there is in the NFL, in only its third season, the all navy approach from head to ankle is unmistakably Seahawk. Spruced up with modern elements, including gray patterned numbers flanked by that modern scourge of neon green, the V-styled trim on the sleeves include an area of neon green specifically for the Nike logo to be shown off. The navy pants with a series of a "wing pattern" horizontally positioned inside the neon green stripe. solid navy socks, and capped by a helmet with the updated Seahawk logo with a sublimated front pattern section, perhaps the first ode to the 21st Century helmet model. Pairing these two distinctly different uniforms for game action works very well. The clash of traditional and modern is great as are the colors. Green, yellow and white meet a uniform distinguished by navy, gray, and hot green. designs that are carried off well in spite of the old vs. new clash. Not the best matchup, but one that I feel is a lot better than average.

As stated before, this is the last ranking for the season. I will likely review the Pro Bowl and perhaps a little review of the Super Bowl matchup. But as they will be the only game in town on those specific weeks, there will be no rankings.

Till next time, take care!

All-Time Uniform Matchups - Conference Championships Edition

By Kyle Standerfer

Note: this list will not include yesterdays games. It's ranking each of the AFC and NFC championship games by the uniforms each participant wore. I will only include the games since the 1970 merger.

First, the "sour cream" games.

January 3, 1971; Raiders-Colts - AFC Championship: it's a shame that the very first one of these isn't ranked. But I just am not a fan of the silver numbers Oakland wore with white jerseys that year.

December 30, 1973; Vikings-Cowboys - NFC Championship - Minnesota's purple jerseys without stripes looked like the life was sucked out of them.

December 30. 1973; Raiders-Dolphins - AFC Championship: Miami goes WAH - and not against Dallas. No likey.

January 11, 1981; Raiders-Chargers - AFC Championship: the Air Coryell era Chargers went WAH every game from 1978-1983. Thus not enough of them in their blue. This game is no exception.

January 22, 1983; Cowboys-Redskins - NFC Championship: double SC. The Redskins in those awful burgundy pants, and always going WAH under Joe Gibbs.

January 23, 1983; Jets-Dolphins - AFC Championship: Miami does the same thing again and again.

January 8, 1984; 49ers-Redskins - NFC Championship: Washington's unis made them dead to me for 3 decades.

January 6, 1985; Steelers-Dolphins - AFC Championship: and again.

January 12, 1986; Patriots-Dolphins - AFC Championship: and again.

January 11, 1987; Broncos-Browns - AFC Championship: Cleveland was all WAH 1985-1988. That has been an on and off again tradition for the Brownies. But I just don't like it.

January 11, 1987; Redskins-Giants - NFC Championship: my "SC" rule applies to Washington's unis in road games too. And when they actually wore burgundy jerseys. They were just dead to me uni wise.

January 17, 1988; Vikings-Redskins - NFC Championship: and again.

January 12, 1992; Lions-Redskins - NFC Championship: and again.

January 17, 1993; Bills-Dolphins - AFC Championship: last one of Miami involved in this.

January 23, 1994; Chiefs-Bills - AFC Championship: KC in all white was no good in my view.

January 15, 1995; Cowboys-49ers - NFC Championship: both teams contributed to this bad uni matchup. Dallas' retro-mutant unis against SF in white pants. Made me ill.

January 11, 1998; Packers-49ers - NFC Championship: same as DAL-SF 3 years earlier. At least GB didn't contribute to that.

January 21, 2007; Saints-Bears - NFC Championship: the good part of Sean Payton is he helped make them competitive most of the time. The bad part: those black pants, whether with white or black jerseys.

January 18, 2009; Eagles-Cardinals - NFC Championship: Philly in green pants - its just wrong.

January 18, 2009; Ravens-Steelers - AFC Championship: BAL in black pants, a bad by-product of the John Harbaugh era.

January 23, 2011; Jets-Steelers - AFC Championship: NYJ in green pants - gross.

January 22, 2012; Ravens-Patriots - AFC Championship: see BAL-PIT from three years earlier.

January 20, 2013; Ravens-Patriots - AFC Championship: once again.

That leaves 65 games - slightly less than 3/4 of such games, for me to rank.

65. January 8, 1984; Seahawks-Raiders - AFC Championship: Seattle's first season with their logo on the sleeves instead of the stripes. Just so underwhelming.

64. January 18, 2004; Colts-Patriots - AFC Championship: Indy's last game ever with the blue face mask. It was the first of IND-NE overload.

63. January 20, 2008; Chargers-Patriots - AFC Championship: both wore their regular stuff, but quite dull. NE red trim and SD gold trim didn't do enough to liven it.

62. January 15, 1995; Chargers-Steelers - AFC Championship: I just wasn't "wowed" by the uniforms in this game.

61. January 12, 1992; Broncos-Bills - AFC Championship: I don't know, but for some reason this game just didn't do it for me, the way a few regular season games between these same two in the exact same unis in Orchard Park, did.

60. January 21, 2007; Patriots-Colts - AFC Championship: good thing each teams' blue is of a different shade, and that NE had silver and hints of red.

59. January 14, 2001; Vikings-Giants - NFC Championship: their were different palettes, but I just find it a little underwhelming.

58. December 31, 1972; Dolphins-Steelers - AFC Championship: the aqua numerals on Miami's white jerseys look a lot shinier on depictions of them on this site than they do on NFL Films clips. Pittsburgh's black and gold isn't enough to merit this game a higher ranking.

57. January 22, 2006; Panthers-Seahawks - NFC Championship: Carolina and Seattle were decent enough, but not memorable, either in the actual game, or the uniforms.

56. January 1, 1978; Vikings-Cowboys - NFC Championship: both of them in their regular stuff, and it's the Cowboys involved, so WAH is acceptable. But it just doesn't have that "wow" factor.

55. January 17, 1988; Browns-Broncos - AFC Championship: a decent looking uniform game. But I like so many better.

54. January 4, 1976; Raiders-Steelers - AFC Championship: the one of the three penultimate games of the season between these two played at Three Rivers - on a sheet of ice. That seemed to diminish the uniforms. Especially Oakland's.

53. January 12, 1997; Jaguars-Patriots - AFC Championship: there was enough teal in Jacksonville's numbers and trim to make the contrast against NEs blue and silver decent. But so many are better IMO.

52. January 6, 1985; Bears-49ers - NFC Championship: overall, I've always liked Chicago in white pants better, even with white jerseys. But their navy pants with white jerseys are acceptable.

51. January 7, 1979; Oilers-Steelers - AFC Championship: the unis were the same as they were one year later, but the wet stuff diminished their shine.

50. January 2, 1972; 49ers-Cowboys - NFC Championship: I kind of feel like I'm underrating this game too. The two teams unis contrasted well not just in a vacuum, but on the Texas Stadium turf that day, where both end zones were painted, one with Dallas' colors; the other with San Francisco's colors.

49. January 14, 2001; Ravens-Raiders - AFC Championship: Baltimore with the purple numbers and black helmets, and the purple stripe down their white pants, provided a decent enough contrast with the silver and black.

48. January 14, 1996; Packers-Cowboys - NFC Championship: the colors contrasted well like always. Just that seeing them on the Texas Stadium turf every year got a little stale.

47. January 23, 1994; 49ers-Cowboys - NFC Championship: this just seems like an afterthought.

46. January 11, 1981; Cowboys-Eagles - NFC Championship: Philly in their Kelly green against Dallas in white wouldn't have been bad. Just that this break with what they normally did (but ended up doing a lot more a few years after - going WAH) was at the time a good thing - because it was an example of Dallas and an opponent engaging in uniform gamesmanship.

45. January 6, 1980; Rams-Buccaneers - NFC Championship: I'm underrating this game. Oh well.

44. January 19, 2003; Buccaneers-Eagles - NFC Championship: these two teams met in Philly in the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons, and in the regular season in '02. Thus, although the color contrasts are good, it happening every year took some of the shine off of it.

43. January 10, 1982; Chargers-Bengals - AFC Championship: the Freezer Bowl pitted against each other two teams with distinct color palettes. I just liked so many better.

42. December 29, 1974; Rams-Vikings - NFC Championship: so this game is in the lower portion of the third quartile of ranked games, while the one two years later, in the same time slot, and more or less the same sunlight, was in the top ten. It shows that my ranking aren't 100% consistent, and I'm not trying to make them that way. It's all because . . . feelings. I mean that seriously.

41. January 22, 2006; Steelers-Broncos - AFC Championship: black, gold and white against navy, white and orange. Both teams wore their regular stuff, and it looked decent. Even though I hated the final score.

40. January 3, 1971; Cowboys-49ers - NFC Championship: the last game ever at old Kezar Stadium was a good uni contrast. Just that newer iterations of DAL-SF looked better IMO. I don't find the Cowboys pants from that era, which looked more like mixed cement, very flattering on them.

39. January 23, 2005; Patriots-Steelers - AFC Championship: I ranked the game 3 years earlier not too insignificantly higher. But this was a good color contrast too.

38. January 17, 1999; Jets-Broncos - AFC Championship: I was never a fan of the Broncos going to navy as their primary color, even as they won back-to-back SBs the first two years they went that way. But that uniform contrasted well with NYJs green and white that day.

37. January 20, 2008; Giants-Packers - NFC Championship: this is one game that I've underrated, but I just liked some others better.

36. January 12, 1997; Panthers-Packers - NFC Championship: good color contrast in the first championship game in Wisconsin in 29 years.

35. January 2, 1972; Colts-Dolphins - AFC Championship: the only time thus far we saw Miami in their aqua jerseys in an AFC Title game. Other matchups are better, but I have to appreciate the one time Miami did that in that round.

34. January 12, 1986; Rams-Bears - NFC Championship: LA in their white, blue and gold against CHI in their classic colors.

33. January 19, 2003; Titans-Raiders - AFC Championship: TEN-OAK was a decent enough color contrast, and at night it looked even better.

32. January 20, 2013; 49ers-Falcons - NFC Championship: both teams had red and white, but SF had gold helmets and pants and Atlanta had black helmets. And under the Georgia Dome lights, it looked good.

31. January 11, 1998; Broncos-Steelers- AFC Championship: Denver's road unis aren't the greatest, but Pittsburgh's home uniforms that day enhanced them. And I'm sure they will when they meet at Heinz Field next season.

30. January 17, 1999; Falcons-Vikings - NFC Championship: not my favorite uniforms of all time from either side, but put them together and it looked good on TV and in highlight clips. White, black, red and silver against purple and white with hints of gold is fine by me.

29. January 14, 1996; Colts-Steelers - AFC Championship: I like this matchup more than I thought I would. Indy in their white and blue against Pittsburgh in their black and gold.

28. January 14, 1990; Browns-Broncos - AFC Championship: one minor point about Denver's uniforms during that era. I liked that they changed their sleeve striping scheme when they did - made it go better IMO with the pant striping scheme they changed in 1986. Plus in the sunshine it looked good against Cleveland in their orange helmets, with brown numbers and orange/brown trim.

27. January 24, 2010; Jets-Colts - AFC Championship: the there were a combined 3 colors between the two teams, but put them together, and it shows me how you can take a little and make it a lot. Those two look great at Lucas Oil Stadium. And NYJ wore white pants, which they haven't always done the last decade.

26. December 31, 1972; Cowboys-Redskins - NFC Championship: I don't like WAS nickname or logo, but I have always loved their color scheme. I see no hypocrisy in that. It always looked good against Dallas.

25. January 27, 2002; Eagles-Rams - NFC Championship: Philly in their white jerseys with midnight green helmets, numbers and trim against STL in their navy and gold, Great to see.

24. January 14, 1990; Rams-49ers - NFC Championship: I just like 23 others better, but this was a great uni game.

23. January 18, 2004; Panthers-Eagles - NFC Championship: Carolina's white, silver, black and light blue against Philly in midnight green and white looked good. I just liked 22 other games better.

22. January 23, 2000; Buccaneers-Rams - NFC Championship: TB in their pewter helmets and pants with red (almost orange) numbers against STL in the last time they would wear that version of blue jerseys as their regular home uniforms (now they do twice a year as throwbacks).

21. January 6, 1980; Oilers-Steelers - AFC Championship: these same two teams met one year earlier in the same round, in the same time slot, but this time their unis weren't dipped constantly in puddles of cold wet stuff, thus their colors came through better.

20. January 23, 2011; Packers-Bears - NFC Championship: GB-CHI - classic NFL matchup, and that day the color contrast shined through. GB in their white jerseys with green numbers, plus gold pants and helmets, against Chicago in their dark navy, white and orange.

19. January 27, 2002; Patriots-Steelers - AFC Championship: this was in the sunshine. NE's road uni is dull on it's own, but an opponent's unis can do wonders for it. Pittsburgh in their black and gold is a classic example of this.

18. January 4, 1976; Cowboys-Rams - NFC Championship: unlike 3 years later, Los Angeles wore their blue jerseys against Dallas in their whites. It looked great in the California sunshine.

17. January 10, 1982; Cowboys-49ers - NFC Championship: the classic nature of this matchup is legend. The classic nature of the uniforms is for us geeks. It's the last game with Dallas in that number and letter style. It looked good against SF in their scarlet and gold.

16. December 29, 1974; Steelers-Raiders - AFC Championship: same as their matchup two years later, but I liked the '76 matchup better.

15. January 20, 1991; Raiders-Bills - AFC Championship: LA (later Oakland) and Buffalo always looked great together whether in upstate New York or California. This game was no exception.

14. January 8, 1989; 49ers-Bears - NFC Championship: SF in one of their 3 NFC title games in white jerseys, out of 15 total, in white jerseys. Contrasted well against Chicago's navy (almost black) helmets and jerseys with white pants and numerals plus orange trim. Good matchup for a twilight game in the bitter cold.

13. January 19, 2014; Patriots-Broncos - AFC Championship: it's the first time in 22 years that Denver wore orange jerseys against New England. And it looked great that day.

12. January 7, 1979; Cowboys-Rams - NFC Championship: the Rams decided to wear WAH for all except the two home prime time games and against SF in 1978. That means two games against Dallas in their blue jerseys. Cowboys games are when WAH is OK by me, whether in Dallas or anywhere else. And it looked good each time I saw it.

11. January 23, 2000; Titans-Jaguars - AFC Championship: Tennessee in their first year with those colors against JAX in their teal and black with white pants and hints of gold. I was working when that game was played but the highlights and NFL Films clips showed me how great it looked.

10. January 19, 2014; 49ers-Seahawks - NFC Championship: SF in the road version of their classic uniform against Seattle in their dark blue, spiced with plenty of neon green, with gray numerals, and those blue helmets. It looked great watching it last year. As you'll see below, I find that the NFC Title games seem to have, overall, better quality uniform matchups than the AFC games.

9. January 20, 1991; Giants-49ers - NFC Championship: NY had more blue in their road unis - it was in their numerals and more prominent in the pant stripes. Plus the helmet was a darker shade of blue. But it still contrasted beautifully with SF's classic colors.

8. December 26, 1976; Rams-Vikings - NFC Championship: LA in their blue and gold with white jerseys against Minnesota in their grape-juice-like purple jerseys and helmets white white pants and gold trim. One of the best ever, even better than the same matchup two years earlier.

7. January 8, 1989; Bills-Bengals - AFC Championship: Buffalo in their red white and blue done their way in the Marv Levy era against Cincy in their black, orange and white with stripes all over. Looked beautiful that day.

6. December 26, 1976; Steelers-Raiders - AFC Championship: I don't know why, I just liked the unis on those two - at the same time - a lot more than many other conference championship matchups. Even more than the one these two had two years earlier.

5. January 22, 2012; Giants-49ers - NFC Championship: it was at night and raining, but the colors still contrasted beautifully. NY in their blue helmets, white jerseys with bright red numbers and trim, plus gray pants. On the other side, it was SF in their classic home colors.

4. January 24, 2010; Vikings-Saints - NFC Championship: in an era when the Saints got their uniforms wrong so often, they got it right all 3 times in their championship run. This game was no exception. The fact that they wore gold pants meant that I could highlight what I like best about their black jerseys - the gold numbers plus the gold names on the back - with that type of font. Contrasted with Minnesota's white and purple - with hints of gold, one of the best matchups ever.

3. January 1, 1978; Raiders-Broncos - AFC Championship: Oakland in their white jerseys with black numbers, silver pants and helmets, against Denver in their orange jerseys white white pants and numbers, blue and white sleeve stripes, orange and blue pant stripes, and blue helmets. Love this visual.

2. January 17, 1993; Cowboys-49ers - NFC Championship: the muddy field dirtied a lot of uniforms. But that still didn't take away one of the most beautiful uniform color contrasts of all time. Add to that the fact that there was both sunshine and the sun blocked by cloud cover, and I could see the beauty in more than one way.

1. January 23, 2005; Falcons-Eagles - NFC Championship: these two teams have met 5 times at the Link since they both are in their current uni iterations. This NFC Title tilt is the only time both of them got it right, when in the other 4 contests (all regular season), at least one of them got it wrong. Anyway, Atlanta in their white jerseys and pants with red numbers and trim that jump out at you, along with their black helmets. Contrast that with Philly's midnight green jerseys and helmets along with white pants plus some black trim (which is kept at a nice minimum). It was a beautiful look that day.

2014 Divisional Playoff uniform matchup rankings

by Tim Brulia

I'll be honest, I wasn't too thrilled with what the Divisional Round had to offer. But, here we go:

4) Ravens-Patriots: BAL in white/black, NE in navy/silver. A playoff matchup we've seen plenty of in recent years. No special thing these days. But the colors do vary, I have to say what with black, navy some silver and purple and hints of red and gold mixed in and they're not that bad. But repetition dulls the senses, I reckon. With the Patriots refusing to go all navy, the Ravens could have tried their hand at, oh, all white? Still say a pair of purple pants as an option would certainly be interesting for the Ravens.

3) Panthers-Seahawks: CAR in white/white, SEA in navy/navy. You know, I was ready to call this one a yawner. But the more I see photos from this game, the more I like it. Not enough to bump it from 3 to 2, but a much firmer #2. It hit me what would really make the Panthers white jerseys pop, change the numbers from black over carolina blue to carolina blue over black. The Seahawks in the bold all navy and their success in them is quickly becoming the signature uniform of this franchise, more than the blue/silver/green of the early days, more than the gunmetal blue of the 2002-2011 years. I'm not complaining. A nice blend of colors, unique colors,

2) Colts-Broncos: IND in white/white, DEN in orange/white. The Colts in blue jerseys can work well if complimented well. Last week against the Bengals was a great example. The Colts in white needs a TON of help to work right. And really, only a very small handful of teams can do that. Fortunately for them, the Broncos are one of them. The Broncos beautiful combo of navy helmet, orange jerseys and white pants brings the best of the rather mundane Colt whites. That's not easy. An all white ensemble (well, fortunately the socks are blue) with only blue to mark the stripes, helmet logo, numerals and NOB's makes for a uni that needs a better than average companion to make a matchup worthwhile. Thanks, Broncos.

1) Cowboys-Packers: DAL in white/mint, GB in green/yellow. Ice Bowl II? Sorry, Fox, No. But these unis aren't too far from what they looked like way back then. Same somewhat design principles, with a 21st century cut and helmet mode. The Cowboy whites are overused and tired but as always, the Packers green over yellow comes to the rescue. Paired against the Packer green, the Cowboys batch of blues burst forth with more vibrancy and spark. A good one!

Next up, the Conference Championships.

Take care!

All-time Uniform Matchups - Divisional Playoffs Edition

by Kyle Standerfer

Here are my observations and rankings of each of the AFC and NFC Divisional Playoff Games since the 1970 season. Why 1970? Because before then NFL players didn't have names on the backs of their jerseys. But, as a little side observation, my favorite AFL uniform game played to decide who was in the AFL Championship Game was the '69 Chiefs-Jets clash, and my favorite NFL one was the '68 Cowboys-Browns matchup. There were, through the 2013 season, 176 AFC and NFC semifinals, so this will be lengthier than last week. This does not include this past weekend's games.

First, the sour cream games:

December 26, 1971; Colts-Browns - AFC Divisional Playoff: sorry, I can't rank a Browns home game from that time. Again, I know they always wore white at home, but there wasn't the gamemanship with it for them like there was for the Cowboys.

December 24, 1972; Browns-Dolphins - AFC Divisional Playoff: this time it was Cleveland in brown, but only because Miami was just a WAH team the vast majority of the time.

December 23, 1973; Bengals-Dolphins - AFC Divisional Playoff: see above.

December 30, 1978; Broncos-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: can't do Denver in those orange pants. Sorry.

December 31, 1978; Vikings-Rams - NFC Divisional Playoff: for some reason the Rams only wore blue at the Coliseum in their two prime time games and against SF.

December 29, 1979; Oilers-Chargers - AFC Divisional Playoff: I hated that SD ditched their blue jerseys for home games 1978-1983.

January 3, 1981; Bills-Chargers - AFC Divisional Playoff: those two met at the Murph 4 times in 3 years, not once was it anything but BUF in blue and SD in white.

January 15, 1983; Vikings-Redskins - NFC Divisional Playoff: those white and red Washington unis for a 30-year span made them dead to me. Doubly bad for constant WAH.

January 16, 1983; Chargers-Dolphins - AFC Divisional Playoff: even the two wore the opposite colors one year before, I just can't.

December 31, 1983; Seahawks-Dolphins - AFC Divisional Playoff: here we go again.

January 1, 1984; Rams-Redskins - NFC Divisional Playoff: ugh.

December 29, 1984; Seahawks-Dolphins - AFC Divisional Playoff: rinse and repeat.

December 30, 1984; Bears-Redskins - NFC Divisional Playoff: um, no. Just, no.

January 4, 1986; Browns-Dolphins - AFC Divisional Playoff: once again.

January 3, 1987; Jets-Browns - AFC Divisional Playoff: one of the few times we saw the Jets in green in those days, but I still just can't rank it.

January 3, 1987; Redskins-Bears - NFC Divisional Playoff: first of two straight years of this.

January 9, 1988; Colts-Browns - AFC Divisional Playoff: nope.

January 10, 1988; Redskins-Bears - NFC Divisional Playoff: same as the year before.

January 12, 1991; Redskins-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: more of the same.

January 4, 1992; Falcons-Redskins - NFC Divisional Playoff: the Falcons black uniforms was my least favorite of theirs too.

January 5, 1992; Chiefs-Bills - AFC Divisional Playoff: the first of the Chiefs divisional playoff uni failures.

January 9, 1993; Redskins-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: 2nd time in 3 years for this.

January 16, 1994; Chiefs-Oilers - AFC Divisional Playoff: I was robbed of KC's red pants for a whole decade.

January 7, 1995; Bears-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: those 49ers throwback-alt mutant hybrids were just wrong. I don't think too many Niner fans liked them either. Even in a year when they won it all.

January 8, 1995; Packers-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: the only thing worse than those Niners '94 unis was the monstrosities Dallas had late in that season.

January 4, 1997; 49ers-Packers - NFC Divisional Playoff: SF in white pants just doesn't look like the Niners.

January 3, 1998; Vikings-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: same as the year before.

January 15, 2000; Redskins-Buccaneers - NFC Divisional Playoff: Washington rears its ugly uni head in the playoffs again.

January 15, 2005; Jets-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: those green pants - ugh!

January 14, 2006; Redskins-Seahawks - NFC Divisional Playoff: Washington's white pants looked like practice pants.

January 13, 2007; Eagles-Saints - NFC Divisional Playoff: both teams wearing the wrong pants.

January 10, 2009; Ravens-Titans - AFC Divisional Playoff: John Harbaugh's teams in black pants - not good.

January 11, 2009; Eagles-Giants - NFC Divisional Playoff: Eagles blow it once again.

January 16, 2010; Ravens-Colts - AFC Divisional Playoff: not good on Baltimore's part.

January 15, 2011; Ravens-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: rinse and repeat.

January 16, 2011; Jets-Patriots - AFC Divisional Playoff: NY in green bottoms again - no es bueno.

January 15, 2012; Texans-Ravens - AFC Divisional Playoff: Texans came correct. Baltimore in purple over black - no, just, no.

January 12, 2013; Ravens-Broncos - AFC Divisional Playoff: almost as bad as the result that day was Baltimore once again in black pants.

January 13, 2013; Seahawks-Falcons - NFC Divisional Playoff: just can't do Seattle in white pants.

January 13, 2013; Texans-Patriots - AFC Divisional Playoff: I can't get into "Liberty White".

January 12, 2014; 49ers-Panthers - NFC Divisional Playoff: all black on Carolina? More like all blech!

That leaves me 135 games from this round of the playoffs to rank.

135. December 26, 1970; Lions-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: Dallas's silver pants back in those days looked more like cement mix. And Detroit's uniforms were a few years away from having any luster. Put those two together - hardly any improvement.

134. January 19, 2002; Raiders-Patriots - AFC Divisional Playoff: the blizzard in Foxboro only made these two unis together look even more drab. New England going away from red two decades ago then darkening their blue before the start of the 2000 season was a uniform regression done twice. Oakland's unis don't bring out anything in New England's in those games in the Northeast.

133. January 16, 2005; Cols-Patriots - AFC Divisional Playoff: in the elements the two teams just don't have much shine in their uni contrasts. The games in Indy look a little better.

132. January 13, 2008; Giants-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: just have never felt much vibe in NYG-DAL uni matchups. The games in the late 70s had at least a little flavor.

131. January 11, 2014; Colts-Patriots - AFC Divisional Playoff: these two teams met in Foxboro twice in this round within a 10-year span, and in the same unis. Both very underwhelming.

130. January 13, 2008; Chargers-Colts - AFC Divisional Playoff: SD had enough gold in their uni plus their blue was of a darker shade than Indy's. But it's just not memorable for me.

129. January 5, 1992; Cowboys-Lions - NFC Divisional Playoff: the two teams look so much alike, but there were subtle differences that were noticeable.

128. January 14, 2007; Patriots-Chargers - AFC Divisional Playoff: NE had silver and hints of red in their road uni while SD had hints of gold to go with their dark blue and white. Not much else is memorable uniform wise about this game. Even though this game football-wise is the source of big-time memories for many, good and bad - depending on who you ask.

127. January 16, 2000; Titans-Colts - AFC Divisional Playoff: Tennessee's first postseason game in the white jerseys and helmets with darker blue pants and numbers plus the light blue on the shoulders. Makes it passable if underwhelming against Indy's blue and white.

126. January 14, 2012; Broncos-Patriots - AFC Divisional Playoff: NE's silver helmets and pants, plus their hint of red, and DEN's hint of orange, made up for navy being laid on thick in this game, but only a little.

125. January 1, 1989; Vikings-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: the two teams contrast beautifully on the field, and, proof that consistency is not what I'm shooting for, I ranked the games between these two the year before and the year after significantly higher.

124. December 26, 1977; Vikings-Rams - NFC Divisional Playoff: white and purple with gold trim against blue and gold is a good contrast. But the problem with this game wasn't just that at one point L.A. Coliseum topsoil became an unofficial color of each teams' unis. Before their unis got soiled, the color contrasts seemed to be concealed by the weather that day.

123. January 14, 2006; Patriots-Broncos - AFC Divisional Playoff: Denver's orange piping down the sides of their uniforms gave this a passable contrast. But the Broncos in orange at home is so much better than the navy blue jerseys. New England's road uniforms need a lot of contrast from their opponents for their games to get a decent ranking.

122. January 10, 2004; Titans-Patriots - AFC Divisional Playoff: Tennessee's white helmets and two-tone blue going against NE dark blue, silver and hints of red were passable, but not memorable.

121. January 12, 2008; Jaguars-Patriots - AFC Divisional Playoff: Jacksonville's road unis those were not my favorite. And NE's home uniforms didn't do enough to give this game a higher ranking, but they both wore what I wanted, so it was passable.

120 January 14, 2012; Saints-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: they wore what I wanted, and NO's black numbers made the contrast enough for me, but so many other games in this round through the years were preferable for me.

119. December 23, 1973; Rams-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: LA's first game in the pure blue and gold against Dallas's traditional colors. I like the 7 other matchups between them better.

118. December 30, 1979; Dolphins-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: the colors contrasted in a decent way, but it just was underwhelming for me.

117. January 3, 1981; Vikings-Eagles - NFC Divisional Playoff: MIN in white with purple helmets and numbers with yellow trim against the Kelly green, silver and white of Philadelphia was decent, but so many others were much better. It seems to me that back in those days Philly's home jerseys blended too much with the Veterans Stadium turf.

116. December 25, 1971; Cowboys-Vikings - NFC Divisional Playoff: DAL-MIN always color clashed nicely. I just prefer some other of their matchups better.

115. January 5, 1986; Giants-Bears - NFC Divisional Playoff: NY in their white jerseys and pants with the dark blue helmet and not quite as dark blue numbers and trim, along with hints of red, against CHI's classic almost-black navy and white with hints of orange. But I think those colors work together better in an overcast day, or after the sun goes down.

114. December 27, 1970; Dolphins-Raiders - AFC Divisional Playoff: MIA and OAK color schemes clash well (white, aqua and coral against silver and black), but in the mud and muck of the Oakland Coliseum - that got diminished.

113. December 23, 1972 - Raiders-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: the game was known for an "Immaculate" play, and silver, white and black contrasts decently enough with black and gold, but clips of the game don't make the unis get my attention.

112. January 10, 1999; Jaguars-Jets - AFC Divisional Playoff: NYJ's first postseason game in their new "retro' unis was against teal and black. A nice enough contrast, but so many others were more compelling for me.

111. January 17, 2010; Cowboys-Vikings - NFC Divisional Playoff: DAL in their classic colors against the '06-'12 version of Minnesota's home uniform. The colors clashed nicely but I just liked many others better.

110. January 7, 1990; Rams-Giants - NFC Divisional Playoff: there was a lot of blue in this game but the Rams gold on their helmets, pants, and part of their white jerseys gave this game at least a semblance of flavor.

109. January 4, 1997; Jaguars-Broncos - AFC Divisional Playoff: it's one of the most disappointing losses for me as a fan, but that's not why this game is ranked as low as it is. Black and teal contrast nicely with blue and orange, and it's the Broncos last game ever with the "D" on their helmets. But Jacksonville's uniforms their first two years were underwhelming for me. Denver's unis don't do enough to change that.

108. January 7, 2001; Ravens-Titans - AFC Divisional Playoff: BAL-TEN was decent enough in those days. But not the greatest.

107. January 11, 2003; Steelers-Titans - AFC Divisional Playoff: this is one game I think I'm underrating, but like a few below, this game was, among other things, an afterthought for me uniform-wise. This is true even though the two teams' unis contrasted well.

106. January 15, 2000; Dolphins-Jaguars - AFC Divisional Playoff: aqua and white with a dash of coral against teal black and white. Not bad, but so many are better.

105. December 22, 1973; Steelers-Raiders - AFC Divisional Playoff: decent PIT-OAK uni matchup but I just like so many others better.

104. January 16, 1983; Packers-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: the colors looked great against each other that day in Texas Stadium - but it's another one of those uni matchups that doesn't reach out and grab me.

103. January 11, 2003; Falcons-Eagles - NFC Divisional Playoff: this was the last game with Atlanta in those uniforms. Their new ones were an improvement. The ones they wore that night, though, contrasted great with Philly's midnight green and white. So this may be one of those games I'm underrating, but it was kind of an afterthought for me.

102. January 7, 2001; Eagles-Giants - NFC Divisional Playoff: Philly in their midnight green and white against NY in their first year with the "going retro" unis. Looked good enough.

101. January 16, 2000; Vikings-Rams - NFC Divisional Playoff: Minnesota in their best road white uniform - with the gold sleeve stripes, purple numbers and gold trim; against St. Louis' blue and gold in the first playoff game in the Trans World Dome.

100. January 4, 1986; Cowboys-Rams - NFC Divisional Playoff: The last of 8 times these two met in a 13-year span. Eric Dickerson in blue and gold running past Dallas defenders in their classic colors was good in itself, but wasn't in a uniform matchup sense time-capsule worthy.

99. January 4, 1998; Broncos-Chiefs - AFC Divisional Playoff: Denver's first postseason game in their white jerseys with navy blue numbers and navy blue/orange trim with the new navy blue helmet. Then KC in their classic red and white with hints of gold. Not a bad contrast. Just many that I liked better.

98. January 3, 1982; Giants-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: the first of 3 between those two at the Stick. NY with their blue helmets with white pants and jerseys with blue numerals and blue/red trim. Then it's SF with their gold helmets and pants with red jerseys and white numbers, then red and white trim on the pants. I just liked the two matchups that came later better.

97. December 30, 1978; Falcons-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: the colors contrasted well at Texas Stadium. It's just not a uni matchup that instantly jumps out at me for this round of the playoffs.

96. January 17, 2010; Jets-Chargers - AFC Divisional Playoff: Not a lot of color, but NY's white and green contrasted passably against SD's white with navy and gold trim.

95, January 9, 1999; 49ers-Falcons - NFC Divisional Playoff; SF in the metallic gold helmets and pants with whie jerseys and red numbers/trim; against Atlanta's black helmets and jerseys with white numerals and gray pants with red and white trim. The colors contrasted decently enough but not among my favorite uni matchups.

94. January 5, 1997; Steelers-Patriots - Pittsburgh's first game of any kind in Massachusetts in 17 years. Also this was the Patriots first playoff game in blue jerseys. It was also Pittsburgh's last ever game in the block numerals.

93.  January 10, 1993; Chargers-Dolphins - AFC Divisional Playoff: the colors contrast beautifully on their own, but the downpour in Miami that day diluted the beauty of it. Rain darkened Miami aqua.

92. January 16, 2011; Seahawks-Bears - NFC Divisional Playoff: same uniforms as the matchup four years earlier. That's just how the rankings fell for me. See the January, '07 review further down.

91. January 20, 2002; Ravens-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: the one postseason game between these two where both teams wore what I wanted. Baltimore's purple stripe down the sides of their white pants makes their road matchups more agreeable for me.

90. January 13, 1991; Bears-Giants - NFC Divisional Playoff: Chicago in their white jerseys with navy (almost black) pants, helmets and numbers with hints of orange, against New York in the dark blue helmet of that era with a lighter shade of blue jerseys and white pants with red trim. I liked Chicago better in white pants, but this was a decent enough uniform pairing.

89. December 27, 1975; Colts-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: Baltimore in their white with blue and Pittsburgh in their black and gold. Another good color contrast.

88. January 6, 1996; Packers-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: I liked the 2012 matchup better, but this one was no slouch. Both teams in their classic looks.

87. December 21, 1974 - Dolphins-Raiders - AFC Divisional Playoff: the "Sea of Hands" game shows the unis looked good in contrast with each other as depicted on our website, but not so much in actual film clips. But it's still passable.

86. January 19, 2002; Eagles-Bears - NFC Divisional Playoff: Philly in the white pants and jerseys with midnight green numbers and helmets against Chicago's classic home look: good to see.

85. December 25, 1971; Dolphins-Chiefs - AFC Divisional Playoff: the longest game in league history had enough contrast - Miami in white and aqua with hints of coral against KC in red and white with hints of gold.

84. January 6, 2001; Saints-Vikings - NFC Divisional Playoff: just like ARI-MIN two years before, I feel like I'm underrating this one too. Oh, well. But those colors contrasted well.

83. January 7. 1996; Eagles-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: this was the last time the Eagles wore that uniform. It always looked good in North Texas. I just liked the January, 1993 matchup better.

82. December 31, 1988; Seahawks-Bengals - AFC Divisional Playoff: Seattle's road uniform was pretty bland back in the day,  but Cincinnati's black and orange stripes with white pants brought life to it.

81. January 10, 1999; Cardinals-Vikings - NFC Divisional Playoff: I feel like I'm underrating this game. The colors contrast nicely. I just like many others better.

80. January 11, 2009; Chargers-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: SD in their white jerseys and navy pants and numerals with hints of gold against Pittsburgh's black and gold. It's passable but I like many better.

79. January 14, 2007; Seahawks-Bears - NFC Divisional Playoff: Seattle's white and pacific blue contrasted nicely enough with Chicago's traditional colors in Soldier Field. Those look better when it's cloudy.

78. January 11, 2004; Colts-Chiefs - AFC Divisional Playoff: the sun was out for this game unlike the one 8 years before. The colors always contrast nicely. I just prefer the 1995 matchup better.

77. December 26, 1977; Bears-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: Chicago in their dark navy and white with hints of orange against Dallas in their clean look. Looked wonderful in Texas Stadium that day.

76. January 1, 1989; Oilers-Bills - AFC Divisional Playoff: I ranked these two teams - in Buffalo - at the very top for Wild Card matchups. I just liked that one much better than this one. And I just happen to like 75 Divisional matchups better than this one. But the two still contrasted nicely with their colors. One difference - Houston's sleeve stripes between then and what they went to two years later.

75. December 29, 1984; Giants-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: it was gray in SF that day but those two have always clashed their colors well. This day was no exception.

74. December 23, 1972; Cowboys-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: I'm not a fan of Dallas' pants from the early 70s. But those unis have always contrasted well against SF. There was enough cloud cover to make the colors shine the right way.

73. January 11, 2014; Saints-Seahawks - NFC Divisional Playoff: one week before New Orleans wore those awful black pants. This time they rocked the gold pants thus it looked better against Seattle blue and neon green with silver numbers.

72. January 4, 1981; Raiders-Browns - AFC Divisional Playoff: I never was a fan of Cleveland in their brown jerseys with orange pants, but in the cold on the shores of Lake Erie, it was a good look against Oakland in their white and silver with black numbers.

71. January 11, 2004; Packers-Eagles - NFC Divisional Playoff: green for both teams but lots of gold for the Pack plus their white jerseys against Philly. Looked even better after the sun went down.

70. December 19, 1976; Rams-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: the only differences between this and the '79 game were Dallas going red, white and blue for their stripes down the middle of the helmet and their pants were a little more gray than blue, but got bluer as years went by. The two teams still contrasted nicely at Texas Stadium.

69. December 24, 1977; Raiders-Colts - AFC Divisional Playoff: this marathon affair looked better as the sun began to recede. Oakland in their white jerseys with silver pants and helmets plus black numbers against the Colts in their blue and white in their last playoff game in Baltimore.

68. January 5, 1997; Cowboys-Panthers - NFC Divisional Playoff: I ranked these two teams in the top 20 for the Wild Card round for their January, 2004 meeting. I just liked that one better than this one.

67. January 6, 1996; Bills-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: same uniforms the two teams wore 3 years earlier. Buffalo in their red, white and blue against Pittsburgh's black and gold. I just liked the '92 matchup better.

66. December 30, 1979; Rams-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: Los Angeles and Dallas contrasted well in the 70s.

65. December 24, 1972; Packers-Redskins - NFC Divisional Playoff: the "young and lusty, eager and inspired" (as John Facenda put it) Green Bay team going into RFK. This was the only game in the George Allen era in this round with Washington in red jerseys. In fact this was the only season in the 70s they wore red in the playoffs - all 3 games.

64. January 15, 2006; Panthers-Bears - NFC Divisional Playoff: Carolina in their silver, white, black and hints of light blue against Chicago in their nearly-black navy with white and hints of orange. Looked great under the lights.

63. January 10, 1988; Vikings-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: this one of three straight at the Stick between these two teams in the Divisional round was under overcast skies. The colors still contrasted well.

62. December 31, 1978; Oilers-Patriots - AFC Divisional Playoff: only one of two playoff games with New England in that red jersey set. It contrasted well against Houston's white and Columbia blue with hints of red.

61. December 28, 1975; Bengals-Raiders - AFC Divisional Playoff: Cincinnati in the orange helmets with white pants and jerseys with black numbers and orange/black trim in other spots against Oakland's silver and black. Good look for both together.

60. January 12, 2013; Packers-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: the only one of the 4 games that weekend to qualify for a ranking, it makes the top half. Those two unis look better together after the sun goes down.

59. January 5, 1986; Patriots-Raiders - AFC Divisional Playoff: the Pats had gone to the retro sleeve stripes and red pants with white jerseys back then. It looked good that day against the silver and black.

58. January 4, 1981; Cowboys-Falcons - NFC Divisional Playoff: Dallas' classic colors against Atlanta in red helmets and jerseys with silver and hints of black and white. Good look for TV and NFL Films clips. And good that they played a 4pm Eastern game.

57. January 12, 2008; Seahawks-Packers - NFC Divisional Playoff: Seattle in their white jerseys and pants with Pacific blue numbers, helmets and trim against classic GB green and gold. And in the snow. Looked great on TV.

56. December 22, 1974; Redskins-Rams - NFC Divisional Playoff: Washington in their burgundy, gold and white against LA in their blue and gold. A lot of gold but the blue and red with Washington's white jerseys made it contrast well.

55. January 12, 2003; Jets-Raiders - AFC Divisional Playoff: NY in their white and green against the silver and black. Great look that day.

54. January 10, 1999; Dolphins-Broncos - AFC Divisional Playoff: I've always preferred Denver in orange to blue jerseys, but that uniform contrasted well with Miami in their white and aqua.

53. January 4, 1987; 49ers-Giants - NFC Divisional Playoff: the only game in this round played in East Rutherford. Both unis contrasted well whether on the East Coast or West Coast.

52. January 12, 1991; Dolphins-Bills - AFC Divisional Playoff; it was good that the scoreboard was lit up like a pinball machine because that was plenty of opportunities for Miami (white helmets and jerseys with aqua numbers and pants) against Buffalo (red helmets with blue jerseys and white pants). And playing in the elements made it look better.

51. January 1, 1984; Steelers-Raiders - AFC Divisional Playoff: these same teams had the same color scheme 10 years earlier in the same round. One difference was Pittsburgh had a gray face mask that was changed to black by 1977. These two unis looked good together in the bright L.A. sunshine.

50. December 26, 1971; Redskins-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: the last game ever with Washington in that yellow helmet with the red "R" in the white circle. I just wish the nickname and logo were something else. But the color combos and contrast looked good.

49. January 10, 1993; Eagles-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: Philly's green jerseys of that era, with their green helmets and silver pants, jumped out against Dallas' classic colors. These two teams met 3 years later in the same round, same time slot, in the exact same unis. But I liked this one better.

48.  January 4, 1998; Buccaneers-Packers - NFC Divisional Playoff: the only "Bay of Pigs" playoff matchup ever was a good color contrast as it was Tampa in their first road playoff affair in the pewter, white and red against GB's green and gold.

47. January 7, 1995; Browns-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: Cleveland in their orange helmets, white pants with brown and orange trim, and white jerseys with brown numbers, against the Steelers in their black and gold has always been a good uniform game to see.

46. January 7, 1990; Steelers-Broncos - AFC Divisional Playoff: the 3rd of 3 PIT-DEN divisional games @ Mile High Stadium. The Broncos started making their middle sleeve stripe thicker in 1989. Their colors still contrasted well against Pittsburgh's black, gold and white.

45. January 2, 1982; Buccaneers-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: Dallas dominated on the field that day. Both teams looked good together - Tampa in creamsicle orange and white against Dallas in their classic two-tone blue, white and silver.

44. December 31, 1983; Lions-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: Detroit in their silver helmets and pants with white jerseys and blue numbers against SF in their classic 49er red and gold. Great look together.

43. December 27, 1970; 49ers-Vikings - NFC Divisional Playoff: SF in their gold helmet and pants with white jerseys and red numbers/letters against Minnesota in their classic purple and white with hints of gold. Good to see.

42. January 16, 2005; Vikings-Eagles - NFC Divisional Playoff: Minnesota in that version of their road jerseys against Philly in midnight green and white. Nice look for that pairing that day.

41. January 15, 2006; Steelers-Colts - AFC Divisional Playoff: good color contrast for these two @ the RCA Dome. I just liked the '76 matchup better.

40. January 16, 1994; Packers-Cowboys - NFC Divisional Playoff: GB in their classic green and gold against Dallas in their classic color. Nicely done.

39. January 13, 2007; Colts-Ravens - 2006 AFC Divisional Playoff: Indy in their white and blue against Baltimore in their last playoff game under Brian Billick. And their last home playoff in purple jerseys and white pants.

38. December 28, 1975; Cowboys-Vikings - NFC Divisional Playoff: Dallas' silver helmets with metallic silver-blue pants and white jerseys with royal blue numbers looked great against Minnesota in purple and white with hints of gold. The Vikings jerseys looked like grape juice regardless of cloud cover.

37. January 10, 1988; Oilers-Broncos - AFC Divisional Playoff: back then Houston's sleeve stripes were a little more spread out, and Denver's sleeve stripes were an equal distribution of blue-white-blue.

36. January 7, 1996; Colts-Chiefs - AFC Divisional Playoff: I liked that these two met in these colors in the cold and under gray flannel skies, then under the dark of night. It looked better to me than the two of them in sunshine. It just does.

35. January 4, 1987; Patriots-Broncos - AFC Divisional Playoff: both teams with plenty of bright colors in bright sunshine, and after sundown. Looked great on NBC. A Broncos win made the two look even better in my eyes. But, seriously, NE in their white and red with blue trim against Denver orange and blue - you can't go wrong there.

34. January 2, 1982; Chargers-Dolphins - AFC Divisional Playoff: the Epic in Miami was no slouch when it came to duds, either. SD in their blue, gold and white against Miami in their aqua jerseys with white helmets and pants with hints of coral. Looked good during daylight and after the sun went down.

33. January 15, 1983; Jets-Raiders - AFC Divisional Playoff: Lyle Alzado exhibited ugly behavior by using his helmet as a weapon against Chris Ward. but Kelly green and white looked awesome against silver and black.

32. January 8, 1995; Dolphins-Chargers - AFC Divisional Playoff: the game looked great on TV and in the sunshine with Miami in their white and aqua with hints of coral against SDs dark blue and white uni with hints of yellow.

31. December 26, 1970; Bengals-Colts - AFC Divisional Playoff: seeing footage of Ed Hinton, Roy Jefferson and John Mackey catching those passes in classic Baltimore blue and white against Cincinnati in the old Bengals helmets and white and black was a thing to behold.

30. January 20, 2002; Packers-Rams - NFC Divisional Playoff: Brett Favre had his worst game that day. But he and his teammates in gold, white and green looked great against St. Louis in their dark blue and gold.

29. January 10, 2009; Cardinals-Panthers - NFC Divisional Playoff: Larry Fitzgerald in the red and white streaking past Carolina's black, silver and light blue clad defense was great on prime time TV that night.

28. January 3, 1998; Patriots-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: loved New England's road uniform in the late 90s - with the bright red italicized numbers. It contrasted great with so many other teams, including Pittsburgh's home uniforms - their first season with the rounded, italicized numbers.

27. December 22, 1973; Redskins-Vikings - NFC Divisional Playoff: these two teams met three years later with the exact same uniforms in the exact same time slot with almost identical weather and sunlight. But I liked the '76 matchup better.

26. January 12, 2014; Chargers-Broncos - AFC Divisional Playoff: SD in their white and navy uniform isn't great by itself. But it looks great contrasted against Denver's orange, navy and white. Even better when part of the game is played after the sun goes down.

25. January 9, 1993; Bills-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: Buffalo's road uniform from that era.contrasted so well against many other teams, especially Pittsburgh in their black and gold.

24. January 15, 2012; Giants-Packers - NFC Divisional Playoff: NY in those white jerseys with bright red numbers, silver pants, and blue helmets; against Green Bay in their green and gold. Great color matchup.

23. January 4, 1992; Oilers-Broncos - AFC Divisional Playoff: I loved Houston's white jerseys with Columbia blue pants, blue numbers and white helmet. Going against Denver's classic orange and blue, it looked great on TV. Plus the ending left me giddy.

22. December 27, 1975; Cardinals-Rams - NFC Divisional Playoff: St. Louis in the white jerseys with those deep red short and fat numbers, against Los Angeles in that classic blue and gold uniform. Merlin Olsen vs. Conrad Dobler looked awesome with that color contrast.

21. January 15, 1994; Giants-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff: this is my favorite of the 3 divisional round matchups between these two teams at the Stick. The Original LT's and Phil Simms' last game was them in their classic blue and white against SFs classic red and 49er gold. In the sunshine, unlike the other two times these two met at the Bay in this round of the playoffs.

20. January 6, 2001; Dolphins-Raiders - AFC Divisional Playoff: Miami's last postseason game in aqua green pants. That, and their white jerseys and coral trim against Oakland's silver and black was  splendid.

19. December 24, 1977; Steelers-Broncos - AFC Divisional Playoff: see below for my explanation for this and the '84 matchup. This game was very nice too.

18. December 22, 1974; Bills-Steelers - AFC Divisional Playoff: the only season the Bills had their new helmets but with the old jerseys, they made it to the postseason. Their blue and white contrasted so beautifully against Pittsburgh's black and gold.

17. January 12, 1991; Bengals-Raiders - AFC Divisional Playoff: Cincinnati's last postseason before a 15-year playoff hibernation, plus Bo Jackson's last game, was a color delight. I've always liked Bengals @ Raiders games.

16. January 15, 2011; Packers-Falcons - NFC Divisional Playoff: GB in their classic gold helmets and pants with white jerseys and green numbers, against Atlanta in their black helmets with red jerseys and white pants. What's not to love?

15. January 6, 1990; Vikings-49ers - NFC Divisional Playoff:these two met at the same stadium, with the exact same uniforms, in the exact same time slot, in the exact same round of the playoffs, for three straight years. And in two straight seasons they played in sunshine. I just liked this one the best.

14. December 31, 1988; Eagles-Bears - NFC Divisional Playoff: you couldn't see most of the game. But the parts I could see, the color contrast was beautiful. Philly in the Kelly green helmets and numbers on their white jerseys, with silver pants. Then Chicago with their classic almost-black navy blue jerseys and helmets with white pants and orange trim. Great looking matchup.

13. December 30, 1984; Steelers-Broncos - AFC Divisional Playoff: this is proof that I'm not 100% consistent in my rankings; and I'm not trying to be. This same matchup happened seven seasons earlier. In the same time slot. Both teams had everything the same - pant stripes, face mask color, etc. Even the color analyst (Merlin Olsen) was the same. Only difference was Denver had it's 25th anniversary patch. I just liked the uniform matchup in this game better, even though I liked the '77 actual game result better.

12. January 3, 1982; Bills-Bengals - AFC Divisional Playoff: Buffalo in their white and blue with hints of red against Cincy in their black and orange tiger stripes. Beautiful game.

11. January 15, 1994; Raiders-Bills - AFC Divisional Playoff: Al Davis's men in their road whites with silver helmet and pants (with black numbers and letters) against the K-Gun version of red, white and blue.Great to see that day.

10. December 19, 1976; Steelers-Colts - AFC Divisional Playoff: Pittsburgh dominated on the field. Both teams with their colors clashing made for a dominant pair - black helmets with gold pants and white jerseys against Baltimore's blue and white.

9. January 12, 2003; 49ers-Buccaneers - NFC Divisional Playoff: Steve Mariucci's last Niner game wasn't kind to him, but the two teams looked great going against each other. SF in their metallic gold helmets and pants with white jerseys featuring red numbers, letters and stripes, plus Tampa's red and pewter.

8. December 18, 1976; Redskins-Vikings - NFC Divisional Playoff: full disclosure - I'm one who believes Washington should change their nickname and logo. But the burgundy/gold color scheme, when done with gold pants, is very delightful. And going against the classic Minnesota purple jerseys in the bright sunshine that day was great to see.

7. December 29, 1979; Eagles-Buccaneers - NFC Divisional Playoff: the only time these two met in Tampa with both of them wearing those unis at the same time. And it was delightful - Kelly green, silver and white against the creamsicles.

6. January 10,2004: Panthers-Rams - NFC Divisional Playoff: the last playoff game in St. Louis showed dark and bright colors in all the right spots. White, silver and hints of light blue against navy and gold. Beautiful.

5. January 15, 2005; Rams-Falcons - NFC Divisional Playoff: the last Rams playoff game was a color feast as it was them in their navy, gold and white (with gold pants, no less) against Atlanta's black helmet, red jerseys and white pants. Great thing to see.

4. January 6, 1990; Bills-Browns - AFC Divisional Playoff: red white and blue the way Buffalo did it in the K-Gun era against Cleveland's browns, orange and white. Plus Cleveland was in brown jerseys. Another visual delight.

3. December 18, 1976; Patriots-Raiders - AFC Divisional Playoff: yes, 3 games from that season made the top 10. That season was dominant uni wise during that round of the playoffs the way the SEC West was dominant in the polls for a good portion of 2014. My favorite New England uniform is the one they had when Steve Grogan, Mike Haynes, Russ Francis, John Hannah, Sam "Bam" Cunningham and others were doing their exploits. That red white and blue set going against silver and black was a treat for me.

2. January 15, 2010; Cardinals-Saints - NFC Divisional Playoff: when the Saints wear the gold pants with the white top, I can rave about the best thing about their black jerseys - the gold letters with that font on the nameplate. Those two going against each other that day was a work of uniform art.

1. December 21, 1974; Cardinals-Vikings - NFC Divisional Playoff: Yes - the top two games are the first of two Saturday games that day. Both involve 10-win Cardinal teams who lost on the road scoring 14 points while allowing 30 or more. That's just a koinkydink.  Now, onto the uni matchup. Not a whole lot of color, but it's two teams who made the most of what they had. It was two of my all-time favorites: St Louis back then in their white jerseys with short, fat, deep red numbers. And Minnesota - with the purple jerseys that looked like grape juice - regardless of the weather. Seeing those two in "the Championship Chase" in that game and other highlight films makes it a clear #1 for me.


Blog Archive