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    *                   -FAQ Written by Zephyrmaster               *
    *             Andrew Sherman - zephyrmaster@yahoo.com          *
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    Created on: 1/15/03  by zephyrmaster (zephyrmaster@yahoo.com)
    Updates: 0   Last Update: n/a                      Version: 1.00
    
    
    Table of Contents:
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    -Version History
    -Introduction
    
    1. FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
    
    2. Menu/Options Guide
     -Main Menu
     -In Game Menu
     -Options
    
    3. How To Play
     -Buttons
    
    4. Team Info/Statistics
     -Complete Team Statistics
     -All-Madden Team players
     -Indepth Team Info/Strategies
     -New NFL Team Alignments
    
    5. Season Info
     -Game listing
    
    6. Front Office Mode Information
     -Creating Players
    
    7. Offensive Plays and Strategies
     -Controls
     -Best plays
     -General strategies
    
    8. Defensive Plays and Strategies
     -Controls
     -Best plays
     -General strategies
    
    9. Special Teams Strategies
     -Controls
    
    10. General Hints and Tips
    
    11. Cheats, Easter Eggs, etc...
    
    12. Credits, Extras, etc...
    
    Version History-
    1.01 (2/24/03) - Minor changes
    
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    *                        Introduction                          *
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    Madden 2003 for the Gameboy Advance is one of a few american
    football games that can be found for the system. It was made by
    EA Sports and is almost a direct port of an older SNES Madden
    game with extras added in. Madden 2003 is a large improvement
    over the previous Madden for the GBA (2002), which didn't have
    many of the options that Madden 2003 has. Enjoy the game and
    enjoy my FAQ.
    
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    *             1. FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions               *
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    Q: Does this game have franchise mode?
    A: No, this game only has a Season Mode.
    
    Q: How do I tackle on defense?
    A: Press L.
    
    Q: How many created players can I save onto the cart?
    A: Each player takes about 2.5% of the cart's space for custom
    made characters, so: 100/2.5 = 40 players!
    
    Q: How do I save in Season Mode?
    A: The cart saves automatically in Season Mode everytime you
    finish a week.
    
    Q: How do I create the best possible player?
    A: There is no secret strategy, the best you can do is try hard
    on the training minigames.
    
    Q: Are you able to go all the way to the Superbowl if you play
    in Season Mode or does it just feature the regular season?
    A: In Season Mode you can take a team all the way to the big
    party, the Superbowl.
    
    
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    *                   2. Menus/Options Guide                     *
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    This is for people who don't own the manual or don't understand
    it. It isn't a copy from the manual.
    
    The Menus
    ---------
    
    Main Menu
    ---------
    Play Now
    Season Play
    Front Office
    Records
    
    Explanations:
    Play Now- Allows you to immediately start a game, after choosing
              the teams, weather, stadium, rules, and controllers.
              This is also how you play a multiplayer game.
    Season Play- Allows you to start or continue a Playoff or
                 Season mode.
    Front Office- Allows you to create players and trade players
                  between teams or the free agent pool.
    Records- Allows you to view the league leaders in several
             different record areas.
    
    Pause Menu
    ----------
    Resume Game
    Instant Replay
    Gameplay Options
    Call Timeout
    Substitutions
    Statistics
    Injury Reports
    NFL Records
    EA Sports Ticker
    Credits
    End Game Now
    
    Explanations:
    Resume Game- Resumes your game.
    Instant Replay- Allows you to view the last play played on the
                    field. In this mode, you use the control pad to
                    move the view point. The A button is play, the B
                    button is frame advance, the L button is rewind
                    and the R button is fast foward.
    Gameplay Options- More on this below...
    Call Timeout- Calls a timeout, which stops the clock. You only
                  have 3 timeouts in each half.
    Substitutions- Allows you to sub in and out players. Look in
                   "How to Play".
    Statistics- Game Stats: Statistical breakdown for both teams
                Team Stats: Individual stats for both teams
                Scoring Summary: Quarter by quarter breakdown of
                                 points scored.
    Injury Reports- Allows you to view the injuries of any NFL team.
                    This option is only available in Season Mode.
    NFL Records- Allows you to view the current NFL records.
    EA Sports Ticker- Allows you to see the scores of other teams in
                      the same week. Season Mode only.
    Credits- View the credits.
    End Game Now- Ends the game immediately at the current score.
    
    Options
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    Game Rules
    ----------
    Quarter Length (3,5,10,15 minutes)
    Location
    Weather (Fair, Windy, Raining, Snowing, Night, or Variable)
    Endurance (On/Off)
    Injuries (On/Off)
    Rosters (Original/Modified)
    
    Explanations:
    Quarter Length- Choose a length of quarter
    Location- (Play Now Mode only) Choose a stadium to play in.
              There are stadiums for all of the teams and some are
              domed and some are uncovered.
    Weather- (Play Now Mode only) Choose a weather mode. Dome
             stadiums aren't affected by weather conditions.
    Endurance- When Endurance is on, your players will become tired.
               When off, your players will always have full energy.
    Injuries- (Season Mode only) When On, players can become injured
              in games.
    Rosters- The modified roster is the roster with all of the
             trades and created players.
    
    Ingame Options
    --------------
    Set Audibles
    Skill Level
    Penalty Levels
    Set Offense Control
    Set Music
    Set Brightness
    Pass Catch Mode
    Passing Mode
    Quick Pass Mode
    Injury Mode
    
    Explanations:
    Set Audibles- Set audibles for offense and defense (3 each).
    Skill level- Set the skill level (Pro/All Madden) The difference
                 between the two is the AI and the speed of the
                 game. All Madden mode is faster than Pro mode.
    Penalty Levels- Set the frequency at which penalties occur.
    Set Offense Control- (Automatic/Manual) When automatic, the
                         computer decides who you control on offense.
    Set Music- (On/Off) Turn Music on or off.
    Set Brightness- Change the contrast (1-10)
    Pass Catch Mode- (Manual/Auto) When manual, you take control of
                     the reciever BEFORE the reception. If auto, you
                     only gain control of him after the reception.
    Passing Mode- (Four/Single) In four reciever mode, each button
                  corresponds to a reciever. In single reciever mode
                  there is only one eligible reciever.
    Quick Pass Mode- (On/Off) When on, you don't have to press 'A'
                     to call up a list of recievers.
    Injury Mode- (On/Off) Turn injuries on or off.
    
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    *                       3. How to Play                         *
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    Button List
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    Kicking/Punting:
    A: Snap the ball
    <- ->: Aim kick
    A: Kick the ball
    Select: Fair catch
    
    Offense (Before snap):
    <- ->: Set man in motion
    B, then A,B, or R: Call an aubible
    L: Cancel audible
    A: Snap the ball
    Select: Fake snap
    
    Running:
    Control Pad: Run in a direction
    R: Jump (Hurdle)
    L: Dive
    B: Spin
    A: Speed burst
    L: Dive/or QB slide (if QB)
    Select: Lateral the ball
    
    Passing:
    Control Pad: Move the QB
    A: Call up passing symbols (When quick pass if OFF only)
    A,B,L,R: Pass to a reciever
    Select: Throw the ball away
    
    Recieving:
    A: Select reciever
    R: Jump/Catch pass
    L: Dive
    
    Defense (Before snap):
    Control Pad: Move selected player
    L,A: Select a player
    R: Show blitz
    B: Call audible
    
    Defense:
    Control Pad: Move selected player
    A: Select defender closest to the ball
    B: Speed burst/Power Tackle
    R: Jump/Raise Hands
    L: Dive
    
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    *             4. Team Info/Statistics/Strategies               *
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    ############################
    # Complete Team Statistics #
    ############################
    
    Key
    ---
    OVERALL- Overall Rating   DL- Defensive Line
    QB- Quarterbacks          L- Linebackers
    RB- Runningbacks          S- Safties
    R- Recievers              P- Punters
    OL- Offensive Line        K- Kickers
    
    Team Name    OVERALL   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    Bears           1      2   1   1   2   1   2   2   2   1
    
    Bengal          1      1   2   1   1   1   1   1   2   3
    
    Bills           2      2   1   3   2   1   2   2   2   1
    
    Broncos         3      2   3   3   3   2   2   2   3   3
    
    Browns          2      1   1   1   2   2   2   2   3   4
    
    Buccaneers      3      2   2   3   3   3   2   2   2   2
    
    Cardinals       2      2   1   1   2   1   2   2   3   2
    
    Chargers        2      1   2   2   1   2   3   2   1   2
    
    Chiefs          2      2   3   2   2   1   2   1   1   2
    
    Team Name    OVERALL   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    
    Colts           1      3   1   2   1   1   2   1   2   3
    
    Cowboys         2      1   1   1   2   2   2   2   2   3
    
    Dolphins        2      2   2   1   2   1   1   2   3   1
    
    Eagles          2      2   1   2   1   2   2   3   2   2
    
    Falcons         1      2   1   1   1   1   2   2   2   2
    
    49'ers          2      3   2   2   1   1   2   2   1   1
    
    Giants          2      2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2
    
    Jaguars         1      2   2   1   1   1   2   1   2   1
    
    Jets            2      1   2   2   1   1   2   2   1   1
    
    Team Name    OVERALL   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    
    Lions           1      1   1   2   1   2   2   2   1   2
    
    Packers         2      3   2   2   1   1   2   3   1   2
    
    Panthers        1      1   1   2   1   1   2   2   2   3
    
    Patriots        2      2   1   2   2   1   2   3   2   2
    
    Raiders         2      2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2
    
    Rams            2      3   2   3   2   1   2   2   2   1
    
    Ravens          1      1   2   2   1   1   3   1   3   3
    
    Redskins        2      1   1   2   2   2   3   2   2   2
    
    Team Name    OVERALL   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    
    Saints          2      2   2   2   1   1   2   2   3   2
    
    Seahawks        2      2   2   2   1   2   2   2   1   3
    
    Steelers        2      2   2   2   2   1   2   3   2   2
    
    Texans          1      2   2   2   2   1   2   2   1   1
    
    Titans          2      2   3   3   2   1   2   2   1   2
    
    Vikings         2      3   2   3   1   1   1   1   3   3
    
    All-Madden      3      3   3   3   3   3   3   3   3   3
    
    Overview-
    ---------
    
    Best Teams:
    All Madden, Buccaneers, Broncos
    
    Worst Teams:
    Bears, Bengals, Lions, Panthers
    
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    # All-Madden Team Player Information #
    ######################################
    
    QB: Brett Farve (Packers), Jeff Garcia (49'ers), Kurt Warner
        (Rams)
    RB: Marshall Faulk (Rams), A. Green, Garrison Hearst (49'ers)
        Ricky Williams (Saints), A. Thomas
    WR: Terrell Owens (49'ers), Issac Bruce (Rams), J. Horn, Marvin
        Harrison (Colts), M. Booker, Kevin Johnson
    TE: Shannon Sharpe (Ravens), Tony Gonzalez, W. Walls
    OL: O. Pace, Leroy Allen, M. Birk, Timmerman, J. Ruyan, Tony
        Boselli, R. Brown, E. Mulitalo
    LB: C. Brown, Brian Urlacher (Bears), J. Trotter, D. Brooks
        Keith Brooking (Falcons!), Jesse Armstead, D. Woodson
    CB: A. Plummer, A. Williams, T. Vincent, D. Abraham
    S: B. Dawkins, J. Lynch, M. Mckenzie (Packers), S. Knight
    K: Gramatica
    P: D. Bennett
    KR: J. Horn, Marvin Harrison
    PR: J. Horn
    
    #################################
    # In Depth Team Info/Strategies #
    #################################
    
    Bears
    -----
    City: Chicago
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       1      2   1   1   2   1   2   2   2   1
    
    Key Players:
    Brian Urlacher (LB) - Pro Bowl Linebacker
    
    Strategy:
    Split between pass and run, the Bears have no key advantages
    in either category. The Bears are a pretty lackluster team
    and on offense yardage will be hard to garner. The defense of
    the Bears is better than their offense, and they have some
    bright spots (such as Urlacher).
    
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    Bengals
    -------
    City: Cinncinati
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       1      1   2   1   1   1   1   1   2   3
    
    Key Players:
    Corey Dillion (RB) - Good, solid running back
    
    Strategy:
    Keep the ball on the ground most of the time, and regulate your
    passes to short ones. The Bengals don't have a good QB, so
    running will probably be the dominate strategy with this team.
    The Bengals' defense is horrid, so be careful and play wisely or
    else better teams will score big gains against your weak
    offense.
    
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    Bills
    -----
    City: Buffalo
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      2   1   3   2   1   2   2   2   1
    
    Key Players:
    None
    
    Strategy:
    Survive. The Bills have a mediocre offense and a mediocre
    defense to go with it. Even though they don't have any super
    strong points, they are a fairly good team overall; if used
    properly. Concentrate on passing, from short lobs and screens
    to long bombs down the field. Mix in a few running plays to
    keep the defense guessing, but primarily concentrate on passing
    the ball. The Bills' defense isn't that bad, but you can't
    always depend on your defense to win you a game.
    
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    Broncos
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    City: Denver
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       3      2   3   3   3   2   2   2   3   3
    
    Key Players:
    Brian Griese (QB) - Mediocre quarterback
    Terrell Davis (RB) - Great running back.
    
    Strategy:
    The Broncos are one of the highest rated teams in Madden 2003,
    yet they didn't even make the playoffs in real life... Regard-
    less, the Broncos are a good team that is solid all around. The
    strongest point of the offense is the great Terrell Davis, who
    is one of the best runningbacks currently in the league. Griese,
    the QB, isn't that great, so I would recommend a largely
    conservative offense with running the focal point of the offense
    in the games. The defense of the Broncos is good, and you should
    not have to much problem stopping drives. One interesting facet
    of the Broncos is their superb kicker, Jason Elam, who holds the
    record for longest field goal ever.
    
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    Browns
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    City: Clevland
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      1   1   1   2   2   2   2   3   1
    
    Key Players:
    None
    
    Strategy:
    The Browns have a no name offense and a lackluster defense. The
    QB, Holcomb, is young and not a superb player. On offense, you
    just have to scrape whatever yardage you can with this team,
    whether on the ground or in the air. The quarterbacks, running-
    backs, and recievers are all no-name players. The defense of
    the Browns is much better than their offense, and that is the
    only factor making the Browns a viable team.
    
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    Buccaneers
    ----------
    City: Tampa Bay
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       3      2   2   3   3   3   2   2   2   2
    
    Key Players:
    Mike Alstot (FB) - Stong fullback
    Brad Johnson (QB) - Good quaterback
    Keyshawn Johnson (WR) - Superb wide reciever
    
    Strategy:
    The divisional rivals of my personal favorite team, even people
    who dislike the Buccaneers must admit that they have a very
    stacked team, packed with star players. The Tampa Bay offense
    has everything they need to either run or pass the ball
    effectively. Personally, I would recommend that you pass the
    ball more than you run it because the Buccaneer's passer and
    recievers are so good. The defense of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    is their strongest point. They have superb lineman, with the
    likes of Warren Sapp providing superb protection for the QB or
    pressuring the opposing QB. This team is the second best team
    in the game right behind the All-Madden Team.
    
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    Cardinals
    ---------
    City: Arizona (Pheonix)
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      2   1   1   2   1   2   2   3   2
    
    Key Players:
    Jake Plummer (QB) - Above average quaterback
    
    Strategy:
    Tilt the offense toward passing the ball rather than running it.
    The Cardinals have almost no good running game, so passing is
    one of the only choices. Spread out your passes, because there
    is no great reciever that you should hit repeatedly. Don't
    exclude runs from your offense totally though; make sure that
    you run the ball occasionally, preferablly toward the outside of
    the field. The defense of the Cardinals is mediocre, and you'll
    probably want to concentrate on protecting against the run.
    
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    Chargers
    --------
    City: San Diego
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      1   2   2   1   2   3   2   1   2
    
    Key Players:
    None
    
    Strategy:
    On offense, almost everything about this team is pointing toward
    running plays rather than passing plays. Even though the they
    don't have any good running backs, their passing unit is even
    worse. The offensive line is very poor quality, and so is the
    quarterback. Tilt your offense toward running plays, but be
    careful to avoid 3rd and long situations. The defense of the
    Chargers is good, especially against the pass.
    
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    Chiefs
    ------
    City: Kansas City
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      2   3   2   2   1   2   1   1   2
    
    Key Players:
    None
    
    Strategy:
    The Chiefs have a fairly high-powered offense but at the expense
    of their defense. On offense, spread your plays out between
    passes and runs. A set of downs could look like this: 1st- Run
    up the middle, 2nd- Short pass or run, 3rd- Pass. Take some
    shots down field on 1st down occasionally, because the Chiefs
    have a unit that could possibly garner big gains. The defense
    of the Chiefs is weak, especially against the run.
    
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    Colts
    -----
    City: Indianapolis
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       1      3   1   2   1   1   2   1   2   3
    
    Key Players:
    Peyton Manning (QB) - Great quaterback
    Marvin Harrison (WR) - Superb wide reciever
    
    Strategy:
    Tilt your offensive strategy far toward passing the ball. EA
    Sports gave Peyton Manning a very nice rating, and the Colts
    have some good recievers for him to pass the ball to. The Colts
    are a high-powered passing orientated offense, so you shouldn't
    be reluctant to launch some some long bombs down the field. Mix
    in a few running plays, but be aware that you can't depend on
    the run with such poor runningbacks. The defense of the Colts is
    horrid, they preform poorly against the run and the pass. Call
    your plays very wisely on defense.
    
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    Cowboys
    -------
    City: Dallas
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      1   1   1   2   2   2   2   2   3
    
    Key Players:
    None
    
    Strategy:
    Ouch. The Cowboys have one of the most lackluster offenses in
    the NFL. They don't have any key or even star players on offense
    (unless you count Emmitt Smith, who is much past his prime), and
    you will have a hard time generating successful drives with this
    team. The running unit is spearheaded by Emmitt Smith, a superb
    runningback who is just to far past his prime to be very
    effective. The quarterback is very young, and the recievers are
    not any good. Spread out your plays between pass and run plays
    until you find something that works well against the team you
    are facing. The defense of the Cowboys isn't as bad, and it
    actually could be considered "good". If you call your defensive
    plays wisely, you should be able to stop drives.
    
    Computer AI Notes: When you face the Cowboys, they like the run
    much more than the pass. In fact, they almost exclusively run
    the ball, only passing when necessary!
    
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    Dolphins
    --------
    City: Miami
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      2   2   1   2   1   1   2   3   1
    
    Key Players:
    Jay Fielder (QB) - Above average quarterback
    Ricky Williams (RB) - Great young runningback
    
    Strategy:
    The offense of the Dolphins is merely average. The Dolphins have
    a good quarterback and runningback, so you should have a healthy
    mix of pass and run plays in your offensive repetoire. The
    receivers of the Dolphins are very poor quality, so you should
    pass some nice screen passes to confuse the defense. The defense
    of the Dolphins is bad, especially against the run. Take special
    care in 1st down situations, because many teams chould have
    great running gains if you call the wrong play.
    
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    Eagles
    ------
    City: Philadelphia
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      2   1   2   1   2   2   3   2   2
    
    Key Players:
    Donavan McNabb (QB) - Tough QB who is an accurate passer
    Duce Staley (RB) - Solid runningback
    
    Strategy:
    Above average team. On offense, concentrate on forming a good
    passing game. You should tilt your overall choices toward passes,
    but once you have developed a good passing game, then you should
    start using running plays. The offensive line of the Eagles is
    not great, so be careful of defenders who penetrate through your
    linemen. On defense, the Eagles are great. Choose your plays
    wisely and your should stop the opposing offenses.
    
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    Falcons
    -------
    City: Atlanta
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       1      2   1   1   1   1   2   2   2   2
    
    Key Players:
    Michael Vick (QB) - Extremely fast, accurate passer
    
    Strategy:
    Editorial Comment- The Falcons are my favorite team.
    They have various weaknesses, including most of their offensive
    unit and their linemen. On offense, you should concentrate on
    passing plays with a few running plays utilizing Michael Vick's
    speed or Warrick Dunn's abilities. The offensive line of the
    Falcons is bad, so watch out for sacks. On defense, the Falcons
    are weak against the run. Use blitzes to pressure the quarter-
    back and to stop running plays.
    
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    49'ers
    ------
    City: San Francisco
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      3   2   2   1   1   2   2   1   1
    
    Key Players:
    Jeff Garcia (QB) - A good quaterback (overrated in my opinion)
    Garrison Hearst (RB) - Hardworking runningback
    
    Strategy:
    The 49'ers have a very lopsided team which is primarily offense
    geared team. They have a great quarterback and good wide
    recievers and runningbacks, so you should spread your offense
    between passes and run plays to keep the defense on their toes.
    On offense you have the capability to pull off almost every play
    (such as long bombs or trick runs), so your should vary your
    play selection a lot. On defense, the 49'ers are very weak
    against the run, so you should concentrate on throwing a variety
    of blitzes and tight defenses against the other team.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Giants
    ------
    City: New York
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2
    
    Key Players:
    Kerry Collins (QB) - Solid quaterback
    
    Strategy:
    A very average team. The ratings for this team are all 2, and
    they are only team with all of the same rating! On offense, you
    should spread your plays evenly between run and pass plays. On
    defense, just call plays based on what you believe the computer
    is going to do on offense.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Jaguars
    -------
    City: Jacksonville
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       1      2   2   1   1   1   2   1   2   1
    
    Key Players:
    Mark Brunell (QB) - Great quaterback
    
    Strategy:
    The Jaguars have a below average team on both sides of the ball.
    On offense, try to get whatever yardage you can by using run and
    pass plays effectively. You should probably lean toward a game
    of passes rather than one that concentrates on running the ball.
    The Jaguars have poor linemen, so your quarterback will be
    pressured often. On defense, the Jags have weak linemen and a
    weak secondary! Make sure you call wise defensive plays or else
    the opposing team could have huge gains against your defense.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Jets
    ----
    City: New York
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      1   2   2   1   1   2   2   1   1
    
    Key Players:
    Chad Pennington (QB) - Very young QB who is showing some skill
    
    Strategy:
    The Jets are a below average team on both offense and defense.
    On offense, tilt your plays toward the run, because the Jets'
    quarterback isn't that great. The offensive line of the Jets
    is very weak, so try to run toward the outside or do short
    passes with the quarterback. On defense, the greatest weakness
    of the Jets is their run defense and their ability to pressure
    the quarterback. Use blitzes and run defense plays to prevent
    large running plays and to pressure the opposing the opponent's
    quarterback.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Lions
    -----
    City: Detroit
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       1      1   1   2   1   2   2   2   1   2
    
    Key Players:
    None
    
    Strategy:
    The Lions have really no good players to carry them on offense
    or defense. On offense, try to scrape whatever yards and points
    you can by spreading your offensive strategy between pass and
    running plays until you find strategies that work. If you are
    having tremendous trouble, try running toward the outside or
    shorter passes. On defense, the Lions are average against both
    the pass and the run.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Packers
    -------
    City: Green Bay
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      3   2   2   1   1   2   3   1   2
    
    Key Players:
    Brett Farve (QB) - Future hall-of-famer, one of the greatest
                       quarterbacks ever.
    
    Strategy:
    The only notable weakness in this team is the linemen on both
    sides of the ball. On offense, concentrate on creating a nice
    mix of pass and run plays, leaning slightly toward a passing
    offense. Brett Farve is one of the greatest quarterbacks ever
    and you should exploit his skill. Ahman Green, the Packers main
    runningback, is a solid runningback who can gain major yardage
    if used well. The offensive line may not give you much time to
    pass the ball, so be ready to try to avoid sacks or pass the
    ball quickly. On defense, the Packers have a much better pass
    defense than run defense. If the offense is showing run, move
    your players up to the line or call an audible that is good
    against the run.
    
    Computer AI:
    The Packers, when controlled by the computer, loves to exploit
    defenses for long passes. Early in the game the Packers usually
    throw a variety of passes with just a few runs. Once they gain
    a lead, they lean more towards their running game. Watch out
    for the long bomb though.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Panthers
    --------
    City: Carolina (?)
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       1      1   1   2   1   1   2   2   2   3
    
    Key Players:
    None
    
    Strategy:
    Scrap what you can. The brightest part of this team is their
    defense, which, while not great, is much better than their
    pathetic offensive capabilities. Mix up your plays with this
    team until you find some strategies that you like, passes and
    runs should be used and mixed around. The linemen on this team
    are very bad, on either side of the ball. On defense, be ready
    for running plays, and on offense be ready to be pressured by
    the opposing team.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Patriots
    --------
    City: New England (?)
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      2   1   2   2   1   2   3   2   2
    
    Key Players:
    Tom Brady (QB) - Superbowl winning QB who was chosen over Drew
                     Bledsoe.
    
    Strategy:
    On offense, concentrate on passing the ball. If you find that
    you can pass fairly consistently or can't pass at all, then you
    should start intergrating running plays into your offense. In
    most games you should have a mix of runs and passes that leans
    toward passing plays. The defense of the Patriots is good, but
    they are a little weak against the run. If you think the
    opposing team is going to run the ball, than don't be afraid to
    play a 3-4 blitz play, because the Patriots' secondary is very
    good.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Raiders
    -------
    City: Oakland
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2   2
    
    Key Players:
    Rich Gannon (QB) - Great passer, though he is aging (37). He won
                       the MVP award.
    Jerry Rice (WR) - Aging wide reciever, who holds many of the
                      NFL records in recieving. One of the greatest
                      recievers ever.
    
    Strategy:
    Run and pass your way to victory. Even though this team looks
    very "average", they do have some really good star players
    hidden in their team. In fact, they made it to the superbowl
    this season! On the offensive side of the ball, you should tilt
    your play calling toward passing. Running is difficult with the
    Raiders because they don't have a big name runningback. The
    defense of the Raiders is good, but in real life they are prone
    to penalities.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Rams
    ----
    City: St. Louis
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      3   2   3   2   1   2   2   2   1
    
    Key Players:
    Kurt Warner (QB) - One of the best passers in the game, when
                       he is healthy.
    Marshall Faulk (RB) - Great runningback
    Issac Bruce (WR) - Good wide reciever
    
    Strategy:
    Pass the ball! The Rams have a high geared offense that is
    perfect for long shots down field and long pass attempts. Use a
    variety of pass plays mixing different routes and formations.
    Even though you should concentrate on passing, don't be afraid
    to run the ball because the Rams have a good running offense in
    addition to one of the best passing offenses! The defense of the
    Rams is mediocre, and they have problems in pressuring the
    opposing quaterback. The oddest thing about this team is what
    happened in real life. Warner went 0-5, and when he became
    injured, the third stringer won 5 straight. After Warners return
    the team continued to lose...
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Ravens
    ------
    City: Baltimore
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       1      1   2   2   1   1   3   1   3   3
    
    Key Players:
    J. Lewis (RB) - Mediocre runningback
    
    Strategy:
    What a fall from grace huh? The former NFL champions' ratings
    in Madden 2003 are terrible, and with good reason. The passing
    game for the Ravens is horrible. Even with the acquisition of
    Elvis Gerbac and the dropping of Trent Dilfer, the passing game
    of the Ravens needs a lot of work. The best part of this team is
    in the defense, but not all of it. Only the linebackers on this
    team are good. On offense, run the ball more than you pass it,
    and try to find plays that work for you.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Redskins
    --------
    City: Washington (D.C.)
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      1   1   2   2   2   3   2   2   2
    
    Key Players:
    None
    
    Strategy:
    Scrap what you can. The brightest part of this team is their
    defense, which, while not great, is much better than their
    pathetic offensive capabilities. Mix up your plays with this
    team until you find some strategies that you like, passes and
    runs should be used and mixed around.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Saints
    ------
    City: New Orleans
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      2   2   2   1   1   2   2   3   2
    
    Key Players:
    None
    
    Strategy:
    An almost average team. They have a great young running back in
    Ricky Williams, and their quarterback is also fairly young. Run
    the ball a lot with this team, and mix the running offense with
    trick plays and a mixture of passes. Your QB isn't very
    protected  when you play this team, so be careful not to be
    sacked.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Seahawks
    --------
    City: Seattle
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      2   2   2   1   2   2   2   1   3
    
    Key Players:
    None
    
    Strategy:
    One of the most average teams in the league. Vary your offense
    when playing the Seahawks, mix a variety of passes with
    different running plays until you find a weakness in the offense
    you believe that you can exploit.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Steelers
    --------
    City: Pittsburgh
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      2   2   2   2   1   2   3   2   2
    
    Key Players:
    Tommy Maddox (QB) - Came from the laughed at XFL to
                        become the comeback player of the
                        year! Good solid QB.
    Jerome Bettis (RB) - Aging running back who can still
                         break tackles. Nickname: The Bus
    
    Strategy:
    The Steelers have a fairly good team, and if played correctly
    can easily make the playoffs. While most of their players are
    just above average, they do have some obvious weaknesses. Pass
    the ball a lot with this team, but throw in some up the middle
    runs with Jerome Bettis to gain some extra yardage and throw
    the defense off.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Texans
    ------
    City: Houston
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       1      2   2   2   2   1   2   2   1   1
    
    Key Players:
    None
    
    Strategy:
    The Texans are a below average team due to their only recent
    induction into the NFL. They do have a fairly good running back
    and QB, so splitting plays between running and passing plays is
    a great strategy. The defense of the Texans isn't very bad, and
    you should be able to stop many drives with wise play calling.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Titans
    ------
    City: Tennessee
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      2   3   3   2   1   2   2   1   2
    
    Key Players:
    Steve McNair (QB) - Strong, accurate passer
    Eddie George (RB) - Great running back
    
    Strategy:
    The Titans are a very good balanced team. Steve McNair is one of
    the best quarterbacks in the game, and when Eddie George is
    healthy he can be deadly to the opposing team. With the Titans
    you should have a healthy balance between running and passing,
    because the Titans can do each one very effectively.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Vikings
    -------
    City: Minnesota (?)
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       2      3   2   3   1   1   1   1   3   3
    
    Key Players:
    Randy Moss (WR) - Very fast wide reciever
    Daute Culpepper (QB) - Strong, mobile, accurate passer
    
    Strategy:
    Focus on the passing game because the Vikings have problems
    trying to run the ball. The Vikings also has a poor defense,
    so be ready for big gains by the opposing team. When passing,
    Randy Moss should be your main target, as he can blow past
    defenders if used correctly.
    
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    
    All-Madden
    ----------
    City: None
    Ratings:
    Overall   QB  RB  R   OL  DL  L   S   P   K
       3      3   3   3   3   3   3   3   3   3
    
    Key Players:
    Brett Farve (QB) - One of the greatest quarterbacks of all time
    Marshall Faulk (RB) - Superb running back
    
    Strategy:
    Run and pass at will. The All-Madden team has drastically better
    players than any other team. Passing with this team is great
    because of Brett Farve, who is a superb passer. Running is also
    a breeze with Marshall Faulk, who can break tackles fairly
    easily while running at a good pace.
    
    #######################
    # New Team Alignments #
    #######################
    
    The NFL recently made changes to the NFL team alignments in
    their divisions.
    
    AFC
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    EAST  | Buffalo    Miami New     England        N.Y. Jets
    NORTH | Baltimore  Cincinnati    Cleveland      Pittsburgh
    SOUTH | Houston    Indianapolis  Jacksonville   Tennessee
    WEST  | Denver     Kansas City   Oakland San    Diego
    
    
    NFC
    ----------------------------------------------------------------
    EAST  | Dallas    N.Y. Giants   Philadelphia    Washington
    NORTH | Chicago   Detroit       Green Bay       Minnesota
    SOUTH | Atlanta   Carolina      New Orleans     Tampa Bay
    WEST  | Arizona   St. Louis     San Francisco   Seattle
    
    
    ****************************************************************
    *                      5. Season Info                          *
    ****************************************************************
    
    ################
    # Season Games # + Real scores!
    ################
    
    Compare your season to the real one, or just see what happened
    in real life!
    
    WEEK 1
    ------
    
    San Francisco 16, N.Y. Giants 13
    Washington 31, Arizona 23
    Green Bay 37, Atlanta 34 (OT)
    Carolina 10, Baltimore 7
    Miami 49, Detroit 21
    Indianapolis 28, Jacksonville 25
    Kansas City 40, Cleveland 39
    Chicago 27, Minnesota 23
    N.Y. Jets 37, Buffalo 31 (OT)
    Tennessee 27, Philadelphia 24
    San Diego 34, Cincinnati 6
    New Orleans 26, Tampa Bay 20 (OT)
    Oakland 31, Seattle 17
    Denver 23, St. Louis 16
    Houston 19, Dallas 10
    New England 30, Pittsburgh 14
    
    WEEK 2
    ------
    
    Chicago 14, Atlanta 13
    Cleveland 20, Cincinnati 7
    Carolina 31, Detroit 7
    New Orleans 35, Green Bay 20
    Jacksonville 23, Kansas City 16
    Miami 21, Indianapolis 13
    New England 44, N.Y. Jets 7
    Tampa Bay 25, Baltimore 0
    Dallas 21, Tennessee 13
    Arizona 24, Seattle 13
    N.Y. Giants 26, St. Louis 21
    Buffalo 45, Minnesota 39 (OT)
    Denver 24, San Francisco 14
    San Diego 24, Houston 3
    Oakland 30, Pittsburgh 17
    Philadelphia 37, Washington 7
    
    WEEK 3
    ------
    
    Carolina 21, Minnesota 14
    Cleveland 31, Tennessee 28 (OT)
    Philadelphia 44, Dallas 13
    Indianapolis 23, Houston 3
    New England 41, Kansas City 38 (OT)
    New Orleans 29, Chicago 23
    Miami 30, N.Y. Jets 3
    Denver 28, Buffalo 23
    San Diego 23, Arizona 15
    Green Bay 37, Detroit 31
    N.Y. Giants 9, Seattle 6
    San Francisco 20, Washington 10
    Atlanta 30, Cincinnati 3
    Tampa Bay 26, St. Louis 14
    
    Open date: Baltimore, Jacksonville, Oakland, Pittsburgh
    
    WEEK 4
    ------
    
    Green Bay 17, Carolina 14
    Buffalo 33, Chicago 27 (OT)
    Pittsburgh 16, Cleveland 13 (OT)
    Dallas 13, St. Louis 10
    Philadelphia 35, Houston 17
    Kansas City 48, Miami 30
    Detroit 26, New Orleans 21
    Jacksonville 28, N.Y. Jets 3
    Arizona 21, N.Y. Giants 7
    Tampa Bay 35, Cincinnati 7
    San Diego 21, New England 14
    Oakland 52, Tennessee 25
    Seattle 48, Minnesota 23
    Baltimore 34, Denver 23
    
    Open date: Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Washington
    
    
    WEEK 5
    ------
    
    Arizona 16, Carolina 13
    Indianapolis 28, Cincinnati 21
    Miami 26, New England 13
    N.Y. Giants 21, Dallas 17
    Oakland 49, Buffalo 31
    New Orleans 32, Pittsburgh 29
    Tampa Bay 20, Atlanta 6
    Washington 31, Tennessee 14
    Kansas City 29, N.Y. Jets 25
    Denver 26, San Diego 9
    Jacksonville 28, Philadelphia 25
    San Francisco 37, St. Louis 13
    Baltimore 26, Cleveland 21
    Green Bay 34, Chicago 21
    
    Open date: Detroit, Houston, Minnesota, Seattle
    
    
    WEEK 6
    ------
    
    Atlanta 17, N.Y. Giants 10
    Indianapolis 22, Baltimore 20
    Buffalo 31, Houston 24
    Dallas 14, Carolina 13
    Tampa Bay 17, Cleveland 3
    Minnesota 31, Detroit 24
    Green Bay 28, New England 10
    New Orleans 43, Washington 27
    Pittsburgh 34, Cincinnati 7
    Tennessee 23, Jacksonville 1
    San Diego 35, Kansas City 34
    St. Louis 28, Oakland 13
    Miami 24, Denver 22
    San Francisco 28, Seattle 21
    
    Open date: Arizona, Chicago, N.Y. Jets, Philadelphia
    
    WEEK 7
    ------
    
    Buffalo 23, Miami 10
    Atlanta 30, Carolina 0
    Detroit 23, Chicago 20 (OT)
    Denver 37, Kansas City 34 (OT)
    Baltimore 17, Jacksonville 10
    N.Y. Jets 20, Minnesota
    St. Louis 37, Seattle 20
    New Orleans 35, San Francisco 27
    Cleveland 34, Houston 17
    San Diego 27, Oakland 21 (OT)
    Arizona 9, Dallas 6 (OT)
    Philadelphia 20, Tampa Bay 10
    Green Bay 30, Washington 9
    Pittsburgh 28, Indianapolis 10
    
    Open date: Cincinnati, New England, N.Y. Giants, Tennessee
    
    WEEK 8
    ------
    
    Atlanta 37, New Orleans 35
    Minnesota 25, Chicago 7
    Cleveland 24, N.Y. Jets 21
    Buffalo 24, Detroit 17
    Kansas City 20, Oakland 10
    Pittsburgh 31, Baltimore 18
    Seattle 17, Dallas 14
    Tampa Bay 12, Carolina 9
    Tennessee 30, Cincinnati 24
    San Francisco 38, Arizona 28
    Denver 24, New England 16
    Houston 21, Jacksonville 19
    Washington 26, Indianapolis 21
    Philadelphia 17, N.Y. Giants 3
    
    Open date: Green Bay, Miami, San Diego, St. Louis
    
    WEEK 9
    ------
    
    Atlanta 20, Baltimore 17
    Cincinnati 38, Houston 3
    Detroit 9, Dallas 7
    Tampa Bay 38, Minnesota 24
    New England 38, Buffalo 7
    Philadelphia 19, Chicago 13
    Pittsburgh 23, Cleveland 20
    Tennessee 23, Indianapolis 15
    N.Y. Jets 44, San Diego 13
    San Francisco 23, Oakland 20 (OT)
    St. Louis 27, Arizona 14
    Washington 14, Seattle 3
    N.Y. Giants 24, Jacksonville 17
    Green Bay 24, Miami 10
    
    Open date: Carolina, Denver, Kansas City, New Orleans
    
    WEEK 10
    -------
    
    Pittsburgh 34, Atlanta 34 (OT)
    Baltimore 38, Cincinnati 27
    Green Bay 40, Detroit 14
    Tennessee 17, Houston 10
    Indianapolis 35, Philadelphia 13
    New Orleans 34, Carolina 24
    N.Y. Giants 27, Minnesota 20
    St. Louis 28, San Diego 24
    Seattle 27, Arizona 6
    Jacksonville 26, Washington 7
    San Francisco 17, Kansas City 13
    New England 33, Chicago 30
    N.Y. Jets 13, Miami 10
    Oakland 34, Denver 10
    
    Open date: Buffalo, Cleveland, Dallas, Tampa Bay
    
    WEEK 11
    -------
    
    Philadelphia 38, Arizona 14
    Kansas City 17, Buffalo 16
    Cleveland 27, Cincinnati 20
    Indianapolis 20, Dallas 3
    Minnesota 31, Green Bay 21
    Jacksonville 24, Houston 21
    Atlanta 24, New Orleans 17
    Tennessee 31, Pittsburgh 23
    N.Y. Giants 19, Washington 17
    Tampa Bay 23, Carolina 10
    San Diego 20, San Francisco 17 (OT)
    Miami 26, Baltimore 7
    Denver 31, Seattle 9
    N.Y. Jets 31, Detroit 14
    Oakland 27, New England 20
    St. Louis 21, Chicago 16
    
    WEEK 12
    -------
    
    Atlanta 41, Carolina 0
    N.Y. Jets 31, Buffalo 13
    Pittsburgh 29, Cincinnati 21
    Cleveland 24, New Orleans 15
    Chicago 20, Detroit 17 (OT)
    Dallas 21, Jacksonville 19
    New England 24, Minnesota 17
    Miami 30, San Diego 3
    Washington 20, St. Louis 17
    Baltimore 13, Tennessee 12
    Seattle 39, Kansas City 32
    Oakland 41, Arizona 20
    Tampa Bay 21, Green Bay 7
    Houston 16, N.Y. Giants 14
    Indianapolis 23, Denver 20 (OT)
    Philadelphia 38, San Francisco 17
    
    WEEK 13
    -------
    
    New England 20, Detroit 12
    Dallas 27, Washington 20
    Kansas City 49, Arizona 0
    Atlanta 30, Minnesota 24 (OT)
    Baltimore 27, Cincinnati 23
    Carolina 13, Cleveland 6
    Green Bay 30, Chicago 20
    Buffalo 38, Miami 21
    Pittsburgh 25, Jacksonville 23
    Tennessee 32, N.Y. Giants 29 (OT)
    San Diego 30, Denver 27 (OT)
    Indianapolis 19, Houston 3
    San Francisco 31, Seattle 24
    Philadelphia 10, St. Louis 3
    New Orleans 23, Tampa Bay 20
    Oakland 26, N.Y. Jets 20
    
    WEEK 14
    -------
    
    Tampa Bay 34, Atlanta 10
    New England 27, Buffalo 17
    Carolina 52, Cincinnati 31
    Cleveland 21, Jacksonville 20
    Houston 24, Pittsburgh 6
    Tennessee 27, Indianapolis 17
    N.Y. Giants 27, Washington 21
    San Francisco 31, Dallas 27
    Kansas City 49, St. Louis 10
    Arizona 23, Detroit 20 (OT)
    New Orleans 37, Baltimore 25
    Philadelphia 27, Seattle 20
    N.Y. Jets 19, Denver 13
    Oakland 27, San Diego 7
    Green Bay 26, Minnesota 22
    Miami 27, Chicago 9
    
    WEEK 15
    -------
    
    Baltimore 23, Houston 19
    Pittsburgh 30, Carolina 14
    Indianapolis 28, Cleveland 23
    Jacksonville 29, Cincinnati 15
    Minnesota 32, New Orleans 31
    Chicago 20, N.Y. Jets 13
    Miami 23, Oakland 17
    Buffalo 20, San Diego 13
    Seattle 30, Atlanta 24 (OT)
    Tampa Bay 23, Detroit 20
    Philadelphia 34, Washington 21
    Denver 31, Kansas City 24
    N.Y. Giants 37, Dallas 7
    Green Bay 20, San Francisco 14
    St. Louis 30, Arizona 28
    Tennessee 24, New England 7
    
    WEEK 16
    -------
    
    Minnesota 20, Miami 17
    San Francisco 17, Arizona 14
    Philadelphia 27, Dallas 3
    Green Bay 10, Buffalo 0
    Carolina 24, Chicago 14
    Atlanta 36, Detroit 15
    Washington 26, Houston 10
    Cincinnati 20, New Orleans 13
    N.Y. Giants 44, Indianapolis 27
    Kansas City 24, San Diego 22
    Tennessee 28, Jacksonville 10
    Seattle 30, St. Louis 10
    Cleveland 14, Baltimore 13
    Oakland 28, Denver 16
    N.Y. Jets 30, New England 17
    Pittsburgh 17, Tampa Bay 7
    
    WEEK 17
    -------
    
    N.Y. Giants 10, Philadelphia 7 (OT)
    Oakland 24, Kansas City 0
    Cleveland 24, Atlanta 16
    Pittsburgh 34, Baltimore 31
    Carolina 10, New Orleans 6
    Buffalo 27, Cincinnati 9
    Washington 20, Dallas 14
    New England 27, Miami 24 (OT)
    Minnesota 38, Detroit 36
    Tennessee 13, Houston 3
    Indianapolis 20, Jacksonville 13
    Denver 37, Arizona 7
    N.Y. Jets 42, Green Bay 17
    Seattle 31, San Diego 28 (OT)
    Tampa Bay 15, Chicago 0
    St. Louis 31, San Francisco 20
    
    POSTSEASON
    ----------
    
    Wild Card Weekend
    
    N.Y. Jets 41, Indianapolis 0
    Atlanta 27, Green Bay 7
    
    Pittsburgh 36, Cleveland 33
    San Francisco 39, N.Y. Giants 38
    
                 ---
    
    Divisional Playoffs
    
    Tennessee 34, Pittsburgh 31 (OT)
    Philadelphia 20, Atlanta 6   =(
    
    Tampa Bay 31, San Francisco 6
    Oakland 30, N.Y. Jets 10
    
                 ---
    
    Conference Championships
    
    Tampa Bay 27, Philadelphia 10
    Oakland 41, Tennessee 24
    
                 ---
    
    Superbowl XXXVII
    
    Oakland (?), Tampa Bay (?)
    
    ****************************************************************
    *                    6. Front Office Mode                      *
    ****************************************************************
    
    In Front Office Mode you can create players, trade players in
    between teams, edit rosters, and delete rosters.
    
    #####################
    # Creating a Player #
    #####################
    
    When you create a player you must go through these steps:
    
    1. Name your player
    2. Assign player attributes (height, weight, team, position)
    3. Play the minigames
    4. Assign the player to a team
    
    Minigame/Training Guide (Running the Combine)
    -----------------------
    
    Note: The "Instructions" are NOT copied from the manual, and
    instead are rewritten from it with extra unmentioned info.
    
    40-Yard Dash:
    Instructions- After pressing start to begin the event, press
                  the L and R buttons alternately. The faster you
                  press the buttons, the faster your player goes.
           Hints- This event is very hard, and it will take a lot
                  of practice to become good at it. If you don't
                  press them alternately, you will slow down
                  drastically if you are going fast.
    
    Obstacle Course:
    Instructions- After starting the event, hold down the A button
                  to accelerate. Use the control pad to weave around
                  the different colored dummies. Go to the left of
                  the blue dummies, and go to the right of the red
                  dummies. Making a mistake costs you 2 seconds
           Hints- Really avoid hitting any dummies because they
                  completely stop your player, wasting you precious
                  seconds to speed up again.
    
    Coach Rogers:
    Instructions- The coach will point a direction and say it, and
                  after he is done you have to repeat what he did.
           Hints- This game is the only one that requires more
                  intelligence than hand-eye coordination. This is
                  one of the easiest mini-games, but if you are
                  having trouble, you could write down the directions
                  as you play or have someone else write them down
                  for you.
    
    Protect QB Drill:
    Instructions- After starting, defenders (surrounding your player
                  and the QB) will try to attack the QB one-by-one.
                  The longer you hold them off, the higher your
                  rating.
           Hints- This event is pretty easy. The defenders only
                  approach one at a time in a clockwise direction.
                  To stop them, just press the direction pad toward
                  them, pushing into them until they fall down.
    
    Pass Range Drill:
    Instructions- After starting, quickly press L and R alternatively
                  until you see the line. When you are close to the
                  line, press and hold down the A button to determine
                  a throwing angle.
           Hints- The running determines your power and how long you
                  hold the A button determines the angle of your throw.
                  Don't hold down the A button to little or too long,
                  aim for about 30-60 degrees as an angle.
    
    10-Yard Fight:
    Instructions- You start on the 10-yard line and have to score a
                  touchdown. You are limited to a box outlined by the
                  hash marks and the 15-yard line. More defenders
                  come later.
           Hints- Versus one person, it is very easy to score. Just
                  go at an angle and spin in direction into the end
                  zone. If you do it right, you can't be tackled.
                  When there is two opponents, you can try a
                  similar strategy or actually move backwards
                  before trying to get around them. When there are
                  three people, you almost have to backtrack toward
                  a corner before running around them. This can be
                  extremely difficult.
    
    Rec Catch Drill:
    Intructions- After pressing L or R to start the exercise, you
                 must get open for a pass which the QB will auto-
                 matically throw in five seconds.
          Hints- When there is only one defender, one strategy is
                 to run straight up until you reach the top of the
                 endzone and then just run back down. If you do it
                 correctly, the QB will throw it as you run down
                 toward him. With more defenders, your primary goal
                 should be to get in front of the defenders or just
                 seperate yourself from them.
    
    Rush QB Drill:
    Instructions- You have seven seconds to sack the defended QB.
           Hints- Very straightfoward, just charge the QB each time,
                  as trying to juke the defense can be very hard.
    
    Def. 10-Yard Fight:
    Intructions- The opposite of 10-yard fight, you must stop a ball
                 carrier from scoring in the endzone.
          Hints- This event can be pretty hard if you are normally
                 not the greatest at defense and at tackling players.
                 Don't try to just jump out and tackle the ball
                 carrier because he will just avoid it. Wait for him
                 to make a move and then move in response.
    
    Kick Distance Drill:
    Instructions- Press the L and R buttons to gain speed. When you
                  see the line, hold down the A button to determine
                  your angle. Release the A button to kick the ball.
           Hints- The sholder buttons determine your power and the
                  'A' button is the angle of your kick. Try to gain
                  as much speed as possible and have to angle at
                  about 30-70 degrees.
    
    Kick Accuracy Drill:
    Instructions- Press the A button to start the kick. Use the
                  control pad to determine the direction of your
                  kick and the A button to determine the power of
                  your kick. Watch for wind and compensate for it.
           Hints- The controls when field goal kicking are very
                  sensitive, so be careful not to kick the ball too
                  far in a direction that you want to kick towards.
                  Just a tap to the left or the right will change
                  the direction of the kick drastically.
    
    Punt Accuracy Drill:
    Instructions- Press the A button to start the kick. Use the
                  control pad to determine the direction of your
                  kick and the A button to determine the power of
                  your kick. Watch for wind and compensate for it.
                  Your goal is to punt the ball in between the 20
                  yard line and the goal line. Kicking it into the
                  endzone is bad and gives you no points.
           Hints- The controls when trying to punt the ball are very
                  sensitive, so be careful not to kick the ball too
                  far in a direction that you want to kick towards.
                  Just a tap to the left or the right will change
                  the direction of the kick drastically. Try to kick
                  the ball out-of-bounds near the endzone.
    
    ****************************************************************
    *                        7. Offense                            *
    ****************************************************************
    
    ############
    # Controls #
    ############
    
    Offense (Before snap):
    <- ->: Set man in motion
    B, then A,B, or R: Call an aubible
    L: Cancel audible
    A: Snap the ball
    Select: Fake snap
    
    Running:
    Control Pad: Run in a direction
    R: Jump (Hurdle)
    L: Dive
    B: Spin
    A: Speed burst
    L: Dive/or QB slide (if QB)
    Select: Lateral the ball
    
    Passing:
    Control Pad: Move the QB
    A: Call up passing symbols (When quick pass if OFF only)
    A,B,L,R: Pass to a reciever
    Select: Throw the ball away
    
    Recieving:
    A: Select reciever
    R: Jump/Catch pass
    L: Dive
    
    ############## Key: WR- Wide Reciever TE- Tightend FB- Fullback
    # Best plays #      RB- Runningback QB- Quarterback
    ##############      R- Run P- Pass LY- Long yardage SY- Short
    
    Best Runs:
    ----------
    Singleback - Normal - HB Dive : Short yardage situations (<3)
    
    I-Form - Normal - HB Strong : One of the best running plays
    that allows for big gains if done properly.
    
    Proform - Normal - HB Off Tackle: Another superb running play
    that allows for huge gains.
    
    Best Passes:
    ------------
    Shotgun - Normal - Quick Hitch : Great shorter yardage pass.
    
    Singleback - Normal - HB Screen : Great short pass. When you
    do this play, roll left to attract the defense then pass to
    your open runningback to the right of you. Potential for huge
    gains.
    
    Proform - Normal - Quick Out : Solid shorter pass. Pass the
    ball quickly with this play.
    
    Proform - Normal - All Streaks : The hail mary of this game.
    Potential for huge gains, if you watch all of your receivers.
    
    ######################
    # General Strategies #
    ######################
    
    - Mix up your plays between pass and run plays.
    
    - Exploit your best players and use them often.
    
    - Don't be afraid to set and call audibles if the defense you 
    are facing calls an audible or play that if good against the
    offensive play you want to do.
    
    ****************************************************************
    *                        8. Defense                            *
    ****************************************************************
    
    ############
    # Controls #
    ############
    
    Defense (Before snap):
    Control Pad: Move selected player
    L,A: Select a player
    R: Show blitz
    B: Call audible
    
    Defense:
    Control Pad: Move selected player
    A: Select defender closest to the ball
    B: Speed burst/Power Tackle
    R: Jump/Raise Hands
    L: Dive
    
    
    ##############
    # Best plays #
    ##############
    
    Anti Run-
    --------
    Goaline - Anything : The epitome of anti-run plays. Only use 
    this defense where suggested; the goaline.
    
    3-4 - 533 *** : All of the 533 plays are superb blitz plays.
    
    3-4 - Jam Middle : Goo anti-run and blitz play. Weak against
    the pass though.
    
    4-3 - Monster : Great run stopper and blitz.
    
    4-3 - Inside Out : Good blitzing play but really weak against
    the pass.
    
    4-3 - Jam Middle : Middling run stopper, but a good compromise
    between an all out blitz and pass defense.
    
    Anti Pass-
    ----------
    Nickel - 3 Deep : Good anti-pass play.
    
    Nickel - Double Out : Good compromise between run defense and
    pass plays. Weak on long passes though.
    
    Dime - Prevent (1 or 2) : Protection against the long bomb. Some
    people say using prevent "prevents" you from winning the game.
    Sorry for the bad pun, but it has some truth. Use this play
    when you think the offense of the other team is going to go for
    a long play.  
    
    ######################
    # General Strategies #
    ######################
    
    - Some teams like to pass, some like to run. Run your defense
    according to the opposing team's prefered offense.
    
    - The computer, when down, plays much more pass plays than they
    would normally.
    
    - On 1st down, the computer is very likely going to run the 
    ball.
    
    - On 3rd and long, run a blitz play to pressure the QB.
    
    ****************************************************************
    *                9. Special Teams Strategies                   *
    ****************************************************************
    
    - Avoid kicking onside kicks, because the chances of your team
    recovering the ball is very slim.
    
    - Use the wind to your advantage. Don't let it ruin your field
    goal kicks or punts.
    
    - Try to aim punts inside the 20. To do this, try kicking the
    ball so that it goes out of bounds after passing the 20.
    
    - Don't try to block field goals, as it's nearly impossilbe.
    
    - Only play Punt Rush when the opposing team is pushed way back
    into their own territory (and their punter is in the touchdown
    area).
    
    - On kickoffs, try to tackle the opposing returner. The kicker
    can tackle, and he starts off ahead of all of your other 
    players.
    
    - Try to get inside at LEAST the 30rd yard line if you are going
    to try for a field goal.
    
    ****************************************************************
    *                 10. General Hints and Tips                   *
    ****************************************************************
    
    - Manage the clock well. The time will always stop at the 2:00
    minute mark in both the second and fourth quarters. Don't call
    timeouts if you have just run a player out of bounds, if there
    is an incomplete pass, or if there is a change of possesion.
    
    - Keep your players at good health. If your players seem to be
    running very slowly, think about switching them out for fresh
    players.
    
    - Change the settings to your preferences. For example, if you
    don't like the reciever's buttons automatically coming up, turn
    quick pass off.
    
    ****************************************************************
    *                11. Cheats, Easter Eggs, etc...               *
    ****************************************************************
    
    ###############
    # Easter Eggs #
    ###############
    
    - After scoring a touchdown, pressing the A,B,L,or R buttons
    will each produce a different sound:
    
    A- Whistle
    B- Horn
    L- Grunt
    R- Tackle
    
    #################
    # Cheap Tactics #
    #################
    
    Note: Don't use these tactics unless you really want to suck 
    the fun out of the game. I never use these tactics because I
    enjoy realistic scores and games. If you are having severe
    trouble though, you should maybe try some of these tactics:
    
    - On kick and punt returns, if you have a fast returner, simply
    run to the outside and run along the sideline. If done correctly
    you should be able to score touchdowns with frightening ease.
    (I was able to score 4 touchdowns on kick returns in a 3:00 
    minute quarter game... eww...)
    
    - Call a pass play like Proform-Normal- HB Toss Pass, where a
    player other than the QB has to throw the ball. With this 
    particular play, press A to bring up the list of recievers and
    start running right. Players who whould normally try to tackle
    you on a run will try to play pass defense. Run the ball to
    the left.
    
    - More of an AI problem: On 4th and 1, if you call a goaline
    play such as QB Sneak (the best in that situation), the defense
    will often call an audible and move to a 4-3 set! This makes 
    running up the middle with your quarterback very easy.
    
    - When you have to punt away the ball, while and after punting
    the ball hold the control pad in the up position. If done
    correctly the opposing team will get a penalty for running into
    or for roughing the kicker. Increasing the chances of this
    penalty happening in the options makes this easier to do.
    
    - Call a play that places your linebacker directly in front of
    the QB. Take control of the player and move him up to the line.
    When the ball is snapped, just run foward as hard as you 
    possibly can. If done correctly, you should be able to get many
    sacks each game. (Keith Brooking once had 5 sacks in a 3:00 min.
    quarter game!)
    
    ****************************************************************
    *              12. Credits, Thanks, Extras, Etc...             *
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