What makes a good game, a good game to you?

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How do you define a good or classic game?

  • A high scoring game where opposing QBs are trading TDs and the running backs are breaking all sorts of tackles?
  • A low-scoring defensive slugfest with ridiculous interceptions and lightning fast sacks?
  • An otherwise normal game with ridiculous iconic plays?
  • A matchup with history that ends close?
  • A 4OT thriller with a game-sealing interception at the end?
  • A massive underdog outplays the favorite and comes close to winning/pulls off the upset?
  • A complete game culminating with late-game, butt-clenching heroics?
  • A fourth quarter comeback?
Curious to see what you guys like to see in your games. Bonus points if you give me some examples!

I'll start with some examples:

The high-scoring game

USC vs Penn State, Rose Bowl 2017


Low-scoring defensive slug-fest

LSU at Alabama 2011


Massive underdog victory

Boise State vs Oklahoma, Fiesta Bowl 2007


The historical matchup

Michigan at Ohio State 2006


4-OT thriller

Ohio State vs Miami, BCS National Championship 2003

 
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The Butt-Clench

Texas at Texas Tech 2008


4th quarter comeback

Texas A&M at UCLA 2017

 

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Oh man, so I just rewatched this. Josh Doctson and Corey Coleman, what a receiving corp.
 

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Both teams were literally playoff material. If there was a Big 12 championship that season, I'd guarantee that one of those two teams would've been in the playoffs that year
 

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I love a back a forth shootout between an elite team and a team that shouldn't even be close

 

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I'm down for either or when it comes to shootouts or defensive slugfests. As long as it stays close the whole time, I'm about it
 

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Even if it's the team you are supporting?
 

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Yeah. I'm always for good games. I'd always prefer us winning by huge margins for the guaranteed win. But good football is good football and you can't get mad about that
 

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Fair enough. I'm the same way. It does suck when you are the overwhelming favorite and the other team keeps it way too close, though.
 

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I am gonna go NFL and I am gonna go with the "historic" matchup. My big thing for a "good game" is about talent vs. talent. Not all defensive slugfests are a good game (because most times that is because the offenses are inept). Same goes for shootouts (because the defenses are likely inept). A "good" game is where each team fields excellent offenses, defenses and special teams units. There are big plays, there are defensive stops, you are always on the edge of your seat because each team could make a play at any given moment. Also, when you get a game like that, it is so much more satisfying as the winner because you know you beat a quality team and therefore are that much better. And even for the loser, they can say they fought to the end and it was one helluva game.

I think the classic example of this game is the 1992 NFC championship game. The 49ers were were near the end of their dynasty, but were clearly a powerhouse. Dallas was the upstart after going 1-15 a few years earlier, and were the youngest and fastest team in the NFL. Both teams had top-5 offenses, defenses and special teams. The field was sloppy. Jerseys were muddy. The plays were big. The defenses stout. When plays were made, they were made against the best the other team had to offer, making them even more impressive.

 

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I just remembered this game. Probably one of the most entertaining games of football I've ever been to.
The run that sent it to OT:

The game-winning kick:

I'll always love the shot at the end of the TCU players all huddled together in a ball surrounded by Air Force fans.
 
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