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Fantasy Bowl XI MVP: Drew Bledsoe scored
10 points on a TD run and TD pass, leading the Blazers in scoring in their 36-34 victory over the Syndromes.
Playing without megastar Priest Holmes, Bledsoe was relied upon heavily in the Blazers' 2002 playoff run.
1: Priest Holmes
2: Daunte Culpepper
3: Priest Holmes
4: Shaun Alexander
5: Rich Gannon
6: New Orleans ST/D
7: Marshall Faulk
8: Martin Gramatica
9: Antowain Smith
10: Plaxico Burress
11: Donovan McNabb
12: Priest Holmes
13: Drew Bledsoe
14: Jeff Garcia
15: Daunte Culpepper
16: Eddie George
Montana Blazers win Fantasy Bowl XI, 36-34
WAIKIKI -- The Montana Blazers are the 2002 FFL Champions, thanks to a 36-34 victory over the Middletown
Syndromes in Fantasy Bowl XI. At long last, after 11 FFL seasons (and a tough 40-33 loss in Fantasy Bowl X), NSurowiecki
has won his first Fantasy Bowl title. Meanwhile, BFleming's promising young Middletown squad, finishing just a hair's
breadth away from glory, had their streak as the hottest team in the FFL ended.
Drew Bledsoe was named the Fantasy Bowl XI MVP by FFL Commissioner JaZieger in a post-game ceremony.
Bledsoe scored 10 points on a 2-yard TD pass and a 7-yard TD run. In a game lacking dominating performances, his unexpected
TD run and solid overall turn as the signal-caller in the game made him the top choice.
The game began as a defensive stalemate, staying scoreless for the entirety of the first quarter.
By contrast, however, the second quarter saw an offensive explosion by both teams. Coaches Surowiecki
and Fleming both stretched their playcalling abilities to the limit, and the result was a much wider open game. For
Montana, Bledsoe scored his 10 points, while Eric Moulds caught a TD from 2 yards out and kicked Mike Vanderjagt added on
4 additional points. Meanwhile, Michael Vick threw his lone TD pass of the game for Middletown, and Michael Bennett
scored on a 2-yard TD run. The biggest play of the game, an 85 yard interception return by Middletown's Dallas defense,
gave them the Syndromes the lead going into the half. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski added 2 XP. At the
half, Middletown was up 24-20.
The third quarter saw the pendulum swing once again into the hands of the team defenses. Janikowski
scored a single FG, giving Middletown a 27-20 edge.
That edge was soon to be lost, though, as Montana put up 16 fourth quarter points. Eddie George scored
on a 4-yard TD run, and Mike Vanderjagt added another 4 points. And when it came down to the wire, Montana launched
a memorable drive culminating in an 11-yard TD grab by tight end Marcus Pollard. Middletown had scored 7
points earlier in the quarter on a Jeremy Shockey TD catch, and the follow-up XP, but it was not enough.
Final Score: Blazers 36, Syndromes 34.
2002 Final Power Rankings
- 1) Blazers (35.0 pts) 10-4, 42.6 ppg, .675 MP
- 2) Challengers (31.0 pts) 11-3, 35.6 ppg, .562 MP
- 3) Black Sox (30.0 pts) 8-6, 35.7 ppg, .568 MP
- 4) Z-Force (24.5 pts) 6-8, 36.9 ppg, .549 MP
- 5) Miracles (21.0 pts) 8-6, 31.4 ppg, .500 MP
- 5) Syndromes (21.0 pts) 8-6, 32.1 ppg, .474 MP
- 5) Knights (21.0 pts) 7-7, 33.4 ppg, .484 MP
- 8) Conquistadors (18.5 pts) 6-8, 32.1 ppg,.532MP
- 9) Thunder (12.5 pts) 6-8, 30.1 ppg, .468 MP
- 10) Blockers (10.5 pts) 6-8, 29.4 ppg, .438 MP
- 11) Tsunamis (6.0 pts) 5-9, 29.2 ppg, .390 MP
- 12) Predators (3.0 pts) 3-11, 25.1 ppg, .360 MP