I recently got my hands on two wonderful boxsets from NFL Films:
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5 of the Minnesota Vikings’ greatest games
and 10 of the Philadelphia Eagles’ greatest games.
Each disc contained in these boxsets is an entire broadcast game, spanning at least two decades. I watched about an hour’s worth of the Eagles’ games. Specifically:
NFC Championship Eagles vs. Cowboys January 11, 1981 (18 days before my last non-breath in utero).
NFC Championship Eagles vs. Falcons January 23, 2005 (6 days before my twenty-fourth birthday).
I shall return with more in-depth thoughts after I’ve watched some of the Vikings games as well, but I’d like to mention now that the NFC Championship of the 2004-2005 season occurred one year before I started watching televised football. In just comparing and contrasting the aesthetics (screen graphics) from the early 80s to the early 90s and to the 21st century, what a difference the Skycam makes. Score graphics from yesteryear (before and after the Cold War ended) certainly betray the datedness of the broadcasts, but the introduction of the Skycam added a dynamic visual dimension that I had taken for granted in the few years since I first started watching football on the television (playoffs of 2006).