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IGN Retro: NFL Blitz

The original NFL Blitz was sold as the football equivalent to Midway's other arcade-style sports series, NBA Jam. Blitz was a celebration of the violence inherent in football, with brutish players sporting shoulder widths you could park a Geo Metro on. The playbooks were loaded with quick moves. Defensive plays often ended with teeth on the asrtoturf, as linebackers slammed a quarterback to the ground with ferocity reserved for the animal kingdom.

And if sacking the QB wasn't enough, before the next play began, a quick-thumbed player could jump on the ball carrier one last time for good measure. Grabbing a ball carrier can spinning him to the ground like you were getting ready to throw a discus was another famous move that grabbed a lot of eyeballs.

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