7-0 Super Bowl Record Will Be On the Line at 989 Sports®' Eighth Annual Game Before the Game®

Super Bowl XXXVII Contenders to Battle for Gridiron Superiority and the Inside Track to Super Bowl Victory as a Perfect 7 of the Previous 7 Winners of the Game Before the Game Have Gone on to Victory in the Super Bowl


989 Sports® will put its undefeated 7-0 Game Before the Game® record on the line Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. at the W Hotel in San Diego, CA, when marquee players from the NFC Championship team and AFC Championship team meet head-to-head in a Super Bowl preview on NFL GameDay™ 2003 on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system.

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In what has become the most anticipated match-up during Super Bowl week, the Game Before the Game has seen marquee players battle it out for virtual bragging rights, and eventually the Super Bowl Championship, as a perfect seven of the past seven Game Before the Game winners have gone on to win the big game.

"All I know is the winner of that game went on to win the Super Bowl -- I wasn't about to lose that game," said Qadry Ismail of the Baltimore Ravens who defeated Jason Sehorn of the New York Giants in a precursor to Super Bowl XXXV. "And as it turned out, the Ravens won the Super Bowl. After I made it 6-0, I realized there is definitely some kind of mystique behind the Game Before the Game."

Hosted by NFL Hall-of-Famer Lynn Swann from ABC Sports and Pat O'Brien from "Access Hollywood," the eighth annual Game Before the Game will put its unprecedented 7-0 record on the line at Super Bowl XXXVII. The respective player from the AFC Championship Team and the NFC Championship team will be available for post-game interviews, and highlights will be available via satellite uplink following the action.

               Game Before the Game - Year by Year Results

   Year  Winner                Loser                 Super Bowl Champion
   2002  Troy Brown (NE)       Isaac Bruce (StL)     New England Patriots
   2001  Qadry Ismail (Balt)   Jason Sehorn (NYG)    Baltimore Ravens
   2000  Marshall Faulk (StL)  Frank Wycheck (Tenn)  St. Louis Rams
   1999  John Mobley (Den)     Terance Mathis (Atl)  Denver Broncos
   1998  Terrell Davis (Den)   Robert Brooks (GB)    Denver Broncos
   1997  Edgar Bennet (GB)     Terry Glenn (NE)      Green Bay Packers
   1996  Charles Haley (Dal)   Carnell Lake (Pitt)   Dallas Cowboys

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   January 23 - 12:45 A.M.-1:00 A.M. (ET)
   January 23 - 5:00 A.M.-5:30 A.M. (ET)
   January 23 - 8:00 A.M.-8:30 A.M. (ET)
   January 23 - 11:00 A.M.-11:30 A.M. (ET)

  About 989 Sports

989 Sports® is the sports software brand of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. Known for its top-selling sports franchise titles such as NFL GameDay™, MLB™, NBA ShootOut, NHL FaceOff™, NCAA® Final Four® and NCAA® GameBreaker™, 989 Sports is committed to developing authentic and innovative sports games to appeal to both the professional athlete and hard-core sports videogame fan.

About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console, and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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