With just a few more days to go before Super Bowl XLVII commences, football fervor is at a fever pitch. The big game isn't until February 3, though, so pigskin diehards will have to settle for pre-game hype and highlights. That, or play some digital football to get themselves in the right mood by the time SuperBaugh Sunday starts.
There are lots of great football video games, of course, but in an effort to narrow things down, I thought I'd do a countdown of the best ones that are playable on the PC. I'll also be including games that can be played via emulators, otherwise there would be nothing on this list but Madden NFLs; and the PC versions of those didn't even go beyond Madden NFL 08.
It should also be noted that unless you're reading this five years from now, chances are a PS3 or Xbox 360 emulator hasn't been developed yet (and probably never will be). This means that this list is strictly last-gen and below; which is a good thing, if you think about it, since users whose computers aren't equipped with powerful desktop or laptop parts can still join in on the fun.
Anyway, without further ado, here are the five greatest football games playable on a PC: