Developer/Publisher: Visual Concepts for Sega
What's commonplace now was mind-blowing back then: seamless online play in a console sports game. Along with that groundbreaking feature, 2K1 is notable for its innovations to the passing game, including realistic pump fakes and distinctions between bullet and lob passes. EA was definitely paying attention.
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The NFL signed an exclusive deal with EA in December 2004, effectively killing off all non-Madden football titles.