NFL 08: the Cowboys California roll the Redskins

A brief detour:

The Tennessee Titans hold on to their winning streak. They gnarled the Jacksonville Jaguars 24 to 14.

The Indianapolis Colts outdid the Houston Texans 33 to 27.

The Pittsburgh Steelers rose above the San Diego Chargers by a dollop of 11 to 10.

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals tied 13 to 13. Click here for the Yahoo Sports article about it–I especially enjoyed this sentence: It was the first tied game in the NFL since Nov. 10, 2002, when the Falcons and Steelers finished 34-34 with Michael Vick and Tommy Maddox matching each other pass for pass. In this one, the teams matched each other gaffe for gaffe.

Retour:

Around this time last year, the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins partied like it was 1999–and the Cowboys won the dance-off. Tonight, both teams got their techno-remix grooves back on in Redskins country for the ninety-sixth time in regular season. The first quarter rolled down halfway before anybody scored–Washington fullback Mike Sellers with a touchdown catch. Redskins 7 and Cowboys 0. Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, once of the Falcons and most recently of the Raiders, intercepted Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at the bottom of the quarter.

The second quarter marched to about eight minutes with Romo throwing another interception–Washington linebacker Rocky McIntosh grabbed the loose ball after Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens was hit. With fewer than a minute-and-a-half on the game clock, Cowboys running back Marion Barber got to the goal line and broke the plane. Washington and Dallas tied seven a piece. The touchdown ruling received an upstairs review–it stood. The Redskins then managed to break that tie with a field goal. Going into halftime, Washington 10 and Dallas 7.

The third quarter commenced with Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman intercepted Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell.  The ball had already reached its intended target, wide receiver Santana Moss, but Newman somehow got his hands between the Redskin and the ball.  A Washington field goal towards the bottom of the third quarter was tried but it wasn’t true.

The top of the fourth quarter sparkled with a series of receptions by Marion Barber.  There was also a “push-pass,” as John Madden dubbed it, that Tony Romo executed to wide receiver Miles Austin, which set up a TD made by tight end Martellus Bennett.  Dallas 14 and Washington 10.  Marion Barber lathered, rinsed, and repeated his running and dodging cherry-on-top magic in the bottom stretch of the fourth quarter.  In this quarter alone, Barber had his hand on the ball sixteen times (I believe).  The Cowboys have “saved their season,” as Al Michaels remarked.  14 to 10 final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Al Michaels wore a black tie with gray/silver diagonal stripes–back slash direction. John Madden’s tie was gray/silver. It never ceases to amaze me how big are Madden’s hands.

2. I’m two years older than DeAngelo Hall. During one of the slow-motion replays of his interception, his body line was foregrounded. He’s not a big feller at 5’10 and 195. Proportionately, though, I’m sure his legs are much shapelier than mine. His. Mine.

3. Al Michaels uttered the word “flummoxed” concerning a timeout or two that the Redskins had to take nearing the bottom of the second quarter.

4. Tonight’s Line of Scrimmage segment featured EE Smith High School in Fayetteville, NC, which is the school most of the children of Fort Bragg’s service men and women attend.

5. Bruce Springsteen’s song “Working On a Dream” also premiered during halftime (roughly sixty seconds of the studio version). Je ne l’adore pas. Je pense que c’est trop simple; cette chanson est come des autres pop et roche. Melodically speaking. It would, however, be ideal for a truck commercial. Big shocker. The NFL and trucks go together than left-and-right.  Springsteen apparently performed it during a Barack Obama event just before election day.

6.  Tony Romo’s “push-pass” essentially consisted of a maneuver that reminded Al Michaels of a basketball move.  The ball was more or less “flung” towards a receiver.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

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