Daily Archives: January 3, 2009

AFC Wildcard 2009: Chargers techno remix the Colts

The Indianapolis Colts on the front porch of the San Diego Chargers. Hmmm. Peyton Manning or Philip Rivers. Which quarterback would guide his team to a victory? Broadcast on NBC, the first quarter rumbled off a touchdown for the Colts, courtesy of running back Joseph Addai. Indianapolis 7 and San Diego 0.

The second quarter demonstrated that Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s groin discomfort would not deter him from making a touchdown. Both teams 7. The Colts broke the tie halfway through the quarter when Adam Vinatieri kicked a forty-three yard field goal. And then there was a touchdown by Chargers running back Darren Sproles in the very bottom of the second quarter. Going into halftime, San Diego 14 and Indianapolis 10.

Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne ran sixty-two yards for a touchdown near the halfway point of the third quarter. Indianapolis 17 and San Diego 14. Sugoi! The Chargers weren’t going to have a Colts gallop, were they? Well. Between successful passing and rushing, the Chargers got down the field. Darren Sproles was aiming for the end zone, was brought down a couple yards before the goal line, and the ball came rolling out: a fumble recovered by defensive tackle Raheem Brock in the end zone for a touchback.

The fourth quarter skipped beyond the halfway mark’s lou and the two-minute warning before any more scoring would be done. Would the Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding have a chance to tie the game? A twenty-six yard field goal attempt hit the spot. Both teams 17. Would the Colts be able to sprinkle out some offense magic without going into over-time? Non. The Chargers’ offense took to the stage first in over-time; seven to eight minutes later, Darren Sproles got himself into the end zone for a TD. San Diego 23 and Indianapolis 17. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Al Michaels and John Madden served up game remarks. They mentioned in the second quarter that Peyton Manning hadn’t cut his hair in nine weeks.

2. I like the light blue Chargers uniform.

3. The Colts had to punt the ball away with three minutes left in the second quarter. Al Michaels noted that the ball landed on the “Colt 45.” I laughed.

4. Al Michaels mentioned in the third quarter that Darren Sproles is 5’6 and 180 pounds. I’m 5’3 and 104 pounds. If he and I ever stood in a single file line, I could probably hide behind him.

5. I had noted in my entry on the 2009 Orange Bowl that the yardage numbers on the field were outlined in orange. The numbers on the Qualcomm turf are outlined in light blue.

6. When did San Diego’s head coach Norv Turner put on glasses? Was he wearing glasses the entire time? I noticed them in the fourth quarter.

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NFC Wildcard 2009: Cardinals cork up the worm from the Falcons

Before I get to the wildcard game between the Atlanta Falcons at the Arizona Cardinals, held at the University of Phoenix Stadium, read this:

The 2008 US Army All-American Bowl ended in an East win.  When I got myself to TV, the fourth quarter still had a minute left.  I believe the East won it again this year.  Click here, here, and here for more info.

Back to the playoffs.   An interview between Tiki Barber and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan aired in the pregame segment.  Between the two of them, I don’t think more than five to seven words per second leave their mouths.  The. way. that. they. speak. is. n’t. punct. uated. per. se, but…every. single. word…receives a very deliberate escorting.

Televised by NBC, the first quarter plunked out an interception…Matt Ryan’s third pass (?) and into the hands of Cardinals cornerback Ralph Brown.  The result of that turnover? Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner throwing forty-two yards to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for a touchdown.  Arizona 7 and Atlanta 0.  Agh. Groar.

The second quarter got the Falcons on the board with a thirty-yard Jason Elam field goal.  The Cardinals leaped away numerically with a seventy-one yard touchdown run by wide receiver Anquan Boldin.  Arizona 14 and Atlanta 3.  Fast-forward to the bottom of the quarter, after Matt Ryan successfully connected with wide receivers Michael Jenkins, Roddy White, and Brian Finneran, and running back Michael Turner sauntered into the end zone.  Arizona 14 and Atlanta 10.  During the Cardinals’ next possession, one of Kurt Warner’s passes bobbled off of its target receiver’s hands and into the grasp of Falcons cornerback Chevis Jackson.  As the quarter came to an end, Falcons tight end Justin Peelle and Matt Ryan linked arms for a TD.  Atlanta 17 and Arizona 14.

The third quarter spat out a turnover and Cardinals cornerback Antrel Rolle ran twenty-seven yards for a TD.  Arizona 21 and Atlanta 17. The Cardinals Neil Rackers missed a fifty-one yard field goal shortly thereafter.  Would the Falcons do with another offensive go in the top of the quarter?  Niet.   The quarter trimmed down with a Cardinals touchdown by running back Tim Hightower.  Arizona 28 and Atlanta 17.  How do the Falcons react?  Matt Ryan threw another interception…into the cradle of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

The fourth quarter started with a safety for the Cardinals.  Alors, Arizona 30 and Atlanta 17.  The Cardinals were awarded an excessive celebration penalty.  With under five minutes left to tango, Roddy White got his body into the end zone.  Arizona 30 and Atlanta 24.  Alas.  final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Cris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond were the commentators.

2.  Anquan Boldin put a hand to his left hamstring after making the second quarter TD.

3.  Towards the bottom of the second quarter, after Matt Ryan had completed a series of passes, Cris Collinsworth remarked that Ryan does better when he throws to his left.

4.  The camera took a few shots of Matt Ryan after Michael Turner and Justin Peelle made TDs in the second quarter.  His hair has grown out quite a bit.  When did that happen?  Obviously it happened over the course of sixteen weeks, but compared to last week?  It’s as if two inches came out of nowhere.

5.  Matt Ryan’s older brother Mike received some screen-time during the middle of the fourth quarter.  They definitely look related.

6.  One of the cameras got a medium shot of Falcons linebacker John Abraham after Kurt Warner took a knee.  Methinks I saw tears about to well up in Abraham’s eyes?

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