Al Michaels remarked, “that was a good football game” after the Denver Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers with just a couple of seconds left in the fourth quarter, 31 to 28. Although I’m a self-identified Steelers fan, I wasn’t upset that they lost. They started off somewhat slowly or “lethargically,” as either John Madden or Al Michaels (I don’t recall) mentioned some time in the third quarter, but managed to tie the game 28 to 28 by the bottom of the fourth quarter.
Pittsburgh and Denver were tied 7 to 7 for much of the first and second quarters (courtesy of Steelers tight end Heath Miller and Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley in the first quarter). Broncos running back Cecil Sapp made a TD in the second quarter and defensive end Tim Crowder put seven more points on the board via recovered fumble. By the beginning of the third quarter, Broncos were 21 to the Steelers’ 7 points. By the bottom of the fourth quarter, the score was 28 to 28 (the result of touchdowns by Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes in about the middle of the third quarter, Broncos tight end Tony Scheffler at the very bottom of the third quarter, and Steelers tight ends Matt Spaeth and Heath Miller in the fourth quarter). A field goal gave Denver the win tonight.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. John Madden commented that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin played against one of his players, linebacker James Farrior, in a college game once. Farrior was a freshman at the University of Virginia and Tomlin was a senior at William & Mary.
2. One of the Broncos’ most dedicated and visible fan is probably Barrel Man.
4. Tony Scheffler’s touchdown in the last seconds of the third quarter was the culmination of an eighty-yard Broncos drive that lasted eight minutes and ten seconds. He also hopped off the field near the end of the fourth quarter due to a foot sprain or twist (either Madden or Michaels mentioned that he had broken his foot some time ago).
5. Santonio Holmes ran into a cameraman in the top of the fourth quarter–real life equivalent of the opening scene in Billy Wilder’s 1966 film The Fortune Cookie.
6. Miles, the Broncos mascot, was moving his hips in a figure eight (infinity sign) pattern during the game-winning field goal. The camera was behind kicker Jason Elam in a near extreme long shot, and Miles was behind the end zone. He paused his little hip-dance for a few seconds, turned to look on the field, and then resumed his swaying.
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