Daily Archives: December 16, 2007

‘Tis the Season: Eagles swat the Cowboys

I’m being attacked by a dull-pulse headache, so there won’t be an entry on the New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins game tonight.

The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t play pattycake in their game today (on Fox).

The first quarter was scoreless. The second quarter was supposed to give the Cowboys a touchdown at the top of the quarter but Eagles safety Quintin Mikell intercepted the ball at the back of the end zone–it was quite stunning–but I like the Cowboys so I wasn’t cheering or anything–but because he fumbled the ball, Dallas retained possession (running back Marion Barber jumped on it). Soon afterwards, the Cowboys put the first set of numbers on the board with a field goal. Seconds before the second quarter ended, Eagles wide receiver Reggie Brown made a TD.

The Cowboys made another field goal in the top of the third quarter. The Eagles widened their lead over Dallas with a field goal in the top of the fourth quarter. Philadelphia 10. Dallas 6. Final score.

Am I upset that Dallas lost? I like them as a team, but I like Kevin Curtis, wide receiver for the Eagles. Il est tres mignon. My head hurts too much to be upset. Maybe surprised is more accurate–but then not that surprised. Many of the Cowboys were playing not 100 or even 90% healthy.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Cowboys safety Roy Williams was flagged for horse-collering Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb towards the bottom of the first quarter. McNabb may or may not still be on the Philadelphia team next season.

2. At the top of the second quarter, after a commercial break, the camera cut to Jessica Simpson wearing a Tony Romo jersey (a pink number 9).

3. After no opportunities to make TDs or catches last week, Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens  was able to do his thing (minus the TD) tonight in the top of the fourth quarter–after the Eagles made the field goal.

4. The Cowboys scored no touchdowns today. Three of Tony Romo’s throws were intercepted, including one in the bottom of the fourth quarter by Eagles safety Brian Dawkins.

5. In order for his team to keep possession of the ball and run the clock out, Eagles running back Brian Westbrook sacrificed a touchdown and downed himself at the one yard line.

For game summary, stats, and play by play, click here.

‘Tis the Season: Buccaneers line the Falcons down the plank

The Atlanta Falcons up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (game televised on Fox). While Floridians were watching this game under the sun, much of the rest of the country was dealing with wind and snow.

I hope I’m not the only one who wished the teams would’ve just played five rounds of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Best of four from the quarterbacks, centers, kickers, returners, tight ends, wide receivers, running backs, and cornerbacks.

Emotionally and psychologically, the Falcons now have nothing left to lose.

One minute into the first quarter, Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber intercepted Falcons quarterback Chris Redman’s pass for a touchdown. Even though Atlanta put up three points with a field goal, Tampa Bay wide receiver Michael Spurlock made a history-making kick-off return touchdown–ninety yards!–(the Buccaneers had never gotten one before this one). The second quarter gave the Buccaneers two field goals and a touchdown by Ernest Graham (not in that order). Halftime and Tampa Bay had 27 points. Atlanta 3.

The third quarter brought one score: a field goal for the Buccaneers. The fourth quarter spelled another touchdown for the Buccaneers (thanks to Ernest Graham pretending to go for the end zone and tight end Anthony Becht actually going into the end zone). Tampa Bay 37. Atlanta 3.

The Buccaneers have won the NFC South.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Substitute head coach Emmitt Thomas (Falcons defensive backs coach) was a part of the first four Super Bowl games.

2. One of the commentators today remarked, “DeAngelo Hall is indignant today.” There was a pile-up before Ernest Graham made a TD for Tampa Bay in the second quarter and Hall got a penalty for unnecessary roughness after the end of the play.

3. Tim Tebow was watching the game from one of the VIP boxes. The announcer guy at the stadium decided to call everyone’s attention to it near the bottom of the second quarter.

4. Johnny Knoxville was supporting the Buccaneers.

For game summary, stats, and play by play, click here.