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.