Daily Archives: December 23, 2007

‘Tis the Season: Cardinals tip over the Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons squared off with the Arizona Cardinals (televised on Fox).

Chris Redman quarterbacked for the Falcons.

Anquan Boldin, wide receiver for the Cardinals, put the first TD of the game on board today. Falcons rookie running back Jason Snelling tied the game with a TD in the bottom of the first quarter. Boldin made another TD in the second quarter, to which Falcons rookie wide receiver Laurent Robinson with a touchdown. The Cardinals made a field goal that broke the tie towards the bottom of the second quarter. With fewer than thirty seconds left in the second quarter, the Cardinals increased their lead with TD by running back JJ Arrington. Arizona 24. Atlanta 14.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. According to one of the commentators, Roddy White is the first Falcon since Terrence Mathis in 1999 to break the 1,000 receiving yards mark.

2. Jason Snelling’s touchdown in the first quarter was the first of his NFL career.

3. After returning from a commercial break at around the twelve minute mark of the second quarter, the camera cut to a low angle medium shot of Arthur Blank chewing gum while Rich McKay talks to him in their box at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

4. Lawyer Milloy, safety for Atlanta, went to the sidelines in the middle of the second quarter. He wasn’t tackled, he just went face-down to the ground. Pulled muscle perhaps.

I wasn’t able to watch the whole game (dinner with friend back in town!). To get the final score, game summary, stats, and play by play, click here. I’ll update this entry when I get back tonight with the final score.

Edit: Indeed. The Falcons lost to the Cardinals with a sobering breath of air. I missed most of the third quarter (incidentally nobody scored) but saw the fourth quarter of the game at the restaurant where I was having dinner with my friend. Atlanta started to play catch-up with a field goal near the middle of the quarter. Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler made a TD towards the bottom. Another field goal allowed the Falcons to tie the Cardinals–with fewer than two minutes left in the game (24 to 24). Atlanta’s defense couldn’t keep Arizona at bay, though. With the fourth quarter expiring, the Cardinals broke tied the game again with a field goal (27 to 24). The Falcons just couldn’t keep aloft in overtime. Arizona won 30 to 27 with a field goal.

I wanted to watch the Eagles-Saints game but it wasn’t on my local Fox station. I was on NFL.com and caught this video clip of Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis doing something pretty sweet (he made two TDs in the game, including the first of the entire game as well as the one in the video clip). Philadelphia won 38 to 23.

‘Tis the Season: Colts bedazzle the Texans

The Indianapolis Colts stared down the Houston Texans (on CBS). Outcome: Nice horsey.

The culminating act of Houston’s first possession was a touchdown by wide receiver Kevin Walter. Indianapolis ended their first possession with a field goal. Colts running back Joseph Addai made a TD at the top of the second quarter (after having left the field briefly in the bottom of the first quarter following a rough tackle). Indianapolis 10. Houston 7. Colts tight end Dallas Clark increased his team’s lead over Houston with a TD just past the midpoint of the second quarter. Colts defensive back Bob Sanders intercepted Houston’s ball soon thereafter. With the control of the ball again, Dallas Clark made another TD. Colts 24. Texans 7.

The third quarter started with a touchdown by Colts running back Clifton Dawson. Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne continued the scoring with a TD quickly past the middle of the third quarter. Indianapolis 38. Houston 7.

And so…something very weird happened after that play. Upon returning from commercial break, my local CBS station decided to switch to the Browns vs. Bengals game.

I checked the game center and within the two minute warning in the bottom of the fourth quarter, Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson made a TD. A two-point conversion attempt worked (thanks to running back Darius Walker). At the final heartbeats of the fourth quarter, Houston 15 and Indianapolis 38. And that would be the final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. One of the commentators noted that the NFL has seventeen officiating crews. Ed Hochuli’s crew, the one presiding over this game, has been to nine Super Bowl games.

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