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.