Daily Archives: November 9, 2008

NFL 08: the Giants gobstop the Eagles

The New York Giants stomped and stammered with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.  The first quarter started with Giants quarterback Eli Manning throwing the ball towards wide receiver Steve Smith only for Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson to make an interception , which soon thereafter resulted in a touchdown by wide receiver DeSean Jackson.  Philadelphia 7 and New York 0.  The Giants answered it with a TD as well, courtesy of wide receiver Plaxico Burress.  Not long after that move, the Giants increased their score with a field goal (Eagles erred on receiving the ball from the Giants).  New York 10 and Philadelphia 7.

The second quarter lit up the score board with a touchdown catch by Giants tight end Kevin Boss.  New York 17 and Philadelphia 7.  The Eagles picked up their numerical pace when wide receiver Jason Avant broke the plane for a TD.  New York 17 and Philadelphia 14.  Donovan McNabb, Eagles quarterback, threw an interception in the bottom of the second quarter.  Giants cornerback Sam Madison leaped into the air and enveloped the ball.  His team put a field goal on the board before halftime.  The Eagles did too.  Giants 20 and Eagles 17.

The third quarter began with an Eagles touchdown, thanks to wide receiver Hank Baskett.  Philadelphia took the lead, 24 to 20.  Giants running back Brandon Jacobs broke the plane and put his team back in the lead.  New York 27 and Philadelphia 24.  The fourth quarter gave the Giants a field goal.  30 to 24.  Jacobs did it again a few minutes later.  Or did he? Eagles challenged it but lost (after losing another challenge).  The Giants were not successful in a two-point conversion.  New York 36 and Philadelphia 24.  After a helluva Philadelphia drive, wide receiver Kevin Curtis made a remarkable TD catch.  Giants 36 and Eagles 31.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Rebel xsi by Cannon. Pretty neat commercial.

2. After Eli Manning had to throw the ball into the turf near the bottom of the second quarter, the camera went to a medium shot of VP-elect Joe Biden, who was at the game.  He was smiling and wearing a storm blue heather sweater.

3. Al Michaels informed John Madden after Brandon Jacobs of the Giants broke the plane in the third quarter that New York head coach Tom Coughlin has the best record with successfully challenging calls.

4. Fred Robbins, defensive tackle for the Giants, played with broken hands.

5. John Madden remarked that he believes the Giants are currently the best team in the NFC south and in the NFL overall.  Al Michaels commented that the Titans and Carolina would or might “argue with that.”  John Madden replied, “Well, I’ll argue with them.”

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NFL 08: Colts tuna melt the Steelers

The Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers. A thumb-war set or two.

Going into halftime, the Steelers were in the lead with 17 points to the Colts’ 14. I started watching from the top of the third quarter. The Colts had a near-touchdown halfway in the third quarter but wide receiver Marvin Harrison couldn’t keep ahold of the ball. Kicker Adam Vinatieri then tied the game with a field goal. The tie would continue through the top of the fourth quarter. And then the Steelers hurled out a field goal. Pittsburgh 20 and Indianapolis 17. Colts defensive back Tim Jennings intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass in the bottom of the fourth quarter. The result of that turnover was a TD by Dominic Rhodes. Colts 24 and Steelers 20. After a sweetly exciting last minute of the game, Indianapolis took the cake, the icing, and the knife. 24 to 20 final score.

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I also watched the final fortyish seconds of the Kansas City and San Diego game. The Chargers won by one point. Read all about it here.

NFL 08: the Falcons chargrill chicken the Saints

The New Orleans Saints jogged over to the capital of the Peach State to oven-bake with the Falcons. Televised by Fox, the first quarter started with Saints quarterback Drew Brees throwing an interception. Falcons safety Erik Coleman snatched the ball that was meant for wide receiver Devery Henderson. Atlanta didn’t capitalize on the interception, but on their next possession, Matt Ryan threw to wide receiver Roddy White in the end zone for a touchdown. Falcons 7 and New Orleans 0. The Saints would’ve had a TD too on their next go, but Falcons cornerback Dominique Foxworth got the ball out of the hands of wide receiver Marques Colston. New Orleans settled for a field goal. Atlanta still on top with 7.

In the top of the second quarter, the Falcons increased their lead with a TD rammed in to the end zone by running back Michael Turner. A complete pass to wide receiver Michael Jenkins on the preceding play contributed to the Falcons getting within five yards of the goal line. Atlanta 14 and New Orleans 3. The Saints pulled out another field goal in response. Falcons 14 and Saints 6. Atlanta got to the red zone on their next possession but couldn’t get into the end zone. They got a field goal out of it. 17 to 6.

The third quarter drummed down to about two minutes and the Falcons got another field goal. The top of the fourth quarter said hello to a sixty-seven yard TD by Falcons running back Jerious Norwood. Atlanta 27 and New Orleans 6. The Saints finally got a TD when running back Deuce McAllister ran fifteen yards into the end zone. Atlanta 27 and New Orleans 13. The Saints were working on a considerably impressive drive down field ticking towards the bottom of the fourth quarter; Drew Brees rocked the ball but Falcons cornerback Chris Houston nabbed it in the end zone. With over a minute left in the game, Falcons cornerback Chevis Jackson intercepted a Brees pass and ran ninety-five yards to the end zone for a TD. Atlanta 34 and New Orleans 13. New Orleans wide receiver Lance Moore caught one last pass as the clock went to 00. Falcons 34 and Saints 20. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Ron Pitts and Tony Boselli were the commentators.

2. The Saints got three points from a field goal towards the bottom of the first quarter. After they kicked the ball to Falcons, with Jerious Norwood receiving, the camera was on the field behind Norwood. I’m not sure if the kick itself was filmed from the sidelines/press box, high-angle shot, but at least from the moment the kick was made, the televised imagery came from behind Norwood.

3. Ron Pitts remarked that Atlantans have started referring to Michael Turner as “MARTA.” Is that really the case? Pitts explained that Marta is Atlanta’s “mass transit system…that bus will take you everywhere.” Mmm. Je ne pense pas.

4. The play clock in view for the Saints was flanked by a Hooters ad and a Miller Lite ad. I believe it was Miller Lite.

5. Sweet apple pie and a handkerchief. One of the cameras went to the Saints sidelines in the bottom of the third quarter, specifically for a shot of Drew Brees barking at tight end Jeremy Shockey. Who should end up in the frame but former Falcons QB Joey Harrington.

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