NFL 08: Broncos rip-tide the Falcons

The ornithological perseverance of Atlanta awaited the equestrian bounty of Denver today at a full house in the Georgia Dome.  Televised by CBS, the first quarter started with two incomplete passes on the Falcons’ part.

Upon an initial glance, Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler gave Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan a hefty jaunt for the moolah.  Not yet halfway through the first quarter and Broncos rookie fullback Peyton Hillis rammed his body through Falcons defense into the end zone for a touchdown.  Ticking to the bottom of the first quarter, the Falcons kicker Jason Elam sent a forty-six yard field goal retort.  Denver 7 and Atlanta 3.  The quarter concluded with a thirty-five yard complete pass between Matt Ryan and wide receiver Roddy White.

The second quarter inched the Falcons points up with another field goal.  Merde that equestrian bounty.  Broncos rookie wide receiver Eddie Royal returned the kickoff for fifty-eight yards to the Atlanta thirty-eight yard line.  A few subsequent mistakes on Denver’s part, however, left them with a forty-nine yard field goal attempt, which kicker Matt Prater sailed wide left.  The next Falcons’ possession culminated in a marvelous Ryan-White connection (thirty-five yards), which proceeded with a touchdown courtesy of running back Michael Turner.  Atlanta 13 and Denver 7.   The score remained unchanged going into halftime.

The third quarter hauled in a Broncos touchdown by tackle Ryan Harris.  Denver back on top with 14 points.   That equestrian bounty did some more trampling when cornerback Dre Bly intercepted Matt Ryan’s pass meant for Roddy White in the bottomish portion of the third quarter.   That maneuver ended in a field goal.  Broncos 17 and Falcons 13.

The fourth quarter began with a fantabulous second touchdown by Michael Turner.  The Falcons reclaimed their perch 20 to 17.   But not for long.  Broncos tight end Daniel Graham caught a TD pass in the middle of the quarter.   He then dunked the ball across the  goal posts’ crossbar.   Denver 24 and Atlanta 20.   Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon provided commentary today.

2. Between snaps during the Falcons’ first possession in the first quarter, the camera cut to Matt Ryan’s face.  Despite the non-results of those snaps, and the noticeable look of mild panic and frustration, Ryan’s eyes emitted spirit and possibility.  Endless possibilities.  The top of the second quarter evoked “determination” and “ferocity.”

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