NFL 2009: Steelers shrug off the Chargers

I didn’t watch any NFL during the day because I had a previous engagement; the Atlanta Falcons didn’t play today either.  I certainly wasn’t going to miss the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers on Sunday Night Football.   Al Michaels (wearing a dark navy suit, light blue button-down shirt, and a gold and navy diagonally striped tie) and Cris Collinsworth (dressed in a black suit, a thinly striped button-down shirt, and a metallic pink tie) narrated the event.

The first quarter started with six plays, seventy-nine yards, and a Steelers touchdown courtesy of running back Rashard Mendenhall.  More than halfway through the quarter, running back Mewelde Moore made a TD.  Pittsburgh 14 and San Diego 0.  The second quarter trotted all the way down without a score for the Chargers, but the Mendenhall forged his way into the end zone for another Steelers TD.  Going into halftime, Pittsburgh 21 and San Diego 0.

The third quarter began with another Steelers TD (thanks to tight end Heath Miller).  Pittsburgh 28 and San Diego 0.  I like the Steelers, but goodness graceland, come on Chargers!  Where’s the noise?  Where’s the power?  Where’s the suspense?  I guess I got what I wanted because Chargers tight end Antonio Gates made a TD catch (in the replay, Cris Collinsworth said that Gates used to play basketball “and he’s playing basketball here” or something along those lines).  Pittsburgh 28 and San Diego 7.

Chargers fullback Devin Hester somehow got the ball out of a heap of bodies in the top of the fourth quarter and ran it in for a TD.  No whistle blew between the materialization of that heap and Hester’s running toward the end zone.  Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin challenged whether or not the ball should’ve been called dead before Hester got his hands on it.  He lost the challenge.   The Steelers shoved back with a TD with Mewelde Moore throwing a TD pass to Heath Miller halfway through the quarter.  Antonio Gates got himself into the end zone a couple minutes later.  The Chargers then recovered a fumbled Steelers ball and wide receiver Chris Chambers sliced through the front corner of the end zone .   Pittsburgh 35 and San Diego 28.  How would the Steelers respond?  A forty-six yard field goal attempt.  Kicker Jeff Reed got it done.   Pittsburgh 38 and San Diego 28.   Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was wearing a cap with a hot pink bill (on top).  Ah…breast cancer awareness month. I want those pink gloves the players are wearing.

2.  The Steelers’ bright yellowish-orange helmets makes me think of orange Fanta and American cheese.

3.  A minute and a half before halftime, Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels stressed the importance for women to get mammograms.

4.  New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees spoke with Bob Costas via satellite during halftime.  Brees should just shave his head.  His bangs aren’t very bangin’.

5.  Andrea Kramer wore a light blue leather jacket.  Very Jetsons.

6.  Cris Collinsworth has no shoulders.  Just like BoA the Korean pop singer who’s been more active in the Jpop music scene and attempted to break into the American music industry.

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