The Atlanta Falcons scampered northwards to play the New York Giants. Televised by Fox, and narrated by Daryl Johnston and Kenny Albert, the two teams talked business in sunny, fifty-three degree weather. Back at home? Definitely not sunny. A bit rainy. Once again, another visually splotchy telecast. The Giants went on offense first. Quarterback Eli Manning threw quite well…until the Falcons defense brought on the pressure and he threw a poor one (recovered by a fellow Giant). Two plays later (methinks), he was intercepted by Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes. What would the Falcons do with the turnover? Would they show might? Pas beaucoup. Nearing the bottom of the first quarter, the Giants punched out three points with a thirty-nine yard field goal. New York 3 and Atlanta 0.
The second quarter bounced off to an offensive start for the Falcons–AND A RUSHING TOUCHDOWN BY RUNNING BACK JASON SNELLING!!!! Atlanta 7 and New York 3. The Giants returned the favor with a field goal that was no good. No matter, Giants tight end Kevin Boss would run the ball in for a TD soon enough. The Falcons had an opportunity to score again before halftime; a TD didn’t happen and neither did a FG. With under two minutes left in the first half, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan went down to the turf, the ball came out of his hands, and the Giants recovered. Kevin Boss pulled up his team’s numbers just before halftime with a TD catch. New York 17 and Atlanta 7.
The third quarter gave the Falcons something to smile about as Jason Snelling made his second TD of the day. The Giants scored right back with a TD of their own, thanks to running back Brandon Jacobs. The Falcons struggled to get a TD on their next possession but took a field goal instead. The scoring see-saw saw the Giants increase their lead with a TD catch by fullback Madison Hedgecock in the top of the fourth quarter. New York 31 and Atlanta 17. The Falcons proved in the second half of the fourth quarter that they’re still in the game with an Eric Weems TD. New York 31 and Atlanta 24. Two minutes left in the game…who would pass Go and Collect 200? Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez got his team closer collecting 200 by making a TD in the end of the end zone. Both teams tied with 31 points. On to overtime with the Giants receiving the ball and a thirty-six yard field goal attempt. Kicker Lawrence Tynes won the game for his team. New York 34 and Atlanta 31. Final score.
So close and yet so far for the Falcons, but at least Matt Ryan didn’t throw any interceptions. Without Michael Turner, they still tied the Giants.
Say hello to my Falcons Gnome.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Daryl Johnston remarked towards the middle of the second quarter that “the Falcons don’t play to the whistle; they play just past the whistle.”
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