The Atlanta Falcons flew north to hang-glide on New York Jets’ thirty degree and 17mph wind territory. Having started with a season full of possibilities, the Falcons have seen their season slip into uncertainty. By the time they went up against the New Orleans Saints, running backs Jerious Norwood and Michael Turner, wide receiver Ben Finneran, and quarterback Matt Ryan had missed games due to injury. Atlanta’s record was 6 – 7 going into today’s game. Would Turner and Ryan’s reactivated status yield a victory for the Falcons? They may be out of playoffs running, but a first ever back-to-back winning seasons is still up for grabs.
Televised by Fox, and narrated by Dick Stockton and Charles Davis, the first quarter began with the Falcons on offense without scoring. A few plays into the Jets’ turn, Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud intercepted Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. The Jets’ defense allowed a Matt Bryant field goal for the Falcons in the middle of the first quarter. Atlanta 3 and New York 0. The Jets got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the quarter with sixty-five yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Braylon Edwards. New York 7 and Atlanta 3.
Halfway through the second quarter, the Falcons defense was able to keep the Jets to a field goal attempt, which turned out to be a fake field goal attempt. Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes was there to nix that option. Moments later, Mark Sanchez threw a second interception towards the bottom of the quarter–Brent Grimes was on it. The rest of the first half ticked down to three seconds and the Jets tried but failed at a real field goal. New York 7 and Atlanta 3.
The third quarter saw the Jets performing well offensively and Jets running back Thomas Jones was flagged for unnecessary roughness for getting his hands on Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann’s face mask (after the whistle had blown on a play). Both teams’ defensive players have been doing much better than the other team’s and their own team’s offense.
Watch me eat seaweed during the commercial break before the fourth quarter started:
Matt Bryant missed a forty-eight yard field goal in the top of the fourth quarter. The Jets had a chance to score three points nearing the bottom of the quarter, but Falcons defensive end Chauncey Davis blocked it. The clock ticked down to under the two minutes and VERDANT VALENTINE VIXENS Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez caught a TD pass just inside the end zone (and then used the uprights’ cross bar as a basketball hoop, dunking the ball behind it). Three or four plays into the Jets’ last go on offense, Brent Grimes made another interception. Atlanta 10 and New York 7. Final score.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Mike Smith wore a Falcons beanie. What a cutie-in-beanie.
2. After glancing up from my laptop just before the third quarter began: “Did I just see cheerleaders wearing Santa skirts?”
3. Michael Turner only played for half of the first quarter, if memory serves.
4. The top of the fourth quarter began with a shot of a Jets-supporting Santa.
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