The Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Atlanta Falcons today in week six of the season. Broadcast on Fox, the Falcons were out on offense first but had to punt the ball away two minutes into the game. Kevin Kolb quarterbacked for the Eagles. He and wide receiver DeSean Jackson connected at the end of their first drive with a touchdown. Philadelphia 7 and Atlanta 0. Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins, in his first game after recuperating from a shoulder injury in the pre-season, made a forty-two yard catch and kept his hands on the ball while being brought down by Eagles defenders. According to Daryl Johnston, Eagles are skilled at stripping a complete pass from the hands of the receiver. Falcons kicker Matt Bryant’s forty-one yard field goal attempt was not successful; it bounced off the left upright. Kolb and Jackson did it again with fewer than seven minutes left in the first quarter. Philadelphia 14 and Atlanta 0.
The first play of the second quarter (Eagles on offense) led to two players down, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson and DeSean Jackson. Robinson went crashing head-first into Jackson’s sternum. They remained near motion-less when they landed on the turf (Robinson was on his left side, Jackson was on his stomach, hips slightly raised). Both players were able to get up and walk to their respective locker rooms. Eagles kicker David Akers tried a thirty-seven yard FG but it was no good. Wind! The Eagles were determined to secure a first home win and their third TD, courtesy of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, certainly helped. Philadelphia 21 and Atlanta 0. Did the Falcons’ offense wake up in the bottom of the quarter? Wide receiver Roddy White caught his first pass of the game. Not quite. Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel intercepted Matt Ryan’s pass meant for Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez. Falcons safety William Moore intercepted Kevin Kolb with fewer than sixty seconds left in the first half. Linebacker Curtis Lofton tipped the ball that Moore then caught. Would the Falcons be able to get into the end zone? Yes, they did–thanks to a pass interference call on cornerback Joselio Hanson which put the ball at the one yard line. Two plays later, Tony Gonzalez made a TD catch. Philadelphia 21 and Atlanta 7.
Daryl Johnston noted that the Eagles couldn’t continue to make the mistakes of the second quarter if they wanted to maintain offensive and defensive might. Well, I sure hope they do. The Falcons increased their score with a twenty-six yard FG in the third quarter. Philadelphia 21 and Atlanta 10. I doubt Eagles fans had much to worry about–Kevin Kolb to Jeremy Maclin for eighty-three yards and a TD. Philadelphia 28 and Atlanta 10. By the middle of the fourth quarter, David Akers had missed two FGs. Tony Gonzalez made his second TD of the game with just under six minutes left in the quarter. David Akers’s fourth FG attempt was good. Matt Ryan’s pass with over two minutes left was batted out of his hands. One of the Eagles jumped on the ball. Philadelphia 31 and Atlanta 17. Final score.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Commentary came by way of Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston. Kenny wore a black jacket, a white button-down shirt, and a bright saffron-caramel tie. Daryl wore a dark gray-blue jacket (could’ve been black), a maroon-striped button-down shirt, and a burgundy paisley tie. Did nobody in wardrobe tell him that his stripes would create a moire effect? I think there was a handkerchief sticking out of the jacket pocket too.
2. The Eagles wore white jerseys, the Falcons red. Whenever Philadelphia and Atlanta play, I am reminded of salsa ingredients.
3. I may not be a fan of baseball anymore, but I watched about five innings of the the first NLCS game last night without feeling bored. I may watch some of game two tonight on Fox (8 pm). I have to admit, though, there is something about being able to see the eyes of the players, as they size up each other, that produces spectatorial pleasure.
4. Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard hung out with Tony Siragusa on the sidelines for much of the first quarter.
5. The turnover in the second quarter resulted in a horse collar penalty on Kevin Kolb, which gave the Falcons fifteen yards down the field.
6. When was David Akers’s second FG attempt? I counted only two as of seven minutes in the fourth quarter?
7. After the officials determined that the Eagles had recovered Ryan’s “fumble,” the telecast cut to footage of Matt Ryan on the sidelines. He had fury in his eyes, eyebrows scrunched, and mouth spitting out some kind of displeasure. The commentators noted that Ryan probably thought the referee should’ve blown the whistle and made an incomplete pass call.
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