Oh yeah. Thursday night football on the NFL Network, featuring the Baltimore Ravens at the Atlanta Falcons, was also broadcast on myATLtv for us Atlantans! Blessed union of soles.
Although the Ravens’ first half wasn’t nearly as impressive offensively as the Falcons, the third and fourth quarters were quite fantastic for Baltimore. Quarterback Joe Flacco got his turf legs and connected with three players (wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Derek Mason, and tight end Todd Heap) for touchdowns. By the time the Ravens scored their first TD in the bottom of the third quarter, the Falcons were in the lead with 13 (courtesy of a Jason Snelling TD and two Matt Bryant field goals). Despite a few dropped balls and a couple of turnovers that didn’t produce TDs for the southern predatory birds, the Falcons pulled through with a Roddy White touchdown in the bottom of the fourth quarter. Atlanta 26 and Baltimore 21. Final score.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Joe Theismann, Bob Papa, and Matt Millen were the commentators.
3. The Falcons wore black jerseys and red helmets; the Ravens wore white jerseys.
4. Jeffrey Simmons of the Georgia National Guard sang the National Anthem before the game commenced. He gave a somewhat twangy and melodic rendition.
5. Was it my imagination or did the commentators keep having to correct themselves on the names of the players that just made or didn’t make a play? Narrators for Fox and CBS only have to “take that back” if they got the player wrong because the jersey number was obscured.
6. When Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan over or under-throws a ball and he knows it’s his fault, he taps his sternum while facing the sidelines.
8. Did one of the commentators just say the Georgia Aquarium was built in 1995?!
8. The game-winning drive for the Falcons lasted 80 yards, 40 seconds, and 7 plays. Atlanta went for a 2 point conversion but was not successful. Still, they won. After Matt Ryan knew for certain that Roddy White had caught the ball, he hugged his center, Todd McClure.
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