The St. Louis Rams hosted an afternoon of turf wars with the Atlanta Falcons. Televised by Fox, the Rams, quarterbacked by Sam Bradford, were on offense first. Three minutes later, the Rams punted the ball to the Falcons. Due to one 5 yard false start penalty, a 15 yard unnecessary roughness penalty, and an incomplete pass, the Falcons had to send the ball right back to the Rams. Two plays later, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui made a touchdown catch for the home team. St. Louis 7 and Atlanta 0. The Falcons’ offense improved by the middle of the quarter when his decision to throw the ball, after seconds of tip-toeing in the pocket, led to a complete pass to wide receiver Eric Weems. Five minutes later, Falcons Matt Bryant kicker attempted a forty-two yard field goal. It was good. St. Louis 7 and Atlanta 3.
The top of the second quarter had Rams kicker Josh Brown making a fifty-three yard FG. St. Louis 10 and Atlanta 3. At the end of the Falcons’ next possession, quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Brian Finneran connected for a TD. St. Louis 10 and Atlanta 10. The middle of the second quarter gave the Falcons a lead with a FG. Atlanta 13 and St. Louis 10. The final forty seconds could’ve given the Falcons a TD lead but they had to settle for a FG because Brian Finneran couldn’t keep hold of the ball (he was well-covered) and Matt Ryan may not have known that tight end Tony Gonzalez was wide open. Atlanta 16 and St. Louis 10.
The third quarter began strongly for the Rams–wide receiver Danny Amendola’s thirty-one yard kickoff return and running back Steven Jackson’s sixteen yards of moving down the field preceded a TD catch by wide receiver Brandon Gibson. St. Louis 17 and Atlanta 16. The Rams defense turned out a solid performance through the middle of the third quarter. The Falcons defense wasn’t backing down, but would their offense reclaim their own momentum? One could argue in the affirmative given Tony Gonzalez’s catch with under six minutes left in the quarter. Three minutes later, the Falcons were first-and-goal courtesy of a catch by tight end Justin Peelle. A couple plays later, Peelle brought the ball in to the end zone. Atlanta 23 and St. Louis 17.
The fourth quarter ticked down halfway and the Falcons gained another three points from a FG. Atlanta 26 and St. Louis 17. The game hadn’t seen any sacks by the bottom of the quarter; the first interception would occur when Falcons safety William Moore got his hands on a shovel pass. Wahoo! Double time on that wahoo as Falcons running back Michael Turner doled out a rushing TD after the two-minute warning. The Falcons nailed a two-point conversion thanks to wide receiver Roddy White (who cut into the bottom right corner of the end zone). Atlanta 34 and St. Louis 17. Final score.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Game narration was provided by Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan (the former was in the booth, the latter on the field).
2. Rabbit Hole! There’s the Nicole Kidman I love.
3. The Falcons wore white jerseys and pants. The Rams wore navy tops and bottoms.
4. After Brian Finneran made the TD in the second quarter, one could hear him “woohoo-ing” all along the sidelines.
5. Roddy White has had high school experience in wrestling, baseball, and football. He was good in all three.
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