The last time the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles stood eye-to-eye was in October 2010. The Eagles won 31 to 17. After a lukewarm performance against the Chicago Bears last week, would the Falcons be able to demonstrate the physical skills we fans know they possess on Sunday Night Football on NBC?
– The game clock twiddle down eleven minutes before any numbers went on the board. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Roddy White, who caught the ball in the back of the end zone.
– Score: 7 Atlanta and Philadelphia 0.
– The top of quarter saw the Eagles tying the score with a TD by wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Michael Vick sent the ball flying his way; he caught it and then took a couple steps into the end zone. Another drive towards the Falcons’ end zone was downsized to a field goal.
– The Eagles’ next go at a TD failed as Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry caused Vick to fumble the ball and Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards recovered it. He ran the ball back to the Eagles 20 yard line.
– Did the TD pass to Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez count in the final minute of the quarter? The ruling on the field said it was a TD. The booth review confirmed it.
– The Eagles had enough time to get down the field for field goal position, but Michael Vick lost control of the ball. Falcons defensive end John Abraham recovered the ball. DESPERATELY SEEKING LEEKS AND LENTILS! The Eagles got the ball back by intercepting Matt Ryan. Eagles kicker Alex Henery’s 60-some-odd yard FG was no good.
– Score: 14 Atlanta and 10 Philadelphia.
– Michael Vick threw an interception at the top of the quarter. Falcons cornerback Kelvin Hayden scooped up the ball. A couple plays later Tony Gonzalez made another TD.
– The Eagles responded a possession later with a Jeremy Maclin thirty-six yard TD.
– Matt Ryan threw an interception when they got the ball – Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel made the pluck. Falcons head coach Mike Smith challenged the call. Smith claimed the point of the ball hit the turf. The booth review did not over-turn the call.
– Eagles running back LeSean McCoy then swung the game momentum in his team’s direction with a TD. McCoy would do it again in the bottom of the quarter.
– Michael Vick had to step off the field in the bottom of the third quarter due to a neck injury. Mike Kafka stepped in as QB for the Eagles.
– Score: 31 Philadelphia and 21 Atlanta.
– Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones made an incredible catch at the top of the quarter. An Eagle on either side, he leaped into the air and cradled the ball. A few plays later, Matt Ryan tossed the ball into the end zone and into Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli’s hands.
– Falcons running back Michael Turner made a fantastic 60+ yard run down the field in the middle of the quarter. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers displayed his rushing chops by getting the ball within the red zone. One play later, Michael Turner ran the ball into the end zone.
– Final Score: 35 Atlanta and 31 Philadelphia.
1. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were the commentators.
2. The National Anthem was performed by Samuel L. Jackson?! Not quite. But he was on the field with his “Rise Up” backup singers. He probably did something during commercial break.
3. Conversation I had with a friend earlier today:
Friend: big news. syracuse and pittsburgh are joining the ACC.
Me: What?! What were they before?
Friend: i know. big east.
Me: Did/does the Big East encompass most of the New England schools? What’s Boston College & Boston University?
Friend: it did. boston college used to be in the big east too. but in 2005, they came to the ACC. the Big East hates the ACC because the ACC keeps stealing the Big East’s members and they are left scrambling for replacements after this latest round of expansion, the ACC has five former Big East members (virginia tech, boston college, miami, syracuse, pitt).
Me: me: Wow…VA Tech. How does the NCAA agree to the expansions?
Friend: they don’t.
Me: And yet it still happens…
Friend: college football is moving towards four 16-team “super conferences” and those conferences appear to be the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, and Pac-16. the major conferences that are hit hard will be the Big 12 and the Big East. the ACC has 14 teams now… i think they will add UConn and Rutgers to round it out.
Me: Pac-16…that does not have a nice ring it. “Pac 10” sounds better.
Friend: the pac-10 no longer exists; it’s officially the pac-12 today … and looking to become the pac-16.
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