NFL 2013: Dolphins bottleneck the Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons do-si-do’ed southwards to Floridian waters for a play date with the Miami Dolphins.  Televised on Fox, with narration by Chris Meyers and Tim Ryan, the Falcons were first on offense in the eighty-eight degree heat of afternoon.  A Jason Snelling touchdown was had at the end of their first possession.  Atlanta 7 and Miami 0.

The Falcons increased their lead with a field goal in the top of the second quarter.  The Dolphins demonstrated an energy burst in the form of a TD, courtesy of running back Daniel Thomas.  The Falcons responded with a field goal and the Dolphins did too. Atlanta 13 and Miami 10.

A minute into the third quarter and the Falcons recovered a fumbled Dolphins ball.  A pass interference flag thrown on a Dolphins defensive player nudged the Falcons to a sneeze away from the goal line.  Two plays later Matt Ryan completed a TD pass to Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo.  Atlanta 20 and Miami 10.  The Dolphins threw up another field goal.  Atlanta 20 and Miami 13.

DETOUR: The Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 5 to 2, making them NL East Champs (The Washington Nationals also lost to the Miami Marlins)! A title they haven’t had since 2005.

RETOUR: With over four minutes left in the third quarter, Falcons safety William Moore recovered another fumbled Dolphins ball but no score resulted from that turnover.  The Dolphins tied the game with a Brian Hartline TD at the end of the quarter.  Atlanta 20 and Miami 20.  The Falcons reclaimed the lead in the top of the fourth quarter with a field goal.  Atlanta 23 and Miami 20.  Would the Falcons be able to win by leaps and bounds and not just a pair of jazz hands?  Well, kicker Matt Bryant missed a field goal with about five minutes left in the game.  Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw a TD pass to tight end Dion Sims.  Miami 27 and Atlanta 23.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Is today really the first day of fall?  Is that why I’m daydreaming about pumpkin pie a la mode?

2.  A couple minutes into the first quarter Chris Meyers and Tim Ryan talked about the Falcons’ needing to incorporate some run game into their plays.  Tim remarked at one point, “I know the trend with them is to ‘pass, pass, pass, and pass some more, but…’.”  The way he said it made me laugh.

3.  About five minutes into the second quarter, I checked the game center page in Firefox and a saw few oddities on the page.  Notice the Detroit vs. Washington in the box score.

The Chrome view, however, appeared free of such errors.

4.  The Dolphins guard’s name is Richie Incognito.  If he were to go incognito in public, he’d be Incognito incognito.  There’s a Falcons tackle whose name is Jeremy Trueblood.  I wonder how often people ask him if he is of Native-American descent or if he is fan of vampire mythology.

5.  Is the NFL hoping to attract more fans of the Spanish-speaking persuasion with the Futbol Americano graphic placed around the stadium?  A Google image search reveals an NFL and Bud Light Hispanic Heritage Foundation.  Because it’s Hispanic Heritage month.

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