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NFC Championship 2010: the Saints crawfish bead the Vikings

Well, the Indianapolis Colts out-shined the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game.  Which NFC team would be butting heads with the Colts at Super Bowl XLIV?  Would the Minnesota Vikings bring in the cold and mead or would the New Orleans Saints ferry over some rhythm and blues?  Televised by Fox, with commentary by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, the Vikings went on offense first.  Running back Adrian Peterson made a touchdown at the end of this possession.  Saints running back Pierre Thomas tied the game with a TD run when his team got the ball.   Minnesota 7 and New Orleans 0.  Brett Favre connected with wide receiver Sidney Rice towards the bottom of the quarter, giving the Vikings seven more points.  Minnesota 14 and New Orleans 7.

The second quarter started with the Saints tying the game once again with a TD connection between Drew Brees and wide receiver Devery Henderson.  Minnesota 14 and New Orleans 14.  The second quarter drew to a close with the Vikings recovering a muffed punt to the ten-yard line and then Adrian Peterson losing control of the ball.

The Saints charged into the third quarter with a Pierre Thomas TD.  New Orleans 21 and Minnesota 14 (televised slow-motion replays revealed that Thomas’s left knee hit the ground before the ball crossed the goal line).  Adrian Peterson lost control of the ball on the Vikings next possession, but his teammate fullback Naufahu Tahi jumped on the ball.  With the legs and grip of tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who moved the ball down the field, Adrian Peterson was able to put another TD on board.  New Orleans 21 and Minnesota 21.  Peterson recovered his own fumbled ball nearing the bottom of the third quarter.  Three times a lady fumble!  Minutes later, Brett Favre was intercepted by Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.   Favre was brought down to the ground hard and had to hop off the field with a teammate on either side of him.

The top of the fourth quarter indicated ostensibly that the Vikings were getting sloppy Joey with their game-play.  There was another loose ball.  Saints defensive tackle Remi Ayodele got a hold of the ball after it rolled away from players on both teams.  Saints running back Reggie Bush managed to break the bottom right corner of the end zone for a TD.  New Orleans 28 and Minnesota 21.  Just when it seemed like Minnesota was closing the offensive gap, the ball gets away from them and Vilma nabbed it.  Luckily for the Vikings, the Saints didn’t score.  When Minnesota returned to offense, Adrian Peterson ended up breaking the plane.  New Orleans 28 and Minnesota 28.  The Vikings were playing the fourth-down-and-goal yo-yo and instead of getting his kicker to a decent yard-line, he threw an interception.  Cornerback Tracy Porter cradled that prolate spheroid like it was a free puppy.

Can we spell O-V-E-R-T-I-M-E?  The Saints won the coin toss.  Kicker Garrett Hartley’s forty-yard field goal attempt was good.  New Orleans 31 and Minnesota 28.  The New Orleans Saints are the NFC Champions and will send some rhythm and blues to Super Bowl XLIV.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck wore a light gray suit, a light blue button-down shirt, and a caramel-bronze tie.  Troy Aikman wore a dark navy suit, a white button-down shirt, and a metallic gray tie.  The juxtaposition was a bit odd.

2.  Kris Allen sang the National Anthem.  I would say that Jordin Sparks did a much better job singing in the AFC Championship game.  She sang like she meant it; he belted like he didn’t want to mess up.

3.  The Vikings wore white jerseys and the Saints wore black.

4.  The Saints have a life-sized pound-puppy of a mascot.

5.  Sidney Rice did a little shoulder shake in the end zone after he made the TD catch in the first quarter.

6.  If you watched this game or have been following the Vikings in the news, then you know that Brett Favre and many of the offensive players wore ear plugs.

7.  Drew Brees launched the ball into the back right corner of the end zone in the second quarter; Devery Henderson flew to it like a bird of prey snatching up a field mouse.

8.  Vikings safety Madieu Williams’s first name is perverted French for “my god.”  “Dieu” is masculine, so “my god” should be “mon dieu.”

9.  George Bush Sr. and his wife Barbara were in attendance.  I believe the former President was wearing a dark navy suit, a white button-down shirt and a red shirt.

10. Who’s going to have the most sleepless night: Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, Brad Childress, or Zygi Wilf?

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Pro-Bowl 2009: the NFC crinkle fries the AFC

Last year the NFC outnumbered the AFC.  Toss a poker chip, a chocolate coin. 50-50.  Who would win this year (or season)? Broadcast on NBC, unfolding in Hawaii for the thirtieth straight year, the first quarter started with Cardinals’ Kurt Warner as quarterback for the NFC.  The Colts’ Peyton Manning QB’ed for the AFC.  Halfway through the quarter, Manning threw a touchdown catch to Tony Gonzalez (tight end for the Chiefs).  AFC 7 and NFC 0.  The Saints’ Drew Brees took to QB’ing next for the NFC.  Colts defensive end Robert Mathis got his grip around the ball three minutes later.  Manning was back out on the field as QB for the AFC…and was sacked by Panthers’ defensive end Julius Peppers three plays later.  Brees was on as QB for the NFC with under two minutes left in the quarter.

The second quarter began with the Giants kicker John Carney put a thirty-seven yard field goal through the yellow prongs.  AFC 7 and NFC 3.  Manning and Brees continued as QBs through the rest of the quarter (well, mostly; Kerry Collins of the Titans went in as QB for the AFC with fifty-two seconds left).  Texans tight end Owen Daniels made a TD catch with less than a minute left on the clock.  Before the quarter was out, though, Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald got the NFC another TD.  AFC 14 and NFC 10.

The third quarter started with the AFC on offense and Kerry Collins as QB.  Eli Manning went in for quarterbacking duties for the NFC.  Towards the bottom of the quarter, Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield intercepted Collins.  When the NFC got on the field in offense, the first play was Eli Manning throwing the ball twenty-six yards to Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.  Two plays later, though, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis made a one-handed interception in the end zone.  He caught the ball with his right hand.  Oh, but what next? No sooner did the AFC go back in offense, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen recovered Collins’s fumbled ball.  When the NFC boys took to the field again, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson got the ball into the end zone.  NFC 17 and AFC 14.

The fourth quarter waddled seven minutes down and Colts fullback Le’Ron McClain scrambled into the end zone to give the AFC the lead again.  Jay Cutler of the Broncos was the QB.  AFC 21 and NFC 17.  With four minutes, thereabouts, left to play, Larry Fitzgerald made a leaping TD catch.  NFC 24 and AFC 21.  Going to two-and-a-half minutes, Julius Peppers intercepted Cutler in a move that compelled the commentators to reference his basketball skills.  John Carney spat out a forty-eight yard field goal to give the NFC three more points.  Carney went back on the field with thirty-five seconds left to seal the meal with a twenty-six yard field goal.  Final score NFC 30 and AFC 21.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Al Michaels (wearing a grayish-green, short-sleeved, button-down shirt) and Cris Collinsworth (in light blue) provided commentary.

2.  David Archuleta sang the national anthem.  Not too shabby.  Je suppose.

3.  The NFC uniforms consisted of blue pants and blue tops–save for the sleeves and the back.  The AFC uniforms consisted of red socks, white pants, and red sleeves.  The players wore their respective team helmets.

4.  Before you Race to Witch Mountain, you should Escape to Witch Mountain and then Return from Witch Mountain.

5.  Enrique Iglesias and Ciara provided halftime entertainment.  What in the ward was Enrique wearing? Dark denims and yellow short-sleeved shirt (with two white stripes on the sleeves) with the words “make it happen” on it.  Oh, and a cap.  The field was littered with dancers in multi-colored costumes.  Bright colors: greens, magentas, corals, reds.

6.  Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth joked during the bottom of the third quarter that the players will do anything for money; they’ll play so much harder for a cash prize.

7.  Ronde Barber’s voice is lower than his brother Tiki’s.  His face is also longer than Tiki’s.

8.  Today was the tenth time that Tony Gonzalez and Peyton Manning have been to the Pro-Bowl.

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NFC Wildcard 2009: Eagles flatline the Vikings

Justin Four. The second 2009 AFC wildcard game was towed in by the Baltimore Ravens. They beat the Miami Dolphins 27 to 9 (on CBS) and will go up against the Tennessee Titans next week for the divisional crown (unless I hallucinated this bit of info when I was watching the Fox pre-game show). Click here for details. As for the NFC? The Philadelphia Eagles slugged over to the frontal cortex of the Minnesota Vikings. Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter began with the Eagles on offense. Three minutes later, the Vikings took to offense then gave the ball back to the Eagles. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson returned the punt for sixty-two yards. A few plays later, kicker David Akers flung up a forty-three yard field goal. Rinsed and repeated (for fifty-one yards) at the bottom of the quarter. Philadelphia 6 and Minnesota 0.

The second quarter burst out with a forty-yard touchdown by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Minnesota 7 and Philadelphia 6. The Eagles’ third field goal put them back on top, 9 to 7. A powdery dust of the white stuff later, Vikings quarterback Tavaris Jackson threw an interception. Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel made the snatch for a TD. Philadelphia 16 and Minnesota 7. Woohoo! Attendez! Were the Nordic ones going to back down? Jamais. Adrian Peterson got his two femurs into the end zone in the pit of the quarter. A sneeze afterwards, Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin stole the pass Donovan McNabb targeted at wide receiver Kevin Curtis. Going into halftime, Philadelphia 16 and Minnesota 14.

The third quarter started off with Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser making a couple strides down into the Eagles’ nest. I wonder how long it took for Kleinsasser to learn how to spell his last name. Man, man, man. Vikings defensive end Jared Allen knocked the ball out of McNabb’s grip with about a minute left in the quarter. Defensive tackle Fred Evans lunged after the ball.

The fourth quarter ticktocked down to 6.5 minutes when Eagles running back Brian Westbrook made a seventy-one yard mad dash into the end zone. Philadelphia 23 and Minnesota 14. Fanks the gourd. The Vikings still had time to do some rhythmic gymnmathematics, but then Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker recovered a poorly snapped ball with under three minutes on the clock. Anything you’d have done, I’m gonna do betta. Boiling down to around two minutes, the Eagles nudged up their numbers with a field goal. Enfin, beating Minnesota 26 to 14, the Eagles are off to shoot bottle caps with the New York Giants for the NFC divisional game next week.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were the commentators. The more of Joe Buck that I see, the more I think he looks like a sixth grade science teacher. The words “igneous,” “proton” and “asthenosphere” could come rolling out of his mouth…and convincingly.

2. Kevin Curtis was sporting a moustache. I’m not a fan of facial hair but he still looks marvelous.

3. The first half undoubtedly demonstrated that both teams were full of intensity and “know-how,” but all of their effort paid off in table spoons rather than buckets. Yes, DeSean Jackson plucked Tavaris Jackson’s ball out of its trajectory and Adrian Peterson got to the end zone twice, and yet….

4. Taylor Hicks apparently sang the national anthem before the game started tonight. I missed it or it wasn’t televised.

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NFL 08: Falcons send the Vikings longship-packing

Looks like someone decided to give the Atlanta Falcons a couple of go-home-and-collect-200 cards. The Baltimore Ravens broke up the Dallas Cowboys’ party 33 to 24 Saturday night. The San Diego Chargers took out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41 to 24 earlier today. The Falcons went into todays game against the Minnesota Vikings with one condition: win and you’re in the playoffs (as a wild card). So, were they able to do it? and on the Vikings’ turf?

Televised by Fox, the first quarter started with a super cool throw from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throwing to wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who caught the ball one yard away from the goal line. Running back Michael Turner trudged his way into the end zone on the next play. Atlanta 7 and Minnesota 0. Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe got his hand into the end zone for a touchdown in response. Atlanta and Minnesota tied 7 a piece.

The second quarter surfaced with Matt Ryan shovel passing the ball to running back Jerious Norwood, who ran his way into the end zone. Atlanta 14 and Minnesota 7. The Vikings hit back with a few good runs by running back Adrian Peterson and throws by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, and then the ball got away from the Vikings and into the hands of Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. Unfortunately, no score came from that cul-de-sac of ball exchange. Once Vikings were back on offense, Tarvaris Jackson and Adrian Peterson made good ground coverage…but then there was another fumble and Falcons cornerback Chris Houston got his hands on the ball. Going into halftime, Atlanta was in the lead with 17 points to Minnesota’s 7.

The third quarter began with another series of impressive Vikings action which then turned into Falcons fumble recovery. Defensive tackle Kindal Moorehead sacked Tarvaris Jackson and defensive end Chauncey Davis got on top of the ball. The outcome of that turnover? Rien. Nothing. The Falcons had to punt the ball away. SWEET MOLLY OF MARINATED CUBAN SANDWICHES?! The game clock was tripping passed three minutes in the bottom of the third quarter; the Falcons were second-and-five on the Minnesota five yard line; Matt Ryan couldn’t find someone to whom he could launch the ball. Alors, he decided to take it to the goal line himself.

Only, his forward somersault was possibly twelve inches shy of the goal line, and as he came closer to the ground, the ball fell away from his hand and into the end zone (diagonally left from Matt Ryan’s hand). Purple and white swarmed around that prolate spheroid and Falcons guard Justin Blalock ended up with the credit for repossessing it for a TD. Atlanta 24 and Minnesota 7. The fourth quarter commenced with a re-energized Vikings offense…in the form of a field goal. Minnesota benefited from another Visanthe Shiancoe TD in the bottom of the quarter. Atlanta 24 and Minnesota 17. The Vikings’ defense were not going to surrender. With the two-minute warning left to play in the fourth, Tarvaris Jackson and his eligible receivers had one more chance to tie or take the win by a one point lead. Despite the Vikings’ efforts, the Falcons reclaimed control of the ball in the final minute of the game. Atlanta 24 and Minnesota 17. Final score. SWEET SHINY PLANTAINS ON A SUNDAY!!! The Falcons are going to the playoffs!!!

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Wow. After the Tennessee Titans beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31 to 14, CBS cut to the end of the Miami Dolphins attempting to maintain a lead over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Dolphins wore white jerseys and the Chiefs red. Together on the field, they looked like diced salsa ingredients or a Tabasco bottle.

2. Brian Baldinger, Dick Stockton, and Brian Billick provided commentary.

3. So, about that Matt Ryan somersault. I wonder if he’d ever do that again….I wonder if he’d practice doing that again for next season.

4. Last week’s game against Tampa Bay caused much anxiety since Matt Ryan’s second throw. Today’s horse-shoe toss against the Minnesota didn’t fill me with as intense a level of nerves, but from halfway through the third quarter to the end of the fourth, I experienced a dull chattering of anxiousness. I believed the Falcons could maintain a numerical lead but the Vikings just weren’t going to let up one breath, as evidenced in the bottom of the fourth quarter.

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Pre-S 08: Steelers kick away the Vikings

The Pittsburgh Steelers went to the central time zone to play and then eventually beat the Minnesota Vikings.

As a Steelers fan, I was hoping that Pittsburgh would prevail. From the middle of the third quarter on, though, I was under the impression that I would be titling this post “Vikings longship the Steelers.” Minnesota was quarterbacked by Gus Frerotte and John Booty. Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich led Pittsburgh. The Vikings scored first with a touchdown in the second quarter with a catch by running back Adrian Peterson. The Steelers wouldn’t have anything to show offensively until cornerback Ike Taylor intercepted a Frerotte pass meant for Vikings wide receiver Bobby Wade a few minutes later. Taylor’s steal, however, ended in a field goal rather than a TD. Both teams would increase their score with field goals in the third quarter. Minnesota would remain at ten points for the rest of the game. Pittsburgh would pick up two more field goals in the fourth quarter. The second one occurred with nine seconds left on the clock and gave them the win, thanks to Jeff Reed’s leg.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. CBS televised the game; the 1st and Ten line looked orange instead of yellow.

2. Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte is eight months older than Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

3. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf provided commentary. At one point Dierdorf mentioned to Gumbel that Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau looks amazing for his age: nearly seventy-one. Indeed, he looks great. LeBeau is six years older than Mick Jagger.

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