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Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers send the Cardinals a barrel of laughs

On a Sunday a year ago, February 3rd to be precise, the New York Giants danced on the knaves of the New England Patriots 17 to 14 to win the Super Bowl.  We all thought, assumed, presumed that the Patriots were going to march out of the University of Phoenix Stadium with the crown, didn’t we?  Many of us did.

This year, at Raymond James Stadium, would the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Arizona Cardinals be the ones dancing on knaves?

Televised by NBC, the first quarter began with the Steelers at a first and goal within minutes of game-play.  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s surged the ball into the end zone himself a few plays later.   Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt challenged the TD call and won.  Roethlisberger was down by contact just before the goal line.  Steelers kicker Jeff Reed put the ball nineteen yards through the goal posts.  No TD but yes FG.  Pittsburgh 3 and Arizona 0.

The second quarter sparked off with a TD by Steelers running back Gary Russell.  Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick made a TD catch nearly halfway through the second quarter.  Pittsburgh 10 and Arizona 7.   Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby intercepted Ben Roethlisberger in the bottom of the quarter.   HOLY HORSEY SAUCE AND A COWBOY HAT!!!! With under twenty seconds left on the clock, Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner meant to throw the ball to wide receiver Anquan Boldin in the end zone but Steelers linebacker James Harrison snatched the prolate spheroid and ran back all the way to the other side of the field (forward rolling to the front, right corner of the end zone and sandwiched by two Cardinals).  A 100 yard interception return for a TD–the longest play in super Bowl history.  Pittsburgh 17 and Cardinals 7.

The third quarter done ticked five minutes and James Harrison nearly turned the corner again by scooping up what was first ruled a live ball but then was overturned and deemed a dead ball.  Kurt Warner threw an incomplete pass and not an interception.  Eight minutes later, the Steelers increased their lead with a field goal…for about a nanosecond.  It was retracted on account of a penalty on Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson.  Three plays later, the Steelers tried the field goal again.  Pittsburgh 20 and Arizona 7.

The fourth quarter beat its drum halfway and Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald made a TD catch in the back right corner of the end zone.  The ball made contact with his helmet before he got his hands around it.  Pittsburgh 20 and Arizona 14.  When the clock got to under four minutes, I was thinking it’d be pretty neat if the Cardinals won.  Would they be able to do it, though?  Cheese Louise the Pyrenees.  The Steelers incurred an offensive holding call in the end zone, which gave the Cardinals a safety.  Pittsburgh 20 and Arizona 16.  TANGY TOMATO SAUCE AND TORTELLINI!!!! With fewer than three minutes in the quarter, Kurt Warner and Larry Fitzgerald got their syncopation on for sixty-four yards and a TD.  Arizona 23 and Pittsburgh 20.  A minute left and Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes got to the five yard line.  Roethlisberger threw to Holmes again (no catch), and then again.  Catch.  Thirty-five seconds left on the clock.  Was it a confirmed TD?  Indeed.  Pittsburgh 27 and Arizona 23.  Well, the Cardinals came and saw but did not supercede.  THE STEELERS HAVE WON SUPER BOWL XLIII, “the first franchise in Super Bowl history to win six Super Bowls,” Al Michaels noted.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Al Michaels and John Madden provided the commentary.

2.  Faith Hill (and a gospel choir) sang “America the Beautiful.”

3.  The national anthem was performed by Jennifer Hudson.

4. GI Joe movie trailer! Holy hovan rolls.

5. Lynn Swann, Roger Craig, John Elway, and General David H. Petraeus were a part of the coin toss (well he actually tossed the coin).  Terry McAulay was the referee.  Arizona won the toss and chose to let the Steelers take to offense first.

6.  The Steelers wore yellow pants and white jerseys.  The Cardinals wore white pants and red jerseys.

7.  John Madden commented on Ben Roethlisberger’s bottom-first-quarter scrambling as evidence that he’s like “Superman…he’s just so big and strong.”

8.  Creepy.  SoBe commercial with NFL ballers doing Swan Lake.

9.  Cuba Gooding Jr. was in attendance, sitting in the shadows of the stands.  He wore glasses, a dark hat, and a trench coat-esque jacket.  Al Michaels made a reference to Jerry Maguire.

10.  After coming back from the commercial break which proceeded Larry Fitzgerald’s fourth quarter TD catch, one of the cameras cut to an extreme close-up of Fitzgerald taking a sip of red liquid from a bottle sans label.  Was he drinking Powerade or Gatorade? Hmmm.  Correction.  The label was transparent.  A subsequent shot revealed that he was drinking Gatordade.  G2 fruit punch.

11.  According to Al Michaels, the imagery on the Jumbotron is five seconds behind what happens in real-time.  Thus, when Larry Fitzgerald was watching himself run towards the end zone in the bottom of the fourth quarter, he had passed the ten yard line but he was seeing himself at the fifteen yard line. Wow, watching the past.

12.  Slow-motion instant replay footage after Santonio Holmes made the game-changing TD in the fourth quarter included his using the ball like a bottle of some kind, shaking imaginary things onto his hand.  He then threw the ball into the air (probably backwards).  After the TD was confirmed, there was footage of Larry Fitzgerald, in extreme close-up, mouth “oh no.”

13.  It was heart-scraping to see the juxtaposed images of Larry Fitzgerald and Santonio Holmes.

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NFC Wildcard 2009: Cardinals cork up the worm from the Falcons

Before I get to the wildcard game between the Atlanta Falcons at the Arizona Cardinals, held at the University of Phoenix Stadium, read this:

The 2008 US Army All-American Bowl ended in an East win.  When I got myself to TV, the fourth quarter still had a minute left.  I believe the East won it again this year.  Click here, here, and here for more info.

Back to the playoffs.   An interview between Tiki Barber and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan aired in the pregame segment.  Between the two of them, I don’t think more than five to seven words per second leave their mouths.  The. way. that. they. speak. is. n’t. punct. uated. per. se, but…every. single. word…receives a very deliberate escorting.

Televised by NBC, the first quarter plunked out an interception…Matt Ryan’s third pass (?) and into the hands of Cardinals cornerback Ralph Brown.  The result of that turnover? Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner throwing forty-two yards to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for a touchdown.  Arizona 7 and Atlanta 0.  Agh. Groar.

The second quarter got the Falcons on the board with a thirty-yard Jason Elam field goal.  The Cardinals leaped away numerically with a seventy-one yard touchdown run by wide receiver Anquan Boldin.  Arizona 14 and Atlanta 3.  Fast-forward to the bottom of the quarter, after Matt Ryan successfully connected with wide receivers Michael Jenkins, Roddy White, and Brian Finneran, and running back Michael Turner sauntered into the end zone.  Arizona 14 and Atlanta 10.  During the Cardinals’ next possession, one of Kurt Warner’s passes bobbled off of its target receiver’s hands and into the grasp of Falcons cornerback Chevis Jackson.  As the quarter came to an end, Falcons tight end Justin Peelle and Matt Ryan linked arms for a TD.  Atlanta 17 and Arizona 14.

The third quarter spat out a turnover and Cardinals cornerback Antrel Rolle ran twenty-seven yards for a TD.  Arizona 21 and Atlanta 17. The Cardinals Neil Rackers missed a fifty-one yard field goal shortly thereafter.  Would the Falcons do with another offensive go in the top of the quarter?  Niet.   The quarter trimmed down with a Cardinals touchdown by running back Tim Hightower.  Arizona 28 and Atlanta 17.  How do the Falcons react?  Matt Ryan threw another interception…into the cradle of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

The fourth quarter started with a safety for the Cardinals.  Alors, Arizona 30 and Atlanta 17.  The Cardinals were awarded an excessive celebration penalty.  With under five minutes left to tango, Roddy White got his body into the end zone.  Arizona 30 and Atlanta 24.  Alas.  final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Cris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond were the commentators.

2.  Anquan Boldin put a hand to his left hamstring after making the second quarter TD.

3.  Towards the bottom of the second quarter, after Matt Ryan had completed a series of passes, Cris Collinsworth remarked that Ryan does better when he throws to his left.

4.  The camera took a few shots of Matt Ryan after Michael Turner and Justin Peelle made TDs in the second quarter.  His hair has grown out quite a bit.  When did that happen?  Obviously it happened over the course of sixteen weeks, but compared to last week?  It’s as if two inches came out of nowhere.

5.  Matt Ryan’s older brother Mike received some screen-time during the middle of the fourth quarter.  They definitely look related.

6.  One of the cameras got a medium shot of Falcons linebacker John Abraham after Kurt Warner took a knee.  Methinks I saw tears about to well up in Abraham’s eyes?

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‘Tis the Season: Cardinals tip over the Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons squared off with the Arizona Cardinals (televised on Fox).

Chris Redman quarterbacked for the Falcons.

Anquan Boldin, wide receiver for the Cardinals, put the first TD of the game on board today. Falcons rookie running back Jason Snelling tied the game with a TD in the bottom of the first quarter. Boldin made another TD in the second quarter, to which Falcons rookie wide receiver Laurent Robinson with a touchdown. The Cardinals made a field goal that broke the tie towards the bottom of the second quarter. With fewer than thirty seconds left in the second quarter, the Cardinals increased their lead with TD by running back JJ Arrington. Arizona 24. Atlanta 14.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. According to one of the commentators, Roddy White is the first Falcon since Terrence Mathis in 1999 to break the 1,000 receiving yards mark.

2. Jason Snelling’s touchdown in the first quarter was the first of his NFL career.

3. After returning from a commercial break at around the twelve minute mark of the second quarter, the camera cut to a low angle medium shot of Arthur Blank chewing gum while Rich McKay talks to him in their box at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

4. Lawyer Milloy, safety for Atlanta, went to the sidelines in the middle of the second quarter. He wasn’t tackled, he just went face-down to the ground. Pulled muscle perhaps.

I wasn’t able to watch the whole game (dinner with friend back in town!). To get the final score, game summary, stats, and play by play, click here. I’ll update this entry when I get back tonight with the final score.

Edit: Indeed. The Falcons lost to the Cardinals with a sobering breath of air. I missed most of the third quarter (incidentally nobody scored) but saw the fourth quarter of the game at the restaurant where I was having dinner with my friend. Atlanta started to play catch-up with a field goal near the middle of the quarter. Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler made a TD towards the bottom. Another field goal allowed the Falcons to tie the Cardinals–with fewer than two minutes left in the game (24 to 24). Atlanta’s defense couldn’t keep Arizona at bay, though. With the fourth quarter expiring, the Cardinals broke tied the game again with a field goal (27 to 24). The Falcons just couldn’t keep aloft in overtime. Arizona won 30 to 27 with a field goal.

I wanted to watch the Eagles-Saints game but it wasn’t on my local Fox station. I was on NFL.com and caught this video clip of Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis doing something pretty sweet (he made two TDs in the game, including the first of the entire game as well as the one in the video clip). Philadelphia won 38 to 23.