Lambeau Field. Thirty-six degrees Fahrenheit. Snow.
The Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks strut their stuff before each other to be another step closer to the Super Bowl. Televised on Fox, the first quarter was nothing short of adrenaline-escalating beauty. Two fumbles by Packers running back Ryan Grant led to two touchdowns by Seattle (thanks to running back Shaun Alexander and wide receiver Bobby Engram). As the frozen precipitation continued to fall and the turf became whiter and whiter, Green Bay got themselves back on track and by the end of the first quarter, the Packers tied the game 14 to 14 (courtesy of wide receiver Greg Jennings and Grant).
Green Bay took over the reigns in the second quarter, putting fourteen more points on the board with touchdowns by Jennings and Grant. Going into halftime, the Seahawks had 17 points (a field goal provided three points in the second quarter) to the Packers’ 28.
The third quarter began with a touchdown by Packers running back Brandon Jackson. As the quarter was nearing its end, Seattle got another field goal for 20 total points (how did kicker Josh Brown see through all that falling snow?). The fourth quarter started with a third TD by Ryan Grant. Packers 42 and Seahawks 20. And that would be the final score. Green Bay is going to the NFC Championship game next Sunday at 6:30pm on Fox.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. When the camera took the high angle, long shot point-of-view, the snow didn’t appear as plentiful as it did when the camera switched to an on-field POV. The snow-powdered field reminded me of a green tea pastry. By the middle of the third quarter, though, the snowfall increased significantly and even from a high angle, long shot POV, it was quite visible. In fact, the snow actually resembled plummeting clumps of brownies than snow. Cutting to an on-field POV, the snow nearly reached curtain consistency/texture. The yard lines had to be brushed (and later shoveled) from time to time. By the bottom of the third quarter, the turf had basically turned into a white powdered sugar pastry–a beignet. The view from the DLP Skycam was much clearer than that of other cameras. The snow lost a bit of momentum in the top of the fourth quarter. Visibility was better (from a televised aesthetic standpoint). A small tractor took to clearing the snow around the end zones. Lambeau Field turf was back to looking like a green tea pastry (only less green more gray) towards the bottom of the fourth quarter.
2. After Greg Jennings made his first touchdown of the evening, he leaped into the stands behind the end zone for a hug by Green Bay fans. Brandon Jackson would do something similar after making a TD in the top of the third quarter.
3. Ryan Grant’s second touchdown in the second quarter followed an incredibly executed, improvised play. Avoiding a sack, Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre managed to stay on his feet (while stumbling forward) and tossed the ball to tight end Donald Lee, who ran eleven yards before being tackled by Seahawks strong safety Brian Russell.
4. Commentator Kenny Albert said “running backs should always follow fullbacks” in the bottom of the first quarter.
5. Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins “helped” in the sacking of Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the bottom of the fourth quarter. The camera went to an on-field, medium close-up of the scene, immediately post-sack. Jenkins, who was facing the camera, did a little dance that received a slow-motion instant replay. I don’t know what Jenkins’s legs were doing, but there was side-to-side movement and his hands ran from his helmet to his waist, mimicking the falling of tears or rain. I say Jenkins “helped” because I’m not sure if his hands made contact with Hasselbeck’s body. His dance could’ve been performed out of general happiness, but I remember seeing more than one Packer swarm the Seahawk QB.
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