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AFC Divisional 2009: Ravens inverse reciprocal the Titans

On a cloudy, rainy, and fifty-three degree afternoon, Baltimore Ravens put on the oven mitts in a gridiron show-down with the Tennessee Titans for the AFC Divisional title in the latter’s home state. Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter marched down to about four-and-half minutes before anyone got a number: Titans running back Chris Johnson slide-winded into the front, right corner of the end zone. Tennessee 7 and Baltimore 0. The Ravens snapped back with a forty-eight yard touchdown pass between quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Derrick Mason. Both teams 7.

The second quarter began with pin-your-hands-on-the-ballie as an awkward Titans snap let the ball shimmy all over the turf before quarterback Kerry Collins landed on the ball. After a stellar series of passes and runs by the Titans, Collins threw an interception. Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle grabbed the ball. The Titans breathed a sigh of relief because the Ravens were unable to take advantage of the turnover. In under a minute left to play, Titans running back Lendale White lost control of the ball and Ravens safety Jim Leonhard recovered. Going into halftime, the score was still 7 t0 7.

The third quarter nibbled for six minutes until Ravens head coach John Harbaugh challenged whether or not Titans tight end Bo Scaife had possession of the ball at the Baltimore twenty-eight yard line. He won the challenge. Titans kicker Rob Bironas then tried but didn’t make a fifty-one yard field goal. With fewer than two minutes to in the quarter, Joe Flacco connected spectacularly with Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton.

The fourth quarter opened with Ravens kicker Matt Stover gave his team the lead with a field goal. Baltimore 10 and Tennessee 7. The Titans responded with offensive energy but what might have been one or two plays shy of touchdown or field goal became a turnover as tight end Alge Crumpler was tackled and Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington landed on the fumbled ball. The Titans defense was relentless in keeping the Ravens from making any kind of progress. A Titans field goal tied the game 10 to 10 towards the bottom of the quarter. Would the Ravens keep the game from going into overtime? Would Matt Stover be able to nail the forty-three yard field goal attempt? Yes! Ravens 13 and Titans 10. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf provided commentary.

2. Ravens tackle Willie Anderson stepped out of the game in bottom of the second quarter. Sidelines footage revealed him wincing and furrowing his eyebrows. He came back in the second quarter.

3. Derrick Mason’s first quarter TD was the result of not just and incredible throw and catch, but also an incredible roll. One of the Titans got to Mason, and the two of them ended up rolling into/onto the front, right corner of the end zone.

4. On account of the rain and colliding with the Titans, many of the Ravens’ white jerseys were stained with splotches of light blue. The Titans’ jerseys in turn bore green patches from the turf.

5. In the top of the fourth quarter, Dan Dierdorf (I believe) remarked that the Titans’ offense had pretty much “slept through the third quarter.”

6. Chris Johnson didn’t return to the game in the second half, did he? Somewhere in the middle of the third quarter I noticed that he was on the sidelines with a blanket wrapped around his shoulders.

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NFL Thanksgiving 08: Titans leave the Lions in the muck

Or as some like to call it, Pilgrims Trespass on Native Lands DayCandied Yams Day.  Sweet Potato Pie Day.

Donc.  The Tennessee Titans, who were given a good talking to last week by the New York Jets, galavant north to play horseshoes with the Detroit Lions.  Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter began with Detroit fumbling the ball and Tennessee recovering it.  Titans running back Chris Johnson then made a touchdown.  The Lions’ next possession ended in a field goal.  Chris Johnson TD’d again on the next drive.  Tennessee 14 and Detroit 3.  Titans defensive end Dave Ball intercepted Lions quarterback Daunte Culpepper and ran seventeen yards into the end zone–or rather, he ran to the one or half yard line and jump-spun into the end zone, as though he were an ice skater doing a single axel or a dancer doing an inside pirouette.  Tennessee 21 and Detroit 3.

The second quarter brought a fourth increase in Titans score with a TD by running back Lendale White.  He did it again in the bottom of the quarter.  Tennessee 35 and Detroit 3.  Defensive end Cliff Avril of the Lions made an incredible ball-snatch with a minute left on the clock.  Tight end Michael Gaines made a TD catch two plays later.  Going into halftime, Titans 35 and Lions 10.

The third quarter started with a forty-nine yard field goal for the Titans.  The bottom of the quarter increased Tennessee’s score by three more points.  41 to 10.  Kicker Rob Bironas sent out a field goal at the top of the fourth quarter for the Titans.  44 to 10.  Dayam green breans.  Another field goal for the Titans in the bottom of the quarter.  47 to 10.  Final score.   The worst Thanksgiving loss for Detroit.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Michelle Williams sang the national anthem.  She was sporting uber short hair.  She only got the words, “by the dawn’s early light” out of her mouth and the telecast cut to commercial for a few seconds.  Good performance.

2.  Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were the commentators.

3.  Chris Johnson is quick.

4.  Jesse McCartney sang during halftime.   He reminded me of Frankie Muniz (probably on account of the short hair).  Good fjord, those backup dancers had smiles plastered on their faces.  He sang two songs: “How Do You Sleep” and “Leavin.”

5.  By the bottom of the fourth quarter, shots of the Lions sitting on the sidelines conveyed a daze from some and detachment from others.  They still had a game to play.

6.  Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has such a stunning body line.  His legs are gorgeously crafted.

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NFL 08: Titans silver-lake the Packers

But first, do I sniff a reality-based movie coming out of this bit of news concerning the role of long snapper and the Pittsburgh Steelers?

The Tennessee Titans.  The Green Bay Packers.  Nashville, TN.   Can Aaron Rodgers and his cheese-mates change that undefeated Titan season?  Televised by Fox, the first quarter began with a Tennessee field goal.  Titans 3 and Packers 0.  The second quarter also started with a Titans field goal.  6 to 0.  The Packers made a field goal on their next possession.  Tennessee 6 and Green Bay 3.  Green flipped the cot and took the lead with a touchdown, thanks to wide receiver Donald Driver.  10 to 6.  The Titans snatched the lead right back with a TD by running back Chris Johnson.  Tennessee 13 and Green Bay 10.

The third quarter began with what could’ve been a touchdown for Green Bay, but Titans safety Chris Hope intercepted Rodgers’s pass in the end zone.  Titans increased their lead with a field goal.  16 to 10.  Green Bay narrowed the score gap with a field goal.  16 to 13.  The fourth quarter progressed more than halfway and Mascon Crosby tied the game with a field goal for Green Bay.  16 points each.   A forty-seven yards Packers field goal attempt in the very bottom of the fourth quarter is no good, so the game went into overtime.  The Titans keep their undefeated season by winning with a field goal.  19 to 16.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kerry Collins was quarterback for the Titans.

2. Shouldn’t it be a rule that sportscasters are not allowed to wear striped button-down shirts to the job if they are to be on camera?  Daryl Johnston and Tony Albert were commentators.  Johnston wore a striped button-down shirt and a brownish-gold tie.  The stripes were not eye-friendly once mediated through a TV camera lens.  Albert wore a white button-down shirt and a very unsightly dark red and yellow-spotted tie.  Not polka dots, it was something like this tie–without the stripes, red not blue, and more dots.

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