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NFC Championship 2009: Cardinals over, sideways, and under the Eagles

Flock of seagulls? No.  A wheel-barrow of pigeons? Nope.  What we had today were the Philadelphia Eagles in the Arizona Cardinals territory playing the rodeo, horse-shoe toss with all the strength and energy they could muster to win the NFC Championship and then go to Super Bowl XLIII.

Televised by Fox, the first quarter began with the Cardinals on offense and a twirling touchdown by wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.  Arizona 7 and Philadelphia 0.  The Eagles entered in a forty-five yard field goal with the leg power of kicker David AkersSWEET PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY!! In the bottom of the quarter, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb threw an interception–Cardinals safety Aaron Franciso had wound his grasp around the projectile.   After running back ten or so yards, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson knocked the ball out and teammate tackle Jon Runyan recovered possession.

The second quarter began with an unsuccessful forty-seven yard field goal for the Eagles.  How did the Cardinals react? quarterback Kurt Warner threw a sixty-two yard TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald.   Would David Akers be able to replicate a forty-three yard field goal somewhat later?  Absolutely.  Oh, but hold the Crayola Crayons for a minute.  In the bottom of the second quarter, when the Cardinals got to the red zone again, Larry Fitzgerald put the baby in the end zone.  Arizona 21 and Philadelphia 6.  Wake up and inhale the reality of the situation, Eagles? Mhm.  I suppose so.  Eagles defensive end Trent Cole dragged Kurt Warner to the turf with forty-eight seconds on the clock.  The Cardinals did not spit up seven more points–just three more with a forty-nine yard field goal by Neil Rackers.  Going into halftime, Arizona 24 and Philadelphia 6.

The third quarter started with the Eagles on  half a dozen offensive plays when Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson sacked Donovan McNabb, the ball was up for grabs, and defensive end Bertrand Berry maximized on the opportunity.  Double-time down to six minutes or so on the clock and Donovan McNabb and wide receiver Kevin Curtis made a crucial fifty-yard connection.  A couple plays later, Eagles tight-end Brent Celek made a TD catch.   Double-time again down to under a minute and Brent Celek got into the end zone again.  David Akers’s extra point was no good.  Arizona 24 and Philadelphia 19.

The fourth quarter burst out with a SUPER SOY PORCELAIN TULIP VASE!!!!! Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson caught then juggled a sixty-two yard pass then got his body into the end zone.  They tried for two points but didn’t make it.  Philadelphia 25 and Arizona 24.  The Cardinals were not deterred.  They were unsettled but dove right back into the offensive game and got into the red zone.  Would they reclaim the lead with a TD or a field goal?  It was a TD, courtesy of running back Tim Hightower.  They went for a two-point conversion and succeeded.  Kurt Warner threw directly into the embrace of tight-end Ben Patrick.  Arizona 32 and Philadelphia 25.  Final score.  The Cardinals are going to Super Bowl XLIII.

And then the red and white paper rectangles swirled into the sky and made everything pink.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were the commentators.

2.  Jordin Sparks performed the national anthem.  She sang amazingly well and looked like she was enjoying herself too.

3.  From the high-angle, long shot POV, the Eagles and Cardinals made me think of a green and red bell pepper omelette.

4.  Joe Buck remarked that seats were added to accommodate 70,000 + spectators.  It took six minutes to sell out the game.

5.  Collective Soul performed during halftime (not televised).

6.  Did Joe Buck say about ten minutes in the fourth quarter that Donovan McNabb threw “three touchdowns and no interceptions” ?

7.  After the Cardinals made the two-point conversion in the bottom of the fourth quarter, instant replay footage revealed a Larry Fitzgerald skipping up hte field with a child-like exuberance only matched by the party children in The Nutcracker.

8.  On fourth-and-one in the bottom of the fourth quarter, when the Eagles had pretty much their last chance to score, Kevin Curtis couldn’t catch Donovan McNabb’s throw (due to possible pass interference by Cardinals cornerback Roderick Hood).   One of the cameras then cut to a high-angle, medium close-up of Larry Fitzgerald.  His helmet was off, he was kneeled down (one shin parallel and on the ground, the other knee propping up an elbow); I think I saw some tear sparkles in his eyes.

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NFC Divisional 2009: Eagles chocolate sauce the Giants with glee

The Philadelphia Eagles parked their flock of feathers on the trellis of the New York Giants’ garden.  They both want to go to the NFC Championship.  Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter began with the Giants and a field goal.  New York 3 and Philadelphia 0.  Halfway through the first quarter,  Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel intercepted Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s pass and ran the ball into the red zone.  Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb broke the goal line eventually for a touchdown.  Philadelphia 7 and New York 3.

The second quarter started with the Giants getting a safety.  Philadelphia 7 and New York 5.  Five or so minutes later, Giants kicker John Carney missed a forty-six yard field goal.  Towards the bottom of the quarter, Donovan McNabb’s throw (3rd and 9 on the NY 41) landed in the bosom of Giants cornerback Kevin Dockery.   John Carney made the field goal in the bottom of the quarter.  New York 8 and Philadelphia 7.  Going into halftime, Eagles kicker David Akers and a twenty-five yard field goal was good.  Philadelphia 10 and New York 8.

The third quarter started off with a forty-six yard kickoff-return by Eagles safety Quintin Demps.  And then, d’oh! Turnover. Giants defensive tackle Fred Robbins spirited the ball away on the next play;  Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis had to bring him down.  A field goal later, the Giants took the lead by one point.  11 to 10.  The Eagles flung up a field goal of their own for the lead again.  13 to 11.  John Carney missed a forty-seven yard field goal with about four minutes of play left.

The Eagles extended their lead with a tight end Brent Celek TD catch in the top of the quarter.  Philadelphia 20 and New York 11.  Another Eagles field goal towards the bottom of the quarter put the score to Philadelphia 23 and New York 11.  Eli Manning threw a second interception shortly thereafter.  Eagles safety Quintin Mikell got his hands on the ball.  Another turnover with under a minute to play.  Philadelphia 23 and New York 11. Final score.  Numerically a first?  The Eagles are going to the NFC Championship.   Wahoo!

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were the commentators.

2.  The temperature at the Meadowlands today was thirty degrees.  The Giants sat on the sunny side of the field.  The Eagles sat in the shadow.

3.  By the middle of the second quarter, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora was on the sidelines supporting his teammates.  He was wearing a dark  gray/light black suit, v-neck sweater (vest), and chewing ice blue gum.  He had to sit most of the season out due to a knee injury in late August.

4.  Bottom of the third quarter.  Donovan McNabb attempted to connect with Kevin Curtis.  The sideline judge threw down the yellow flag for pass interference on Giants cornerback Corey Webster.  The foul was retracted after the officials had a discussion.  On the next play, McNabb linked up with tight end LJ Smith.  Giantslinebacker Antonio Pierce was cited for a face mask penalty.  Specifically, I believe the the referee said “major face mask.”

5.  Before cutting to commercial in the bottom of the fourth quarter (after the two-minute warning), the camera cut to an extreme close-up of a male Giants fan, probably in his thirties…asleep.  He wore a blue ski-cap, had half his face painted, and he was asleep.  His friends aren’t going to let him live it down.

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