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Thanksgiving 2009: Packers de-claw the Lions

Happy Pilgrims Ate a Whole Bunch of Food Hundreds of Years Ago Day!  The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions mixed collard greens today in the first of three Thanksgiving NFL games.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary for this Fox telecast.   The Packers began on offense–for one play as kickoff-returner wide receiver Jordy Nelson fumbled the ball as he was tackled and the Lions recovered it.  After three attempts to score, wide receiver Calvin Johnson made a touchdown catch in the end zone.  Detroit 7 and Green Bay 0.  In the bottom of the first quarter Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted by Packers safety Nick Collins.  The final play of the quarter was a beautiful sixty-eight yard pass from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to wide receiver Donald Driver.

Packers tight end Donald Lee leaped into the end zone for a TD at the start of the second quarter.  Detroit 7 and Green Bay 7.  The Packers took the lead with a field goal halfway through the quarter.  Green Bay 10 and Detroit 7.  Two or three plays into the Lions’ go on offense, Matthew Stafford threw another interception, this time to Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.  The Packers increased their lead with another field goal in the remaining minute of the second quarter.  Green Bay 13 and Detroit 7.

The third quarter opened with Matthew Stafford throwing an interception to Packers cornerback Charles Woodson.  The Lions challenged the call but didn’t win.  Luckily for them, Aaron Rodgers lost the ball a few plays later and the Lions got back the ball.  How would they capitalize?  Would they capitalize?  Nope.  Donald Driver made a TD catch for his team in the second half of the third quarter.  Green Bay 20 and Detroit 7.  The Lions had a chance to shrink their score deficit but a field goal was no good in the bottom of the third.  Wide receiver James Jones’s catch and crossing of the goal line increased the Packers’ lead.  Green Bay 27 and Detroit 7.

The Lions regained some of their opening offense momentum in the fourth quarter…except they couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.  Whoa, what just happened on the second play after the Packers took to offense?  One of the Lions knocked a Packer down.  Either the Lions got a safety or they got a TD.  The Packers coach challenged the TD call and won.  It was a safety.  Green Bay 27 and Detroit 9.  Another trip to the red zone yielded no TDs; a field goal was good.  Green Bay 27 and Detroit 12.  Charles Woodson intercepted Stafford again with four minutes left in the game and ran it into the end zone.  Green Bay 34 and Detroit 12.  Final score.

The CBS signal only emits through the TV in the living room; I prefer to watch TV in the dining room.  Thus, I shan’t be watching the Cowboys-Raiders game.  The Giants-Broncos game is on NFL Network tonight.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The National Anthem was sung by Melanie Fiona.  Qui?  Wow.  It’s Jennifer Lopez and Pocahontas in one!  She wore a red wine colored knee-length dress and a huge diamond bracelet on her left wrist.  Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson both got medium shots during the performance.  Wow, Matt Stafford’s jaw is so big.

2.  United Way and E2k sports sponsored a halftime performance paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Motown.  The first song, sung byVita Chambers, was “Heat Wave.”   Mon dieu, her singing was not very impressive.  The second song, sung by Kem, was “Higher Ground.”  The third song was “I’ll Be There,” performed by Melanie Fiona.  Yes, dancers surrounded each act.  The fourth song was Hal Linton doing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”  Shontelle and Hal Linton sang the fifth song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”   Forever the Sickest Kids did the sixth song, “Dancing In the Street.”  Who are these people?!

3.  The Fox camera operators (all men) got their five to seven seconds on broadcast in the top of the fourth quarter.

4.  In the fourth quarter, Troy Aikman remarked that Calvin Johnson is incredibly talented and is reminiscent of a young Randy Moss.

5.  $583,000 was approximately the amount that a Canadian developer paid to purchase the Pontiac Silverdome.

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NFC Championship 2008: Giants lope past the Packers

The Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants swarmed the zero degrees Fahrenheit environs of Lambeau Fields for not only the NFC 2008 title but also for the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl. Fox televised the game–the third coldest in NFL history.

The first quarter was scoreless until about five minutes were left on the clock–the Giants got three points from a field goal. The second quarter granted the Giants three more points from a field goal. New York 6 and Green Bay 0. The Packers quickly answered those points with a ninety-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Donald Driver. In the bottom of the second quarter, Green Bay earned a slightly higher lead with a field goal. Going into halftime, Packers 10 and Giants 6.

The third quarter gave the Giants the upper bunk with a TD by running back Brandon Jacobs. Packers tight end Donald Lee switched orientations, putting his team on top with a TD. Green Bay 17 and New York 13. Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw snatched the bunk right back with a TD in the bottom of the third quarter.

Oh man. The top of the fourth quarter was pure excitement as Packers quarterback Brett Favre threw a pass that was intercepted by Giants cornerback R.W. McQuarters, who then fumbled the ball, which was then recovered by Packers tackle Mark Tauscher. That drive ended with a field goal for the Packers. Both teams tied with 20 points. The tie lasted through the bottom of the fourth quarter. Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes missed a forty-three yard field goal earlier in the quarter was no good. His attempt at a thirty-six yard field goal in the remaining seconds of the fourth was unsuccessful too.

Onward to overtime. Green Bay won the coin toss for first possession, but Brett Favre was intercepted by Giants cornerback Corey Webster. So Tynes missed couldn’t stick the landing on those two field goals in the fourth quarter, but three times a lady, oui? He nailed it in overtime (forty-seven yards).

Final score New York 23 and Green Bay 20. The Giants are going to the Super Bowl. The Patriots must be doing cartwheels of joy.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Jimmy Johnson was so adorable during the pre-game segment. He was bundled up in his winter gear and made me think of a honeycomb (not because he looked like one). He took a bottle of room temperature water, poured some into a glass, and announced that by the end of the game, the water should be frozen. He didn’t say it quite in that way, but the implication was there. As it turned out, it only took thirty minutes for the water to freeze.

2. The Green Bay Packers were born in 1919 and are the oldest NFL franchise still playing in its birth city.

3. The wind chill in the bottom of the first quarter was -24 degrees. The temperature -2.

4. New England must have been cheering for the Giants.

5. After returning from commercial break (after Donald Lee made the TD in the third quarter), the camera caught a glimpse of three women clad in neon yellow bikinis–Packers fans. Joe Buck–I believe–remarked, “you’ve got to be kidding me. Makes me feel like a sissy…”

6. One of the shots included in the replay of Lawrence Tynes’s second missed field goal was of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin slumped forward and down, as if he were trying to touch his toes but knew he couldn’t so he just hung there.

7. When I was watching the local news, there was a clip of the post-game press talk where Tynes talked about being really happy he made the field goal.  He licked his lips–that gesture was ridiculously hot.

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NFC Divisional 2008: Packers seal up the Seahawks

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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