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NFL 2010: Falcons repo the Buccaneers

The Atlanta Falcons sprinted south to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  A victory today for the Falcons would be most appreciated not only by the players and the coaching staff but also by the fans.  First ever back-to-back seasons win!  That was the goal.

Televised by Fox, the Buccaneers’ kickoff was returned by wide receiver Eric Weems, who was tackled.  Falcons head coach Mike Smith challenged that the Buccaneers recovered a live ball.  Atlanta lost the challenge.  Tampa Bay scored soon with a field goal.  On Weems’s second return effort, he was brought down at the twenty-yard line.  The Falcons did not score.  Tampa Bay 3 and Atlanta 0.

The second quarter started with a pretty strong Falcons offensive drive.  Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris lost a challenge as to where Falcons running back Jerious Norwood caught quarterback Matt Ryan’s pass.  Tampa Bay’s defense responded very strongly as well.  Matt Ryan threw an interception into Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber’s arms.  Luckily for the Falcons, a holding penalty on Tampa Bay gave them a first down.  Buccaneers fans booed.  The Falcons got a field goal out of it.  On their next possession, tight end Justin Peelle made a TD catch just inside the end zone.  Atlanta 10 and Tampa Bay 3.

Watch me watching that play:

The third quarter chugged a few minutes and Matt Ryan intercepted by safety Tanard JacksonWHAT THE PORK TENDERLOINS?!! Did I spy a male, sunglasses-wearing Tampa Bay fan IN A SNUGGIE in the replay of cornerback Aqib Talib knocking down the ball before Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins could catch it in the end zone?

The Buccaneers demonstrated an energized offense in the fourth quarter.  They tied the game with a TD connection between quarterback Josh Freeman and wide receiver Antonio Bryant.  Matt Ryan’s pass was plucked by Buccaneers safety Sabby Piscitelli five minutes into the quarter.  Falcons cornerback Chris Owens responded by intercepting Freeman’s first pass after the turnover.  Falcons running back Jason Snelling carried the ball twenty-two important yards down the field.  Halfway through the fourth quarter, Falcons Roddy White caught the ball far enough away from Aqib Talib, realized he was still in bounds and made his way into the end zone for a touchdown.  Atlanta 17 and Tampa Bay 10.  Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes intercepted Freeman in the bottom of the fourth quarter.  Sixty seconds left in the game and Matt Bryant made a thirty-six yard field goal.  Atlanta 20 and Tampa Bay 10.  Final score.  Consecutive seasons losing streak is over.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Commentary was provided by Dick Stockton and Charles Davis.

2.  The stadium was filled with red.

3.  Interesting Volkswagen Sign Then Drive commercial that aired twice in the middle of the first quarter.  A heterosexual couple buys a vehicle from a male, brown-haired sales rep.  When the couple is standing inside the dealership, the woman appears to be Asian and the man of Mediterranean descent.  When they get inside the car, however, they become ethnically ambiguous.  I don’t remember the last time a car commercial featured a couple whose ethnicity wasn’t ostensibly obvious and the same.

4.  There was a minor shove-and-shove back between a Buccaneer and a Falcon in the middle of the first quarter after Atlanta punted the ball to Tampa Bay.

5.  Falcons owner Arthur Blank was featured in a close-up on the sidelines.

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Pre-S 09: the Falcons moon-dust the Chargers

The boys of the Pacific, the San Diego Chargers, drifted eastward to Atlanta to shake the chandelier with the Falcons.  Broadcast on CBS, commentary was provided by Greg Gumbel and Dan Fouts.

The first score of the game occurred in the first half of the first quarter.  Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers chucked the ball to running back Darren Sproles.   San Diego 7 and Atlanta 0.   The Falcons answered that TD with one of their own.  With Matt Ryan quarterbacking, wide receiver Brian Finneran made a twelve-yard catch in the end zone (or rather a catch and a few steps into the end zone).   An amazing Roddy White reception preceded this TD by a couple of plays.  Atlanta 7 and San Diego 7.

The second quarter ticked halfway through and Chargers running back Michael Bennett jetted off forty-eight yards for a TD.   San Diego 14 and Atlanta 7.   Jason Elam put up a forty yard field goal for the Falcons in the bottom of the second.  San Diego 14 and Atlanta 10.  Billy Volek then stepped in as QB for the Chargers.  With under a minute left in the quarter, Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd broke the plane with his right hand (and as soon as the ball hit the turf, the ball came out of his grip).  San Diego 21 and Atlanta 10.  Jason Elam stepped onto the field with seconds left on the clock.  He sent the ball thirty-nine yards through the uprights.  San Diego 21 and Atlanta 13.

The third quarter featured Charlie Whitehurst as quarterback for the Chargers.  Chris Redman then went in as QB for the Falcons.  The fourth quarter said hello to a Falcons TD, which Redman ran in himself (twenty-two yards).  San Diego 21 and Atlanta 20.  The Chargers increased the gap with a Nate Kaeding field goal in the bottom of the quarter.  San Diego 24 and Atlanta 20.  With fewer than twenty seconds to play, Chris Redman connects with wide receiver Eric Weems for a TD.  Atlanta 27 and San Diego 24.

Observations  & Miscellania:

1.  Did Dan Fouts say of Matt Ryan, “he is smart, he is tall” in the expository broadcast pre-kickoff chat?

2.  Compared to last year, Matt Ryan has definitely grown up in the way he carries himself.  At the same time, though, a few extreme close-ups (before snaps) in the first quarter revealed such a youthful exuberance and eagerness.

3.  After returning from commercial break (that followed Michael Bennett’s TD in the second quarter), the camera was focused on the Falcons bench.  Mike Smith, filmed in high angle medium long shot, was speaking and gesturing passionately about what his players could no longer permit the other guy to do on the field.

4.  How sweet.  In the middle of the third quarter, Chargers fullback Jacob Hester was walking towards the huddle and trying to put his left shoulder pad back under his uniform.  He was having trouble doing it and his teammate wide receiver Legedu Naanee gave him a hand.  Love it.  I love moments like this one.

5.  Greg Gumbel noted in the third quarter that Charlie Whitehurst went to Chattahoochee High School.

6.  Matt Ryan spoke to the commentators via headset in the fourth quarter.  His irises were so dark and filled up so much of his eyes.  Oooo! he licked his lips right before he took off the headset!

7.  Great job Chris Redman!

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