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NFC Championship 2017: Falcons crunchy roll the Packers with some Triple X

The NFC Championship game leading up to Super Bowl LI featured the Green Bay Packers at the Atlanta Falcons.  Broadcast by Fox and narrated by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, the last game played at the Georgia Dome started with the Falcons on offense.  Halfway through the second quarter, they were on top in scoring with 17 points (courtesy of wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, a field goal, and quarterback Matt Ryan running the ball into the end zone).  The Packers made an unsuccessful field goal attempt in the first quarter, then in the second quarter, Packers fullback Aaron Ripkowski lost possession of the ball and Falcons cornerback Jalen Collins recovered it.

The bottom of the second quarter saw Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throw an interception into the arms of Falcons safety Ricardo Allen.  With seconds left in the first half of the game, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones made a TD touch, giving Atlanta a 24 to 0 lead.


The third quarter came to a thrilling start as Julio Jones ran 73 yards into the end zone for a TD.  He had to get Packers cornerback LeDarius Gunter’s hands off of him first (Gunter received a defensive holding penalty).  Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams finally got some numbers on the board about halfway into the third quarter with a touchdown.  Falcons 31 and Packers 7.  Towards the bottom of the quarter, Falcons running back Devonta Freeman caught the ball right smack on the goal line, and the on-field call was fourth and goal.  The Falcons challenged it and won…and then didn’t get the extra point.  Falcons 37 and Packers 7.

The Packers’ offense increased their momentum in the last couple of minutes of the third quarter and got a TD via wide receiver Jordy Nelson.  They went for and got a two-point conversion (Aaron Ripkowski barreled his way into the end zone).  Falcons 37 and Packers 15.  The Falcons increased their lead with another TD at top of the fourth quarter (thanks to running back Tevin Coleman, whose momentum carried him partly into the tunnel, where he high-fived a guy in a Falcons shirt working the game).  The Packers closed the score gap with another TD soon enough but their two-point conversion failed.  Falcons 44 and Packers 21.  Final score.  FALCONS ARE NFC CHAMPIONS!!!

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Observations & Miscellany:
~  Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosaline were in attendance today.
~ Joe Buck and Troy Aikman both wore blue ties; Joe’s was a very sharp, bright blue like this one.
~ There was so much red in the stadium today.
~ Packers backup QB Brett Hundley went into the game for the last couple of minutes of the game.


I watched xXx: Return of Xander Cage (D.J. Caruso, 2017) on Friday because Donnie Yen and Kris Wu are in it.  Yes, that Kris Wu who used to be in the Korean boy group, EXO.  He plays a DJ in the film and is there to make things more fun.  One of his songs also plays in the scene when Vin Diesel and his posse first meet Donnie Yen.

The film overall is terrible — the editing, the dialogue, and some of the camerawork, particularly in non-action sequences, were uninspired.  Yet, it’s so much fun to watch  Nina Dobrev was a scene stealer for me; Ruby Rose‘s character was badass (who wouldn’t want to hang out in the African wilderness and inflict injury upon trophy hunters?);  Deepika Padukone demonstrated much onscreen charisma (I hope to see her in more American films of all genres and budgets); and Ice Cube‘s cameo was awesome and cheesy at the same time.

Former NFL tightend Tony Gonzalez was in the previews for Triple X, which was the initial reason I wanted to see the film.  Gonzalez spent five of his seventeen years in the NFL as an Atlanta Falcon and was an incredible athlete.  He also had more screen time than I expected.

NFL 2016: Falcons shred the Packers by one point?!

Oh yes.  I didn’t watch the game but I checked the score on NFL.com and yes, indeedy, the Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers by one point for a total of 33 to 32.   Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

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I didn’t watch the game because I went to see The Handmaiden (2016), Park Chan-Wook‘s adaptation of Sarah Waters’s novel Fingersmith.  Park’s film  is a stunning adaptation and a much more compelling work of visual media than the 2005 BBC TV version starring Elaine Cassidy and Sally Hawkins. As disconcerting as some of the narrative elements are (whether suggested or displayed), there were surprisingly, refreshingly humorous moments too.


The Korean title is 아가씨 (ah ga sshi), which means “miss.”


Check out this Esquire interview for Park’s filmmaking pre-production and production process.

NFL 2011: Packers start the Point

I may not have done mental somersaults anticipating the start of NFL 2011, but how could I not watch the season opener?  I’ve decided to change the structure of my game posts.  I’m moving away from the essay/narrative and adopting a more stream-of-consciousness, talking-aloud-to-myself format.

What: Game 1
Who: New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers
Where: Lambeau Field
When: Thursday Sept. 8, 2011

First $0.25:
– Aaron Rodgers quarterbacked for Green Bay.  Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings made the first touchdown of the game, five minutes into the first quarter.  A possession later, wide receiver Jordy Nelson made a TD for Green Bay.
– Drew Brees quarterbacked for New Orleans.  Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem made a TD catch in the bottom of the quarter.
– Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb increased his team’s lead with a TD.

– Score – 21 GB and 7 NO

Second $0.25:
– Saints began the quarter with a field goal.  Late on, running back Darren Sproles returned a punt for a seventy-two yard TD.
– Packers running back James Starks nabbed a TD at the bottom of the quarter.

– Score – 28 GB and 17 NO.

Third $0.25:
– Saints picked up a FG for starters; wide receiver Devery Henderson brought smiles to his mates with a TD later in the quarter.
– Randall Cobb smelled end zone turf again.

– Score – 35 GB and 27 NO.

Fourth $0.25:
–  Packers fullback John Kuhn marched his body into the end zone at the top of the quarter.
– Saints tight end Jimmy Graham cut into the bottom right corner of the end zone at the bottom of the quarter.

Final Score:  42 GB and 34 NO.  So close and yet so far for the Saints.

Miscellaneous Observations:

1.  Broadcast on NBC with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth narrating.

2.  The Saints wore white jerseys and gold/black pants.   The gold appeared so pale it looked like champagne.

3.  Is it my imagination or are the yard lines thicker?

4.  I started watching the game three minutes into the first quarter.  I’ve watched nearly every televised moment since and neither Al Michaels nor Cris Collinsworth have had any screen time until the end of the first half.

5.  Peyton Manning is 35 years-old?!

6.  I got distracted in the third quarter by local news.  Whenever I remembered to flip back to the game, it would be a commercial.

7.  Upon returning from such a break, Al Michaels plugged “America’s Got Talent.”  Cris Collinsworth made a comment about “America’s got talent on the field too.”  Funny.

8.  Is Ben Affleck the voice behind the Madden 12: Replay ad that aired after Devery Henderson made a TD in the third quarter?

9.  HP Lovecraft would abhor the Old Spice ad that came on after number eight.

10.  Is Jeff Bridges talking about Hyundai?

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