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NFL 08: Falcons unseal the Packers

The Green Bay Packers got their fromage on against the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured a shoulder last week but he did play today–he played the entire game.

Televised on Fox, the first quarter started with a touchdown by the Falcons. Wide receiver Roddy White and running backs Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood, contributed to the drive. Quarterback Matt Ryan connected with tight end Justin Peelle for a touchdown in the front right corner (from the field’s perspective) of the end zone. Atlanta’s next possession culminated in a field goal. Falcons 10. Packers 0.

The second quarter put the Packers on the board with a forty-four yard TD reception by wide receiver Donald Driver. Atlanta 10 and Green Bay 7. The Falcons increased their lead with a twenty-two yard Roddy White TD reception, 17 to 7. Green Bay was going to go into halftime with a field goal, but an offensive holding call forced kicker Michael Crosby to kick again. Second attempt at fifty-three (or was it fifty-two) yards didn’t make it through the uprights.

The third quarter narrowed the Falcons’ lead with a Green Bay field goal. 17 to 10. The fourth quarter began with what was supposed to be a Falcons TD catch by tight end Ben Hartsock, but it turned into an interception by Packers tight end Tramon Williams in the end zone. On Green Bay’s next possession, they tied the game with a TD by wide receiver Greg Jennings. The Falcons were able to regain the upper hand with a field goal, 20 to 17. Towards the bottom of the fourth quarter, Falcons linebacker Michael Boley intercepted Aaron Rodgers’s pass. After getting the ball back, Michael Turner increased the Falcons’ lead with a TD. 27 to 17. Green Bay shrank that lead with a TD of their own in the two-minute warning, courtesy of tight end Donald Lee. Final score. 27 to 24.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. On Green Bay’s second possession, the camera that shot Atlanta punter Michael Koenen kicking the ball to Green Bay cornerback Will Blackmon remained behind the Packers at a slight low angle. It was a rather nice change to the standard start from behind the kicking team, cut to a high angle long shot of field (sidelines on top and bottom of screen), and then cut pan to the receiver catching the ball.

2. The interception Aaron Rodgers threw in the bottom of the fourth quarter was preceded by an intentional grounding call (defensive end John Abraham made the tackle).

3. After Michael Turner made the TD in the fourth quarter, the sidelines footage included an Arthur Blank trailing behind Matt Ryan who walked across from screen left to screen right.

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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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Thanksgiving 2007: Packers ziplock the Lions

But first, a little something to make you smile.  When I was leaving work yesterday, I overheard someone talk about a Sears gift card.  Another person said, “There’s nothing like a Sears card that says ‘Merry Christmas.'” I thought it was funny.

And now for the football.

Turnovers and interceptions make for a narratively and visually thrilling game.  And when the producers decide to vary the kinds of camera angles that get air time (field goals and punts filmed from behind the kicker and punter), football game-play can’t get any lovelier (unless you’re NFL Films, of course).

The daytime Thanksgiving game between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions (on Fox) was such a game.  The first and fourth quarters were quite stirring athletically and aesthetically.  Both teams started defensively impressive, but then Green Bay’s defense and offense took control of the game in the second quarter when Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings made a touchdown (running ten yards into the end zone and then catch!), and then running back Ryan Grant put in one.  By the end of the first half, the Lions sustained a slow pace by making field goals, three of them.  Green Bay got three points from a field goal in the very end of the second quarter, giving them a total of 17 points before halftime.  The Lions had 9 points.

The third quarter started with another Green Bay touchdown, courtesy of Jennings.  Packers 24. Detroit got a fourth field goal shortly thereafter for 12 points–that Jason Hanson has a great leg.  Great leg or not, the Packers still demonstrated their skill, grabbing another TD thanks to wide receiver Ruvell Martin.  Green Bay 31.  Detroit 12.

The Packers’ field goal in the top of the fourth quarter increased their score to 34.  Then hallelujah, Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (a former GaTech Yellow Jacket) caught a touchdown pass.  Detroit 19. After Johnson caught two more passes, the Lions made it to the end zone and running back Kevin Jones galloped into the the zone for a TD.  Detroit 26.  Alas, in the final two minutes, Green Bay widened the point gap with a field goal, and ultimately winning the game 37 to 26.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Katherine McPhee sang the national anthem in the Packers vs. Lions game.  After singing a few lines, the camera cut to Calvin Johnson.  It then cut to Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson who had overcome an addiction to alcohol and has lived the redemption narrative in the last couple of years.

2. Although Calvin Johnson didn’t make that touchdown in the first quarter (around 6 minutes on the clock), simply watching him attempt the catch was enough.  His body sailed through the air and achieved a kind of slow-motion look without actually being in slow-motion.  Good stuff.   He caught but then dropped the ball towards the bottom of the first quarter; in one of the replays, the camera cut to Lions quarterback Jon Kitna, who slammed his arms downward to his knees, where he remained hunched down.  His back was facing the camera.  Johnson made a thirteen yard catch in the third quarter, jumping in the air (nearly straight up) with the grace of a dancer.

3. The Goo Goo Dolls performed for the 70,000 or so fans at Ford Field in Detroit during halftime.   I wasn’t too keen on that modern ballet dance number.  I would’ve preferred something by a color guard (nevermind that a color guard performance would probably be saved for a college game).  A United Way banner was unfurled halfway through the Dolls’ second song.

4. Aside from after-Thanksgiving shopping ads, the commercials that appeared throughout this telecast included holiday wishes from family members of players in the game.  Pretty creative idea on the part of the marketing/sales/advertising folks.

5. Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre is thirty-eight years-old.  Brad Pitt is forty-one.

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