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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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NFC Wildcard 2008: The Seahawks send the Redskins to the corner

The Washington Redskins went Pacific westward to Qwest Field in Seattle to flare nostrils before the Seahawks for a shot at the Super Bowl (game on NBC).

Seahawks fullback Leonard Weaver made the first touchdown of the game in the top of the first quarter. The second quarter increased Seattle’s lead by three points with a fifty yard field goal by kicker Josh Brown. Seahawks 10. Redskins 0. Such was the score going into halftime.

The third quarter produced a Seahawks field goal. Seattle 13 and Washington 0. At the top of the fourth quarter, Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El scored his team’s first touchdown in the game. Washington wide receiver wide receiver Santana Moss put his team on top with a touchdown in the top of the fourth as well. Redskins 14. Seahawks 13. Just past the halfway point in the fourth quarter, Seahawks wide receiver DJ Hackett made a TD. Washington opted to go for a two-point conversion (ball caught by tight end Marcus Pollard). Seahawks 21. Redskins 14. On Washington’s next possession, Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant intercepted a pass meant for Santana Moss and made a seventy-eight yard touchdown. Seattle 28 and Washington 14. With less than a minute less to play in the fourth quarter, Seahawks defensive back Jordan Babineaux intercepted a Redskins pass and made a fifty-seven yard touchdown. Seattle 35 and Washington 14, final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. One of the game’s sponsors is KFC’s new hot wings sans sauce. I’d understand why a person would feed a bunch of TV viewers these things, but who would want to eat them? How can a hot wing still be a hot wing without any sauce? It’s just a piece of spicy fried chicken.

2. Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer was in the top of the stadium (end zone side with the flags) inciting the crowd to cheer. He was wearing Seahawks fan gear.

3. Matt Hasselbeck, quarterback for the Seahawks, threw an incomplete pass within two minutes into the game and during the replay of his reaction, his body language and facial expressions shouted: “Merde! Stupid. Gawd. Man.” I like a quarterback that displays emotion, but perhaps not to such a decipherable degree…so early in the game to boot.

4. Walt Coleman was the referee.

5. According to one of the commentators, not Cris Collingworth, the four Seahawks defensive players going to the Pro-Bowl are paying for the rest of the defensive team to go too (and their families, a little end-of-season vacation).

5. During halftime, there was a Line of Scrimmage video presented by Toyota on the Naples High School football team and its Pen Pal program where the players exchange letters with the youth football league. There was also a vignette about Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard and his struggle with Crohn’s disease.

6. After returning from a commercial break (just before the midway point in the third quarter), the camera cut to a medium shot of Tom Cruise in a VIP room at the game. Accompanying voice-over noted that Cruise is a buddy of Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

7. Redskins quarterback for this game was thirty-six year-old Todd Collins.

8. Redskins safety LaRon Landry intercepted a pass intended for Seahawks wide receiver Ben Obamanu. as Landry stumbled out of bounds, a cameraman had to leap over him and then landed chest-down on the sidelines ground (and he still had his camera on his right shoulder).

9. Qwest Field holds the record for hosting the most number of false starts, as one of the commentators remarked (I don’t recall which one). One of the commentators mentioned that the stadium is designed to funnel crowd noise onto the field–no wonder the title in false starts. During the October 14th game between Saints and the Seahawks, Al Michaels and John Madden noted that Qwest Field “been the stage for fifty-four opponent false starts in eighteen games since 2005.”

10. Jordan Babineaux’s younger brother Jonathan Babineaux is a defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons.

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