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NFL 2009: Eagles throw-down the Falcons

It was an ornithological feast today at the Georgia Dome, where the Philadelphia Eagles and the Atlanta Falcons pasodoble‘d for another victory.  The Eagles took to the field sans running back Brian Westbrook and wide receiver DeSean Jackson, the Falcons were without quarterback Matt Ryan, offensive linemen Sam Baker and Harvey Dahl, running back Michael Turner, and wide receiver Michael Jenkins.

Broadcast on Fox, with commentary by Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston, the first quarter puffed out favorably for the Eagles as they made a field goal and then recovered fumbled ball when the Falcons were taking to offense.  What say you, early shock therapy?  Make the mistakes in the first half of the first quarter like a bucket of cold water to the face?  Hmmm.  That turnover gave the Eagles a greater lead with a touchdown pass connection between quarterback Donovan McNabb and fullback Leonard Weaver.  Philadelphia 10 and Atlanta 0.  The Eagles would’ve upped their lead again in the remaining seconds of the first quarter, but David Akers’s thirty-nine yard field goal was no good.

The Falcons were unable to take advantage of the handful of Eagles’ mistakes in the top of the second quarter.  Nearing the second half of the second quarter, I wonder who is more frustrated, Matt Ryan or Chris Redman?  After off-setting penalties on both teams in the middle of the quarter, it appeared that the Falcons defense got a second wind.  They kept the Eagles’ pointage to a field goal.  Philadelphia 13 and Atlanta 0.  By the final two minutes in the second quarter, the Falcons’ offense were capitalizing on Eagles’ errors.  Would that effort be enough for either a TD or an FG?  Nope.  Rather than kicking a field goal, the Falcons tried for a touchdown.  After three consecutive failed attempts for running back Jason Snelling to break the plane, the Falcons inexplicably tried a fourth time?  Third time is the charm not the fourth.

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Third quarter dragged out some poetic icy-hot as Michael Vick made his first TD of the season.  Philadelphia 20 and Atlanta 0.  Whatever cinnabon the Falcons were on was quickly smashed as Chris Redman threw an interception straight into the bosom of Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown, who then ran eighty-three yards for a touchdown.  Philadelphia 27 and Atlanta 0.  The third came and went with no Falcons score.

The first play of the fourth quarter?  Chris Redman threw another interception, this time to Eagles safety Sean Jones.  Michael Vick was QB for the Eagles in the top of the quarter.  A connection between him and tight end Brent Celek produced a TD.  More poetic icy-hot for the Vick.  His first passing TD would be in Atlanta, against Atlanta, bien sur.  Philadelphia 34 and Atlanta 0.  Because Vick injured his right hand after throwing that TD pass, Kevin Kolb went in as QB.  As the game clock boiled to under two minutes, Chris Redman threw a series of complete passes, one of which went to wide receiver Brian Finneran.  Hallelujah, wide receiver Roddy White kept the game from being a shut-out with a TD catch.  Philadelphia 34 and Atlanta 7.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Pre-game footage included Michael Vick greeting former teammates and chatting with Tony Siragusa.

2.  What does it mean if I were to say that I’m not sure the Falcons would have done any better in the first quarter if Matt Ryan were playing?  On the other hand, if Sam Baker and Harvey Dahl were playing, I think the Falcons would’ve scored at least two field goals by the top of the second quarter.

3.  “You can’t just get your hands on him and keep your hips square,” Daryl Johnston remarked halfway through the second quarter.

4.  Today’s game reminded me of Falcons’ entire 2007 season.

5.  Brian Finneran didn’t play in the last three games–Matt Ryan’s performance was shoddy in the last three games.  Coincidence?

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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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