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NFL 2009: Packers au gratin the Bears

Detour:

Paddy Chayefsky contributed to early American television and was an award-winning screen writer.  I clicked to his wikipedia page (from the wiki page of the film Altered States) and couldn’t help but linger on the first line of his entry.  He was born January 29, 1923 and died August 1, 1981.  Fifty-eight years before I felt oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon particles against my mucousy skin, he did.  About seven months after I was born, he died.

Retour:

Oh to be a ligting fixture or a steel beam at Lambeau Field as The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears ring in the 2009 NFL season.  Broadcast on NBC and narrated by Al Michaels (wearing a dark gray suit, a light gray-bluish-white button-down shirt, and a dark gray and silver diagonally striped tie) and Cris Collinsworth (wearing a dark navy suit, a white button-down shirt and a somewhat unsightly maroon tie with weird blockish patterned tie).

The first quarter included a missed field goal by Packers kicker Mason Crosby as well as Bears wide receiver Devin Hester returning a punt and doing what Al Michaels termed, “the spinorama” (Hester caught the ball and advanced five yards by twirling about his center of gravity).  Excitement bells rang out in the bottom of the first quarter when Packers safety Nick Collins intercepted Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s pass meant for tight end Greg Olsen.  The Packers couldn’t do much with that turnover, though.

The second quarter rolled to around eight minutes when Cutler threw a sixty-eight yard complete pass to wide receiver Johnny Knox.  And then the Packers took the ball.  Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly intercepted Cutler.  Bears safety Daniel Manning got his team a safety (how appropriate) when he pulled Packers QB Aaron Rodgers into the end zone.  Sweet succotash.  Cutler’s pass was picked off again byPackers cornerback Tramon Williams.  Bears head coach Lovie Smith challenged the location of where the ball was downed.   The ruling was not overturned.  Packers running back Ryan Grant got himself into the end zone on the next play and did the “Lambeau Leap,” which involves a player running and jumping atop the barrier that separates the field and the first row of seats.  Green Bay 10 and Chicago 2.

Roughly five minutes of the third quarter elapsed when Devin Hester made a TD catch.   The Bears took the lead with a field goal near the bottom of this quarter.  Chicago 12 and Greeny Bay 10.  The fourth quarter started with an offensive play by the Bears where the ball was snapped to running back Garrett Wolfe,* who then ran five or so yards before he was tackled.  Lovie Smith threw down the challenge flag because he believed that Green Bay had too many men on the field.  When the red flag went out, Al Michaels pointed it out, and Cris Collinsworth joked that maybe “he’s challenging his own call.”  Michaels then said, “That’s the line of the evening.”  The referee determined that there were not too many Packers on the field.

Mason Crosby’s thirty-nine yard field goal attempt was good.  His cheeseheads took back the lead.  Green Bay 13 and Chicago 12.  Bears kicker Robbie Gould’s twenty-one yard FG “was true” (as Al Michaels put it, but he said used the present tense) in the bottom of the quarter.  Chicago 15 and Green Bay 13.  Seemed like the Bears would’ve won, right? And then there was the one-minute-remaining mark.  Aaron Rodgers connected with wide receiver Greg Jennings, who would also make the succesful two-point conversion catch.  Packers cornerback Al Harris intercepted Cutler’s final gasp at taking the lead.  Green Bay 21 and Chicago 15.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Those Packers’ uniforms made me think of mustard and relish on a hot dog.  Or corn and collard greens.

2.  Faith Hill sang the Sunday Night football song yet again.  Oh, but she looked so much better in the 2009 promo.  She wore a long-sleeved shirt dress and black knee-high boots.  Her hair and makeup improved greatly as well.  Sprint once again sponsored.  The visual design is reminiscent of “More Money More Problems” and Kpop girl group 2NE1′s “Fire” music video (the space version) with a dash of 4 Minute’s “Hot Issue” mv.

3.  Does Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher age? He’s been a Bear for a decade, hasn’t he?  He only played half of the game, I believe on account of a wrist injury.  He looks like the kind of person that could make you feel safe no matter where you were or what terrible things were about to or might possibly happen to you.  Although, he also looks like the kind of person that you’d want to stay far away from during times of emotional duress (that walk-off the field after Chicago lost.  He didn’t have fire in his eyes and murder on his mind, but there was an unmistakable hint of, “someone needs to be punished.”

4.  I miss John Madden’s ostensibly random comments about pop-culture and NFL history.

5.  I wonder who’ll end up with the greater viewership: NFL Sunday Packers vs. Bears or the VMAs 2009.

6.  One of the NBC cameras cut to a medium shot of Virginia McCaskey, the owner of the Bears, during the middle of the second quarter.  What happens when she is no longer able to own the Bears literally and legally?

7.  Cialis.  Why must a man wait to contact his doctor if he’s been saluting for more than four hours straight?  Why would anyone want to be pointing skywards for more than fourteen minutes?  It has a clinical term too: priapism.

8.  Bears head coach challenged the ruling after Cutler threw his second interception in the second quarter.  I believe someone yelled “I love Lovie.”

9.  Al Michaels remarked in the bottom of the first half that the Chicago and Green Bay matchup began in 1921?  1929?

10.  My, my, the sidelines of football games are populated not only by the teams’ players and personnel, but also by young males (of the Abercrombie catalogue aesthetic) likely between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five.  Interns? Volunteers?  Don’t see the young ladies as often–unless they’re part of the medical team or audio equipment crew (for the network televising the game).

11.  This game felt extremely long, which may tend to happen when both teams’ defensive capabilities out-shine their offensive skills.

12.  In the bottom of the third quarter, Al Michaels quoted John Madden: “When you have multiple injuries, you only feel one of them.”

13.  Cris Collinsworth spoke in the top of the fourth quarter on the Bears offense and mentioned something about the Patriots coming to Soldier Field in the near future, and that the Bears would just have to “get deep penetration into the backfield…but that’s probably the most obvious thing I’ve said tonight” (with a chuckled).  He then commented on Jay Cutler as “now he’s scrambling with a purpose.”

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*And yet I can’t find Wolfe’s name in the play-by-play, which says it was Matt Forte.  I might’ve hallucinated “Wolfe.”

NFL 08: Falcons swipe the rug from under the Bears

The Chicago Bears go dirty south to see what the Atlanta Falcons can serve up in front of a sell-out crowd at the Georgia Dome. Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter commenced with an Atlanta possession and a field goal. On the first play of their second possession, running back Michael Turner dropped the ball as he was being tackled. Bears defensive end Alex Brown scooped up the ball. Atlanta head coach Mike Smith fired up that red flag to challenge the call that Chicago recovered the fumble. Indeed, the call was reversed. Turner’s knee hit the ground while he was still holding the ball. The first quarter drew to a close with another Falcons field goal. 6 to 0.

The second quarter creeped to the nine minute mark and the Falcons were edging toward the red zone. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan threw a complete pass to running back Jerious Norwood, who fumbled the ball as he was tackled. The ball was recovered by Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris, who lost the ball as he was getting up. The ball was recovered by the Falcons. Bears head coach Lovie Smith challenged the call, claiming that Harris was down by contact. The call was not reversed.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White made a touchdown catch two plays later, but it was nullified on account of an ineligible downfield pass. On the next play, Matt Ryan threw the ball to wide receiver Brian Finneran, who caught then dropped the ball. The Bears’ next possession ended in a field goal. Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes prevented Bears wide receiver Marty Booker from making a TD catch. Going into halftime, Atlanta 9 and Chicago 3.

The third quarter began with an Atlanta field goal. 12 to 3. It continued with the Bears running back Matt Forte touchdown. The fourth quarter started with a touchdown catch by Roddy White. Falcons 19 and Bears 10. On Chicago’s next possession, they made it all the way to the one yard line but was stopped by Atlanta. Rather than go for a field goal, though, they decided to try for the end zone–and they couldn’t do it. The Bears nearly got into the end zone near the end of the fourth quarter, but they had to field goal it. Atlanta 19 and Chicago 13. With just under four minutes left on the game clock, Jerious Norwood returned the kickoff for eighty-five yards. That drive was supposed to lead to a field goal, but Jason Elam missed it. Just when it looked like the Bears would not be winning this game, wide receiver Rashid Davis caught a TD pass. Chicago tied the game 19 to 19. The extra kick was good. Bears 20 and Atlanta 19. With eleven seconds still on the clock, the Falcons had another chance to win the game. Matt Ryan threw a complete pass to wide receiver Michael Jenkins. Jason Elam went on for a forty-eight yard field goal. And IT WAS GOOD!

Atlanta 22. Chicago 20. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Brian Billick and Thom Brennaman were commentators. The latter remarked that the former and Mike Smith are brothers-in-law.

2. During the instant replay of Matt Ryan’s pass to Brian Finneran in the middle of the second quarter, the camera went to a medium close-up of Ryan walking (in slight slow-motion) towards screen right. His face wore unmistakable frustration.

4. Yes, Jason Elam’s field goal was no good in the bottom of the fourth quarter, but he was the one putting all the Falcons’ numbers on the board until Roddy White made the TD in the top of the fourth quarter. Elam’s first field goal was from the twenty-nine yard line, his second from forty-eight, his third from thirty-two, and his fourth from the forty-one.

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