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NFL 2009: Falcons nectarine the Panthers

The Atlanta Falcons went old school uniform and the Carolina Panthers contended with GA rain today at the Dome.  Broadcast on Fox, the Panthers went on offense first and ended their drive with a field goal (thirty-eight yards kicked by John Kasay).  Carolina 3 and Atlanta 0.  When the Falcons got to bat, the Panthers head coach John Fox challenged the complete pass made when Matt Ryan threw to tight end Tony Gonzalez.   The Panthers won the challenge; Roddy White’s subsequent complete pass was then “undone,” as if it never happened.  As a result, the Falcons had to punt the ball away.  The nerves, the nerves!  Matt Ryan threw an interception in the bottom of the first quarter.  The pass that wide receiver Marty Booker was supposed to catch instead went straight into the arms of Panthers cornerback Richard Marshall.  Later on, Panthers punter Jason Baker didn’t do a great punt-away as Falcons cornerback Brian Williams interrupted the ball’s trajectory and  linebacker Mike Peterson caught the ball (this play was filmed from behind the punter, in an on-field POV).  A couple plays later, near the end of the quarter, Matt Ryan threw a twenty-four yard touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez.  Atlanta 7 and Panthers 3.

Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams cut into the left, front corner of the end zone in the top of the second quarter.  Carolina 10 and Atlanta 7.  Just past the middle of the quarter, Tony Gonzalez caught the ball, was brought down to the ground, rolled up, insisting that he had the ball.  He and Mike Smith’s red flag claimed that because Gonzalez kept his hand around the ball, the ball never touched the ground, and thus it was a complete pass.  The referee overturned the incomplete ruling.  Two plays later, Matt Ryan threw to running back Jason Snelling for a TD.  John Kasay sent through a fifty-yard field goal before the end of the first half.  Atlanta 14 and Carolina 13.  The Falcons weren’t going to let the Panthers go into halftime with just a point difference on the score board.  Matt Ryan connected with Roddy White for a TD.  Atlanta 21 and Carolina 13.

The ball came out of Falcons running back Michael Turner grasp as he was brought down near the middle of the third quarter and the Panthers recovered it.  What would the kitties do with the turnover?  Not entirely.  Mike Smith won another challenge regarding whether or not Panthers tight end Jeff King had possession of the ball as he hit the ground, and then DeAngelo fumbled Jake Delhomme’s thrown ball.

The fourth quarter gave Michael Turner his first TD of the season.  Atlanta 28 and Carolina 13.  Mike Smith won his first two challenges so he won a third chance to challenge, which he used to dispute Panthers tight end Dante Rosario’s upper body crossing the goal line, with hands extended above his head, but when Falcons safety Erik Coleman brought him down, the ball immediately popped out of his hands.  Mike Smith lost the challenge.  Atlanta 28 and Carolina 20.  How would the Falcons retaliate?  The clock ticked down to two minutes and thirty some-odd seconds when Falcons cornerback Chris Houston intercepted Jake Delhomme.  On the Panthers’ final attempt on offense, Falcons wide receiver Brian Finneran tipped the ball upwards, it fell and hit the field.  Game over.  Atlanta won it 28 to 20.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Dick Stockton and Charles Davis were the commentators.

2. Festivities that took place in today’s game.

3.  John Fox and Mike Smith both wear a watch on the left wrist.  No leather straps.

4.  Steve Smith’s mouth guard is red.  Tony Gonzalez’s mouth guard is yellow.

5.  After Gonzalez made the TD catch in the first quarter, he dunked the football over the upright’s cross bar.

6.  Falcons running back Jerious Norwood left the game sometime between the first and second quarters (or the top of the second) because of an injury to the head.  Big hit I suspect.

7.  A camera cut to the press box, where Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was sitting.  There was a Dasani bottle and a can of Diet Coke in front of him.

8.  After Jason Snelling made the TD catch in the bottom of the second quarter, Matt Ryan jogged into the end zone and they did a body high-five.

9.  Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry sustained left foot/ankle injury in the fourth quarter.  Apparently his ribs were bruised after the Dolphins game last week.

10.  Did Dick Stockton and Charles Davis say that Michael Turner referred to Arthur Blank as “that Clark Gable dude” when he first came to Atlanta?  I always thought Arthur Blank looked more like Basil Rathbone, who played Sherlock Holmes in a series of films in the 1940s.   What say you?  Click here for more images of Arthur Blank, Basil Rathbone, and Clark GableGridiron Goddess sees resemblance between Arthur Blank and Walt Disney.

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Pre-S 09: the Falcons fraction off the Rams

The St. Louis Rams tested the competitive waters with the Atlanta Falcons tonight at the Edward Jones Dome.  Televised on NBC, the Falcons were first to go on the offense with Matt Ryan at the helm.   A few plays later and touchdown courtesy of running back Michael Turner.    Kyle Boller quarterbacked for the Rams on their first possession.  Tony Gonzalez, former Kansas City tight end, caught a TD pass, increasing the Falcons’ numbers in the bottom of the first quarter.  Atlanta 14 and St. Louis 0.

The second quarter saw DJ Shockley went to quarterback for the Falcons…three (?) plays into it, he threw an interception.  Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis got his hands on the ball, which Falcons wide receiver Marty Booker nearly had.  The Rams got a forty-three yard field goal out of kicker Josh Brown’s foot.   Atlanta 14 and St. Louis 3.

The third quarter spelled a TD for the Rams–QB Brock Berlin to wide receiver Derek Stanley.   Jason Elam made a thirty-four yard field goal with four minutes left in the third quarter.  Atlanta 17 and St. Louis 10.  John Parker Wilson went on as QB in last half a minute of the third quarter; DJ Shockley resumed in the fourth.  On his second pass of the quarter, he was intercepted by Rams safety Todd Johnson.   Keith Null quarterbacked the next drive for the Rams.  They closed the point gap with a field goal.  Atlanta 17 and St. Louis 13.  JP Wilson went in again and threw quite well (even though he couldn’t send in a TD pass).  Jason Elam upped the Falcons score by three.  Atlanta 20 and St. Louis 13.  With under two minutes left to play, the Rams got their legs down to the red zone, but the Falcons’ defense held strong (stood strong; held strongly–hmmm, adjective or adverb).   In fact, safety Eric Brock intercepted Null’s pass in the end zone.  Final score: Atlanta 20 and St. Louis 13.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Randy Waters and Brian Baldinger provided commentary.   During the Rams’ first possession, Baldinger noted that Falcons punter Matthew Koenan’s alma mater, Western Washington University, ended its football program due to financial reasons.

2.  Falcons president Rich McKay spoke with Randy Waters and Brian Baldinger during the top of the second quarter.

3.  Halftime including a segment with Jerious Norwood and defensive tackle Peria Jerry going fishing.

4.  Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff stopped by the press box in the third quarter.  Randy Waters asked and Dimitroff answered: he was born in 1966 (the same year as the Falcons).

5.  Out of all the televised games I’ve seen in the last two to three years, network cameras are more likely to cut to the sidelines to get Kodak moments of the players and coaches than the crowd.  On average, anecdotally speaking, every four sideline shot might yield a crowd shot.  Today’s game, though, was more equal.

6.  Matt Ryan had a much better first quarter tonight than in the game against the Lions.

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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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