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NFL 08: Colts spring roll the Chargers

The Indianapolis Colts expand westward to trot around the San Diego Chargers’ stomping grounds.  The first quarter progressed all the way to the bottom with neither team scoring until the Colts hurtled up a field goal.  The second quarter popped off with a Chargers field goal, tying both teams 3 to 3.   Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer intercepted Colts quarterback Peyton Manning shortly thereafter.  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson got into the end zone towards the bottom of the second quarter.  San Diego 10 and Indianapolis 3.  Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez made a TD by the end of the second quarter.  Going into halftime, both teams tied at 10 a piece.

The third quarter started with what was most likely going to be a Chargers TD or field goal but turned into a Philip Rivers fumble and Colts recovery (sack and recovery made by defensive end Robert Mathis).  Past the midpoint of the third quarter, 54 of the Chargers, linebacker Stephen Cooper,  lost his helmet during the Colts’ third-and-goal attempt at the end zone.  On the fourth try, Manning threw to running back Dominic Rhodes, who finally got into the end zone.   Indianapolis 17 and Chargers 10.

The fourth quarter began with a Colts field goal.  Indianapolis 20 and San Diego 10.  Ambling towards the bottom of the fourth quarter, Philip Rivers’s pass bonded with the hands of running back Jacob Hester for a TD.   Colts 20 and Chargers 17.  The bottom of the fourth quarter ticked to a tie when the Chargers got a field goal.  20 to 20.  With twenty-seven seconds left to play, Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison caught Manning’s launchpad.  Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri made a fifty-one yard field goal attempt.  It worked.  Indianapolis 23 and San Diego 20.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  After the Sunday Night Football opening number, the camera went in for a medium close-up of Al Michaels.  His button-down shirt was light blue and his tie looked something like this.  John Madden wore a tan suit, a silver-blue shirt and a striped tie of black (?) and silver.  Wide-esque stripes like a backslash.  //

2.  The camera cut to Peyton Manning sitting on the bench after he was intercepted in the second quarter.  He certainly huffed & puffed a “man!”

3.  What the freg?! Leading into the commercial break after the Colts field goal at the top of the fourth quarter was a snippet from HIM’s song “Killing Loneliness.”

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NFL 08: Colts tuna melt the Steelers

The Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers. A thumb-war set or two.

Going into halftime, the Steelers were in the lead with 17 points to the Colts’ 14. I started watching from the top of the third quarter. The Colts had a near-touchdown halfway in the third quarter but wide receiver Marvin Harrison couldn’t keep ahold of the ball. Kicker Adam Vinatieri then tied the game with a field goal. The tie would continue through the top of the fourth quarter. And then the Steelers hurled out a field goal. Pittsburgh 20 and Indianapolis 17. Colts defensive back Tim Jennings intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass in the bottom of the fourth quarter. The result of that turnover was a TD by Dominic Rhodes. Colts 24 and Steelers 20. After a sweetly exciting last minute of the game, Indianapolis took the cake, the icing, and the knife. 24 to 20 final score.

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I also watched the final fortyish seconds of the Kansas City and San Diego game. The Chargers won by one point. Read all about it here.

NFL 08: the Colts midnight-oil the Patriots

What a difference a year makes. The Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots were both undefeated at this time last year.

The Patriots went to Indianapolis to mix mints with the Colts on Sunday Night Football. The first quarter progressed without much drama for either team until the game clock had fewer than three minutes left. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning threw to Anthony Gonzalez for a touchdown. Indianapolis 7 and New England 0. The second quarter spelled out a field goal for New England. Colts 7 and Patriots 3. New England increased their score with another field goal in the bottom of the quarter. Going into halftime, Colts 7 and Patriots 6.

The third quarter trotted on halfway when Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis made it into the end zone. A two-point conversion was not successful. New England 12 and Indianapolis 7. The Colts answered that TD with one of their own, thanks to Anthony Gonzalez. They went for an made a successful two-point conversion, courtesy of wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Indianapolis 15 and New England 12. The fourth quarter brought a tie after the Patriots made a field goal (at the cost of their last time-out). Halfway through the fourth quarter, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri made a fifty-two yard field goal. Indianapolis took the lead again. 18 to 15. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Perhaps the stop-and-go pacing of the first half of tonight’s game was the result of a Peyton Manning performing at 90% plus a non-Tom Brady Matt Cassel.

2. Al Michaels remarked that there were no penalties in the first half (excepting one in the last seconds of the second quarter when Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison couldn’t get out of bounds).

3. The camera went to an extreme close-up of Peyton Manning’s face after returning from the commercial break that followed BenJarvus Green-Ellis’s TD–Manning looked so discouraged. His eyes were twinkling like he was on the verge of a Kleenex moment.

4. Colts defensive back Bob Sanders made an awesome interception–Matt Cassel threw the ball in the general direction of tight end Benjamin Watson–in the bottom of the fourth quarter when the Patriots went ahead on a fourth down and sixteen.

4. Al Michaels and John Madden shared a laugh concerning candy corn.

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NFL 08: Bears blockade the Colts

The Chicago Bears march over to the Lucas Oil Stadium to match gazes with the Indianapolis Colts for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Brand new athletic stage for the Colts but the Colts don’t win.

The occasion was scoreless until Adam Vinatieri kicked a thirty-nine yard field goal for the Colts towards the latter portion of the first quarter. The Bears met that field goal with a fifty-yard touchdown run made by rookie running back Matt Forte. Chicago 7. Indianapolis 3. The second quarter closed the Bears lead with a Colts field goal. The gap was widened once more with a Robbie Gould field goal towards the end of quarter. Bears 10. Colts 6. Chicago then benefited from a safety when Colts running back Joseph Addai couldn’t get out of his own end zone. Colts head coach Tony Dungy unsuccessfully challenged the ruling. Chicago 12. Indianapolis 6. By the end of the first half, the Bears put up another field goal for 15 points total. Colts still 6.

Wide receiver Colts Reggie Wayne made a TD near the halfway point of the third quarter. Indianapolis only two points below Chicago. At the bottom of the third quarter, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman caused Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison to drop the ball. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs then swooped the ball up and ran twenty-one yards into the end zone. Tony Dungy once again unsuccessfully challenged the ruling of touchdown. Chicago 22. Indianapolis 13. The fourth quarter gave Chicago seven more points with a TD by fullback Jason McKie. Bears 29. Colts 13. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Faith Hill sings the theme song again, improved from last year’s I think. None of that blatant red carpet muck. Sprint product placement.

2. Al Michaels and John Madden provide commentary. The first shot is not an extreme close-up as it was with last season. John Madden’s hand still looks enormous; the microphone looks tiny in his hand.

3. There’s an NFL Sunday Night cookbook?

4. The Bears donned white shirts for this game; made me think of white cupcakes.

5. Lucas Oil Stadium’s retractable roof opens sideline to sideline, as Al Michaels pointed out a commercial break after Colts put the first points on the board. It takes ten minutes for the roof to open. The field has no drainage system.

6. Was Colts quarterback Peyton Manning playing through a mental fog? Was he distracted? Experiencing more physical discomfort in his knee than he was anticipating? When he’s calling plays at the line of scrimmage, he still reminds me of an auctioneer. Or fast-talking John Moschitta. When the Lions were playing the Falcons earlier today, and not playing very well, Detroit’s quarterback Jon Kitna was seething with irritation on the sidelines. Peyton Manning, as I’ve observed in the last three seasons, certainly lets his state of mind show through his body language and expressions…but, he’s more prone to appearing distressed or sad or simply frustrated as opposed to annoyed or irate.

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AFC Divsional 2008: Chargers shoe out the Colts

RCA Dome. Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts square dance with the San Diego Chargers for a spot at the AFC Championship (game on CBS).

After a shaky first drive by the Colts, in which quarterback Peyton Manning was sacked by Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, tight end Dallas Clark put Indianapolis on the score board with a touchdown. Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson tied the game with a touchdown near the midpoint of the second quarter. Indianapolis then gained a small lead with a field goal. Going into halftime, Colts 10 and Chargers 7.

The third quarter started with a touchdown by Chargers wide receiver Chris Chambers (quarterback Philip Rivers threw a thirty-yard pass that sailed right into the welcoming bosom of Chambers). San Diego 14 and Indianapolis 10. In the bottom of the third quarter, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne brought his team back on top with a TD (it wasn’t ruled a TD until head coach Tony Dungy challenged the out-of-bounds call). A burst of energy by Chargers running back Darren Sproles in the final seconds of the third quarter gave them the lead with 21 to 17 points.

Billy Volek stepped in for Philip Rivers on quarterbacking duties in the fourth quarter. Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez ran for fifty-five yards for a touchdown in the top of the quarter. Norv Turner threw down the red flag, believing that Gonzalez stepped out of bounds, but the TD call stood after a booth review. Many slow-motion instant replays revealed that Gonzalez’s left foot was very much in bounds. Indianapolis reclaimed the lead, 24 to 21. The Chargers grabbed the top bunk again with a TD by Volek with fewer than five minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Final score: Chargers 28 and Colts 24.

San Diego is going to the AFC Championship game. I’m not a self-identified Colts fan, so why do I feel so sad and slightly ill?

Observations & Miscellania:

1. One of the commercials aired during the top of the first quarter was a new marketing campaign by Oreo cookie. DSRL–starring Peyton Manning and his little bro Eli. Double-stuffed Racing League. Qu’est-ce que c’est? The commercial made me think of that game CrossFire. Do you guys remember CrossFire? I do. I loved it.

2. One of the commentators from last night’s game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots said that the first quarter went by very quickly. The first quarter from this Colts-Chargers game went by pretty fast too. Greg Gumbel pointed it out and Dan Dierdorf responded with, “that’s what happens when the ball doesn’t touch the ground.” And of course, after this remark was uttered, as the first quarter was reaching its last minute on the game clock, Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison lost hold on the ball when Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie slammed into his lower body. The ball rolled out and Chargers safety Marion McCree recovered it.

5. Bob Sanders and Dallas Clark of the Colts and kicker Nate Kaeding of the Chargers were teammates at Iowa Kaeding missed the field goal at the bottom of the second quarter and Sanders skipped over to him and patted him on the shoulders and back of the helmet. Sanders was charged with a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (for taunting). I never noticed it before, but Sanders is a cutie. He’s also approximately a month younger than I am.

6. Antonio Cromartie intercepted a Manning pass in the final minute or so of the second quarter. He ran eighty-nine yards for a touchdown, which was discounted due to a holding penalty on Chargers strong safety Eric Weddle. Norv Turner, San Diego head coach, was fuming.

7. Bob Sanders went down on the turf (on the play after Manning was intercepted a second time near the half of the third quarter; this time by Eric Weddle). Chargers running back Michael Turner went right into Sanders’ torso and then upper right shoulder. The slow-motion instant replays suggested an injury to the right arm/shoulder area.

8. Shots of the spectators revealed an ocean of Colts fans wearing not just blue and white but also Colts jerseys.

9. With fewer than twenty seconds on the clock in the third quarter, the camera cut to a close-up of Tony Dungy. There was a really skinny teenaged kid standing on the sideline wearing a Braves cap.

10. Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t play most of the game due to a bruised knee he sustained in early in the second quarter.

11. When San Diego punted to Indianapolis in the fourth quarter, rather than film from the high angle, long shot press box perspective–the default–the camera ended up following the Colts end-zone-to-end-zone. The camera settled behind the Colts zone and waited for the players to run towards it.

12. Under four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Colts possession. I think it was Dan Dierdorf who remarked, “Norv Turner looking to his defense. I think he’s looking for some Maalox.” That comment made me smile.

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Bob Sanders pic cred: Colts.com