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NFL 2009: Falcons staple down the Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins.  The Atlanta Falcons.  The GA Dome. Red, red everywhere in the stands.

NFL 2009 Sunday football begins! Yay! puppies and cupcakes and stalking cat!

Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter began with the Falcons on offense and a slew of opening day jitters.  Two touchdown opportunities were foiled (quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Roddy White and then tight end Tony Gonzalez couldn’t quite connect) and Jason Elam missed a forty-two yard field goal.  When Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington made his third throw, he fumbled the ball.  The Falcons recovered but were unable to hit that scoreboard.

The second quarter spelled offensive improvement for the Falcons as Matt Ryan got the ball to Roddy White, wide receiver Michael Jenkins, and Tony Gonzalez.  After the Tony made two stellar catches, fullback Ovie Mughelli made a TD catch (and then expressed his delight with a bit of flapping a la bird).  Atlanta 7 and Miami 0.   Did Dolphins wide receiver Greg Camarillo catch the ball in the bottom of the second? He sure did.  Even when the ball came out of his hands, the ball never made contact with the ground.  CBS cameras were able to provide irrefutable evidence to prove as much.  Pennington had gotten his team to the Atlanta sixteen and was surely poised to get a number up on the board, but Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano lost the ball when Falcons linebacker Mike Peterson tackled him, and then Falcons cornerback Brian Williams scooped up the ball and ran it back to the other side of the field.  Would the birds make the most of this turnover?  Yes, but probably not to the extent that the would’ve wanted.  Jason Elam didn’t miss his FG.  Atlanta 10 and Miami 0.

The third quarter started with Matt Ryan hurling the ball into the other side of the field, Roddy White in sight, but the pass was incomplete.  White lost a shoe and Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith let the instant replay camera know just how long his arms are–so long!  In the bottom of the third quarter, Mike Peterson intercepted Chad Pennington and ran the ball back to the Miami twenty.  Tony Gonzalez would increase the Falcons lead with a twenty-yard TD.  Wahoo! Atlanta 16 and Miami 0 (the extra point was no good).  Anthony Fasano dropped the ball again; Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux jumped on the loose goose.

The fourth quarter started with Falcons running back Michael Turner covering more horizontal than vertical ground.  The left side of his jersey was pulled off from his shoulder pad, and Gonzalez fixed it for him.  How sweet.  Jason Elam missed a thirty-eight yard FG attempt.  Is it allergies?  A migraine?  Bygones.  He nailed a fifty-yarder in the middle of the quarter.  Atlanta 19 and Miami 0.  Fasano’s goal-line crossing TD was undone on account of an offensive holding penalty Dolphins tackle Vernon Carey.  The game clock moonwalked down to under four minutes when the Dolphins finally scored with a TD by running back Ricky Williams.  Atlanta 19 and Miami 7.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  I had previously thought that Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis was the only football player that looked as good out of his uniform (and helmet) as he did in it.  I must admit, though, that Tony Gonzalez looks just as good sans helmet.

2.  The red of the Falcons’ uniforms and the white and teal from the Dolphins’ uniforms made me think of salsa.

3.  Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf were the commentators.  They mentioned a couple times that the GA Aquarium is so amazing.

4.  Jim Breuer in a Pizza Hut commercial.

5.  The new NFL game center features ads.  Interesting.

6.  Steve Barnes (formerly of 99x) in an Air Tran “Internetiquettecommercial?

7.  One of the Falcons fans was dressed up as a falcon.  The animal, not the animal suit.

8.  “Much ado about very little,” Greg Gumbel said of a Ted Ginn Jr. scramble in the bottom of the third quarter.

9.  Ironic, isn’t it?  That during and after the pre-season, most of us Falcons fans were harping on a young and inexperienced defense when today’s game sings a different tune.

10.  Greg Gumbel noted in the bottom of the fourth quarter that Michael Turner’s thighs are very impressive.

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NFC Wildcard 2009: Cardinals cork up the worm from the Falcons

Before I get to the wildcard game between the Atlanta Falcons at the Arizona Cardinals, held at the University of Phoenix Stadium, read this:

The 2008 US Army All-American Bowl ended in an East win.  When I got myself to TV, the fourth quarter still had a minute left.  I believe the East won it again this year.  Click here, here, and here for more info.

Back to the playoffs.   An interview between Tiki Barber and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan aired in the pregame segment.  Between the two of them, I don’t think more than five to seven words per second leave their mouths.  The. way. that. they. speak. is. n’t. punct. uated. per. se, but…every. single. word…receives a very deliberate escorting.

Televised by NBC, the first quarter plunked out an interception…Matt Ryan’s third pass (?) and into the hands of Cardinals cornerback Ralph Brown.  The result of that turnover? Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner throwing forty-two yards to wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for a touchdown.  Arizona 7 and Atlanta 0.  Agh. Groar.

The second quarter got the Falcons on the board with a thirty-yard Jason Elam field goal.  The Cardinals leaped away numerically with a seventy-one yard touchdown run by wide receiver Anquan Boldin.  Arizona 14 and Atlanta 3.  Fast-forward to the bottom of the quarter, after Matt Ryan successfully connected with wide receivers Michael Jenkins, Roddy White, and Brian Finneran, and running back Michael Turner sauntered into the end zone.  Arizona 14 and Atlanta 10.  During the Cardinals’ next possession, one of Kurt Warner’s passes bobbled off of its target receiver’s hands and into the grasp of Falcons cornerback Chevis Jackson.  As the quarter came to an end, Falcons tight end Justin Peelle and Matt Ryan linked arms for a TD.  Atlanta 17 and Arizona 14.

The third quarter spat out a turnover and Cardinals cornerback Antrel Rolle ran twenty-seven yards for a TD.  Arizona 21 and Atlanta 17. The Cardinals Neil Rackers missed a fifty-one yard field goal shortly thereafter.  Would the Falcons do with another offensive go in the top of the quarter?  Niet.   The quarter trimmed down with a Cardinals touchdown by running back Tim Hightower.  Arizona 28 and Atlanta 17.  How do the Falcons react?  Matt Ryan threw another interception…into the cradle of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

The fourth quarter started with a safety for the Cardinals.  Alors, Arizona 30 and Atlanta 17.  The Cardinals were awarded an excessive celebration penalty.  With under five minutes left to tango, Roddy White got his body into the end zone.  Arizona 30 and Atlanta 24.  Alas.  final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Cris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond were the commentators.

2.  Anquan Boldin put a hand to his left hamstring after making the second quarter TD.

3.  Towards the bottom of the second quarter, after Matt Ryan had completed a series of passes, Cris Collinsworth remarked that Ryan does better when he throws to his left.

4.  The camera took a few shots of Matt Ryan after Michael Turner and Justin Peelle made TDs in the second quarter.  His hair has grown out quite a bit.  When did that happen?  Obviously it happened over the course of sixteen weeks, but compared to last week?  It’s as if two inches came out of nowhere.

5.  Matt Ryan’s older brother Mike received some screen-time during the middle of the fourth quarter.  They definitely look related.

6.  One of the cameras got a medium shot of Falcons linebacker John Abraham after Kurt Warner took a knee.  Methinks I saw tears about to well up in Abraham’s eyes?

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NFL 08: Falcons send the Vikings longship-packing

Looks like someone decided to give the Atlanta Falcons a couple of go-home-and-collect-200 cards. The Baltimore Ravens broke up the Dallas Cowboys’ party 33 to 24 Saturday night. The San Diego Chargers took out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41 to 24 earlier today. The Falcons went into todays game against the Minnesota Vikings with one condition: win and you’re in the playoffs (as a wild card). So, were they able to do it? and on the Vikings’ turf?

Televised by Fox, the first quarter started with a super cool throw from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throwing to wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who caught the ball one yard away from the goal line. Running back Michael Turner trudged his way into the end zone on the next play. Atlanta 7 and Minnesota 0. Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe got his hand into the end zone for a touchdown in response. Atlanta and Minnesota tied 7 a piece.

The second quarter surfaced with Matt Ryan shovel passing the ball to running back Jerious Norwood, who ran his way into the end zone. Atlanta 14 and Minnesota 7. The Vikings hit back with a few good runs by running back Adrian Peterson and throws by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, and then the ball got away from the Vikings and into the hands of Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. Unfortunately, no score came from that cul-de-sac of ball exchange. Once Vikings were back on offense, Tarvaris Jackson and Adrian Peterson made good ground coverage…but then there was another fumble and Falcons cornerback Chris Houston got his hands on the ball. Going into halftime, Atlanta was in the lead with 17 points to Minnesota’s 7.

The third quarter began with another series of impressive Vikings action which then turned into Falcons fumble recovery. Defensive tackle Kindal Moorehead sacked Tarvaris Jackson and defensive end Chauncey Davis got on top of the ball. The outcome of that turnover? Rien. Nothing. The Falcons had to punt the ball away. SWEET MOLLY OF MARINATED CUBAN SANDWICHES?! The game clock was tripping passed three minutes in the bottom of the third quarter; the Falcons were second-and-five on the Minnesota five yard line; Matt Ryan couldn’t find someone to whom he could launch the ball. Alors, he decided to take it to the goal line himself.

Only, his forward somersault was possibly twelve inches shy of the goal line, and as he came closer to the ground, the ball fell away from his hand and into the end zone (diagonally left from Matt Ryan’s hand). Purple and white swarmed around that prolate spheroid and Falcons guard Justin Blalock ended up with the credit for repossessing it for a TD. Atlanta 24 and Minnesota 7. The fourth quarter commenced with a re-energized Vikings offense…in the form of a field goal. Minnesota benefited from another Visanthe Shiancoe TD in the bottom of the quarter. Atlanta 24 and Minnesota 17. The Vikings’ defense were not going to surrender. With the two-minute warning left to play in the fourth, Tarvaris Jackson and his eligible receivers had one more chance to tie or take the win by a one point lead. Despite the Vikings’ efforts, the Falcons reclaimed control of the ball in the final minute of the game. Atlanta 24 and Minnesota 17. Final score. SWEET SHINY PLANTAINS ON A SUNDAY!!! The Falcons are going to the playoffs!!!

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Wow. After the Tennessee Titans beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31 to 14, CBS cut to the end of the Miami Dolphins attempting to maintain a lead over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Dolphins wore white jerseys and the Chiefs red. Together on the field, they looked like diced salsa ingredients or a Tabasco bottle.

2. Brian Baldinger, Dick Stockton, and Brian Billick provided commentary.

3. So, about that Matt Ryan somersault. I wonder if he’d ever do that again….I wonder if he’d practice doing that again for next season.

4. Last week’s game against Tampa Bay caused much anxiety since Matt Ryan’s second throw. Today’s horse-shoe toss against the Minnesota didn’t fill me with as intense a level of nerves, but from halfway through the third quarter to the end of the fourth, I experienced a dull chattering of anxiousness. I believed the Falcons could maintain a numerical lead but the Vikings just weren’t going to let up one breath, as evidenced in the bottom of the fourth quarter.

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NFL 08: Saints out-charades the Falcons

When the New Orleans Saints voyaged to the Eastern time zone a month ago to stare down the Atlanta Falcons, the home team proved to be the master of the ceremonies.  Today, the Falcons were over in  the Saints’ playground aiming to capture another victory.   Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter started with Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throwing an interception.  Saints cornerback Jason David plucked the ball right out of the air as it was traveling towards Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.  Saints running back Reggie Bush made a touchdown a couple plays later.  New Orleans 7 and Atlanta 0.

The second quarter started with Saints quarterback Drew Brees throwing to wide receiver Marques Colston.  The ball ended up in the hands of Falcons cornerback Chevis Jackson, but it hit the ground.  Thus, incomplete pass.   The Saints shot up a field goal at the end of that possessio.  New Orleans 10 and Falcons 0.   The first play of Atlanta’s next possession was a fifty-nine yard pass to Roddy White.  Spectacularly projected and cradled.   The end of that drive led to a touchdown, courtesy of running back Michael Turner.  The Saints flung up another field goal (of forty-six yards) not long after the Falcons got on the board.  New Orleans 13 and Atlanta 7.   Towards the bottom of the second quarter, Matt Ryan connected superbly with wide receivers Harry Douglas, Michael Jenkins, Roddy White, and finally  Brian Finneran for a TD.  Atlanta 14 and New Orleans 13.  Going into halftime, though, the Saints reclaimed the lead with a field goal.  New Orleans 16 and Atlanta 14.

The third quarter pulsed halfway through and Matt Ryan launched two awesome passes while under much pressure (once to Brian Finneran, who was flanked by two Saints, and a second time to Michael Jenkins).   Edging towards the bottom of the third quarter, as that possession ended, Jason Elam’s field goal placed the Falcons back in the lead.  Atlanta 17 and New Orleans 16.

The fourth quarter commenced with a Saints touchdown by running back Pierre Thomas.   They would attempt a two-point conversion but it was not successful.  New Orleans 21 and Atlanta 17.   On the Falcons’ next possession, Matt Ryan ran twelve yards into the end zone himself for a touchdown.  A two-point conversion was tried and it worked (Michael Jenkins caught the ball).   Atlanta 25 and New Orleans 22.   The Saints responded with a zippy kickoff-return and a drive that culminated in a Pierre Thomas TD.  Saints 29 and Atlanta 25.   Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Two of the pre-game segments were a vignette on the Falcons and a getting-to-know Roddy White sequence.  White was also featured on 11alive’s (my local NBC station) Falcons Face to Face last night.  It’s taped at the ESPN Zone in Buckhead and is hosted by Fred Kalil, one of 11alive’s sports reporters.   Roddy White was born in November of 1981.  I’m older than him by nearly a year.  He’s adorable.  His off-field, onscreen persona is remarkably different from his on-field, onscreen persona.

2.  Brian Billick, Dick Stockton, and Brian Baldinger were the commentators.

3.  Jason David made that interception in the first quarter, was then brought to the ground by Roddy White, and then proceeded to do the Carlton Dance upon standing up.

4.  Before cutting to commercial after the second quarter ended, one of the Fox cameras got a shot of a Saints fan dressed up as the Joker a la Heath Ledger.  Only, his jacket was chartreuse.  In fact, the fan bore a strong resemblance to actor Crispin Glover.

5.  Falcons defensive end John Abraham has Chinese character tattoos in his left bicep.  I can’t make out what they are, though, from the camera angle that revealed them (in the top of the fourth quarter after Falcons cornerback Dominique Foxworth got a penalty for illegal contact).

6.  Falcons owner Arthur Blank got a medium close-up after Atlanta lost the forward progress challenge in the fourth quarter.  His face could be read as blank–ha! pun–or stoic.

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But the Eagles beat the Giants.

NFL 08: the Falcons chargrill chicken the Saints

The New Orleans Saints jogged over to the capital of the Peach State to oven-bake with the Falcons. Televised by Fox, the first quarter started with Saints quarterback Drew Brees throwing an interception. Falcons safety Erik Coleman snatched the ball that was meant for wide receiver Devery Henderson. Atlanta didn’t capitalize on the interception, but on their next possession, Matt Ryan threw to wide receiver Roddy White in the end zone for a touchdown. Falcons 7 and New Orleans 0. The Saints would’ve had a TD too on their next go, but Falcons cornerback Dominique Foxworth got the ball out of the hands of wide receiver Marques Colston. New Orleans settled for a field goal. Atlanta still on top with 7.

In the top of the second quarter, the Falcons increased their lead with a TD rammed in to the end zone by running back Michael Turner. A complete pass to wide receiver Michael Jenkins on the preceding play contributed to the Falcons getting within five yards of the goal line. Atlanta 14 and New Orleans 3. The Saints pulled out another field goal in response. Falcons 14 and Saints 6. Atlanta got to the red zone on their next possession but couldn’t get into the end zone. They got a field goal out of it. 17 to 6.

The third quarter drummed down to about two minutes and the Falcons got another field goal. The top of the fourth quarter said hello to a sixty-seven yard TD by Falcons running back Jerious Norwood. Atlanta 27 and New Orleans 6. The Saints finally got a TD when running back Deuce McAllister ran fifteen yards into the end zone. Atlanta 27 and New Orleans 13. The Saints were working on a considerably impressive drive down field ticking towards the bottom of the fourth quarter; Drew Brees rocked the ball but Falcons cornerback Chris Houston nabbed it in the end zone. With over a minute left in the game, Falcons cornerback Chevis Jackson intercepted a Brees pass and ran ninety-five yards to the end zone for a TD. Atlanta 34 and New Orleans 13. New Orleans wide receiver Lance Moore caught one last pass as the clock went to 00. Falcons 34 and Saints 20. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Ron Pitts and Tony Boselli were the commentators.

2. The Saints got three points from a field goal towards the bottom of the first quarter. After they kicked the ball to Falcons, with Jerious Norwood receiving, the camera was on the field behind Norwood. I’m not sure if the kick itself was filmed from the sidelines/press box, high-angle shot, but at least from the moment the kick was made, the televised imagery came from behind Norwood.

3. Ron Pitts remarked that Atlantans have started referring to Michael Turner as “MARTA.” Is that really the case? Pitts explained that Marta is Atlanta’s “mass transit system…that bus will take you everywhere.” Mmm. Je ne pense pas.

4. The play clock in view for the Saints was flanked by a Hooters ad and a Miller Lite ad. I believe it was Miller Lite.

5. Sweet apple pie and a handkerchief. One of the cameras went to the Saints sidelines in the bottom of the third quarter, specifically for a shot of Drew Brees barking at tight end Jeremy Shockey. Who should end up in the frame but former Falcons QB Joey Harrington.

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