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NFC Divisional 2010: Packers rip the Falcons a new one

The Green Bay Packers trotted over to the Georgia Dome this evening to play the Atlanta Falcons for a chance at going to the Super Bowl.  Broadcast on Fox, the Falcons got the ball at the top of the first quarter but no points resulted from it.  On Green Bay’s first possession, wide receiver Greg Jennings lost the ball (when Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas bumped him) and Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes recovered the ball.  Several plays later, Falcons running back Michael Turner spun and dragged himself into the end zone.  Atlanta 7 and Green Bay 0.

Three minutes into the second quarter and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Jordy Nelson connected for a TD.  The Falcons answered those points immediately as HOLY HONEY-GLAZED COOKIE DOUGH NIBBLES!!! wide receiver Eric Weems returned a kickoff 102 yards for a TD.  Atlanta 14 and Green Bay 7.  The Packers eventually met that number increase with a TD of their own, courtesy of running back John Kuhn and a couple of penalties on Falcons cornerback Christopher Owens.  Atlanta 14 and Green Bay 14.  GASP!  Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins slipped in the right side of the end zone and Packers cornerback Tramon Williams got his paws on that ball.  With under a minute left in the quarter, the Packers increased their lead with a James Jones TD.  Green Bay 21 and Atlanta 14. YARRGGH!! Not so cool under fire is Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan who was intercepted before halftime.  Tramon Williams hustled seventy yards into the end zone.  Hand bags.  Green Bay 28 and Atlanta 14.

The middle of the third quarter indicated that Green Bay was on a bun.  Aaron Rodgers himself ran the ball into the end zone.  Green Bay 35 and Atlanta 14.  Did John Kuhn really get his team another TD?  Green Bay 42 and Atlanta 14.  NANDESUKA?!!!! Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez limped off the field in the bottom of the quarter.  Sure, Matt Ryan and wide receiver Roddy White connected at the top of the fourth, but would the Falcons be able to make four more TDs by the end of the quarter?  Green Bay 42 and Atlanta 21.  Packers kicker Mason Crosby missed a fifty-yard field goal, giving the Falcons a modicum of hope to rise above the cheese.

Another turnover.  At this point, only divine intervention could help the Falcons prevail.  Oh Lourdes, did Green Bay get a FG with fewer than eight minutes left in the game? Yes, they did.  Oh now the head aches.  Yet another turnover.  And another FG?!  Green Bay 48 and Atlanta 21.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were narrators for the game.

2.  The National Anthem was sung by the Zac Brown Band.  We have two Michael Turner fans and two Matt Ryans.  A little pitchy?

3.  I love the questions section of Men’s Health and Fitness magazine.

4.  By the top of the third quarter, my stomach had fallen to my feet, my left eyeball had started to protest, and a wave of defeat invaded me the way it does any time the odds for a Falcons victory grow more and more discouraging.  This moroseness added fuel to the muse that compelled me to write this poemJe pense que le sentiment de tristesse inspiree par la realite est assez accablante, et c’est tellement personnelle that I preferred not to post it directly here.  Besides, I haven’t been paying my LJ enough attention.  I have to remember the wisdom of Baruch Spinoza, that “Suffering ceases to be suffering as soon as we form a clear and precise picture of it.”

5.  I’ve had the game on but I effectively stopped “watching” it in the middle of the third quarter.

6.  I’m now afraid of the poems I’ve written, especially the ones that aren’t blatantly joyful.  This one that I wrote nearly a year ago to the date is so frighteningly applicable to my life right now…I’m reluctant to look at my own reflection.  The muse may consume me, piece by piece, atom by atom until I wouldn’t want to know what’s real and what isn’t.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Click here for the Falcons’ roster and here for the Packers’ roster.

AFC Divisional 2010: Steelers boil down the Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers faced each other this afternoon to get one step closer to the Super Bowl.  Televised on CBS, the first quarter started with the Ravens on offense.  Neither team did much on the scoreboard until nine minutes into the quarter when the Steelers were in the Ravens’ red zone.  On second-and-goal, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall broke the plane.  Pittsburgh 7 and Baltimore 0.  With fewer than 90 seconds left in the quarter, Ravens running back Ray Rice made a rushing touchdown.  Pittsburgh 7 and Baltimore 7.  Would you believe that the Ravens would be getting another TD before the next forty seconds ended?  Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had cocked his arm back and was in throwing motion when a Ravens linebacker knocked the ball loose.  It hit the ground, no whistle sounded, and Ravens defensive tackle Cory Redding was the only player to realize the ball was still live.  He picked up that leather baby and scooted into the end zone.  Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin challenged the fumble ruling and lost.  Baltimore 14 and Pittsburgh 7.

The second quarter scrunched and munched to just past the halfway mark when Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco connected with tight end Todd Heap.  Baltimore 21 and Pittsburgh 7.  Steelers kicker Shaun Suisam attempted a forty-three yard field goal attempt with less than thirty seconds left in the second quarter.  It was no good.

The third quarter spelled out flabbergasting fumblery as Ray Rice lost control of the ball and Pittsburgh recovered.  Two plays later, Ben Roethlisberger threw a TD pass to tight end Heath Miller.  Baltimore 21 and Pittsburgh 14.  Whatever the Steelers had to hear in their locker rooms during halftime obviously worked.  Their energy was revved up; Joe Flacco threw an interception in the bottom of the quarter.  I’m not sure which Ravens he was aiming for but Steelers Ryan Clark ended up with the ball.  A few plays later, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward made a TD catch and dive.  Baltimore 21 and Pittsburgh 21.

Three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Steelers had increased their lead by a FG.  Pittsburgh 21 and Baltimore 21.  The Ravens FG’d too towards the bottom of the quarter,  tying the score 24 to 24.  Mendenhall crept into the TD with 1.5 minutes left on the clock.  Pittsburgh 31 and Baltimore 24.  Final score.  The Steelers are one step closer to the big game.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf provided commentary.

2.  I’m guessing the winter weather is the reason why the turf on Heinz Field looks like pea green soup?

3.  Bottom of the first quarter: one Steelers player had wrapped the Ravens QB around the waist and was bringing him down to the grond; another Steelers player was getting into the face of a Ravens linesmen.  It never ceases to amaze me the aestheticizing powers of slow-motion.

4.  Mike Tomlin’s eyeballs were as big as silver dollars whenever he got a close-up in the second quarter.

5.  I watched the third quarter with the game sounds muted and with my discman on — yes, I (still) have a discman.  I ordered a couple of CDs (One Moment More and Long Island Shores) on Tuesday by Mindy Smith and they arrived in the mail today (from NJ to the ATL even with the snow storm that affected both areas).  Kudos to the participating postal services.  Why on Odin’s fuscous plains would I be doing not listening while watching a televised playoff game?  I wanted to know if I would pay attention to anything different on the visual side.  If so, to what extent.  For instance, Slow-motion seems much slower without the sound.  The Hines Ward TD in the bottom of the third went on and on and on.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Click here for the Ravens’ roster and here for the Steelers’ roster.

Hail to the Green Bay P

For beating the Philadelphia Eagles 21 to 16 ^_^ in their wild card game.  Implication?  The Green Bay Packers will be hauling bodies to the Georgia Dome to play the Atlanta Falcons Saturday January 15th at 8 PM on Fox.

A round of applause for the Seattle Seahawks for giving it to the New Orleans Saints, 41 to 36.  The Pacific winged creatures will head to middle America to four square with the Chicago Bears Sunday January 16th at 1 PM on Fox.

Since the New York Jets climbed atop the Indianapolis Colts by one point, the Jets will go up against the New England Patriots Sunday January 16th at 4:30 PM on NBC.

The Baltimore Ravens’ 30 to 7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs means that the Pittsburgh Steelers will have some Edgar Allan Poe birds to face on Saturday January 15th at 4:30 PM on NBC.

I watched parts of all these wild card games.  The most fun viewing experiences came with the Seahawks and the Packers’ wins.