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NFL 2009: Giants leave the Redskins behind

The Washington Redskins and the New York Giants gathering by the knees.   Fox televised the game; Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were the commentators.  The first score of the game was a field goal for the Giants.  New York 3 and Washington 0.  The second quarter started with a tussle between Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss and cornerback Giants Corey Webster.  Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham ran Eli Manning’s pass into the end zone for a touchdown a few minutes into the quarter.  New York 10 and Washington 0.  In the bottom of the quarter, defensive end Osi Umenyiora got his hands around a fumbled Redskins ball and ran it in for a TD.  New York 17 and Washington 0.  With fewer than thirty seconds left in the first half, Redskins pretended to try a field goal and punter Hunter Smith was able to make a TD.  New York 17 and Washington 7.

The third quarter wormed down to under three minutes when Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepted Eli Manning.  Would Redskins QB Jason Campbell be able to take advantage?  Not entirely.  They’d have to make do with a field goal.  New York 17 and Washington 10.   The Giants picked up a field goal in the top and bottom of the fourth quarter.  The Redskins didn’t stop trying, though.  Tight end Chris Cooley made a TD reception in the final 1.5 minutes of the game.  New York 23 and Washington 17.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Liquid nitrogen and a pool.  Pretty.

2.  The skycam swirled up and around the Giants huddle at the four minute mark in the second quarter.  Those Giants looked like action figures with that vertical spatial compression.

3.  When the commercial break ended after Oi Umenyiora made that TD, one of the cameras cut to him sitting on the bench.  He looked upwards and made some hand gestures towards the sky.  Was he thanking unseen forces?

4.  I’ve noticed for quite a long time now that persons in army fatigues have stood behind the end zones in many games.  I decided to google the phrase, “armed forces love NFL” to see what kinds of results are returned. Here’s something on Hines Ward.  Watching the NFL in Okinawa, Japan.  Searching “army NFL end zone” yields footballers in Kuwait.

5.  After Hunter Smith made the TD in the bottom of the second quarter (which was captured with the skycam as it happend), there was some slow-motion footage of Redksins head coach Jim Zorn chewing gum.  I’m going to take this moment to implore all networks never to include slow-motion of anyone chewing gum.

6.  Four minutes into the third quarter, the camera cut to a medium close-up of the Giants sidelines.  I’m not sure who was in the middle of the frame, but one of the non-suited Giants was screen-right in the background.  He had a water bottle that was half-filled with faintly pink liquid and was holding a silver packet close to his mouth as his head was tilted.  Kool Aid drink mixCrystal Light packet?

7.  Troy Aikman’s hands are quite large.  I am amused by the way Joe Buck looks at his colleague during cuts to the press box.  He appears to be listening intently, but on the other hand, he could also not be paying attention.  Is it what he does with his mouth?  And all those instances of swallowing? You can see hints of it here too.

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NFC Divisional 2009: Eagles chocolate sauce the Giants with glee

The Philadelphia Eagles parked their flock of feathers on the trellis of the New York Giants’ garden.  They both want to go to the NFC Championship.  Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter began with the Giants and a field goal.  New York 3 and Philadelphia 0.  Halfway through the first quarter,  Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel intercepted Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s pass and ran the ball into the red zone.  Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb broke the goal line eventually for a touchdown.  Philadelphia 7 and New York 3.

The second quarter started with the Giants getting a safety.  Philadelphia 7 and New York 5.  Five or so minutes later, Giants kicker John Carney missed a forty-six yard field goal.  Towards the bottom of the quarter, Donovan McNabb’s throw (3rd and 9 on the NY 41) landed in the bosom of Giants cornerback Kevin Dockery.   John Carney made the field goal in the bottom of the quarter.  New York 8 and Philadelphia 7.  Going into halftime, Eagles kicker David Akers and a twenty-five yard field goal was good.  Philadelphia 10 and New York 8.

The third quarter started off with a forty-six yard kickoff-return by Eagles safety Quintin Demps.  And then, d’oh! Turnover. Giants defensive tackle Fred Robbins spirited the ball away on the next play;  Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis had to bring him down.  A field goal later, the Giants took the lead by one point.  11 to 10.  The Eagles flung up a field goal of their own for the lead again.  13 to 11.  John Carney missed a forty-seven yard field goal with about four minutes of play left.

The Eagles extended their lead with a tight end Brent Celek TD catch in the top of the quarter.  Philadelphia 20 and New York 11.  Another Eagles field goal towards the bottom of the quarter put the score to Philadelphia 23 and New York 11.  Eli Manning threw a second interception shortly thereafter.  Eagles safety Quintin Mikell got his hands on the ball.  Another turnover with under a minute to play.  Philadelphia 23 and New York 11. Final score.  Numerically a first?  The Eagles are going to the NFC Championship.   Wahoo!

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were the commentators.

2.  The temperature at the Meadowlands today was thirty degrees.  The Giants sat on the sunny side of the field.  The Eagles sat in the shadow.

3.  By the middle of the second quarter, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora was on the sidelines supporting his teammates.  He was wearing a dark  gray/light black suit, v-neck sweater (vest), and chewing ice blue gum.  He had to sit most of the season out due to a knee injury in late August.

4.  Bottom of the third quarter.  Donovan McNabb attempted to connect with Kevin Curtis.  The sideline judge threw down the yellow flag for pass interference on Giants cornerback Corey Webster.  The foul was retracted after the officials had a discussion.  On the next play, McNabb linked up with tight end LJ Smith.  Giantslinebacker Antonio Pierce was cited for a face mask penalty.  Specifically, I believe the the referee said “major face mask.”

5.  Before cutting to commercial in the bottom of the fourth quarter (after the two-minute warning), the camera cut to an extreme close-up of a male Giants fan, probably in his thirties…asleep.  He wore a blue ski-cap, had half his face painted, and he was asleep.  His friends aren’t going to let him live it down.

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