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NFL 2021: The Eagles sour candy the Falcons

When was the last time the Atlanta Falcons did not start the first quarter with great momentum and excellent game-play offensively and defensively only to stumble (even when no sacks or interceptions occur), lose energy traction, and steadily spiral into a score deficit by the middle of the third quarter that could not realistically be overcome?

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The Philadelphia Eagles were in Atlanta today and sure showed the Falcons which team’s new head coach could sleep a bit more restfully tonight.  The Eagles’ head coach Nick Sirianni may or may not have deliberately saved his players’ best athletic moves for the second half of the game, whereas the Falcons’ head coach Arthur Smith was undoubtedly hoping that in the first game of the regular season (played at home no less), that the Falcons would break their aforementioned pattern of starting off strong and progressing with lukewarm outcomes.

The first two quarters of the game demonstrated that each team had the offensive and defensive chops to keep the game-play exciting (nevermind all the penalties in the second quarter), but by the middle of the third quarter, it became evident that an Eagles fan would be having a much better time watching the rest of the game.  Two Falcons field goals were all that Atlanta fans had to grasp onto while Philadelphia fans could pride themselves in four touchdowns (courtesy of wide receiver Devonta Smith, tight end Dallas Goedert, running back Kenneth Gainwell, wide receiver Jalen Reagor) and a two-point conversion (thanks to running back Miles Sanders).  With a minute or so left in the fourth quarter, the Eagles put up a field goal.  32 to 6.  Final score.

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The game was televised on Fox.  I very much liked the illustrated player portraits that appeared at various points throughout the game.  Will I be watching the Falcons next week?  Ne ne sais pas, c’est possible.

The upside for both teams after week one is that Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts knows he has a good athletic rapport with his teammates and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan knows where and how he must improve with his.  It is preferable in a competitive sports environment to strive to be better than it is to endeavor to maintain a certain level of performance, right?

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The Philadelphia Eagles have done a good thing, even if some will say it should have been the Atlanta Falcons serving up the New England Patriots a bit of humble pie.  The point remains.  The Patriots lost Super Bowl LII by 8 points.  Eagles 41 and Patriots 33. Final score.

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There is Only the Moment as the Falcons skittle the Eagles

Sometimes I think the philosophy and practice of focusing on the now because the past and future do not exist was tailor made for athletes.  Just because you win today’s game or match doesn’t guarantee you’ll win the next.  Having won five consecutive games means nothing vis-a-vis games that haven’t come to pass yet.  You can be at the top of your performance potential, you can expertly turn that promise into actuality (today), but there is still no certainty for next week.

Thus, it is paramount to celebrate the victory you just won because it may not come again.

Oh yeah, the Atlanta Falcons won their first game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles last night.  26 to 24.  Final score.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.  You can watch highlights here.

NFL 2012: Falcons ground the Eagles

The Atlanta Falcons traveled north to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles.  Televised on Fox, and narrated by John Lynch and Dick Stockton, the Falcons went on offense first.  Sixteen plays later, quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Drew Davis connected for a touchdown.  The end of the quarter saw another Falcons TD, courtesy of running back Jason Snelling.  Atlanta 14 and Philadelphia 0.

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy got his team on the score board with a TD in the top of the second quarter.  Atlanta 14 and Philadelphia 7.  The Falcons responded with a Julio Jones TD.  Atlanta 21 and Eagles 7.  The quarter ended with a forty-three yard field goal by Matt Bryant.  Atlanta 24 and Eagles 7.
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The Eagles closed the score gap a sneeze with a field goal in the top of the third quarter.  Atlanta 24 and Philadelphia 10.  The Falcons dished out a FG about halfway through the quarter and another one at the start of the fourth quarter.  Atlanta 30 and Philadelphia 10.  The Eagles took their sweet time getting into the end zone again with LeSean McCoy at the charge.  Atlanta 30 and Philadelphia 17.  Final score.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Most players from both teams wore hot pink shoes. The Eagles wore black jerseys and white pants.  The Falcons wore white jerseys and white pants.

2.  Rain was visible on screen in the third quarter after Matt Bryant’s FG.  It fell heavily into the fourth quarter.

3.  Falcons head coach Mike Smith wore a gray cap with a hot pink bill.

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NFL 2011: Falcons gobble up the Eagles

The last time the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles stood eye-to-eye was in October 2010.   The Eagles won 31 to 17.  After a lukewarm performance against the Chicago Bears last week, would the Falcons be able to demonstrate the physical skills we fans know they possess on Sunday Night Football on NBC?

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What: Game 3
Who: The Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles
Where: The Georgia Dome
When: Sunday September 18, 2011

First $0.25:
– The game clock twiddle down eleven minutes before any numbers went on the board.  Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Roddy White, who caught the ball in the back of the end zone.

– Score: 7 Atlanta and Philadelphia 0.
Second $0.25:
– The top of quarter saw the Eagles tying the score with a TD by wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.  Michael Vick sent the ball flying his way; he caught it and then took a couple steps into the end zone.  Another drive towards the Falcons’ end zone was downsized to a field goal.
– The Eagles’ next go at a TD failed as Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry caused Vick to fumble the ball and Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards recovered it.  He ran the ball back to the Eagles 20 yard line.
– Did the TD pass to Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez count in the final minute of the quarter?  The ruling on the field said it was a TD.  The booth review confirmed it.
– The Eagles had enough time to get down the field for field goal position, but Michael Vick lost control of the ball.  Falcons defensive end John Abraham recovered the ball.  DESPERATELY SEEKING LEEKS AND LENTILS!  The Eagles got the ball back by intercepting Matt Ryan.   Eagles kicker Alex Henery’s 60-some-odd yard FG was no good.

– Score: 14 Atlanta and 10 Philadelphia.


Third $0.25
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– Michael Vick threw an interception at the top of the quarter.  Falcons cornerback Kelvin Hayden scooped up the ball.  A couple plays later Tony Gonzalez made another TD.
– The Eagles responded a possession later with a Jeremy Maclin thirty-six yard TD.
– Matt Ryan threw an interception when they got the ball – Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel made the pluck.  Falcons head coach Mike Smith challenged the call.  Smith claimed the point of the ball hit the turf.  The booth review did not over-turn the call.
– Eagles running back LeSean McCoy then swung the game momentum in his team’s direction with a TD.  McCoy would do it again in the bottom of the quarter.
– Michael Vick had to step off the field in the bottom of the third quarter due to a neck injury.  Mike Kafka stepped in as QB for the Eagles.

Score: 31 Philadelphia and 21 Atlanta.

Fourth $0.25:
– Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones made an incredible catch at the top of the quarter.  An Eagle on either side, he leaped into the air and cradled the ball.  A few plays later, Matt Ryan tossed the ball into the end zone and into Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli’s hands.
– Falcons running back Michael Turner made a fantastic 60+ yard run down the field in the middle of the quarter.   Running back Jacquizz Rodgers displayed his rushing chops by getting the ball within the red zone.  One play later, Michael Turner ran the ball into the end zone.

Final Score: 35 Atlanta and 31 Philadelphia.

Miscellaneous Observations:
1.  Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were the commentators.

2.  The National Anthem was performed by Samuel L. Jackson?!  Not quite.  But he was on the field with his “Rise Up” backup singers.  He probably did something during commercial break.

3.  Conversation I had with a friend earlier today:
Friend: big news. syracuse and pittsburgh are joining the ACC.
Me: What?! What were they before?

Friend: i know. big east.
Me: Did/does the Big East encompass most of the New England schools?  What’s Boston College & Boston University?

Friend: it did. boston college used to be in the big east too. but in 2005, they came to the ACC.  the Big East hates the ACC because the ACC keeps stealing the Big East’s members and they are left scrambling for replacements after this latest round of expansion, the ACC has five former Big East members (virginia tech, boston college, miami, syracuse, pitt).

Me: me: Wow…VA Tech.  How does the NCAA agree to the expansions?
Friend: they don’t.

Me: And yet it still happens…
Friend: college football is moving towards four 16-team “super conferences” and those conferences appear to be the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, and Pac-16. the major conferences that are hit hard will be the Big 12 and the Big East. the ACC has 14 teams now… i think they will add UConn and Rutgers to round it out.

Me: Pac-16…that does not have a nice ring it.  “Pac 10” sounds better.
Friend: the pac-10 no longer exists; it’s officially the pac-12 today … and looking to become the pac-16.

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