Atlanta, GA. The Georgia Dome. Falcons on the green with the New Orleans Saints for tonight’s Monday Night Football game (televised locally by CBS).
Another smile turned upside-down in the ATL.
Saints wide receiver David Patten made the first touchdown of the evening near the bottom of the first quarter. When Atlanta got the ball next, wide receiver Roddy White caught a thirty-three touchdown pass from Chris Redman, who took on quarterbacking duties for the Falcons. The second quarter consisted of a Saints field goal and a TD in the bottom of the second quarter by wide receiver Marques Colston. New Orleans 17. Atlanta 7.
The third quarter brought two touchdowns for the Saints (courtesy of Colston and safety Roman Harper), giving them 31 points thus far. The fourth quarter gave the Falcons a touchdown (thanks to wide receiver Michael Jenkins)–it’s unfortunate that the stadium was likely half-empty when it happened. New Orleans increased their considerable lead to 34 points with a field goal in the bottom of the fourth quarter. Atlanta 14. The End.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Falcons linebacker Michael Boley introduced the defensive players–he looked like he was about to laugh after he uttered two or three names.
2. Falcons owner Arthur Blank joined the ESPN commentators for a bit at the top of the second quarter to express his thoughts on Michael Vick’s twenty-three month prison sentence. Blank offered words indicative of a hopeful redemption narrative. No overt criticisms, just realistic conditions.
3. True, Atlanta spent the majority of the game with one touchdown, while New Orleans managed to get four TD’s and a field goal by the end of the third quarter. Nonetheless, does a lackluster performance by the Falcons mean that the ESPN commentators have to keep talking about Michael Vick? Yes, he made the headlines today, but couldn’t the emphasis shift away from what kind of player he was and what his absence did for his team? It’s nothing short of sad.
L’annee prochaine, oui?
For game summary, stats, and play by play here.