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Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens square root the 49ers

Another season of NFL football is coming to a close.  The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers rang a round the New Orleans rosy tonight for the honor of declaring themselves champions.  Phil Simms and Jim Nantz provided commentary for the game, televised on CBS.


Observations & Miscellania:

1. I watched sporadically during the first and second quarters.  Beyonce performed during halftime.  Methinks she sang live.  There was a really cool performance section with a screen, backup dancers, and the following part where former Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowand and Michelle Williams sprang up from below the stage.

2.  Hmmm, if the Falcons were playing instead of the 49ers, what would the score be at the top of the third quarter?  Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones made a 109 yd kick-off return for a touchdown, so at the top of the second half, Baltimore had 28 to San Francisco’s 6.  If it were Atlanta in the Super Bowl, I wouldn’t be surprised if Baltimore were in the lead, but perhaps not by 22 points.  It would be Ravens 14 and Falcons 10 or Raven 17 and Falcons 14.

3.  The power went out in half of the Superdome!  Hahah!  Did Beyonce’s performance use too much juice?  The outage lasted for about thirty-five minutes.

4.  Being in semi-darkness for half an hour proved beneficial for the 49ers.  They were able to shrink the score deficit to one possession by the bottom of the third quarter.  The top of the fourth quarter was stunning–49ers QB propelled his body into the end zone.  A two-point conversion was attempted but failed.

5.  The bottom of the fourth quarter was quite thrilling as each time scored until the two-minute warning when the 49ers were poised to claim victory pending a TD, which did not happen.  They did get a safety, though, when the Ravens punter couldn’t get out of the end zone.

6.  Going back to what if the Atlanta Falcons were in this game.  Who would be in the lead with fewer than eighty seconds to play?  I’d like to think the Falcons.

7.  Did Ravens QB Joe Flacco say, “That was fucking awesome!” to one of his teammates just minutes after his team won?  The media was swarmed around him.

Baltimore 34 and San Francisco 31.  Final score.  The Baltimore Ravens have won the Super Bowl!!

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NFC Championship 2012: 49ers runneth over the Falcons cup

The Atlanta Falcons.  The San Francisco 49ers.  The NFC Championship game.  Broadcast on Fox and narrated by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, the Falcons were on offense first.  Just four minutes into the quarter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones connected for a forty-six yard touchdown pass (Julio and fellow wide receiver Roddy White body-high-fived.  Julio and Matt did as well).  They picked up three more points eight minutes later with a field goal.  The Falcons said hello to another TD in the top the second quarter, courtesy of Julio Jones.  Atlanta 17 and San Francisco 0.

The 49ers finally got their game going with a TD by running back LaMichael James in the middle of the second quarter.  Atlanta 17 and San Francisco 7.  Their momentum continued to build to another TD made by tight end Vernon Davis.  Atlanta 17 and San Francisco 14.  But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?   It is Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez making a TD, bringing his team’s score 24 over the San Francisco’s 14.

The 49ers closed the score gap with a TD by running back Frank Gore in the top of the third quarter.  Atlanta 24 and San Francisco 21.   Matt Ryan threw an interception in the middle of the quarter.  He wanted the ball to go to Roddy White.  Fortunately for the Falcons, the 49ers field goal attempt was no good.  But then, with under two minutes in the the quarter, Matt Ryan was felled and the 49ers got control of the ball.  What would’ve most likely been another TD for the 49ers in the top of the fourth quarter became a fumbled ball which the Falcons recovered…within spitting distance of the end zone.    The Falcons weren’t able to score on that recovery, though.  The 49ers went to the end zone upon their next possession (another Frank Gore TD).

Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas made three crucial catches for his teammates in the bottom of the quarter.  Alas.  San Francisco 28 and Atlanta 24.  Final score.

The Falcons will not be going to the Super Bowl.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The Zac Brown Band performed the National Anthem.

2.  Joe Buck’s button-down shirt and tie were of lavender scheme.  Troy Aikman had a blue theme going.

3.  When there were over sixty seconds left in the first quarter and Matt Ryan was communicating information to his team at the line of scrimmage, he shouted what sounded like “Chevy olive” or “Chevy Impala.”

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NFL 2010: Falcons frown on the 49ers

Is it autumn yet?  The temperatures of the past few days have fluctuated between a crisp spring morning and a pre-heated oven evening.  The San Francisco 49ers jumped timezones east to test the Atlanta Falcons’ upwardly improving trajectory.  Broadcast on Fox, the Falcons took to offense first but had to punt the ball away three minutes into the first quarter.  Alex Smith quarterbacked for the 49ers.  Their first drive resulted in a touchdown courtesy of tight end Vernon Davis.  San Francisco 7 and Atlanta 0.  The 49ers special teams put on quite a show when Falcons punter Michael Koenen had to kick the ball away–the 49ers blocked the kick and safety Taylor Mays jumped to catch the ball and stayed just inside the back of the end zone when he landed.  Mays then then he posed for a few members of the press at the back of the end zone and did a little dance.  San Francisco 14 and Atlanta o.  Watch me watching this play.

The 49ers’ performance on offense and defense jolted the Falcons awake.  They started the second quarter with a TD connection between quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Harry Douglas.  San Francisco 14 and Atlanta 7.  What?! Not AGAIN! Just when Matt Ryan and his offense were beginning to bring in da noise and da funk, his pass intercepted by 49ers cornerback Shawntae Spencer.  Luckily for fans of carnivorous ornithological creatures, the 49ers did not score.  But, wait, what’s that I hear?  Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton recovers a fumbled 49ers ball with a minute left to play in the second quarter (Alex Smith threw to a receiver who couldn’t make a one-handed catch; the ball bounced out of his hand and Lofton grabbed it).  The Falcons couldn’t tie the game, but kicker Matt Bryant’s thirty-seven yard field goal brought the score gap down to just four points.  San Francisco 14 and Atlanta 10.

Six minutes into the third quarter, with the 49ers making good field coverage, and Falcons safety William Moore intercepted Alex Smith.  Matt Bryant went back onto the field for a thirty-one yard FG.  San Francisco 14 and Atlanta 13.  The fourth quarter was all over the place as Matt Ryan was intercepted with fewer than seventy seconds left in 49ers territory.  Falcons wide receiver Roddy White managed to cause a fumble and Harvey Dahl recovered the ball, but they had to go down the field all over again.  Harry Douglas made a beautiful catch a few plays later.  Roddy White did as well thrice.  With seven seconds left on the clock, Matt Bryant went in to attempt a forty-three yard FG.  It was good!  Atlanta 16 and San Francisco 14. Final score.

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My heart was pounding the entire last five minutes of the fourth quarter.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Dick Stockton, Charles Davis, and Jim Mora provided commentary.

2.  Before kickoff, 49ers head coach Mike Singletary popped a piece of blue chewing gum into his mouth.  Extra? Cobalt? Stride?

3.  The Falcons wore black jerseys and red helmets.  The 49ers wore white jerseys and gold helmets; they’ve also incorporated hot pink into their uniform (arm bands, towels, gloves, shoes).

4.  After Harry Douglas made the TD catch in the top of the second quarter, he and a teammate leaped into the air and high-fived each other with the sides of their bodies.

5.  Middle of the second quarter: did the ball hit one of the officials in the face after Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez got the first down?  I’m certain I saw the official who made the arm-in-a-circle-motion get a ball in the face.

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NFL 2009: Falcons square root the 49ers

The Atlanta Falcons went to the west coast to test the turf of the San Francisco 49ers.  Broadcast on Fox, commentary was provided by Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston.  The first quarter began with a Falcons possession that went nowhere and a 49ers possession that led to a deflected ball that the Falcons recovered (thanks to cornerback Brian Williams).  A few plays later, Falcons running back Michael Turner broke the goal line.   On their next possession, wide receiver Roddy White made a TD catch.  49ers running back Glen Coffee eventually made a TD for his team.  Atlanta 14 and San Francisco 7.

The second quarter started with a 49ers field goal.  Atlanta 14 and San Francisco 10.  49ers head coach Mike Singletary had used up all three of his team’s time-outs by that point.  Falcons head coach Mike Smith challenged the ruling that San Francisco had recovered a fumbled ball to running back Jerious Norwood.  Mike Smith didn’t win the challenge.  A ninety-yard Roddy White TD run to the end zone came shortly thereafter (White did a somersault after broke the plane and was tagged with an unsportsman like conduct penalty).  The Falcons mirrored their earlier fumble by recovering a 49ers loose ball.  Against boos from the crowd, the birds went out on offense, and a couple plays later, Michael Turner made another TD.  Lather, rinse, and repeat with seventy seconds left in the first half.  Atlanta 35 and San Francisco 10.  It’s a franchise record for the Falcons — thirty-five points in the first half.

The 49ers appeared to come into the the third quarter with just a spritz more momentum.  Quarterback Shaun Hill didn’t complete all of his passes, nonetheless I observed a more tangible presence amongst the 49ers offense (as if they finally believed they were actually in the game).  Kicker Joe Nedney’s forty-eight field goal attempt was no good.  Michael Turner never got a good grip on the ball from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.  On the next play, Matt Ryan threw an interception into the embrace of 49ers defensive back Dre’ Bly…only to be tackled by Roddy White.  The ball escaped from Bly’s left hand and Falcons center Todd McClure jumped on it (after Ryan tried but couldn’t stick the landing).  Falcons kicker Jason Elam’s forty yard FG attempt was good.  Atlanta 38 and San Francisco 10.

The “umph” that I had noticed in the beginning of the third quarter was gone by the end of it.  Matt Ryan slice-jumped through the front right corner of the end zone nearly halfway through the fourth quarter.  Atlanta 45 and San Francisco 10.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Goodness graceland, those 49ers looked like poles of ketchup and mustard.

2.  I was cleaning out my sent emails and came across a link to college football newsreels.

3.  Gasp!  Upon returning from the first commercial break of the game, one of the cameras caught Falcons wide receiver Brian Finneran spitting on the sidelines.

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NFL 08: the Falcons kung pao spaghetti the Panthers

A brief detour:

The Dallas Cowboys put on their ritz against the San Francisco 49ers earlier today 35 to 22. Click here for details. In the top half of the fourth quarter, SF quarterback Shaun Hill threw to wide receiver Dominique Zeigler for thirty yards and the camera filmed that play from behind the 49ers offense. Their backs were facing the camera–it was pretty cool. Slow-motion instant replays included views from the high-angle, press-box POV (with Zeigler screen-right) as well as from in front of Shaun Hill and behind Ziegler.

Cowboys kicker Nick Folk made four field goals at a distance of greater than forty yards.


The Baltimore Ravens wisecracked the Philadelphia Eagles 36 to 7. Click here for details.

The New York Jets broke the Tennessee Titans spotless winning streak today. Click here for how and why.


The Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome. Who would walk away from this game cradling the golden orb of victory? Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter commenced with a Falcons field goal. Upon their next possession, Atlanta scored a touchdown, courtesy of Harry Douglas, who flattened his body horizontally (parallel to the end zone’s sidelines boundaries, or perpendicular to the goal line) and essentially bourreed into the end zone. Falcons 10 and Panthers 0.

The second quarter took off with another Falcons touchdown, thanks to running back Michael Turner. Atlanta 17 and Carolina 0. The Falcons were on a hot cross bun in the second quarter. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw to wide receiver Roddy White, who was then tackled by Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble. Safety Charles Godfrey recovered the fumbled ball for Carolina. This turnover resulted in a field goal. Falcons 17 and Panthers 3 going into halftime.

The third quarter spat out a touchdown for the Panthers, nailed in by running back DeAngelo Williams. Carolina increased their score with a field goal not long after. Falcons 17 and Panthers 13. The third quarter concluded with a horse-collar personal foul on Carolina cornerback Richard Marshall. The fourth quarter sparked with a touchdown by Michael Turner. Falcons 24 and Panthers 13. The Panthers were not going to be disheartened. Carolina’s own quarterback Jake Delhomme ran the ball into the end zone. A two-point conversion was successful. Falcons 24 and Panthers 21.

Atlanta regained some of their first quarter momentum with a Ryan-Douglas connection. The Falcons got to the red zone and then the end zone on the fourth try, thanks to Michael Turner, in the middle of the fourth quarter. Atlanta 31 and Carolina 21. The Falcons widened the score gap when Harry Douglas returned a fifty-seven yard punt for a TD. He then received a taunting penalty because he extended his left arm while running towards the end zone (probably within fifteen yards of it) in a kind of “ha ha” expression. Atlanta 38 and Carolina 21. The Panthers wouldn’t be so visibly demoralized, though. Delhomme threw to wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad in the bottom of the fourth quarter. Atlanta 38 and Carolina 28. With under a minute left to play, the Falcons demonstrated one more dose of athleticism with yet another Michael Turner TD. Atlanta 45 and Carolina 28. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick provided commentary. After the Falcons put 10 poins on the scoreboard, either Thom or Brian remarked that Matt Ryan has received a lot of praise for his contributions to the franchise even though the defense deserves some recognition too. I don’t think Falcons fans have taken the defense for granted. I don’t think the Falcons have taken their defense for granted.

2. In the seconds before the halftime commercial, the camera cut to a couple of hardcore Falcons fans. The first was a woman who donned this faerie-esque get-up )complete with glitter around the eyes). The second was a man who wore a full-body costume, including a cape, a left-handed claw hook contraption, and a plastic headpiece in the shape of a falcon head.

3. Camera coverage after Harry Douglas’s fourth quarter punt-returned TD included the back of Arthur Blank on the sidelines, making a “yes!” downward swoop with his right arm. As Brennaman and Billick discussed the taunting penalty on Douglas, the cameras cut to veteran Falcons telling Douglas something along the lines of “we know you’re excited, but you gotta refrain from doing that kind of stuff.”

4. Thom Brennaman noted that the “NFC South is (very) mystifying.” For the last five years, it seems, the team that came in last in the division one season would rise to the top the next season. Examples: Panthers, Falcons, Saints, and Bucs. See here.

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