Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan provided commentary for today’s game of the Atlanta Falcons at the Seattle Seahawks. Broadcast on Fox, the Seahawks were on offense first and did an incredible job at moving the ball down the field. Eight minutes into the first quarter and the Seahawks were nose-to-nose to the end zone. One play later, running back Marshawn Lynch broke the plane. Seattle 7 and Atlanta 0. With under three minutes left in the quarter, Seattle lost a challenge of whether or not Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan got enough forward progress to get convert a fourth down. Would they be able to do it again for a touchdown? Running back Michael Turner carried the ball a handful of times and then at the top of the second quarter, Matt Ryan and running back Jason Snelling connected for six points and the extra point was good. Seahawks 7 and Atlanta 7.
Just as the Falcons’ offense was demonstrating its prowess, Jason Snelling had back-to-back losing his grip on the ball. Luckily for him, his teammates recovered the ball. Matt Bryant’s twenty-seven yard field goal in the bottom of the second quarter gave the Falcons a slight edge. Eleven minutes into the quarter and Matt Ryan threw an interception–Seahawks strong safety Jordan Babineaux took the ball right from its trajectory. The Seahawks’ own kicker tied the game with a thirty-eight yard FG. Atlanta 10 and Seattle 10. The Falcons finished the first half on top with a touchdown catch by wide receiver Michael Jenkins. Atlanta 17 and Seattle 10.
The Falcons started on offense at the top of the third quarter; although they had to punt the ball away, when the Seahawks went on offense, Jonathan Babineaux recovered a fumbled ball in the end zone (Jamaal Anderson caused Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck to drop the ball). Atlanta 24 and Seattle 10. Halfway through the quarter, Hasselbeck threw an interception (Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes leaped and nabbed the ball from mid-air). Four minutes later, Matt Bryant went onto the field for a twenty-five yard FG. Atlanta 27 and Seattle 10. SMOKIN SALLY BEAUTY SUPPLY PLUS!! Did the Falcons recover another fumbled Seahawks ball at around the three minute mark in the third quarter? Indeed they did. A few plays later, wide receiver Roddy White increased the Falcons lead by another TD. Atlanta 34 and Seattle 10. Charlie Whitehurst relieved Matt Hasselbeck of quarterbacking duties in the very bottom of the third quarter.
Seven minutes into the fourth quarter, the backup QB made a TD himself by sashaying into the end zone. The Seahawks attempted but failed two-point conversion. A pass interference call on Falcons safety William Moore moved the line of scrimmage to the one yard line; the conversion worked that time (Whitehurst threw the ball to wide receiver Benjamin Obomanu). Atlanta 34 and Seattle 18. Final score.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum was in attendance supporting his Seahawks.
2. I watched this game on an HD 65 inch television.
3. The Seahawks wore full-bodied cobalt uniforms; the Falcons wore white tops and pants. Have the Seahawks worn green gloves before?
4. As of the bottom of the first quarter, the Falcons would no doubt be in the playoffs because the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants lost their respective games.
5. Jonathan Babineaux is a defensive tackle for the Falcons; his brother Jordan is a Seahawk. Their mother was in the stands supporting both sons (Seahawks jersey frontside and Falcons jersey on the backside).
6. In the bottom of the fourth quarter, Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Matt Ryan had a short chat on the sidelines. Blank patted Ryan on the back. He then made it down the sidelines and exchanged encouraging words with the rest of the Falcons.
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