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The Sounds of NFL Films on the Seahawks at the Falcons

I subscribed recently to NFL Films’ YT channel — I know, what took so long.  After watching a number of their highlight films over the years, I wonder on occasion whether or not NFL Films would be the ideal “nature filmmakers” of people.  Their narrator’s voice is perfect for it.

Stay until the end to see Arthur Blank do a little dance in the locker room.

“Play hard, but stay poised.” – Matt Ryan

NFC Divisional: Falcons pluck the Seahawks with Elle

The Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons NFC divisional game started twenty minutes after the 4:10 pm showing of Paul Verhoeven‘s award-winning psychological drama Elle (2016).*  And why would I opt to watch the film over seeing the entire game between Seattle and Atlanta?  Well, I’ve been wanting to watch Elle for several months and I knew the fourth quarter would still be happening after the movie and I could get myself to a TV.


I have loved Isabelle Huppert since the moment I watched Hal Hartley‘s Amateur (1994).  She played a woman who went from being a nun to writing erotica.  Something about that premise fascinated me.

Likewise, the premise of Elle intrigued me too.  Huppert portrays a woman who is raped in her house while her grey cat watches (and then leaves before the crime is completed), but instead of turning into a shriveling, paranoid victim, she metabolizes the trauma with subversive rationale and emotional/psychological deviance.

Beyond the basic story-line, I was pleasantly surprised to see that her character was  co-owner of a video game publishing company.  She wasn’t a housewife or a teacher or a high end fashion consultant.  Any more discussion will lead to minor spoilers, so highlight the relevant words at your own discretion.  Verhoeven’s adaptation of  Phillipe Dijan‘s novel Oh… could be interpreted to suggest that a rape fantasy is something that women in general would grow to want if she is willing to sleep with her friend and business partner’s husband because he was there and she wanted to get laid.  Or that just because a woman doesn’t become a broken, ruined creature, that physical violation isn’t that big of a deal.  It is tempting to make such an assertion…or to focus on her character’s inability to have a “normal” reaction to being raped (depression, anger, fear, vulnerability) on account of what her dad did when she was ten years-old that got him locked up in prison.

These interpretations are easy to make, but misses the mark of the character’s narrative and thematic arc.  She colors outside the lines and doesn’t behave as expected and whatever motivates her to act as she does or to think as she does throughout the film, she is purposeful and consequential.  Moreover, her reactions present a perspective on how to make sense of (or pervert) the offender-victim dynamic, especially when the film reveals the identity of her rapist.   Either you, the viewer, knew it all along or figured it out based on formal and plot elements.



And, I was right.  The fourth quarter had just begun when I got to a TV after the movie ended.   I started watching the game (broadcast on Fox and narrated by John Lynch and Kevin Burkhardt) about halfway into the fourth quarter and the Falcons had 29 points to the Seahawks’ 13.  Over the next nine minutes, though not in this exact order, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was intercepted twice (the first time directly into the arms of Falcons safety Allen Ricardo, the second time indirectly into the hands of Falcons linebacker Deion Jones) and threw a touchdown pass (caught by wide receiver Doug Baldwin); Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and two 1st and goal complete passes (one of them caught by wide receiver Julio Jones).

The Falcons beat the Seahawks.  36 to 20. Final score.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

*It isn’t drama quite in the way American dramas are drama — 98% seriousness with maybe a laugh or two.  Elle is quite comical throughout the film in dialogue and reality-of-the-situation tone.  I watched the film with at least twenty other people and everyone chuckled and laughed at the intended moments.  The more I think about it, the more I detect a satirical angle.

NFL 2012: Falcons stride just right by the Seahawks

Ever closer to achieving post-season glory, the Atlanta Falcons circled the Dirty South skies with the Seattle Seahawks today.  Televised on Fox, Brian Billick and Thom Brennaman provided commentary.  The Falcons started on offense and after six minutes of moving the ball down the field via a combination of the run and passing game, they took the lead with a field goal.  Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw an interception during their next possession.  Where would the momentum pendulum swing in the first half of the game?  Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud initiated a fumble that allowed his team to get the ball back.  Shortly thereafter, tight end Tony Gonzalez made a one-handed catch in the back of the end zone.  Atlanta 10 and Seahawks 0.  By the end of the first quarter, running back Jacquizz Rodgers ran powerfully down the field, helmet-clinking against a Seahawk in the process.  Nearing the end of the second quarter, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White made a forty-seven yard TD catch.  Pretty, pretty.  Atlanta 20 and Seattle 0.

The Seahawks finally demonstrated a measure of offensive abilities six minutes into the third quarter when wide receiver Golden Tate scampered into the edge of the end zone (bottom of the screen).  Atlanta 20 and Seattle 7.  The Falcons were performing much better than they did in the previous two games but there was still more stamina and stealth necessary to maintain the lead.  The Falcons responded with a Jason Snelling TD; he broke through a cluster of bodies and crossed the goal line.

The Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, parabola’ed himself into the end zone at the top of the fourth quarter.  Atlanta 27 and Seattle 14.  A few minutes later, Matt Ryan threw another interception, which eventually resulted in a TD by tight end Zach Miller.  Atlanta 27 and Atlanta 21.  There was a couple of instances throughout the fourth quarter when the Falcons could’ve gotten within field goal range or at least made a first down and took more time off the clock but with two minutes left in the game, the Seahawks gave the impression they were in more of a position to shock and awe, which they did.  With fewer than forty seconds left, the Seahawks got the ball into the end zone.  WHAT IN TAR BABY NATIONS?!  Seattle 28 and Atlanta 27.

Matt Ryan had thirty-one seconds to get his players within field goal range, which he did.  Would Matt Bryant make the forty-nine yard FG?  YES! YES! ORGANIC GUACAMOLE YES!   The Seahawks’ attempt to make another score was epically ended when Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones intercepted Russell Wilson in the end zone.  The Falcons are going to the NFC Championship game!  Atlanta 30 and Seattle 28.

Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The National Anthem was sung by four white men wearing black suits.  I didn’t catch their name.  They performed decently but the last line about “the home of the brave” sounded a bit odd.  Too consciously epic and thus not very sonorous.

2.  The Seahawks’ helmets looked to be a deep purple under certain lighting conditions.

3.   Overlain screen graphics appeared occasionally as a player was moving to and from the line of scrimmage in preparation of a play.  The graphic was a horizontal baton with the number and name of the player.

4.  Many of the Seahawks players wore neon green sneakers.

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NFL 2011: Falcons wrap-around the Seahawks

It’s great to be a Yellow Jackets fan.  Go GaTech.

What: Game 5
Who: The Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks
Where: CenturyLink Field
When: Sunday October 2, 2011

First $0.25:
– The Falcons scored first with a touchdown reception made by tight end Tony Gonzalez.

– Score: 7 Atlanta and 0 Seahawks.

Second $0.25:
– Four minutes into the quarter, Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton intercepted Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.  A few plays later, Falcons running back Michael Turner ran the ball into the end zone.
– Halfway through the quarter, the Seahawks demonstrated offensive skills with a fifty-two yard Sidney Rice TD.
– With just under three minutes left in the quarter, Michael Turner struggled to break the plane, and break it he did (with one hand).  The Falcons increased their lead with a forty-seven yard field goal at the bottom of the quarter.

– 24 Falcons and 7 Seahawks.


Third $0.25:
–  The second half began with a fifty-yard Falcons FG and was followed by a Mike Williams Seahawks TD.
– Pop went the bally in the bottom of the quarter as the Falcons caused and recovered a fumble in the end zone; they ended up having to punt the ball away, though.  The Seahawks returned to where they were before the turnover and got their TD, courtesy of running back Marshawn Lynch.

– Score 27 Falcons and 21 Seahawks

Fourth $0.25:
– The Falcons raised their lead with a FG in the top of the quarter.
– The Seahawks weren’t going to let their fans down; wide receiver Benjamin Obomanu made a TD catch in the middle of the quarter.
– Seahawks and a sixty-yard Steven Hauschka FG attempt?  NO GOOD!

– Final score: 30 Falcons and 28 Seahawks

Miscellaneous Observations:

1.  Commentary was provided by John Lynch and Craig Bolerjack for Fox.

2.  Both teams donned an array of hot pink (gloves, shoes, towels) as a nod to breast cancer awareness.

3.  Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is quick on his feet.

4.  What did Falcons wide receiver snack on while he was sitting on the sidelines after the Falcons FG in the top of the third quarter?  It was a granola-looking bar.

5.  Johnny English Reborn.  I love the part when he sinks with his chair.

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NFL 2010: Falcons sear the Seahawks

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.

Click here for the Falcons’ roster and the Seahawks’ roster here.

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