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NFL 2013: Falcons mousse munch the Rams

The St. Louis Rams descended upon Georgia Dome today to either make fools or victors of the Atlanta Falcons in the second game of the 2013 season.  Broadcast on Fox, the Falcons scored on their first possession.  Running back Steven Jackson, a former Ram, broke the plane with his hands.  Atlanta 7 and St. Louis 0.

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones blasted into the end zone at the bottom of the first quarter.  What a TD, what a TD — after Jones caught the ball, there was only one Ram that was near enough him to stop him.  Jones outran this Ram (safety Rodney McLeod).  Atlanta 14 and Rams 0.

Four minutes into the second quarter, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford’s pass was deflected off the torso of Rams running back Daryl Richardson and Falcons defensive end Osi Umenyiora grabbed the ball out of the air and launched his body sixty-eight yards down the field for a TD (his first career interception).  After he’d gotten into the end zone, he let the ball enthusiastically drop and raised both hands into the air, each arm curved like a crescent moon, and shook them.  Atlanta 21 and St. Louis 0.  The Rams managed to get to the red zone upon their next possession, but the Falcons defense kept them to a field goal.  The Rams returned that favor by keeping the Falcons to a field goal at the bottom of the second quarter.  Atlanta 24 and St. Louis 3.

The third quarter ticked and tocked to under four minutes and neither team had done anything remarkable…until Sam Bradford connected with wide receiver Tavon Austin, who was standing at the bottom corner of the end zone right by the pylon.  Atlanta 24 and St. Louis 10.

The Rams carried over their momentum into the fourth quarter with Sam Bradford running down the field like it was college ball and wide receiver Austin Pettis making a TD.  Atlanta 24 and St. Louis 17.  The Falcons brought their offense back up with a series of complete passes and a Jason Snelling TD.  The Rams continued to go after the end zone.  With just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, Sam Bradford and Tavon Austin hooked up for a TD (Austin’s body was just able to break the plane with the ball in hand).  Atlanta 31 and St. Louis 24.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston were the commentators.  Daryl’s outfit reminded me of a green tea matcha mousse cake.

2.  Has Mike Smith really been the head coach of the Falcons for six years already?  Six years — that’s three graduating classes of Master’s students, most of a PhD program, the number of years between the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

3.  Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas has a gorgeous shoulder to hip ratio.  His catch was a part of the drive that led to the Falcons’ first TD of the game.  I’m three years older than he!

4.  In watching both the Rams and the Falcons receivers and running backs try to move the ball down the yard whilst avoiding being tackled, I noticed the prevalence of juking,  I don’t know why it became so conspicuous to me today compared to the number of NFL games I’ve watched over the last seven years.  It likely has something to do with what those movements look like as movements themselves — Wile E Coyote trying to run.

5.  Falcons cornerback Robert McClain often shook his head after a play where the Rams were on offense.  Was he not fast enough? Was he stretching his neck?  The way he walked around/towards the sidelines made me think of ballet dancers that, by all appearances, hit every rotation and landed every jump and still are not satisfied.  They huff and puff and shake their heads with their hands on hips as soon as they get backstage.

6.  Pre-commercial instant replay of Osi Umenyiora’s TD consisted of an extreme close-up of Osi’s face, clasped by a teammate (foreground and blurry).  Both players with smiles from ear to ear.

7.  Have any NFL players with braids ever had one of their locks ripped out during a tackle?  Just curious.

8.  Are there defensive players who throw themselves at the bottom half of offensive players in possession of the ball not necessarily to take the guy out but more to disorient?

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NFL 2010: Falcons pin cushion the Rams

The St. Louis Rams hosted an afternoon of turf wars with the Atlanta Falcons.  Televised by Fox, the Rams, quarterbacked by Sam Bradford, were on offense first.  Three minutes later, the Rams punted the ball to the Falcons.  Due to one 5 yard false start penalty, a 15 yard unnecessary roughness penalty, and an incomplete pass, the Falcons had to send the ball right back to the Rams.  Two plays later, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui made a touchdown catch for the home team.  St. Louis 7 and Atlanta 0.  The Falcons’ offense improved by the middle of the quarter when his decision to throw the ball, after seconds of tip-toeing in the pocket, led to a complete pass to wide receiver Eric Weems.  Five minutes later, Falcons Matt Bryant kicker attempted a forty-two yard field goal.  It was good.  St. Louis 7 and Atlanta 3.

The top of the second quarter had Rams kicker Josh Brown making a fifty-three yard FG.  St. Louis 10 and Atlanta 3.  At the end of the Falcons’ next possession, quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Brian Finneran connected for a TD.  St. Louis 10 and Atlanta 10.  The middle of the second quarter gave the Falcons a lead with a FG.  Atlanta 13 and St. Louis 10.  The final forty seconds could’ve given the Falcons a TD lead but they had to settle for a FG because Brian Finneran couldn’t keep hold of the ball (he was well-covered) and Matt Ryan may not have known that tight end Tony Gonzalez was wide open.  Atlanta 16 and St. Louis 10.
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The third quarter began strongly for the Rams–wide receiver Danny Amendola’s thirty-one yard kickoff return and running back Steven Jackson’s sixteen yards of moving down the field preceded a TD catch by wide receiver Brandon Gibson.  St. Louis 17 and Atlanta 16.  The Rams defense turned out a solid performance through the middle of the third quarter.  The Falcons defense wasn’t backing down, but would their offense reclaim their own momentum?  One could argue in the affirmative given Tony Gonzalez’s catch with under six minutes left in the quarter.   Three minutes later, the Falcons were first-and-goal courtesy of a catch by tight end Justin Peelle.  A couple plays later, Peelle brought the ball in to the end zone.  Atlanta 23 and St. Louis 17.

The fourth quarter ticked down halfway and the Falcons gained another three points from a FG.  Atlanta 26 and St. Louis 17.  The game hadn’t seen any sacks by the bottom of the quarter; the first interception would occur when Falcons safety William Moore got his hands on a shovel pass.  Wahoo! Double time on that wahoo as Falcons running back Michael Turner doled out a rushing TD after the two-minute warning.  The Falcons nailed a two-point conversion thanks to wide receiver Roddy White (who cut into the bottom right corner of the end zone).  Atlanta 34 and St. Louis 17. Final score.
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Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Game narration was provided by Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan (the former was in the booth, the latter on the field).

2.  Rabbit Hole!  There’s the Nicole Kidman I love.

3.  The Falcons wore white jerseys and pants.  The Rams wore navy tops and bottoms.

4.  After Brian Finneran made the TD in the second quarter, one could hear him “woohoo-ing” all along the sidelines.

5.  Roddy White has had high school experience in wrestling, baseball, and football.  He was good in all three.

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Pre-S 09: the Falcons fraction off the Rams

The St. Louis Rams tested the competitive waters with the Atlanta Falcons tonight at the Edward Jones Dome.  Televised on NBC, the Falcons were first to go on the offense with Matt Ryan at the helm.   A few plays later and touchdown courtesy of running back Michael Turner.    Kyle Boller quarterbacked for the Rams on their first possession.  Tony Gonzalez, former Kansas City tight end, caught a TD pass, increasing the Falcons’ numbers in the bottom of the first quarter.  Atlanta 14 and St. Louis 0.

The second quarter saw DJ Shockley went to quarterback for the Falcons…three (?) plays into it, he threw an interception.  Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis got his hands on the ball, which Falcons wide receiver Marty Booker nearly had.  The Rams got a forty-three yard field goal out of kicker Josh Brown’s foot.   Atlanta 14 and St. Louis 3.

The third quarter spelled a TD for the Rams–QB Brock Berlin to wide receiver Derek Stanley.   Jason Elam made a thirty-four yard field goal with four minutes left in the third quarter.  Atlanta 17 and St. Louis 10.  John Parker Wilson went on as QB in last half a minute of the third quarter; DJ Shockley resumed in the fourth.  On his second pass of the quarter, he was intercepted by Rams safety Todd Johnson.   Keith Null quarterbacked the next drive for the Rams.  They closed the point gap with a field goal.  Atlanta 17 and St. Louis 13.  JP Wilson went in again and threw quite well (even though he couldn’t send in a TD pass).  Jason Elam upped the Falcons score by three.  Atlanta 20 and St. Louis 13.  With under two minutes left to play, the Rams got their legs down to the red zone, but the Falcons’ defense held strong (stood strong; held strongly–hmmm, adjective or adverb).   In fact, safety Eric Brock intercepted Null’s pass in the end zone.  Final score: Atlanta 20 and St. Louis 13.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Randy Waters and Brian Baldinger provided commentary.   During the Rams’ first possession, Baldinger noted that Falcons punter Matthew Koenan’s alma mater, Western Washington University, ended its football program due to financial reasons.

2.  Falcons president Rich McKay spoke with Randy Waters and Brian Baldinger during the top of the second quarter.

3.  Halftime including a segment with Jerious Norwood and defensive tackle Peria Jerry going fishing.

4.  Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff stopped by the press box in the third quarter.  Randy Waters asked and Dimitroff answered: he was born in 1966 (the same year as the Falcons).

5.  Out of all the televised games I’ve seen in the last two to three years, network cameras are more likely to cut to the sidelines to get Kodak moments of the players and coaches than the crowd.  On average, anecdotally speaking, every four sideline shot might yield a crowd shot.  Today’s game, though, was more equal.

6.  Matt Ryan had a much better first quarter tonight than in the game against the Lions.

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NFL 08: the Buccaneers frizz up the Seahawks

O Champs-Elysees, O Peyton Manning, O Packers jumped the Colts 34 to 14.

The Raiders confiscated the Jets in overtime 16 to 13.

The Rams shoe-horned the Cowboys (sans Tony Romo) 34 to 14.

Now on to Sunday Night Football starring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks. Seneca Wallace stepped in as Seattle quarterback because Matt Hasselbeck was out with an injury. Jeff Garcia was performing the equivalent role for Tampa Bay (Brian Griese wasn’t playing due to an injury). The first quarter started with a touchdown by Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Bryant. The second quarter progressed into eight minutes or so and Buccaneers running back Ernest Graham made a TD. Tampa Bay 14 and Seattle 0. The second quarter drew down to three minutes with more Buccaneers numbers in the form of a field goal. 17 to 0. The third quarter gave the Seahawks a field goal at ten minutes. Tampa Bay 17 and Seattle 3. The fourth quarter sailed down towards the bottom with a Buccaneers field goal. 20 to 3. Final score? Not yet. With two minutes left in the game, Seahawks tight end John Carlson caught the ball in the end zone. Tampa Bay 20 and Seattle 10. That would be the final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth provided commentary tonight. John Madden was at home resting.

2. Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren will not return to the helm at the end of the season.

3. Bud Light and Drinkability. I like the Pool Party one but not the Tailgaters one. A beer isn’t filling because a beer is empty calories. Unless a Bud Light isn’t filling because it won’t go down into the digestive system and sit there with carbonation building until one must belch or else.

4. Does Brian Griese have an underbite?

5. Fullback Mike Alstott’s number 40 was retired by Tampa Bay during halftime.

6. Seattle kicker Olindo Mare’s field goal attempt in the third quarter was no good–it was filmed from behind him. There may have been skycam action. Very odd, visually.

7. With some three minutes left in the third quarter, I do believe Al Michaels said, “pulling a George Clooney and getting the first down” in reference to Buccaneers wide receiver Michael Clayton catching Garcia’s pass. Ah and indeed–“Michael Clayton” is also a film starring George Clooney.

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NFL 08: Cowboys lighten up the Browns

The Dallas Cowboys traveled to Cleveland to go up against and eventually took down the Browns.

Televised by Fox, the first quarter saw its first touchdown at about the seven or six minute mark on the clock. Cowboys running back Marion Barber put it in the end zone. The top of the second quarter put the Browns on the board with a TD by tight end Kellen Winslow. Teams tied. 7-7. Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens caught a thirty-five yard touchdown pass not long afterwards. At the very bottom of the second quarter, Owens almost made another TD but it was ruled down at the Cleveland one. Marion Barber got into the end zone on the next play. Going into halftime, Dallas 21. Cleveland 7.

The third quarter featured Cowboys rookie running back Felix Jones’s first touchdown (of the rushing persuasion) at 6:24 on the clock. Dallas 28. Cleveland 7. Browns defensive back Eric Wright intercepted Tony Romo’s TD pass intended for Terrell Owens with under a minute in the third. The fourth quarter allowed the Browns to add three more points via field goal for 10 total points. Final score: Cowboys 28 and Browns 10.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary for Fox.

2. After returning from the commercial break with fifty-nine seconds left to play in the first quarter, one of the cameras honed in on a Browns fan who wore a headpiece consisting three dog-heads, much like Cerberus of Hades.

3. Terrell Owens garnered a penalty for excessive celebration after he made the TD in the second quarter. After putting the ball down on the ground, he did a mock track meet crouch, pretending the goal line was the starting line. He had a nice body line, though.

4. Jim Brown was in attendance at the game. He looks like a bulldog, animalistic, speaking without saying a word.

5. Skycam was in the house. When Cowboys Mat McBriar punted the ball away around 6:57 of the second quarter, the camera was behind him (long shot, slightly high angle). The skycam’s shadow could be seen just to McBriar’s right shoulder. It looked like an alien, something Monster’s Inc. meets Lilo & Stitch.

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Yay! Eagles beat the Rams. Steelers beat the Texans.