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Super Bowl LI: Patriots pinch the Falcons

The New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons converged in Houston, Texas today to see who would take home NFL Championship bragging rights.  Broadcast on Fox and narrated by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, Super Bowl LI started with the Patriots on offense (the Falcons won the coin toss but they decided to save it for the third quarter).

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Neither team gained much on offense on their first possessions.  Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did get sacked twice in back-to-back plays with five minutes left in the first quarter. The second quarter, however, revealed some Patriots’ offensive momentum…until the Falcons linebacker Deion Jones forced a fumble and his teammate corner back Robert Alford recovered it.  A few plays later, running back Devonta Freeman ran five yards and leaped into the end zone.  Atlanta 7 and New England 0.  By the end of the second quarter, the Falcons increased their lead by two TDs, courtesy of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan connecting with tight end Austin Hooper and Robert Alford intercepting Tom Brady’s pass.  He ran eighty-two yards into the end zone.  The Falcons defense was able to keep the Patriots from getting into the end zone, but New England did put up a field goal.  Atlanta 21 and New England 3.

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I’ve seen the Patriots come back from being outscored in the first half of a game to winning the whole thing; it’s not impossible for Tom Brady to do (as Joe Buck remarked as much before the first half ended).  Of course, I hoped it wouldn’t happen today.  About halfway into the third quarter, Matt Ryan threw a TD pass to running back Tevin Coleman.  Atlanta 28 and New England 3.  In the bottom of the quarter, the Patriots finally put up a TD via running back James White but the extra point was no good.  Atlanta 28 and New England 9.

And then came the fourth quarter and the Patriots’ offense game was shining more as they’d made it down the field even when Tom Brady was sacked twice by Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and they had to settle for a field goal instead of a TD.  Matt Ryan was sacked and the Patriots recovered the loose ball.  They got into the end zone (thanks to wide receiver Danny Amendola) and went for a two-point conversion.  Atlanta 28 and New England 20.   Would the Falcons be able to put more points on the board or keep the Patriots from scoring with less than two minutes left in the game?  The Patriots were able to tie the game with a TD (another James White) and a two-point conversion.  Atlanta 28 and New England 28.

And the first time the Super Bowl ever went into overtime would be today.  The Patriots won the OT coin toss.  And they got into the end zone (another James White).  New England 34 and Atlanta 28.  Final Score.  The Patriots have won Super Bowl LI.

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Observations & Other Miscellany:

~ Luke Bryan sang the National Anthem.  Tom Brady got a close-up during the few lines of the song; he was mouthing the lyrics and looking up to screen left (possibly at the jumbotron?)  Matt Ryan then got a medium close-up at the “and the home of the brave” part.  He was looking very stoic.

George Bush and Barbara Bush helped with the coin toss.  As they made their way to mid-field, the camera cut away to Mike Pence for a few seconds.

~ Three defensive holding calls on the Falcons in one drive at the bottom of the second quarter?!  Yep.

~ A tap/slap of the helmet means “good job, teammate!”  Where does at tap/slap land if one did a bad job?  Punch to the forearm?

~ Lady Gaga performed during the Half Time Show.  She started off with some patriotic tune excerpts.  HerPoker Face” may be the only one that Westerners know, but the “Poker Face” I know first will always be Ayumi Hamasaki‘s.

~ Footage of the crew taking apart Lady Gaga’s stage sped up made them look like ants disassembling an insect.

~ Is Joe Buck trying to grow a beard or was he pressed for time and thus didn’t shave?

~ Patriots defense coordinator Matt Patricia reminds me of actor Josh Radnor.

~ Favorite Superbowl Commercial: the new Evony mobile game.

~ The sounds of a football hitting the uprights makes a distinct sound.  It’s a metallic thud…with notes of “whoomp.”

~ Matt Ryan went into Super Bowl LI as the MVP of the 2016 season.

The Super Bowl in Atlanta and Instant Replay Adjustments

Yes, Super Bowl LIII will take place in Atlanta, GA.  Read more about it over at Atlanta Falcons news.  South Florida and Los Angeles, CA will be seeing the championship game as well.

The momentum of football game-play is quite stop-and-go without the commercial interludes.  Add instant replay on account of a coach’s challenge or under other circumstances, and one could probably knit a sweater by the time the two minute warning in the fourth quarter rolls around…probably.  The NFL made some adjustments to how instant replays will assist in officiating the game.  Read all about it here.

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Applied physics, Rugby, and Loving the NFL

The good people at Earth Unplugged have produced a video of various rugby moves in slow-motion.

It’s cool but more so in and of itself.  There is no aestheticizing of the physicality of the sport the way that NFL Films does to football.  It’s not just the slow-motion.  It’s the voice-over narration, camera angles, and music.

Over the years since I started watching NFL games and the occasional college game (go Yellow Jackets!), I’ve met/seen more exhibitionistic NFL fans than college fans.  It’ll be the height of March Madness or the summer Olympics and I’ll see an NFL logo on a shirt.  If you happen to love the NFL as much as these people do, and could envision yourself submitting a compelling textual or audiovisual entry to a contest where five people and friend(s) will win a Super Bowl XLVIII prize package, please click here for more details.  According to the press release:

Stories submitted through Tuesday, November 5 will be entered into the contest that will ultimately select five winners.

Following the deadline for submissions, an NFL panel will select 10 finalists whose stories will be turned into short features by NFL Films that will be unveiled on Thanksgiving weekend and air during games throughout the month of December. Fans will be able to vote for the finalist story that they believe is the most engaging on TogetherWeMakeFootball.com through Monday, Dec. 23. The five winning storytellers will be announced during the NFL Playoffs.

If you can envision yourself taking time off from school or work for up to a week in early February 2014*, you should do it.  You’ll be the envy of your Eagle Scout troupe, your ballet class, your fraternity, or your city block.  You could be the next Samantha Gordon.

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* Not to mention a stack of release forms and other legal documents detailing the extent to which what you wrote, drew, taped, recorded, or conveyed in this particular manner may be used for promotions by the league or its subsidiaries/affiliates…and even if what you submitted is still considered your property or by entering the contest you relinquish all rights to the contents that you just submitted.

** Be sure to scroll down and click on the Rules/Official Rules link to read the fine print, including what constitutes an eligible entry.**

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.

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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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