Football Sunday, Part Deux & Trois: Wide Left, Williams’ Sins

I’m not sure Ed Reid and Joe Flacco will be golfing together this week at Kaanapali Beach or anything, but the Baltimore QB, answering his teammate’s challenge, certainly did his part to get the Ravens to OT.

But kicker Billy Cundiff might draw the defensive ace’s ire. He went wide left from 32 yards for the game tying attempt with seconds to play.

Other than that, I’m not sure I’ve got much to say about that AFC title battle. I watched it. I would have liked it better if New England had lost. It was a tight, but not especially scintillating encounter. (Then again, maybe it was, and I’m simply numb. I’ve been watching futbol/ football since 8:30 this morning, and my eyes feel like they’re made of pigskin.)

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Steven Tyler’s version of the national anthem was certainly one of the most painful ever.

It would have gotten him booted from “American Idol” in the opening round.

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While these playoff games in ascension to the Super Bowl certainly mean more than your average encounters on autumn Sundays, one thing is not as good.

Commercials.

During the season, I can watch on NFL Red Zone and there’s nary a commercial from dusk to dawn. The networks make up for it during the playoffs.

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One difference between NFL games and those in Britain’s Premier League is fan control. Over here, there’s intermingling, for better or worse. (Woe unto those who would wear the visitor’s colors in Oakland.) Over there, they have cordons of bobbies at the end of every row to keep opposing fans separated.

Reminds me of seeing The Beatles in August ’66 at Chicago’s International Amphitheater. Ushers at the end of every row of every aisle to protect the Fab Four from their adoring teenage female fans.

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The NFC title game got more interesting with 11:08 to play.

San Fran was in control, 14-10, and getting the ball back on a punt with 11:08 to play.

Then 49er returner Kyle Williams — Was he back there because Ted Ginn Jr. was hurt and didn’t play? — must have thought he was playing in the Premier League. He bounced the kick off his knee. New York recovered at the SF 29, scoring a go ahead TD a few plays later on a Manning to Manningham strike.

Williams atoned, running the ensuing kickoff back to midfield. The good field position lead to a tying David Akers FG.

A number of sterling defensive series by both sides later, the battle went to overtime where Big D continued.

Until Williams committed the unpardonable. Again. He dropped a punt, which allowed the Giants not good but great field position deep in SF territory. NY punched the proverbial ticket to Super Sunday on Lawrence Tynes’ 31 yard OT field goal.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. fred
    Posted January 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    The idea of a Ravens- Niners Super Bowl actually had me contemplating watching something else two Sunday evenings hence. Gratefully, the Ravens couldn’t make an easy field goal and San Fran, well, poor Alex Smith couldn’t mount a first down, let alone a drive. I can tell you with great confidence that for two weeks I will not watch one second of the incessant droning and sage analysis of Boomer, TJ, Coach, Jimmy, Terry, Howie, Hughie, Dewey and Louie. Go Pats! Tennis anyone?

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