Friday, January 30, 2009

NFC Championship

I meant to post this Sunday, but never got around to it. Anyway, these are the randon thoughts I had during the Cardinals-Eagles game. There is no rhyme or reason, and definitely no flow (not that my other posts have a lot of flow either). Without furter adieu, the NFC Championship, through my mesmerisizing blue eyes:

1st Quarter

It would have been great if the Cards rediscovered Edge before he severely damaged the Phyllis Brunos, my main fantasy squad this year (named after Mike’s lovely mother). He and Willis McGahee ripped their “destroy Tom’s RB corps” method right out of Jamal Lewis’ 2005 playbook.

Larry Fitzgerald is an absolute beast.

Watching the Cards host the NFC Championship Game, I feel like I should be wearing a tinfoil hat or something. The sky is most definitely falling.

The old interception, fumbled back to the offense on the return. It happens ALL the time. I guess that’s why defensive players play D. That and a lot of them are shorter than most NFL receivers and have hands like feet. Anyway, Arizona dodged a bullet on that one.

2nd Quarter

The old pitch to the RB, throw back to the QB, bomb to WR, for the TD! A modified flea-flicker. I wonder if Walter Camp envisioned that one when he invented football. 14-3 ‘Zona.

Kevin Curtis is the fastest guy who looks like a ‘70s porn star I’ve ever seen.

Eagles settle for another FG, 14-6. For a team that has been winning as much as them lately, they really don’t finish drives well. I am convinced the Vikings would have beaten them if they had a better coach and if Jackson and the O-Line hadn’t imploded. Philly really needs to get a stop, or the Cards might run away with this one.

Arizona just cruised right down the field, ending with Fitz catching his third TD of the half. 21-6. Unbelievable. Andy Reid’s playoff beard is morphing into an offseason beard before our eyes.

Arizona just got boned over on a kickoff play. They recovered their own kick, but the officials (incorrectly) said it touched out of bounds, and the play is not reviewable. There’s nothing worse than clearly blown calls which are not reviewable (Ed Hochuli nods his head solemnly).

The Eagles just got another unnecessary roughness penalty. They are committing season suicide in this game.Quinton Mikell just proved my hands like feet statement from before. Thank you Quinton, I owe you a Coke.

Neil Rackers banged through a 49 yard field goal to end the half, 24-6 Arizona at the break. Philly’s really on the ropes going into the second half.

3rd Quarter

I really thought Philly had to come out and score on the first possession of the second half. Instead, McNabb got sacked and fumbled, with the Cardinals recovering in Eagles territory. This game is turning into a whitewash (Or would it be a redwash? Whatever). This game could get ugly.

Philly just forced a 3 and out and will get the ball back. Don’t break out the embalming fluid just yet.

Kevin “All Night” Curtis just caught a bomb on 3rd and 19 to keep their drive alive! Great pass and catch. The Eagles still have a pulse.

McNabb to Brett Celek for a touchdown. 24-13, Cards. This game might get interesting yet.

Arizona ran 3 plays, lost 5 yards and only used up 14 seconds. They have 1 yard for the whole quarter, and have to punt it away. It looks like they finally remembered they are the Cardinals.

Celek scored another TD, but then Andy Reid elected to attempt an extra point instead of going for 2, which could have cut the lead to 3. Inexplicably, David Akers missed the extra point. Yeah, it wasn’t a perfect hold (Laces out, Marino!), but he has to make that kick. Earlier, he had a kickoff go out of bounds, giving the Cards the ball at the 40. Akers hasn’t been the same all season. Clearly, shaving off his moustache was a terrible mistake. 24-19, Cards.

4th Quarter

McNabb just unloaded a 62 yard bomb to DeSean Jackson for a touchdown! They didn’t get the 2 point conversion, but as Joe Buck just told us, they are in the lead for the first time today, 25-24. What a comeback! This half, Arizona looks shakier than a naked guy standing on a block of ice.

On 4th and inches at the 50, Arizona ran a sweep with Tim Hightower and picked it up. Huge play. This has been one hell of an exciting game.Screen pass to Hightower for a touchdown, then a 2 point pass to some guy named Benjamin Patrick. 32-25 Cards! The Eagles have just under 3 minutes to answer. Eagles fans are desperately trying to block out the memory of the end of Super Bowl XXXIX as I type.

2 minute warning, 4th and 10 coming up for the Eagles right around midfield…and All Night just dropped a 15 yard throw! He might have been interfered with, but he still could have had it. Arizona might be on their way to the Super Bowl! This actually gives me a little hope as a Vikings fan (but only a little, mind you).

The Eagles couldn’t pull off a miracle on a lateral play, and the Arizona Cardinals are Super Bowl bound. This just goes to show that all that matters is getting into the playoffs, and then anything can happen. They looked horrendous at the end of the regular season but got red-hot at the right time. That was a great game. I would do this for the AFC Championship also (which should be a bloodbath), but this is too long already. See ya next time.

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