Monday, September 20, 2004

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Most Exciting Week 2 Game?

Although tonight is Vikings vs. Eagles (at Eagles they have -3 i believe), i think the entire east coast who didnt have the falcons vs. rams game blacked out would agree... the Falcons game was the most exciting game by far this week. last week the falcons won a 'vanilla' flavored offensive game... warrick dunn just ran the ball until it was time for vick to pass. vick had 6 rushes for 10 yards, 13 of 22 for 163 yards and a TD. of course this might mean nothing to you, but to me it means 13 fantasy points and a joyful win by the dirty birds.

yesterday at 1 pm, the stage was set for the falcons to drop to 1-1 against last years top 5 qb marc 'i am so overrated i dont know what to do with myself' bulger. ATL scored the only points in the first quarter off this wide-open in the endzone pass to FB justin griffith. he deserved it, i mean he caught this other 62 yard pass earlier in the drive...ill take it-- 6 fantasy points. then atl did a crazy play... a pooch onside kick which the kicker recovered to start another atl back to back drive. the new management has so many tricks up their sleeve... i mean, dan reeves would never score a TD and then do a fake onside kick...its not in his blood. jim mora is just being crazy innovative...i love it.

anyway, at the end of the half it was 17-7 and assuming that ATL wouldnt blow the lead and keep going at the same pace, i was loving it. by the end of the 3rd quarter, bulge and his rams had tied it up with a 33 yard TD pass and a field goal. 17-17. now this is the point in the game when you get really, really worried. ATL started off strong and blew their 10 point cushion as always. they did the same thing the week before and barely hung on for the win. this week though, they really turned shit around fast...

as the 3rd quarter drew to a close, we passed up the field to crumpler for a huge gain to get it into the red zone. 1st and 10 on STL's 25. on 3rd and 8, vick dropped back, swung left, saw a gap, and headed right for the end zone.... he was 2 yards away when he was slide tackled and did a complete 180 in the air, getting tossed end to end and landing on his back. OHHHHHHHHHHH FUCK! my mind said for a split second. WHEW, hes getting up... he wanted that TD bad! warrick dunn punches it in the rest of the way and ATL is up 24-17.

now this is when the game was make it or break it time. and atl D just stepped up hardcore. so we kick it off, and they return it but get a 10 yd penalty. so they start 1st and 10 on the 10 yard line. O line breaks down and patrick kerney gets in there for one of his two sacks of the night. it looked like a safety but nope, they had it on the 1. so 2nd and 19, backed up in their own end zone. the O line held for what seemed to be an eternity, leaving bulge with a little rollout and not enough coverage downfield.... out of the right side, brady smith finally gets by his guard and right when bulger winds up the ball gets swatted straight out of his hands and drops right into brady's hands IN THE END ZONE. you know what that means... 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 fumble recovery TD all in one play. In Fantasy terms... 9 point play, not to mention ATL 31, STL 17. wow, that was really just the defensive turnaround play of the game.... 14 point cushion in the 4th quarter only means one thing to bulger, and that is to toss the ball downfield as fast as possible. unfortunately for him, on 3rd and 15 aaron beasley caught a nice little INT to cap off the victory.

And final game stats:
Vick-- 14 of 19 for 179 yds and 1 TD; 12 rushes for 109 yards, 1 alllllmost TD :)

Next week, Arizona '0-2' all the time comes knockin on our door.
ps-- the last time ATL started 2-0, they went to the super bowl.


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