Monday Night Football Live-Blog; Pats-Ravens 2nd Half

Monday, December 03, 2007



We've got ourselves a game folks. That guy pictured drunk in the Ravens hat above is your Ravens QB and he has them in this thing. Ravens get the ball to start the half.

McGahee picks his way for an 11-yard gain great running there. Willis again for another 8 and they just need to give him the ball every single down. First down McGahee.

Boller picks up 4 on a first down impromptu run, and Willis picks up the first down AGAIN! Willis for 2 yards. Boller to Mason for 21 yards down to the 17....

McGahee!!!! What a run. He's playing possessed....TOUCHDOWN RAVENS!!!!

17-10.


"The Ravens POUNDED it right down the throats of the Patriots."- Mike Tirico

Whoa Mikey.

Pats ball at the 30 and the B-More crowd is getting into it now. Draw to Maroney and he gets maybe 2. It's followed up by a screen to Maroney after Brady ad-libbed that one....huge gain. 36 yards.

Maroney for 4 on first down from the Ravens 34. Maroney again for four, and it'll be 3rd and 2....Draw and Maroney is stuffed a yard and a half short. Pats going for it.....

Another draw and Faulk gets the first. Brady throws complete to Brady for about six and follows that with yet another draw to Faulk for the first. Faulk runs for 3 and the Pats are inside the 10. Brady to Moss gets it to third and one on the out.

Brady to Moss! TOUCHDOWN PATS!!!

17-17.


Huge return by Figurs as he gets it out near the 50. That's how you beat the Pats right there. McGahee cuts it back and Kyle Boller throw a key block!!! 18 yard run, and Shula shows up in the booth. Screen to McGahee and he just schools the Pats LB for another first down.

Musa Smith down to the 19 for 8 and he follows it for another first down! They are running all over the Pats.

"I don't remember anything about an asterisk."- Don Shula

McGahee down to the five and he's running better than I've ever seen him. First down and that's the end of the third. We'll take the walk and see you in the fourth.

"News flash: The Pats have no run D." (Via Random Ranting)

Seriously. The Ravens have 162 Net Yards through three quarters. McGahee runs up the middle for about an inch and it'll be 2nd down.....

TOUCHDOWN RAVENS!!!!! Boller to Wilcox...another beautiful strike from Boller!

24-17 Ravens.


"I got Don Shula pounding me on my shoulder!"- Tony Kornheiser

"Gotta say...McGahee looks to really be taking advantage of the 30something linebackers. The Ravens O-line is really neutralizing the Pats D front, and the result is that it's Willis against Vrabel and Bruschi...not too surprising that McGahee can win that battle." (Via NHZ)

Hey, leave the real analysis to Jaws! He's the only one that can make sense around these parts. Just kidding...very good assessment.

Jaws really wants to call Laron McClain, Laron Landry....that's the second time tonight. Maroney picks up four as the Pats start from their own 30. Ngata with the sack of Brady!!! Baltimore is rocking! 3rd and long....SACKED AGAIN!!!!! Barnes with the tackle! Pats go three and out after back to back sacks on Brady.

Figurs with a HUUUUGE return, but there's a flag! On the Pats....illegal downfield!!! Baltimore ball at the Pats 31!

"You're here for life."- Tony Kornheiser
"And I like crabcakes."- Don Shula

Well that's good to know.

CRABCAKES AND FOOTBALL...THAT'S WHAT DON SHULA DOES!!! (Via Hanrahan)

McGahee to the right and nothing's working over there....back to the line of scrimmage. Willis again for nothing and it's third and ten. The Pats are putting everyone in the box now. False start makes it 3rd and 15. Boller deep over the middle. PICKED OFF!!!!!! Horrible pass and a dumb play altogether. Just run a screen or draw and kick the FG to go up two scores.

Can someone say turning point?

Offensive pass interference and....HOLY SHIT! Brian Billick is blowing kisses to Rodney Harrison. Hilarious. Maroney on the screen for a big gainer....there was no one around. 43 yards into Ravens territory. Maroney runs it to the 20, 2nd and 6.....incomplete to Moss in the endzone! That should have been Offensive Pass Interference as well. Man it's loud there....3rd down.....

INCOMPLETE! Gostkowski will attempt the FG....Good......

24-20 Ravens. 8 and change to go.

"Tom Brady couldn't have thrown that any better." - Jaws Really? Could he have thrown it in step with the route, instead of behind Moss' head? wouldn't that have been better? (Via Nick)

That Billick-Harrison video will be up soon.

"That Rambo commercial just gave me an erection." (Via Oops Pow Surprise)

Definitely. For as cheesy as that "Bodies Hit The Floor" song is it gets me pumped.

McGahee loses five on second down as Harrison is basically playing on the D-Line now. Boller incomplete and here we go. The Ravens punt to Wes Welker. Pats ball at their own 43.

Play action to Moss for 19 yards on first down. Maroney on the draw for six yards. Maroney picks up the first down, but there's a holding penalty on the Pats!!! Send em back. 2nd and 14. Brady tries a screen and it's sniffed out by the Ravens....and another penalty...illegal downfield. Why don't they decline it?!?! Oh wait they do....good call Billick. 3rd and 14.....

Incomplete!!! Suggs comes on the late blitz and nails Brady. Pats punt. SHANK!!!!!! That's what happens when punt all year. 14 yards. Ravens ball at their own 27.

Screen to McGahee for 6/7 yards on first. Willis picks up another 2 and it's third and short with 4 minutes left. Biggest play of the game.....

Short out to McGahee and Harrison is all over it.....zero yards. Timeout Pats. 3:41 to go. It'll be the Pats ball at their own 27. Here we go.

Play action to Stallworth and he is LIT UP by Samari Rolle!!!! Whoo! 2nd and 10....Brady to Watson for 23 yards and a huge first down to the 50. Incomplete to Faulk on first down as the backup back drops the short pass. Brady back to Faulk and he picks up 9.....3rd and 1.....

Brady sneaks for the first down. Downfield!!!! Incomplete to Watson! Whew....that was scary. Two Minute warning....we're going all bold my friends. This is the Undefeated Drive.....

2nd and 10....Brady checks at the line.....Ngata and Barnes with the pressure! Incomplete. Grounding anyone??? 3rd and 10....Faulk to the marker!!! Short! 4th and a foot....

STOPPED!!!!!!!!!! No......Billick called a timeout!!!! The whole defense collapsed after that one. That was the game. Holy shit.

STOPPED AGAIN!!!!!!!!!! No.....false start. 4th and 6! That's even worse.

"Pretty much the game on the line here folks."- Jaws

You think??? Brady back....he has all day!!! He runs it for the first down to the twenty. Add another five on an illegal contact to the 18. Maroney stopped in the backfield but spins out of Ray Lewis' tackle....five yards.

TIPPED!!!!!! Pick it off!!! It hits the turf. Good lord. 3rd and 5......Incomplete!!!!!!! 4th and 5. This is it......

Timeout Pats. Here we go!!!!!!

Incomplete!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLDING ON THE D!!!!!!!!!!!!! FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Touchdown Pats! Brady to Gaffney!!! Wait he bobbled it....challenge that. An unsportsmanlike on Bart Scott who threw the officials flag into the stands. That's hilarious and stupid as hell.

NO WAY!!!! The play is confirmed. That ball was moving on the way out of bounds. That's BS. Another penalty on an offsides and the Pats will be kicking off from Ravens territory.

27-24 Pats and Bart Scott is trying to kill a referee. Jesus Christ you still have a chance to tie it. Way to go nuts Bart Scott....good lord. The Pats are kicking from the Ravens 35.....I've never seen that before ever.

Baltimore ball at their own 20. Boller to Musa Smith on the screen for a first and they DON'T CALL TIMEOUT.....what the hell are they doing?!?!? They wasted 20 seconds!!!! This collapse is just terrible. Pats call a timeout....14 seconds left.

Boller throws it in the middle of the field and it's incomplete. Boller to the ENDZONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CAUGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But short!!!!!! Clayton on the catch but he's tackled at the two. Good lord. How could this travesty end any other way.

Well that was a fun one huh? I feel sick for the Ravens. I hate them but that defense stopped them twice on 4th downs only to have a penalty and a called timeout give the Pats second chances and they capitalize.

I couldn't even keep up with the comments so I'll sort through them while pulling videos. They'll be up before the end of the night.

Ugh. Thanks for watching and commenting and it's the Mike Vick Bowl next week. Double ugh.

92 Comments:

Wow. That almost beats my drunk picture where I have "Pete the Repeat Parrot" on my shoulder. Almost.

NHZ said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:14:00 PM  

I love it when Suzy talks tough and talks about X's and O's, like she played the game.

She's a hard. ass. A pregnant frilly little hardass, I want to kiss her.

hollywood wags said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:20:00 PM  

Can someone explain to me what an impatient runner is...

Is that someone who runs in to the line blindly, results be damned?

I have the ESPN feed on and I already want to send Tony Korny over the Snake River in Evel's jet...without a parachute.

hollywood wags said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:22:00 PM  

I think Jaws just jizzed in his corduroys with the Willie McGahee run.

Maybe he could punch tony in the face with a burst of positive emotion at a Musa Smith TD run.

hollywood wags said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:26:00 PM  

HW - I think "impatient runner" would be someone who doesn't wait for his blocks to get set-up or doesn't read the play well enough to cut back effectively.

Um, like Maroney, for example.

NHZ said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:27:00 PM  

I was thinking of Willie Parker, who does that shit sometimes.

If I were a lineman and a 215lb guy was continually running straight into my lower back, helmet first, over and over, I'd be a little pissed.

hollywood wags said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:39:00 PM  

McCallister just floating in space alone... Moss wide open... Nice coverage Chris.

Chase said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:40:00 PM  

News flash: The Pats have no run D.

RandomRanting said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:45:00 PM  

Gotta say...McGahee looks to really be taking advantage of the 30something linebackers. The Ravens O-line is really neutralizing the Pats D front, and the result is that it's Willis against Vrabel and Bruschi...not too surprising that McGahee can win that battle.

NHZ said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:48:00 PM  

Having the world's largest Trekkie Jonathan Ogden back and at 100% isn't hurting either.

Chase said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:51:00 PM  

I don't know if it's the scoreboard talking or what... But I'm loving the Zeppelin going to commercial, everytime.

Chase said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:52:00 PM  

This is looking good for the Steelers next week, Baltimore is having success hitting them in the face over and over.

The Steelers can certainly do that.

Wouldn't it be nice if the Pats lost two in a row...

hollywood wags said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:54:00 PM  

"And I like crabcakes." -Don Shula

Chase said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:56:00 PM  

Don likes crabcakes too? I like pink tacos, but nobody gives a shit.

dummy said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:56:00 PM  

CRABCAKES AND FOOTBALL...THAT'S WHAT DON SHULA DOES!!!

Hanrahan said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:57:00 PM  

Not that I'm complaining, but what's up with the Zeppelin? Did historians just figure out John Paul Jones is from Baltimore or something?

Dec 3, 2007, 10:57:00 PM  

What's happening in Baltimore right now ranks right behind finding out that Butch Davis is leaving for Arkansas.

And the Zepp kicks ass.

Bstone said...
Dec 3, 2007, 10:57:00 PM  

And Boller crashes to earth like Skylab.

hollywood wags said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:01:00 PM  

Priceless look from Billick He totally wants to unload a musket into Boller's helmet at point blank.

Dec 3, 2007, 11:01:00 PM  

pretend I can punctuate. do it for me.

Dec 3, 2007, 11:01:00 PM  

Wait...did anyone know that the 1972 Dolphins are the only game to go undefeated for an entire NFL season?

Hanrahan said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:02:00 PM  

[Expletive]![Expletive]![Expletive]!

This is gonna be a long quarter... I need a beer.

Chase said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:02:00 PM  

Let me be the fifth to applaud the Zeppelin before the commercial breaks.

Mothership came out like 3 weeks ago, so I'm not sure why they are pushing it this week.

Nick said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:03:00 PM  

Billick was blowing kissies at Rodney Harrison? My brain is leaking out of my ears.

Way to pick up the obbbbbbvious block in the back, refs. Good heavens.

Dec 3, 2007, 11:04:00 PM  

Obvious block in the back that goes uncalled.

Chase said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:04:00 PM  

Well.....I have a power outage....and I see this.

Mookie said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:05:00 PM  

"Tom Brady couldn't have thrown that any better." - Jaws

Rally? Could he have thrown it in step with the route, instead of behind Moss' head? wouldn't that have been better?

Nick said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:06:00 PM  

Don Shula is in the middle of one of the bigger freakouts I've ever seen. They need to take that microphone off him fast before starts unleashing F-bombs.

Bstone said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:06:00 PM  

That Rambo commercial just gave me an erection.

Dec 3, 2007, 11:08:00 PM  

Is the "K" in Gostkowski's name silent? Because I've never heard an announcer pronounce it.

Chase said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:08:00 PM  

Over/under on number of consecutive columns in which Simmons complains about the officiating in this game: 64. Get your money in now!!!

Hanrahan said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:08:00 PM  

This game may give Shula a permanent erection.

Mookie said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:10:00 PM  

Who is the guy on the Pats sideine who looks just like Sloth from Goonies? Someone grab some Rocky Road, stat.

Nick said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:10:00 PM  

Over/under on times he mentions Stallworth's block in the back or Moss's pushoffs: 0.

Dec 3, 2007, 11:10:00 PM  

Yeah, ask Bridget Moynihan about Tom Brady's "rhythm" methods, guys.

Dec 3, 2007, 11:14:00 PM  

Add "wily veteran who has seen it all" to Tom Brady's list of achievements.

Hanrahan said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:18:00 PM  

3rd and 2, 4 minutes left
Billick is considering going for it

Sam said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:20:00 PM  

gulp.

Dec 3, 2007, 11:21:00 PM  

goddamn it...if the Patriots win this game I'm gonna bash my head against the wall 'till I'm dumb as Brian.

dummy said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:22:00 PM  

Man, Brady can chew up a soft zone. The Ravens didn't force him into completing under .500 of his passes by rushing two all game long.

Dec 3, 2007, 11:24:00 PM  

Ravens need a stop...someone get Ray Lewis a knife.

Hanrahan said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:25:00 PM  

The Great Debaters, huh? Was 'The Master Debaters' already taken?

dummy said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:27:00 PM  

the only bad thing about the ravens possibly winning this game is hearing more Mercury Morris

Sam said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:27:00 PM  

OH. MY.

Dec 3, 2007, 11:29:00 PM  

And that should put an end to Brian Billick's idea of cing the offense

Sam said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:29:00 PM  

*icing the offense

Sam said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:29:00 PM  

Again I say, if the Patriots win this game I will bang my head against the wall untill I am as dumb as Brian.

dummy said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:29:00 PM  

unbelievable...fuck Tom Brady and fuck the Patriots.

dummy said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:31:00 PM  

they had them stopped twice...and since is that added to the end of the run?

Sam said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:31:00 PM  

TURN AROUND!!!

Hanrahan said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:32:00 PM  

that ball hung up there for an eternity
another 4th down that could decide it

Sam said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:33:00 PM  

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!

Hanrahan said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:35:00 PM  

oh my fucking lord

dummy said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:35:00 PM  

baltimore has had three 4th down defensive stops wiped out on this drive

Sam said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:35:00 PM  

no catch

dummy said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:36:00 PM  

These penalties on the Blatimore secondary are rather dubious, IMO.

Anonymous said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:37:00 PM  

God. Damn.
And now the Pats are going to be kicking off from Baltimore's territory...that's the nail in the coffin if this play is upheld

Sam said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:37:00 PM  

That's such fucking bullshit

dummy said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:39:00 PM  

I think I'm having a heart attack.

Dec 3, 2007, 11:39:00 PM  

I want to see the reply of the flag into that stands ... ooh, and he's still mad ...

LAprGuy said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:41:00 PM  

So if NE kicks off from the Ravens 35...why don't they just kick the ball out of bounds? 30 yard penalty, so half the distance to the goal is the 17.5 yard line. Better off than just booting it through the end zone

Sam said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:41:00 PM  

Bad News: The Patriots are gonna win all these games, and realize this is following the Colts season to a T, lose the last game, and then dominate and win the super bowl.

Good news: There is no accomplishments this Ravens season! Their season is now a total failure.

Anonymous said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:41:00 PM  

Ok. Two ticky defensive penalties on 4th down, and a phantom catch. Apparently, these refs come from the Donaghey school of officiating.

Anonymous said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:41:00 PM  

The ref just said, "Fuck you" to Scott. Wow...

Matt said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:42:00 PM  

Bart Scott + Roids = Dead Ref

Konck said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:42:00 PM  

Bart Scott + Roids = Dead Ref

Konck said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:42:00 PM  

"Luck is the residue of design." - TK

Very profound, Tony.

Hanrahan said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:42:00 PM  

Why did the Pats not even try to onsides that?

RandomRanting said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:44:00 PM  

God I hate New England

dummy said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:45:00 PM  

Brandon Merriweather representing the 7th Flo' with the drop

Sam said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:46:00 PM  

Fuck.

RandomRanting said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:47:00 PM  

OH. MY. GOD. That is just fucking beautiful

Sam said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:47:00 PM  

oh my fucking god...did I mention I hate the goddamn Patriots?

dummy said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:47:00 PM  

Yup, definitely a heart attack.

Dec 3, 2007, 11:48:00 PM  

Balty sucks, but those refs should be fucking ashamed of themselves. I've seen better officiating at 3rd grade soccer games.

Anonymous said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:48:00 PM  

I think AA said it best: FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joel said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:49:00 PM  

Whew.....yes, it was a hold, yes it was a catch, and the first flag on fourth down was useless since Brady rushed for it anyway. I'm gonna go chew some Tums and hit the sack, great effort B-More.

And thanks AA, everytime I had your page up, good things for the pats.

Anonymous said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:50:00 PM  

Bart Scott put a little hot sauce on that penalty flag.

Were these the refs from the Pitt-WV game?

Rick James Bible Owner said...
Dec 3, 2007, 11:56:00 PM  

Worst part about all this is I still have a crucial research/term paper to write and turn in @ 11 a.m....

And all I want to do is drink myself into a stupor.

Chase said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:00:00 AM  

Quite possibly. Its in the NFL's best interest if the Pats stay undefeated, since they're last game is on the NFL network, after all...

RandomRanting said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:02:00 AM  

Can't describe how ticked I am right now that the Pats won. Let's go Steelers.

Looking to the future: As a Vikes fan, if the Vikes and Giants are tied for a playoff spot the last weekend of the season, I am cheering for the Giants to beat NE if they're undefeated. I hate the Pats that much.

Anonymous said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:03:00 AM  

Thanks for another night of great coverage and entertainment, AA...

I'll be back often, since I don't think I can watch ESPN all week since I'll have to relive this nightmare over and over.

Chase said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:03:00 AM  

Thanks everyone...just saw the replay and it was definitely a hold. Those usually aren't called in the end like that though because he let go in the endzone.

Dec 4, 2007, 12:09:00 AM  

Brady is one smug SOB during the postgame interview. Last few years I've enjoyed this team, but god do I hate these guys this year. Partially Belichick's fault? Yes. Is it the winning streak? No. Just annoyed by this team.

Anonymous said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:10:00 AM  

"NO WAY!!!! The play if confirmed."

For a blog that likes to make fun of announcers making mistakes, you sure do make a lot of spelling mistakes. I think I'll start a new blog called Awful Blogging.

Anonymous said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:15:00 AM  

It's harder to type live then it is to speak live :P

Anonymous said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:17:00 AM  

Whoo! One letter...you got me. Thanks for reading.

Dec 4, 2007, 12:37:00 AM  

I thought you were just doing your best Emmitt Smith impression. Made perfect sense when you read it that way.

Dec 4, 2007, 12:40:00 AM  

AA is typing like one of Jerry's freaking Kids.Ray Lewis"What's he (Adalius Thomas)got?2(Pro Bowls)?I done got me 8."Nice grammar,Lewis.I would like to waft a tremendous ball of flatulence right in his face.Eat shit,Shula. Kornholer brutal,as usual.
Korny is like the undertaker played by Gene Wilder that Bonnie and Clyde rode with while hitchhiking in the '67 flick;nervous,fidgety,the short eyeballs of a child molester,slouches into his seat like a coward.BTW,Shrutebag,slurp a purple,vein-engorged prick for saying that Sean Taylor was killed by a former close friend.The actual murereres had a tenuous connection ,at best,to Taylor.

Franklin Coverup said...
Dec 4, 2007, 12:42:00 AM  

Sweet...I always wanted a heckler. Can you click refresh multiple times a day and comment on each post? It'd work out well for my bank account.

Or better yet just start a blog and make fun of me there. That could be fun.

Either way....thanks for reading.

Dec 4, 2007, 12:46:00 AM  

I just like the heckler's opening line, followed by a complete lack of space bar use and a misspelled word in each sentence.

Thanks for blogging, AA.

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Dec 4, 2007, 2:18:00 AM  
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