NFL Playoffs Live-Blog: Patriots-Jaguars, Halftime/Second Half

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Somebody mentioned Diane Lane in the comments of the first half thread. Such a beautiful woman, such poor movie choices.

Heath Evans is in at receiver. Bradichick is not messing around to begin the second half.

They're slowly but surely working Welker back into the offense. He's got three catches, all since late in the second quarter, if memory serves.

Again, Brady goes to Faulk for the first down. That's four catches for about thirty yards. Welker to the left for eight, then Maroney takes the handoff and rumbles 22 yards. Only one man between him and the end zone, and the Unknown Defender made the play.

Sixteen straight completions before Brady misses. He's being inducted into the Hall of Fame tomorrow. And Faulk starts a new streak with a leaning, one-handed grab. Over the middle to Gaffney - first down.

"Tom Brady, it's not open, he gets a little nervous, but he waits." - Phil Simms

LIAR!! Tom Brady does not get nervous.

Fake direct snap, Brady to Welker, touchdown!

"They faked it." - Simms

Again, Phil, tremendous analysis. Nantz just told us this. The great thing about that play was that Brady did the horrible, "Oh no, the ball got away" fake that never works - only in this case, it sold the play because defenses always see it and know that it never works. That's pretty great.

New England 21, Jacksonville 14

That the Patriots can score on Jacksonville's defense is indisputable. The real question is how long can the Jaguars offense continue to answer back?

Here's a stat I have not seen, and it would be tremendous...how many times did NE score with their first possession in each half this year? Now compare to others. Two TDs today. Incredible. - Ed

Ed, I just ran through the play-by-play for the first three games, and they scored touchdowns the first time they touched the ball in a half four times (including a kickoff return touchdown) and kicked one field goal. If nobody finds it before the game is over, I'll figure it out and post at OMDQ later, hopefully.

The Jags are continuing to answer back: long completion, Garrard to Jones for 29 yards. A false start penalty slows the momentum and Taylor picks up four on first-and-fifteen.

CBS is flashing a quarterback comparison - if nothing else, this game has featured great play from that position on both sides.

Pizza. Baby needed a bottle. Wife not watching TV directly in front of her. No idea what just happened. Affirmed.

The magic of DVR tells me that Josh Scobee kicked a field goal for Jacksonville. Thank you, DVR.

New England 21, Jacksonville 17

Disclaimer: I just got this DVR, so if it ever appears that I'm a few minutes behind, just remind me to hit the "Live" button.

I almost included the "Randall Gay from behind" quote from earlier, then decided against it. Thanks to the three of you who mentioned it.

Earlier, I mocked someone who said that Laurence Maroney was the freshest back in football right now, implying that Belichick held him out on purpose to save him for the playoffs. I think I might owe that person an apology. Maroney is playing a beastly game tonight - 15 carries for about 110 yards.

My favorite part about doing these live-blogs is that my wife usually forgets by the second-half that I've committed to something, and she starts asking me to do stuff. In the last ten minutes, I've made the baby a bottle, answered the door for the pizza, grabbed a towel for the baby, handed her her pizza, grabbed her a drink, and put the baby in his chair. Somehow, somewhere, it became 28-17, New England. I'd try using the DVR to find out, but I'm not that confident, and would probably end up zapping myself into the TV or something.

Anyway, the third quarter is over, with the score

New England 28, Jacksonville 17

I think that the officials have decided that the Pats need to win. The worst official in the NFL is refereeing the game (James Booger) and on the last TD I saw 3 guys holding. - Rob

Hey, the first "The refs want the Patriots to win" comment of the night! Welcome, we've been waiting for you!

Really, no game is complete without a personal foul on Rodney Harrison. I love the guy to death, if only because he plays for my team. The best part was the play before, when he came close to a late hit and then decided to be the offensive player's best friend so the referee wouldn't throw the flag. "Here, let me help you up, brush your shirt off, there you go."

"Youth is overrated." - Rodney Harrison to Jim Nantz

Nantzy forgot the second half of the quote: "...unless you can use HGH to get it back." I think I've taken more shots at New England than Jacksonville tonight.

Blogger sucks.

That pass to Stallworth looked very dangerous. Good thing he's Tom Brady and doesn't make mistakes.

I have just one thing to say to the people who think that the refs are skewing their calls against Jacksonville in this game: the reason I think it's hilarious is because I know that if my father-in-law is watching this game, he's swearing up and down that the announcers AND the officials are conspiring against New England.

They ought to give them the first down. Welker would have had it if he'd caught it. He meant to catch it so I say give it them. - Scott

Alright, that's funny. I think we should allow the officials to use their personal opinions on all plays. "Jones-Drew would have scored if he hadn't been gang tackled for a four-yard loss. Touchdown, Jacksonville."

Back to reality: Gostkowski gets another try and hammers this one through.

New England 31, Jacksonville 20

And no, I'm not late on the DVR. I'm just slow in general.

Faced with a fourth-and-five that could determine its season, Jacksonville takes a timeout.

Tonight's commenters deserve a special mention here. I've tried to highlight some of my favorites, but everyone is leaving good stuff tonight.

Great throw by Garrard, great catch and one-on-one move by Northcutt...not-so-great personal foul on Samuel. First down for the Jags. They're still alive.

I miss Willie McGinest in games like this. He always seemed to be the guy to step up and make the big play when the team needed it. I can think of two separate occasions against Indianapolis where the Colts needed to make something happen and he just wouldn't allow it.

Is it silly that I'm complaining about the good old days of defense with an eleven-point lead?

Fact: I'm a Patriots fan, and I didn't even want to see Harrison get that interception. I said earlier that I loved him. I think I might've been lying a little bit.

"All the players know right now that the game is over." - Simms

If the Patriots weren't involved in this game, this is where I would start rooting for the trailing team to come from behind for the win. Nothing annoys me more than when an announcer gives a team the win with a significant amount of time on the clock. Somebody in particular is very bad at this. Maybe Mike Tirico.

Can somebody make the obvious Chris Hanson joke so I don't have to?

And that's gonna be all she wrote, folks. Your final is New England 31, Jacksonville 20. Thanks for joining me here tonight. Be sure to come back tomorrow, when Signal to Noise brings you the epic Cowboys-Giants matchup.

Posted by One More Dying Quail at 9:34 PM

108 Comments:

My dick is sore and hard.

Anonymous said...
Jan 12, 2008, 9:44:00 PM  

Nantz: "how does that first half give them confidence, Phil?"
Simms: "they have confidence, Jim".
or did Simms call him Cotton?

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 9:48:00 PM  

what a horrible pass by Brady. bench his butt

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 9:50:00 PM  

well who didn't see that coming?

Sam said...
Jan 12, 2008, 9:54:00 PM  

Hmm...cumming, like my dick.

Anonymous said...
Jan 12, 2008, 9:55:00 PM  

Here's a stat I have not seen, and it would be tremendous...how many times did NE score with their first possession in each half this year? Now compare to others. Two TDs today. Incredible.

Ed said...
Jan 12, 2008, 9:55:00 PM  

Emmitt Smiff!

ssreporters said...
Jan 12, 2008, 9:57:00 PM  

I thought Darryl and Kenny slurped Favre, I think Jimmy has his Tom Brady kneepads working overtime. Good god

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:00:00 PM  

RANDALL GAY FROM BEHIND.

Kyle said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:01:00 PM  

Nantz: "Randall Gay from behind."

Well, duh.

Columbia25 said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:02:00 PM  

hehe randall gay from behind...

the great bambi said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:02:00 PM  

How is that stat right? Brady's comp % is higher than Garrard and they both have 2 td's. Yards are almost the same, but Garrards QB rating is higher?

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:03:00 PM  

Nantz's insistence on pronoucning it "JAG-WIRES" makes me want to reach through the TV and slap him screaming "NO!" every time until he learns.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:05:00 PM  

From 3 different angles you see that Northcutt can't catch.

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:06:00 PM  

Nantz: "Randall Gay was defending."

Well, he's clearly not a catcher.

Columbia25 said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:07:00 PM  

Brady looked like Cristiano Ronaldo flopping there.

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:12:00 PM  

You could see in the replay that Brady was looking for the official as he fell down and then flailed around on the ground to help draw the flag.

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:13:00 PM  

I think that the officials have decided that the Pats need to win. The worst official in the NFL is refereeing the game (James Booger) and on the last TD I saw 3 guys holding.

Simmsesque, that is fucking gay

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:18:00 PM  

Nantz just referred to the scoreboard as the "leaderboard". He's already in "Masters mode".

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:18:00 PM  

Ben was wide open after knocking the defender down.

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:19:00 PM  

I just puked in my mouth when Nantz said "Simmesque"

kel said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:21:00 PM  

"Brady looked like Cristiano Ronaldo flopping there."

That would be the same Cristiano Ronaldo that pulled off a hat trick in second time yesterday?

In other news, Nantz says Brady has "Simms-esque numbers."

Hmmmmm. I think not.

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:21:00 PM  

Wow a call against the Pats, amazing.

The Pats are bunch of cheap shot artists.

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:23:00 PM  

Rodney Harrison = old punk

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:24:00 PM  

WTF is wrong with Harrison? Was he not hugged enough as a child?

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:25:00 PM  

Even Doug Plank thinks Rodney deserved a flag for that one...

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:25:00 PM  

Check out Garrard lolling around after the slide, trying to draw a cheap flag. Bullshit.

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:27:00 PM  

pm: Yeah that CR7.

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:27:00 PM  

Ok, now that I have been called out in the "Live" blog I would like to point out that apparently "holding" no longer exists on pass plays, since the Jag-wires have held Vrabel on the last 3 plays.

Wow Sucking Harrison's dick now Jimmy?

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:27:00 PM  

I'm pretty sure if the refs really wanted the jags to win we'd be seeing a lot more penalties on the jacksonville offense and fewer personal fouls called on the n.e. defense.

Tom said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:28:00 PM  

@ scott

just checking. personally, i'm for Spurs, but CR is one of the top ten footballers in the world. Say what you want about the flopping, which he does plenty of, but he's going to be really good for a really long time.

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:29:00 PM  

Penalties don't hurt until you get in the red zone. Here come some holding calls.

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:29:00 PM  

Rodney "HGH Hands" Harrison

Kicking the FG is gutless since they haven't stopped the Pats all night

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:30:00 PM  

i'm not normally one to name names, but on pretty much every big Jags play, Randall Gay is blowing his coverage like he's blowing...

(and as i type that, he covers Jones on the fade before i can even complete my sentence.)

Anonymous said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:30:00 PM  

Holy Stonehands by Matt Jones and Simms inexplicably blames Garrard for throwing "too soft." WTF?

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:31:00 PM  

"Kicking the FG is gutless since they haven't stopped the Pats all night"
what about the kneel down?

Sam said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:32:00 PM  

pm: I agree. Any team would love to have one or two CR's (or a half-CR even). The diving does get annoying though. He's better than that.

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:32:00 PM  

Pats have had 6 possessions (4 TDs, 1 missed FG and end of half). Somebody tell Coach Fonzie that FGs won't cut it if your D keeps giving up touchdowns.

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:32:00 PM  

Oh yeah that, how silly of me to forget

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:33:00 PM  

And Jim Nantz calls for a late hit...even though Jackson was hit in the field of play

Sam said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:33:00 PM  

Nantz reached for his penalty flag there. But Simms was wiping Brady's man juice off his face with it.

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:34:00 PM  

@scott:
"He's better than that."

Absolutely. Couldn't agree more.

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:34:00 PM  
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Sam said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:34:00 PM  

Of course you want a penalty on the Jags Nantz.

ssreporters said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:34:00 PM  

'bout time for a bomb to Moss?

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:35:00 PM  

What the hell is Nantz talking about? That wasn't even close. Clean hit, doofus. Learn the game.

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  

Do you think Nantz wants to have to travel to Indy again?

No, this way he can stay in NYC or hangout in Maine with the Bush's

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  

ok - bomb to Stallworth.

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  

nice movement in the pocket by Brady and on helluva catch by Stallworth. wow.

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

can somebody check the bus to see if the Jax D has gotten off it yet?

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

Game Over and Stallworth was watching the replay

Oh yeah and Moss has been invisible all night

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:38:00 PM  

I was waiting for that Simms stat. Punk.

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:38:00 PM  

what a shitty drop by Welker
but as long as gostkowski doesn't choke again, it's a non issue

Sam said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

They ought to give them the first down. Welker would have had it if he'd caught it. He meant to catch it so I say give it them.

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

awww, dammit! fackin' welkah drawpped a fackin' fust down!

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

Welker drops pass, Nantz passes on this insight: "That will go as an incompletion". Brilliant.

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

Good call, rob. Where has Randy been?

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:40:00 PM  

OMDQ, Wordpress is the way to go, I moved SSreporters to Wordpress on November 5th. Typepad is so-so, but now you have to pay to put up a blog.

ssreporters said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:41:00 PM  

Moss has had LBs covering him on some plays and they still haven't tried to get the ball to him. 1 catch for 14 yards.

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:41:00 PM  

I'm sure ESPN will mention that one of Brady's incompletions was a DROP!

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:42:00 PM  

"Good call, rob. Where has Randy been?"

According to Simms, blocking hard on every running play.

I am a little surprised they haven't run a highlight reel of the coverage on moss: i can only assume it's pretty good, since he's only been targeted (iirc) that one time for the reception.

Anonymous said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:43:00 PM  

Nice clock management by Coach Fonzie.

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:45:00 PM  

Dennis "stonehands" Northcutt contributes once again

Sam said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:45:00 PM  

Horrible, horrible, horrible clock management.

ssreporters said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:46:00 PM  

As a Browns fan I could have told jack of the river that Dennis Northcutt has hands of stone

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:46:00 PM  

Is Jim Tressel coaching the Jags? This is eerily simlar to OSU's lackadasical approach in the fourth quarter

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:48:00 PM  

Looks like someone pissed off the Juice,er Rodney Harrison.

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:48:00 PM  

Rodney "Dirtbag" Harrison at it again he and Seau are dirty Fucks

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:49:00 PM  

FC: How can you say "Unfaithful" was a poor movie choice???

joepadon said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:50:00 PM  

Samuel hits someone for the first time in the past few weeks and it's too late and draws a flag. Brilliant.

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:50:00 PM  

I've asked Jesus to call Rodney home, but he won't listen.

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:50:00 PM  

Does anyone else wonder why Coach Belicheck needs the "BB" stiched on his Hoodie?

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:51:00 PM  

How many first downs/td's is Jacksonville going to drop tonight?

Sam said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:51:00 PM  

Diane Lane also seems to have made some bad marriage choices -- Josh Brolin? Christopher Lambert? Brolin is getting a lot of press since "No Country for Old Men" but it's the first good thing he's made since "Flirting With Disaster," which was the first good thing he'd made since "The Goonies."

P.S. I'm a straight chick, and I would go gay for Diane Lane.

Columbia25 said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:51:00 PM  

and that's going to do it.
NE fans chant "Se-ven-teen," I'm glad they can count that high

Sam said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:52:00 PM  

"Unfaithful" dear god I love Diane Lane

Whoops game over

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:53:00 PM  

NE fans probably count preseason games.

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:54:00 PM  

Classy move by Rodney to run out of bounds while waving the ball in a Jag player's face. That guy is a great football player, but a total jagbag as a person.

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:54:00 PM  

Diane Lane is a little slice of alright. The Jags' second half performance? Not so much.

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:55:00 PM  

Rodney Harrison is a fucking douche bag and they are featuring him right now, Fuck CBS

I hate him for killing Trent Green in 1999 and giving us Kurt Warner

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:55:00 PM  

Wouldn't Moss be the LAST receiver you want on the field blocking when everyone knows you are just running the ball???

zonasportsfan said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

Can somebody break one for a TD or kick a FG or something so NE can cover?

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

ODMQ, I think you're thinking of Al Michaels on Sunday Night Football (or whatever the hell it's called). That guy calls the game midway through the third quarter.

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

god I hope we see 3 knees and a JAX cover

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

Rashean Mathis = Deion Sanders School of Tackling Valedictorian

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

ssr - I considered wordpress, but don't want the hassle of a move. I'd rather just complain about the issues I have with Blogger, like the way it randomly adds HTML code wherever it feels like.

Jan 12, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

This was one of the weakest covers in NFL histoire. First, the TD that wasn't, except BB was too scared to challenge. Then, Welker drops the easy pass. Any doubt Pats get 6 if he holds on?

If I bet the Pats, I'd be mightily pissed.

Ed said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

How is Brady's rating not perfect, let alone 15 points off perfect...

zonasportsfan said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

Don't forget the Gostkowski missed FG

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:59:00 PM  
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Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:59:00 PM  

Nothing annoys me more than when an announcer gives a team the win with a significant amount of time on the clock.

Except Brett Farve. "Does he have another one in him, folks?" "You almost expect him to march down the field 3 times in two minutes." "There's nobody i'd want more in a situation than Number Four"

unrelated bonus: "He's just having fun out there."

Anonymous said...
Jan 12, 2008, 10:59:00 PM  

BTW - Jax has had only one punt.

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

I'm Chris Hanson, Dateline NBC. Why don't you go have a seat over there?

I got your back, OMDQ

Sam said...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:03:00 PM  

Hey mal, mind your own business. This is about the Pats, OK?

Scott said...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:03:00 PM  

I hate saying anything negative about Phil because I've been a Giants fan for 30 years, but Christ it's just been painful.

Columbia25 said...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:03:00 PM  

Dear NE,

I hope Giselle gives Brady the Clap

Love,

America

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:03:00 PM  

what the fuck r those cbs guys always laughing at

Anonymous said...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

I am sure that is something Shannon said that none of them understood

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:05:00 PM  

Well, the '72 Dolphins can now officially shut the fuck up. What an insufferable bunch of old bastards.

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:05:00 PM  

Shannon Sharpe needs to be subtitled.

pm said...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:06:00 PM  

re: "low" QB rating. Yards per completion play a part in the rating. while brady hasn't quite been "dinking and dunking", his ypc is under 10, and that wont get it done for the rating, no matter how accurate.

Of course, QB rating without context is a pretty useless and potentially misleading statistic.

(WOO! BOOMER POST-GAME!_

Anonymous said...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

Why couldn't they have let Shannon replace JB??? Hilarity would ensue.

Mal said...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:08:00 PM  

Love that his Newspaper is The Post

Well Boomer is the CBS boy since he got Imus' gig

Rob said...
Jan 12, 2008, 11:10:00 PM  

Sam, I can always count on you.

pm, this won't shut the '72 Dolphins up. Nothing short of 19-0 can do that (and probably not even then).

Jan 12, 2008, 11:10:00 PM  

Can somebody break one for a TD or kick a FG or something so NE can cover?

Easiest pick in a long time -- give me 13 points in a playoff game, that's money in the bank.

Jan 13, 2008, 12:41:00 AM  

I love Diane Lane.

I saw "UNTRACEABLE" in a sneek two days ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very suspenseful and intense. I dunno if they got ALL the computer stuff authentic but it looks as if they atleast tried. DEFINATELY worth a look. And Diane was terrific in it. So hot... still!

Anonymous said...
Jan 13, 2008, 6:48:00 PM  

Found this video about the 'Superbowl Radio Row', definitely go check it out!

http://www.boston.tv/clips/631741639.html

Tiffany said...
Feb 1, 2008, 11:02:00 AM  

Hey,
I found another great Pats video at Boston.Tv

Enjoy!

Anonymous said...
Feb 1, 2008, 11:27:00 AM  

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