SNF Live Blog: Cowboys @ Packers, 1st Half

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Tony Romo is ready to rock. Are you? The Cowboys head to Green Bay, where Aaron Rodgers will start from the get-go. Last year, he took over for Brett Favre when the Gunslinger got hurt in Dallas, and had a pretty good game.

Sadly for Rodgers, I'm picking the 'Boys, 38-27. Who ya got?

(Apologies. I thought this game was in Dallas again. Why, I don't know.)

Also, I'm putting Favre mentions at an over/under of 12. John just can't help himself. Packers take the kickoff back to the 24 yard line.

Favre mention #1. Rodgers tosses low to Jones on the first pass. Ryan Grant bumrushes for 9, but then he fumbles, and Adam "Don't Call Me Pac-Man" Jones recovers! Jones goes back to the Green Bay 14. Here comes the Cowboys' O. Marion "The Truth" Barber rushes for 2. (Either AA or I were calling Barber "the Truth" before we were calling Paul Pierce that.)

Two straight throws to T.O. are incomplete, and here comes Nick Folk for a figgie try. Kick is good, 3-0, Cowboys.

Could have been worse, GB fans.

Will Blackmon takes this kickoff bad to the 26. Greg Jennings grabs some major yards after the catch on a short slant pass, he heads out of bounds at midfield. Ryan Grant gets 6 after the injury time out. Grant gets the first down on the next carry. Now, we have 3rd and 4 at the Dallas 29 as the Cowboys call time. Rodgers hits Jennings again, ball down at the 11.

Did Al not get the memo that Adam Jones doesn't want media people calling him Pac-man any more? 3rd and 6 at the 7, Rodgers scrambles, but can't find anywhere to go and Anthony Henry gets a sack.

Mason Crosby's 36 yard FG attempt is good, 3-3 tie.

Do you think Madden will make more Favre references or Kournheiser refer to Rodgers more tomorrow night for the Jets-Chargers game? - Anon

Madden will make more Favre references. Tony K will be too busy talking about Favre to mention Aaron Rodgers more than two or three times. Favre Reference #2, with a jersey shot. Felix Jones takes the ball up to the Dallas 19. Barber gets 2 yards, then picks up the first with another 10 -- as John notes, T.O. got a good block on Charles Woodson. Romo's throw to Patrick Crayton is dropped, and Al Harris is on the ground -- another injury time out.

Barber heads up to the 36 on the next carry. Witten makes his first catch of the night, and it's very close to a first down at the 49. Barber gets across midfield and picks up the first.

Oh, that would have been lovely if it had worked. Romo hands off the end-around to Patrick Crayton, who hurls one into the end zone for T.O., who is double covered -- but he had an OK shot at that. Not saying that was an automatic bring it in, but still. Barber breaks a bunch of tackles, gaining 20+ at the Green Bay 20.

Just seeing a Cowboy player getting smacked makes me feel warm. - SSReporters

Romo throws over Witten on 2nd down, but gets him at the 11 for a first down on the next play. Next play drives the Boys back to the 16, as the play fake doesn't work and Romo gets sacked by Aaron Kampman. Al Harris makes a nice open-field tackle on Barber to hold him to a yard. Romo throws it....and he's PICKED IN THE END ZONE! Nick Collins goes all the way out to the Dallas 43 and T.O. tackles him.

The first quarter ends with Rodgers recovering his own fumble.

Surprised that the Cowboys drafted Felix Jones ? He was only part of one of better RB tandems in college football the past couple years. - JG

I suppose that statement by Al comes from the sense that everyone thought Jerry Jones would trade up to get Darren McFadden instead. Jennings catches it, gets to about the Dallas 40. Rodgers tosses a jump pass to Jennings while avoiding the sack...and dare I say, that was Favre-like. First down at the 25. Favre Count: 3. 3rd and 4 is incomplete to James Jones, and Crosby will come out again.

Figgie try is up....and good, 6-3, Pack.

"That's a good area to have bookends, your tackles and your corners and the Packers have good bookends at those positions." - JM

WTF? What other position could be considered a "bookend"? - Lucas

I swear, John's lunacy doesn't even faze me any more.

OK, that 2nd down play was a little wonky. Romo's getting sacked, Barber catches the throw, but gets hit and it's knocked in the air, and Tony Curtis comes up with it. Barber takes the next carry out to midfield. Cullen Jenkins pounds Romo to the ground on 3rd down, and we'll get a punt, which Mat McBriar shanks. GB gets it at its own 29.

Who isn't in that Diet Pepsi Max ad? So that's what Chris Kattan's been up to these days.

Good job on Rodgers for making Greg Ellis whiff on the scak, but the completion is coming back on a holding call. The 3rd down pass to Jennings is short, and it's punt time.

"Four flags, one hat, and a bean bag." - AM, after the punt return with two calls for blocking in the back on the Cowboys.

S2N can't catch a break, 3 weeks in a row of absolutely crap games. - SSReporters

Dude, I'm falling asleep here. Someone throw deep. I'm dying for the flex weeks to start. Barber barrels for a first down.

"Barber bangs his way through." - Al (via SSReporters)

And Felix Jones goes scampering down the sideline for 60 yards and the TOUCHDOWN! What was that I was asking for about excitement? Kick is good, 10-6, Dallas.

I had an instant SouthPark flashback when Madden said Jones' td was a scissor play.

"Know what the Dallas Cowboys call him? The oldest lookin' rookie in the history of the NFL." - John
"Kinda like LeBron James...he came in and he looked like he was in his eighth year in the league." - Al

Greg Oden wants you whippersnappers up there to pay him some mind.

"DeMarcus Ware chasing you will make you throw ducks." - John, after a weak 3rd down through by Rodgers.

Adam Jones receives the punt, doesn't get much, and the Cowboys will have another chance to score before halftime. Barber catches the short pass from Romo, then gets whacked on the rush. Witten comes up with the pass at the 23 of Green Bay.

"If you give Tony Romo that kind of time with those receivers, he's gonna eat you up." - John

With Fava beans and a nice Chianti, say?

That "NFL Stories" ad with the Chiefs groundskeeper is a bit off. I thought the stinky things he'd be chasing off the field would be the players themselves, not skunks. Romo hits Curtis at the 13, Barber picks up the first down with a carry at the 12. Romo hits Barber at the 5, with about 30 seconds left on the clock.

Romo then manages to fumble it once again after faking on the play action and holding it too long. Why did I start this moron instead of Philip Rivers tomorrow night?

I have a question. Why is the TE always referred to as being owned by the QB? It's always "his tight end", but you never hear it for any other position.

As a former TE my sophomore year in high school, I demand equality. - Jesse

You played in high school. You know the hierarchy. The QB owns everyone else.

Folk hits the FG, 13-6, Dallas. Kick off returned by Will Blackmon to the 27 with the half ending at the same score.

See you in the 2nd half thread.

63 Comments:

John Madden is sick tonight he did not say #4's name one time during the open to the game

Kige Ramsey said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:22:00 PM  

As a Skins fan, I say go Packers !

More importantly, what is the over / under on Favre references tonight ?

jg said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:23:00 PM  

I think 12 is too low

ffhater said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:27:00 PM  

Just caught the Saints-Broncos highlights on NFLN. Looked like a great game.

jg said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:31:00 PM  

Grrr... so far, so good? Really?

WTF? Sudden commercial break.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:32:00 PM  

Rob - someone probably hit a button or two too soon for the injury timeout.

Signal to Noise said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:36:00 PM  

Imagine if Madden and Kornheiser were the Monday Night Football commentators with Tirico instead of Jaws for the Jets/Chargers.


Make your own dirty joke for that one.

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:37:00 PM  

I find that the best way to just cut Madden off... don't even tell him you're goign to commercial, i half expected to comeback from commercial with him still talking.

BTW, Gervais and Carrell just did a fantastic bit on the Emmy Awards.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:38:00 PM  

Do you think Madden will make more Favre references or Kournheiser refer to Rodgers more tomorrow night for the Jets-Chargers game?

Anonymous said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:39:00 PM  

Do you think Madden will make more Favre references or Kournheiser refer to Rodgers more tomorrow night for the Jets-Chargers game?

Anonymous said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:40:00 PM  

I really like and appreciate how Al Michaels is going out of his way to call Jones 'Pacman'.

Jesse A said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:41:00 PM  

Aaron Rodgers failed to Favre his way out of the pocket so he could Favre the ball into the end zone for a typical Favredown by Aaron Favregers. - Tony Kornheiser watching this game in the trailer

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:42:00 PM  

S2N

I think Al got the Memo... I'm pretty sure it's just he's Al Michaels, and he don't give a shit.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:42:00 PM  

They go from kissing the ass of every Mexican to jamming out Molly Freaking Hatchet between commercial breaks.

LOL

hollywood wags said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:43:00 PM  

@hollywood wags

to be fair, they probably couldn't find any Mexicans to put on TV in Green Bay.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:45:00 PM  

Do they have farve's jock in that hall of fame too?

Anonymous said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:45:00 PM  

To be fair... I don't think anyone who's NOT Joe Buck has ever said TO won't block or doesn't hustle... the consensus is that he's a giant jackass.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:47:00 PM  

Tony will probably forget Rodgers' name by the second quarter and start calling him Farve.

Anonymous said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:49:00 PM  

Just seeing a Cowboy player getting smacked makes me feel warm.

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:50:00 PM  

Ugh... there's all kinds of late hitting already in this game...

I'm biased the other way, and i think that was a late hit.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:50:00 PM  

"This is a Lambeu crowd this is Lambue fild Green Bay, Wis."

Good one, John.

Anonymous said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:52:00 PM  

@ Anon, spell LAMBEAU right.

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:54:00 PM  

That was an awful play...

followed by some shitty tackling... GRRRR

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:55:00 PM  

"There's gonna be a lot of guys favoring a lot of things." - John Madden

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:55:00 PM  

Surprised that the Cowboys drafted Felix Jones ? He was only part of one of better RB tandems in college football the past couple years.

jg said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:56:00 PM  

Holy hell... a nice tackle by Al Harris... you know it's an important game.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:58:00 PM  

Epic FAIL by Romo.

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 8:59:00 PM  

Thank you Tony Romo.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:00:00 PM  

What a sloppy first quarter.

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:00:00 PM  

Maybe if # 21 on Green Bay had gone to block somebody, instead of standing there that pick might have gone for a TD.

jg said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:01:00 PM  

Favre reference in 3...2...1...

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:04:00 PM  

Madden:

"That's a good area to have bookends, your tackles and your corners and the Packers have good bookends at those positions."

WTF? What other position could be considered a "bookend"?

Lucas said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:06:00 PM  

@Lucas

WRs? DEs? It's fucking Madden, half the time I think it's his video game talking anyway.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:07:00 PM  

Daughtry?

Daughtry?


What's up with NBC's song selection?

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:09:00 PM  

Jerramy Stevens approves of pointless fumbling.

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:12:00 PM  

S2N can't catch a break, 3 weeks in a row of absolutely crap games.

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:19:00 PM  

Time to bend over NFL, admit that the CFL has it right with multiple penalties on the same team, and allow the opposing team a chance to accept both penalties.

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:21:00 PM  

@SS

no kidding... and I have an obvious interest in thsi game, I'm already bored.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:21:00 PM  

Madden:

"...Barber looked like he was continuing to try to run..."
after Barber made it to one knee after being tackled before he's creamed by a D-lineman.

"This is Lambeau crowd! This is... Lambeau Field Greenbay, Wisconsin!"

I hate Madden's mumblin', bumblin' 3rd grade asshat self.

Lucas said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:22:00 PM  

"Barber bangs his way through." - Al Michaels

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:23:00 PM  

"Tough, tough, tough run by Marion Barber the third." - AM

Al has probably been waiting to use that line all night

jg said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:26:00 PM  

Felix Jones is fast.

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:26:00 PM  

I had an instant SouthPark flashback when Madden said Jones' td was a scissor play.

Anonymous said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:26:00 PM  

F U S2N :)

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:27:00 PM  

Madden:

"This is where the Packer's need a pass rush from right here."

Circling the D-line and the blitzing LB standing at the line of scrimmage.

Lucas said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:29:00 PM  

A "fan favorite" on ER? Isnt that an oxymoron?

Anonymous said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:29:00 PM  

That KFC ad is annoying. Not as annoying as the Sonic ads on college games though.

jg said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:33:00 PM  

All of these injuries (McNabb, Big Ben, Hester) are just killing the ratings for NBC and ESPN.

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:38:00 PM  

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:40:00 PM  

I have a question. Why is the TE always referred to as being owned by the QB? It's always "his tight end", but you never hear it for any other position.

As a former TE my sophomore year in high school, I demand equality.

Jesse A said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:40:00 PM  

More Romo FAIL!

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:41:00 PM  

@jesse

Well, we do know who TO's QB is... does that help?

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:42:00 PM  

"Oh look at Flozell Adams, he's the biggest man in the world." - John Madden


That would be you actually John.

ssreporters said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:43:00 PM  

@rob

It would, but I live about 60 miles from where Romo grew up, so that feels like their making fun of me still.

Jesse A said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:44:00 PM  

Since it is alumni weekend , does this mean the game is homecoming ?

jg said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:46:00 PM  

@jesse

well, to be fair, they probably are.

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:47:00 PM  

Point taken.

Jesse A said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:48:00 PM  

Uh oh... has Olbermann been suspended again?

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:49:00 PM  

No, he's just a big Yankee fan and got the rest of the night off.

Signal to Noise said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:55:00 PM  

Hmmm... did he take his mom? Is Chuck Knoblauch playing? Do I need to switch to the Yankees game for somethign mroe interesting?

Rob in WI said...
Sep 21, 2008, 9:58:00 PM  

Madden:

"Tony Curtis, because they don't have a fullback, is playing fullback."

Lucas said...
Sep 21, 2008, 10:00:00 PM  

Madden:

"When Leonard Davis starts down, he kinda takes a whole bunch of green jerseys with him... and yellow pants."

Lucas said...
Sep 21, 2008, 10:02:00 PM  

Al's in a good mood.

He must have money on Dallas.

alan said...
Sep 21, 2008, 10:45:00 PM  

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