SNF Live-Blog: Steelers @ Jaguars, 2nd Half

Sunday, October 05, 2008


Hopefully, those kicks above might give MJD some more speed on the field if he puts them on. The Jags could use it. Reed kicks it to Witherspoon, who's out to the 29-yard line. Garrard throws to Taylor underneath for five. A pass to Mike Walker at the 50 yard line earns a 1st down, while John talks about "exotic blitzing-style defenses" again.

Jags victimized once again by a holding flag on a third down play that might have gottten a "go for it" call from Del Rio. Garrard gets walloped by Lamar Woodley, and the Jags will have to punt. Mewelde Moore makes the fair catch.

"He wears a Superman shirt under his jersey." - John, on MJD (via 49er16)

If that's true, then the Steeler D is kryptonite right now. Pitt goes three and out, Jags get it at the 24 yard line. We get Lynyrd Skynyrd for bump music, since they're from that particular part of Florida (or somewhere close.)

BASEBALL UPDATE; 4-4, top of the 7th in Boston.

Garrard hits Walker for 13 to the 37. Silky then runs out and slides just before the first down at midfield. 3rd and ! requires a good, strong rush....and MJD gets stuffed before the marker.

"When you see that hair in the pile, you know Troy Polamalu is in on the tackle." - Al

Jack Of The River is going for it -- and it's a fake and throw to the fullback Greg Jones, who gets a first and a few extra before getting flipped in the air. Ball at Pitt 37. Three-hard luck plays, and it's 4th and 6 -- going for it again. Thrown, deflected, incomplete. Steelers have it at their own 39 to start.

MJD's got an ankle sprain after a bunch of Steeler fell on it. Pitt on a 3rd and 12, and DOWN GOES THE GLOVE. Reggie Hayward and Quentin Groves sack Roethlisberger, and it's 4th down. Berger punts to Witherspoon, who gets nailed when he catches the bouncer.

Garrard to Walker for nine yards at the Jax 33, Taylor gets a first on the next play. Garrard to Walker once again, this time at the Pitt 35 or so for 32 yards. Taylor gets nothing on the carry, plus a holding penalty on the O-line.

"And the Steelers go, 'Oh, now you call holding. Where was that last January?'" - Al, as the third quarter ends.

MJD gets a few yards on a short screen pass to start the quarter. Next play is an incomplete pass, but it gets a roughing penalty on Ryan Clark for decking Matt Jones helmet-to-helmet. On first down, Garrard fires a bullet to Marcedes Lewis for the TOUCHDOWN. Scobee's kick is up and good, 21-20, Jags.

Pitt starts at its own 18, and the Glove is sacked again, this time by Paul Spicer. Glove to Holmes at the 21 on the next play. He throws it incomplete on 3rd down, but there's a flag -- holding on Jacksonville, and it bails out the Steelers again. Moore gets out to the 39 on the next carry. But the next three plays go nowhere. Berger punts, Witherspoon calls for a fair catch at the 14.

"That's four booms." - John, as the Glove gets hit
"They got him turned every which way." - Al

Ryan Clark was just knocking the coke off Matt Jones lips. - 49er16

"With that fried alligator you need about six Johnnie Walkers. But that's for another day." - Al

Al, "AA" doesn't just stand for Awful Announcing. - Mal

The Jags are now getting the help of flags from the Steelers -- a roughing-the-passer call that rpobably shouldn't have been just got flagged. Woodley sacks Garrard on the next play. MJD gets 2, and it's 3rd and 20. Walker catches the pass, but it's short of the 1st down by about three yards.

Pitt starts at the 20 after the touchback on the punt.

Did Al Michaels really just give us a hockey reference? - JFein

Of course Mr. "Do You Believe In Miracles?" would give us hockey references. The Glove slips out of the hands of the Jags defenders, and then throws 15 yards to Mr. 57 (Hines Ward). Moore for a carry, Glove to Miller, now 3rd and 4. Nate Washington hauls in the pass for a first down, and an unsportsmanlike call on Washington takes 15 of those yards away. Moore sweeps out, around, and back to the J'ville 33. On 3rd and 8, the Glove escapes and hits Mr. 57 again inside the 20, but he's rolling in pain.

That shoulder's bugging him again after that hit. Russell rushes up to the 13. The Glove throws to the back of the end zone, and it's the two minute warning with a 3rd and 5 coming up.

"It's a jail break blitz." - Al

Pretty appropriate considering it was the Jags. - Mal

God, I think the Glove is going to be declared legally dead by week 9. - Rob in WI

The Glove hits Mr. 57 on the fade for the TOUCHDOWN!, 26-21, Steelers, and Mike Tomlin wants to go for two -- but the replay booth wants to review it first. Call upheld. Steelers get flagged for delay of game, and the Glove and Tomlin are furious at the refs. Jacksonville needs a touchdown.

"You know, if they do another Iron Man, which was a great movie, forget Robert Downey Jr. Get Ben Roethlsiberger to do it." - Al

"This 2 pt conversion is not that important." - Al

What? A TD now beats the Steelers, Al. Is Al playing with a concussion tonight? - Mal

He should have been out with a head.

Jax starts at the 26, Garrard goes incomplete to Walker. Short one to MJD, and the 3rd down pass is dropped by Walker. 4th and 9 with 1:15 to go. Garrard hits the White Pony, and he gets the first by stretching like he saw a fresh line on the ground.

Jags blow their second time out after a Garrard run, which Del Rio didn't really want, I think. Then, Garrard gets sacked, loses the ball, and recovers it at the 33. Jags have to blow their final time out now. The White Pony can't bring in the next pass. 4th down, and it's batted down by the Steelers. That should do it for this game.

The final score's going to be 26-21, Steelers, as soon as the Glove takes a knee. Thanks for joining me, and see you next week!

86 Comments:

"He wears a superman shirt under his jersey."-John

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:11:00 PM  

Matt Jones, please pretend that football has 2 kilograms of cocaine in it and if you don't score a TD on that catch you will have it taken away.

ssreporters said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:11:00 PM  

Can Jacksonville srew itself any more with pentalies.

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:13:00 PM  

I think NBC needs to try their no announcer experiment from the 80's
again

John and Al are really off their game tonight

jg said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:13:00 PM  

There have been celebrities in the booth. Celebrities on the sideline. Now we have a celebrity as the referee!!! What the heck is Mr. Magoo doing with a striped shirt and a whistle???

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:13:00 PM  

Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth should absolutely be the new commentating pair for NBC, and have Mike Breen call Notre Dame games or something.

ssreporters said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:15:00 PM  

I'm glad I listend to the experts and benched Ben on my fantasy team because of all his injuries, lack of a running game and a tough Jags D.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:17:00 PM  

Why is NBC playing "Sweet Home Alabama" when there in Florida.

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:19:00 PM  

@ 49er - Lynard Skynard is from Jacksonville.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:24:00 PM  

The Jaguars have a bad running game, and the Seahawks have a good running game.


Next thing you'll tell me is that the Lions will fire Matt Millen.

ssreporters said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:24:00 PM  

I'm not sure if I would have agreed with going for it on 4th down there but hey, it worked.

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:24:00 PM  

Please stop making commercials forever, Microsoft.

ssreporters said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:26:00 PM  

John's gushing over Garard having the biggest calves of any QB in the NFL. That is so much more important than something like quarterback rating or TD to INT ratio.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:28:00 PM  

Jacksonville is TRYING to lose this game.

ssreporters said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:28:00 PM  

Another Skynard song for you while their in Jax: "Eww that smell. Can't you smell that smell!"

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:29:00 PM  

Does Peyton Manning endorse everything?

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:29:00 PM  

Oh my god! Bill Curtis just found the internet! Holy shit!

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:29:00 PM  

@ 49er16: yes.

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:30:00 PM  

John: "You are always going to have part of your team on the field".

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:31:00 PM  

Bill Curtis cashing on his fame 5 years after the fact

jg said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:33:00 PM  

As bad as Jax has been, the Steelers are not doing anything to get separation from them. It is still a one score game, though it certainly doesn't feel like it.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:33:00 PM  

"Does it feel like Pitsburgh is ahead 43-14."-John

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:35:00 PM  

@JG

What Bill Curtis fame? He was famous? I mean, I knew him because he was always on the Chicago News scene and affiliated whatnots.

Rob in WI said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  

Another Jacksonville penalty. The Raiders think their undisciplined.

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:38:00 PM  

I absolutely hate this Jack in the Box commercials.

ssreporters said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

Baseball update: 4-4 still, now in the bottom of the 7th with 2 out and no one on base.

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:41:00 PM  

It wasn't a helmet to helmet hit, madden. Stop getting in a tissy.

JFreak said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:43:00 PM  

And by watching baseball, I missed the Jacksonville TD. Hard to believe the Jags are winning.

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

Let this be a lesson to you. Sloppiness, poor execution and a lack of planning will get you nowhere...except a lead in a NFL game in the 4th quarter.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:45:00 PM  

Ryan Clark was just knocking the coke of Matt Jones lips.

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:45:00 PM  

Rob

Before A&E network went all "reality" and CSI: Miami / Sopranos reruns, Curtis hosted multiple crime related shows like Ameican Justice, Cold Case Files and City Confidential.

jg said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:45:00 PM  

Al: "With that fried alligator you need about six Johnnie Walkers. But that's for another day".

Al, "AA" doesn't just stand for Awful Announcing.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:47:00 PM  

Johnnie Walker and Fried Aligator. That sounds like a great meal

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:47:00 PM  

@JG

I missed those... interesting. I always found his voice to put me right to sleep, so maybe that's why the ratings weren't so hot for A&E

Rob in WI said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:48:00 PM  

Jacksonville commits another penalty and I am going to take a hit of Johnnie Walker

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:49:00 PM  

If that was the result of Ben's pre-read and re-read, then he's about as literate as Dexter Manley.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:52:00 PM  

"Somebody Told Me" by the Killers bumps us to commercial. That is um, an interesting choice...

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:53:00 PM  

Killers were on SNL last night. Must be some sort of network deal. I'm pretty sure there isn't a DJ in there spinning tunes.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:54:00 PM  

Johnnie Walker is a little too high class for Fried Alligator, need some Pabst Blue Ribbon for that.

jg said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:54:00 PM  

I can't think of an uglier 21-20 game like this one.

ssreporters said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

That's a bullshit call.

pmayo said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

Nice roughing call by Mr. Maggoo

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

@SSR

What was the score last Monday? Or 2 Sundays ago...

At least I'm hanging with this one.

Rob in WI said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

Did Al Michaels really just give us a hockey reference?

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

SSR 10:56

Well it is being played in ACC country, so maybe there is a voddo effect.

jg said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:59:00 PM  

"He's got a motor that goes 110 miles an hour." - John Madden

Last time I checked vehicles go 110 miles an hour, not motors.

Chris said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:59:00 PM  

Let's put it this way, I can't get excited with Steelers (or Jaguars) football.

ssreporters said...
Oct 5, 2008, 10:59:00 PM  

"And now you got a little fracas breaking out.." - Al Michaels as the camera focuses on a cheerleader.

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

How can you escape that?

ssreporters said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

The cameramen have really been liking the Jags cheerleaders. They are alright, but not the best by any means.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:02:00 PM  

"John Henderson had 9 tenths of a sack."-Al

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:02:00 PM  

After hearing Al's comments on the Titans. It sounds like he's paid his man a lot of money betting against Tennessee.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:03:00 PM  

Steelers and Jags are making Tim McCarver-dumb penalties.

ssreporters said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

How is is that this game actually got interesting..

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:06:00 PM  

Are these guys serious? They can't milk the clock all the way down and get a FG with Jax having 3 timeouts plus the 2 minute warning.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

Roethlisberger is down...wouldn't it be funny if this finished as Leftwich vs. Garrard?

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

When did Brian Williams start playing for Jacksonville. I thought he did the NBC nightly news.

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:08:00 PM  

Al: "It's a jail break blitz". Pretty appropriate considering it was the Jags.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:08:00 PM  

@mal

just milked it down to the 2minute warning...

God, I think the Glove is going to be declared legally dead by week 9.

Rob in WI said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:08:00 PM  

When is "The Express" finally coming out. They are promoting that movie more than "Fank TV".

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:10:00 PM  

@ Rob - Al and John were saying they could milk it all the way down to the last seconds for a game ending FG. It would take some serious mismanagement of the clock and strange sequence of plays for that.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:11:00 PM  

Is Al even looking at the game, maybe he's doing shots of Johnnie Walker in the booth

jg said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:13:00 PM  

Err...Ben, that drunk guy in the 1st row that is holding up a sign that says your name is "Ben Worthlessbooger" that you tried to throw the ball to anyway is not an elligible receiver.

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:13:00 PM  

OMG A ZOMBIE

Wendy Colonna. said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:13:00 PM  

Fuck me the steelers got a TD

AuburnCPA said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:14:00 PM  

Touchdown Pittsburgh! Unbelieveable! Steve McNair, er, sorry, Ben Roethisberger does it again.

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:15:00 PM  

@ jfein - hilarious.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:15:00 PM  

Smirre Time! Hines Wald TD!

Rob in WI said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:16:00 PM  

Nice closeup of Hines Ward's junk on the NBC replay.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:16:00 PM  

Are M&M retarded or blind?

There wasn't a question of if he was in or not.

JFreak said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:17:00 PM  

"In this situation, this is not that important."

About the Steelers going for 2 only up by 5.

It only means they lose if Jax scores a TD, but yeah, not important at all, Michaels.

JFreak said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:18:00 PM  

"Forget Robert Downey Jr. for the Iron Man sequel, I am voting for Ben Roethlisberger."- Al

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:18:00 PM  

@jfreak

I dunno... on the initial catch I thought it was worth reviewing. But your right, the reviews made it pretty obvious.

Rob in WI said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:18:00 PM  

Al: "This 2 pt conversion is not that important".

What? A TD now beats the Steelers, Al. Is Al playing with a concussion tonight?

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:18:00 PM  

"Forget Robert Downey Jr. if they redo Iron Man, put Roethlisberger in the sequel" - Al Michaels

Nice DVD promotion, Al. How much were you paid for that? And also, a redo is not the same as a sequel.

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:19:00 PM  

John: "I know drama. That ain't drama".

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:19:00 PM  

Yea, Missing a 2pt conversion up by 5 is not important at all, Al

jg said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:19:00 PM  

It isn't important if you have Pitt +6.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:20:00 PM  

Wow! Matt Jones put down the coke, to keep Jacksonville alive.

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:22:00 PM  

Matt gets to that 1st down line like it was made out of cocaine.

Mal said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:23:00 PM  

Silky is not very mobile, is he?

Matt Jones with the nice stretch on that fourth down play... must have been promised a fix if he got the first.

Rob in WI said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:24:00 PM  

Look here for another contrived joke about cocaine.

JFreak said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:24:00 PM  

Don't mess with the road team on SNF.

ssreporters said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:26:00 PM  

Good night everyone. I am going to do another line of coke.-Matt Jones

49er16 said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:26:00 PM  

Polamalu playing goalie here - Al wants to do PxP on NHL broadcasts

jg said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:27:00 PM  

Baseball update: Angels and Sox are in extras tied at 4.

JFein said...
Oct 5, 2008, 11:29:00 PM  

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