Sunday, November 02, 2008
That's Welker at some sort of karaoke event and fundraiser.
Ellis Hobbs brings it out to the 25 or so. Cassel hits Benjamin Watson for nine yards to start. The Law Firm gets another nine out to the 45. The more Al mentions the Pats not being flagged yet, the more likely it is to happen. Cassel throws a screen to Moss and is brought down by Bob Sanders in the open field. Cassel runs for the first on 3rd and 7 and gets it, almost hitting the ump in his exuberance.
A flag gets thrown, but picked up, and we get a repeat of Cassel nearly punching the ump. Coach Hobo is challenging Indy, saying they had 12 men on the field -- which is likely what that flag might have been.
If my Budweiser was always perfect, it wouldn't taste as bad as it does. Seriously, the only time I buy Bud is at a bar I frequent where it's $2 for a draft mug. Belichick loses his challenge. Cassel has to scramble when everyone is covered, and Rahim Brock just levels him.
"Brock storms the Cassel. I'm sorry, I couldn't help it." - Al
Cassel then hits Moss on the sideline for a first down at the Colts' 31. On the next third down, Cassel goes to Welker, who gets up to the 19. Pre-snap whistle is the Pats' first penalty in more than six quarters, a false start on Nick Kaczur. Cassel goes back to Welker, who gets to the 17 on 1st and 15. Pats call time out #2.
Faulk busts through the middle for a first down and goal at about the 8 or 9. Cassel to Thomas at the six.
"Tyjuan Hagler, hitting him like Marvelous Marvin Hagler." - Al
The Law Firm takes it on the handoff and rushes six yards in for the score. Coach Hobo decides to go for two, and Faulk comes up short of the goal line. Patriots take their first lead, 12-7. I have a hunch that the Hoodie wants to challenge that, but doesn't want to risk his last time out after his ill-advised challenge earlier.
Garcon returns it out to the Indy 43, giving Peyton some good field position. Manning hits Clark at the NE 40. Addai then rushes to the 35. 2nd down pass is short to Gonzalez. 3rd down is right to Wayne for a first down and he is whacked by Brandon Meriweather. Addai picks up 2, up to the 22. Wayne works his way inside of Hobbs, and Manning hits him at the 8 yard line. First and goal. Addai gets hit in the backfield.
2nd down pass is incomplete, as Harrison runs into Deltha O'Neal. 3rd down is a pass to Anthony Gonzalez in the end zone that looks damn close to the first one, and it's a score. Indy's gonna try a 2-point of their own. Manning runs right, and throws across to the back of the end zone to Reggie Wayne, and the conversion is good. Indy up 15-12.
"You put a bowl of candy corn in front of [Bill Belichick], and he'll eat the whole thing!" - John
Ew. Of course Coach Hobo likes candy corn. God, that stuff's awful. Moss gets a first down past the NE 30 after a catch. Kevin Faulk runs for 15 out to midfield. Cassel throws the next one out of bounds, the closest person was in a blue jersey. Faulk catches another one a yard shy of the first down marker at the Indy 41. Cassel sneaks for the first to the 39.
Cassel airs it out on first down to Jabar Gaffney -- fabulous choice, good read -- and Gaffney drops a sure touchdown. Yikes. Draw play to Faulk for about 3 or 4.
I trust you all are just as tired of political ads as I am. Here in California, it's worse -- even though we're nowhere near a swing state, there are plenty of ads for the 12 statewide propositions on the ballot, plus the numerous state reps and senators. Yeesh.
Cassel hits Moss on on 3rd and 8, to keep the drive moving. Faulk runs inside to the 20. The 2nd and 4 pass goes to Watson, who gets a first down at the 17. Cassel throws incomplete to the Law Firm. The next play finds Welker tackled behind the line of scrimmage. Cassel is complete to Welker on 3rd and 11, a yard short of the marker inside the 10. Coach Hobo's going for it -- and he rushes on to use NE's last time out.
Belichick used it because he wanted to kick a field goal instead, and Gostowski's FG is good; we've got a 15-all tie.
That looked to me like Cassel got the first down after the Hoodie called the timeout. Wow...now they know how the Ravens felt last year. - JFein
Seriously, I think Cassel would have gotten that one too. I'm not sure the NE defense can stop the Colts' O right now, so at least getting a tie seems like the smart move right now. Garcon brings it out inside the 20. Manning hits Dallas Clark, who breaks a tackle and gets out to the 38. Addai gets one yard. Next pass to Clark is incomplete; Jerod Mayo was all over him.
Manning hits Gonzalez for 24 over the middle, and he's in NE territory at the 38. Addai gets 4, but then gets stuffed up on the next play.
Hey, this game's been so good as of late that neither Al nor John have talked about Tom Brady too much. My count is at three mentions. Peyton's incomplete on 3rd and 6 to Wayne, and Vinatieri comes in to kick a 52 yard FG -- it's good, pending the flag, and it's on the Pats. So, the kick is good, and it's 18-15, Colts.
Oh God, a Jeremiah Wright commercial. - JFein
Good, I wasn't the only one who saw that. I'm not gonna go any further than that.
Ellis Hobbs runs the kickoff back to the 19, as John rants on about Vinatieri's clutchness, making him sound like the football version of David Eckstein. (I know Adam's kicks legitimately won a few Super Bowls, but bear with me.)
Two straight passes bring it up to the Pat 38. Cassel then buzzes one to David Thomas at the Indy 41 for another first down. Faulk busts through for eight more. Law Firm grabs one trying to bounce outside, but there's a flag -- and it's a personal foul call on the Pats' David Thomas. Can we see a replay? Couldn't see a thing on it -- and now it's 3rd and 16 at the Indy 45. Faulk gets taken down at the 40.
Coach Hobo looks like he could kill David Thomas right now. They're going for it -- and Bob Sanders picks off Cassel on the attempt.
And Thomas is going to feel the Hoodie's wrath after the game. Now, New England can't stop the clock as the Colts move downfield. Rhodes rumbles to the 46, and we're close to the 2 minute warning. Addai gets a yard.
Holy crap, this has to be the quickest SNF game in history. - SSReporters
When you have very few penalties and a lot of running plays and passes that wind up in bounds (also, few incompletions), that helps, doesn't it? Regardless of who wins, this was good football, with the exception of the Hobo's time out management. Addai rushes, winding up a couple short of the first down. Hunter Smith will punt.
21 seconds left at the Pats 20, Cassel airs it incomplete, aiming for Moss. Same again on 2nd down.
"They have everyone but Martin Brodeur back there," - Al, on the Indy prevent defense.
Moss catches the ball over the middle, tries to lateral, but fumbles, and the game's over. 18-15, Colts win, and the picture stays really confused for all of us.
See you next week for Giants-Eagles!