AFC Divisional Playoff Open Thread: Ravens @ Titans

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ed Reed, contemplating the ways he'll try to pick off Kerry Collins on the rare occasion he does drop back to pass.

I can't get excited about today's at all, so it's open threads. It's not fair to say that because this first one will be a defensive struggle, and that's still good football, but it's not anything I can say is worth live-blogging and I'd like to watch the games today like you guys without looking over my shoulder at the computer and join you all in the comment thread from time to time. I'll be live-blogging both of tomorrow's games. Now, watch as one of these two turns into the barn-burner of the playoffs.

Game: AFC Divisional Playoff #1
Teams: Baltimore Ravens (11-5, 2nd in AFC North) vs. Tennessee Titans (13-3, AFC South Champs)
Location: LP Field, Nashville, TN
Start Time: 4:30 PM EST
Announcers and Network: Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf, CBS
Miscellany: Vince Young mentions, talk about the rookie QB Joe Flacco, Jeff Fisher's longest active tenure in the NFL with one team, Albert Haynesworth going from face-stomper to insanely dominant nose tackle, and of course, Ed Reed.
Favorite: Titans (-3)
S2N's Pick: Baltimore. This goes against the rookie QB rule, but why do I have the sense that the Titans are limping in and won't be able to run as well on the Ravens? I just do.

132 Comments:

Please post the JB interview with Pac Man. The part where Pac's explanation of the amount of time since he's been to a "skrip" club increased from a year to year and half to three years was a hoot.

Mal said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:06:00 PM  

Mal - as soon as it makes YouTube I'll find it, or at least try to.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:08:00 PM  

At least, maybe around 1 and a half, two, two and half maybe, three...

WVU education at it's finest, I guess.

He actually thinks he will be playing for the Cowboys again.

Holy Shit that guy's an imbecile.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:10:00 PM  

Oh, and Shannon Sharpe really likes "Byron Wesbook".

Mal said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:11:00 PM  

Mal, on the other hand, likes Sam Ryan.

Mal said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:17:00 PM  

It really is a toss up as to have more marbles in their mouf, Sharpe of Pacman.

I like how Pacman has to remember to pronounce words badly...I should ax him about it sometime.

What a trainwreck, a trainwreck into a strik club, wiff a truck carrying a full load of gasoline.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:19:00 PM  

On NFLN's pregame they read a
quote from Warren Sapp in 1998 that
called Kerry Collins " classless and a disgrace." Sapp the person who nearly ended another player's career with a cheap shot.

And Shannon Sharpe was just looking at Bill Cowher with a "he's crazy" face.

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:19:00 PM  

@hollywood - at one point in the interview, he was about to attempt to say "rehabilitate myself". He said "reha...turn my life around".

Mal said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:20:00 PM  

What was the deal with Lesley Visser's face? She sorta looks like Pacman. She can't close her mouf.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:22:00 PM  

Jeez, I hope Bill Cowher doesn't have cancer or something...he looks freakin drawn.

Or maybe it's those fake choppers of his, the ones in his mouf.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:24:00 PM  

@ Wags, supposedly Visser had plastic surgery after a jogging accident pretty much disfigured her face. Now she looks like she is 44.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:26:00 PM  

@Mal 4:17

agreed.

And NFLN just showed Titans cheerleaders dancing then ended program with Lindsay Soto

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:27:00 PM  

A jogging accident?

How can you have a fucking accident jogging? it's the safest thing you can do, if you don't get run over by a cement truck or Dan Dierdorf...

hollywood wags said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:28:00 PM  

And also according to NFLN Rod Marinelli new D-line coach of Bears

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:29:00 PM  

This is the link to the jogging accident.


I pick Ravens 16 Titans 12.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:33:00 PM  

Titans 20
Ravens 16

Mal said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:33:00 PM  

"Two teams that dont like each other." - Greg Gumbel channeling Keith Jackson

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:37:00 PM  

Alright, a Conrad Dobler mention by Dierdorf.

I like Dan, but who the hell remembers Dobler, Dan???

hollywood wags said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:39:00 PM  

You know, my brother flew off a bike jump in 1982 and landed pretty much face first onto the street, he never required a freakin facelift that stretched his face tighter than my Ludwig snare drum.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:41:00 PM  

No 1st & 10 line?

Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:45:00 PM  

That was an amazing catch even though Gumbel didn't realize it, and it doesn't matter.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:45:00 PM  

Dierdorf channeling his inner Sgt. Shultz - "verbotten".

Mal said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:46:00 PM  

Deadspin got the Jones interview through the Gawker hamsters.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:49:00 PM  

He looked like a conehead.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:56:00 PM  

Dierdorf: "You can hardly blame Bironas for missing that kick." ...

Is it just me or didn't the ball go through the uprights even though it was after the whistle had blown?

Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:56:00 PM  

Marv Albert, Westwood One, on the PAT penalty:

So Bironas will attempt the extra point five yards closer, from the 10 yard line.

Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:57:00 PM  

A conversation between Emmitt and PacMan:


Emmitt: I'm here with Adam Packers....Pacrat...Pacman Jones to talk to umm....him about his situification with his upon release with my old team, the Dallas Texans....er...um.....Cowboys.

Pacman: A pleasure to be here wiff you, Emmitt.


Emmitt: Now umm, what is going through with your um...mind when you heard that you were going to be releasified, Adam James?


Pacman: Well you know I was shockified with you know the fact and um, I was released.


Miss Teen South Carolina: I think the fact that they don't have maps like such as the Iraq is the reason that like um Adam was not maybe perhaps kind of released.


Shannon Sharpe: BLUERUETEOHEEGUEBLUBLBLUBLUBLUBLUBLUBLUB Brian Westbrick.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:58:00 PM  

7-0 Tennessee

which makes sense since veryone picked Baltimore forgetting they have a rookie head coach, rookie QB, and the Titans had the best record in the NFL this year.

Titans (-3) is already looking good.

Ghost. said...
Jan 10, 2009, 4:58:00 PM  

And that's why the no forceout rule is awful. They have eliminated sideline passing for the most part.


Clayton on that play wasn't in bounds anyway.....so just a rant.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:05:00 PM  

Baltimore's offense has a lot of 3 outs. Shocking since their offense doesnt exactly remind anyone of the Greatest Show on Turf/ Air Coryell.

Titans Cheerleaders >>> band shots

And when I think elite athletes, Matt Hasselbeck is not who comes to mind.

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:08:00 PM  

Did Dierdorf say something without realizing they were on?


Wow what a throw.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:09:00 PM  

Damn, Flacco...what a freakin throw.

hollywood wags said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:10:00 PM  

And obvious hold missed on Balt TD

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:10:00 PM  

did Dan Diedorf just say Flacco wasn't a rookie because he hit a wide open Derek Mason on the sideline?

Ghost. said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:10:00 PM  

"A come from behinder" - Dierdork

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:12:00 PM  

"I remember when we did the titans earlier this year

and wow a couple long runs for Chris Johnson.

Ghost. said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:12:00 PM  

Guys, I've got the YouTube of the Pacman interview and it'll go up soon.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:13:00 PM  

Can you get it up, like man, in one, two, one and a half, three, minutes man

hollywood wags said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:16:00 PM  

Sheriff Bart Scott!

hollywood wags said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:17:00 PM  

"He had a face full of Bart Scott." -Double D

Also, SHIT! How'd the Ravens not get that?

Bazooka Jones said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:18:00 PM  

@ Hollywood Wags 5:16, that's what she said.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:18:00 PM  

Wags: +1, and the video post is there, boyos.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:20:00 PM  

"Was it firmer? Was it harder? I don't know, but it certainly befuddled Kerry Collins." - Double D

Ladies...

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:21:00 PM  

To offset the fat dude doing yoga in the insurance commercial, check out www.stuff4dudes.com

Mal said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:24:00 PM  

So on that garbage pass on 3rd and long is he now a rookie QB again?

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:26:00 PM  

"You couldn't have done any better with a wedge and have Tiger Woods strike it." - DD

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:26:00 PM  

"Hall a) gets the first down and b) holds onto the ball"

Really? Cuz I saw the ball shoot out but go right out of bounds.

Bazooka Jones said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:32:00 PM  

Something with regard to rest that's never mentioned with the Ravens-- They are at a huge disadvantage to every other playoff team, since they had their bye Week 2, and haven't had a week off since.

Bazooka Jones said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:34:00 PM  

Stay classy, Tennessee.

Way to cheer when an opposing player is hurt.

Bazooka Jones said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:38:00 PM  

DD - Justin Gage looks like a Woody Hayes fullback.

Does he have any comparisons that would be relevant in the past 3 decades?

Mal said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:42:00 PM  

Ed Reed's spirit took over Samari Rolle's body to intercept that pass.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:43:00 PM  

I would find this game entertaining if there wasn't so many penalties.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:45:00 PM  

Kerry Collins puts on his Wrangler jeans and just tries to make a play.

Mal said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:46:00 PM  

From AA, who's listening on the Ravens' radio:

"The titans gamble from their goal line and roll a pair of sevens."

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:51:00 PM  

Is there a reason we're not getting replays but once every 10+ plays?

Bazooka Jones said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:52:00 PM  

MY DICK IS 15 INCHES LONG!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:53:00 PM  

In case anyone is wondering, Thom Brennaman's Wikipedia page has now been protected thanks to the (deserved) vandalism.

His Tebowner is still strong though.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:54:00 PM  

The emergency alert system has now prevented me from watching the game.


Such a dumb idea.


AND I MISS A FUMBLE!!! BLOODY HELL!!

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 5:55:00 PM  

DD "Thats alot of yards for no points"


I see 7 up there for TN

Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:12:00 PM  

Marv Albert:

2nd&11 Balto:
...bumped out of bounds short of a first down.

Yeah, about 10 yards short.

(ameschyt?)

Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:21:00 PM  

Whoa, the ref gets tackled.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:24:00 PM  

Albert on the FG attempt: No good. It was off to the right side.

Whose right?

Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:29:00 PM  

well clearly Harbaugh didn't go to the Andy Reid or Brad Childress school of challenging.

Ghost. said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:29:00 PM  

Stay Classy, Anon 5:53 PM.

And Ghost, John Harbaugh didn't go to the Norv Turner school of challengeing, either.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:38:00 PM  

Chris Johnson sipping some hot G.

Those ads make me wanna switch to PowerAde.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:41:00 PM  

"Again look at the penetration." - DD

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:43:00 PM  

okay, I'm about to say this. No more penetration lines please.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:46:00 PM  

CBS captioning on Johnson:

Ankle crapped -- wrapped on the sideline.

Did they actually say that?

Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:46:00 PM  

Offensive holding.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:46:00 PM  

@ Anon, I hate when my ankle craps, means I have to dip my leg in the toilet. ;)

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:47:00 PM  

This game will end 7-7, and both teams will end up playing the winner of the Chargers/Steelers game.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:49:00 PM  

Rolling a seven can be good or bad so that is a really bad description even without the pair part.

Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:49:00 PM  

Anon 6:46

No they said wrapped. It was probably a typo by the person doing the captioning. There are a lot of typos in the captioning from the ones Ive seen.

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:50:00 PM  

Captioner at NCI in line for a NFL Pammy, mayhaps?

Speaking of post-season Pammys, when will they be announced?

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:50:00 PM  

I like Mason, but he is an all-pro whiner.

Mal said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:51:00 PM  

Jevon Kearse is hurt.....what a surprise.


I hope the fans aren't booing.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:51:00 PM  

Okay, I'll get the line out now.

Sumari Rolle has a groin injury...his own we hope.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:51:00 PM  

go joe flaccid.

Penis Taster said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:51:00 PM  

Are you kidding me? Into double coverage, and we have Football Follies material.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:53:00 PM  

My Ravens pick is looking so awesome.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:53:00 PM  

Haynesworth down. It's a friggin' war of attrition here.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:54:00 PM  

Anon 6:49

There are only six sides to a die, so rolling a pair of sevens cant happen unless youre rolling four of them, and those odds are incredible.

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:54:00 PM  

There will officially be no one playing at the end of the game.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:54:00 PM  

How much luckier can Flacco get?

blindly hucks into double coverage and completes it. That pass was Brett Favre like.

Ghost. said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:55:00 PM  

Anyone notice how many black people they are using for McDonalds commercials?

Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:56:00 PM  

"Clayton is perverted, proverbially last man Standing." - Dierdork


Ravens luckiest team in NFL, another fixed postseason to get them to SB.

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:57:00 PM  

anon 6:56 PM, I see lots of different races in a McDonald's ad...

And the fourth quarter begins at The Woodshed.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:58:00 PM  

@ jg, come on man, the Ravens are earning this, at least they play defense.


Aaaaand field goal time.


10-7 Ravens

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:59:00 PM  

Nice craptastic tackling by Titans.

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 6:59:00 PM  

STAY CLASSY BEE-YOTCH!!!

Anonymous said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:00:00 PM  

"Rigged post-season."

Man, jg if you had it your way, it'd be an Eagles-Ravens Super Bowl.

And that GEICO ad is creepy. Looks like someone at the ad agency picked a good week to take up glue sniffing.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:00:00 PM  

The Big Bang Theory is still on?

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:01:00 PM  

Yes, SSR. Kaley Cuoco is still sofa king hot.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:02:00 PM  

Collins' deep passes are terrible.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:03:00 PM  

Do we have any Ed Reed facts available if he does deo somethiong good?

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:04:00 PM  

That Wal-Mart "We Will Rock You" ad was horrible

RyanMcD29 said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:05:00 PM  

And Gage actually makes a catch

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:06:00 PM  

I found one.

Ed Reed does not sleep. He waits for you.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:06:00 PM  

Ed Reed's farts destroyed the entire city of Omaha.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:06:00 PM  

I'll tell you. If Vince Young was QB in this game, the Ravens would be in trouble.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:06:00 PM  

Gage is being useful this game!

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:07:00 PM  

12-Gage with another catch. Dude's ballin' today. Doesn't hurt that Old Man Collins is gunslinging responsibly, for the most part.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:07:00 PM  

Ed Reed is suing MySpace because that's everything around him.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:07:00 PM  

That was a slick ball.

Okay, getcha mind outta gutter with that line.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:09:00 PM  

Ball security is an issue for the Titans today. Scott leveled Crumpler. No wonder he lost it.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:09:00 PM  

Jim Leonhard is a white safety playing for the Ravens. He tackles Crumpler along with Bart Scott and forces a fumble.


Brian Russell is a white safety playing for the Seahawks. He tackles his own players.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:10:00 PM  

Wow another penalty against the Ravens. What else is new?

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:10:00 PM  

I dont want Ravens in SB, and any team that wins a SB with Billick as coach, Dilfer as QB and a LB who should be in prison for double murder was fixed. It was a going away present for rt "Carpetbagger"
Modell

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:10:00 PM  

Plus three, SSR!

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:10:00 PM  

I thought Flacco stepped out of the end zone.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:12:00 PM  

Well jg, would you like some cheese with that whine? Modell no longer owns the team, Billick works at Fox and Dilfer is on a desert island somewhere.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:12:00 PM  

I also thought Flacco stepped out of the back of the end zone on the 3rd down play. How come no replay/challenge?

Jay said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:14:00 PM  

Yeah it looked like he stepped out, be nice if we could get a replay of it, thanks CBS for being so helpful. ugh.

Ghost. said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:15:00 PM  

Pro Football Weekly is saying that it is unlikely that Captain Incompetent Russell is going to be with the team next year.


On the day where Marshall is pretty much fired and we get a defensive coordinator who is from the Buccaneers, this is the greatest day ever. ;-)

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:15:00 PM  

Dierdorf on the Titans' offensive turnovers: "Tennessee's ball handling has been bad. It's been abysmal."

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:17:00 PM  

Remember, the orange line is unofficial...

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:18:00 PM  

If the Titans weren't turning the ball over so much I would go for it actually.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:19:00 PM  

Did I mention that the orange line was unofficial?

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:20:00 PM  

10-10.

One heckuva battle now that the penalties have subsided somewhat.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:20:00 PM  

Man, that Eastwood line of "Get off my lawn" will never make me think of lawn Guyland Phil at uniwatchblog.com the same way again.

JamesCraven said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:24:00 PM  

Baltimore's problem is getting 0 points off of turnovers.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:25:00 PM  

Joe Flacco has to be wearing a four-leaf clover or some shit. Where the fuck is the delay of game flag?

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:26:00 PM  

Jg may be onto something with this rigged thing.


That was a delay of game.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:26:00 PM  

And a missed delay of game.

so the fix is in.

jg said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:27:00 PM  

If Tennessee loses this game then they should have every right to file a complaint to the NFL on that call.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:28:00 PM  

For all of us tin-foil hats: note flag disparity (although Tennessee earned quite a few of those), the non-safety that probably should have been, and the delay of game call that got botched in a three-point spread.

Fixed is hard to prove, but damn if this doesn't look bad.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:29:00 PM  

Baltimore should've at least tried to get a few more yards passing.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:32:00 PM  

GOOD! Ravens lead so undeservedly.....

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:35:00 PM  

And that's ice.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:39:00 PM  

Amazing.


Ravens win.

SSReporters said...
Jan 10, 2009, 7:39:00 PM  

bad mfn games are worth live blogging but not a playoff game?

Corey said...
Jan 10, 2009, 8:36:00 PM  

CBS was totally abysmal today:
- no replays of any 1st half personal fouls calls
- no replay of the "no safety" call
- they did show the "no delay" call
- for once I was wishing the AFC was on Fox.

My Titans have no reason to complain about calls however - 3 turnovers in the red zone and 12 penalties made the difference!

JandPsDad said...
Jan 10, 2009, 8:50:00 PM  

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