May 17, 2009

USFFL - Super Bowl VIII - (2007)

In a Super Bowl that will go down in USFFL history the Patriots pulled out a nail biter on a last second 51 yard Gostkowski FG to deny the Seahawks and Dennis (Lombardi) Crowley of a three peat.

Recap below; Dennis, as would be expected, coached a great game and maximized his team's abilities after losing Shaun Alexander early in the game. The Seahawks were able to run the ball throughout the game as both Morris and Weaver played well and they also contained NE's running game despite constant double teaming of Moss and Welker. However, NE avoided the turnover and had zero penalties. Both teams had a kick return for a TD and TOP ended up relatively even. All said, quite a game - I am glad we can turn now to a more docile SOM baseball season.

Q1: Seattle takes opening drive 86 yards in 12 plays, converting multiple third downs and ending with a Leonard Weaver 7 yard run to go up 7-0. NE responds by going 60 yards in 4+ minutes to even things up on a Brady to Moss dump-off to tie things up, 7-7. Both teams then trade punts and the quarter ends, 7-7.

Q2: Seahawks drive deep into NE territory and settle for a short Josh Brown field goal to retake the lead, 10-7. Pats answer quickly with a short field goal of their own to knot game at 10. Seattle continues to mix up their offense and eat up over 5 minutes of clock; drive stalls out but Brown converts his second FG and Seattle moves ahead 13-10. Ensuing kickoff is 2 yards deep into endzone but Willie Andrews brings it to the house pushing Patriots back on top, 17-13 with under 2 minutes to go in half. Seattle again has double digit play drive against swiss cheese NE defense, ending in a 48 yarder from Brown to close the half, 17-16, New England.

Q3: Pats go quickly three and out to open third quarter. Morris then coughs up a fumble deep in Seahawk territory; the D stiffens but Gostkowski converts a 32 yarder and Pats lead 20-16. Seahawks respond like defending champs with a 5 play, 80 yard drive culminating with a Weaver 5 yard scamper. Patriots quickly forced to punt as Brady loses his aim and Nate Burleson brings it back 83 yards to put the Seattle squad up, 30-20. Pats suck it up and put together a 76 yard drive that ends with Brady hitting Maroney in the back of the end zone with a 12 yard pass, 30-27 Seahawks at the end of 3.

Q4: Seattle fumbles on the first play from scrimmage to start the 4th and NE takes advantage with a Brady to Brady 3 yard toss to go ahead, 34-30. Seattle burns over 6 minutes on 15 plays, driving to the NE 2, but has to settle for a short FG from Brown to cut the lead to one, 34-33. Patriots come back with an impressive 10 play drive, on a 3rd down red zone call Brady again finds Maroney for a TD strike and the XP pushes lead to 41-33 with 1:30 remaining and Seattle down to one timeout. On the first play of the drive Leonard Weaver fumbles after a short gain, he then picks up his fumble and goes 63 yards down to the NE two as the (premature) New Hampshire partying comes to an end. Engram gets wide open on the next play and Hasselback finds him to close the gap to 41-39. Mack Strong goes around the end for a two point conversion with 45 seconds left to even the square again, at 41 all. Following the kickoff Patriots start at their 36 and spread the field over 6 plays getting down to the 34 with one tick left. Gostkowski is only good on "2" from this range but NE elects to kick; the random FG rule again takes effect and the kick is good from 51 yards out as the clock expires, Patriots 44-41. After the AFC championship game and this game it is time for a cold beer.