|Bob @ the Game|
years ago, with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, entitled "As Good As It Gets," and just about settled on plagiarizing the title. Even though the game was somewhat slow and dull, it still held meaning for both teams. A field goal had been added to a super 43-yard touchdown run by DeAngelo Williams just before halftime, and the score stood 10-6 Panthers. While I had been previously tentative about being confident of a victory, now our team had a four-point lead. And the defense was playing extremely well today. I was thinking how "good" it would be if we just held on another quarter and eked out a win.
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And then it happened. Not a cloud. Not a rainstorm. Not a shower. But it still came like an unexpected hurricane. The final five minutes of this game were like an eternity.
In the middle of the fourth quarter, the Saints were pinned down inside the five-yard line by a great Panthers punt. Everything seemed wonderful, except the Saints started to move the ball downfield. One by one, QB Drew Brees' passes were completed for short to medium-length gains. Plays that were not working all game long were suddenly succeeding. The ball came all the way down to the Panthers 9-yard line, and I thought, "we can hold 'em". They may get a field goal, but we'll keep them from crossing the goal line. Well, two plays later, my feelings had suddenly changed, as the Saints scored and had actually taken the lead, 13-10.
|"Riverboat Ron"- ESPN|
The rest is sorta "history," as they say. It was the most unbelievable 32 seconds of football that I had ever witnessed. At least that I can remember.
Here's some Video Highlights of the game.. from YouTube..
a bit better than my videos..
|Hixon's catch: ESPN Photo|
MY NEW FRIENDS & FANS --JASON & DILLON-- WHOOPING IT UP!
[If you guys are reading & watching this.. sorry the video is sideways.. I'm gonna get that fixed soon!]
|Luke Kuechly- Yahoo Photo|
YES.. this was about "as Great as it Gets".. however, I'm hoping for even BETTER. Is that too much to expect? Well.. not from this fan. I am a believer. And I'll keep believing until the very end. Let's all hope the end doesn't happen until February.