NFL Playoffs–Atlanta and who the hell cares?

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  1. 1
    Corner Stone says:

    Holy shit! NFL on TV does exist!
    Thanks for reminding me!

  2. 2
    billgerat says:

    I care. GO SEAHAWKS!!!!

  3. 3
    Raven says:

    Only the people who care about it.

  4. 4
    billgerat says:

    So far they’re not.

  5. 5
    Raven says:

    @billgerat: The Falcons are severely motivated.

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    Mark S. says:

    I just can’t get behind Atlanta and their coach who looks like Steve Martin. But they’re kicking some ass.

  7. 7
    Yutsano says:

    OI! Watch it Grunt Man!

    Though the Seahacks are being Seahacks so far. Oi.

  8. 8
    Raven says:

    @Mark S.: He’s a really good dude.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    Sounds like Doug Collins in doing the color. Shouldn’t he be coaching the 76ers?

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    c u n d gulag says:

    The Giants didn’t make it, the Dolphins weren’t even close, so I don’t give a sh*t.

    I would like to see the Seahawks beat Atlanta, since I can’t stand the South, even though I don’t like Pete Carrol.

    How many more days before pitchers and catchers?
    I should check my favorite teams website, the NY Yankees, since I’m sure the seniors there know fer sure when the they report, so they know when to get in line for “The Early-bird Specials.”

    It’ll be interesting to see what the Yankees do, with one half of “The Sunshine Boys” just coming back from his ankle injury, and the other one getting ready for hip surgery.

    Are walkers allowed on the Baseball field?

  11. 11
    Raven says:

    @c u n d gulag: Yea and Miami is in the fucking north isn’t it genius? And baseball sucks.

    eta if you look at the crowd you’ll see more African-American folks and any other NFL stadiums by far.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Seahawks O better get their ass in gear.

  13. 13
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Nice catch by Miller

  14. 14
    Yutsano says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Hawks woke up a bit. Now we see if they can capitalise.

    EDIT: Well…shit.

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    Raven says:

    HELLLLLLLL YESSSSSSSS! Carrol is a fucking moron.

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    Joel says:

    Atlanta is the most boring team, ever.

    But if the Patriots make the Superbowl, I’d sure love to see them line up against them.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:


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    Raven says:

    Make it hurt.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Raven: Atlanta is owning the clock, and wearing down the Hawks.

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    Raven says:

    Fuckin A!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. 21
    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: I just loathe Pete so much…

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Roddy White pwns Richard Sherman!!!!

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    BD of MN says:

    This is looking like ND-Bama… Time to go clean the kitchen or something…

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    Yutsano says:

    @Raven: I honestly wasn’t too crazy about the Carroll hire either becuz I’ve loathed U$C forever and a day. But he’s actually put together a semi-decent organisation that has had some success. I think we’ll be holding on to him for a couple years yet.

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    JPL says:

    @Yutsano: And I wish them luck as long as the Falcons continue to beat the living…….. out of them.

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    jayboat says:

    Misunderestimate the Falcons at your own peril, suckas.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Not to pull a Cole and go all Captain Obvious but…the Seahawks really need 7 right here.

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    JPL says:

    @Corner Stone: They are moving the ball but to no avail. Hope they don’t score now though.

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    Yutsano says:

    @JPL: That was a weird timeout by ATL…

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    Corner Stone says:


  31. 31
    FlipYrWhig says:

    Seattle looks a right mess.

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    JPL says:

    @Corner Stone: Atlanta is surprising me and I watched them all season long.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Looks like Jim Mora is coaching Seajokes or is it Dennis Erickson?

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    Joel says:

    Russell Wilson < Colin Kapernick

    @Mr Stagger Lee:


  35. 35
    Yutsano says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Ugh. I’m done. Wake me when the bleeding stops.

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    c u n d gulag says:

    I can’t help it with the Dolphins.
    Back when the Giants sucked in the late 60’s, I fell in love with another really horrible team – one whose Head Coach had his son as his QB.
    And then, they became GREAT for a few years!
    FSM, how I wish Marino had won at least ONE SB!!!

    Having said all of that, there’s NO WAY Miami is as “Southern” a city as Atlanta!

    That’s my story – and I’m stickin’ to it! :-)

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    @jayboat: Either they are playing 11-dimension chess trying to confuse the Falcons D, or they are imploding.

    Let’s see if the half-time break mixes up some magic, that’s what it will take to save these hapless sea birds.

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    Yutsano says:

    @c u n d gulag: Miami is many things. A Southern city is not one of them.

    It is, however, pink. Very very very pink.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    marshawn is in get beats mode

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    Does Seattle as a team have a nasty, braggart attitude, or is that just Sherman?

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    Colin Kaepernick is omniracial.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    Colin Kaepernick seems, ah, how do I put this? A little slow.

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    billgerat says:

    So far the Seahawks have been the Seasucks. Both sides of the line need to snap the fark out of it.

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    JPL says:

    @c u n d gulag: When I first moved to the Atlanta area, it was pretty progressive but that was in the late eighties.

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    c u n d gulag says:

    And, THAT, is cool!

    But, wtf do I know?
    I lived in the East Village of NYC, where EVERY night is Holloween!

    And the nearby West Village, is the King/Queen/Prince/Princess of PINK!
    Ok, I’ll admit – maybe SF can give the West Village a run for it…

  46. 46
    Just Some Fuckhead says:


    Colin Kaepernick is omniracial.

    he’s part tortoise, part hare.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I think he’s also part praying mantis.

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    c u n d gulag says:

    I went to Atlanta on business a few times in the 00’s, and found that, in a many areas, it was a pretty cool city for a variety of people.
    I hated the traffic, but I found some really cool people there.

    So, sorry if I offended anyone.
    I wasn’t there often enough, or long enough, to really be able to give a knowledgeable opinion.
    My bad…

  49. 49
    Just Some Fuckhead says:


    I think he’s also part praying mantis.

    there’s no proof of that

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I think I saw an antenna poking out from the earhole of his helmet.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    The Seahawks best hope: Hubris.

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    billgerat says:


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    Joel says:

    @FlipYrWhig: It’s the defense, but Richard Sherman is definitely the ringleader. Typical Stanford prick.

  54. 54
    Joel says:

    @FlipYrWhig: It’s the defense, but Richard Sherman is definitely the ringleader.

    Typical Stanford prick.

    I jest, I jest!

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Darrell Bevell welcome to the game I am so glad you could join us with your play calling.

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    Raven says:

    @c u n d gulag: Nah, it’s all bullshit. I lived over there for a couple of years when I was at Tech and never got much of a feel for it. Athens isn’t part of Atlanta, Georgia or the south for that matter.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Joel: the announcers all keep saying that Russell Wilson has “a lot of confidence.” I always feel like that’s a sports-media way of saying “is an asshole.”

  58. 58
    Raven says:

    @Joel: You sound like my late great father.

  59. 59
    Hobbes says:

    Soonergrunt, off topic, but are you playing Empire or Republic?

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    Tony Gonzalez has the skin of a much younger man.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:


    Tony Gonzalez has the skin of a much younger man.

    a few of them actually. he’s spends all his spare time trying to create the perfect body suit

  62. 62
    Raven says:

    @Hobbes: Soonergrunt wanted nothing to do with this thread.

  63. 63
    c u n d gulag says:

    He keeps a painting of himself in the attic – and there, he looks like Betty White on steroids.

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    Raven says:

    Great fake!!!!!!

  65. 65
    Raven says:

    So this guy Sherman is the greatest thing since sliced something huh?

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Well at least the the loudmouth 49er fans will get their comeuppance at the Georgia Dome next week. Lot of people owe the Falcons some apologies and some crow to eat. Pass the chipolte sauce.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Somebody call Sea-Tac and ask if the plane carrying the Seahawks defense is ready to takeoff for ATL.

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    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: The Falcons had run into the hottest teams three years in a row and Seattle seemed to be the same. Never mind that Atlanta has handled the Hawks pretty handily recently.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: it puts the lotion on its skin.

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    Raven says:

    @Corner Stone: Maybe they better divert to McChord!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    The Seahawks are moving the ball quickly down the field about 2 1/2 quarters too late.

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    Hobbes says:

    @Raven: Nevermind, I’ll ask again later.

  73. 73
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    is it me or is russell wilson a little undersized to be playing qb in the nfl

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    @Just Some Fuckhead: I think the whole height thing about QBs is bunk. Drew Brees ain’t exactly a tall guy, either. Neither was Flutie.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @PsiFighter37: Drew Brees is about 6’1. Russell Wilson goes to bed every night praying the FSM will stretch him two inches so he can be a legit 5’11.
    Big, big difference.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Okay, well maybe it’s still a game. That was a dumb throw by Matt Ryan. Seahawks can make it a game yet if they get down the field quickly again.

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    Yutsano says:

    Well now…THAT was interesting…

  78. 78
    Comrade Jake says:

    @PsiFighter37: you counter with Flutie? Seriously?

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    Corner Stone says:

    Nasty broken play.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:


    I think the whole height thing about QBs is bunk. Drew Brees ain’t exactly a tall guy, either. Neither was Flutie.

    completely with you up until this game. but now it’s clearly an issue. unless they can figure out a way to win.

  82. 82
    Corner Stone says:

    There it is.

  83. 83
    JPL says:

    the seahawks want a game.. sh.t sh.t sh.t sh.t

  84. 84
    Comrade Jake says:

    Good. Glad to see Seattle make a game of it.

  85. 85
    freelancer says:

    Well this just got interesting.

  86. 86
    billgerat says:

    It’s finally a ballgame now.

  87. 87
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Zach Miller has been earning his paycheck this game, as well as last week.

  88. 88
    Raven says:

    All the Falcons have to do is score.

  89. 89
    Corner Stone says:

    That #68 for SEA has got some hangtime, yo.

  90. 90

    Hopefully the plane from Seattle landed with the defensive squad – if ever there was time to show up, ’tis now.

    ETA: Looks like somebody got the memo. Would be fun if this turned into an upset, no tie game today.

  91. 91
    Heliopause says:

    Difference in the game is someone who isn’t even playing, Chris Clemons. With him they have a somewhat consistent pass rush threat, without him they have absolutely nobody who even knows what pass rushing is except Irvin, and he is woefully inconsistent. Note also how poor Irvin is at holding the edge on runs.

    As I type this the Seahawks get a turnover and a quick score.

  92. 92
    c u n d gulag says:

    HOLY SH*T! ! !

    The Seahawks, in “The Battle of the Birds,” are within a TD!

    I have not led a good enough life for a team from the West Coast, a Liberal enclave, in a state with a lot of White Supremacist groups, to beat Atlanta!

    Oh, FSM, is it possible for them to beat the Atlanta Crackers, AND have Barney Frank in the Senate for a few months?

  93. 93
    Raven says:

    Ryan is throwing off his back foot.WTF?

  94. 94
    Raven says:

    Quick, the Georgia heimlich!!!!

  95. 95
    Batocchio says:

    And now we have a game…

  96. 96
    Corner Stone says:


    Difference in the game is someone who isn’t even playing, Chris Clemons.

    Thank the Redskins owner for that. Their field is an absolute disgrace and most likely caused CC’s injury.

  97. 97
    The Dangerman says:

    Bigger chokejob; Denver or Atlanta? I didn’t think I’d see such butt puckering two days in a row.

  98. 98
    Raven says:

    Knock the shit out of em and don’t tackle em, great.

  99. 99
    Corner Stone says:

    @Raven: Do you mean the Big Game Bob Stoops patented Double Throat Wrap ™ method?

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    Yutsano says:

    @The Dangerman: They ain’t choked yet. And the Seahacks are masters of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

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    billgerat says:

    The Seattle D just got off the plane.

  102. 102
    Raven says:

    @Corner Stone: What ever would clear the windpipe!

  103. 103
    Corner Stone says:

    @The Dangerman: That safety for DEN should have been cut before he left the locker room yesterday.
    /Comic Book Guy

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    Raven says:

    Hold them just long enough to run the fucking clock out and lose.

  105. 105
    Raven says:

    28 get your dancin ass back into the huddle.

  106. 106
    Raven says:

    This is the worst down possible for Atl, 3 and 10.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    let’s go ahead and wait to mail the atlanta apologies

  108. 108
    Yutsano says:

    Jeebus Russ just get fucking ten at a time!

    And why did ATL take a timeout??

  109. 109
    Corner Stone says:

    You see how he Randle Cunningham’s backward in a semi-circle? That’s so he can actually see a throwing lane over his linemen.

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    Channeling Tom Hanks: WILSOOOONNNNNN!

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    Channeling Tom Hanks: WILSOOOONNNNNN!

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    Raven says:

    @Yutsano: One might say that about the Falcons.

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    Raven says:

    Well, me of little faith!

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    Comrade Jake says:

    Could we be headed for another OT game?

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    after the cats and horses got dumped out of the playoffs, we’re left with american icons versus birds. this means something, i’d bet.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Corner Stone:

    That safety for DEN should have been cut before he left the locker room yesterday.

    Biggest brain cramp in a big game I can recall; I can’t imagine the amount of Pepto Bismol sold in Denver last night.

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    Heliopause says:

    @Corner Stone:

    You mean someone other than RG III participated in that game?

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    Corner Stone says:

    Sha-HOOOOG 3rd down coming.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    OK Seahawk “O” don’t fuck this up.

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    Raven says:

    Come on, pick!!

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    The Dangerman says:

    Matt Ryan’s butt hole now measure in nanometers; what a short arm throw.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: And don’t rush it. You have three minutes dammit. Use. Them.

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    Raven says:

    Measure that shit.

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    Corner Stone says:

    First name, Russell. Last Name, Wilson.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @The Dangerman: Matty Ice is squeezing out ice cubes over on the sideline.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Damn, now THIS is a game. Imagine if Seattle hadn’t pissed away 6 gimme points in the first half.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Triple coverage 40 yards down field isn’t my first choice…

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    Corner Stone says:


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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    i’m practically mesmerized by those snazzy green shoes.

  132. 132
    PsiFighter37 says:

    After this, one may have to ask if Matt Ryan can buy himself a playoff win. Goddamn…2 yards away from a 20-point comeback in the 4th quarter.

  133. 133
    Comrade Jake says:

    @Comrade Jake: my bad.

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    Raven says:

    draw comin

  135. 135
    Vico says:

    The Falcons went all Falcons on us.

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    freelancer says:

    WOW. Just WOW

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    Corner Stone says:

    [BEAST GASP!!]

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    billgerat says:


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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    who dey

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    I think Lynch was in before he fumbled, but nice grab by #50 anyway.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    That is a freaky fumble there, but I think that it’s a touchdown for Seattle, no matter what?

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    Joel says:

    Ho lee shit.

    Pete Carroll is jacked and pumped.

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    Raven says:

    What’s Billick talking about?

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    Raven says:

    Can’t fumble forward into the endzone. Casper.

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    The Dangerman says:


    That is a freaky fumble there, but I think that it’s a touchdown for Seattle, no matter what?

    I think the Dave Casper rule applies.

    ETA: Or what Raven said.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    When does a center becomes a hero, MAX UNGEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!

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    Nerull says:

    That is a close call. Lynch may have gotten it in, but he needs to work on protecting the ball.

    Apparently if it is a forward fumble recovered by another player they cannot score with it.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Gotta feel bad for the Falcons fans. There’s going to be a spike of alcohol intake after this one.

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    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: No, it’s a Lynch TD.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Beast Mode!!!!!!!!

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    Hey, Falcons just need a field goal, right?

  152. 152
    Badmoodman says:

    Remove all sharp objects from the Falcons’ locker room.

    ….oh, wait…..

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    Corner Stone says:

    I think that’s the right call.

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    Nerull says:

    And to think I stopped really watching the game early in the first half. What a comeback.

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    Joel says:

    This is karmic payback for perfect Gary Anderson shanking his first FG of the season in the NFC championship game.

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    Raven says:

    @PsiFighter37: Atlanta is one of the worst front runnin cities there is. Witness the shitty playoff ticket sales for the Braves. No one is from there.

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    billgerat says:

    Never say die.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Both Ryan and Smith look like they’re having a major sad.

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    c u n d gulag says:

    HOLY SH*T!

    Seattle just went ahead!

    YAY! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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    freelancer says:

    Earlier stat said only the Bills came back from as big a deficit in the post season. In ’93. I remember that game and I was 11 at the time.

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    Nerull says:

    Payton Manning would kneel here, right?

  162. 162
    Raven says:

    @c u n d gulag: What are you on dial-up?

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    Yutsano says:

    Protip Carroll: THEY’RE. GONNA. PASS.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Well, that’s a good start on one pass. Seattle’s secondary has got to play a little tighter than that.

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    Corner Stone says:


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    Just Some Fuckhead says:


    Payton Manning would kneel here, right?

    only if there wasn’t time left to throw an interception

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    Raven says:

    Well goddamn.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    I feel like they called timeout a bit too quickly…shouldn’t they have let the clock bleed out to 3 seconds to kick?

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    billgerat says:

    I guess that goes for Atlanta too.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:


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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Haha, and Bryant shanked that FG after the timeout was called. Damn

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    Raven says:

    Size up WHAT, it’s fucking indoors!

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    Hate that timeout call. I’ve yet to see it affect a kicker at all.

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    Nerull says:

    Good job on that timeout, Pete.

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    Corner Stone says:

    Damn interesting game.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    alright, let’s get those apologies to atlanta mailed.

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    freelancer says:

    WOW. Best game I’ve seen all year.

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    Raven says:

    Well I’ll be dipped in a big vat of chicken shit!

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    Nicely done, Atlanta, have fun getting crushed by the ‘Niners.

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    Joel says:

    Man, if I were a Seahawks fan, I’d be awfully mad about that phantom timeout.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    yep, just like i thought, undersized.

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    chopper says:

    who called that time out?

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    billgerat says:

    Kill the f*cker who called that timeout!

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    Raven says:

    @Joel: Be mad that your nickle-dime, high school, chicken shit coach called it.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    And Atlanta screwed up the kickoff. Dumb, dumb play…

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    freelancer says:

    Carroll called the timeout. They showed it in replay. He walked over to the side judge and said something audibly and then the judge signaled timeout.

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    Joel says:

    Genius special teams call. I have never seen that before.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    i seem to recall seattle can’t run a play in under 9 seconds.

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    Raven says:

    @freelancer: Like I said.

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    chopper says:



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    Raven says:

    Julio Jones with the Pick!

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    Double choke.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    i’d like to switch my who dey please

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    Nerull says:

    Things I learned from Fox:

    The Seahawks are now the team to beat.

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    Joel says:

    Now the REAL fun begins.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    Well, Atlanta hangs on. The ATL coach looks like he’s about to burst into tears…really?

    That said, I would have to take Kaepernick & Co. to put the hurt on next weekend.

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    Joel says:

    Now the REAL fun begins.

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    Raven says:

    @chopper: He’s a cheap shot asshole.

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    Raven says:

    @PsiFighter37: If you lived here you would ask “really”.

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    JPL says:


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    The Dangerman says:

    Nice timeout, Pete.

    Nice onsides kick, Atlanta. Damn, if Seattle had kicked a field goal after an onsides, Atlanta woulda burned like Sherman.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Raven: Well a good game, I hope the Falcons stomp the 49ers

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    Raven says:

    @The Dangerman: It wasn’t and onside kick it was a squib he fucked up.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I’ll never forgive Pete Carroll for forcing me to root for ATL next week against The Harbaughs.

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    Raven says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: I don’t see em stompin anyone but they might have a shot.

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    billgerat says:

    That timeout killed any hope we had. The Hawks were the Hacks again.

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    I can haz new open thread for Texans-Pats?

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    Raven says:

    Bryant knew the timeout was called before he kicked the ball and he pulled up. It’s bullshit to try to say that the schmuck coach lost it on that.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @Corner Stone:

    I’ll never forgive Pete Carroll for forcing me to root for ATL next week against The Harbaughs.

    you may wanna think about leaving the country for the harbowl

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @billgerat: Pete Carroll wears the goat horns. I can’t wait to hear the excuse. Any one but the Ravens is my picks(I am a disgruntled Browns Fan for the record)

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    Heliopause says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    Supposedly the Eagles interviewed Gus Bradley, who single-handedly lost this game for Seattle. Wonder if they still want him.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    i think not scoring for the first two quarters might have just as much to do with the seattle loss but honestly, i don’t know all the intricacies of football.

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    Raven says:

    Every team calls a timeout in that situation. EVERY TEAM.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I’m wondering why SEA Team Six Defense ziplined in for two quarters and then ex-filtrated the stadium with 30 seconds left.

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    billgerat says:

    Trying to ice the kicker has always been a stupid ploy in my opinion. It doesn’t work.

    Yes, anyone but the Ravens. Much as I hate to say it, I hope the 49ers kick some Falcon ass.

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    Raven says:

    @Corner Stone: Their mouths wrote a check their asses couldn’t cash.

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    @Mr Stagger Lee: ?

    My good sir, this coming from The Land of Glanville?

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    Raven says:

    @billgerat: Ba fungul.

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    Short Bus Bully says:

    So sad for my Hawks, but so proud of RW1. Matt Ryan as the player of the game?

    DAFUQ? Did those shitheads even watch the game??

    The ascendancy of Russell Wilson continues unabated…

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    Raven says:

    @Short Bus Bully: Last drive is all that mattered.

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    billgerat says:


    Yes, but it wasn’t the can of whoop ass you predicted. I hope Seattle can bolster their D in the off season. Another pass rusher would be nice, and someone who can stop a no-name from running. Lynch got out-Lynched by Atlanta.

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    Raven says:

    @billgerat:Just win baby.

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    patrick II says:

    Kickers everywhere should thank opposing Coaches who give the Kicker a chance to take an on playing field Practice kick•

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    JWL says:

    “Who Cares”?

    I care. Both teams earned their way into playing this game. It’s an NFL playoff game, for crying out loud.

    Memo from my own “be careful what you wish for department”: as a Niner fan, I’m glad Seattle lost. Any time teams square off twice a season (and the Seagulls kicked the Niners collective ass last month) W-L records are far less a factor going into any game- much less in an NFC championship duel.

    Go Niners!

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Bob In Portland: I am a Browns transplant living in Tacoma so I am following the Seahawks, it is nice to get that playoff passion since I haven’t had that loving feeling in ages, and it may be more. But no but HELL NO do I want the Ravens get another trophy, even if it means the Steelers get 10 more. My hate is eternal :-)

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    JWL says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Your little smiley face (:-) aside, will you admit to thinking “Good!” when news of Art Modell’s death reached your ears?

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    Short Bus Bully says:

    Can I just mention how much I fucking HATE prevent defenses? Holy shit. Two passes, eleventy billion yards and a field goal in <.0000002 seconds.


    Play some real D, it got you that far.

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    Nerull says:

    @Raven: That every team does it makes it no less moronic. A few more seconds on the clock is far more valuable than giving the opposing kicker an extra warmup kick.

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    Raven says:

    @Nerull: And how much money do YOU make coaching football there genius?

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    kindness says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    But no but HELL NO do I want the Ravens get another trophy

    Don’t worry, the Niners have your back.

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    Eric says:

    It was a fitting end since the Hawks over rated D gave up last minute drives all year and cost them 3 wins (AZ, DET and Miami)

    It is actually a testament to how good their LBs and DBs are that they can be so good overall with such a lousy line.

    Funny watching Smith and Carroll both making bonehead play calls, just she’s that ultimately only one coach an blow it.

    And whatever idiots above we’re calling Wilson over rated, uh where are you now?

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    Short Bus Bully says:

    Sadly, you’re right. Our D line stinks. Our pass rush is non-existent. Our blitz packages are about as predictable as my three year old’s response to bed time.

    Russell Wilson unlocked HEROIC status today.

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    Nerull says:

    The Texans are going to have a hard time winning this game if their defense can’t be bothered to line up before the snap.

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    Lancelot Link says:

    So, looking forward to the Harbaugh bowl? I know I am!

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    Nerull says:

    @Raven: Like being terrified of the prospect of ever going for it on 4th down, coaches do many things because they’re expected to, and don’t want to face criticism rather than because it wins games. The stats don’t back up it being a good idea.

    In an analysis over seasons 2001-2009, researchers determined that iced kickers accuracy improves on the second attempt. It’s stupid and pointless. The only reason they do it so the papers the next day don’t scream WHY DIDN’T HE ICE THE KICKER OMG

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    kindness says:

    @Lancelot Link: Not really. The Ravens kicked our ass the last time we played. I suspect the Niners would do the job though, if only to soothe Mr. Stagger Lee’s soul.

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    Liquid says:

    Second-place steak knife. I swear to God.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    Kicker got him to the ground. An extra fifteen yards is a small price to pay.

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    Raven says:

    @Nerull: It’s not all as cut and dried as that:

    A study was also undertaken by Scott Berry, a statistician and the former chairman of the Statistics in Sports section of the American Statistical Association, and Craig Wood, a biostatistician and the Henry Hood Center for Health Research Pillar Award winner, which was published in 2004 in the journal Chance.[2] Berry and Wood looked at every field-goal attempt made in the 2002 and 2003 NFL seasons, including playoffs, and concluded that, for “pressure kicks” – those made with 3 minutes or less remaining in the game or overtime period which would tie the game or put the kicking team in the lead – in the 40-55 yard range, icing the kicker caused the percentage of successful attempts to drop by about ten percent for an average kicker on a sunny day. On shorter kicks, the effect was found to be negligible.[1][3][4] However, the statistical significance of the difference found – which amounted to four kicks out of 39 attempts – has been questioned,[5] and an examination by Nick Stamms of STATS, Inc. found that “pressure kicks” (defined as above except within two minutes, not three) in the NFL regular season from 1991 to 2005 showed an insignificant difference between non-iced kicks (457 out of 637, or 71.7%) and iced kicks (152 out of 211 or 72%).[6]

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @JWL: When he lost his wife the year or so before, I felt compassion, to lose one’s life partner, I did lose that animosity, I guess it was a case of hating the sin not the sinner, at the time of his death. That aside I hate the Ravens at least until the Browns win the Super Bowl. I am like a Brooklyn Dodgers fan when the LA Dodgers were good, until the Mets won. (if the Dodger fans learned to love the Mets)

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    Schlemizel says:


    I wonder if the D made noises about icing the kicker & the coach stood right next to the side judge as if he were going to call time out what are the odds the kicker expects to be called & doesn’t hit the kick well. Seems about as useful as calling the TO

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    Raven says:

    @Schlemizel: Not sure, it was fun to watch Pete whine and then lose!

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    Joel says:

    I believe there was forward progress on that interception.

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    JWL says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Hey, Stagger, I should have added one of those stupid little smiley faces to that question. It was just me going for a laugh.

    After all, it is just a dumb game (albeit one I love).

    I’m with Bill Simmons (of ESPN) on this one. You’re stuck rooting for the team of your inheritance, unless that team bails on the city.

    That said, if I had been a Browns fan when Modell split town with the team, I would have reacted in cold blooded fashion to his passing. I wouldn’t have thought, “good”, either. But I would have felt… indifferent.

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    Joel says:

    Hey, new thread?

    For what it’s worth, Wade Phillips might need a crib sheet to remind him of quarterbacks who you do not blitz:

    I’ll help him out:

    1) Peyton Manning
    2) Tom Brady

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    Kathy says:

    OK the tread police arrived! This one is looking like a 300 comment thread.

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    Svensker says:

    I hate the Pats.

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    Oltrol says:

    I just showed up to say:

    Sam Kinison style!

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    Nerull says:

    Bill Belichick looked like he really didn’t want to be there. I’ve never seen a coach with the lead look so pissed off the entire game. Even after the end.

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    2liberal says:

    why isn’t there a Patriots NFL thread? For all commentators – as a Patriots fan I thank you for your support.

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    JWL says:

    @2liberal: Football dynasties have no friends, outside their fans. That’s a law.

    I also predict a Ravens victory next week.

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    2liberal says:

    there is a guy at work a couple desks away – a huge Denver fan. I wonder if he will come in tomorrow.

    I would rather have the Patriots face the Ravens at home than Denver away.

    The Pats D seems to be coming along —

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