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goal. I would have gone for it per­son­ally, but that’s just me. Fal­cons are now up 17-zip. 2:02 p.m. — Brent Grimes picks off Thig­pen’s pass and re­turns it 30 yards. With only one man to beat and three block­ers, his own guy knocks him down. There are still a lot of empty seats. 2:07 p.m. — Fal­cons are driv­ing. It’s first down from the 12-yard line. If they score here, this game may be over. 2:14 p.m. — Ryan just con­verted a first down to White to the 1-yard line. White took a shot in the process. You could hear that one all the way up here. 2:15 p.m. — Turner scores his sec­ond touch­down of the game. I wish I had him on my fan­tasy team right about now. The Fal­cons now lead 24-0. This is get­ting ugly. 2:18 p.m. - So far my de­ci­sion to sit Tony Gon­za­lez on my fan­tasy team is pay­ing off. He’s still an elite tight end, but Kansas City doesn’t have a quar­ter­back. There isn’t much he can do without one. 2:22 p.m. — Wow, Thig­pen just put a juke on Lawyer Mil­loy that Barry San­ders would be proud of. He picked up 18 yards and Kansas City is mov­ing the ball as time runs down in the first half. 2:23 p.m. — That’s the third time Thig­pen has thrown in­com­plete to Gon­za­lez at his feet. Come on man, Gon­za­lez is 6-foot-5. 2:26 p.m. — An­other in­com­ple­tion by Thig­pen. You can see the Chiefs’ re­ceivers start­ing to get frus­trated. Oh, wait. He fi­nally com­pleted a pass to Gon­za­lez for 12 yards and a first down. 2:29 p.m. — Af­ter a timeout with :08 left in the half, Thig­pen hits Dwayne Bowe for a touch­down on third down. Bowe is do­ing the Dirty Bird in the end zone. I thought the Dirty Bird was dead. Fal­cons lead 24-7. Half­time

What a gig this is. There’s plenty of free grub and a nice lady brings me the stats at the end of each quar­ter. Th­ese guys who cover th­ese teams reg­u­larly have it made. You can tell who they are by their waist­line. Some of th­ese guys look like John­son­vlle brats com­plete with sweaty skin. 2:51 p.m. — The Chiefs look like they are go­ing to make a game out of this af­ter all. Larry John­son just scored from one yard out and the Fal­cons lead is cut to 24-14 with 9:49 re­main­ing in the third quar­ter. Kansas City went 82 yards in nine plays. 3:00 p.m. — Fal­cons are driv­ing. Ryan just scram­bled for 15 yards then hit White for back-to-back first down re­cep­tions. As much grief as the Fal­cons’ brass has taken over some of their re­cent draft picks, White has turned out to be a stud. 3:02 p.m. —- Well, that didn’t take long for the Fal­cons to an­swer. Turner scores his third touch­down and the Fal­cons are back up by 17 at 31-14. 3:08 p.m. — Here’s a ran­dom thought. Gor­don Ely-Kelso, the ex-kicker for Ge­or­gia has Michael Turner on his team in my fan­tasy league. I have no idea how that worked out like that. 3:12 p.m. — The Chiefs are on an­other long drive. They have of­fi­cially wo­ken up and are play­ing foot­ball.

— An­other Chiefs first down. Here we go. 3:16 p.m. — The Fal­cons stopped the drive and the Chiefs missed the field goal. Abra­ham had an­other sack. Here’s an­other ran­dom thought. As cool as the Fal­cons uni­forms look, the Chiefs’ look equally hideous. I think it’s time for a makeover. Start of the fourth quar­ter. 3:22 p.m. — The Chiefs had the ball for 10:24 in that pe­riod but the Fal­cons hung with them on the score­board. Thig­pen looked like Joe Mon­tana, com­plet­ing 5-for-5 passes. 3:23 p.m. — Ryan just hit Jenk­ins for a nice 16-yard gain to pick up the first down. Even more im­pres­sive, Ryan rolled out and hit Jenk­ins on a come­back route. For a big kid, dude can move well. 3:27 p.m. — Fal­cons are forced to punt but Kansas City needs three scores with 10:40 left to play. 3:32 p.m. — Thig­pen threw an­other pass at Gon­za­lez’ feet and the Fal­cons force the Chiefs to punt. 3:33 p.m. — Adam Jen­nings mis­plays the punt and the chiefs re­cover the fum­ble at the Fal­cons’ 41-yard line. This game ain’t over yet. 3:36 p.m. — The chiefs are go­ing for it on fourth dow­nand-1. This could be game if the Fal­cons stop them. 3:37 p.m. — And they can’t stop them. Thig­pen com­pletes a 13-yard pass to Bowe to move the chains. The Chiefs have the ball at the Fal­cons’ 20-yard line. 3:41 p.m. — It’s third-and­goal and the dome is rock­ing – well kind of. I still see at least half the seats empty. The Fal­cons just stopped the Chiefs cold and it looks like Herm Ed­wards is go­ing to go for it on fourth down from the two.

Just to give you an idea of what goes on up here in the box, the guy next to me is check­ing out the cheer­lead­ers through a pair of binoc­u­lars. See, you don’t re­ally have to pay at­ten­tion to the game if you don’t want to. 3:44 p. m. — John­son stopped at the goal line and many of the fans are start­ing to file out. It looks like the Fal­cons are go­ing to move to 2-1. 3:47 p.m. — Just when looked like the Fal­cons would sit on the ball, Jar­ius Nor­wood just broke off a 44-yard run to move the ball to mid­field and give At­lanta a fresh set of downs. Two minute warn­ing 3:53 p.m. — Chris Hous­ton just picked off Thig­pen’s pass at At­lanta’s 7-yard line and walked into the end zone to put the Fal­cons up 38-14 with 1:01 to play. Now Hous­ton is do­ing his best Deion San­ders im­pres­sion. That is the one end zone cel­e­bra­tion that will stand the test of time. 3:56 p.m. — There’s been a Brian Fin­neran sight­ing. He just made a tackle on spe­cial teams. Are you se­ri­ous? Spe­cial teams? Is that what’s come of who was once the Fal­con’s best re­ceiver? 3:57 p.m. — Hous­ton just dropped a sure in­ter­cep­tion for a touch­down. He’s looking more and more like San­ders each play. 3:59 p.m. — That’s game. The Fal­cons de­feat the Chiefs 38-14 and I am now deaf from the fire­works. I’m not sure that’s nec­es­sary but hey, the Fal­cons won. 4:14 p.m. — I found Terrence Moore. He’s stand­ing by Fred Kalil out­side the in­ter­view room. 4:23 p.m. — Every­one sit­ting in the in­ter­view room wait­ing for coach Smith to come in. Arthur Blank just walked in, sat down two seats away from me and asked me how the Giants/Ben­gals game turned out. 4:45 p.m. — In­ter­views are done and it’s time to go home and check out my fan­tasy team.

Un­til next time, so long and don't buy into the gas short­age. The more you think it's a prob­lem, the more you make it a prob­lem. Just let it be.

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