The Tony Corrente Show
It's the playoffs. 60 minutes till we're either done, or hosting the Ravens. I hope for the latter. I'm not counting anything before it's over, though, given the Denver and Atlanta games and how tight they both were.
We do have Simms and Nantz, cause rather than do the 1 seed game, they wanted to annoy me and do the Pats. Thrill. Tony Corrente is the ref.
Texans D1: Start at the Pats 12. Great return. We saw Denver do this twice, so, it's not a worry. McCourty saved the TD
1st and 10: Foster, 3
2nd and 7: Schaub to Casey, incomplete
3rd and 7: Schaub to Johnson, well overthrown.
4th and 7: 27 yard FG good. 3-0. Good job D.
Pats D1: Start at the 19
1st and 10: Woodhead, 0. Watt with the play
2nd and 10: Brady to Welker, 8
3rd and 2: Brady to Lloyd, incomplete. Joseph was on Lloyd's back, but I think it was a good non call.
4th and 2: Punt
Texans D2: Start at the 17. Mesko had a monster punt.
1st and 10: Schaub to Daniels, 10
1st and 10: Schaub to Johnson, 10
1st and 10: Schaub to Foster on a screen, 13, missed holding call vs the Texans.
1st and 10: Foster, -1
2nd and 11: Schaub to Johnson, overthrow
3rd and 11: Schaub to Daniels, 6
4th and 5: Punt
Pats D2: Start at the 12.
1st and 10: Brady to Hernandez, 4
2nd and 6: Brady to Hernandez, 7
1st and 10: Vereen, -1. Barwin with the play.
2nd and 11: Brady to Gronk, caught oob. So close.
3rd and 11: Brady to Welker, 11!
1st and 10: Brady sacked by Watt and Reid, -9
2nd and 19: Brady to Welker, screen, 11
3rd and 8: Brady to Welker, dropped. He was wide open, huge drop.
4th and 8: Punt.
At this point, Woodhead is questionable with a thumb injury and Gronk and Barwin both were hurt this drive.
Texans D3: Start at the 20
1st and 10: Schaub to Johnson, 14
1st and 10: Foster, 2
2nd and 8: Schaub to Johnson, incomplete
3rd and 8: Schaub to Foster, Mayo defended the pass!
4th and 8: Punt
Pats D3: Start at the 35
1st and 10: Ridley, 14
1st and 10: Ridley, -2. James with the play.
2nd and 12: Brady to Ridley, 13
1st and 10: Brady to Vereen, 25. He put a sweet move on James.
1st and 10: Brady to Hernandez, 14.
1st and goal: Vereen, 1, TD! 7-3 Pats.
Texans D4: Start at the 20
1st and 10: Schaub to Johnson, 16
1st and 10: Foster, -2. Gangtackle
2nd and 12: Schaub to Foster, screen, 12.
End of the first. No penalties called yet. We lead 7-3
1st and 10: Foster, 0, Wilfork blows it up.
2nd and 10: Schaub to Daniels, way overthrown
3rd and 10: Schaub to Daniels, incomplete.
4th and 10: Punt.
Pats D4: Start at the 15, Gronk is questionable to return. Barwin is back for Houston.
1st and 10: Ridley, 2
2nd and 8: Brady to Welker, bad pass
3rd and 8: Brady to Welker, 30
1st and 10: Vereen, 22
1st and 10: Vereen, 8
2nd and 2: Brady to Welker, high, off his hands
3rd and 2: Vereen, 6. Made Barwin miss in the backfield!
1st and 10: Brady to Lloyd, low, incomplete. Lloyd called for unsportsmanlike after the play. Terrible call!
2nd and 25: Brady to Vereen, screen, 12
3rd and 13: Brady to Hernandez, incomplete
4th and 13: 37 yard FG good. 10-3 Pats
Lloyd was called for unsportsmanlike for 'throwing the ball at the game official.' Replay showed that Lloyd tossed the ball to the nearest ref, about 10 yards away. It was a terrible throw, which came in high, but it was not a penalty. Terrible call and a 15 year ref like Tony Corrente, should know that. Playoff refs cannot make mistakes like that.
Texans D5: Start at the 20
1st and 10: Schaub to Johnson, 13
1st and 10: Foster, 7
2nd and 3: Foster, -2. Ninkovitch with the play. Negated by holding on Newton.
2nd and 13: Schaub to Posey, 24
1st and 10: Schuab to Daniels, defended by Gregory
2nd and 10: Schaub to Posey, -3. Hightower with the play on a screen.
3rd and 13: Schaub to Graham, 5.
Pats Timeout 1
4th and 8: Punt
Pats D5: Start at the 20
1st and 10: Ridley, 0, Watt with the play
2nd and 10: Brady to Welker, defended by Jackson
3rd and 10: Brady to Welker, 13
1st and 10: Brady to Lloyd, 7
2nd and 3: Ridley, 5
1st and 10: Brady to Welker, 47
1st and goal: Brady to Vereen, 7, TD! 17-3 Pats
Texans D6: Start at the Pats 47 after a good return and a correct horsecollar on Gostkowski
1st and 10: Foster, 21
1st and 10: Foster, 19. Where did the D go?
1st and goal: Foster, 1
Two minute warning
2nd and goal: Foster, 5
3rd and goal: Foster, 1, TD ruled, reviwed and upheld. Bad call #2. Reverse angle clearly showed that he as not in. 17-10 Pats
Pats D6: Start at the 26.
1st and 10: Vereen, 4
2nd and 6: Brady to Hernandez, dropped
3rd and 6: Brady to Hernandez, incomplete. Watt with pressure.
4th and 6: Punt. Keo hits Mesko, and Corrente picks up the flag. Another bad call. #3
Texans D7: Start at the 37
1st and 10: Schaub to Casey, 9. Houston timeout #1
2nd and 1: Schuab to Daniels. 12? Houston timeout #2
1st and 10: Schaub to Daniels, incomplete
2nd and 10: Schaub to Daniels, 8. Houston timeout 3. You hear the whistle at 0 and Simms claims you hear at at :02.
3rd and 2: 55 yard FG good, 17-13 Pats at the half
Third downs: Pats are 4 of 8, Texans are 1 of 6.
Tony Corrente has spoken six times. Here is what they are:
1. Terrible personal foul on Lloyd.
2. Holding on Newton of Houston. We never see a replay, but holding calls on the o line are rarely wrong.
3. Horsecollar on Gostkowski, correct call.
4. Review on a Foster TD. The only angle where you can see anything shows Foster is not in. Corrente grants the TD.
5. Keo of Houston nails Mesko, flag is picked up claiming he was blocked into Mesko, replay shows he was not. That gives Houston the ball instead of a Pats 1st down.
6. He gives Houston 2 seconds on the clock for a FG at the end of the half. CBS wants to show he was right, so Simms has them play the play with no sound and 'listen for the whistle.' And you hear the whistle, at 0:00.
At this point, Tony Corrente is the MVP of the Houston Texans. He, by himself, has altered this game drastically. Refs should not do that.
"I never thought one of these could feel as good as the first one, but this one does. If you are a true Patriot fan you know exactly what I mean." Robert Kraft, Owner, New England Patriots, Super Bowl 49 postgame speech.