I haven’t re-watched the NFC Divisional Round game between the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints yet, because my wife caught the cold I came down with on Christmas that lasted through New Year’s so she has control over the TV. She’s currently watching episode after episode of The Tudors, which is just a filthy, filthy show. Sex, beheadings, more sex, more beheadings, then about 25 more sex scenes.
So instead I’ve been watching 49ers/Saints stuff on YouTube. Also, I uploaded a few videos that I took during the game … yeah, not quite my finest hour in terms of keeping a steady hand with the Flip Cam. Usually I’m pretty good at keeping the jitters to a minimum, but I was screaming my ass off, completely out of my mind and standing on shaking concrete.
On that note, let’s start off with a video clip that’s decidedly more professional-looking. Everybody loves a montage, right? Here’s KTVU’s excellent field-level look at the key plays of the game … and there were several.
Okay, now that you’re used to skillfully edited content with steady camerawork, here’s what I filmed!
First, this is the second half of the national anthem, performed by Huey Lewis and the News. It was when I heard everyone around me singing along that I knew this was no ordinary football crowd (by the way, to make these somewhat shaky videos a little clearer, select the HD option).
As the game went on and things got hectic, I forgot to even film anything until my wife mentioned it after Vernon Davis’ game-winning TD catch. So I filmed the ensuing kickoff and the Saints’ second-to-last play, when Drew Brees looked ready to get the hell out of Candlestick and away from the 49ers’ pass rush as he threw the ball into the turf. For some reason I stopped recording before the game ended officially, probably because I couldn’t deal with the suspense.
After the game, the team spilled out onto the field and made their way to the locker room. Sitting in Lower Reserved, Section 11, we had a pretty good view of the scene (Jim Harbaugh was the first one who ran into the tunnel, which I barely missed filming … whoops).
Fun and Video Games
— In case you missed it, here’s the end-of-the-game montage (can’t have too many!) that ends with Jim Harbaugh’s short postgame speech where he awards Vernon Davis with the game ball.
— My latest for SB Nation Bay Area: “49ers And Giants Advance, Prove NFL Isn’t A Video Game.”
— Oh wait, some Tecmo Super Bowl magicians recreated Vernon Davis’ game-winner. Maybe the NFL is a video game.