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Super Bowl Sound FX: Football has never sounded better

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NFL Network debuted the Super Bowl XLVI edition of its Sound FX show on Wednesday night, and it’s a tremendous opportunity for fans to see and hear the game as only the people on the field did on Sunday.

The show opens with Giants defensive end Justin Tuck firing up his teammates by singling out the ones who weren’t on the team four years ago and don’t have a Super Bowl ring and telling them, “It’s the best feeling in the world.”

The show also chronicles how Tom Brady and Wes Welker went from confident before the game to frustrated during it. Prior to kickoff Welker told TomBrady, “I’m open on every play.” Brady answered, “I know you are.”

But after Brady had two passes knocked down by Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, he said, “It’s like throwing in a forrest — those guys’ arms.”

After Brady and Welker misconnected on a pass that could have sealed the win for the Patriots, it was referee John Parry who said, “Whoa, that was the game.”

Discussions among the officials are some of the best moments of Sound FX. When umpire Carl Paganelli flagged the Giants for holding Vince Wilfork, Giants coach Tom Coughlin complained to Parry that it was a horrible call, and the NFL Films microphones caught Parry questioning Paganelli about whether he really had a good angle on it. It was too late to do anything about it, but Paganelli wanted to double-check, so he approached Wilfork during a break in the action and asked, did you really get held? That led to this exchange:

Wilfork: “No, that was a bad call.”
Paganelli: “Why didn’t you tell me that before I threw it?”
Wilfork: “Because for the ones you guys missed, I deserve one.”

Later, when Giants guard Chris Snee recovered a fumble only to have Wilfork jump into the pile after the fact and grab the ball, an official could be heard saying, “Nice try, Vince. He got it.”

Excerpts of Sound FX are available at NFL.com. The full show re-airs today at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eastern and Saturday at 8 p.m. and midnight Eastern. No football fan will want to miss it.

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24 Responses to “Super Bowl Sound FX: Football has never sounded better”
  1. plum13sec says: Feb 9, 2012 8:18 AM

    interesting to say the least. i want to watch the entire game with mic’d up audio instead of announcers

  2. rjg427 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:20 AM

    yeah but they totally glossed over the giants’ 12 men on the field call…would have loved to hear if coughlin was geniunely upset or did he intentinally do it…also liked hearing the patriots in the huddle saying “we’re gonna let em score, and then hearing brady saying…theyre not gonna score..” he underestimated bradshaw’s stupidity there..

  3. thoff1525 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:33 AM

    Hooray for having Time Warner Cable.

  4. 49erstim says: Feb 9, 2012 8:41 AM

    I watched a little of this. It was a fun watch. Its great to be a football fan in this modern tech age. Wilfork was pretty funny.

  5. Joe says: Feb 9, 2012 8:42 AM

    FYI, most of the clips are available at nfl.com/videos

  6. bkostela says: Feb 9, 2012 9:00 AM

    down 9-3 with 4 minutes left in the first half, and on 3rd and 1, that holding call on wilfork was huge. thats why vince didn’t say anything. it was interesting to hear him tell the refs that it was a mistake though.

  7. whatswiththehate says: Feb 9, 2012 9:00 AM

    rjg427 says:Feb 9, 2012 8:20 AM

    yeah but they totally glossed over the giants’ 12 men on the field call…would have loved to hear if coughlin was geniunely upset or did he intentinally do it…also liked hearing the patriots in the huddle saying “we’re gonna let em score, and then hearing brady saying…theyre not gonna score..” he underestimated bradshaw’s stupidity there..
    ————
    Still frustrated that the Giants won I see…LMBO

  8. lemmam says: Feb 9, 2012 9:14 AM

    It was a great show. I wished they would have had a bit more on the no-call on the defensive pass interference when the Pats player was draped all over the Giants player

  9. east96st says: Feb 9, 2012 9:16 AM

    “yeah but they totally glossed over the giants’ 12 men on the field call…would have loved to hear if coughlin was geniunely upset or did he intentinally do it”

    Look, I know Boston fans aren’t known for common sense, but think for one second in your life. If it was intentional, then why was Tuck running off the field with his helmet OFF right before the snap? If it was intentional, you LEAVE Tuck in to make sure NE CAN’T SCORE because you have the extra defender!!! Unbelievable that you assclowns can’t figure this out just by watching the replay! Besides, even if was intentional, and it clearly was not, your best defender openly admitted that the refs blew a call that would have blown the game open for NY. Be thankful the zebras kept your boys in it until the end.

  10. mikea311 says: Feb 9, 2012 9:17 AM

    every game highlights should be these.

  11. zaggs says: Feb 9, 2012 9:20 AM

    I loved the part late when Belichick was telling the defense that it was “still a Nicks and Cruz game. Make them go to Manningham, make them go to Pascoe”. So the Patriots did, and so Eli did.
    Also the part with the Patriots announcers after Brady’s second TD saying “Anyone still want to take Eli?”. Priceless.

  12. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:09 AM

    Football may not have sounded better, but it’s been played better. That was not championship football.

    But I think this NFL season the two best teams faced each other in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs. Saints and 49ers were the two best teams. Nothing left in the tank after that game, both of those teams left it on the field.

  13. dwinsgames says: Feb 9, 2012 10:12 AM

    rjg427 says: Feb 9, 2012 8:20 AM

    yeah but they totally glossed over the giants’ 12 men on the field call…would have loved to hear if coughlin was geniunely upset or did he intentinally do it…also liked hearing the patriots in the huddle saying “we’re gonna let em score, and then hearing brady saying…theyre not gonna score..” he underestimated bradshaw’s stupidity there..

    DUDE–the only stupidity being underestimated is your own by you. On the 12 men on the field, Tuck can clearly be seen running off to the sideline, but he doesn’t make it. As for Bradshaw, he wasn’t told before the play not to score (though I think he should have been). It was only once the play started that Eli yelled at him not to score. Can’t blame him for that; only Coughlin for not thinking of it and deciding one way or another during the timeout.

  14. BTC says: Feb 9, 2012 10:25 AM

    Was it just me, or did the Sound FX commentators sound a little biased for the Patsies?

  15. armchairqb says: Feb 9, 2012 10:26 AM

    Pretty annoying about the blown holding call. Could’ve been a real turning point in that game. Giants were in position after that big Jacobs run to likely get at least 3 points, and drain more clock. This could have impacted the Brady scoring drive before the half.

    Game might not have been that close if that bad call doesn’t get made.

    Shows how the game turns on a dime. Also shows the insanity of refs throwing flags when they’re really not sure of what they saw in a HUGE game like that. WTF, ref?

  16. canesgiants says: Feb 9, 2012 10:29 AM

    its like some of u watched a whole diff game. tuck is seen running off with his helmet in his hand. he wasnt even on the field for the play. he didnt get off on time but its not like he ran back out there.

    and for anyone calling bradshaw stupid go screw. i know it was 90 percent they make a field goal but it was 100 percent that they got 6. its showed what the giants felt of the pats offense. listen brady got 20 yards in 50 sec with a timeout.

  17. jkcranshaw says: Feb 9, 2012 10:33 AM

    zaggs says:
    Feb 9, 2012 9:20 AM

    Also the part with the Patriots announcers after Brady’s second TD saying “Anyone still want to take Eli?”. Priceless.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Let’s not go overboard… Eli threw 1 TD against the 2nd worst statistical pass defense in the league this year. Should Brady have extended the lead and put the game out of reach in the 4th? Yes… but Brady walked off the field with the lead (for his 2nd straight Super Bowl) and watched his defense give up the lead only to get the ball back with under 60 secinds to go and 80 yards to cover…

    We can go over career numbers, winning percentage, and Super Bowl rings if you’d like.

    Lifetime QB Rating:

    Tom – 96.4
    Eli – 82.1

    Completion Percentage:

    Tom – 58.2%
    Eli – 63.8%

    Completions/TD’s/INT’s

    Tom – 3,397/300/115*
    Eli – 2,036/164/115*

    Winning Percentage:

    Tom – 123-35… 78%
    Eli – 69-50… 58%

    Playoff Record:

    Tom – 16-6 (3) SB wins (5) SB appearances
    9 playoff appearances in 10 seasons played
    (2) 1 and done’s

    Eli – 8-3 (2) SB wins (2) SB appearances
    5 playoff appearances in 8 seasons played
    (3) 1 and done’s

    So in 10 years Brady only has 3 seasons without a playoff victory, Eli has 6 seasons out of 8 without a playoff victory.

    So to in response to the Patriots broadcaster… no, I’ll take Brady.

  18. jakek2 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:36 AM

    The Welker drop sealing the game couldn’t be more overblown. The play occurred with 4 minutes left. With a T.O. left and the 2 min warning, the Pats still needed another first down. If they run the ball to milk the clock, they likely would have kicked a FG with around 2 mins left. If they decided to throw for it to really ice the game, any incompletion would have stopped the clock and have given the Giants more time coming back. Any stop would have given the Giants the ball back with around 2 mins to play.

  19. johntonioholmes says: Feb 9, 2012 11:56 AM

    Pretty funny that Wilfork said that.

    Not funny that the officials have to rely on him to make the calls.

  20. pongonfl says: Feb 9, 2012 12:02 PM

    Tell me about it, Manningham dropped one that “sealed the game ” too, then he caught another one that sealed the game the other way.
    Sealed the game doesn’t mean what some people think it means.

    The holding was so clearly a joke that no official should ever have called it.
    What about the two missed PI calls in the second quarter…did they talk about those.

  21. rcb0424 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:21 PM

    All the jilted people that keep posting about Bradshaw scoring, take this into considering.

    IN THE PAST 30 YEARs, a team needing to tavel 80 yards for a td to win a game with less than a minute has done it 2 TIMES. Twice. And one was with a hail mary.

    2 times in 30 years. Us scoring put the pats in that position (assuming we could kick it in their endzone which it was obvious they’d take a knee to save time).

    So I’ll take 2 times in 30 years over the chance of kicking a FG where several variables could alter the out come (snap, kick, block).

  22. patriotinvasion says: Feb 9, 2012 12:40 PM

    jakek2 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:36 AM

    The Welker drop sealing the game couldn’t be more overblown. The play occurred with 4 minutes left. With a T.O. left and the 2 min warning, the Pats still needed another first down. If they run the ball to milk the clock, they likely would have kicked a FG with around 2 mins left. If they decided to throw for it to really ice the game, any incompletion would have stopped the clock and have given the Giants more time coming back. Any stop would have given the Giants the ball back with around 2 mins to play.
    =======

    All true, but we will never know what the Patriots would have done with those extra 3 downs. A more accurate statement would be that a catch by Welker there would have drastically increased the Patriots’ chances of winning the game. The variables you mentioned make the drop less painful for me as a Pats fan though. It wasn’t like a 3rd down with 2 minutes left to officially ice it.

  23. judsonjr says: Feb 9, 2012 2:16 PM

    Only 2 cases of 80+ yards in the last minute is probably a bit skewed by previous rules around kickoffs. Only this season has a touchback been a regular occurrence, so there probably is a small sample size of drives.

    A more realistic view is probably taking a slice of data like drives of 65+ yards with 45 to 75 seconds left. That’s not perfect, but it may be a bit more insightful.

    I mean in Favre’s first game as a Packer he got the ball at the 8 yard line with 1:07 left and no timeouts. The Packers scored a TD with 14 seconds left. That’s probably a tougher scenario then what the Packers faced.

  24. kev86 says: Feb 9, 2012 4:10 PM

    The Giants outplayed the Patriots.

    The holding call on Boothe was horrible. The Giants were set to score a minimum of three.

    They won the turnover battle and dominated time of possesion.

    The Giants playoff run was legendary.

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