NFL Films Top 5 Shots Weeks 6 and 7

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We’ve combined the best shots from Week 6 and Week 7 this week for this post. Sit back and enjoy the ride:

The shots in the order they appear:

5. Jermichael Finley has always been an intimidating force out on the field, and his monstrous talent is no more apparent than it was on this touchdown grab, taking an Aaron Rodgers pass and breaking three tackles for the go-ahead score against the Browns.

4. Broncos special teams captain David Bruton makes a pivotal play in Denver’s 35-19 win over the Jaguars by executing this fake punt run to perfection, scampering 35 yards down the sideline for the longest run from scrimmage for the Broncos all season. He even does his best John Elway impression by being helicoptered by Jaguars defenders at the end of the play. The masterful camerawork shows Bruton’s reaction to his momentum-shifting run in intimate detail.

3. Another play here that comes at the expense of the…

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NFL Films Interns Top 15 Teams Week 6

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Are we headed for another Drew Brees-Peyton Manning face-off in the Super Bowl? Could be, as both teams led by said quarterbacks are sitting pretty with a sparkling combined record of 10-0. Both squads have been dominant, with the Broncos’ offense on an historically torrid pace and the Saints’ defense having been revitalized by Rob Ryan. Don’t sleep on the Colts, however, who have had two of the most impressive victories of the season these past two weeks over the 49ers and Seahawks, and land at #3 on our countdown of the NFL Films’ Interns Top 15 teams heading into Week 6 of the 2013 NFL Season. Here are the interns that contributed to this week’s rankings:

Tim Yingling – Producers Department

Kyle Toot – Producers Department, “NFL Turning Point”

Jacob Snyder – Producers Department, “NFL Replay”

Kevin Joyce – Producers Department, “Inside the NFL”

Take a look:

  1. Denver Broncos…

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Five Best NFL Films Shots of Week 5

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The time has come once again to show you the five best shots taken by our cinematographers this past week. Once again, they delivered some A+ material. Here’s a list of them in the order they appear:

5. Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck have been two of the most successful quarterbacks of all time through 21 starts, and they squared off in a thriller in Indy this past week. In this shot, Luck throws a touchdown to one of his favorite targets here in T.Y. Hilton.
4. Watch the Cleveland Browns’ Josh Gordon execute a gorgeous toe-tapper in the back of the end zone to tie the score against the Bills.
3. Another one from the epic Seahawks-Colts game. Here, Wilson lofts a beautiful 28-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse for the go-ahead score before halftime.
2. Chris Johnson still boasts some of the most explosive and elusive moves in the…

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Five Best NFL Films Shots of Week 4

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Another week, another great job done by the cameraman of NFL Films. All of the five shots chosen this week for my list were of crucial plays from the six games that were decided by one possession, and are shots that exemplify masterful sports camerawork. Here’s a list of the shots in order of appearance:

1. LeGarrette Blount runs 47 yards for the TD against the Falcons, putting the Patriots up 20-10 in a game the Pats eeked out by just 7 points.
2. Matt Schaub passes down the seam to Garrett Graham in stride for a touchdown during the Texans’ dominant first half.
3. Joe Flacco lofts a nice pass towards the endzone, but Aaron Williams makes a nicer play on the ball, skying high to snag it out of the air, leaving Torrey Smith touchdown-less.
4. Witness one of the more bizarre tip drills you’ll see as Matt…

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“Steve Sabol: A Football Life” and Steve Sabol Day

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Here at NFL Films, you’ll see three initials quite commonly: “SDS.” It’s on stickers, pins; it’s even on a flag outside. Someone very new to the facility might not realize at first the significance of those three letters to the over 260 employees here, and indeed, to the millions of people that have seen an NFL Films production. After spending just one hour here, you will.

Stephen Douglas Sabol, son of NFL Films founder Ed Sabol, became the face of his father’s company over the course of his lifetime. In many ways, he became the face of the NFL itself, as his behind-the-scenes spearheading of many projects and on-screen involvement in countless others made him one of the most recognizable figures in sports media.

Steve won over 40 Emmys for writing, cinematography, editing, directing and producing. Along with his father, he profoundly changed the way the American public viewed football…

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NFL Films’ Five Best Shots of Week 3

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This week, our cameramen produced an embarrassment of riches in terms of top-notch football footage. This meant it was hard to wittle down all the great shots captured into just these five, but I think you’ll like the selections for this week’s version of “NFL Films’ Five Best Shots of the Week”:

1. Witness perhaps the most pivotal play of the week, as Jonathan Franklin fumbles the ball on a potentially game-clinching drive for the Packers. The ball is eventually, after being fumbled again by Reggie Nelson, scooped up by Terrence Newman, who takes it to the house to give the Bengals the lead for good in the wildest game of the weekend.

2. Dion Sims snags a one-handed catch in the corner of the endzone to give the Dolphins a stunning 27-23 victory over the Falcons.

3. Antonio Brown hauls in a spectacular, diving grab in the back of…

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A Football Life: Derrick Thomas Preview

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“A Football Life,” NFL Films’ groundbreaking, Emmy-nominated documentary series about the trials and tribulations surrounding the careers of some of the sport’s greatest players, takes a look next week at a man who was taken much too soon from a city that had come to adore him. Derrick Thomas, Hall of Fame linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs and one of the premiere pass rushers of all time, left behind a legacy of a man searching for something that was missing from his childhood, as well as a man who strove to make sure children of the next generation did not miss what he had. As such, he will never be forgotten by the city whose beloved football team he helped bring back to relevance. Take a look:

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NFL Films’ Five Best Shots of Week 2

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At NFL Films, making a production or a highlight reel of a matchup means going beyond what happens just on the gridiron and capturing the moments that take place outside the sphere of the game itself. We want to give you an understanding of the game that you might not have received while watching it on television or even from the stands. As such, some of the best shots of the week we’ve chosen to appear here are not of in-game action. They remain, however, just as telling in terms of the meaning of the game and its repercussions. Here’s the list, in order of their appearance:

1. Witness a moment of pure ecstasy for Bills fans, something Buffalonians have been lacking in greatly for the better part of the last two decades. Stevie Johnson has just scored his last second, game-winning touchdown to lift the Bills over the Panthers…

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Tonight on “Inside the NFL” – Another Wild Weekend

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Last weekend, twelve games were decided by seven points or fewer, the most for a season-opening weekend and tied for the most in any week in NFL history. This weekend continued the trend of nailbiting contests, with 11 games decided by one posession (8 points) or less. One of those games was the barn burner that took place in Philadelphia, where the Eagles hosted the Chargers. The City of Brotherly Love is abuzz after Chip Kelly’s college-style, read-option offense has racked up 64 points through its first two games of existence. While the Birds did eventually fall 33-30 to the Bolts, they put on an offensive display that won’t go unnoticed around the league. Here’s an example:

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Expect highlights like these for all the games this past weekend, of course in addition to expert analysis on key football issues by Cris, Phil and…

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Tonight on “Inside the NFL”: Cris, JB and Phil discuss issues around the league

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Be sure to watch as Cris Collinsworth, James Brown and Phil Simms break down the top stories circulating the NFL this week following a wild first weekend, including all of the developments, controversial calls, and injury updates that will shape the league and your team going forward.

In addition to the regulars, “Inside the NFL” welcomes 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Richard Dent to the show. Dent takes a look at the issues at hand from a defensive player’s perspective, providing valuable insight and shedding light on what goes through a defender’s mind in certain game-time situations.

I have to tell you all, I got to be on hand as this episode was filmed. JB, Cris, Phil and Richard are all on their games, sharing some great analysis and giving you the viewer a glimpse inside the head of a player while he’s out on the field. In that respect…

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