Before the football game, Eric approaches Tami in their bedroom and apologizes for flying off the handle with Shelly. Tami is not too angry and just says that there's nothing she hates more in the world than hurting her sister. She admits that Shelly was there for a long time, and that it will be nice to have the house back to themselves, as a family. Then she says the thing she's really worried about is what they'll do with Gracie while they're at work. Coach leans in to kiss his wife and says, "That is not our burden, that is our gift." He gathers his things and is heading out the door to the game when Julie runs up to him and says she has to talk to him right now. She appears to be wearing a Prink sweatshirt -- preferred hoodie of Britney Spears -- so you know she won't come off smelling like roses here. Probably more like Cheetos and stale gum. So Julie confesses that she got drunk the other night, and that what Tim was doing was saving her from getting in trouble with this guy Riley; Tim put a stop to it and brought her home. Coach just hangs fire and says, "Damn, Julie. Damn." And then walks out the door.
Football game. Touchdown after touchdown -- what Slammin' Sammy Mead calls "an old-fashioned shoot-out" -- with the two teams taking turns scoring. In general it's a high energy game -- the fans are loving it, and the coaches are coaching it up. Late in the fourth, the Panthers need a first down. The ball is snapped, Matt gets sacked. Panthers call a time-out, and Coach paces the sidelines, running his hands through his capable hair, seemingly not realizing that his hair will see him through this crisis, just like it has so many times before. Cut back and forth between the two sidelines; Coach can't decide what play to run; Dickie guesses it'll be a play action (which Coach always calls, in case you haven't noticed). Mac thinks Matt should "hit the safeties," but Coach wonders whether Dickie will be wanting them to "go to the seam." Coach huddles his boys up and calls a play. Cut between the two huddles, as Dickie correctly calls each move Coach is telling his boys to make. The boys head back out onto the field.
The ball is snapped, Matt fake-hands the ball off the Smash; he feels major pressure from the Lion defense, but gets the ball in the air just in the nick of time to Riggins, who catches it and takes off down the field. Cut between the two coaches on the sidelines, Eric urging Tim along, Dickie screaming at the top of his lungs at his boys to tackle Riggins, lots of running, lots of screaming, Riggins is going all the way...until Dickie fully launches off the sidelines as Tim runs by and tackles the shit out of the kid. Eric is like, "Whoa, whoa, whoa!" and the crowd goes silent while Dickie flips out, screaming at his kids that "that's how you take somebody down! You stick 'em!" Never has a tiny man been so frightening. The refs call coach interference, and call the game. Eric gazes across the field at the insane little man.