Eagles @ Patriots 1st Half Live Blog

Eagles @ Patriots 1st Half Live Blog

It's Sunday night and the Eagles are playing.  This is usually cause for an abundance of beer and wings to be guzzled down amongst fellow Birds fans all across the Delaware Valley.  Tonight's match up has quite a different vibe.  It's like we're going to watch our best friend get his face pounded by Mike Tyson.  Sure, we got our boys' back, but it could get ugly.

We're in front of our TV wondering what the heck Keith Olberman is talking about half the time.  Anyway, more of our random ramblings after the jump.  Send us your tips if you're watching along with us.

John Madden is doing the game this evening, which should be fun, and if his video game is any indicator, the Eagles are going to give the Pats a battle tonght.  Madden 2008 says the Eagles lost 33-36 to the Pats in a simulation.  (they forgot to take McNabb out.)

Early games: It's good to see Eli Manning looking like himself.  Man, that guy is not good.  Also, anyone see the end of that Cardinals game?  Wow.  Tough way to lose.

This NBC Sunday Football opener makes me want to do lots of things.  Watching football is not one of them.  Sending text messages on my Sprint PCS phone? Yes!

Andrea Kremer tells us that the Patriots are the healthiest they've been all season.  Perfect.

KICK OFF -- Eagles get the ball first.

Well that was quick! A.J. Feeley throws a pick-six on only the third play of the game.  7-0 Patriots.  On the plus side, A.J. Feeley won't have to wait long to get back out on the field.

I may need to start surfing the Internet for other ways to entertain myself on this nice Sunday evening.  Don't know how long I can take it.  At this pace, the Eagles will lose by a score of 420-0.

The Eagles throw together a couple nice little plays there and get a first down.  Westbrook slithered his way for a first when there wasn't really a hole.

The Birds' line seems to be giving Feeley enough time to find open receivers.  If you take away that horrible interception, Feeley has looked fine.

4th and a half yard...  They're going for it?!? and Feeley sneaks it up the middle with no problem.  Gutsy play for call from Big Red.  That could have hurt a lot of you gamblers out there early.

TOUCHDOWN Brian Westbrook!  Eagles 7 Patriots 7 After a nice little play from Reggie Brown, Westy jumps into the endzone.  Man, the Eagles could be winning this game right now.

The great and mighty New Enland Patriots offense led by the infallible one, Tom Brady, will take the field for the first time this evening.  Put the women and children to bed now.

Jabar Gafney sighting!

JUQUA THOMAS! sacks the shit out of Tom Brady.  But did he lay on him long enough afterwards?

Anyone see a hold there on Trent Cole? on the completion to Gafney?  It's a good thing Tom Brady throws like Joe Montana 'cause he runs like a girl.  The Pats move the ball fairly easily down to the one yard line and are then forced to call a timeout because Brady saw a super model in the stands whose number he wants to get.

TD Patriots.  14-7

They just showed a shot of the Boston Harbor Hotel.  My parents stayed there when I graduated from BC.  One of the nicest hotels I've ever stayed at, complete with a great view of the hahbah.

Matt P. seems to have some great seats at the game tonight.  He also seems to have a crappy cell phone camera.  Here is a cellphone pic he sent me.

If you hadn't heard all of the hype regarding the New England Patriots, after watching the first quarter, you would think these two teams are fairly matched.

2nd QTR: Brian Westbrook is good.  Very good.

The Eagles try to run a little trickery with Avant getting a backwards pass and then failing to find anything open downfield.  Pats didn't bite for a second on that one.  I guess that's the kind of shit you have to pull if you want to beat The Darkside.

Ha!  A.J. Feeley connects with Greg Lewis, who apparently scares the Patriots and no one else, to tie the game up 14-14.  A heck of a touch pass from Feeley.  What's up now, chowdaheads!

The Eagles are hanging in early and the offensiveline hasn't allowed the Pats defense to really get to Feeley.  You give a backup QB enough time and he'll beat you.

ONSIDE KICK! ONSIDE KICK! GOD BLESS ANDY REID! ONSIDE KICK! EAGLES RECOVER!  Ah, this game just became fun.  Andy Reid is a little happy inside to outsmart Belichick on that one.

Madden makes a point: Tom Brady can't beat you if he's sitting on the sideline.  Madden makes another point that I've been making: that maybe Brian Westbrook is the best RB in football.  Thanks, John.

The euphoria of the onside kick lasted about 2 minutes.  I will now have some Thanksgiving desert leftovers to regain a high.  Sugar high.

Jabar Gafney, Eagles killer.  Randy Moss isn't too bad either, eh?  I think this drive shows us something, the only way to slow the Pats is to get a body on Brady.  I'd say holding the Best Offense Ever to a field goal is a moral victory.  17-14 Pats

That NBC show Chuck would be infinitely better if it starred Sir Charles.

Greg Lewis is the Patriot killer.  A.J. Feeley connects on a nifty little pass to GLew for a nice first.

The football gods are smiling on the Eagles tonight after A.J. Feely throws a blooper to Matt Schobel for another amazing first down.  A play like that never goes the Birds' way.

Greg Lewis, recognize! The Eagles lead the Patriots 21-17 late in the second half.

This is getting fairly interesting.  I'd pay to be a fly on the wall of Belichick's locker room at half time.  Not to see Tom Brady in his underwear either.

As many commenters are noting, the Eagles defense is stepping up on the big stage.  From Chris Gocong getting his first sack to BDawk preventing Randy Moss from making the big play, the Birds defense is making their statement.

People make fun of Peyton Manning all the time for his mannerisms at the line, but Tom Brady is pretty loud and commanding up there as well in the no huddle.

I think the Birds got the shaft on the offsides call.  Clearly Mr. Perfect got away with one there.

Whew, dawgy.  J.R. Reed has been laying some hits down.  But the Pats keep moving the chains but are running out of time.

Jabar Gafney, Eagles killer.  He catches a TD on a throw from Brady in which it looked as if he may not have had possession in the end zone.  Ouch, and he does the Eagles wing flap.  Ouch, you scrub, ouch.  24-21 Pats.

That'll do it for the first half.  Kudos to the Birds for a pretty good first half.  Pret-ty good.  Pret-ty, pret-ty good.

Click here for the 2nd half live blog.

Best of MLB: Chris Sale misses strikeout record, but Red Sox rally for win

Best of MLB: Chris Sale misses strikeout record, but Red Sox rally for win

BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks -- two intentional -- and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak (see full recap).

Ellsbury hurt as Yankees blank Royals
NEW YORK -- Helped by a great first-inning catch that forced center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the game with a concussion and sprained neck, Luis Severino won for the first time in a month and led the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Wednesday night.

On the first pitch of the game, Ellsbury sprinted 107 feet and raised his glove above his head to catch Alcides Escobar's fly. Ellsbury's head jarred into the wall as the ball landed in his glove, and he crumpled to the field.

Ellsbury was checked by manager Joe Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue and remained in the game, then was replaced by Aaron Hicks starting the second.

Didi Gregorius homered against Jason Hammel (1-6) leading off the third inning, Gregorius' seventh hit in a span of 12 at-bats.

His fastball reaching 99 mph, Severino (3-2) allowed four hits over eight innings, struck out seven, walked one and threw a career-high 114 pitches.

Dellin Betances struck out the side in a perfect ninth for his fourth save (see full recap).

Rendon, Roark help Nationals beat Mariners
WASHINGTON -- Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer for his eighth of the season, Tanner Roark allowed a run over seven innings and the Washington Nationals defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Rendon has three homers and eight RBIs in the Nationals' two victories to open this three-game series.

Roark (4-2) completed seven innings for the first time in seven starts and held the Mariners to 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

Mariners rookie Sam Gaviglio (0-1) allowed all five runs -- one earned -- over six innings as the Mariners lost their fifth straight.

Seattle's Robinson Cano went 3 for 4, including an RBI single and a double that center fielder Michael Taylor's glove prevented from being a home run.

Rendon had gone 12 games without an RBI before the series. But after driving in five runs Tuesday, he drove in three more to help Washington grab a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first (see full recap).

Instant Replay: Rockies 7, Phillies 2

Instant Replay: Rockies 7, Phillies 2

BOX SCORE

The Phillies' miserable May continued in a 7-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

The Phillies were out-hit, 11-1, over the first seven innings.

The Rockies hit for the cycle in the third inning on their way to scoring seven times against Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson.

Phillies starting pitchers have an ERA of 6.39 in the month of May, second worst in baseball in that time.

The Phillies have lost five in a row, 9 of 10 and 20 of their last 24 games. They have the fewest wins in baseball at 15-29.

The Rockies lead the National League at 31-17. They go for a four-game sweep on Thursday. They have outscored the Phillies 23-5 in the first three games of the series.

The Phillies have scored just five runs in their last four games.

Starting pitching report
Hellickson allowed eight baserunners on six hits and two walks in the Rockies' seven-run third inning. He gave up a double, a triple, a homer and three singles in the frame. The homer was a three-run shot by Carlos Gonzalez on a 2-1 changeup.

Hellickson is 5-2 with a 4.28 ERA in 10 starts this season. He went went 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts in April. His ERA in five starts in May is 7.30.

Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood, who entered the game with a 5.09 ERA, pitched seven shutout innings and gave up just one hit. He walked four and struck out eight.

Rockies starting pitchers have pitched 20 innings in this series and given up just two runs.

Bullpen report
Adam Morgan pitched three scoreless innings for the Phillies.

Mike Dunn gave up two runs in the eighth to lose Colorado's shutout bid.

At the plate
The Phils went hitless until Andrew Knapp singled with two outs in the fifth. They entered the bottom of the eighth inning with just one hit. They got two hits in the inning, including a two-run homer from Michael Saunders, and finished the game with three.

Charlie Blackmon did not hit a home run — he entered with seven in his previous five games at Citizens Bank Park — but he did have a two-run single in the third. Gonzalez's three-run homer was the big blow.

In the field
The Phillies made an error and had a runner picked off in the first inning. Catcher Knapp threw out a would-be base stealer in the first inning.

Rehab road
Howie Kendrick started a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday night. He is expected to play four games and get time in left field and at first and third base. His work at third base could affect Maikel Franco, who was benched again Wednesday night (see story).

Roster move
Morgan was optioned to Triple A Lehigh Valley after the game. A corresponding roster move will be made Thursday.

Up next
The series concludes on Thursday afternoon. Vince Velasquez (2-4, 5.98) pitches for the Phillies against Colorado lefty Tyler Anderson (3-4, 6.00).