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 NHL: Patrick Kane hat trick lifts Blackhawks over Coyotes

Best of NHL: Patrick Kane hat trick lifts Blackhawks over Coyotes

CHICAGO -- Patrick Kane scored three goals for his third career hat trick to lead the surging Chicago Blackhawks past the Arizona Coyotes 6-3 on Thursday night for their third straight win and eighth in nine games.

Kane has 23 goals to lead Chicago, which closed within three points behind first-place Minnesota in the Central Division and Western Conference.

Rookies Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman each had a goal and assist. Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival scored his first goal of the season in his first game since Jan. 15.

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews added two assists to extend his points scoring streak to five games and increase his output to 22 points in his past 13.

Jakob Chychrun, Ryan White and Radim Vrbata scored for the Coyotes. Chychrun and Vrbata each scored for the second straight game (see full recap).

Rangers outlast Maple Leafs in shootout
TORONTO -- Mika Zibanejad scored the shootout winner and the New York Rangers continued a strong February with a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves and J.T. Miller scored the game-tying goal in the third period for the Rangers, who improved to 8-1-1 this month.

New York moved into third place in the Metropolitan Division with 80 points.

Connor Brown scored for Toronto, which fell to 1-7 in shootouts this season. Frederik Andersen had a stellar performance in defeat with 37 saves.

The Leafs hold the third playoff spot in the Atlantic Division (68 points), two points back of Ottawa (70) and four back of Montreal (see full recap).

Islanders shut out Canadiens
MONTREAL -- Rookie Anthony Beauvillier scored in the first period, Thomas Greiss made 24 saves, and the New York Islanders beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 Thursday night.

Anders Lee scored in the second period and John Tavares added an empty-netter in the final minute to seal the Islanders' third straight win. New York has won the first two games on a crucial nine-game road swing and improved to 12-4-2 since interim coach Doug Weight replaced the fired Jack Capuano.

Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson each had two assists, and Greiss got his third shutout of the season.

Carey Price finished with 21 saves as the Canadiens lost coach Claude Julien's 1,000th NHL game. Montreal is 1-2-0 since Julien replaced Michel Therrien last week and has totaled just 14 goals while going 2-7-1 in the last 10 games, including four shutouts (see full recap).

Best of NBA: Rockets crush Pelicans to spoil Cousins' debut

Best of NBA: Rockets crush Pelicans to spoil Cousins' debut

NEW ORLEANS -- The Boogie-and-Brow era in New Orleans is off to a highly inauspicious start.

The Pelicans' tandem of newly acquired All-Star DeMarcus Cousins and All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis was no match for the surging Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Reserve Lou Williams hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points in his Rockets debut, and Houston crushed New Orleans, 129-99.

Davis had 29 points, and Cousins finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds. But New Orleans turned the ball over 20 times couldn't keep pace with the firepower of the Rockets, who hit 20 3-pointers.

Eric Gordon scored 19 points and Ryan Anderson added 17 in both players' first game in New Orleans since leaving the Pelicans. James Harden had 13 points and 14 assists (see full recap).

LeBron triple-double powers Cavs past Knicks
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James recorded his 48th career triple-double and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 119-104 victory over the New York Knicks, who hung on to superstar Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose at Thursday's trade deadline.

James scored 18 points and had 13 rebounds with 15 assists for his sixth triple-double of the season.

Anthony, the subject of trade rumors because of a strained relationship with Knicks President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson, scored 20 points, going 9 of 25 from the field.

Kyle Korver scored 20 points for Cleveland, which is 8-1 in February and has beaten New York 10 straight times.

Courtney Lee had 25 points for New York, which has lost six of seven and is 12th in the Eastern Conference playoff race (see full recap).

Pistons rally from 18 down to beat Hornets in OT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 33 points, including three 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter during a pulsating Detroit rally, and the Pistons outlasted the Charlotte Hornets 114-108 in overtime Thursday night.

Caldwell-Pope scored Detroit's last 11 points of regulation, and his 3-pointer with 18.2 seconds to play tied the game at 100. Kemba Walker scored Charlotte's final nine points of the fourth, but the Pistons forced him to give up the ball on the last possession, and Marco Belinelli missed a 3-pointer that could have won it.

Detroit, which was behind by 18 in the third quarter, never trailed in the overtime. Caldwell-Pope's 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining put the Pistons up 110-102.

Charlotte led 85-70 at the start of the fourth but missed 14 of its first 15 shots in the period, enabling Detroit to cut into the lead.

Walker scored 34 points. Tobias Harris had 25 for the Pistons (see full recap).