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Eagles @ Patriots 2nd Half Live Blog

Eagles @ Patriots 2nd Half Live Blog

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All it took was one half of football for the fickle Philly fans to call for McNabb's trade.  Commenter John, "I'm officially on the feely [sic] bandwagon... trade mcnabb and his contract."

I think he may have already forgotten the third play of the game.

Second half thoughts after the jump.

There has been a Darren Howard sighting!  Darren Howard! I forgot that guy was even on the team! (not really)  And the Eagles force the Patriots to punt.  The Birds defense has been very impressive to this point.  Good on 'em.

John Madden has leftovers from Thanksgiving.  I find that hard to believe.  Aww, it's McNabb's 31st birthday.  Happy Birthday, number five.

The Patriots defense finally showed what they are capable of on the Eagles first drive of the second half, forcing Rocca to punt.  Early in the second half, it's still 24-21 Patriots.

Hey, there's Curt Schilling! Booooooooooo!

Brady observation: the guy is amazingly accurate.  If a guy is open, Brady gets him the ball in his hands.

Randy Moss dropped a bomb.  Dawk and Lito were there and it would have been a fairly sick over the shoulder catch, but it did hit his hands.

On a big third and three, Wes Welker loses Joselio Hanson for a nifty little route to get the first.  The Eagles need to try and force a fumble more aggressively here.  HIT STICK!

Damn.  The Patriots run a wide receiver screen to perfection.  Wes Welker followed his blocks perfectly and got all the way down to the Pats 2 or 3.  That's a back breaker type play right there on a 3rd down.

I just got a hit from a Google search for "Reno Mahe highlights."  I'm surprised there are search results for that one.

Penalty on the evil ones!  Randy Moss caught a TD but he was flagged for being too handsy.  Dawkins just missed an INT.  woulda been an amazing catch.

Another big stand from the Eagles defense prevents the Pats from getting in the end zone.  And the Patriots MISS THE FG!  Ouch.

Eagles takeover and A.J. Feeley will now lead them on a legendary, go-ahead, drive that will forever make Eagles fans want to move on from the Donovan McNabb era.

Kevin Curtis catches a nice ball from Feeley for a big third down conversion.  Madden and Michaels are talking about what to do with Feeley when McNabb comes back.  Usually I'd say Feeley goes back to the bench, but I'm not so sure.

As a commenter points out, ESPN.com's main headline right now is "Touchy Feeley."  That's not good.

With their third or so trick play of the game, the Birds run a successful flea flicker.  Sure it wasn't a deep bomb, but a completion for a first is fine with me.

With a big third down and four, A.J. elects to take a timeout.  Man, on his first real miss of the night on the previous play, A.J. couldn't connect with Reggie Brown on a play that could have given them six or at least a first down.

TOUCHDOWN REGGIE BROWN!  Feeley hangs in the pocket and his patience pays off.  Eagles take a 28-24 lead

I'm kind of at a loss for words at the moment.  This is the point where I usually get real quiet watching the game and don't really want to talk to anyone.  I just keep saying over and over to myself, "they can do this."

On a 4th down on which the Patriots were going to punt, the refs call a neutral zone infraction on the Eagles giving the Patriots a first down.  That's what you call a buzz kill.

:biting fingernails:

4th QTR: The Eagles start the fourth with a four point lead and the Pats in a third down jam.  Brady gets a quick completion for a first.  That damn Wes Welker again.

Joe may have the comment of the night, "Nick Cole needs to be cut immediately.  Not tomorrow - right now, during the game."

WOW!  The Patriots elect to go for it on fourth down and the Birds bring the house at Brady.  INCOMPLETE! Birds get the ball and it's BWest time.

Ohhhh, man.  Kevin Curtis had his man BEAT deep but A.J. left it short and the defenders knocked it down.  On third and 8, they couldn't connect.  Not a great few plays there from the Birds.  A.J. had Junior Seau on BWest and couldn't get him the ball in stride.  That hurts.

The Pats take over at their own 31.  Randy Moss has been awfully quiet.  Has he blown up on the sideline yet this year?  Let's see it!

Randy Moss may be held in check but Wes Welker is a speedy little white boy.  The defense hasn't been getting to Brady lately and he's making them pay.  The Pats have been running this quick hit plays that aren't giving the Birds a chance to get to Brady.

TAKEO Spikes lays out Maroney on run play.  Never should have left his feet.  Wes "fucking" Welker keeps killing the Eagles and gets the Pats another first down.

And ANOTHER to Welker.  Ugh.  I can't type anymore.  Omar Gaither finally breaks one up in the end zone.  Nicely done, Omar.

Touchdown Patriots.  Laurence Maroney runs it in to give the Pats a 31-28 lead.  A.J. Feeley has 7 minutes to become a legend or just another backup QB.

The Birds can't buy a break, getting called for an illegal block on the kick return.  Surely the refs have orders from the NFL to make sure the Pats don't lose, right?

We almost had a flashback of the pick-six earlier in the game.  Feeley gave Asante Saumel a ball in his hands that the Patriots dropped.  Feeley followed it up with a bullet to L.J. Smith for a huge first down.  Then L.J. again, then Curtis.  hmmm.

EEEEEEEEEk.  And A.J. Feeley throws a questionable ball to Curtis that is right into the hands of Asante Samuel.  As Madden said, "he just threw that one up and he was hoping."  That could be the ball game folks.

The Patriots have a huge 3rd and 1 which is basically the ball game.  Can the defense step up and make a play?  The Pats move offsides making it a third and six.  That's a big help.

Takeo Spikes gets caught out of position and Jabar Gafney catches the huge first down.  It's looking bleak, my friends.

Birds force the Pats to punt.  The Birds could really use a Devon Hester here, couldn't they?  And just as I type that Al Michaels tells us Brian Westbrook is back to return.  I bet a quarter the Pats don't kick it to him.

Westbrook doesn't really get any open field and the Eagles get the ball with .19 seconds and no timeouts.

It doesn't matter as A.J. throws another pick.  Game over.  Pats 31 Eagles 28

It was a valiant effort from all of the Iggles.  Props for showing the world that they're not a bunch of chumps.

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Phillies-Astros 5 things: Win or lose, tonight important for Aaron Nola

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Phillies-Astros 5 things: Win or lose, tonight important for Aaron Nola

Phillies (34-64) vs. Astros (67-33)
7:05 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App

After being dominated by the AL-best Houston Astros on two consecutive nights, the Phillies attempt to avoid a sweep with their best pitcher on the mound.

1. Unstoppable offense
As Nick Pivetta was cruising through the first five innings last night, retiring 14 of the first 15 batters he faced, you just knew the Astros' offense wouldn't be dormant for long.

Sure enough, they put up a four-spot in the sixth and the game was over.

Last night's game was the 64th time the Astros have scored five runs or more this season. The league average is 45. The Phillies have done it just 34 times, fewest in the majors.

The Astros won easily despite missing Carlos Correa, George Springer and losing Alex Bregman early to an injury. There's a ton to like about this team, and being there to watch them on the field pregame the last two days, it sticks out how loose this team is. They should be — they're winning game after game after game and blowing out their opponents.

2. Nola time
Last night was a confidence-builder for Pivetta even though he allowed five runs because it showed him and the Phillies that when his slider is working and his fastball command is there, he can silence the best of offenses. 

Likewise, a successful start tonight from Aaron Nola would be huge, whether the Phillies win or lose.

Nola over his last six starts has gone 4-1 with a 1.70 ERA and .190 opponents' batting average. He's struck out 50 and walked 13 in 42⅓ innings. 

Nola dominated the Brewers his last time out — seven innings, one run, nine strikeouts — by utilizing all four of his pitches. He threw 31 two-seam fastballs, 27 four-seam fastballs, 20 changeups and 18 curveballs. He'll need a similar mix tonight because this Astros team hunts fastballs early in the count and is ready to pounce on any pitch that catches too much of the middle of the plate.

Nola typically pounds the strike zone, but tonight he might be wise to begin a few more at-bats than usual with a get-me-over breaking ball.

An at-bat that stuck out last night was Evan Gattis' in the sixth inning. He came up with two men on and one out, and Pivetta threw two 96 mph fastballs by him in a 3-1 count to strike him out. Both fastballs were in very hittable zones, but because Pivetta had Gattis thinking up there about all the sliders he saw earlier in the game, Gattis couldn't catch up to the heat.

That's really the only way you can keep a team like this off balance.

3. Franco back in his shell
It looked like maybe, finally, Maikel Franco was turning a corner right after the All-Star break, but alas. 

Franco is 0 for 15 with seven strikeouts over his last four games and just like that, he's back to hitting .224/.282.390.

Franco's batting averages by month this year: .213, .218, .224, .241.

His on-base percentages: .273, .274, .284, .299.

He has a .296 OBP the last two seasons, which a middle-of-the-order hitter cannot get away with unless he's hitting 40 home runs.

At a certain point, you have to accept that Franco is who he is. And with how wild and inconsistent his approach is, secondary factors like lineup protection don't really mean a ton.

4. Herrera to sit?
Pete Mackanin double-switched Odubel Herrera out of last night's game after a few questionable moments. Herrera bat-flipped a deep flyout, then later didn't run out a dropped third strike. Neither was completely out of the norm for Herrera, but Mackanin doesn't want to let every one of these events go so he pulled him.

"It's not a secret. It's talked about," catcher Cameron Rupp said (see story). "If you guys are seeing it, we are seeing it. It is what it is. We can say it to him, Pete has said it to him. It's no secret and when you don't do it, you put Pete in that position to do what he did.

"Pete is the manager and what he asks us to do, we're supposed to do. It's a team thing and one guy can't just not follow the rules. It's not the first time. It has happened before and that's something we don't want to see. We want him in the game. He's a good player. Pete doesn't ask a whole lot of us. He asks us to play the game hard and play the game the right way."

Herrera has been the Phillies' best hitter the last two months, batting .331 since June 3 with a majors-leading 20 doubles. But as Mackanin said last night, Herrera, too, is in a developmental phase. It's just the development is more mental than physical.

5. This and that
• Two perfect innings last night from Luis Garcia ran his scoreless innings streak up to 19⅓. Over that time, his opponents have hit .108. Garcia might get a shot at the closer's job in spring training 2018.

• Jose Altuve went 1 for 4 with a double and a run scored last night. How locked in is he? It was only the fourth time in his last 16 games he didn't have multiple hits. Altuve is hitting exactly .500 (47 for 94) since June 27.

• Earlier this week, Mackanin indicated Aaron Altherr could come off the disabled list today. We shall see. When Altherr does return, the Phillies will have some decisions to make in the outfield unless they end up trading Howie Kendrick before Monday's deadline.

• The Phillies face a hot pitcher tonight in Mike Fiers (7-4, 3.59). Fiers has struck out 20 in 14 innings his last two starts and helped to solidify the back of Houston's rotation. Carlos Gomez was the headliner of the trade two summers ago with Milwaukee, but it's Fiers who has had the most staying power with Houston.