And the Award for the 2010 NFL Game of the Year Goes to...

And the Award for the 2010 NFL Game of the Year Goes to...

Quick, without thinking about your answer, what was your favorite Eagles game last season?

As long as you stayed until the end or didn't change the channel, you probably answered The Miracle at the New Meadowlands. Down 21 with little more than eight minutes to play, Michael Vick engineered perhaps the most incredible comeback in Birds history, capped by DeSean Jackson's 65-yard punt return touchdown as time expired. It was exciting, it was unbelievable... and now it's the NFL's game of the year.

With nothing much better to do these days while everybody waits for the the owners and players to get their heads out of their asses--and a bit of good news on that front, as the framework for a new CBA could arrive within two weeks--NFL.com's Elliot Harrison has been ranking the top 20 most memorable games of 2010, and we've arrived at number one.

The "Miracle at New Meadowlands" featured a 21-point comeback, some superhuman Vick runs in a fight for the NFC East title and maybe the most memorable punt return in NFL history.

When deciding which game would ultimately be ranked as the top overall, I couldn't ignore the one glaring fact this Eagles-Giants game carried that the others didn't: Everyone remembers this game, and will for years to come.

It's difficult to argue with his rationale. Nobody is going to forget this finish any time soon, least of all Eagles fans. And looking back on it now, this was undoubtedly the high point of last season, a moment that brought a divided fanbase together, at least for one week.

As the season's best game though, I think it leaves a little something to be desired actually. It wasn't the best four quarters per se, just the best eight minutes, and that's something else entirely.

The Eagles somehow pulling out a W masked just how miserable the rest of the day was. Vick looked terrible most of the afternoon, and the defense couldn't cover anything that moved. By the time the third quarter rolled around, I had set out to work on a scathing recap of some of the worst football we had witnessed all season up to that point. It wasn't until Riley Cooper recovered a surprise onside kick could we really start entertaining the notion of a comeback.

To put it another way, I wouldn't want to sit down and watch the entire thing over again.

It was certainly memorable though, and it's always fun to poke fun at the Giants, who have now dropped six consecutive meetings against the Eagles. Check out Harrison's breakdown of the action below, complete with video.

>> No. 1: Doesn't get better than 'Miracle at New Meadowlands' [NFL.com]

Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

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Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

After winning its first American Athletic Conference championship Saturday, Temple learned its postseason fate Sunday and it does not involve a New Year's Six bowl game.

The Owls will play in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland. Their opponent will be announced at 4 p.m. Temple also finished No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff rankings and No. 23 in the AP poll.

At 10-3, Temple has its first back-to-back 10-win season in program history. It's also the first time the Owls have been ranked in consecutive seasons. Head coach Matt Rhule now has 28 wins as Temple's head coach, tying him with Bruce Arians' for the sixth-most in school history.

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers (13-10-3) at Predators (11-8-4)
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The Flyers have won a season-high four games in a row. They'll try to make it five Sunday night when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena for the second game of a back-to-back set.

Let's take a look at five things you need to know.

1. Streaking like 2014?
Not only do the Flyers have a chance to extend their season-best winning streak, but they're also looking to win their most consecutive games since March 15-22, 2014, when they also won five straight.

The Flyers have put up strong showings in the back ends of back-to-backs, going 4-1-1 thus far.

“You just have to have the work ethic night in and night out," Steve Mason said Saturday after the Flyers' 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. "And, I think we were struggling to find that. There are games when we were swarming and giving teams no other option, and other nights we were chasing the puck.

"We have another tough test going to Nashville to play. So, we’re going to have to follow up with another great effort.” 

2. A Provorov encore?
Ivan Provorov's confidence has to be at his highest of the season.

In Saturday's win, the 19-year-old blueliner scored two goals in a 31-second span to double his goal total through the first 25 games.

Provorov said he thinks defense first, but the offensive production is a good sign.

“Score one goal in a game, it’s a good feeling. Score two in one shift, it’s unbelievable,” Provorov said.

“Every time you score, it’s like a confidence booster."

3. Predators finding stride
After losing eight of their first 11 games, Peter Laviolette's Predators have gotten on track, going 8-3-1 since.

Nashville ranks in the top half of the league in goals per game (3.00 — tied for fifth), goals against per game (2.61 — 15th), power-play percentage (22.6 — sixth) and penalty-kill percentage (84.5 — 10th).

Last time out, the Predators blew a 4-1 lead in the third period for a 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils on Saturday, so they should be extra focused.

4. Keep an eye on ...
Flyers: On Saturday, Brayden Schenn scored just his second goal in his past 18 games. Schenn can be streaky so maybe he feeds off that goal. He's also a career plus-4 against the Predators, with two goals and three assists in eight games.

Predators: Let's go P.K. Subban, who isn't exactly a favorite among Flyers fans. He's off to a nice start in his first season in Nashville with six goals and 10 assists, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last eight games.

5. This and that
• Flyers goalie Steve Mason is 7-7-5 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 20 career games against the Predators.

• Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne is 3-2-2 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in seven career games against the Flyers.

• Claude Giroux is four assists away from passing Rick MacLeish (369) and Eric Lindros (369) for fifth on the Flyers’ all-time list.