Smashed in the Mouth: Eagles Fall to Cardinals, 27-6

Smashed in the Mouth: Eagles Fall to Cardinals, 27-6

Poof. And Philadelphia's undefeated football season is over.

Okay, so that was never gonna happen, but any good vibes that carried over from last week are dead effective immediately.

Trailing
17-0 and already on the hook for two turnovers, the Eagles finally went
on the offensive late in the second quarter in some desperate attempt to
stop the bleeding. They made it all the way down to the 1-yard line with
16 seconds remaining.

First down, incomplete. Second down, incomplete.

Third down, catastrophe.

With
six seconds to work with, Michael Vick dropped back and stared
hopelessly at his options. He didn't have time to take a picture either,
not with Kerry Rhodes given a straight line to the quarterback. Vick
never saw the safety coming (shock), and rather predictably, the ball
came free upon contact.

Far less predictably, the ball kindly
bounced into the hands of James Sanders for red, who took it back 93
yards with minimal assistance.

Finally, there was a deficit in
points -- and in turnovers -- the Eagles would not recover from. They
showed some fight in the second half, but a pair of field goals wasn't
enough to cover it. From there, Arizona was able to grind out the 27-6
victory.

The big fumble was Vick's second, the first of which
coming when he failed to tuck the ball away on a scramble. Damaris
Johnson also coughed one up on a punt return, which the Cardinals'
offense was able to turn into six.

That's 14 total points off of
giveaways, though defensively the Eagles were not at their best. Kevin
Kolb was 17 of 24 for 222 yards and two scores, roughly half of his
production going to Larry Fitzgerald. Ryan Williams also produced 83
yards on 13 carries, much of that late in the contest as the Eagles wore
down. Arizona won the time of possession battle by nearly 10 minutes.

[GIF: DRC gets pissed, 15-yard penalty]

Now
there's no such thing as a good loss in the NFL, but the overreaction
was already in full force before the game was even over. Folks, the
Cardinals are a good team. They upset the Patriots a week ago, and have
won 10 of their last 12 dating back to November. They're 3-0.

Fans
understandably will be upset over the effort on Sunday, but this wasn't
a gimme. As we remarked in the pregame, a lot of the intangibles
favored the home team, a better team than most realize.

This
season gets right back on track quickly if they beat the Giants next
week. Before very long, it will be time to bury this debacle and start
looking ahead to a rivalry game.

Apparently, the Eagles were way ahead of us there.

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

CSN, TCN to air 25 of Union's 34 games in 2017

Twenty-five of the Union’s 34 games in 2017 will be featured on CSN and TCN, as Jim Curtin’s club vies for a second straight playoff berth.

Twenty matches will air on TCN, while five can be seen on CSN. The nine others will be appear across 6ABC, ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The Union’s season opener on March 5 at the Vancouver Whitecaps will broadcast on TCN and the team’s home opener on March 11 against Toronto FC will air on CSN. The next three games — March 18 at Orlando City SC, April 1 at D.C. United and April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers — will be shown on TCN.

The Union are coming off an 11-14-9 season and their second-ever trip to the MLS playoffs in which they suffered a first-round exit to Toronto FC.

For the Union’s full 2017 schedule, click here.

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Best of NHL: Toews nets hat trick in Blackhawks' win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks.

Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:02 left to stave off a spirited rally by the Wild, who began a franchise-record eight-game homestand on Feb. 8 with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Toews had a goal and two assists in that one and has 37 points in 35 career games against Minnesota.

Chicago's captain has been chewing up almost everyone else, too, with 20 points in his last 12 games. Toews' wing men Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik had the other goals, giving the Blackhawks 34 goals in their last eight games. Their first line totaled nine points.

Mikael Granlund's second power-play goal for the Wild brought them within 4-3, before Ryan Suter hit the crossbar with a shot that nearly tied it (see full recap).

Islanders open 9-game road trip with win
DETROIT -- Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the New York Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.

De Haan's shot from above the left circle was stopped by Petr Mrazek, but the rebound went off Detroit defenseman Xavier Ouellet and the back of the goaltender's left leg and into the net. John Tavares scored early in the third period to give the Islanders a two-goal lead and they coasted to the victory.

Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist, and Thomas Greiss stopped 26 shots for New York.

Henrik Zetterberg scored for Detroit and Mrazek finished with 19 saves.

The Islanders, in contention for a wild-card spot, began a stretch of nine straight road games by winning for the third time in four games and improved to 8-13-4 away from home (see full recap).

Crosby, Penguins take care of Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sidney Crosby scored the go-ahead goal on a deflection in the second period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Evgeni Malkin and Scott Wilson also scored to help the reigning Stanley Cup champions bounce back from their only loss since the All-Star break. Pittsburgh moved three points behind East-leading Washington and is 7-1-3 since the break.

Jeff Skinner scored for the last-place Hurricanes, who have their second five-game losing streak in the past five weeks. They have been outscored 19-4 during the current slide.

Matt Murray made 29 saves for the Penguins while Cam Ward stopped 19 shots for Carolina (see full recap).