Eagles are NFC East Champs

Eagles are NFC East Champs

A.J. Feeley delivers to Matt Schobel for the touchdown!

And that's the kind of game this will likely be.  We may do a mini live blog here until we leave to go get drunk and bring in the new year.  So enjoy.  And Congrats to the Eagles clinching the NFC East.

-The Eagles are up 10-7 and there are only 3 starters in on defense.  I'm going to start drinking now.

-Buckhalter's got a "knee strain."  Buck has been playing well with the Eagles surging run game.  This could be bad for the Birds in the post season.

-The backfield of Thomas Tapeh and Ryan Moats is a dangerous duo.  Man, Feeley and Schobel have some nice chemistry going on.  Maybe the Eagles can use this game to showcase Feeley's talent and trade him for a second round draft pick, likely to the Dolphins.

-Start of 2nd Qtr, Eagles 10 Falcons 7: Not much game action, but I just saw this tidbit about how Jon Gruden wants Jeff Garcia to be the starting QB in Tampa Bay next season.

-Sean Considine is turning into a player.  He's made a nice open field tackle on Vick, one of the toughest guys to bring down one-on-one, and defended a number of passes nicely, just missing a pick.  If he continues to get better, he could turn into a Pro Bowl caliber player.  Eek!  Just as a type that last sentence, Considine gets called for a personal foul.  It would have been a nice sack, his hand just happened to smack Vick in the face.

- Joselio Hanson, who the ladies love, makes two great plays in a row.  Also, Morton Anderson is old. Eagles 10 Falcons 10.

-Hey everybody, The Birdman is with us.  He's one of those sorry souls who has to work on New Year's Eve.  But at least he's drinking of course!

-Reno Mahe gets a carry!  Alright Reno.  Man, John Abraham has a club on his arm.  I don't know how anybody plays with one of those things.  That'd be like me trying to type this live blog while wearing mittens.  Maybe I'll try that.

-I actually think Troy Aikman is one of the better Fox guys.  He actually speaks pretty highly of the Eagles on most occasions.  And on 3rd and 34, the Eagles hold the Falcons to no gain.  Falcons punt to Reno Mahe.  I think the only thing that could make this game worth watching is a Reno Mahe touchdown.

-Greg Lewis!  Amazing catch by GLew.  I don't know how he came down with that ball.  And Thomas Tapeh drops his one chance at a touchdown.

-A.J. Feeley to Jason Avant for a score!  That marks the first touchdown for Jason Avant in the NFL.  Eagles 17 Falcons 10.

-The Eagles finally get to Vick and Juqua Thomas gets the sack.  Where has Juqua been in recent games?  Also, I just looked it up and I guessed the spelling of Juqua correctly.

-Looks like the first half will end with the Philadelphia leading Eagles 17 Falcons 10.  If I'm back for the second half it will be after the jump.

Second Half:

Reno Mahe fumbled.  And I'm done.

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 Wake Forest in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland. 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.

Wake Forest finished the season 6-6 and on a three-game losing streak, but two of those three loses came to No. 2 Clemson and No. 13 Louisville. The Deamon Deacons have lost five of their last six games.

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)
6 p.m. on CSN and CSNPhilly.com

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.