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.

No. 10 Washington dominates No. 7 Stanford in rout

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No. 10 Washington dominates No. 7 Stanford in rout

SEATTLE -- Jake Browning threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns, Myles Gaskin added 100 yards and two scores, and No. 10 Washington was dominant on both sides, overwhelming No. 7 Stanford 44-6 on Friday night.

After months of hype that Washington (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12) was on the verge of a breakout, the Huskies showed they were ready for their return to the national stage.

And they did it emphatically, handing Stanford (3-1, 2-1) its worst loss since a 41-3 setback against Arizona State in 2007.

The Huskies raced to a 23-0 halftime lead, scored early in the second half to go up 30-0 and coasted to their biggest victory over an AP Top 10 team since beating No. 5 Southern California 31-0 in 1990. That game 26 years ago announced Washington as a national contender and the Huskies went on to share the national title a year later with Miami -- taking the coaches' version while Miami topped the AP media poll.

Browning was the leader of an efficient offense that scored on six of its eight drives. He threw touchdowns of 3 yards to Dante Pettis, 19 yards to John Ross and capped the night with a 3-yarder to Aaron Fuller with 5:30 remaining. Browning was 15 of 21 and did not commit a turnover.

Equally important was Washington's ability to establish a running game. The Huskies rushed for 214 yards and averaged 5.2 yards per carry.

Meanwhile, Stanford star Christian McCaffrey saw his Heisman Trophy aspirations hit a major speed bump. McCaffrey was held to 49 yards rushing on 12 carries, five catches for 30 yards and continued his streak of never scoring an offensive touchdown in a road game.

It was McCaffrey's fewest yards rushing since 2014 at California when he had 19 yards on three carries.

Stanford's only TD came late in the third quarter on a 19-yard pass from Ryan Burns to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.

Burns was 15 of 22 for 151 yards, but Washington controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides. Stanford quarterbacks were sacked eight times, six in the first half. Stanford had allowed only four total sacks in the first three games combined.

Stanford was playing short-handed without starting cornerbacks Quenton Meeks and Alijah Holder, starting wide receiver Francis Owusu and starting fullback Daniel Marx. Starting right tackle Casey Tucker limped off with an apparent leg injury late in the fourth quarter.

Takeaways
Stanford: The Cardinal were unexpectedly sloppy. Stanford committed 11 penalties after entering the week as the least penalized team in the Pac-12. There were communication issues in part due to the roaring Washington crowd, but also a lack of sharpness not normally seen from David Shaw's team.

Washington: The defense was up to the task of keeping McCaffrey under control and forcing Burns to beat them through the air. McCaffrey had 34 yards on 10 carries in the first half and forced the Cardinal into numerous long third-down situations. That allowed Washington to bring extra pass rushers to get to Burns.

Up Next
Stanford: The Cardinal head home after two straight weeks on the road to host Washington State.

Washington: The Huskies travel to Oregon looking to snap a 12-game losing streak to the Ducks.

Best of MLB: Darvish stars as Rangers beat Rays 3-1 and clinch home field

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Best of MLB: Darvish stars as Rangers beat Rays 3-1 and clinch home field

ARLINGLTON, Texas -- Yu Darvish looked playoff-ready with a season-high 12 strikeouts in six innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 on Friday night and clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

The Rangers can be tied by only the Cleveland Indians and they own the tie-breaker by winning the teams' season series. The AL owns home-field advantage in the World Series thanks to its win in the All-Star Game.

Darvish (7-5) allowed one run, three hits and one walk. His 28th career game of double-digit strikeouts is the second-most in a pitcher's first 100 major league starts, topped only by Dwight Gooden (31). Darvish will likely start Game 2 of the Division Series following Cole Hamels.

Shin-Soo Choo returned to Texas' lineup after missing 39 games with a fractured left forearm. Choo pulled a single to right in his first plate appearance since Aug. 15 and went 1 for 4.

Matt Andriese (8-8) gave up three runs and seven hits, including solo home runs to Carlos Beltran and Rougned Odor (see full story). 

Cabrera hits 2 HRs, Tigers move up in playoff race, beat Braves
ATLANTA -- Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs, Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton also connected and the Detroit Tigers moved up in the playoff race, beating the Atlanta Braves 6-2 Friday night.

The Tigers won their third straight and pulled within a half-game of Toronto for the second AL wild-card spot. The Blue Jays lost at Boston 5-3.

The regular season is scheduled to end Sunday, but the Tigers might need to play beyond that. They were rained out against Cleveland this week and would have to make up that game if it impacts their playoff chances.

Daniel Norris (4-2) gave up one run, five hits, two walks and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings.

The Braves, playing their final series at Turner Field before moving north to the suburbs next year, had won 10 of 11. Matt Wisler (7-13) was chased in the fifth when James McCann's RBI single made it 5-0 (see full story).

Trumbo hits 47th, Schoop 5 RBIs as Orioles top Yankees 8-1
NEW YORK -- Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 47th home run, Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones also went deep in a six-run fifth inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees 8-1 in steady rain Friday night to maintain their AL wild-card lead.

Baltimore began the night tied with Toronto for the AL's two wild cards at 87-72, with Detroit 1 1/2 games back and Seattle trailing the Tigers by a half-game.

Trumbo and Jones homered off Michael Pineda (6-12), who started with 3 2/3 hitless innings and suddenly became ineffective.

Schoop tied his career high with five RBIs, hitting a go-ahead, two-run double in the fourth and adding a three-run homer in the fifth against James Pazos -- Baltimore's big league-high 250th home run this season.

Yovani Gallardo (6-8) won for just the second time in nine starts since Aug. 5, allowing two hits, three walks and Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly in six innings (see full story). 

Ortiz delivers another HR, Red Sox beat Blue Jays 5-3
BOSTON -- Opening his final weekend with yet another game-winning homer, David Ortiz lined a two-run shot into the right-field stands to break a seventh-inning tie and help the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night.

The AL East champion Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak and stayed one game ahead of Cleveland in the race for home-field advantage for the playoffs.

The Blue Jays fell one game behind Baltimore in the wild-card race and are now within range of Detroit and Seattle in the fight for the AL's final postseason berth (see full story).