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.

Pete Mackanin says Odubel Herrera will stay in CF this season — but beyond?

Pete Mackanin says Odubel Herrera will stay in CF this season — but beyond?

A couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said there was a chance he could look at Odubel Herrera in a corner outfield spot over the final weeks of the season.

Scrub that idea.

“Not this year,” Mackanin said Monday. “If we decide we're going to do that, we'll encourage him to play a corner in winter ball and then in spring training, if that's what we decide to do.

“I thought about doing that. But I don't know if we want to do that now. We’ll just let him get back on track offensively. I won't say it won't happen here or there. But we're not going to make that move right now.

“Let's try to keep his mind as uncluttered as possible right now. It looks a little cluttered.”

The Phillies have thought about moving Herrera to a corner spot because they have a top center field prospect in Roman Quinn. Also, Aaron Altherr is an excellent defender in center.

Quinn seemed to be on target for a call up after the Eastern League playoffs, but that could be in doubt now that he’s on the disabled list with a concussion.

Still, Quinn may be this club’s centerfielder of the future. And behind him is Mickey Moniak, this year’s top draft pick. He’s a ways away. But it’s worth wondering if the Phillies believe Herrera’s future is at a corner outfield spot. Or whether Herrera will be wintertime trade bait.

Mackanin was asked if he believed Herrera’s future would be in a corner spot.

“You know, I'd rather not really even comment on that,” he said. “I don't want him to think that we're not pleased with him. I just want to keep him confident the rest of the season.”

Herrera’s defense in center field has slipped this season.

“He was better last year defensively,” Mackanin said. “He's made a lot of mistakes this year. I think we've all seen that. But that doesn't mean he's not going to play center field anymore. There's another month left to see what happens.”

Herrera was the Phillies’ lone representative in the All-Star Game. He hit .294 with a .378 on-base percentage and a .427 slugging percentage before the All-Star break. Since then, however, he was hitting .252 with a .314 on-base percentage and a .378 slugging percentage entering play Monday night.

Mychal Kendricks may be only starter to play Thursday vs. Jets

Mychal Kendricks may be only starter to play Thursday vs. Jets

Nelson Agholor, a struggling second-year receiver who may or may not be a starter, likely won't play in the Eagles' preseason finale Thursday against the Jets.

Mychal Kendricks, a fifth-year linebacker who's been a regular starter since he was a rookie, likely will.

"There's a chance," head coach Doug Pederson said Monday. "There's a chance he plays because he hasn't played all preseason, and we still want to get him those live reps and get him ready for Cleveland."

Kendricks played Saturday against Indianapolis after missing the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury suffered in training camp earlier this month. He was still in the game in the fourth quarter, when the rest of the starters had exchanged their helmets for baseball caps.

"Why? Because he hasn't played," Pederson said. "He hasn't played and we just want to see him get game and live reps. That's the bottom line."

And just to be sure, Kendricks is still a starter?

"Oh, yeah. He's another one that we'd love to see again this Thursday night in a short role," Pederson said. "But at the same time he hasn't played all preseason. Stephen Tulloch's another one that we need to see play. So there's an opportunity for these two to get some more reps on Thursday."

Tulloch makes sense. He needs all the reps he can get. And he's also a backup. He should have no problem playing Thursday.

As for Kendricks ... he was not available to the media Monday.

Cornerback Aaron Grymes waived by Eagles

Cornerback Aaron Grymes waived by Eagles

Aaron Grymes was making a serious push to be on the Eagles' 53-man roster until the cornerback's right shoulder slammed into the ground at Heinz Field after an interception.

Grymes hasn't practiced or played since and the Eagles on Monday released the 25-year-old corner with the "waived/injured" designation. 

Before coming to the Eagles this spring, Grymes spent three successful seasons in the Canadian Football League and won a Grey Cup as an All-Star for the Edmonton Eskimos in 2015.

There seems to be a decent shot that the Eagles might want to put Grymes on their practice squad.

After the Pittsburgh game, when he had the interception and suffered the injury, Grymes was asked if he would prefer to be on a practice squad or head back to Canada, where he's already a proven star.

“I’ve thought about both of them," Grymes said on Aug. 18. "Both of them are great opportunities. I know that there are teams in Canada that are willing to bring me in and let me play. But then again, you can’t really compare it with this NFL dream I’ve had forever.

"To sign to a practice squad … injuries happen every day, and I think an opportunity could be there. It will be something I sit down with my wife and talk about, sit down with my agent and talk about. We’ll just make the best decision for us from there.”