Today in Philly Sports History: Westbrook Keys Upset Over Giants, 2008

Today in Philly Sports History: Westbrook Keys Upset Over Giants, 2008

The Eagles were only 6-5-1 (groan) on December 7th of last year when they went to the Meadowlands to pay the Giants a visit. Big Blue, in the meantime, was an NFC-best 11-1, firing on all cylinders on a seven-game winning streak that was making them look like the class of the conference. But fortunes were quickly to change, in large thanks to a season-best performance by RB Brian Westbrook, who the Giants had no answer for the entire game.

West's stat line for the game was one of those you barely ever saw from other running backs, but almost came to take for granted coming from #36. He went for 133 yards and a score on the ground, and augmented it with 72 yards and another score through the air, accounting for well over half the Birds' total offense. David Akers added a pair of field goals as well, which ended up being the difference in the Eagles' 20-14 victory over the G-Men.

"This was a big win," said Westbrook after the game, "But we're in a position now where we have to win them all." So it seemed at the time for the Eagles, though they still snuck in one more loss just to make things interesting before clinching a Wild Card spot in the playoffs in the last week of the season. There they would eventually meet the same Giants, who limped into the post-season with three losses in their last four games, and fell to the Eagles once more on a windy day in New Jersey. Let this be a lesson to you, kids, about, uh, something.

Who knows how many, if any, more games we'll see like this out of Brian Westbrook before his time in the Green and White comes to a close. But performances like this are why, when all is said and done, he'll likely go down one of the great running backs in the history of the franchise.

Instant Replay: Temple 86, Tulane 76 (2OT)

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Instant Replay: Temple 86, Tulane 76 (2OT)

BOX SCORE

Temple snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with an 86-76 double-overtime win over Tulane on Senior Day at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. scored a putback layup with eight seconds left in regulation to even the Owls with the Green Wave at 65 and send the game to OT. In the first OT, Alston made two free throws with five seconds left to put Temple up, 71-68. But Tulane rolled the ball up the court and Malik Morgan made a deep three as time expired to send it to double OT.

The Owls (15-15, 6-11 AAC) scored seven quick points in just under two minutes in the second overtime that put them up 78-71, a lead Tulane (5-23, 2-14) could not recover from.

Turning point
The Owls jumped out to a 17-4 lead early in the first 4:25 of the game and had a 35-28 lead over Tulane at halftime. They looked to be in control for most of the game until the Green Wave outscored them, 19-11, to take a 47-46 lead with 11:31 left in the second half.

In the second OT, however, Temple outscored Tulane, 15-5, to seal the win.

Big men on campus
The Owls were led by by Alston's 25 points (10 for 10 at the free-throw line), eight rebounds and six assists. Senior Daniel Dingle had 13 points and eight rebounds. Mark Williams, another senior, had 20 points and six rebounds after fouling out in the second OT. Junior forward Obi Enechionyia added 14 points.

Tulane was led by junior Cameron Reynolds, who scored a team-high 21 points.

Inside the box score
• The Owls shared the ball well with 17 assists, compared to just eight by Tulane.

• Temple led for 42:23 of game time, with 13 being its largest lead in the first half.

History lesson
The Owls move on to 7-2 all-time against Tulane, winning six straight in the series.

Up next
Temple will end its season on the road at USF next Sunday afternoon.

Tulane will stay on the road and play at Memphis on Friday.

Ilya Bryzgalov warns Flyers fans to bring speedos to Heinz Field

Ilya Bryzgalov warns Flyers fans to bring speedos to Heinz Field

The last time the Flyers were in an outdoor game, Ilya Bryzgalov was drinking from a thermos on the bench while Sergei Bobrovsky started against the Rangers five years ago.

Fast forward to Saturday night. Bryzgalov is out of the NHL, Bobrovsky has himself in the conversation for his second Vezina Trophy in Columbus, and the Flyers face off against the  Penguins at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in a Stadium Series game … weather permitting.

The weather is expected to cooperate tonight, though. The forecast called for rain today and temperatures in the 50s, but it hasn't rained much. The temperature is expected to drop into the 40s and 30s, and may even hit a lot of 28, according to Weather.com.

Don't tell Bryzgalov that. "Bryz" took to Twitter to offer advice for Flyers and Penguins fans attending the Stadium Series match tonight.

You don't need no stinkin' thermos.

If you're not following Bryzgalov on Twitter, you should click that follow button now. He's always an entertaining follow.