Oct 1, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT
You probably jumped out of your seat when Lawrence Tynes missed his 54-yard field goal to the left, as did the 69,000 fans at the Linc on Sunday night, only to have Andy Reid pull the rug right out from in under you, too. There was no 54-yard field goal attempt. That fleeting moment of jubilation may have suddenly turned to panic as you realized what had transpired.
The head coach did one of those things head coaches do that nobody else understands. He iced the kicker
Oct 1, 2012, 3:23 AM EDT
It was a truly special night at the Linc, and not because the Birds took care of business by dispatching the rival Giants (but that was swell, too). After returning to Philadelphia this summer to retire as a member of the Eagles, Brian Dawkins was added to franchise’s hall of fame and had his iconic number 20 retired on Sunday night in a halftime ceremony.
In case you weren’t on hand to witness it or watching live on PhiladelphiaEagles.com — and really, even if you were — we bring you the full celebration below.
Hang on Tight, It’s Gonna Be a Wild Ride: Eagles Make Things Interesting Yet Again in Win Over Giants
Oct 1, 2012, 2:21 AM EDT
You wanted convincing? You got it. The Eagles didn’t beat their opponent by one point on Sunday night, as they did both the Browns and Ravens in Weeks 1 and 2. No, no, no — they beat the Giants by two!
All kidding aside, there was progress in more aspects of the Birds’ 19-17 victory over rival New York than a subtle difference on the scoreboard. They ran the ball. They protected the quarterback. Most important, they did not commit a single turnover. After they averaged four per game through the first three weeks this season, some of you may have doubled back to read the previous sentence twice.
Yet for their many steps in the right direction, the Eagles still had to take a few backwards. They were forced to settle for field goals in three out of four red zone trips. They needed to come from behind after their defense surrendered a six-point lead in the fourth quarter. Even after it appeared as though they had it sewn up when Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes missed the potential game-winning field goal, it turned out he would get to attempt it again thanks to Philadelphia’s favorite son, Andy Reid.
Sep 30, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT
Another classic Eagles-Giants encounter. Eli Manning drove New York down to Philadelphia’s 36 for a 54-yard field goal try, but Lawrence Tynes missed it — twice! The Birds fly to victory.
Full recap on the way, but phew, that was close.
Sep 30, 2012, 7:22 PM EDT
For a football team that owns a 2-1 record, there certainly hasn’t been a great deal of positive press about the Eagles over the past week, nor much chest thumping among the good citizens of Philadelphia. Last week’s beatdown in Arizona took the wind right out of our sails, while erratic performances that have produced 12 turnovers and a pair of one-point victories have resulted in a whole lot of second guessing.
So it would be fair to say the Eagles are not a very convincing 2-1. Is this a first-place squad capable of a deep playoff run, or a mistake-riddled bunch that can’t get out of their own way? I think it’s still too early to tell.
That will no longer be the case after tonight. How the Birds respond to the wild inconsistencies of the frst three weeks — in prime time, in their building, against a divisional foe, the reigning Super Bowl Champions — should provide some much-needed context to the month of September, and indicate which direction the compass is pointing the rest of the way.
Sep 30, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT
Today marks the five-year anniversary of Winston Justice’s first NFL start. Eagles fans can only pray the Giants don’t observe the occasion.
With Tra Thomas ruled out for Sunday Night Football in New York in 2007, Justice was plugged in at left tackle. Nobody could have predicted exactly what happened next. Donovan McNabb would get sacked 12 times in one game — six of those by Osi Umenyiora alone — as the second-year offensive lineman turned out to be as effective at protecting the quarterback as a drive thru. Philadelphia lost 16-3.
Back to 2012. With Jason Peters already on the shelf, and King Dunlap nursing a hamstring injury for the second week in a row, the Eagles are down to their third left tackle heading into tonight’s tilt with the G-men. Jason Pierre-Paul must be licking his chops.
Sep 30, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT
For as great as he was on the field, it’s not been uncommon over the past week to hear former teammates and members of the local media refer to Brian Dawkins as an even better person than he was a football player.
This story, published on Friday over on 6ABC.com, only adds to that impression.
Sep 29, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT
Think Mike Vick will be under pressure to perform on Sunday night?
He’ll probably be under even more pressure from a Giants defense that’s given him considerable trouble over the last two seasons.
It’s time for Vick, Reid and Mornhinweg to show what, if anything, they’ve really learned.
Sep 28, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT
Weapon X is now getting the official X-Men treatment thanks to the fine people at Marvel Comics.
The above poster, created by Marvel artist Jorge Molina, will be distributed to Eagles fans as they enter the stadium prior to Sunday night’s Eagles-Giants game and the ceremony to retire Brian Dawkins’ No. 20.
Full photo inside.
Sep 28, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT
This isn’t another story about play-calling balance, which has been rightly questioned, although perhaps blown out of proportion as well. The NFL is a passing league, so the Eagles do need to be able to throw the ball — maybe not to the tune of 25 to five in the first half, but as Marty Mornhinweg explains, that number is probably skewed against Arizona. A two-minute drill, multiple long down and distances… they had a number of situations that dictated pass.
That said, everybody would like to see a bit more Shady in the offense, but that isn’t what really concerned me when I watched last week’s coaches’ film. In the first half, the Eagles were doing the same things in the passing game that weren’t working in Cleveland: attacking the defense vertically, and giving Michael Vick few options.
That includes running.
Sep 28, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT
Little Eli Manning is depicted in this week’s Eagles splash cartoon leading up to Sunday night’s game in Philadelphia as having nightmares about ghoulish Eagles and Wolverine Brian Dawkins.
Funny that Eli would have nightmares about a guy no longer playing on the Eagles.
Sep 28, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT
Donovan McNabb made his first of what will be a weekly appearance on Thursday’s on Daily News Live last night and sat in with Michael B. and the crew for the first half hour. McNabb loves avoiding the actual question that is posed to him, so he didn’t really drop any juicy nuggets.
My favorite part of the whole show was when McNabb was asked about his favorite and least favorite thing about playing football in Philadelphia.
Sep 27, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT
A couple of things here:
1. That is Eagles corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wearing a batman outfit as his everyday street attire.
2. That is what the man apparently picked out of his closet when he woke up in the morning.
Sep 27, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT
The Eagles-Giants rivalry has really heated up over the past few seasons with there being absolutely no love lost between New York and Philadelphia. The Birds seem to have the edge when it comes to regular season NFC East battles with the G-Men, but Eli Manning and his teammates have the hardware to show at the end of the day.
Our man Kulp put a gallery together showcasing the memorable moments from the rivalry over the past three seasons.
Sep 27, 2012, 12:52 AM EDT
And all it took for a deal to get done was for the replacement officials to RUIN EVERYTHING.
I don’t know what the refs got, and I don’t care. What I do care about is the lockout has ended, and competent, properly trained officials will be on the field tonight. That’s right, folks, they’re not wasting any time.
I suppose thank yous are in order to the Green Bay Packers for taking the bullet for the rest of the league’s 31 franchises. Sorry it couldn’t have been Dallas.
Sep 26, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT
Each week during the 2012 season we’re going to hit up some of the most knowledgeable people on the Internet when it comes to the team the Philadelphia Eagles are playing that particular Sunday. This week, we have Jimmy Kempski who runs Blogging the bEast, among other things. Follow him @Jimmy_Beast for all things Eagles, NFC East, and football-related.
Kulp: Who are the Giants? It feels like you can never tell if this team is great or not from one season to the next, sometimes one week to the next. Are they even great at all in the classical sense, meaning the way people think of New England or Pittsburgh?
Jimmy: That’s an interesting question. In the last 5 years, not including 2012, the Patriots were 64-16 (.800) during the regular season. The Giants were 49-31 (.613). Patriots Super Bowl wins during that span: None, and a 4-4 playoff record. Giants Super Bowl wins during that span: 2, and an 8-1 playoff record.
Sep 26, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT
According to the Philadelphia Eagles official website, all of the special events involving Brian Dawkins that will take place before and during Sunday night game with the New York Giants will be broadcast live online at PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
6 PM – Jersey Retirement Ceremony at Headhouse Plaza. Ticket holders are invited to attend, but please note that space is extremely limited. Will be broadcast live on PhiladelphiaEagles.com
Sep 25, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT
When I went back and watched the first half of Eagles-Cardinals to see what went wrong — only the first half, because frankly that’s when it was over — I was a little surprised. Play after play, a flattened Michael Vick scooped himself off the turf — 20+ times according to the broadcast — yet the protection didn’t seem all that bad. On occasion, I rewound and checked again, and for the most part the offensive line was getting the job done.
I was relieved to discover today that I was not the only person who noticed. As he does every week, Ray Didinger sat down with NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger and watched the tape. What they found was that despite the Eagles’ patchwork up front, there were plenty of issues that were bigger contributing factors to Vick’s abuse than the offensive line.
And Diddy and Baldy were not the only ones.
Sep 25, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT
Ah, nothing like rekindling an old feud with the New York Giants.
In a piece that will air on ESPN’s “E:60″ this evening, Shady McCoy said that he couldn’t say what he really wanted to on Twitter to respond to Giants defender Osi Umenyiora’s Mother’s Day trash talk over the summer due to his contract situation being unresolved. Now that Shady’s been paid, he can speak freely. And wiseacrely.
Sep 25, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT
Who’dathunk we’d miss good old Ed Hochuli and his gun show so darn much?
SI’s Jimmy Traina did a nice job this morning rounding up some of the more humorous takes on the debacle at the end of last night’s Monday Night Football game in Seattle. A local Green Bay station using a replacement weatherman was a nice touch.
Did you know Ed Hochuli is an attorney? He is.
Sep 25, 2012, 2:11 AM EDT
My first thought when I saw the interception by Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings that was ruled a touchdown catch credited to Golden Tate was, “I’m just glad this didn’t happen to my team.” Holy shit would that be tough to swallow.
We’ve rounded up some reactions from around the web including video of the play in question:
Sep 24, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT
Andy Reid caused shock waves earlier Monday when he hinted that he was going to at least think about Nick Foles as the season went on. Our man Kulp chalked it up as a “throwaway comment” by coach and as we learned after Big Red made his weekly appearance on 94 WIP’s coach’s show, it was just that.
Sep 24, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT
Andy Reid stopped short of opening the can of worms, but he loosened the lid with a little twist. Asked whether he’s given any thought to making a switch at quarterback during his day-after press conference, the head coach told reporters nothing is imminent. Then in his next breath, Reid seemingly left all options on the table.
“Right now, we’re with Michael and that’s what we’re doing. We’ll evaluate it as we go.”
Sep 24, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT
Saturday Night Live shook things up this season by passing the Barack Obama torch from Fred Armisen to Jay Pharoah to mixed results. While Pharoah’s Obama impression may need some work, his Stephen A. Smith is pretty damn on point. It’s probably a whole lot easier when someone so closely resembles a cartoon in real life anyway.
On the most recent episode of SNL that aired this past weekend, Stephen A. Smith was a guest on Weekend Update to weigh in on his very good friend and quarterback of the New York Jets, Tim Tebow.
Sep 24, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT
The Eagles didn’t give Philly fans much to cheer about on the field yesterday out in the desert. On the flip side, the Arizona Cardinals and their cheerleaders brought their A-game.
Click here for a photo gallery of the Cardinals cheerleaders from Sunday including the gravity-defying hair twirl.
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