Philly went 2-0 on Christmas Day. The Sixers had a pretty good game. The Eagles…well…they won and clinched home-field advantage!
But it wasn’t good. They won 19-10, but my god was it a terrible game to end your Christmas.
Nick Foles…oh boy was he a trainwreck.
Nick Foles could’ve ran himself or thrown to 1 of several options for a 1st down. Instead, he THREW THE BALL AWAY HERE. pic.twitter.com/4f90Ne3EHP
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) December 26, 2017
19 of 38 for 163 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His passer rating was a 59.4. Derek Carr wasn’t much better, going 15 of 29 for 140 yards with a touchdown and two picks. His passer rating was a 48.1.
That was one part. The second half was something that came from a game with the 2008 0-16 Lions and this year’s 0-15 (soon to be 0-16) Cleveland Browns. SEVEN TURNOVERS, beginning from the 4:25 mark left in the third quarter:
I didn’t go to the game, but watching that and being in the cold with significant wind? That had to be brutal. Hoping they got plenty of drinks at Xfinity Live afterwards.
It feels like a loss from how the team played. This can’t happen against teams like the Saints or the Vikings in a few weeks.
Get ready to read some All-22 posts in the next couple of days!
Just be happy this happened:
Howard Eskin *almost* got out of the way…. pic.twitter.com/91Uu5918oH
— Matt Mullin (@matt_mullin) December 26, 2017
The appetizer for last night involved the Sixers, who broke their five-game losing streak with a 105-98 win over the New York Knicks for their first Christmas Day win since 1988. It was a much-needed win by a team that showed signs of being their old selves for most of the month.
Joel Embiid played and led the way with 25 points and 16 rebounds, along with three blocks, and JJ Redick added 24 points of his own, going four-of-eight on three-point field goals.
Although Embiid shined and Knicks center Enes Kanter put up 31 points and 22 rebounds, the MVP of the game was probably TJ McConnell, who had a huge second half. He totaled 15 points on the afternoon, including eight straight at one point, as well as five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Brett Brown praised his play afterwards:
"I think he was the MVP of the game."
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) December 25, 2017
I love watching JoJo and Ben, but my favorite player is easily TJ McConnell. He’s a gritty player and puts it all out on the court when he plays. No reason not to love him.
Sixers try to start a winning streak Thursday night on the road against Portland at 10:30 PM on TNT.
The team continues their holiday road trip Thursday night against the Florida Panthers.
In other sports news, there were four other NBA games yesterday. The Timberwolves crushed the Lakers, the Wizards got past Boston in the Celtics’ first ever Christmas Day game at home, the Thunder knocked off the Rockets, and Golden State got the best of Cleveland in an NBA Finals rematch.
At the end of the Cavs-Warriors game, LeBron may have been fouled by Kevin Durant.
The Steelers took care of the Texas 34-6 to earn a first round bye in the AFC playoffs. But DeAndre Hopkins may have made the catch of the year:
— NFL (@NFL) December 25, 2017
In that game, Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry made his NFL debut after overcoming cancer.
Diamondbacks prospect Pavin Smith gave his parents a really good gift:
Thank you for everything you have done for me! This doesn’t make up for any of it. Love you both so much. Our home is finally all YOURS. Merry Christmas! pic.twitter.com/h9wog2HfHv
— Pavin Smith (@PavinSmith) December 25, 2017
The Utah Jazz unveiled their City Edition uniforms based off the red rock formations.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) December 25, 2017
In the news, a police chase that began in Haverford resulted in a crash in the city.
The White House is getting rid of the iconic Jackson Magnolia tree.
The Chinese are cloning dogs.