I’m sure Jeffrey Lurie had to be the first one in the elevator to rush down to the locker room so that he can be there to break it down with the players after the game. He showed off his moves on Ronald Darby’s Instagram Live:
It’s finally here. The long-awaited divisional playoff game is upon us. Eagles vs. Falcons with the winner advancing to the NFC Championship next weekend.
Follow along for today’s games here and in the comments below as the birds play in their first playoff game since 2014.
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The Philadelphia Flyers are on a bye week, but that isn’t keeping them out of the news.
Claude Giroux was selected to play in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, which takes place later this month in Tampa, Florida.
This is Giroux’s fifth trip to the All-Star Game, with his last coming in 2016.
Here’s a rundown of the weekend, which is Jan. 27-28:
The 2018 NHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Saturday, Jan. 27 (7:00 p.m. on NBCSN) and the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be on Sunday, Jan. 28 (3:30 p.m. on NBC).
The annual mid-season event returns to a 3-on-3 tournament format for the third straight year – Nashville (2016) and Los Angeles (2017). Under the tournament rules, the NHL All-Star Game will be divided into three 20-minute games, with star players from each NHL division making up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan.
The Flyers return to regular season action on Saturday.
In an instant classic, Alabama proved its dynasty is still strong with a comeback 26-23 win over Georgia in the College Football National Championship. ‘Bama was down 13-0 at intermission and trailed 20-7 midway through the second half.
Nick Saban benched starting QB Jalen Hurts for freshman Tua Tagovailoa, who more than delivered. The future of the program was 14-24 for 166 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. It culminated with this game-winning pass on 2nd and 26 after taking a 16-yard sack:
TRUE FRESHMAN TO TRUE FRESHMAN
BAMA WINS pic.twitter.com/3Jei32dMVn
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 9, 2018
President Donald Trump attended the first half of the game and was on the field for the national anthem ceremony:
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 9, 2018
The college football season is officially over. Now full focus on the NFL and the Eagles’ road to the Super Bowl.
The stage, or shall we say cage, is set.
The Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons this Saturday at 4:35pm on NBC. The Birds are home underdogs, something that hasn’t happened for a one seed in the playoffs since 1970. The Falcons face the Birds because they took down the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night, 26-13. In the other Wild Card Weekend games, another Andy Reid team collapsed, Jacksonville was not as bad as Buffalo, and the Saints managed not to give it away to the Panthers.
It was an entertaining weekend, here is the schedule for the divisional round:
Saturday, January 13
Atlanta Falcons at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:35 p.m. (NBC)
Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots, 8:15 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, January 14
Jacksonville Jaguars at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:05 p.m. (CBS)
New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings, 4:40 p.m. (FOX)
Now we have the week to over-analyze and overreact! Continue Reading
The Flyers scored four goals in one period, but still nearly blew the lead in a 6-4 win over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
It was a feisty one as well, with some good fights, including this one:
👊Scott Laughton vs. Jordan Eberle👊 pic.twitter.com/bQ9UW9esXC
— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) January 5, 2018
Ivan Provorov scored two goals and one assist in the winning effort for the Flyers while Sean Couturier had one goal and an assist of his own.
However, the best part of the night may have taken place in the concourse as CB staffer Chris Jastrzembski ran into the legend.
— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) January 5, 2018
College football needs more than four teams in a playoff.
I’m not advocating for an eight-team playoff as certain years there may not be eight teams worthy, and I understand the arguments of devaluing the regular season. So I’m proposing a six-team playoff.
Six teams. The top two teams get byes. Two weeks of playoff games before the national championship.
Take this year’s final CFP rankings and this is how it would play out:
Clemson and Oklahoma get a bye.
Georgia vs. Wisconsin and Alabama vs. Ohio State in the first round.
Then Clemson gets lowest seed remaining and Oklahoma faces the highest the following weekend.
Doesn’t that sound like an enticing few weeks of college football?
It’s the perfect mix of playoff expansion while keeping the regular season still as important as before. Teams can play for that bye and those that have one or two losses can still get in to the dance.
More exposure, more money, and more boosters. That is what it is all about in college sports.
If even one of those first round games are like yesterday’s Rose Bowl, it was definitely worth it.
Speaking of that Rose Bowl game. Wow. In an Instant Classic as Georgia topped Oklahoma 54-48 in the first ever Rose Bowl that went to overtime. The Bulldogs blocked an OU field goal attempt in the second overtime and then rushed in the game-winning score on their possession.
Georgia will face Alabama in the National Championship on January 8 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the Tide defeated Clemson 24-6 in the All-State Sugar Bowl in the second-half of the CFP doubleheader on New Year’s Day.
In the other New Year’s Six bowl games, Penn State topped Washington 35-28 in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl. It was also the final game of Saquon Barkley’s college career as the star running back declared for the NFL draft on Monday:
To the pro game, a somewhat subdued week 17 in the NFL produced some excitement, especially for the Bills.
Thanks to the Bengals defeat of the Ravens 31-27, Baltimore missed out on the postseason and Buffalo got the final playoff spot in the AFC, sending the franchise to the postseason for the first time since 1999. That ended the longest current playoff drought in the NFL and among all four major sports. That now belongs to an MLB team:
With the Bills in the playoffs, the new owner of the longest playoff drought in American pro sports is now the Seattle Mariners (16 seasons).
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 1, 2018
The rest of the weekend went as expected and resulted in these playoff matchups:
NFL playoff schedule for next two weekends: pic.twitter.com/302Xo9hqvp
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2018
The Eagles game against the Cowboys left much to be desired this past Sunday as the Birds fell 6-0 to Dallas. These stats sum it up pretty well:
Cowboys-Eagles was the second game in the Super Bowl era without a made FG or PAT.
The other was Philadelphia's 34-20 win over Detroit in 2013, when only one PAT was attempted under these conditions: pic.twitter.com/xbxfFMs9R2
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 31, 2017
See what our CB staff predictions were for the game.
The lackluster game left Eagles fans less than optimistic about the upcoming playoffs. Tony Dungy is more of a glass half full type of guy when it comes to Philly:
I keep telling Eagles fans to relax. They are going to be fine. Nick Foles will play well. The NFC Championship game will be in Philly. https://t.co/mPQ8rkw3TI
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) January 1, 2018
Elsewhere around the league on Sunday, the Saints played the Bucs and this weird exchange between coaches occurred after:
Interesting exchange between Dirk Koetter and Sean Payton following the game. The shoulder pats getting a little aggressive. Sounds like unresolved matters from the week 9 scuffle involving Winston, Evans and Lattimore. (credit @JeffTewksFox13 for video) #Bucs pic.twitter.com/IWDdml3LLM
— Scott Smith (@ScottSmithFOX13) January 1, 2018
After the games, the NFL coaching carousel began to spin. Here is the rundown:
- Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians retired.
- The Chicago Bears fired John Fox.
- The Detroit Lions fired Jim Caldwell.
- The Indianapolis Colts fired Chuck Pagano.
- The Oakland Raiders fired Jack Del Rio.
The Bengals may still part ways with Marvin Lewis, the Giants already canned Ben McAdoo, and there may still be another surprise.
The Raiders seem to have done what others thought was impossible:
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 1, 2018
To accomplish that, the team is reportedly offering Gruden a part ownership in the franchise.
Arians’ farewell speech was short and sweet, but perfect:
Bruce Arians' goodbye speech to his Cardinals players was perfect: "It's been my f**king pleasure to be your head coach."
Happy retirement, Bruce.
— SB Nation (@SBNation) January 1, 2018
With all of these openings, teams are going to start plucking from the successful teams in the league, like the Eagles, who could be getting stripped of their best coordinators and assistants this off-season. Already John DeFilippo is reportedly interviewing for the Bears and Cardinals head coach vacancies. Jim Schwartz is reportedly interviewing with the Giants this week. Also, don’t be surprised if Frank Reich gets at least a few looks as well.
The club hosts the Spurs on Wednesday at 7pm.
The Flyers are 16-14-8 after a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning back on Dec.29, their most recent contest.
The team hosts the Penguins tonight at 7pm.
In other sports news…
DGB was arrested for DWI.
Villanova was upset by Butler and fell from undefeated and #1 overall.
Avery Bradley of the Pistons reportedly settled a sexual assault case.
In non-sports news…
The protests in Iran continue.
The minimum wage is going up in 18 states, except Pennsylvania.
CNN is lit – a puff, pass, and paint party in Colorado pic.twitter.com/rcU7pW1FPQ
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 1, 2018
Happy New Year, everyone!
Looks like we finally have that Markelle Fultz update. Well, unofficially.
Nothing from the Sixers yet, but reportedly Fultz is ramping things up:
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) December 27, 2017
.@MarkelleF is expected to be incorporated in some team drills this week. He has basically had solo workouts with a player-development coach.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) December 27, 2017
Fultz posted on Instagram before Christmas, hinting that some news may be dropping, and this appears to be it, a bit more training and traveling with the team. Seeing him in game action is something else entirely.
The Sixers kick off another west coast swing tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers. Tip is at 10:30 p.m.