Eagles Fall to the Saints in Divisional Game

Roxana Herrera Philadelphia Eagles Reporter

By Roxana Herrera //@rxnlzbth

Saints 20 – Eagles 14

What was a promising start for the Philadelphia Eagles ended in tears for the fans of the defending champions. Eagles were up 14-0 going into the second quarter and had everything going their way until quarterback Nick Foles was intercepted and the momentum completely shifted. After that, the Eagles’ defense was too tired to find an answer.

They started off on top converting a turnover into a touchdown. Then later that quarter, Foles hit wide receiver Jordan Matthews for their second and final touchdown of the game. Eagles earned a total of 151 yards and were barely able to add any more.

It’s fair to say Foles threw some questionable passes, either they were overthrown or underthrown. The offense also had trouble converting third downs.

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Philadelphia Eagles hang on for another round

Roxana Herrera Philadelphia Eagles Reporter

By Roxana Herrera //@rxnlzbth

Eagles 16 – Bears 15

After a nail-biter of a game, the Philadelphia Eagles let out a breath of stunned excitement as they witnessed a missed field goal that would have ended their season. It was an ugly first half of football, with Chicago leading 6-3 at the break, but Philly returned a changed team.  

Quarterback Nick Foles at one point took advantage of a crucial mistake by the Bears and hit rookie tight end Dallas Goedert for a 10-yard touchdown, taking back the lead.

Even with two early interceptions by Foles, this Eagles team didn’t give up. The defense kept them in the game all four quarters. Left tackle Jason Peters played a major factor in protecting his quarterback and helped the front line shut down linebacker Khalil Mack.

With under a minute left to play, Foles threw a 2-yard pass to receiver Golden Tate to take the late lead by just one point, and missing the two-point conversion, leaving enough of a chance for the Bears to try for a field goal.

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Fog won’t be an issue in Bears-Eagles matchup

Wanda Wiedman,
Bengalss contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

It was 31 years ago that a strange eerie fog rolled into Soldier Field in a critical NFC divisional playoff game between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles. It was a beautiful brisk day in Chicago and clear skies. But there was a cloud of uncertainty between the two teams.

Eagles head Coach Buddy Ryan was going head-to-head against his former team, a team he had built a fierce defense with that dominated in 1985, resulting in a Super Bowl title.

In 1988, the Eagles had the worst pass defense in the league. This year the Eagles rank 30th in passing defense, while the Bears rank seventh. Back then head coach Mike Ditka said that “if we don’t beat ourselves we can win this game”. I would say that same statement would apply today for the Bears going into the playoffs this Sunday. But for the 88’ Eagles, that was the case as they could not score a touchdown due to penalties, including some that negated two touchdowns in the first half.

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The Eagles have a December to remember

Roxana Herrera Philadelphia Eagles Reporter

By Roxana Herrera // @rxnlzbth

Eagles 24 – Redskins 0

The Philadelphia Eagles will have a chance to defend their title.

After a shaky first couple of games with backup quarterback Nick Foles, the Eagles have done a complete 180° and turned what was sure to be a losing season into a well deserved wild card spot.  

One of the toughest things to do is repeat as Super Bowl champions, but the Eagles fought and have played their best football all season and won five of their last six games.

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Tennessee Titans shut out New York Giants 17-0

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen //@ksc47

Titans 17 – Giants 0

The Titans won a road game at MetLife Stadium in rainy and cold New Jersey.  The victory was extra sweet as the Titans have not had a shutout game since December of 2000 when they beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-0.

The wintery weather may have cost the Titans some points, as there were some dropped passes and a missed field goal kick.  But behind Derrick Henry’s strong run game, the team prevailed. Henry had a great game with two touchdowns, 33 carries, and 170 yards.

The Titans defense was also strong; the defense was able to hold the Giants star rookie running back Saquon Barkley to only 31 yards.  The Titans defense had two turnovers during the second half of the game, with safety Kevin Byard getting his third interception of the year, and linebacker Kamalei Correa forcing a sack-fumble on Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning. The fumbled ball was picked up by defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.

Coach Vrabel stated at the post-game press conference that he was proud that his team did not have any turnovers in the “tough conditions on the field”.

The game was prolonged unnecessarily by the NFL refs who seemed to want to review far too many plays, and it took them a long time to reach decisions. The fans out in the cold had to have been frustrated by the delays.  While we are on the subject of delays, the Titans did get an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for having two “delay of game” calls in a row; rather strange.

All in all, it was another Derrick Henry show, with the running back breaking the record for most rushing yards in back to back games. He beat Earl Campbell’s record of 405 yards with 408 rushing yards.

 

The Titans will face the Washington Redskins next week at home on Saturday with a late afternoon kickoff time of 3:30 CT. Tennessee is now 8-6 for the season and the team needs to win the next two home games for any chance to get in the playoffs.

The Titans were hyped at the end of this game and performed a “Remember the Titans” celebration dance routine. The hype and the teamwork needs to carry on for two more weeks, for two more victories for Tennessee to have a chance to get to the Super Bowl.

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After a slow start, Giants still have a chance at the playoffs

Marquita Quinones
NY Giants reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

Giants 40 – Redskins 16

What a season! Who would have thought with the start that the New York Giants had they could even be having thoughts of a playoff run. But, believe it or not, there is still hope. Very slim, but hope.

It seems as though after the bye week the Giants have started to find themselves. In the past 3 weeks, the Giants have had a close loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, and two good wins, one against the Chicago Bears and the latest impressive win against the Washington Redskins. The Giants have improved their record to 4-1 after the bye.

Now, if the beating they gave Washington was a glimpse of what might be if given the chance to enter the playoff season, the Giants may be in good shape. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple.

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A Giant Leap Over Bears in OT Loss

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

It was bound to happen. A backup quarterback with not enough playing time slotted to win two back-to-back games? That was wishful thinking. But there were many factors that resulted in a painful Chicago Bears loss to the New York Giants on the road.

First, let’s start with the positives.

– Running back Jordan Howard actually had more than 50 plus yards in this game. As a matter of fact, he rushed for 76 yards, one as long as 25 yards! Hey, this is huge because he hasn’t been a factor in the run game for a while.

– Cornerback Kyle Fuller caught his 6th interception which he read in anticipation to the throw by Eli Manning. He surpassed his rookie high in 2014 of four.

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Bears must take Giant step at MetLife Stadium

Wanda Wiedman, Reporter Chicago Bears

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The Chicago Bears have won five straight games after their loss to New England. They won three division games within a span of 11 days. No one can question their hunger to win.

Even with starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky unable to play on Thanksgiving due to a shoulder sprain, his sideline presences and leadership were evident on every pass and every tackle. The entire team put their confidence on backup QB, veteran Chase Daniel to carry the team and with the help of the defense, it was a done deal.

Going into Sunday’s matchup, the Bears will have to take it on the road one more time to MetLife Stadium as they battle the Giants on their home turf. The Giants are coming off a close game against the Philadelphia Eagles, only to lose by a field goal. The Bears were able to enjoy the holidays and enjoy a few days of rest. But now it’s back to the grind and a win mindset for the hungry Monsters of the Midway.

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The glove was off and the fight was on as the Titans defeat the Cowboys

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

Titans 28 – Cowboys 14

The game in Dallas started out rather rocky for Titans fans.  A fumble and a turn over by quarterback Marcus Mariota in the first quarter set up Dallas for an easy score by new Cowboys’ wide receiver Amari Cooper

The Titans had just come off of their bye week and Mariota started the game without the glove he has had to wear since the beginning of the season; he’s been playing with a tweaked nerve in his throwing arm since week 2.

The gloveless Mariota had sparked hopes that he had healed and would be back at the top of his game, but then this game starts with a fumble, and those hopes were dashed a bit.   

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The Detroit Lions trade away Golden Tate

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

After months of speculation, it finally happened. Wide receiver Golden Tate was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 3rd round pick in next year’s draft.

Tate had been the subject of many rumors since the offseason. Not too long after the season started, we found out that there was talk of trading him for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski plus a first round pick. It didn’t happen so most probably forgot about it until the trade deadline got closer and closer. Then the rumor mill got going strong again.  Then today, the news broke that he was going to Philadelphia.

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