The Eagles had the opportunity to enter the bye week with a 4-2 record and, at least, a share of the NFC East division lead with a win yesterday over the Detroit Lions. The Eagles were losing 6-0 at the two minute warning in the second quarter but punched in a touchdown on a two yard screen pass to LeSean McCoy who busted into the end zone. Tight end Brent Celek dropped pass on third down in the end zone and had another Celek miscue as he was called for a very questionable pass interference call that negated a touchdown. Both possessions resulted in field goals instead of touchdowns – eight points left out there. With 3:33 remaining, the Eagles had a ten point lead. After a Lions touchdown, the Eagles got the ball with an opportunity to seal the game. Unfortunately the Eagles could not get a first down and had to punt. The Lions would march down the field to the half yard line and take two shots at the end zone down by three before settling for the game tying field goal with three seconds left. In overtime the Eagles went backwards as Vick was sacked twice and had -21 yards on their possession. The Lions came down and kicked a 45 yard field goal to win 26-23 and drop the Eagles to 3-3. More here.
In a relatively boring first six innings, the Yankees and Tigers met in Game 2 of the ALCS in front of a 90% full Yankee Stadium. Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda was perfect through five innings but in Tigers struck first in the seventh on a Delmon Young that scored Quinten Berry. With two outs in the eighth inning, Austin Jackson hit a single to right field and Omar Infante rounded second a little aggressive before Nick Swisher threw behind him and replay shows he was out. Second base umpire Jeff Nelson missed the call and the inning continued. The Tigers would tack on two more in the eighth and win by a 3-0 margin to take a 2-0 series lead back to Detroit. More here.
The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals opened up the NLCS last night in San Francisco. The Cardinals struck first with a David Freese two run homerun to left-centerfield. In the fourth inning the Cardinals scored for runs fueled by Carlos Beltran’s two run homerun. Down 6-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Giants exploded for four runs in their half of the fourth inning. Unfortunately that is all the Giants would muster as the Cardinals bullpen stymied them for the rest of the game. The Cardinals would win 6-4 and take a 1-0 series lead heading into tonight’s Game 2. More here.
The first official BCS Standings were released yesterday. Alabama comes in at the top spot with Florida in at No. 2. Oregon, Kansas State, and Notre Dame round out the top five. Complete BCS Rankings here.
Around the NFC East:
The New York Giants took on the heavily favored San Francisco 49ers yesterday at Candlestick Park. Behind a relatively quiet day from Eli Manning (15/29, 193 yards, 1 TD), the Giants rode Ahmad Bradshaw and their defense to a 26-3 victory. They move to 4-2 and take over sole possession of first place in the NFC East for the first time all season. More here.
The Washington Redskins took on the upstart Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field yesterday. Robert Griffin III threw for 183 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 138 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 38-26 victory. The win moves the team to 3-3 on the year. More here.
The Dallas Cowboys were coming off their bye week when they visited the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens were dropping like flies as cornerback Lardarius Webb tore his ACL, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata sprained his MCL, and linebacker Ray Lewis injured his triceps. Despite the injuries, the Ravens held a slim 31-29 lead with six seconds left when Cowboys kicked Dan bailey attempted a 51 yard field goal but missed wide to give the Ravens a victory and dropping the Cowboys to 2-3. More here.