The Eagles and Giants met up last night in the first NFC East battle for the Birds this season. With offensive weapons, such as Eli Manning, Michael Vick, Victor Cruz, LeSean McCoy, Desean Jackson and more, it was the defenses that shined early on last night. The Eagles struck first on a 19 yard touchdown pass from Michael Vick to Desean Jackson. The Giants got on the board before halftime with a Lawrence Tynes field goal. After two long LeSean McCoy runs gave the Eagles a first and goal from the one yard line. The Giants held strong and the Eagles settled for a field goal. The Giants marched right down the field and tied the game at 10 on a Cruz 14 yard touchdown. The Eagles would tack on another field goal before Eli Manning and Victor Cruz would drive the Giants down the field to the Eagles 10 yard line trailing 13-10. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie picked off Eli Manning in the end zone. The Eagles would get a fourth field goal before the Giants would come down and take a 17-16 lead with 6:45 remaining. The Eagles would march down the field and get another field goal with less than two minutes remaining. The Giants came back down the field and, after a few questionable penalty calls, kicker Lawrence Tynes missed a 54 yard field goal to give the Eagles a 19-17 win. More here.
The Phillies were in action yesterday to wrap up their season series with the Marlins. Cole Hamels was on the mound looking for his 17th win of the year. Hamels went seven innings allowing just one run on five hits while striking out eighth Marlins. The Phillies got on the board in the top of the first on a Chase Utley sac fly, Carlos Ruiz double to left, and a Nate Schierholtz single to left center to give them 3-0 lead after the top of the first. After a Dom Brown deep fly ball to center field, the Phillies took a 4-1 lead into the ninth. Jonathan Papelbon got his 38th save of the season as the Phillies moved to 80-79 on the year. More here.
The Ryder Cup finale was yesterday and featured one of the greatest comebacks in recent history. First, European star Rory McIlroy needed to be escorted by a state trooper to the course because he got mixed up with the Central Time Zone. McIlroy beat Keegan Bradley 2-to-1. The Europeans erased a 10-to-6 deficit against the Americans to take home the Ryder Cup. More here.
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The Redskins were in a battle with the Buccaneers yesterday. Despite having a 21-6 lead at halftime, the Redskins did not have the game wrapped up. The Buccaneers came surging back in the second half to take a 22-21 lead with 1:42 remaining. Unfortunately for Tampa Bay, Robert Griffin III had a lot of time on the clock to drive down the field. Despite going 0-for-3 on his three prior field goal attempts in the game, Redskins kicker Billy Cundiff nailed a 41 yarder to give Washington the 24-22 win. More here.