The Eagles took on the undefeated Falcons yesterday in a game that they desperately needed to get their season back on track. It was the first game for new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and, to put it nicely, his defense had a rough day. The Eagles trail 24-7 heading into halftime as Matt Ryan and threw three first half touchdowns and was 17-for-20 with 197 yards at the break. The Eagles limited Atlanta to just a field goal in the 3rd and 4th quarters but it was not enough. The offense could not get a rhythm going despite two LeSean McCoy touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). The Eagles fell 30-17 to fall to 3-4 on the year. The Falcons are 7-0 this year and Ryan is 15-0 when throwing three or more touchdown passes. More here.
The baseball season is officially over. The San Francisco Giants went into Detroit for last night’s Game 4 looking for the National League’s first sweep since the Cincinnati Reds swept the 1990 World Series. They did not disappoint. The Giants got a run in the second inning and two in the sixth. The Tigers would tie the game in the bottom of the sixth and it would stay that way until the top of the 10th inning. With two outs and Ryan Theriot of second, Giants infielder Marco Scutaro poked a Phil Coke two strike fastball into centerfield to score Theriot. Sergio Romo came on in the bottom half of the ninth to close the game. He got the final out as Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera watched strike three called on a fastball down the middle. It is the Giants second World Series in three years and their seventh overall title. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval took home World Series MVP honors. More here.
The Florida Gators’ heartbreaking loss on Saturday was bound to drop them in the BCS standings. The Gators fell from 2nd to seventh which allowed previous #3 Kansas State to move up to second. The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame jumped from #5 to #3 with their big win over Oklahoma. #4 Oregon remains unchanged. Full Standings here.
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The New York Giants went into Dallas to take on the Cowboys yesterday as the Cowboys looked to reel in the Giants in the NFC East and move above .500. Eli Manning had other ideas as the Giants roared out to a 23-0 lead in the first half before allowing the Cowboys to cut the lead to 23-10 before halftime. In the second half, the Cowboys kept the pressure up and took a 24-23 lead. The Giants would get two Lawrence Tynes field goals in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 29-24. With 16 seconds left, Tony Romo took a shot at the endzone and connected with Dez Bryant on a 37 yard touchdown. After official review Bryants fingertips were out of bounds before his body landed in bounds. After two more opportunities to take the lead, Romo just threw the ball threw the uprights on the last play of the game. The Giants win moves them to 6-2 on the year and the Cowboys fall to 3-4. More here.
The Steelers were welcoming rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to Heinz Field yesterday. Since 2004, Steelers DC Dick LeBeau was 14-1 against rookie QBs. Griffin was stymied all day by the Steelers defense. The NFL’s most accurate passer ended the day with one touchdown pass while completing jut 47% of his passes. Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdowns while completing 72% of his passes. The Steelers would go on to win 27-12 and drop the Redskins to 3-5. More here.