The Eagles went into Heinz Field looking to push the Steelers to 1-3 on the year and move to 4-1. The Eagles were moving the ball decently in the first quarter when LeSean McCoy got the Eagles to the goal line. Michael Vick tried a QB sneak and, as he approached the goal line, had the ball knocked out and into the end zone where Pittsburgh recovered and the Eagles had another costly turnover in the red zone. The Eagles would get on the board on a Shady McCoy 15 yard touchdown reception in which he juked Larry Foote out of his shoes. The Eagles would take a 14-13 lead with just over six minutes remaining on a 2 yard Brent Celek reception. The Steelers would pound the Eagles on the ground all the way down the field to set up a Shaun Suisham 34 yard field goal as time expired. More here.
The Washington Nationals made their playoff debut yesterday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez struggled early on but settled down nicely. The Cardinals took a 2-1 lead into the eighth until, with two outs, Tyler blooped a single to right field that scored two runs to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead as they would hold on for the 3-2 win. They are back at it this afternoon. More here.
In a wild game that saw both teams allow the game-tying runs on wild pitches, the Tigers left Detroit bound for Oakland with a 2-0 series lead needing just one win to punch their ticket to the ALCS. Despit giving away a 3-2 lead in the eighth, the Tigers tied it in the bottom of the eighth. With one out in the bottom of the ninth and the bases loaded, Don Kelly hit a deep fly ball to right centerfield that was caught by Josh Reddick but deeper enough to score Omar Infante for the winning run. More here.
The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles met in Baltimore last night for a 6:07 first pitch but the weather did not cooperate. After a two and a half hour rain delay, the teams finally got it started and it was a barn burner up until the ninth inning. After that Yankees jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, the Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the third on a Nate McLouth single. The Yankees tied it up in the top of the fourth and it would stay that way until the ninth. With the game tied at 2, the Yankees scored five runs on Orioles closer Jim Johnson to give them a 7-2 lead that would hold up. The two teams are back at it tonight. More here.
The Reds and Giants had the nightcap of the four postseason games last night. It was not much of a contest as Reds starter Bronson Arroyo was dealing allowing just one hit over seven innings. The Reds would flex their muscles in the Bay Area as they scored nine runs and stymied the Giants offense. The Reds won 9-0 to go up 2-0 in the series as it shifts to Cincinnati. More here.
Around the NFC East:
The New York Giants welcomed the Cleveland Browns to MetLife Stadium yesterday. The Browns jumped out to a 17-7 lead. The Giants would cut into it late in the second quarter and take a 24-17 lead into halftime. New York would expand their lead to 41-20 when the Browns scored a touchdown with just under four minutes remaining. The Giants would hold on to win 41-27 and improve to 3-2 on the year. More here.
The Redskins took on the 4-0 Atlanta Falcons yesterday in D.C. It was a close matchup for much of the afternoon when Falcons linebacker Sean Witherspoon laid out Robert Griffin III. RGIII would leave the game with a concussion and fellow rookie Kirk Cousins entered the game in his place and held his own. Unfortunately, it was not enough to stop the high powered Falcons offense as they would score on a Michael turner 13 yard run with just under three minutes to play. The Redskins fall to 2-3 and the Falcons improve to 5-0. More here.
The Dallas Cowboys had a Bye Week this week.