Lincoln Financial Field was open for business yesterday as the Eagles kicked off their regular season home schedule with a matchup with the Super Bowl contending Baltimore Ravens. The Eagles got off to a fast start as they moved the ball down the field at will. Once in the red zone Michael Vick was flushed from the pocket and threw an interception in the endzone to deflate the building. The Eagles would not go down without a fight and Vick tightened up the reigns of the offense. With things getting feisty early, the Eagles used it as a momentum builder. Trailing 23-17 with 4:43 remaining and the ball on the Eagles 20 yard line, Vick drove the Eagles 80 yards down for the go ahead touchdown. The Ravens had 1:55 to respond but Joe Flacco overthrew RB Ray Rice on 4th and 2 and the Eagles took over on downs with 50 seconds left to seal the game. More here.
The Phillies were also in action yesterday afternoon looking for a split in Houston to remain three games back in the Wild Card race. The Phillies took a 4-3 lead into the seventh inning but, as we have come to expect, the bullpen could not hold on. The lowly Astros exploded for four runs in the seventh inning to give them a three run lead. The Phillies responded with two runs in the eighth on a Dom Brown double to the hill in centerfield that sounded gone off the bat. Unfortunately that is as close as the Phillies would get as they stranded Jimmy Rollins at second base with one out. The loss drops the Phillies one game below .500 and four games back in the Wild Card race with 15 games remaining. More here.
The Cardinals took on the Dodgers yesterday in the rubber match of their four game series. The winner of the game would take a one game lead in the Wild Card race. The game was knotted up at two in the bottom of the 10th when 2011 NL MVP runner up Matt Kemp stepped to the plate. Kemp took the first pitch for a ball before flying out to centerfield. The Cardinals would make Kemp pay as they scored three in the top of the 12th and hold on to win 5-2. The Brewers also won while the Pirates lost. More here.
Around the NFC East:
The Giants topped the Buccaneers 41-34 as Eli Manning threw for 510 yards and Tom Coughlin was unhappy with Bucs coach Greg Schiano at the end of the game. More here.
Thanks to a costly 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to WR Josh Morgan, the Redskins moved their game tying field goal from 47 yards to 62 yards. Unfortunately for DC, no history yesterday as Billy Cundiff missed right and was way short and the Rams escaped with a 31-28 victory. More here.
A Cowboys loss to the Seahawks would make the Eagles the only 2-0 NFC East team. Russell Wilson lead the Seahawks aerial attack as Marshawn Lynch was in total beast mode yesterday as Seattle cruised to a 27-7 victory. More here.