The Phillies were looking for their first series sweep since June yesterday with Cole Hamels on the mound against the Braves. Hamels was magnificent going eight innning allowing two runs on two hits with nine strikeouts. With the game tied at two in the bottom of the eighth, 1B Darin Ruf hit an opposite-field solo home run to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead. B.J. Rosenberg got his first save of the year to give the Phillies their first series sweep of the Braves since September 2011 when they eliminated them from playoff contention. More here.
The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys opened up NFC East play last night on Sunday Night Football. It was a sloppy, sloppy game from beginning to end that featured seven combined turnovers, six coming from the Giants. Eli Manning threw for 450 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions, the last interception was the costly one as the Cowboys had a 30-24 lead when Manning was picked off with 1:50 remaining and Dallas took it back for a touchdown. The Cowboys went on to win 36-31. More here.
The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers squared off in a rematch of the 49ers 49-31 victory over Green Bay in last year's playoffs which was, for all intents and purposes, Colin Kaepernick's coming out party. It was a QB battle yesterday as Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers threw for 333 yards, three touchdowns and an interception only to be outdone by Kaepernick. The Niners quarterback threw for 412 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Anquan Boldin pulled in 13 catches for 208 yards in his first game with San Francisco as the 49ers went on to win again, 34-28. More here.