December 4, 2014 |
THEY ARE Forrest Gump's box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna git with the Eagles defense. They made you feel like a million bucks on Thanksgiving and made you crazier than Lieutenant Dan amid a hurricane that Sunday afternoon in Green Bay. They nearly stole a game for you in San Francisco earlier this season, nearly gave one away earlier this season against Washington. They're a group that looks real good at times on the field and hardly ever on paper, a defense that leads the NFC in sacks with 42, a unit with a run defense that dares you to pass, then surrenders a whopping 24 touchdowns this season through the air. And here's the most unnerving part: They will have to play as well or almost as well as the one across the field Sunday if the Eagles have any shot of beating the Seattle Seahawks.
November 18, 2014 |
AS A GENERAL rule, I am not a fan of coachspeak. It is normally just a bunch of clichés strung together, designed to not answer anything asked and remind both parties that this was a waste of time. In fairness to Eagles coach Chip Kelly, he rarely lets his news conferences descend into coachspeak. Don't get me wrong, because Kelly has a master's degree in message control and says only what he wants to put out there. Still, he doesn't treat the obvious as if you're asking about state secrets by giving one-syllable answers, and he doesn't keep regurgitating a catch phrase.
October 22, 2014 |
TODAY, JUST as they did last year, the Eagles return from their bye looking toward a date with the Arizona Cardinals. Some things are the same, many things are different for two NFC teams that finished 10-6 last year, the Eagles winning a weak NFC East, the Cards shut out of the playoffs in the powerful NFC West. Had Arizona beaten the Birds last Dec. 1, instead of getting nipped, 24-21, after coming back from a 24-7 second-half deficit, the Cards would have gone to the 2013 playoffs.
February 5, 2014 |
NEW YORK - What were the lessons of Super Bowl XLVIII for the Eagles? It's kind of hard to ignore the fact that the Seattle Seahawks are young and deep and aren't going anywhere as an NFC power. Yeah, it's been 9 years since an NFL champion repeated, but Seattle looms as a huge obstacle in Chip Kelly's path, next season and beyond. The 43-8 Super Bowl dismemberment of the Denver Broncos and the league's No. 1 all-time offense seemed to underscore that the NFC is where the power is these days, especially the NFC West, where San Francisco nearly defeated the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, and Arizona missed the playoffs at 10-6.
January 18, 2014 |
RENTON, Wash. - Chip Kelly's introduction to life as a head coach came in the Pac-10 in 2009, when Southern California's Pete Carroll stood among the game's hottest coaches and Jim Harbaugh was building Stanford into a power. Kelly's team won the Pac-10 that year. That was the last time the three coached in the same conference until this season. Either Carroll's or Harbaugh's team will win the NFC this year. Carroll left for the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 and Harbaugh took over the San Francisco 49ers a year later.
January 14, 2014 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NaVorro Bowman did not need to rehash the San Francisco 49ers' history with the Seattle Seahawks. The bitter NFC West rivals will meet again in the NFC championship game after San Francisco's 23-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in the divisional round Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. "Long story short: They know us, we know them," said Bowman, a Pro Bowl linebacker and former Penn State standout. "We all know the history. " The 49ers and Seahawks finished with the NFC's best records.
November 29, 2013
Larry Fitzgerald has caught nine touchdowns in five career games against the Eagles, the most he has against any team outside the NFC West. Here is a breakdown of those five games: Date Home Rec. Yds. TD Result 9-23-12 Eagles 9 114 1 Cardinals, 27-6 11-13-11 Eagles 7 146 2 Cardinals, 21-17 1-18-09 Cardinals 9 152 3 Cardinals, 33-25* ...
December 31, 2012
ONE OF THE Eagles' two road wins in 2012 was in Tampa Bay, and they'll have a chance to go right back down there next year and win again, as the Eagles' 2013 opponents were finalized with the completion of the season Sunday. As the fourth-place finisher in the NFC East, the Eagles will travel to the fourth-place team in the NFC South and host the fourth-place team in the NFC West. They, along with the other NFC East teams, will take on all the teams from the NFC Central and the AFC West.
October 20, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker late in the third quarter, and San Francisco held off the Seattle Seahawks, 13-6, on Thursday night as the 49ers won their long-awaited division opener. Frank Gore ran for 131 yards, and the 49ers (5-2) took over sole possession of first place in the NFC West by making just enough plays to win this game, featuring two teams allowing fewer than 16 points per game. Walker's score was San Francisco's first touchdown in seven quarters after an embarrassing, 26-3 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday in a lopsided rematch of last season's NFC championship game.
September 24, 2012 |
It holds a strange place in Eagles history, this silver spaceship in the desert. It is called University of Phoenix Stadium. It is the site of the last game played by Brian Dawkins, among others, in an Eagles uniform. It is where Jim Johnson coached his final game. It is the place the Eagles' last deep playoff run ended as the four previous runs had - in disappointment and disbelief. For all that, the place and that game don't stand out as sharply as you might expect for fans who take every Eagles win and loss personally.