December 28, 1998 |
Disgruntled fans shuffling away from the Vet in the cold dark last night let loose their frustration over the Eagles' depressing season with obscenity-laced epithets. As they swallowed yet another Eagles loss, this time 20-10 to the division rival New York Giants, some wore paper bags over their heads with anti-Rhodes epithets. But Ray Rhodes, the maligned head coach who may have seen his last game here yesterday, wasn't the only target of fans' ire. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie got his share.
September 23, 1991 |
Even without Randall Cunningham, the Eagles are on a bit of a roll. But so is the next team on their dance card, the Washington Redskins, who host the Birds at RFK Stadium next Monday night, with the lead in the NFC East Division on the line. The 'Skins (4-0) extended their best start since 1985 with a 34-27 victory yesterday at Cincinnati (0-4). The game wasn't decided until 2:02 remained, when Gerald Riggs scored his third touchdown, on a 7-yard run. "When this team works together, you can't stop them," said Riggs, who had three touchdowns once before in 1985, as an Atlanta Falcon.
December 31, 1998 |
For more than a decade, Doug Flutie wanted to play in an NFL postseason game. Now that it's coming, the Buffalo quarterback is cooling it, his excitement on hold. "It's the same approach I have taken the last, I don't know, six years going into the playoffs," Flutie said yesterday in a conference call. In Flutie's eight seasons in the Canadian Football League, he won its most outstanding player award six times, led the CFL in passing five times, and took the Toronto Argonauts to the Grey Cup championship on three occasions.
December 11, 1995 |
If the season ended today, ended with their astounding victory over the Cowboys, the Eagles would be hosting an NFC wild-card playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons. Of course, that would be too easy. There are still two games to play, and the league says they have to play them. So, here we are again, checked in for a two-week stay at the Tiebreaker Inn. And remember - no slide rules allowed on hotel premises, except to beat against your head in frustration at the NFL's ridiculously complicated rules.
December 29, 1990 |
Most of the numbers and recent trends say the Eagles will beat the Cards this afternoon in Tempe, Ariz. The Eagles, after all, have clinched a wild-card playoff berth, while the Cards are playing only for next season's contracts. With a victory, the Eagles would open the playoffs at home. The Cardinals' season ends today, win or lose. Since the Cards beat the Eagles in the second week of the season, their record is 4-9. The Eagles, over the same period, are 9-4. The Eagles are 8-3 in NFC games; the Cards are 3-8. The Eagles are 3-4 on the road; the Cards are 3-4 at home.
December 11, 2000 |
Get out your calculator, the one with several decimal places, because you might need it to figure out if the Eagles are going to host a playoff game this season or not. That's how close at least one of the tiebreakers is. We know that the Eagles clinched a playoff spot with their win yesterday over the Cleveland Browns. As for the rest of it, well, here goes: Can the Eagles still win the NFC East? Same answer as last week: yes they can. They would need to beat Cincinnati in their final game to finish 11-5, and the Giants would have to lose their remaining two games (at Dallas, home against Jacksonville)
January 5, 2013 |
HOUSTON - Matt Schaub missed Houston's 2011 playoff run with an injured foot. Now the Texans' quarterback, who starred at West Chester East High School, is healthy and looking forward to his first playoff start Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The wild-card playoff game offers Schaub a chance to redeem himself after he threw two interceptions in last week's loss to Indianapolis, which kept Houston from getting a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
September 24, 2012
The San Francisco Giants knew full well that much of the baseball world figured they would flop after losing All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera to a 50-game suspension in mid-August for a positive testosterone test. Hardly. The Giants put it out of mind in a hurry and kept on winning. They won the West with an 8-4 victory over San Diego on Saturday, a few hours after the rival Dodgers did their part by losing at Cincinnati as the Reds clinched the NL Central. "The whole lineup has come to life," general manager Brian Sabean said as the champagne flowed.
December 28, 1992 |
Sam Mills took the question head-on. No ducking, no side-stepping, just a straight answer to a painful truth. "Yes, there is pressure on us to win in the playoffs this year, and rightly so," said Mills, the leader of the much-decorated New Orleans defense. "We've been there before, but we've never gotten past the first round. It's time for us to start winning those games. We've got the talent to do it. We can't keep wasting our chances. " The Saints have qualified for the NFC playoffs in each of the last three seasons and four times in seven years under head coach Jim Mora.
January 8, 1996 |
"It was a do-or-die kind of game, and you have to do whatever you can," Rodney Peete was saying, his body sore, his head clouded, the game lost, the season over. Peete did what he could - and got knocked senseless trying. Straining to make a first down on a scramble at the end of the first quarter, Peete and Dallas safety Darren Woodson collided helmet-on-helmet. It would be Peete's last action in the Eagles' 30-11, NFC playoff loss. Peete suffered a concussion. He suffered from memory loss more than four hours later as he stood in an area outside the Eagles' dressing room.