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Wild Card Round Comparisons: Quarterbacks

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Leading up to the Eagles matchup with the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Sports Talk Philly and Eagledelphia will compare the personnel of the two teams each day until gameday is here.

In this edition of our week-long comparison we will look at the quarterbacks that the Bears and Eagles will field on Sunday.

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Flyers-Hurricanes: Game 38 Preview

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers first two games out of the holiday break have come with late-game disappointment. First, there was an overtime loss in Tampa after a frantic comeback effort, then after holding Florida off the board for 53 minutes, surrendered two late goals to spoil Carter Hart's best game in goal in his young career.

The Flyers look to get back on track, closing out 2018 with a game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Game time is at 6 p.m.

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Report: QB Nick Foles to get starting nod in Chicago on Sunday

By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly contributor

According to reports from NFL Network Insiders Mike Garofolo and Ian Rapoport and confirmed by head coach Doug Pederson, the Eagles will not have to be worried about who their starting quarterback will be in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs on Sunday afternoon in Chicago.

Nick Foles, who suffered a chest injury in the Eagles' win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday, will not miss time with bruised ribs, as there was no break. He is expected to get the start for the team as they begin their quest for a second straight Super Bowl Championship.

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Eagles Playoff Game Times Announced

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Eagles fans will need to make sure that they are free next Sunday afternoon as the Birds have been scheduled to play in the final game of the wild card weekend.

The Eagles will take on the Bears in Chicago at 4:40 p.m. While the Bears gave the Eagles the chance to play in the playoffs, there is no time to thank them. The Birds will be looking to make the Bears regret allowing them into the playoffs.

The game will be broadcast on NBC.

NFC Wild Card

Should they advance to the divisional round, the Eagles would take on the New Orleans Saints, looking to avenge the brutal 48-7 loss they suffered after losing so many players to injuries, forcing them to rely on inexperienced player defensively.

The Eagles-Saints game, should it occur, would take place on Sunday, January 15 at 4:40 p.m. in New Orleans. It would be broadcast on Fox.

Meanwhile, fans might also want to tune in on Saturday night to see the division rival Cowboys take on the Seahawks in Dallas. That game will be broadcast on Fox.

If the Eagles want a chance at replaying the Cowboys, it would have to come in the NFC Championship round.


Post-Game Recap: Playoff Bound!

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By Matthew Kaplan

Nick Foles and the Eagles defense comes up big once again as the Eagles win in Washington beating the Redskins, 24-0. For the third week in a row, the Eagles were in a do or die situation coming in to today's game. At the start of the game, it looked to be a defensive stalemate between the two teams as neither offense could manage much. It would not be until the end of the first quarter that Jake Elliot would open the scoring. 

The second quarter would would once again be a quiet quarter. It would take a 19-play drive for the Eagles to finally find the end-zone as Nick Foles would find Alshon Jeffery to kick start the Eagles offense. That play would lead the Eagles into halftime. During halftime, Eagles fans were checking in on another important game as this weeks second most popular team in Philadelphia, the Chicago Bears, took on the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles needed a Bears win to continue their dreams of a repeat. As of halftime, the Bears were in the lead, 13-3.  As the third quarter played out, both players and fans of the Eagles would be keeping a close eye on that score as they were Tucker Bagley's half time X-Factor. 

The Eagles would have to continue to do their thing in the third quarter and with a little bit of luck they did exactly that. Late in the third quarter Nelson Agholor and a little bit of luck would make this game just a little bit more comfortable for the Eagles. In the fourth, the Eagles would suffer a scare. but it would not be on the scoreboard. The scare would come as Nick Foles was sacked by Ryan Kerrigan. News about the injury can be found right here on SportsTalkPhilly.com. 

After the injury, Nate Sudfeld would come in and try to ease the nerves of the Eagles with his first career touchdown pass. Fans would start to scoreboard watch more and more at that time.

The Eagles were led by Nick Foles and the defense as Foles would manage to not only give us a lead from the start, but hold onto the ball for over 43 minutes. Time of possession became key as the 16 minutes and 41 seconds the defense was forced to play kept them fresh, and they dominated nearly the whole game, holding the Redskins to only 89 total yards. 

Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Redskins – December 30, 2018

Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Philadelphia 3 7 7 7
Washington 0 0 0 0

But none of those statistics mattered at the moment the game ended as we were all watching the Bears trying to hold on to a, 24-10 lead. Thanks to a couple bad play calls and timely defensive plays, Tucker's halftime X-Factor would come up big for the Eagles, holding on to that score and signing the Eagles ticket to the Playoffs.


Report: Nick Foles suffered bruised ribs in win over Redskins

By Josh Liddick, Sports Talk Philly contributor

Nick Foles had about as good of a game as you could've asked for in the Philadelphia Eagles' 24-0 victory over the Washington Redskins to conclude the regular season and clinch a playoff berth for the second year in a row.

Foles went 28-for-33 with 221 yards, a touchdown and an interception. At one point during the matchup, he tied the NFL record for most consecutive completions with 25 straight.

In the fourth quarter with the game already locked up, Foles fell awkwardly after a hit from a Redskins defender and suffered an apparent chest injury, forcing him to leave the game. He exited the game and Nate Sudfeld played the remainder of the game at quarterback, throwing a touchdown on his only pass attempt, a 22-yard completion to Nelson Agholor to give the Eagles the dagger, a 24-0 advantage to seal the deal.

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Halftime Report: Eagles at Redskins

By Tucker Bagley

It all comes down to this, the Eagles playing against the Washington Redskins with a playoff spot on the line. The Birds have dominated the first half and lead the Redskins, 10-0, while Chicago leads the Vikings, 13-0, in Minnesota. Here's what we saw in the first 30 minutes of action:

What Worked

  • Rasul Douglas has been rather inconsistent during his two years with the Eagles, but he came up with another big play when he intercepted Josh Johnson's first pass of the afternoon. 
  • The Eagles defense dominated the first quarter, allowing just 2 total yards and zero first downs. 
  • Even with the defense dominating, the Eagles were only up 3-0 early in the second quarter, but the Birds took the air out of the ball, and went on a methodical drive, draining over 11 minutes of clock as they marched down the field en route to their second score of the game.
  • Alshon Jeffery has been Nick Foles' best friend on the afternoon, catching all four of his targets for 40 yards and a touchdown. 

What Didn't

  • As great as Douglas' pick was, Foles' interception on the ensuing drive was equally as bad. He overthrew Zach Ertz and the ball landed into the lap of a defensive back. 
  • Golden Tate heard footsteps and dropped a key third down pass. The veteran continues to look like a mistake for the Eagles.

Halftime Adjustment

Foles hasn't looked sharp in the first half, throwing an interception and missing high on a few other throws. However, the Eagles have found a lot of success running the ball, picking up over 70 yards on the ground in the first half. Granted, the quarterback has done a great job of moving the sticks on third-and-short, but the Eagles need to rely on their run game in the second half to preserve their lead. 

Second Half X-Factor: Da Bears!

The Rams have jumped out to a huge lead over the 49ers, which isn't great, but Chicago has fulfilled their end of the bargain, leading Minnesota at the end of the half. Chicago needs to hold on over their division rivals for the Eagles to have any chance of qualifying for the postseason. 


Flyers-Panthers: Game 37 Preview

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By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers road trip got off to an interesting start, rallying from a 5-2 deficit to force overtime before another quick goal against in the 3-on-3 ended the game. 

The trip continues for the Flyers with another stop in Florida, this time to face the Panthers.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

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Preview: The Eagles Last Chance

By Gia Lanci, Sports Talk Philly Staff

The Eagles will play a game against the Washington Redskins. The Eagles are coming off a big win against the Houston Texans. The Eagles only chance of getting into the playoffs is if they beat the Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings lose. There is a chance even if they win this game this Sunday, they still won’t make playoffs because the Bears must beat the Vikings.


Underdogs

The Eagles have won four out of the last five games. Most games they have gone into being the underdogs. This is good for them as it makes them work harder and play smarter. They beat the Texans at the end of the game. The team has played well with Nick Foles at quarterback. The play calling has improved immensely. They changed it around for Nick Foles to make him comfortable, and it has been successful. They also have been including a better variety of players, which also works for this offense.

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Injury Report: Eagles Face Depleted Redskins Offense

By Gia Lanci, Sports Talk Philly Staff

The Eagles take on the division rival Redskins in the final game of the regular season. The two teams are arguably the two most devastated by injuries, so there is a lot to cover in the injury reports.

Injury Report

Eagles

Out

LB D.J. Alexander

D.J. Alexander is suffering from a hamstring injury and he has officially been ruled out on Friday. He had light practice all week but did not practice Friday. Alexander has played a role in the special teams but this will be the second week they play without him. Special teams has improved week after week, and his absence will not make much of a difference.

CB Sidney Jones

Jones is still dealing with his hamstring injury. He will be replaced by Avonte Maddox and Rasul Douglas. These two have stepped up to fill the role for Sidney. Since Jones has been out for a few weeks now, Douglas and Maddox are used to starting at the position. The secondary as a whole must continue to play man-to-man. They should not struggle too much against the Redskins besides keeping on top of Adrian Peterson.

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