Saints' Last-Second Field Goal Sinks Philadelphia Eagles, And The Grades Are InA last-second field goal by Shayne Graham brought an end to the first season of the Chip Kelly era as the Saints left Philadelphia with a 26-24 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff. The time for season-long evaluations will come over the coming week, but for now let’s take a quick look at how the Eagles performed in this game.
Philadelphia Eagles In Mostly Good Health Heading Into postseasonThe Philadelphia Eagles will need their defensive secondary to be on their toes this weekend with Drew Brees leading the New Orleans Saints in to town with a monster of a passing offense. Fortunately for the Eagles, the defensive backfield is getting healthier in time for the playoffs.
Philadelphia Eagles Prepare To Face Drew BreesDrew Brees can be patient behind a steady offensive line. The Eagles struggled to bring a pass rush on Kyle Orton many times on Sunday night, so look for the defensive line to try and correct that this week against New Orleans. Easier said than done of course.
Packers Hope To Avoid Deja Vu Against NinersThe Green Bay Packers pulled off a huge win to make the playoffs, but now they have to face off with the San Francisco 49ers. They will have to work to prevent a repeat of what happened when these two met last season.
Belichick A Possible Candidate For NFL Coach Of The YearThe 2013 season might be the best performance of Bill Belichick's coaching career.
Eagles Prepare For Saints Wild Card BattleDrew Brees will be much more successful against the Eagles defense than back-up Kyle Orton was in the final game of the regular season. But, if the Eagles can knock Brees off his game, then the Saints could quickly run out of options to try and keep up wit the Eagles offense.
Heisman Watch: Jameis Winston The Slam Dunk, Five Others Playing For SecondThe Heisman Trophy will be presented Saturday evening in New York City. Winston’s name should be at the top of the list as college football’s most impressive player from the start of the season through the championship games. Everything else after that is purely a guess.
College Football Spotlight: Ohio State Is Going To Pasadena, But For Which Game?It feels weird to suggest that an undefeated Ohio State team could have absolutely no shot to play in the national championship game, but that is the reality staring down at the Buckeyes right now following the release of the latest BCS standings Sunday night.
49ers Rely On Rookie And Veteran To Fill Voids The 49ers had two big holes to fill this offseason, with the departure of Dashon Goldson and the release of David Akers. It would be impossible to have any sustained success with question marks at both positions, but after the Week 1 performances of Phil Dawson and Eric Reid, it appears that the 49ers have found a short-term replacement for Akers, and long-term answer for Goldson.
49ers Outlast Packers In Thrilling Season OpenerThe 49ers and Packers are expected to be two of the last teams standing this season, and they showed why in Sunday’s game. The two waged war for four quarters, with each team holding a lead in the 4th, before San Francisco was able to take control and hold off Green Bay to earn the win.
Terrelle Pryor’s Comeback Falls Short Against Colts Terrelle Pryor's performance was outstanding, leading a comeback that barely fell short as mistakes overtook the Raiders, and they fell to the Colts. See how the other Raiders units stacked up on Sunday.
San Francisco Cuts 2 Big Names From RosterSan Francisco faced some interesting decisions when deciding who to keep and who to let go when cutting down their roster to 53 players. After an offseason and four preseason games to evaluate, the team has named its roster for the 2013 season, and there were two players let go that are of note for two very different reasons.
Tough First Game For The Oakland Raiders At The Indianapolis ColtsThe Oakland Raiders are going to face a tough opponent in week 1 of the 2013 NFL season. With a team like the Colts who went to the playoffs last year, the Raiders will have to keep an eye on key players in order to come out on top on this match.
Payback On The Minds Of Packers As They Face 49ers In Season OpenerTwo teams looking to erase the thoughts of 2012 are the 49ers and Packers. While the 49ers are trying to get back to the Super Bowl, the Packers are facing the team that not only ended their 2012 season, but did so in a rout. Both teams are talented and the winner will be the team to beat in the NFL after week 1.
2012-13 49ers Learned The Hard Way, But No Longer InexperiencedAlthough they lost the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco learned a great deal from the game. They will use this as a learning experience and come back next year a better team because of it. The team did not reach their final goal, but continue to get closer, and will try next year to end the Lombardi Trophy drought.