Career goals for Flyers captain Claude Giroux

With the Phillies having the worst record in the major leagues and playing historically bad baseball, and with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in town last weekend, Eric Fisher provides an updated version of an old column about how the Phillies are free fallin’.

Instead of trading Jahlil Okafor, as many presumed would happen, the 76ers traded center Nerlens Noel to the Mavericks for center Andrew Bogut, swingman Justin Anderson and what will likely be a pair of second-round draft picks.

Ben Simmons, the top pick in this year’s NBA Draft, breaks a bone in his right foot during the final day of Sixers training camp. It’s uncertain whether Simmons will need surgery to repair the injury.

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Greatest playoff wins

Posted by Eric Fisher On February - 4 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

PhillyPhanatics.com presents the top 10 playoff wins in franchise history. There’s a new No. 1. Can you guess which game is at the top of the list?

10. (tie) (Sun., Dec. 27, 1947) Divisional round: Eagles 21, Steelers 0 The franchise’s first postseason win has to be on this list.

10. (tie) (Jan. 7, 2007) Wild Card round: Eagles 23, Giants 20 After Giants score 10 points in fourth quarter to tie game, David Akers kicks 38-yard game-winning field goal as time expires.

9. (Jan. 13, 2018) Divisional round: Eagles 15, Falcons 10 Eagles stop Falcons on fourth-and-goal from 2-yard line with 58 seconds remaining to preserve victory. Nick Foles starts at quarterback in place of injured Carson Wentz.

8. (Jan. 23, 2005) NFC Championship Game: Eagles 27, Falcons 10 Eagles cruise past Michael Vick and Falcons, 27-10, to advance to Super Bowl XXXIX.

7. (Jan. 11, 2004) Divisional round: Eagles 20, Packers 17 (OT) Eagles rally from 14-0 first-quarter deficit, tying game on David Akers’ 37-yard field goal with 5 seconds remaining and winning it on Akers’ 31-yard field goal in overtime. Fourth quarter includes famous fourth-and-26 pass from Donovan McNabb to Fred Barnett.

6. (Jan. 21, 2018) NFC Championship Game: Eagles 38, Vikings 7 Nick Foles, starting in place of the injured Carson Wentz, throws for 352 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles score 38 unanswered points en route to a 38-7 triumph over the Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field.

5. (Jan. 11, 1981) NFC Championship Game: Eagles 20, Cowboys 7 Wilbert Montgomery’s 42-yard touchdown run opens the scoring as the Eagles soar to victory over the hated Cowboys at Veterans Stadium.

4. (Dec. 18, 1949) NFL Championship Game: Eagles 14, L.A. Rams 0  Eagles register shutout in championship game for second straight season.

3. (Dec. 19, 1948) NFL Championship Game: Eagles 7, Chicago Cardinals 0  The franchise’s first championship.

2. (Dec. 26, 1960) NFL Championship Game: Eagles 17, Packers 13 Not only do the Eagles win the NFL Championship — their most recent league championship — but they do so by handing legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi the only playoff loss of his career.

1. (Sun., Dec. 27, 1947) Super Bowl LII: Eagles 41, Patriots 33 The franchise’s first Super Bowl title is achieved with backup quarterback Nick Foles throwing for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns and catching a touchdown on a gutsy fourth-and-goal call from the 1-yard line by head coach Doug Pederson. Eagles win despite Patriots QB Tom Brady throwing for 505 yards, and victory isn’t secured until Brady’s Hail Mary on game’s final play falls incomplete in end zone.

Most indispensable

Posted by Eric Fisher On December - 10 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

With Carson Wentz lost for the rest of the season due to a torn ACL, we revisit the PhillyPhanatics.com preseason top 10 list of the players the Eagles can least afford to lose to injury.

10. Nick Foles It may seem strange to list the backup quarterback as one of the players the Eagles can least afford to lose to injury, but the odds are against Carson Wentz making it through another season without missing a game. If Foles is unavailable — and he didn’t play during the first three preseason games due to elbow soreness — the Eagles would have to rely on Matt McGloin in Wentz’s absence.

9. Darren Sproles Even if the Eagles could replace much of what Sproles does on offense, they don’t have anyone with good hands to receive punts. A dropped punt or two at crucial times could be the difference between making and missing the playoffs..

8. Malcolm Jenkins In addition to being a good player, Jenkins is one of the leaders of the defense. Losing Jenkins would also make the cornerbacks worse.

7. Alshon Jeffery The trade of Jordan Matthews makes Jeffery even more valuable. How would the offense look with Torrey Smith and Nelson Agholor as the top two receivers?

6. Fletcher Cox The defensive line would be far less effective without Cox drawing double-teams.

5. Jason Peters Age has reduced Peters’ effectiveness, but the offensive line still looks a lot better with Peters at left tackle and Lane Johnson on the right side than with Johnson switching to the left and Halapoulivaati Vaitai at right tackle.

4. Lane Johnson The Eagles were 2-8 last season during Johnson’s 10-game suspension for a second violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. That record can’t all be attributed to Johnson’s absence, but the absence of the starting right tackle didn’t help.

3. Jordan Hicks The Eagles have very little experienced depth at linebacker. Are you comfortable with either veteran Najee Goode or Joe Walker, a 7th-round draft pick coming off an ACL injury, as the starting middle linebacker?

2. Ronald Darby Aside from Darby, the Eagles don’t have a quality starting cornerback. Without Darby, the Eagles would have to start two suspect cornerbacks.

1. Carson Wentz Without Wentz, the Eagles aren’t in the playoff discussion. Everything is built around Wentz.



Chris Long, Lane Johnson lead E-A-G-L-E-S chant