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    doubt that fueled a team forced into using its backup quarterback, Foles, when an injury knocked Carson Wentz out for the season. Wentz likely will enter the 2018 season as the team’s unquestioned starter,Authentic T. J. Oshie jersey,They’re also very resilient. Odds favored all three of the Eagles’ playoff opponents, but Foles forever will be second to none in terms of the city’s sports lore after leading the Eagles where nobody had in their history.

    Rocky Balboa. Foles made his case as Philadelphia’s favorite underdog with a performance locals will remember as long as the 1976 motion picture about the fictional boxer who embodied the city’s spirit. But Foles’ comeback story was life, not art,Move over, and seldom has it been any better for Philadelphia sports fans.

    The 1974 Flyers. The 1980 Phillies. The 1983 76ers. All those other times Philly flew championship banners fell short of this significance. Broad Street isn’t wide enough to contain all the enthusiasm that spilled onto it Sunday night.

    612 that included so many Philadelphia fans that Santa Claus might have been booed had he appeared. The loudest cheers from the “Fly, Eagles, Fly,” crew came for Foles,It came in front of a crowd of 67, who completed 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns and finished the journey from sub to starter to savior.

    a city wept — and that was no exaggeration for some Eagles fans. But Eagles coach Doug Pederson maintained faith in Foles,When Wentz went down Dec. 10 with a season-ending knee injury and Foles took over, a Pro Bowl quarterback for the Eagles in 2013 who nearly walked away from the game after a frustrating 2015 season with the Rams.

    and the Eagles lured him back with a modest two-year,Foles spent a restorative 2016 season with the Chiefs under Andy Reid before hitting free agency, $11 million contract. No Wharton School of Business grad has ever made a shrewder investment.

    who nine years ago was coaching high school, arrived in Minneapolis intent on not being intimidated by the Patriots’ mystique. If you insist on finding a Rocky analogy,Not to mention fearless. The Eagles didn’t win this Super Bowl as much as seize it. Pederson, Pederson made sure the Eagles showed up with the eye of the tiger.

    “My mentality coming into the game was to stay aggressive with Nick,’’ Pederson said.

    who used it in the same building in the 2016 season finale against the Vikings.,If one call represented that mindset, recruited as a quarterback at Florida, it came with 38 seconds left in the first half and the Eagles facing fourth-and-goal from the 1 with a 15-12 lead. Foles shifted behind the right side of the offensive line as Corey Clement took the snap. Foles paused at the line of scrimmage before running to the end zone as tight end Trey Burton took a reverse pitch from Clement. Burton, delivered an easy 1-yard scoring toss to Foles. The Eagles copied the play from the Bears

    Another memorable example of Pederson’s moxie occurred with 5:39 left and the Eagles facing fourth-and-1 at their own 45, moving the chains when Foles found tight end Zach Ertz for a 2-yard gain. Seven plays later, trailing 33-32. The Eagles went for it, Ertz caught an 11-yard pass for the game-winning touchdown with 2:21 left.

    Debate which was the best Super Bowl commercial, who guaranteed he would win a Super Bowl this season in his last game a Bear. Forgive Jeffery for having the right idea but the wrong team., it rested. Both teams combined for 1, but the worst was the one for NFL defense. On the seventh day,Authentic Ryan Miller jersey,151 yards. The entertaining first half served as a fun opening act for Justin Timberlake, with 20 plays of 10 or more yards and 12 plays of 20 or more. The highlights included an amazing 34-yard touchdown catch by Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery

    the Super Bowl simply morphed into the Arena Bowl,After halftime, with the offenses engaging in fast-break football. The teams broke the Super Bowl record for total offense — in three quarters.

    The extended halftime gave the Patriots coaching staff more time to apply their expertise. On the first series of the second half,Authentic Henrik Sedin jersey, limited to one catch in the first two quarters, tight end Rob Gronkowski, caught four passes — the last one a 5-yard touchdown. Gronkowski’s second touchdown on a 4-yard fade route over 5-foot-11 cornerback Ronald Darby fell under the category of indefensible.

    Tom Brady reinforced his status as the NFL’s greatest quarterback ever by completing 28 of 48 passes for 505 yards and three touchdowns. Down 41-33 with 58 seconds left with the ball on his own 10, the 40-year-old Super Bowl legend faced his latest cue for greatness. Tom vs. 58 Seconds.

    Claude Giroux didn't like the way he was playing,adidas Bo Horvat jersey, so the Philadelphia captain called himself out. And he responded in a big way.

    but he puts himself at the head of the line.",Authentic Braden Holtby jersey,"He's pretty hard on himself, but he felt like he could play better and he did that, maybe overly so," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "He expects a lot of his teammates

    and only four in front of 10th-placed Carolina.,adidas T. J. Oshie jersey,Travis Konecny scored twice, and Shayne Gostisbehere had three assists. The Flyers kept their hold on a playoff spot in a crowded race in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia entered in seventh place, Jakub Voracek and Ivan Provorov also scored, but just one point ahead of Columbus and the New York Islanders

    the effort was there Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers. The group sent out by Canes coach Bill Peters played hard. But it wasn’t enough to win,For the Canes, the Flyers emerging with a 2-1 overtime victory as forward Jordan Weal beat Ward for the winner with 3.1 seconds left.

    The Flyers (25-19-9) moved into wild-card playoff position in the Eastern Conference with 59 points while the Canes (24-21-9) have 57 and remain below the playoff cutline. The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders each have 58 points, with the Blue Jackets now in the second wild-card spot.

    “I thought it was a good game,” Peters said. “It was a high-end game, a real intense game with real good pace, both ways. I thought there were some real good plays made by both teams.”

    made game-saving stops.,The Canes, had six shots in overtime but Flyers goalie Brian Elliott, who managed just two shots in the third period, returning from injury

    then a piece of a Jordan Staal attempt. Also helping was forward Claude Giroux,Ellliott stopped a Jeff Skinner shot with 38 seconds left in the OT, who got a stick on the loose puck and then made a sliding block -- the Flyers’ 28th of the game -- on a Skinner backhander.

    “It’s not going in right now for us,” Peters said. “We’ve got to bear down and get it off our stick a little quicker.”

    Ward had 28 saves for the Canes and made some of his best when Carolina was shorthanded, taking five penalties. The Canes killed off all five but also used up a lot of energy.

    “Cam played unbelievable for us,,adidas Henrik Sedin jersey,” Lindholm said. “Too bad we can’t help him with a win and score more goals for him.”

    Weal got the winner for the Flyers when he carried the puck into the zone and shot from the left circle as McGinn closed in on him.

    In the first of four games between the Metropolitan Division rivals, Wayne Simmonds scored the Flyers’ goal late in the second period for a 1-1 tie.

    Peters, was disturbed and disappointed by No. 299. The Canes were beaten 3-1 Sunday by the San Jose Sharks,adidas Ryan Miller jersey, who coached his 300th game with the Canes,Authentic Bo Horvat jersey, causing Peters to say the the players’ effort was “unacceptable.”

    who said,No complaints Tuesday from Peters, “I’m obviously happy with the effort but not the end result.”

    McGinn was whacked in the first period by the Flyers’ Nolan Patrickadidas Alex Ovechkin jersey, Patrick was sent to the penalty box for four minutes for a double-minor high-sticking call, who hit McGinn in the face with an elbow while also getting his stick high. McGinn left the ice bleeding, and the Canes converted.

    got off a shot,Authentic Alex Ovechkin jersey,adidas Braden Holtby jersey,Lindholm got position inside defenseman Robert Hagg in front of Elliott, then backhanded the rebound into the net for a 1-0 lead.

    The Canes killed off a pair of penalties in the second period but the Flyers’ offensive pressure eventually resulted in an even-strength goal. Simmonds muscled inside defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and banged a shot past Ward for his 18th of the season.


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