The Philadelphia Eagles are STILL ALIVE after defeating the Los Angeles Rams in a shocker, 30 to 23. The Eagles entered this game as 13-point underdogs but they weren’t ready to give up.
What a win.
Rams 12th drive: Rams take over with 1:08 left on the clock and no timeouts. Rams move to the Eagles’ 18-yard line with four seconds left on the clock. Rams fortunate to be able to spike it there after Gurley gets tackled in bounds. Eagles playing a picket fence defense at the goal line. Goff’s throw for Reynolds is high and incomplete with Maddox in good coverage. THAT’S GAME! EAGLES WIN, 30 to 23.
Eagles 12th drive: Cameron Johnston punts and his return is MUFFED by the Rams! D.J. Alexander jumps on the ball but there’s no clear recovery and the possession to belongs to the Cowboys. Just kidding, it’s the Eagles’ ball this time! Eagles get to 3rd-and-10 and the Eagles run for a 1-yard gain to the Rams’ 35-yard line. Eagles go for the 53-yard field goal attempt instead of punting. Elliott’s kick is wide right. Yikes.
Eagles 11th drive: Eagles take over at their own 17-yard line with 4:02 left. The first play is a run and the Rams take their second timeout. On 2nd-and-9, Ertz is called for a false start to set the offense back to 2nd-and-14. Foles throws a screen to Jeffery but there’s another flag and Lane Johnson is called for a block in the back. Eagles now at 2nd-and-17 from their own 10-yard line. Foles throws a little high and behind to Ertz and the Eagles are VERY lucky the Rams dropped that pick. Foles dumps to Smallwood to bring up 4th-and-12.
Rams 11th drive: Rams drive to the Eagles’ 34-yard line. Goff fires to a strike deep over the middle to Josh Reynolds for a 34-yard touchdown. The play is reviewed and the ball is then rightfully spotted at the half-yard line. Goff’s first down throw is incomplete. Then Gurley runs in for the touchdown. One score game. That delayed score took 13 extra seconds off the clock, which might matter down the stretch here. Eagles lead, 30 to 23.
Eagles 10th drive: Richard Rodgers gets called for a hold to push the Eagles back to 1st-and-20 from their own 19-yard line. Foles checks down to Tate and Sproles on consecutive plays to set up 3rd-and-8. Eagles run a draw for Sproles and he almost breaks it for the first ... but John Johnson tackles him. Rams safety is having a big game. Lane Johnson gets called for holding anyway so the run wouldn’t have counted. Rams take their first timeout to stop the clock at 6:25. Eagles punt at 4th-and-4 from their own 37-yard line.
Rams 10th drive: Rams drive down into Eagles territory. On 3rd-and-3, Woods breaks a diving tackle from LeBlanc at the line of scrimmage and moves the Rams into the red zone. Nice recognition from Cre’Von but gotta finish that. Goff misses Gerald Everett on a potential touchdown throw. He was wide open. Rams get pushed back with a holding call. On 3rd-and-13, Goff’s throw into the end zone is incomplete. Another big defensive stop. Rams settle for the field goal and it’s a two-possession game with 9:24 to play. Eagles lead, 30 to 16.
Eagles 9th drive (continued): Smallwood runs for a first and the Eagles are in the red zone. Foles throws a terrible pick to Aqib Talib on a throw meant for Ertz.
Eagles 9th drive: Eagles take over at the Rams’ 30-yard line. Eagles pick up a 9-yard gain to end the third quarter.
Rams 9th drive: Goff’s 3rd-and-5 pass is incomplete. The Rams run a fake punt and Johnny Hekker’s pass is complete ... or not! The call is overturned upon review. Wow!
Eagles 8th drive: Foles throws to Tate on a screen to bring the Eagles to the 4-yard line. Then Smallwood runs it in for another touchdown. Great blocking by the offensive line. WHAT A CRAZY GAME THIS IS. Eagles lead, 30 to 13.
Rams 8th drive: LeBlanc cleared to return to the game. Goff gets tripped up on the snap, falls, gets back up, and throws an AWFUL pass (lmao) that easily gets picked off by Corey Graham! Eagles recover in Rams territory! What is this game?!
Eagles 7th drive: Now Smallwood is running well, probably just to spite me. Eagles get into Rams territory but a holding penalty on Stefen Wisniewski puts them back. The refs pick up a flag called for a late hit against the Eagles. OK, why? Foles throws to Agholor on 3rd-and-12 and it’s short of the sticks. Eagles settle for a 40-yard Elliott field goal. Eagles lead, 23 to 13.
Rams 7th drive: Gurley is questionable to return. Haloti Ngata makes a tackle for no gain. Man, everybody is just making plays tonight. LeBlanc is hurt, which is bad. De’Vante Bausby next up at nickel corner. Jim Schwartz blitzes on 3rd-and-2 and Goff’s throw is incomplete. Rams have to punt.
Alshon is a monster pic.twitter.com/xbmLaACnzR— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) December 17, 2018
I don’t think I’ve ever seen this. pic.twitter.com/qJllZEjgDD— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) December 17, 2018
Eagles 6th drive: Foles airs it out deep and both Jeffery and Agholor are WIDE OPEN. Major busted coverage, looked like a punt return! A leaping Jeffery is the one who comes down with it. Then Smallwood runs for a touchdown! Wow, that was too easy. Eagles really gonna pull off this upset?! Eagles lead, 20 to 13.
Rams 6th drive: A bad punt return from the Rams sets up Los Angeles at their own 5-yard line. Bradham tackles Gurley for a loss. LeBlanc forces an incompletion by knocking the ball out with his helmet to set up 3rd-and-12. Chris Long tips Goff’s short throw and Cox tackles Woods short of the sticks to force the punt. The defense really came to play tonight, huh?
Eagles 5th drive: Eagles get the ball to start the second half. Brandon Brooks gets called for holding on a first down run. Foles hits Tate on an RPO on 3rd-and-12 but the completion is short of the sticks. Eagles punt from their own 34-yard line.
Rams 5th drive: Rams get to the 50-yard line with 37 seconds and one timeout remaining. Goff hits Woods on a quick screen for a 20-yard gain and the Rams take their final timeout. Rams move to the 18-yard line with 14 seconds left in the half. Goff throws some passes out of the end zone and the Rams have to settle for a 36-yard field goal attempt. It’s good. Tie game, 13 to 13.
Alshon has returned pic.twitter.com/eD1jl1cIje— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) December 17, 2018
Eagles 4th drive: Foles checks down to Goedert to move the chains on 3rd-and-2. Eagles continue to pound the rock with Adams. On 3rd-and-5, Jeffery makes a nice grab for a 35-yard gain. Good to see Alshon getting more involved, it’s been to long. Foles hits Jeffery again to set up 1st-and-goal. Adams runs up the gut for an Eagles touchdown! How about this team showing fight? Eagles lead, 13 to 10.
Rams 4th drive: Gurley runs for a big gain on first down. Then he runs the Rams into the red zone. Bruce Hector comes up with a tackle for loss on Justin Davis to bring up third down. Goff converts with a throw to Brandin Cooks. Cox back in the game now. Rams face a 3rd-and-11 from the Eagles’ 15. Cox comes up with the sack on Goff, big stop. That gives Cox 7.5 sacks on the season. Rams attempt a 41-yard field goal and make it. Rams lead, 10 to 6.
I'm fine with the play call on 4th down, but the personnel makes little sense to me. Josh Adams isn't in there to pass protect or catch passes. You're welcoming extra bodies into the box.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) December 17, 2018
Eagles' struggles in short yardage continue. Offense was third in the NFL on third or fourth and short last year. Have dropped to 22nd this season.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) December 17, 2018
Josh Adams is a really talented kid, but he's now an NFL-worst 0-for-6 on 3rd- or 4th-and-1.— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) December 17, 2018
Eagles 3rd drive: Foles chucks it deep but Peters breaks up the underthrow to Nelson Agholor. Foles got hit in the head by Aaron Donald but no call. On 3rd-and-3, Adams is tackled a yard short of the marker. Pederson goes for it. The Rams leave no room for Adams and the rookie is tackled short of the marker once again. Turnover on downs. Like the decision to be aggressive but don’t love the play call.
Rams 3rd drive: Robert Woods gains 19 yards on a handoff. Avonte Maddox makes a great break on the ball for a diving pick. Wow! What a play by the rookie. He’s a baller.
Eagles 2nd drive (continued): Cox leaves the medical tent and Adams enters. On third down, Foles throws a nice ball to Alshon Jeffery for an over the shoulder catch along the sideline to move the chains. Foles checks down to Smallwood on 3rd-and-6 and the running back is tackled short of the sticks but Marcus Peters gets called for a 15-yard helmet grab penalty. Don’t see that too often. Sproles runs for a 9-yard gain On 2nd-and-inches, Foles overthrows a wide open Ertz in the end zone. Big missed opportunity. Jason Peters gets flagged for a false start and that moves the Eagles back. Foles’ third down pass to Ertz in the end zone is broken up as the ball is in the tight end’s hands. Just a good play by the defense. Eagles have to settle for another field goal and Elliott makes it. Rams lead, 7 to 6.
Eagles 2nd drive: Josh Adams runs for four yards. Then for no gain. That’s the end of the first quarter.
Rams 2nd drive: Fletcher Cox draws a holding penalty to move the Rams back but L.A. picks it up with a Goff throw to move the chains. Then Goff runs for a first down. Rams continue to pound the ball with Gurley ... and throw to him as well. Rams drive into the red zone. Gurley takes a screen to the 5-yard line. Gurley breaks through tackles into the end zone for his 20th touchdown of the season. And now Fletcher Cox is banged up. Rams lead, 7 to 3.
Eagles 1st drive: Nick Foles runs forward on a broken play (?) for three yards. Then he rolls out, buys time, and hits Dallas Goedert for a first down. Wendell Smallwood gets the first carry of the game (WHY?) and runs for a short gain. Darren Sproles runs for a 17-yard chunk on 3rd-and-4. Foles floats a screen pass that’s almost picked but ultimately gets dropped. Foles throws #ShortOfTheSticks on third down to set up 4th-and-3 from the Rams’ 33-yard line. Doug Pederson probably needs to go for it to win here but he opts for the 51-yard Jake Elliott field goal. It’s good. Eagles lead, 3 to 0.
Rams 1st drive: Malcolm Jenkins tackles Todd Gurley for a loss. Good start. Nigel Bradham tackles Gurley on a short run to set up 3rd-and-11. Avonte Maddox tips Jared Goff’s third down pass and the Rams go three-and-out. Good pressure from Michael Bennett, who hit Goff, on that third down. Maddox is starting on the outside opposite Rasul Douglas with Cre’Von LeBlanc in the slot, by the way. Interesting.
Coin toss: Eagles win the toss and elect to defer.
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Oh, that’s right, the Philadelphia Eagles are playing a football game this week.
It’s easy to forget about that given all the rightful focus on Carson Wentz and his injury situation.
But today’s not about the Eagles’ long-term outlook. Rather, it’s about their Week 15 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.
This game was supposed to be an epic rematch of last year’s battle between two NFC heavyweights. Instead, it’s a battle between one team that’s still among the NFC elite and another that’s clawing just to have a chance at the No. 6 seed.
The Eagles’ playoff hopes will be very much alive if reigning Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles can somehow find a way to help lead his team to victory. He’s shocked the world before. Does he have another magical run in him?
Maybe, but the reality is the Eagles’ chances aren’t looking so great. There’s good reason why they’re 13 point underdogs to the Rams. This game could easily be similar to how the Eagles got blown out by the Saints in New Orleans earlier this year.
We’ll see soon enough.
Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch the game.
Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Announcers: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter
Referee: Bill Vinovich (Eagles 7-7 in 14 games)
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum | Los Angeles, California
NFL Network replay: TBA
Radio: SportsRadio 94WIP | Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Rod Woodson | SIRIUS: 81 (Phi), 83 (LAR) | XM: 226 (Phi), 225 (LAR)
Per Bovada, the Eagles are underdogs.
Philadelphia Eagles +13 (-110)
Los Angeles Rams -13 (-110)
The Eagles are 20-17-1 in 38 all-time regular season appearances against the Rams. The Eagles are 5-0 in their last five games against the Rams. The Eagles haven’t lost to the Rams since Philadelphia rested their starters in a meaningless Week 16 game back in 2004. Jeff Blake was the Eagles’ leading passer in that matchup.
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Eagles 2018 Regular Season Schedule
Week 1 - vs. Atlanta Falcons (Sept. 6, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) NFL Kickoff Game
Week 2 - at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sept. 16, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 3 - vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 23, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 4 - at Tennessee Titans (Sept. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 5 - vs. Minnesota Vikings (Oct. 7, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 6 - at New York Giants (Oct. 11, 8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN) Thursday Night Football
Week 7 - vs. Carolina Panthers (Oct 21, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 8 - at Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 28, 9:30 AM ET, NFLN) London Game
Week 9 - BYE (Nov. 4)
Week 10 - vs. Dallas Cowboys (Nov. 11, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 11 - at New Orleans Saints (Nov. 18, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 12 - vs. New York Giants (Nov. 25, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)
Week 13 - vs. Washington Redskins (Dec. 3, 8:15 PM ET, ESPN) Monday Night Football
Week 14 - at Dallas Cowboys (Dec. 9, 4:25 PM ET, FOX)
Week 15 - at Los Angeles Rams (Dec. 16, 8:20 PM ET, NBC) Sunday Night Football
Week 16 - vs. Houston Texans (Dec. 23, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)
Week 17 - at Washington Redskins (Dec. 30, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)