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Technically a fact:

 

Yesterday's Eagles game represents the first time since their 2009 playoff game against Dallas where the Eagles quarterback was their Week 1 starting quarterback. 

 

The "technical" part is because, whereas in their previous three postseason trips they had replaced their Week 1 starter either due to injury and/or player effectiveness reasons, in this case their Week 1 starter wasn't (and isn't) their preferred QB to begin with, but was in there because Wentz was either still rehabbing his previous injury, or now sidelined due to a subsequent injury. It's a manipulated fact, in other words, which is something I'm far from being above doing. 

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7 minutes ago, BringBackTheVet said:

 

 

 

Without looking it up, I'm fairly certain you could change that to "Chiefs, Bengals, Lions, Bills and Browns have COMBINED in the last 20 years." (and you may be able to add 1 or 2 teams to the list)

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27 minutes ago, leopard88 said:

 

Without looking it up, I'm fairly certain you could change that to "Chiefs, Bengals, Lions, Bills and Browns have COMBINED in the last 20 years." (and you may be able to add 1 or 2 teams to the list)

 

Chiefs - 1

Bengals - 0

Lions - 0

Bills - 0

Browns - 0

 

And, for the fun of it, lemme see...

 

Dolphins - 2 (wild card round wins in '99 and '00)

'Skins - 2 (wild card wins in '99 and '05 - screw off Edell Shepherd)

 

Which vary narrowly would put you over Nick Foles and the Eagles' total from these past two posteasons. 

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9 minutes ago, Kramerica Industries said:

 

Chiefs - 1

Bengals - 0

Lions - 0

Bills - 0

Browns - 0

 

And, for the fun of it, lemme see...

 

Dolphins - 2 (wild card round wins in '99 and '00)

'Skins - 2 (wild card wins in '99 and '05 - screw off Edell Shepherd)

 

Which vary narrowly would put you over Nick Foles and the Eagles' total from these past two posteasons. 

 So, you could add the Dolphins or the Redskins.  Got it.

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In a league with all of that focus on revenue sharing and parity and injury and turnover, how does that even happen? How can 5 franchises -- a sixth of the league -- have been so miserable for 20 years?

 

Tom Brady is the obvious answer, but he's still only one guy. The Jets had their run for a bit. The Ravens won a couple of Super Bowls. Other AFC teams have had success; what's happened in Buffalo and Cleveland is shameful. The Bengals and Chiefs have at least consistently made the playoffs.


And LOL Detroit. The entire conference has lapped them.

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I remember as a kid, Buddy Ryan's Eagles teams made the playoffs three straight years (88,89,90) and lost each (though the 88 one was the Fog Bowl and can't really blame him for that.)

 

He was fired right after the '90 game, and I remember thinking how hard it was to win even a single playoff game, and how I might never see it.  When Rich Kotite won one in '92, it might as well have been the Super Bowl for Eagles fans.

 

Then, even Ray Rhodes won one (with 56 points no less!) and then obviously that worthless sack of poo Andy Reid won at least one or two every year, and now I have to question how you can't win one every few years in this league (albeit the SBCPE went from 2009->2017 without a win, but that was sandwiched between spurts of lots of wins.)

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Can I just say that I was always on the Nick Foles bandwagon? I think it's important that everybody knows that I'm the Nick Foles hipster and I was a billion percent baffled by that time he got traded for Sam Freaking Bradford.

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8 hours ago, Dalcowboyfan92 said:

I think it's going to be Dallas and Philadelphia in the NFC Championship.

 

In the AFC Championship, I think it's going to be Los Angeles vs. Indianapolis. Only because I find the fact StubHub Center, a stadium seating only 30,000, hosting a conference championship game to be hilarious.

 

Fun new fact: As of January 1, per naming rights contracts, the Stubhub Center is now known as:

 

Dignity Health Sports Park

 

Definitely the name of an MLS stadium. Well below the name of an NFL stadium. Everybody laugh.

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11 minutes ago, Still MIGHTY said:

Dignity Health Sports Park

 

These are just four words in a row.

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I think I've been talking about Big Dick Nick's magnificent package for a while now, but here's a couple of older stories about Foot Long Foles' dong:

 

"Connor Barwin Says Nick Foles Has The Biggest Dong On The Eagles"

https://deadspin.com/connor-barwin-says-nick-foles-has-the-biggest-dong-on-t-1579042184

 

"Allegedly Enormous-Donged Eagles QB Leads Team To Super Bowl Victory"

https://deadspin.com/allegedly-enormous-donged-eagles-qb-leads-team-to-super-1822718664

 

 

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The Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles have pictures of every player that makes a pro bowl while playing for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles at their headquarters...

 

... including Cody Parkey:

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Mike Brown torpedoed 1991-2002 by being a dumb cheap a$$hole, then hired Marvin Lewis, who fought tooth and nail to bring the Bengals something resembling a modern NFL operation and something resembling respectable, but through a lot of bad coaching and some bad luck (Carson Palmer’s knee) went 0-7 in the playoffs. And that’s how you own a team for almost 30 years in the NFL without winning a single playoff game. 

 

If they ever finally do win one I might just stop watching this sport. 

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I think a Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas NFCCG could challenge this - or at least come closer than any other possible matchup.   Be on the lookout for some curious calls next weekend.

 

 

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The Cowboys put the game away against the Seahawks on their final drive with two PI calls on 3rd down. I found it fishy Roger Goodell was in the box during that game.

 

I'm not saying the NFL pushed the odds in America's Team's favor, but I'm not not saying that either.

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1 hour ago, DG_Now said:

The Cowboys put the game away against the Seahawks on their final drive with two PI calls on 3rd down. I found it fishy Roger Goodell was in the box during that game.

 

I'm not saying the NFL pushed the odds in America's Team's favor, but I'm not not saying that either.

Since you mention it, I vaguely remember NBC pointing out that Goodell was also in a box at Soldier Field.

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8 hours ago, DG_Now said:

The Cowboys put the game away against the Seahawks on their final drive with two PI calls on 3rd down. I found it fishy Roger Goodell was in the box during that game.

 

I'm not saying the NFL pushed the odds in America's Team's favor, but I'm not not saying that either.

 

The first of those PIs - the most important one - was def questionable. I get why it was called, but it probably shouldn’t have been in that situation. From what I remember, the second one was pretty legit. 

 

Goodell was with Charles Haley for some reason and it looked awkward as hell whenever the camera showed him. 

 

6 hours ago, Around the Horn said:

Since you mention it, I vaguely remember NBC pointing out that Goodell was also in a box at Soldier Field.

 

At least (from the three quarters I saw) it seemed refereed OK, though Chicago got screwed by a ridiculous (but accurately called) rule. The way the game was going, it’s certainly not safe to assume they would have had a TD, but it’s still a terrible rule that really doesn’t make any logical sense 

 

 

 

EDIT - everyone loves Breese - and for good reason - so it’s reasonable that he’d draw a nice audience as they advance - but the local ratings would pale in comparison to if PHi advanced, and I’d imagine that what I said before was true, and a PHI/DAL final would break all kinds of records. Watch the refs in both games. 

 

The league doesnt like LA, and I’d imagine the networks don’t love it either. 

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So the nightmare scenario for the 20th is having the NFC title game be the late game between the Cowboys and Eagles, who will fight for a shot to play the Pats, who already won earlier that day. 

 

God, that’s gonna be the absolute most NFLiest thing I can possibly imagine happening and it’s basically inevitable at this point because this is such a trash league. 

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Posted (edited)
33 minutes ago, Bucfan56 said:

So the nightmare scenario for the 20th is having the NFC title game be the late game between the Cowboys and Eagles, who will fight for a shot to play the Pats, who already won earlier that day. 

 

God, that’s gonna be the absolute most NFLiest thing I can possibly imagine happening and it’s basically inevitable at this point because this is such a trash league. 

 

FOX had the late window last season, so CBS gets the late window this year.

 

And it's the trash league you keep watching.

Edited by dfwabel

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A good story they could promote would be Andy Reid finally making it back to the SB to face his former protege and the team he coached for a million years. That’ll put butts in seats... or in front of screens. 

 

Not or sure how they beat Belicic in the AFCCG though, even at home. 

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