Fans celbrating the Eagles win at Frankford and Cottman avenues: Sarah Bloomquist reports on Action News at 10 p.m., January 21, 2018 (WPVI)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The New England Patriots are the favorite once again in this city’s sports books to win the Super Bowl. They’re a lopsided pick to win the one after that, too.
Do that, and Tom Brady and company may erase all arguments about the greatest NFL franchise ever.
Oddsmakers wasted little time Sunday in establishing the Patriots as between a 5-to-6 point favorite over the Philadelphia Eagles. Bettors didn’t take long to weigh in themselves, with one gambler taking the points and putting a $10,000 bet on the Eagles at the South Point resort before their rout of the Minnesota Vikings was even over.
Oddsmakers at the William Hill chain also made the Patriots a 9-2 favorite to win next year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta.
Sports book operators are predicting this year’s game will set new betting records, continuing a trend that saw last year’s game take in a record $138.5 million in legal bets.
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PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS) — There was everything to like, and nothing to dislike after the Eagles’ incredible 38-7 upset win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
- Quarterback Nick Foles was amazing. He completed 26 of 33 passes for 352 yards and three touchdowns. He found his rhythm on the Eagles’ second drive, which concluded with the LeGarrette Blount’s 11-yard TD run. Foles was 5-for-6 for 42 yards and he converted two third downs. Foles was 11-for-11 for 144 yards in the second half.
- The Eagles defense caused two turnovers that resulted in 14 points. After the Vikings’ initial drive, they didn’t score again. The Eagles caused a total of three turnovers.
- Receiver Alshon Jeffery caught five passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
- Tight end Zach Ertz caught a team-high eight passes for 93 yards.
- Receiver Torrey Smith’s 41-yard TD catch off a flea-flicker from Foles that put the final nail in the Vikings for a 31-7 lead with 10:05 left in the third quarter.
- Defensive linemen Fletcher Cox, Timmy Jernigan, Brandon Graham, Beau Allen, Chris Long, Derek Barnett and Vinny Curry putting constant pressure on Case Keenum all night.
- Cornerback Patrick Robinson’s 50-yard pick-six with 6:42 left in the first quarter, tying the score at 7-7 and lifting the Eagles defense, which made Case Keenum look like Tom Brady on the Vikings’ opening drive.
- Long has been doing it all year. His pressure on Case Keenum forced the Patrick Robinson 50-yard interception return for the Eagles’ first score. Long later had a fumble recovery in the second quarter, which thwarted another Vikings’ drive.
- Cornerback Ronald Darby’s block on Vikings’ running back Derick McKinnon that helped Robinson get into the end zone on the 50-yard pick-six.
- Coach Doug Pederson’s play calling. The Eagles picked apart the NFL’s best defense for 456 yards and 38 points.
- Blount’s 11-yard touchdown run with 13:37 left in the first half. Blount ran over poor Vikings’ safety Andrew Sendejo to get there.
- Barnett’s strip sack at the Eagles’ 24 with 3:25 left in the first half.
- Tight end Trey Burton not putting both feet down on the Eagles’ opening possession on a third-and-four at the Eagles’ 42.
- The Eagles’ defense on the Vikings’ first drive of the game. Minnesota used nine plays to go 75 yards with the opening kickoff, needing only to convert one third down. The Eagles gave up 28 yards rushing on six carries on that first drive.
- Linebacker Najee Goode’s coverage on Kyle Rudolph’s 25-yard touchdown reception from Keenum.
By Joseph Santoliquito
PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS) — It’s easy for the history to be lost under the layers of improbability and doubt that fell on them at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday night. No one foresaw this, even the Eagles who say they did. They didn’t.
Though it was very real, so authentic that Nostradamus himself couldn’t have foretold this tale of a bunch that lost its top three offensive players, its defensive hub, its special teams heartbeat, led by an unwanted coach who was harshly criticized by outliers as the primary reason why the Eagles wouldn’t get where they are: NFC champions, Super Bowl bound for the third time in franchise history, and now “America’s Team,” charged with the daunting task of pulling down the evil empire of the north, the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and “The First Man of Football,” Tom Brady.
Regardless of what happens two weeks from now, the 2017 Eagles will go down in Philadelphia sports lore as one of the greatest, most beloved teams that embodied an esprit de corps like no other.
They logged another chapter in their implausible journey by beating the Minnesota Vikings—yet another team the pundits favored over the Eagles—by a rather easy 38-7 victory, scoring 38 unanswered points. No one even saw that kind of demolition coming.
These Eagles now join the 1980 and 2004 Eagles as the only NFC champions in Eagles’ history during the Super Bowl era. This team, however, had to deal with far greater obstacles, and far greater story twists than their two predecessors combined.
The 1980 Eagles of Dick Vermeil had been making a steady climb and were primed to break through in 1980 over an aging Dallas Cowboys’ team. The 2004 Andy Reid Eagles were a perennial playoff team that added superstar receiver Terrell Owens.
This Eagles team was believed to be at least a season away from what it did Sunday night. Carson Wentz was going to be the face of the team and carry the Eagles to greater heights in the ending years of the decade—not now. The Eagles lost future Hall of Fame left tackle Jason Peters, who was having one of the best years of his career, young playmaking middle linebacker Jordan Hicks, offensive do-everything Darren Sproles and special teams’ demon Chris Maragos.
Then they lost Wentz. When Wentz went, the Eagles’ hopes of getting to the Super Bowl were zero.
Or so everyone outside the NovaCare Complex thought.
Inside, the team’s stubborn, wrought-iron tensile strength grew 10 fold. They played on a theme. They beat it to death. There was a line of candor to their “world-is-against-us” bromide. It wasn’t “just a line.”
“We didn’t stop believing, we never stopped believing, regardless of everything that happened to us,” said Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins, one of the Eagles’ beating hearts and team leaders. “The doubters made us stronger. They pushed us together. This is a team I always envisioned. I saw this in New Orleans my rookie year [in 2009, when the Saints won the Super Bowl beating Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl 44].
“If you have a whole group that thinks the same, acts the same, believes the same things, and believes in themselves and each other, that’s a tough team to beat.”
This was supposed to be a close game. It wasn’t. It was over by halftime. The Eagles held a 24-7 lead, and with the exception of the Vikings’ first drive, they did everything well. A blaring stat bore that out: Eagles total yards for the first half: 242 yards. The vaunted Vikings’ defense gave up an NFL average low of 275.9 a game during the regular season.
Nick Foles outplayed his former teammate, Vikings’ starting quarterback Case Keenum. By halftime, Foles had completed 15 of 21 for 208 yards and a touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 113.4. Foles looked even better than the vintage “Nicky Six” of 2013 when he tossed 27 touchdowns against just two interceptions. At one point, with just over 10:00 to play, the Eagles had converted nine of 11 third downs. Foles finished completing 26 of 33 for 352 yards and three touchdowns—and was 11-for-11 for 144 yards in the second half.
Peterson and the Eagles offense torched the Vikings for 456 yards from scrimmage—the most Minnesota gave up this season
The defense made Keenum look like, well, Case Keenum, a serviceable back-up who could win some games, but not a game on the scale of the NFC championship. A Keenum interception turned into a Patrick Robinson 50-yard pick-six, and Derek Barnett’s forced fumble resulted in Foles hitting Alshon Jeffery with a 53-yard TD strike with 1:09 left in the half.
It was the breaking point. The swing gave the Eagles a 21-7 lead and absolute control of the game. From there, Minnesota withered away.
Savor this moment. Relish it. It’s a special time orchestrated by a special group of players, coaches and prescient management.
Because soon, these “Underdog Eagles” will be going to a place where an artic wind will be blowing, and reality will seep in. The coldblooded beast is out there, it wears No. 12 and it’s hungry for No. 6.
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. —
Check out what your favorite stars wore to the Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.
The show features a roster of almost all female presenters, Kristen Bell as its inaugural host, and an opening that will feature only actresses speaking about their craft.
Producers say the approach was inspired by last year’s Women’s March, but the show arrives at a time when some of the industry’s biggest names are leading the Time’s Up and Me Too movements to address gender inequality, sexual misconduct, pay disparities and other issues.
The brisk show comes two weeks after a black-dress protest at the Golden Globe Awards, and several stars including Meryl Streep, Emma Stone and Michelle Williams bringing activists to the show.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
By Oliver Darcy
PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather wasn’t too familiar with The Young Turks Network when he took a meeting with the online progressive news network’s founder and chief executive officer, Cenk Uygur.
“I was only vaguely aware, I’m sorry to say,” Rather confessed to CNN in a phone interview Sunday.
But, as Rather said, “something clicked” between him and Uygur. So when Uygur offered Rather a show with the network, he “jumped” at the opportunity.
On Monday, Rather will premiere “The News With Dan Rather,” a 30-minute show that The Young Turks Network is billing as an “untraditional evening newscast,” made available weekly at 5:30 p.m. ET. The program will focus on original reporting, stories that Rather believes are not receiving the amount of attention they deserve, and analysis of the hot topics of the day.
“The format is designed to allow me to focus on substance,” Rather said, stressing that his show “will be raw” with “no bells and whistles.”
“The set is literally my office,” he emphasized.
His jump to the provocative progressive outlet, which distributes its programming on politics and pop culture through digital platforms like Facebook and YouTube, is a bit out of step with the rest of his storied career, Rather acknowledged. For decades, Rather hosted the “CBS Evening News,” a newscast filmed in a traditional elaborate studio, produced with the help of a large team, and backed by the finances of a well-established network. And there, Rather aimed to provide viewers the news of the day without bias or favor. Now he’s joining an outlet with a clear ideological bent.
“At this age and stage in my life, my attitude is, ‘What the hell,’” Rather said. “I am not the smartest guy around and don’t know everything, but I have been blessed as a reporter and have seen a few things. And now I have moved to a different place. I want to contribute if I can.”
The 86-year-old veteran newsman told CNN that President Trump’s attacks on the press and political norms helped motivate him to launch the new show.
“I feel strongly that when you have a president who is continually, relentlessly damning the press, individuals by name, individual institutions and calling the press the enemy of the people — listen, this has to be resisted,” he said.
Rather added, “This is a time when everybody needs to be counted. I don’t want to be preachy about it, but we have a real responsibility, those of us in journalism and those of us who have experience in journalism, to do what we can. … These efforts to convince the public that people in the news are dealing in fake news is quite frankly bullshit.”
That said, Uygur told CNN that The Young Turks Network doesn’t need Rather to be “progressive on the network.”
“We just need people to have an authentic point of view,” he said. “And Dan’s point of view is not only smart and informed and incredibly experienced, but also authentic.”
The addition of Rather’s show is the latest in a series of moves that The Young Turks Network has made to expand its programming. Last month, the outlet announced a new show covering progressive politics. The Young Turks Network is also helping to produce a 16-part documentary series focused on environmental issues.
Rather said that by joining the online outlet he hopes to offer millennials who get news “off the computer or their hand gadget,” some “context and perspective to the news.” He also hopes to reach individuals who chiefly consume the news through right-wing outfits, though he has “no illusions” about how successful he might be.
“If we do this project right, I do think we can have some effect,” he said. “I don’t kid myself that we are going to have much effect on someone who is a follower of Breitbart or Fox News. But even if we can have a little effect — I think some of the authenticity can get through to some of these people.”
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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The spirit and the atmosphere is electric as fans across the Delaware Valley are pumped for the NFC Championship game.
Hundreds of fans piled into Chickie’s and Petes like a sea of green, all hoping for a chance to head to the Super Bowl.
This night began with about 20 Vikings fans at one table, but that would quickly change because as far as the eye can see it’s all birds fans.
Since the beginning of the NFL playoffs oddsmakers have labeled the Eagles as underdogs, and fans have really taken that to heart.
Many fans are wearing make-shift underdog masks and one couple even dawned some green dog costumes.
“We have a defensive line, that will kill these Minnesota Vikings,” Ryan Hicks, Sr. said. “Case Keenum watch yourself, watch out. Fletcher Cox is coming for you.”
These fans, like many, are hoping this theme will help propel their team to a victory against Minnesota.
“We are feeling so pumped up,” said Kelly New of North Wildwood. “Eagles Nation, we want to win this game so bad. We were here last week, the energy inside the stadium is fabulous. We’re going to the Super Bowl!”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. —
The 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are underway at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles.
The awards show recognizes the best performances from the year in film and television, as voted on by their fellow actors. Did your favorite movies and television shows win big?
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Big Sick
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Timothée Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name
James Franco in The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out
Gary Oldman in Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington in Roman J. Israel, Esq.
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Judi Dench in Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins in The Shape Of Water
Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie in I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Steve Carell in Battle Of The Sexes
Willem Dafoe in The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins in The Shape Of Water
Sam Rockwell in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Mary J. Blige in Mudbound
Hong Chau in Downsizing
Holly Hunter in The Big Sick
Allison Janney in I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf in Lady Bird
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Orange is the New Black
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson in black-ish
Aziz Ansari in Master Of None
Larry David in Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sean Hayes in Will & Grace
William H. Macy in Shameless
Marc Maron in Glow
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba in Orange Is The New Black
Alison Brie in Glow
Jane Fonda in Grace And Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep
Lily Tomlin in Grace And Frankie
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Game Of Thrones
This Is Us
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman in Ozark
Sterling K. Brown in This Is Us
Peter Dinklage in Game Of Thrones
David Harbour in Stranger Things
Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Millie Bobby Brown in Stranger Things
Claire Foy in The Crown
Laura Linney in Ozark
Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale
Robin Wright in House Of Cards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Jeff Daniels in Godless
Robert De Niro in The Wizard Of Lies
Geoffrey Rush in Genius
Alexander Skarsgard in Big Little Lies
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laura Dern in Big Little Lies
Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange in Feud: Bette And Joan
Susan Sarandon in Feud: Bette And Joan
Reese Witherspoon in Big Little Lies
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Wonder Woman
War For The Planet of the Apes
Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
Game Of Thrones