It’s Official: Eagles Eliminated From Playoffs

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

What seemed extremely likely Saturday night became official Sunday evening: The Eagles will not be returning to the playoffs.

The Cowboys made quick work of the Colts with a 42-7 victory. It seemed clear early on that Indianapolis wasn’t going to make much of a game out of it. The Colts ran Trent Richardson on 3rd-and-14 on their first possession and then attempted a fake punt from their own 19.

Andrew Luck went 15-for-22 for 109 yards and two interceptions before being pulled in the second half. The Colts clinched the division last week and would have needed a minor miracle (two Broncos losses) for a chance at a first-round bye. Read more »

Shane Montgomery’s Keys Found in River

Divers searching the Schuylkill River near Manayunk have found a set of keys that belonged to missing college student Shane Montgomery.

6ABC reports: “Both police and Shane’s family confirm to Action News that the missing 21-year-old’s personal keys were found in the water near the river bank. The keys were recovered in the river – not in the canal where earlier searches were concentrated.”

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The Shoppist Gift List, Day 21: Third Street Habit Cape

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Our discerning editors have culled the best-of-the-best gifts available in Philly. Each day until Christmas, we’ll unveil our 25 top gift picks to suit everyone on your list. Happy shopping!

Instead of gifting Mom another sweater this year, opt for an on-trend cape like this stunner from Old City’s Third Street Habit. Its roomy fit and funnel neck provide all the coziness of her favorite knit but its structured shape gives it a sophisticated Olivia Pope-esque vibe. Tip: Take advantage of the boutique’s complimentary gift wrapping and you’ve got the perfect present.

Click here for price and where to buy.

Zone Read: Eagles-Washington, the Day After

Photo Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

LANDOVER, Md. – Chip Kelly had been in this room before, but the circumstances were different the last time.

It was September of 2013. Kelly’s squad had just put the NFL on notice that his up-tempo attack could be effective at the professional level as the Eagles defeated Washington on Monday Night football in his debut as Andy Reid’s successor.

Kelly answered questions from a roomful of reporters about the Birds’ pace, Michael Vick’s performance and other topics. Before exiting the room to make the trip back to Philadelphia, Kelly stopped to say hello to some media members who had made the trip from Oregon.

Where his first season began was essentially the same place that his second season ended. Kelly’s squad was clinging to its playoffs aspirations Saturday afternoon at FedEx Field. The hope was that the Eagles would take care of business against an inferior opponent and perhaps get a little help in the final two weeks to sneak into the postseason.

Instead, the Eagles suffered a meltdown. Issues that have been prevalent all year long resurfaced, and the result was a 27-24 loss. Read more »

Sanchez Unable To Break Old Habits

Photo Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly said he didn’t spend much time studying Mark Sanchez‘s tape from New York, focusing instead on his skill set and physical attributes and relying more on the word of those who had been around him in a formal life.

“I talked to his college coaches more than I did that; I talked to his high school coaches and I knew what type of athlete he was and I knew what he could do,” he said earlier this month. “For me to study his tape from the New York Jets ‑‑ now I know other people studied his tape, but I personally didn’t study his tape because I know what he can do and I thought he could fit into our system.”

Sanchez had a sub-60 percent completion rate with the Jets. The Eagles felt that he could get closer to the level of accuracy he displayed at USC (64 percent), and sure enough, he has completed 64 percent of his throws in an Eagles uniform. There were elements of his game from New York that did carry over, though — namely, his propensity to turn the ball over.

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14 Philadelphia Charities to Support This Year

Photo: Shutterstock

Photo: Shutterstock

For many people, year-end charitable giving is as much a tradition as office Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve fireworks at Penn’s Landing. This holiday season we asked a number of Philadelphia business and thought leaders for the names of Philly-based and Philly-focused organizations and programs that they support personally — and reasons we should consider donating too.

Our panel came through with an impressive range of options — some well known, some under the radar — encompassing everything from poverty relief to health care, education, and the arts.
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The Philadelphia Mayor’s Race 2015: Assessing the Candidates

From left: Terry Gillen, Darrell Clarke, Lynne Abraham, Ken Trujillo, and Anthony Williams.

From left: Terry Gillen, Darrell Clarke, Lynne Abraham, Ken Trujillo, and Anthony Williams.

There is, already, a bored, obligatory quality to Philadelphia’s 2015 mayoral election. The candidates underwhelm. Public interest is running low. For all its outsize influence in the past, City Hall today feels a little less domineering.

I had lunch with a smart, engaged guy the other day, a young(ish) Turk in Philly’s huge nonprofit sector, who told me he was past tired of talking and thinking about which Big Papa we should pick to rescue the city this time. “This is our problem,” he told me, “this daddy complex.”
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