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Today is Tuesday. And the Eagles are reeling. It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, but Jalen Hurts was under the weather yesterday in more ways than one, and Drew Lock’d himself into Seahawks lore by saving Seattle’s season with an epic last-minute drive. We’ll recap another Monday Night Football classic and then enter the Blitz Medical Tent for a Week 15 injury roundup. Speaking of classics, the Thrilltoppers pulled off one of the biggest bowl comebacks you’ll ever see in the renowned Famous Toastery Bowl (Scheduled Kickoff: Monday, 2:30pm ET). On the hardwood, Anthony Edwards turned to plan B to abort a blowout loss in Miami, while the Pistons were handed another hard pill to swallow — their 24th straight loss. Also, hockey. Let’s go!

WTF Stat: Dolphins RB Raheem Mostert has scored 20 offensive touchdowns this season. The Jets have scored 13.

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🏈 LSU QB Jayden Daniels, the 2023 Heisman Trophy winner, has opted out of the ReliaQuest Bowl against Wisconsin on Jan. 1 and will enter the NFL draft - Daniels, a fifth-year senior, has no remaining years of college eligibility and is a projected first-round pick

🏈 Georgia QB Carson Beck is returning for his senior season in 2024 - Beck, a redshirt junior, threw for 3,738 yards, 22 touchdowns, and six interceptions as a first-year starter this season

🏈 High school QB Dylan Raiola, a five-star recruit and the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2024 class, has flipped his commitment from Georgia to Nebraska - Raiola committed to Georgia in May after de-committing from Ohio State and has attended four different high schools

🏈 Steelers will start QB Mason Rudolph on Saturday against the Bengals if Kenny Pickett is unable to return from a high-ankle sprain that’s kept him out since Week 13 - Rudolph replaced the benched Mitch Trubisky at the end of last Saturday’s loss to the Colts

🏈 Steelers S Damontae Kazee has been suspended for the remainder of the season by the NFL for repeated violations of unnecessary roughness - Kazee was ejected Saturday for an illegal hit on Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr.

🏒 Senators fired HC DJ Smith and named senior adviser Jacques Martin his interim replacement - Smith was in his fifth season with Ottawa, who currently holds the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference at 11-15-0

🏈 Monday Night Magic

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NFL - Monday Night Football

  • Seattle Seahawks (6-7) 20, Philadelphia Eagles (10-3) 17: Despite being hampered by a knee injury and battling illness, Jalen Hurts (17/31, 13 CAR, 225 Tot. YDS, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) ran for 82 yards and two scores, and his second touchdown of the night gave the Eagles a 17-10 lead late in the 3rd quarter. But Philly was held scoreless in the 4th, and backup QB Drew Lock (22/33, 208 YDS, 1 TD) led Seattle 92 yards down the field on a gutsy final drive, capped by a sensational 29-yard touchdown catch by rookie Jaxon Smith-Njigba (4 REC, 48 YDS, 1 TD) with 28 seconds left. And then Julian Love (2 INT, 9 TOT) picked off Hurts on a late desperation heave to seal the game, snapping Seattle’s four-game skid with a season-saving victory - it's the Eagles third straight loss, and they remain tied with the Cowboys atop the NFC East

  • Quick Hits: Lock learned he was starting in place of the injured Geno Smith (groin) just minutes before kickoff and was emotional after the win. Seattle trailed 10-3 at the half, but Kenneth Walker III (19 CAR, 3 REC, 112 Tot. YDS, 1 TD) got the offense rolling with a slick touchdown run early in the 3rd quarter. DK Metcalf (5 REC, 78 YDS) made a huge 34-yard catch on Seattle’s final drive. And Hurts now has 17 turnovers this season.

See the full box score here and the current NFL standings here.

Blitz Medical Tent - Notable Week 15 Injuries

  • Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence is in concussion protocol after taking a big hit late in Monday night’s loss to the Ravens, and his status for this Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers is in question - backup QB CJ Beathard will start on Sunday if Lawrence isn’t cleared

  • Jets QB Zach Wilson is in concussion protocol, and the team will start Trevor Siemian this week against the Commanders if he is not cleared - Wilson suffered the concussion in the 2nd quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins

  • Titans QB Will Levis is questionable for this week’s game against the Seahawks after suffering a high-ankle sprain in overtime during Sunday’s loss to the Texans - it looked like the injury could have been much worse as Levis was taken down awkwardly

  • Ravens RB Keaton Mitchell will miss the rest of the season after suffering a full ACL tear in Sunday’s win over the Jaguars - the undrafted rookie rushed for 396 yards and two touchdowns in eight games (including two starts) since getting his first carries in Week 9

  • Patriots G Cole Strange, a first-round pick in 2022, was placed on injured reserve after suffering an undisclosed knee injury during Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs that forced him to be carted off the field - Strange’s IR designation means he will miss the remainder of the season

See more Week 15 injuries here.

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NBA - Top Games

  • Minnesota Timberwolves 112, Miami Heat 108: The Timberwolves are tied with the Celtics for the NBA’s best record at 20-5. Minnesota trailed by as many as 17, but Anthony Edwards (32 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK) looked like he was taking candy from a baby in the second half and rallied them back before banking in a beautiful dagger fadeaway to steal one from Bam Adebayo (22 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST) and the Heat in Miami - it’s the T-Wolves’ best start through 25 games in franchise history

  • Los Angeles Clippers 151, Indiana Pacers 121: Make that eight in a row for the Clips! Kawhi Leonard (28 PTS) and Paul George (27 PTS, 4 AST) helped build Los Angeles a 20-point lead in the 3rd quarter, and then James Harden (35 PTS, 8-11 3PT, 9 AST) dropped 18 straight to points in the 4th, as the Clippers hung 151 on the struggling Pacers, marking their eighth consecutive W - Indiana has now lost four straight and given up an average of 138.7 points in that stretch

  • Denver Nuggets 130, Dallas Mavericks 104: Don’t let the box score fool you, Nikola Jokic (8 PTS, 3-8 FG, 9 REB, 7 AST) was operating. Jamal Murray (22 PTS, 4-4 3PT, 4 REB) and Aaron Gordon (21 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST) were also useful, and Denver’s starters sat out the 4th quarter in a blowout over Luka Doncic (38 PTS, 11 REB, 8 AST) and the shorthanded Mavs

  • Atlanta Hawks 130, Detroit Pistons 124: Cade Cunningham (43 PTS, 16-24 FG, 5 REB, 7 AST, 3 STL) did everything he could to end the Pistons’ historic slide, but Trae Young (31 PTS, 15 AST) and the Hawks still coasted to a wire-to-wire win in Atlanta, extending Detroit’s losing streak to 24 games - Detroit is two losses away from matching the NBA's longest losing streak in one season of 26, shared by the 2010-11 Cavs and 2013-14 Sixers

  • Philadelphia 76ers 104, Chicago Bulls 108: Joel Embiid (40 PTS, 14 REB, 6 AST) dropped his third 40-piece in four games, but it wasn’t enough to rally past the Bulls and a blossoming Coby White (24 PTS, 8 REB, 9 AST), who helped Chicago hold on to snap the Sixers’ six-game heater - White had 16 points at the half and is averaging 22.9 points in Chicago’s last nine games

See the full NBA scoreboard here and the current standings here.

NHL - Top Games

  • Dallas Stars 4, Seattle Kraken 3 / OT: After trailing 3-1, Seattle’s Eeli Tolvanen (1 G) tipped in the game-tying goal with 22 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but Thomas Harley (1 G) responded for Dallas in the extra frame and netted the OT-winner to give Matt Duchene (2 G, 1 A) and the Stars a hard-fought win in Dallas

  • Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Minnesota Wild 3: Evgeni Malkin (1 G, 1 A) put the Pens up 3-0 in the 2nd period, only for the Wild to score three straight, capped by Vinni Lettieri’s (1 G) game-tying goal early in the 3rd period. However, Sidney Crosby (1 G, 1 A) scored on the power play less than a minute later, and Pittsburgh hung on at home to snap Minnesota’s three-game winning streak

  • Anaheim Ducks 4, Detroit Red Wings 3: The Ducks also did their best to blow a big lead, letting a 4-0 advantage in the 2nd period whittle down to just a one-goal lead in the 3rd, but Anaheim ultimately held on to take down Alex DeBrincat (2 G) and the slumping Red Wings, who have lost six of their past seven games - Adam Henrique (1 G) scored his fourth goal in two games after notching a hat trick in Sunday’s win over the Devils

See the full NHL scoreboard here and the current standings here.

College Football - Famous Toastery Bowl

  • Western Kentucky (8-5) 38, Old Dominion (6-7) 35 / OT: In an instant classic, Grant Wilson (13/22, 8 CAR, 249 Tot. YDS, 3 TDs) and Old Dominion took a 28-0 lead in the 2nd quarter, only for thrid-string QB Caden Veltkamp (40/52, 19 CAR, 436 Tot. YDS, 5 TDs, 1 INT) to come off the bench for Western Kentucky and lead the Hilltoppers on an improbable run, capped by a game-tying touchdown passes with 19 seconds remaining to force overtime, where WKU blocked a short field-goal attempt before Lucas Caniero made a game-winning 29-yard kick to stun the Monarchs at the Famous Toastery Bowl in Charlotte, NC - Veltkamp entered the transfer portal earlier this month after being told by the coaching staff he’d be converted to tight end if he came back next season; he had thrown just six collegiate passes before Monday

See the full box score here and the entire bowl schedule here.

Women’s College Basketball - Top Games

  • #2 UCLA 77, #13 Ohio State 71: Charisma Osborne (19 PTS, 3 AST) and UCLA led by as many as 21 points in the 3rd quarter, and although Jacy Sheldon (30 PTS, 3 AST) and the Buckeyes put together a late rally, it wasn’t enough to knock off the unbeaten Bruins, who improved to 10-0 with an impressive road victory in Columbus

  • #17 UConn 88, Butler 62: After a 4-3 start, Paige Bueckers (16 PTS, 7 AST) and the Huskies appear to be finding their stride, as they followed up an 86-62 win over No. 18 Louisville on Saturday with a rout against Butler in both teams’ Big East opener

See the full men’s scoreboard here and the full women’s scoreboard here.

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The AP’s 2023 College Football All-America teams were revealed last week. Which conference has the most first-team selections?


B. Big Ten

C. Pac-12

D. Big 12

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On December 19, 2010, the Eagles beat the Giants 38-31 in the game dubbed "The Miracle at the New Meadowlands." With 7:18 to play in the 4th quarter at MetLife Stadium, Philadelphia trailed New York 31-10. But Michael Vick (372 YDS, 4 TDs) and the Birds ripped off 21 straight points to shockingly tie the game with 1:26 remaining. Then, with 14 seconds left, New York lined up to punt from their 28-yard line, pinning the Eagles back to seemingly force overtime. With such little time left, Giants HC Tom Coughlin ordered rookie P Matt Dodge to punt out of bounds, away from the dangerous return man DeSean Jackson. He didn't, and the ball went straight to No. 10, who muffed the short line drive before recovering his own fumble and taking off on one of the greatest plays in NFL history: an improbable 65-yard walk-off punt return touchdown as time expired. The unbelievable finish capped a Philadelphia comeback of 28 unanswered points in the final 7:18, a bitter loss for Giants fans in their brand new stadium that revived memories of "The Miracle at the Meadowlands" in 1978 - both teams would finish the season at 10-6, but the win gave Philly the tiebreaker over New York, and the Eagles made the playoffs over their New York rivals.


  • Memphis Grizzlies @ New Orleans Pelicans 7:30pm ET, TNT

  • San Antonio Spurs @ Milwaukee Bucks 8:00pm ET, Local

  • Boston Celtics @ Golden State Warriors 10:00pm ET, TNT

  • Phoenix Suns @ Portland Trail Blazers 10:00pm ET, Local


  • New York Rangers @ Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00pm ET, NHLPP / ESPN+

  • Vancouver Canucks @ Nashville Predators 8:00pm ET, NHLPP / ESPN+

  • Los Angeles Kings @ San Jose Sharks 10:30pm ET, ESPN+ / Hulu

  • Full Schedule

College Basketball

  • NCAAM: #22 Virginia @ #23 Memphis 7:00pm ET, ESPN2

  • NCAAM: Florida vs. Michigan 7:00pm ET, ESPN

  • NCAAM: #6 Marquette @ Providence 8:30pm ET, FS1

  • NCAAW: #1 South Carolina @ Bowling Green 7:00pm ET, ESPN+

  • NCAAW: #24 North Carolina @ Oklahoma 9:30pm ET, ESPN2

  • Men’s: Full Schedule

  • Women’s: Full Schedule

College Football - Frisco Bowl

  • UTSA vs. Marshall 9:00pm ET, ESPN

Soccer - Carabao Cup, Quarterfinals

  • Fulham @ Everton 2:45pm ET, ESPN+

  • Newcastle United @ Chelsea 3:00pm ET, ESPN+

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Trivia Time Answer

A. SEC. Surprise, surprise. The SEC has the most AP first-team All-Americans this season with nine, followed by the Big Ten (6), Pac-12 (4), and Big 12 (3). Alabama has the most first-team selections with three, all of whom play defense: LB Dallas Turner, CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, and CB Terrion Arnold - the ACC is the only Power Five conference without more than one player on the first team.

"Lock" of the Day

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  • Celtics @ Warriors: Stephen Curry Over 28.5 Points (-110)

If the Eagles and Cowboys both win out, their strength of schedules will determine the tiebreaker for the NFC East title.