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🎓 BUT IS IT GREY MARKET?: AN ANALYSIS OF ARITZIA TB ITEMS USING THREE CASE STUDIES (welcome to my dissertation) 🎓

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So homegirl has an Aritzia addiction. Like it's bad. But recently, Aritzia's prices have been sliiiiightly out of my price range. Like can I spend $168 on a dress or $148 on a turtleneck? Technically no but I did it occasionally for those "investment pieces" (lol k).
Then Aritzia had that 20% off. Sale psychology man... Wallet goes in for gastric bypass and comes out several hundred dollars lighter. Recovery tbd. I spent all my hard earned $ that I slaved away at work for (scene cuts to me watching TikToks and writing Christmas cards at my desk and I look at the camera a la Stanley from the Office). Aritzia lust is ignited and I decide I need to buy a new wardrobe that's all Aritzia and my wallet cries and I cry and my credit card bill cries. Then I went into a grey market Taobao black hole. What is grey market? What is a dupe? Which stores are potentially selling grey market? I was/am on the case. Thesis to follow.
My plan of attack was this: buy pieces that I already own to compare. My assumption was that if a shop was selling one grey market item then probably most of their stuff would be grey market.. And if a shop was selling dupes then probably most of their stuff would be dupes. THEREFORE if I could confirm if a shop was selling grey market then other pieces from that shop were likely safe bets.
Some indications of grey market that I was looking for from the TB store:
 
This stuff was all hauled together using a private agent who asked that her information not be shared publicly. The package was shipped out via EMS on April 23 and received it May 29. It cost a whopping 622 yuan ($120 CAD/$87 USD), paid via a TB link, because it also had this rattan stool thingy which I found people selling on Etsy for $180 CAD/$130 USD + $60 shipping. Rattan is just ridic expensive everywhere here so I figured shipping it with other junk would still be cheaper. Also too many hoodies recommended by the nephews over at fashionreps. I'd give this agent a 10/10 for communication because she's kind, sticker game on point and I think her shipping prices are fair. She also messages me when she sees on 17Track that my parcel is out for delivery! Taobao communication with all shops was easy- the various shops sent the products quickly and without issue.
 
COMMERICAL BREAK/INTERMISSION/ALCOHOL REPLENISHMENT TIME.
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THE STORES I INVESTIGATED

  • Sweet Small Square: many of the product photos have the actual product shown with a branded tag. But, many of the products have all sizes and colours available which is a red flag to me. I was considering buying the New Plunge Front cardigan from this shop and I can't remember why I went with the other one. I think some of the real life product photos were the same and the other one was cheaper.
  • North American Fashion: I think this is very solidly grey market (everything is screaming it at the top of their lungs). This is where the cape is from.
  • Z freed: this was a weird one. Had some really weird things but also random Aritzia pieces like this shirt which clearly shows Babaton tags or this TNA tank. Also had random Lululemon which I'm so confused on because I've never seen true Lululemon grey market but also ?????????????. This is where the cheetah tank is from.
  • Mimiko: this hits all the grey market check boxes. Odd sizes, tag photos. However, the reviews on the Wilfred cocoon coat threw me off because the one photo in the product reviews looked OFF. LIKE OOOOOOOOOOFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. And, the photo has now disappeared from the comments? But could be an anomaly. Just read the reviews ppl.
  • MixMei: this is a juicy one. Almost bought this turtleneck buuuuut a girl can only have so many turtlenecks. I'd put money on this being grey market.
  • Authentic European and American foreign trade clothing: no photos of the actual product that I saw... also lots of sizes and colours. I'd guess dupes, but they have good reviews.
  • PiStudio: a strange one- I bought this bodysuit in a previous haul and if it's not grey market then IDK what is. BUT I also bought a tank top from there which is no longer up (the Arjun one if u know) and the material was slightly different than the auth and it had no tags. A fluke?
  • Small eggshell: some products show tags, some don't. Some products have lots of colours/sizes, some don't. Like this is supposed to be the Montpellier sweater but I KNOW it wasn't made it all those colours. My best guess is dupes. This is where I bought the New Plunge Front cardigan from- I was pretty sure it was a dupe but wanted to see how it compared material, size and shape-wise because I have the auth and I love the style.
 
INTERMISSION
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BACK TO BUSINESS
 

COMMUNITY IONIC CAPE

Edna Mode: NO CAPES!!!!!!!!
  • Size xs/s in both the rep and auth
  • 128 yuan ($24.70 CAD/$17.93 USD), retails for $75 CAD/$75 USD (muahaha benefits of a canadian company- the prices in CAD are actually better than in USD)
 
Auth | W2C | No PSPs | My pics with auth comparisons | Mod shots patron on the rocks and we're ready for some shots
  • Accuracy - 9.5/10 - Material is SPOT on, shape and fit are SPOT on. I will deduct a half point because the tag is strange and one I've never seen on Aritzia clothing in my entire purchasing career (long and illustrious). My auth doesn't actually have a tag anymore lol. But if you look at the inner care tag, the fonts for "Community" are different. I do think it went through a logo rebrand at one point but I did purchase this cape probably like in 2012. That being said, I think this is grey market and IDK what happened with the tag. OR, it's a good enough dupe for me to think it's grey market. If you have seen this tag before, lEt Me kNoW iN tHe CoMMeNts bELoW as the youtubers say to try to boost their engagement.
  • Quality - 10/10 - Like I said above, the quality of this is exactly the same as my auth version. Material is nice n knubby and no pulls!
  • Satisfaction - 10/10 - This is a great add to my closet because piece is fabulous for an office in the summer. It's cardigan-esque so you can cover up a little bit but also not be a sweltering sweaty mess. And sometimes I find regular cardigans grandma-ish so yeah. I wanted another last year when I realized it was discontinued so this was an excellent purchase. Good thing I am now never ever going into my office again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Shop communication/service - 10/10 - Shipped quickly and without issue. Flawless execution dear!
  • But is it grey market? METHINKS SO. Honestly, this has to be grey market or else its that thicc 1:1. I will note that this item is now discontinued… (WOW THIS IS ME EDITING THIS POST- IT'S NOT ACTUALLY DISCONTINUED! THEY BROUGHT IT BACK!) So how there would be grey market available, I'm unsure.
 

WILFRED NEW PLUNGE FRONT CARDIGAN

Formerly the Thais cardigan. Why did Aritzia change so many of their names? New tie front pant (formerly Jallade pant), new tie front shirt (formerly just tie front shirt lol)
  • Size m in both the rep and the auth
  • 218 yuan ($42 CAD/$31 USD), retails for $138 CAD/$138 USD
 
Auth | W2C | No PSPs | My pics with auth comparisons | Mod shotty had them apple bottom jeans JEANS boots with the fur WITH THE FUR
  • Accuracy - 8/10 - So the shape is just sliiightly off from the auth. The sleeves are way more bell shaped (which may be appealing to some). Tags are identical though I could be seeing slight font and spacing differences but also my eyes could be tricking me. I also swear you can see the differences in the material in the pictures. The auth is more of a silky smooth situation and the rep is more of a scratchy cotton-esque situation. Do you ever just shock yourself with your own eloquence?
  • Quality - 6/10 - Am I allowed to swear here? FUCK this shit is scratchy. I am a very sensitive person to fabrics (okay and just sensitive overall shut up) and this is so scratchy I'm unsure if I'll be able to wear it. Now if you were a normal person not sensitive to fabrics you'll probably be fine.
  • Satisfaction - 5/10 - Bleh highkey disappointed. I love the auth of this because the material feels soft and I like the shape… Both categories on which this item kinda failed! I will attempt to wear this but also maybe be itchy and uncomfortable the entire time. The sacrifices we make for fashion amirite ladies?
  • Shop communication/service - 10/10 - Shipped quickly and replied quickly when I asked about the quality/whether it was grey market. The shop's answer didn't reveal much beyond "it's good quality!" but like I wasn't expecting the details of how they heisted the Aritzia merch under their trench coats in the middle of the night.
  • But is it grey market? IT'S GOING TO BE A NO FROM ME TODAY. BUT (I like big butts), it is a good enough dupe that I'd probably repurchase from this shop.
 

BABATON EVERLY TANK TOP

In cheetah cause we are spicccyyyyyyyyyyy. I really dislike the regular Everly tank, it's just so boring to me. But this material/colour got me going....................................... Wild…………………………. I'll see myself out.
  • Size m
  • 88 yuan ($17 CAD/$12 USD), retails for $68 CAD/$68 USD
 
Auth | W2C | No PSPs | My pics | Mod shots by imagine dragons boiler remix is a bop
  • Accuracy - 10/10 - Alright, I don't have the auth of this because if you actually read about 3 lines up you'd ALREADY KNOW WHY. I have tried it on in store though and the shape is exactly the same. The Everly camisole comes in a bunch of different fabrics and this seemed the same as other similar ones I've felt. Never actually saw this one on the Aritzia site or in store. This also has tags so infer for yourself what this means.
  • Quality - 10/10 - V nice. Silky. Drapes good. Idk what else to say about it. It's a camisole. I like the colour. It's a camisole. The end.
  • Satisfaction - 9/10 - So I deduct one point because the shape of the Everly is maybe just not for me. I think camisoles like this stretch weird and tight over my boobs and large man shoulders. I think the neckline sits a bit high for what I personally find flattering.
  • Shop communication/service - 10/10 - Very very quick shipping! No complaints from this whiner!
  • But is it grey market? SURVEY SAYS? YES. Tags are correct, shape is correct, material is correct as far as I can tell. This was the weird store though so take that with a grain of salt.
 
 
Most theses/dissertations probably end with a long ass conclusion with the word "therefore" used at least once. Well jokes on you this is not a professional academic work THIS IS A REDDIT POST. So my eloquent conclusion is: bye bitches, until next time.
Jk, I hope some of you found this helpful and please share any future Aritiza TB purchases!!
 
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[Game Preview] Playoff Edition Wildcard Round - Seattle Seahawks (11-5) @ Philadelphia Eagles(9-7)

Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) vs Seattle Seahawks(11-5)
For the third season in a row the Eagles are limping into the playoffs with a multitude of injuries at key positions. But for the first time in those 3 seasons, starting QB Carson Wentz is at the helm and playing at his best. Wentz has won 4 straight must win games against division rivals and leading the Eagles offense complied mostly of backups and practice squad players to over 400 yards of total offense in each game. He will need to extend that winning streak to 5 games this week week against the Seattle Seahawks, the same Seahawks Wentz had his worst game of the season against where he turned the ball over 4 times. Wentz will need to stay hot and play much better than he did in the week 12 loss to the Seahawks. Like that game Wentz will be without his top targets at WR, and starting RG Brandon Brooks and RT Lane Johnson. Unlike last time, Wentz seems to have found a way to win without those key players. Key players have stepped up including Greg Ward and Boston Scott in those wins and they will need to again in their first playoff action of their careers. On the other side of the ball the Eagles will need to do something they have struggled with for years, stop Russel Wilson who is currently undefeated against the Eagles. Wilson has had an outstanding season and should be in conversation for MVP if not for Lamar Jackson’s amazing season. The Eagles defense will need to hold him in check if they hope to win, especially since the Seahawks will be without their top running backs. If the Eagles defense can hold, and Wentz can keep up his hotsteak, we may just see another week of postseason football in the Doug Pederson era with a hot team which can always be dangerous. Go Eagles!
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Date
Sunday, January 5th, 2020
Game Time Game Location
4:40 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
3:40 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
2:40 PM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
1:40 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 43°F
Feels Like: 37°F
Forecast: Clear. Clear throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 0 %
Cloud Coverage: 11%
Wind: WNW 11 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Seattle -1.5
OveUnder: 45.5
Record VS. Spread: Eagles 7-9, Seahawks7-8-1
Where to Watch on TV
NBC will broadcast Sunday’s game to a national audience. Al Michaels will handle play-by-play duties and Chris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya will report from the sidelines.
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Internet Streams
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Radio Streams
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List of Eagles Radio network member stations with internet broadcast availability
Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (42nd season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Seahawks Radio
Seahawks Radio Network Steve Raible returns for his 37th season in the radio booth, his 15th as the play-by-play announcer and “Voice of the Seahawks” after 22 seasons as the Seahawks analyst. Hall of Fame quarterback, Warren Moon, returns to the Seahawks radio team for his 15th season as an analyst.
National Radio
Westwood One will broadcast the game to a national audience with Kevin Harlan on play-by-play and Brian Griese providing analysis and Ross Tucker reporting from the sidelines.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Seahawks Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 83 (Internet 825) SIRI 82 (Internet 828)
XM Radio XM 225 (Internet 825) XM 226(Internet 828)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 225 (Internet 825) SXM 226 (Internet 828)
Eagles Social Media Seahawks Social Media
Website Website
Facebook Facebook
Twitter Twitter
Instagram Instagram
Snapchat: Eagles Snapchat: Seahawks
NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Eagles 9-7 .563 5-3 4-4 5-1 7-5 385 354 +31 4W
Cowboys 8-8 .500 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5 434 321 +113 1W
Giants 4-12 .250 2-6 2-6 2-4 3-9 341 451 -110 1L
Redskins 3-13 .188 1-7 2-6 0-6 2-10 266 435 -169 4L
NFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 49ers West 13-3
2 Packers West 13-3
3 Saints South 13-3
4 Eagles East 9-7
5 Seahawks West 11-5
6 Vikings North 10-6
This Weekends NFC Games
Game Time Location
Vikings @ Saints 1/5/2020 1:05PM EST Mercedes-Benz Stadium, New Orleans, LA
Seahawks @ Eagles 1/5/2020 4:40PM EST Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
AFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 Ravens North 14-2
2 Chiefs West 12-4
3 Patriots East 12-4
4 Texans South 10-6
5 Bills East 10-6
6 Titans South 9-7
This Weekends AFC Games
Game Time Location
Bills @ Texans 1/4/2020 4:35PM EST NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Titans @ Patriots 1/4/2020 8:15PM EST Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Series Information
The Seattle Seahawks lead the Philadelphia Eagles (10-7)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
December 12th, 1976 at Veteran's Stadium Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Eagles 27 - Seattle Seahawks 10
Points Leader
Seattle Seahawks lead the Philadelphia Eagles (350-319)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 0- against the Seahawks
Pete Carroll: 5-1 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Pete Carroll: Carroll leads 3-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Seahawks: 0-3
Russell Wilson: Against Eagles: 4-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Russell Wilson: Wilson leads 3-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Seahawks lead the Eagles: 4-0
Record @ CenturyLink Field: Seahawks lead 3-2
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 11 - Seahawks No. 7
Record
Eagles: 9-7
Seahawks: 11-5
Last Meeting
Sunday, Nov 24th, 2019
Seahawks 17 – Eagles 9
In a sloppy rainy game with high winds both QBs struggled, but the Wilson made plays when it counted and got help from running back Rashaad Penny who had a career day running for 129 yards including a 58 yard TD run. The Eagles defense was again fooled by a trick play on a flea flicker which saw Wilson hit Malik Turner for a 33 yard TD. The Eagles offense was terrible struggling to get anything going all day and missing key players including Jeffrey, Jackson, Agholor, Howard, Johnson and Brooks didn’t help. It was the worst game of the season for Wentz who turned the ball over 4 times in the Eagles loss. Russel Wilson continued his dominance over the Eagles and remained undefeated against them in his 8 year career.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
11/24/19 Seahawks Eagles 17-9
12/3/17 Seahawks Eagles 24-10
11/20/16 Seahawks Eagles 26-15
12/07/14 Seahawks Eagles 24-14
12/01/11 Seahawks Eagles 31-14
11/02/08 Eagles Seahawks 26-7
12/02/07 Seahawks Eagles 28-24
12/05/05 Seahawks Eagles 42-0
12/08/02 Eagles Seahawks 27-20
09/23/01 Eagles Seahawks 27-3
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Seahawks Seahawks
2019 “Expert” Picks
Week 12 - "Expert" Picks
2019 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Seahawks Season Stats
2019 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 388 607 63.9% 4037 27 7 93.1
Wilson 341 516 66.1% 4110 31 5 106.3
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Sanders 179 818 51.1 4.6 3
Carson(IR) 278 1230 82.0 4.4 7
Lynch 12 34 34.0 2.8 1
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 88 916 61.1 10.4 6
Lockett 82 1057 66.1 12.9 8
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 8.5 43
Green 4.0 28
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Jenkins 80 62 18 2.5
Wagner 159 86 73 3.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Gerry/Jones/Darby/McLeod 2 11
Wright/Flowers/Diggs 3 16
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 71 3292 61 46.4 42.3 28 4 0
Dickson 74 3341 63 44.1 40.9 34 5 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 26 22 84.6% 53 35/37
Myers 28 23 82.1% 54 40/44
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Sanders 14 314 22.4 67 0
Lockett 14 279 33 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Scott 6 43 7.2 13 0 4
Lockett 13 66 5.1 20 0 10
League Rankings 2019
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Seahawks Stat Seahawks Rank
Total Offense 360.8 14th 374.4 8th
Rush Offense 121.2 11th 137.5 4th
Pass Offense 239.6 11th 236.9 14th
Points Per Game 24.1 12th 25.3 9th
3rd-Down Offense 45.4% 4th 39.5% 16th
4th-Down Offense 33.3% 28th(t) 50.0% 13th(t)
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 66.7% 3rd 63.3% 9th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Seahawks Stat Seahawks Rank
Total Defense 331.7 10th 381.6 26th
Rush Defense 90.1 3rd 117.7 22nd
Pass Defense 241.6 19th 263.9 27th
Points Per Game 22.1 15th 24.9 22nd
3rd-Down Defense 34.2% 4th 38.3% 16th
4th-Down Defense 61.1% 27th 58.5% 24th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 55.8% 14th(t) 61.5% 26th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Seahawks Stat Seahawks Rank
Turnover Diff. -3 22nd +12 3rd(t)
Penalty Per Game 6.8 9th(t) 7.1 16th(t)
Penalty Yards Per Game 52.3 9th 55.1 13th
Connections
Eagles HC Doug Pederson was born in Bellingham, WA, and grew up in Ferndale, WA. Pederson recently admitted that he "Grew up a Seahawks Fan" and used to attend Seahawks games at The Kingdome.
Eagles LBs coach Ken Flajole is from Seattle and previously coached the Seahawks’ DBs (1999, 2001-02) and LBs (2000).
Eagles Safeties coach Tim Hauck played for the Seahawks in 1997.
Eagles Defensive Line coach Phillip Daniels was selected by Seattle in the 4th round of the 1996 NFL Draft.
Seahawks Northeast Area Scout Todd Brunner worked for the Eagles for four seasons (1994-97) as an area scout covering the Northeast. He joined the Eagles as a scouting intern in 1992 and worked as a scouting assistant in 1993.
Eagles CB Sidney Jones attended University of Washington.
Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks played 6 seasons for the Eagles from 2012-2017 including winning a Super Bowl with him in Super Bowl LII.
2020 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Seahawks
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) QB Russel Wilson (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) MLB Bobby Wagner (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz
C Jason Kelce (Starter)
LS Rick Lavato (Starter)
Recap from Last Week 17’s Games.
Eagles
Video
With the division on the line, the Eagles controlled their own destiny as they took on the division rival New York Giants on the road. The Eagles were already short and then they lost running back Miles Sanders and three-time Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks in the first half. But Scott, Josh Perkins, Greg Ward, Deontay Burnett and Robert Davis combined for 16 catches on 25 targets, 225 yards receiving, 54 yards rushing and four TDs. The five players were cut a combined eight times by four teams since Aug. 31. But Carson Wentz got the most out of them as he lead the Eagles to their 4th must win game in a row beating the Giants 34-17.
Seahawks
Video
The Seahawks were playing for the division title against the 49ers in week 17 with a playoff spot already locked in for both teams. In the first half, the 49ers dominated, taking a 13–0 halftime lead aided by a Deebo Samuel 30-yard touchdown run on a pitch and catch. The 49ers also held Seattle to just 79 yards of total offense, including stuffing running back Marshawn Lynch on 4th and inches from the 49ers 31-yard line, causing a turnover on downs. In the second half, the Seahawks proved resilient, scoring multiple times. The Seahawks would never lead in this game however, as the 49ers countered every Seahawks score with one of their own, including a Raheem Mostert 13-yard touchdown run to make it 26–14 with 5:51 left. After Seattle cut the lead to five, a questionable personal foul call against Ben Garland forced a punt, giving them the ball back with 2:27 left. They marched all the way down to the 49ers 1-yard line, but a delay of game penalty pushed them back to the 6-yard line. After three incomplete passes, the Seahawks faced 4th and goal. Russell Wilson hit receiver Jacob Hollister with a pass to the 49ers 1-yard line, but Hollister was stopped inches short of the goal line by linebacker Dre Greenlaw, causing a turnover on downs with nine seconds left that sealed the victory.
General
Referee: Shawn Smith
Including playoffs, Philadelphia has the 2nd-best home winning percentage (.735, 25-9) in the NFL since 2016, trailing only New England (.838, 31-6).
In Week 17, the Eagles totaled 400+ yards for the 4th consecutive game, which is Eagles the longest stretch of 400+ yards since 2013 (6 games).
The Eagles captured their 2nd division title in the last three seasons and 3rd consecutive postseason berth (2017-19).
Philadelphia owns the No. 4 seed in the NFC Playoffs heading into Wild Card Weekend (Jan. 4-5, 2020).
Doug Pederson is the first Eagles head coach to lead his team to three straight postseason appearances since Andy Reid from 2008-10.
Philadelphia has made the playoffs in three-or-more consecutive seasons for the 6th time in team history.
The Eagles have earned a postseason berth for the 27th time in franchise history (since 1933).
Since 2000, Philadelphia is tied for the 4th-most playoff appearances (13) in the NFL, behind New England (17), Green Bay (14) and Indianapolis (14).
The Eagles are NFC East Champions for the 11th time in franchise history.
Philadelphia’s nine NFC East championships since 2001 are the most in the division, ahead of Dallas (5), N.Y. Giants (3) and Washington (2)
Draft Picks
Eagles Seahawks
OT Andre Dillard DE L.J. Collier
RB Miles Sanders S Marquise Blair
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR DK Metcalf
WR Shareff Miller LB Cody Barton
QB Clayton Thorson WR Gary Jennings Jr.
G Phil Hayes
CB Ugo Amadi
LB Ben Burr-Kirven
RB Travis Homer
DT Demarcus Christmas
WR John Ursua
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Seahawks
WR Desean Jackson DE Jadeveon Clowney
DT Malik Jackson DE Ziggy Ansah
DE Vinny Curry DT Al Woods
DT Hassan Ridgeway WR Josh Gordon
QB Josh McCown QB Geno Smith
G Mike Iupati
K Jason Myers
FB Nick Bellore
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Seahawks
QB “Big Dick” Nick Foles FS Earl Thomas
DE Michael Bennett SS Kam Chancellor
DE Chris Long WR Doug Baldwin
S Chris Maragos WR Paul Richardson
RB Jay Ajayi DE Frank Clark
RB Josh Adams K Sebastian Janikowski
RB Wendell Smallwood G J.R. Sweezy
DT Haloti Ngata CB Justin Coleman
DT Shamar Stephen
SS Maurice Alexander
QB Brett Hundley
Pro Football Focus Matchup Charts courtesy of PFF Edge (join.profootballfocus.com/edge/)
WDB Matchups (CAPS = expected shadow coverage)
Stats to Know
Russell Wilson’s Deep Ball
The Eagles have not been great at defending the deep ball. Russell Wilson is good at the deep ball. I should just leave it at that, but that’s not what you’re here for. In 2019, Wilson’s averaging the 2nd-highest percentage of total throws targeting 20+ yards downfield (16.5%). Over the previous 3 seasons, Wilson has been 3rd, 2nd, and 8th. His Adjusted Completion % (accounting for drops) is 48.2%, good for 8th. His Passer Rating on Deep Balls is 119.2, good for 4th.
Matchups to Watch
Seahawks Pass Defense vs. the Eagles Pass Offense
Well, now the Eagles are in the playoffs after this tumultuous season. Anything can happen with this team, whether it's one and done or a Super Bowl run. Before we can all think about the future of this postseason, the Eagles need to get by a tough opponent in the Seattle Seahawks. Pete Carroll's Seattle teams, with or without Wilson, has owned the Eagles. That extended into this season with the Seahawks winning an ugly game against the then hapless Eagles. A lot has changed for Philly since then, mainly their success through the air. The Nobodies have stepped up to help Carson eLeVaTe the passing offense as he nearly averaged 300 yard passing per game in the final 4 weeks of the season. Carson has played really well and the coaches stepped up big to help get the passing game going. Their game plan can't, and won't, be a repeat of their early "death by one thousand slant/flats" if they want to win. And the offense can't turn the ball over at the rate they did if they expect to win. This is an athletic pass defense with two great LBs that excel in coverage. The Eagles will need to continue to move the pocket for Wentz to extend the time to throw which will allow deeper shots to open up. Due to personnel, this isn't an offense that can rely on its skill position players to consistently win 1v1. They'll need to continue to be creative in their usage of screens to prevent the defense form keying on them again. If Zach Ertz is able to play, that would be a huge win for the Eagles as he is their best natural separator. Seattle is an easy defense to scheme for as there is very little they change on a week to week basis. It's just being able to hit on the plays they scheme up. One injury for the Seahawks that important to watch is the status of safety Quandre Diggs; he was acquired from the Lions on the cheap (for some reason) and is a key player in their coverage schemes. As of now, the Seahawks should be expecting him to go as he was a full participant in their latest practice report. Either way, this is the 15th ranked passing defense by DVOA. They can be beat through the air. It would be wise for them to build off the game plan the Niners used last week to win in Seattle.
Seahawks Run Defense vs Eagles Running Backs
Philly wasn't able to have a lot of success on the ground the last time they played for a number of reasons. One big reason for that was the injuries on the offensive line - which remains the same for the rematch. Lane Johnson's status for Sunday is still unknown and stud Guard Brandon Brooks landed on IR after the week 17 win against the Giants. The backups have played decently well in reliefof the two key linemen but their absence will always loom large. The variety of concepts the Eagles use in the run game is a big factor in its success as it keeps opposing defenses off-balance. Being down Brooks and Lane could hinder what the Eagles like to do if their replacements can't adequately step up. Moreover, Sanders sustained an injury last week (ankle) and should play, but his effectiveness really won't be known until game time. Since the bye, Sanders has stepped up in a big way when Jordan Howard's shoulder died. Sanders proved he is a capable receiver and pass blocker early on but really improved his ability as a runner very quickly when the team needed him the most. If he is able to be effective on Sunday, that would be a huge boost to the undermanned Philly offense. Additionally, Boston Scott has continued to step up for the Eagles when they need him the most. Scott doesn't profile as an every down back but was able to take that role last week when Sanders left the game. His ability to consistently find the open rush lanes has been paramount to his success. Like Sanders, when Scott is able to get the ball in space he is able to create chunk plays to move the sticks. Jordan Howard returned to the line up last week; while he only played one snap, his ability to now play should help the Eagles rushing attack. This Seattle defensive line is a weak unit that is missing key players. Jadeveon Clowney has been banged up for most of the season and his status for Sunday is questionable. His absence would be a huge boost for the Eagles. This Seattle rushing defense is 26th in DVOA; if the Eagles offensive line was 100% heading into Sunday, this would be the single biggest mismatch in this contest. As it stands now, the Eagles should have enough in their reserves to be effective against this front, but that is a risky bet. They weren't effective in their first meeting - they need to change that to win.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks Receivers vs the Eagles Secondary
Russell Wilson has owned the Eagles in his career but will be entering Sunday's contest off his worst performance against this team in his career. He was sacked 6 times and was generally inaccurate for most of the game. He struggled to pick up some of the coverage changes the Eagles implemented in their secondary and lead to below average play. He's still Russell Wilson and this is still the Eagles pass defense: you simply cannot bet on the Eagles secondary anymore. Wilson has been a top 2 QB this year in an MVP caliber year carrying the Seahawks to this point in the season. There are very few instances in his time with the Seahawks where the Seahawks are down by double-digits late in a game. This is an Eagles secondary that struggles to stop the big play and cover outside receivers - the Seahawks have two dangerous weapons outside. The Eagles should have everyones favorite terrible CB back for this contest... Jalen Mills. The starter opposite him will be a mystery. Since his early season benching, Sidney Jones has been absolutely clutch for the Eagles on their current run. While his play hasn't been perfect, he's been less of a disaster than he previously was. Avonte Maddox and Cre'von Leblanc are fresh off really good performances against the Giants. If I had to guess, Maddox will start outside and Leblanc will see the slot; Jones would work into the rotation in more CB heavy looks. As previously mentioned, not only was Russ generally inaccurate in the first meeting, his receivers had a lot of key drops as well. Here is a big gain dropped by DK Metcalf. How about this dropped TD by DK Metcalf? Or this bricked layup TD pass from Wilson? My point is this: I generally think the Eagles pass defense, namely the secondary, has been more lucky than good in the second half of the season en route to an NFCE title. They are still here, which is awesome, but until they actually clean up their games it's hard to bet on them succeeding. Russ is one of the best passers in the league; it doesn't matter if he is scrambling or in the pocket, he'll generally eat you alive. This is a WR group, especially with Lockett and Metcalf, that will make defenses pay. They didn't last time, I don't think the Eagles will be so lucky this time. If I'm the Seahawks, I throw early and often. The Eagles defensive ranks against outside WRs: Yards allowed: 32nd, Explosive receptions: 29th, TDs: 29th, Yards per target: 27th. If Pete Carroll and Brian Schottenheimer maintain status quo, like they do for some inexplicable reason, the Eagles have a real chance.
**Seahawks Decimated Offensive Line vs Eagles Pass Rush
The biggest aid to a struggling secondary is a strong pass rush. This is the foundation of the Eagles defense. While it isn't the stupid good group from the Super Bowl, it is still one of the best units in the league in getting pressure. Seattle has had bad offensive lines for years now and the group that'll start on Sunday fits that mold. Stud LT Duane Brown should miss this contest with a knee issue; this is a bad injury for the Seahawks as he is their best offensive lineman. The rest of their group is a well-below average unit that struggles in pass protection. The Eagles were able to get after Russell Wilson with 6 sacks in the first meeting and will need that kind of pressure again. Wilson can still make plays with his arm and legs while under pressure but it's still a difficult task for him. Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham will need to continue to create havoc in the trenches. Derek Barnett must continue to build off his strong outing against the Giants. And if Timmy Jernigan can continue to play well, instead of up and down, then the Eagles should be able to get after Russ like they did Daniel Jones one week ago. The Eagles need to put this Seattle offense in bad situations to help out the secondary and help force some turnovers.
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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[Kickstarter watching] Project Phoenix, the rise and fall of Kickstarter's FIRST Japan-based video game project!

Full disclosure, I'm a backer for this. I've also backed a number of other games on KS and most of them actually did really well (Bloodstained yay!).
Something I love doing from time to time is going through video game Kickstarter projects to see what cool things developers might be coming up with. Some turn out okay, others, well, not so okay.
KS project deaths can be be quick and brutal and some would-be creators know when to call it quits when things don't work out. Some move on or find another way to see their dream project realized making lemonade out of lemons. Some don't.
The ones that linger can mutate, becoming a shambling mass of what-could-have-been occasionally moaning a hint of whatever former life it may have once had to anyone within earshot, prodded by the pulse of the occasional update haunting email inboxes.
Project Phoenix is one of the latter.

A few helpful terms:

Some games mentioned:

KS maintains old projects for reference so the names and events here are public knowledge. As one of the backers, I also have access to the "backer only" updates, so I provided some context from those here, too. The same with the referenced articles from outside sources that have looked in on this weird saga from time to time.
Pledges were made, backers followed the promises, and a professional musician becomes the head of his first video game studio. Wanna take a ride?

Oh hey! This is cool!

On August 12th, 2013, Project Phoenix popped up on Kickstarter (KS going forward).
This was during a heady era of KS investment following the wild success of projects like Tim Schafer's Broken Age in 2012 which garnered a whopping $3+ million in donations. It, with others, drove a rebellious wave of excitement over what what seen as a fresh, new take on funding games that "AAA" studios may have found too risky, leveraging the connectedness of the internet and the dreams of anyone looking to bring something of theirs to life at the time. Effusive hype bled into projects like Project Phoenix touting itself as "Japan's indie RPG feat. AAA talent!" and as "a JRPG with squad based RTS game design, brought to you by veteran developers and creators from the East and West" with a targeted release in mid-2015.
It featured a large roll of people with direct experience in the industry. The director and producer was a professional musician, Hiroaki Yura, who had worked on titles like Valkyria Chronicles. Years later in an interview with Gamespot, he would confess that even though he had never shipped a game himself before, his peers in the industry encouraged him to embark on this grand Kickstarter adventure to realize a game idea he had been nursing.
The quest would even be joined by the famous Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy series) as the lead composer. The creative side was bolstered with a number of artists and sound engineers but the programming side had an "unknown" portrait as that person was "one of the leading Unity programmers in the world" whose identity couldn't be made known until "late in the development process". That same Gamespot interview with Yura by Gamespot would reveal that the programmer was David Clark who, at the time, was also working on Ori and the Blind Forest. An even earlier article by Kotaku's Jason Schrier in 2015 had also mentioned Clark.
As backers, though, we had no idea just who this mystery programmer was. Clark would simply be referred to with a flattering reverence often reserved for holy figures by Yura, a theme we would become too familiar with over the next few years.
Project Phoenix exploded past its initial funding goal of 100k and then some, making a little over a million and change. A separate web page featuring a PayPal donation link was even set up for those "late" to the party. Nearly 16k eager JRPG fans pledged to see what would come next.

2013 - 2014

The next several months following the end of the campaign were a flurry of activity. New staff joined the team, a test video of the animation was shown off, more art was shared along with world-building fiction. Project Phoenix even garnered a mention on Classic FM as part of its "12 video game soundtracks you have to hear in 2014" featuring Nobuo Uematsu. Things seemed to be hopping!
On September 10th, 2013, Hiroaki Yura also held an AMA on Reddit where, when asked by a backer concerned over the lack of specifics, he answered that Project Phoenix was to "set an example in Japan, just like how Supergiants Games did with Bastion, what a small team of dedicated individuals can do with a game". In another reply, Yura hoped to surpass what inspired them in the first place citing titles such as "Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy Tactics Ogre, StarCraft and Warcraft, C&C series, DotA/LoL." The hype was reaching Peter Molyneux DEFCON levels.
The first odd sign this wasn't your typical KS video game project was when they suddenly made an announcement for an anime called "Under the Dog" on August 18th, 2014, which was also a Kickstarter project.
CIA (the company Hiroaki Yura formed to build Project Phoenix) was collaborating with another company to produce the anime episode and pursue a series. It would even have a "special collaborative item reward in Project Phoenix." And just as he had done with Project Phoenix, Yura also did an AMA on Reddit for Under the Dog, describing hopes for it to break free of the typical establishment shackles and pave the way for a new method of creating animation by keeping it under the greater control of those making it. There was even interest in making a game based off of the anime if it took off successfully.
A backer or two over on the Project Phoenix campaign page wondered if the company might be spreading itself thin like this, but for the most part, most everyone had faith in Phoenix to keep the course.

2015 - "...an assumption to rely on works by volunteers"

Long story short, Under the Dog was successfully funded and would later be released some time later.
Yet at the time in February, 2015, something bubbled up in the news over at Siliconera (who focus a lot on covering Japanese-related game content). It was reported that both CIA and Kinema Citrus (the studio working on Under the Dog) parted ways with CIA due to 'creative differences'. The new producer taking over from Hiroaki Yura, Koji Morimoto (a veteran of the anime industry), had also discovered the following:
"I found out: 1) there is a high possibility of rewards costing more than the initial estimates (since there were expensive rewards such as figurines, etc. being included), and 2) there was practically no budget set aside for the operational costs—probably based on an assumption to rely on works by volunteers. Those were the major concerns for me and that’s why I needed to check the financial aspect of the project first."
A few days later, an update on Project Phoenix's merch store (yes, they were planning a merch store while the game was barely an alpha at this point) wrote "nothing on UTD will affect Project Phoenix going forward". Under the Dog would also never be mentioned again. It also noted they would be "posting applications for recruitment on the project, so if you have experience in creating a game keep your eye out for the next update." This was a bit worrying.
By early 2015, the most that backers had gotten was a lot of announcements, art, an underwhelming vertical slice, and a tiny card-based mini-game. Fans were concerned but still had faith that it could work. The solid quality of the art concepts (and the music samples) helped. Still, others were starting to worry, especially in the face of other projects that were leaving their nurseries that year while Project Phoenix seemed to be dragging its virtual feet.
It also didn't help that the project was putting out the call for Unreal engine programmers signaling that they were shifting gears from Unity. Again, the reasons why would only become clear a few years later from that Gamespot interview in 2017 and Jason Schrier's piece in 2015. In both, it was explained that with the success of Ori and the Blind Forest, Clark was no longer able to commit to Project Phoenix leaving it scrambling for talent.
But as Hiroaki Yura put it then:
Unity had a lot of under-developed tools we need to create the game so our team made a decision to move to UNREAL which would cut development time and mess a lot.
In March, 2015, a "backers only" update came out emphasizing the time needed to transition to the new engine.
Changing game engines mid-project is almost never a great thing. It can be akin to deciding, part way through building a house, that maybe you want to change the foundation and where the basement was.
That's also money down the drain. For some projects, this is enough to kill them -- or at least force them to rescope just what they need to do such as making a smaller game than was intially envisioned.
Updates were also becoming infrequent. Sometimes a month would pass without word. In another apologetic update from Yura, he wrote of using "personal funds" to create concept art for a "very very famous animator" to animate "in a very awesome way" (AFAIK, that never happened or was shown to anyone). In August, another new name dropped into the project to keep us updated and demonstrating a new video with gameplay.
Backers were again underwhelmed. The update even mentioned that they "currently lack someone to edit some opener logos, music, and disclaimers so please use your imagination". The suggested lack of professionalism from "AAA talent" was eating away at backers' confidence in the project. Some would go on to say:
It blows my mind that after all this time this is what you guys can show. Other projects did better with less funding. I get it, placeholders, WIP, whatever. The gameplay looks unoriginal and boring, the mechanics don't inspire anything or make me want to play it. I still regret having backed this project, my hopes of it becoming good are completely gone.
what is this shit? It went from promising a Final Fantasy Tactics/Tactics Ogre SRPG to THIS?!?! Are you kidding me? I am NEVER backing another videogame on Kickstarter.
By December, the project had to "clarify" that they actually do have a programmer on the team after previous updates made it seem like they were scrambling to find one. In practice, though, the programmer wasn't a full hire and was participating in the project only sporadically with "his current work" apparently "delaying his full commitment here by about 2 months" and pushing the estimates for completing the game "2.5 years from the time we get our full-time programmer on board". Nobuo Uematsu was apparently still doing music for the game and there was hope he would show up in a future video. Updates on his progress would eventually dry up, too. And despite Classic FM's previous optimism, we didn't get that epic soundtrack to listen to in 2014 aside from a few samples. There was also a note on refunds and how they weren't considering those "at this time" because it meant "to give up on the project since there would be no money left to complete it."
Kotaku's Jason Schrier posted an article that December as well, two days later on the 11th. In it, and from an email that Yura had sent over in response to questions Schrier had about the project, he revealed that they had been waiting (for a bit over two years now) for David Clark to come onto the project after Ori. That didn't happen. Yura, as usual, cited Clark as a "good friend of mine" and a "godly programmer", but now had to find a new programmer.
One thing Yura notes in his email to Schrier is that they were "making this game part time". Nowhere in the original campaign proposal was this made clear, other than in saying in ambiguous terms "Many of them have taken time out of their personal schedule to contribute their expertise towards Project Phoenix's success. So while everyone has donated a lot of their time, there’s only so much more we can do for free." while later stating "Luckily, we have industry veterans on staff who are reliable, not only in the art of programming, but also in the art of project management."
None of which seemed to be working in their favor.

2016

Yura and friends seemed to still trying to figure out staffing heading into the year but they eventually did get a programmer proficient in Unreal tech, Daniel Dressler, which was announced in February, 2016.
After that, there's not much to say about 2016. The drought of real updates was concerning but in hindsight, there was probably a good reason why. One could almost say, it was a "tiny" glimpse of things to come.
Because meanwhile, in another corner of the Kickstarter universe, a game called TINY METAL showed up in September. Created by AREA 34 who were "based out of Los Angeles", the game was asking for 50k in funding to create what was observers regarded as a spiritual successor to the popular Advance Wars from the Game Boy Advance, a fan favorite, JRPG-based tactical, turn-based splash from 2001. The studio had a whole roster of AAA talent, too. It was like this studio came out of nowhere to tackle a classic thirst for chibi tanks.
TINY METAL failed to meet its funding goal of 50k but they mentioned that they had managed to secure funding from elsewhere to at least build a basic game and that was what they would continue moving forward with.

2017

On April 23rd, an update explaining The Pathfinder class arrived. But below the class description was something unexpected -- a breakdown of what was going on with the development of Project Phoenix from the money end written by Daniel Dressler.
In it, he described how much less money there was to work with. Roughly 260k was off the top of that million+ figure for KS fees, PayPal fees, and fake pledges that didn't come through. In order to fulfill things like physical rewards, 350k of what was left would be set aside and "will not be touched". If Koji Morimoto were a ghost, he would probably be moaning in the background as these words were read. That left roughly half a million in change by their estimates to fund development in 2013. But the thing that crippled the finances for the project was the decision to go fully 3D from 2.5D once they were flush with funding.
Costs ballooned. Also mentioned was that "The programming was going to be done by a genius, once he finished up work on this other major indie game" (again, likely a reference to David Clark who would no longer be joining the project and which, as a reminder, they waited nearly two years to join them). To help cover the extra costs, Yura allegedly invested 500k of his own money earned from his music work back into the project.
Towards the end, mention is made of a "tiny project" whose success would mean that "private investors" would invest "significant capital into Project Phoenix". These mystery moneymakers funded the creation of a new staff and a new project.
And like clockwork, no one really put two and two together until much later. Again, there were more than a few backers that were upset:
Thank you for the update. I know you will never read this but that's only fair since I'm adding this project name to my junk filter because the money I gave you (well not you Daniel since you came in 3.5 years in to the project and are now the de facto spokesperson) is not worth the frustration of seeing Kickstarter emails in my mailbox only to find out it is this project and it is still in development...
It sounds like the entire development was a house of cards predicted on getting some anonymous "genius" to do most of the work for little or no money, and having to actually hire people caused your entire budget to fall apart. What utterly inept project management...
Thanks for the update. It's a constant reminder why I never buy into a kickstarter project anymore. Keep it up!
And again, Kotaku's Jason Schrier reported on this particular update, saying "Although this campaign always seemed shady to me—too many sketchy claims and lofty promises—it’s a bummer that 15,802 backers will never get their money back."
Dressler's explanation compared Project Phoenix's troubles as broadly similar to those that every other project faced. From a certain perspective, he's not wrong. Many crowdfunded projects faced the same general issues especially as more money came in. But as time went on, the Potemkin villages dotting CIA's countryside would slowly come apart in the face of other projects that didn't fit the narrative such as Harebrained Scheme's Shadowrun Returns (and its subsequent sequels). All Kickstarted successfully and each one made in Unity.
But one reply came from a developer who was also a backer who offered their time to help get the project back on track and urging contact.
Every word I've heard, from this and other updates, signify huge red flags to me. Your mini project will not be enough. You need an efficient pipeline. Contact me if you are serious about finishing this game.
Others would chime in and urge CIA to take them up on their offer of help.
Because of CIA's penchant for vagueness (har har), one question on backers' minds was whether any money from Project Phoenix, since it was in such dire straits at this point, had gone over to this mysterious game. While the money didn't go into building someone's house, going to a wholly different project wasn't a great prospect, either.
On June 12th, Hiroaki Yura released another update clarifying that their new project was not using funds from Project Phoenix and was a concept developed with Dressler "several years ago". The game was to be a "proof of concept" to demonstrate an ability to deliver a "successful game", convincing the potential investors backing this strategy title to back Project Phoenix. Because of this, he noted, "progress on Project Phoenix has slowed temporarily as a result".
And remember that developer who offered their help in April? They also had something to say in response to this update.
I talked with Mark, who is a backer like all of us and volunteers his time to CIA. He relayed to me that Hiro saw my offers and isn't interested as their "problem doesn't lie with project management"...
...and goes on to say...
...so unless this project has somehow transcended how video games are made and discovered a new set of issues, they are simply not interested in the supporters, or finishing this project as their first priority. I lost $120 on this, nowhere near what some have, but I don't feel right sitting back and saying nothing.
Then in September, PC Gamer interviewed Yura at PAX West 2017 where he was promoting a game called TINY METAL as CEO of the studio in charge of making it (now referred to as AREA 35 instead of AREA 34).
So maybe it wasn't surprising that a few months later on November 15th, a "backers only" update appeared in the Project Phoenix campaign for that same game. If you haven't already guessed, this was their "tiny project".
Although the game started making the publicity rounds earlier in 2017 as far back as May for the Nintendo Switch, Hiroaki Yura, CIA, or any association with the project was left a vague breadcrumb trail. AREA 34 had listed completely separate roster of developers who were cited instead in press releases and its own updates on their KS page. Now it appeared Yura was promoting TINY METAL as a second Christmas for the studio's survival.
Yura urged backers to try out the demo for TINY METAL. For backers who thought they deserved a copy of the game, the reply was that doing so would "be in breach of our terms of agreement with both the major stakeholder groups of the project; our investors and our publisher." which, predictably, didn't sit well with more than a few of them.
Then Yura wrote the following:
Unties, the publisher of TINY METAL and a division of Sony Music Entertainment has already expressed interest in publishing Project Phoenix. We are so close. This is the first time to tell anyone outside my friends, but I am going through a lot with my personal life and I have been separated from loved ones at the moment, and it is honestly one of the worst experiences in my life... and going through an extremely hard ordeal. Been beaten by backers about Project Phoenix that I lied and cheated is one thing, as I understand how some people feel about me and honestly, I feel responsible and deserve the beating. However, been beaten when you try to reach for something to keep a promise, and sacrificing so much... losing my family and at the same time protecting the families of my staff, is the biggest challenge I've faced yet in my life. So just this once, please look carefully at the work we've put in. TINY METAL is our only salvation. With so little resources, many staff from Project Phoenix has toiled to make a simple yet fun little game and this is our result. If you truly like what we've made, please help us, we need all the help we can get. We don't want your money, we just need you to tell your friends and family.
Gauging the backer replies, while a few were understanding, many others were not:
...You stole our money. Failing a project is fine but to stop making the game altogether and making another game with the money is damn right disgusting.
This is a dead horse you keep beating. Yes, the horse ate our money, shat on us and then died. But it is definetly dead. Please make your peace with that and move on.
But there were also supportive words there, too:
Remember the story of the Phoenix, and you can rise from the ashes after tragedy. I believe in you. <3
This project is clearly a train-wreck, and is having a real effect on those involved. Some of these comments, however, are just gross.

TINY KOMBAT

After the November update, something new appeared on Project Phoenix's Facebook page.
Tariq Lacy, a former employee of AREA 35 (the Japanese indie studio working on TINY METAL) who had been working there for a few months, put up a post essentially saying that Hiroaki Yura and his company, CIA, had used funds from Project Phoenix to make TINY METAL.
Although Yura and Dressler repeatedly said in the past year that TINY METAL was funded by sources outside of Project Phoenix, the long delays and lack of real progress had already incensed furious backers waiting for the other shoe to drop. Lacy's story was all the proof some needed. In return, Yura accused Lacy of "being a toxic employee who has sexually harassed our female staff amongst many other problems" which he later apologized for. Lacy's entry was "factually incorrect" and deleted but not before some news outlets noticed, setting the stage for a little Mortal Kombat.
In a Twitter conversation with PC Gamer following the news, Lacy also noted that AREA 35 and CIA are one and the same. Not only that, but they were also in the same building with "shared office space and PCs". Replying to this piece of information, Yura confirmed that both companies are at the same address but both have "different staff and purpose." Further:
"CIA’s core business is audio production and Area 35 is game and animation development," he said. "We used to have CIA do all of the above but we needed corporate identity and clarity hence we separated the companies. We have absolutely no money from CIA that went into Area 35, it was created by our own money from the executives." The majority of Area 35, he added, is held by himself and a partner."
Then the studio's project manager, Gian Carlo Peirce, replied to PC Gamer in an email adding:
"Creative Intelligence Arts has held onto enough funds to create the backer rewards and their fulfillment, but the development funding has been exhausted. We’re not the first and we won’t be the last Kickstarter to have these kinds of challenges, but we’re committed to seeing it through with a quality game..."
Dressler, who also worked on TINY METAL, had a post on Steam, now preserved by the Internet Archive, refuting the accusations of a former staff member that AREA 35/CIA embezzled funds from Project Phoenix. He also noted that the "entire portion of the project phoenix development budget was invested into development ages before I even joined the company." At least now backers knew why updates for Project Phoenix that year were so glacial. Or had a pretty good guess.
Then, according to an interview with Siliconera in December, TINY METAL also needed to sell 150k copies to "resurrect" Project Phoenix. In the interview, Yura throws the work that Airborne Studios (the company CIA used for art assets early on) under tank treads by saying "We aren't happy at all, it looks too cheaply made." going on to say later answering another question "We felt, although we did our best with Airborne, it's not their fault. In terms of the pipeline, it's nobody's fault. It's my fault because I did not prepare enough money for that failure. I did not prepare enough time for that failure. I accept that. I would never blame the artists or the pipeline."
When pressed to answer what the studio would do if the sales target came short 50k units, Yura replied:
We don’t need to discuss our internal business decisions. There are a lot of things I can’t tell you about. What I can tell you, in general, is this is not the only thing we do. We have other jobs that will basically feed us. That 50,000 [units] would be nice to concentrate on this, but if we can’t do that we can do recordings. We can do other work. We can do programming work for other companies. If we make the right game we hope, it will sell. If we don’t, it won’t sell. Then it will be another challenge to get Project Phoenix’s budget.
A few days before TINY METAL's release, Gamespot posted an interview with Hiroaki Yura who provided the publication with documented proof that the game was funded by investment outside Project Phoenix. As mentioned earlier, this was one of interviews (along with Jason Schrier's) who revealed who the "genius" level programmer Unity programmer was along with some other tidbits.
About funding Project Phoenix should TINY METAL do well:
...We were first introduced to Sony during the work on Project Phoenix, and though this is not official, verbally we agreed that if Tiny Metal does well, then we will probably work on Project Phoenix.
...and then on why he started the project:
...I've got lots of friends who've worked on the AAA side of the industry, and when I spoke to them about it, they wanted to do it. And then they all pointed to me to produce and direct it, because I'm bilingual. But the thing is, I've never delivered a game, but I've had backing from Uematsu-san, several key artists from Square-Enix who've worked on Final Fantasy, people from the Warcraft team--it was just sort of overwhelming.
...and on what led to the first major delay with Project Phoenix because of the art:
...It wasn't A1's fault, but I think the visual design was too 'chibi,' like super-deformed. It looked too immature, and the content of the game was much more mature than that. So we were running out of budget, we were running out of time, so we announced our delay and we started planning for [Tiny Metal] to try and make money for Project Phoenix.
TINY METAL was released on December 21st, 2017 after a short delay and published by Sony's Unties garnering relatively solid, if not enthusiastic, response from critics in general and players on Steam.
Months passed with the next update arriving on July 31st, 2018, dropping another bombshell with Japanese courts confirming that Lacy's charges against AREA 35 were bogus and legally requiring him to publish a public apology.
Although Lacy's claims of embezzlement were ruled untrue, it didn't explain why Yura and Dressler created a fog of war over their relationship with TINY METAL as far back as early 2017, opting instead to cryptically drop hints from time to time as if this were an adventure game from Sierra On-Line. Though, judging from a number of backers' furious reactions when the curtains were finally drawn back, the reasons why might not be that surprising.

"BRING OUT YOUR DEAD" ("But I'm not dead...!")

The last update for Project Phoenix was March 26th, 2019, where Yura wrote that they were "currently cultivating the programming team, but before we're able to fully recommit to Project Phoenix, we're working on titles independent of this project." No mention of genius level programmers, an Academy Award™ winning sound engineer, or very, very good animators was made though he noted that Nobuo Uematsu was still contributing music.
Six more artists were also joining the team led by Takuya Suzuki, a former artist at Blizzard, along with Erasmus Brosdau formerly of Crytek, to start creating world assets "sometime later this year". Once those are done, he writes, "we hope to have our programmers ready to take on the task."
There was also no further mention of whether the physical rewards were even a thing at this point, the 350k part of the budget that was set aside to cover those. Maybe backers did get them and just decided not to say anything making it another unsolved mystery (Robert Stack not included).
By now, more than a few of those with access to the project and able to post replies to the Kickstarter updates do this instead:
I invoke my rights under Kickstarter's Terms of Use: https://www.kickstarter.com/terms-of-use/oct2012 "Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill." I demand a full refund for my pledge amount.
CIA/Hiroaki Yura did answer a question about whether there might be a new roadmap to which someone replied:
The balls on you, seriously! " It's going to be very turbulent ahead, but we definitely want to nail down this game." Are you getting a good chuckle out of this, Hiro?
There have been no further updates since though people are still leaving refund demands as recently as January, 2020.
But there was one update outside of Project Phoenix.
A few months after that March update, a sequel to TINY METAL, TINY METAL: FULL METAL RUMBLE, was released by AREA 34 (and developed by AREA 35) on PCs and the Nintendo Switch on July 11th. As for whether this game will actually resurrect Project Phoenix, it's probably a safe bet at this point that it hasn't.

Aftermath

Nearly seven years later, Project Phoenix has metamorphed into a zombie trainwreck washed up by the tide of exuberance during Kickstarter's peak video game era, becoming another example of a massive KS failure in the video gaming space.
Through a variety of factors, it somehow burned through a million dollars of goodwill -- more once you account for Yura's alleged injection of capital -- and attempted to survive with a secret project quietly built behind AREA 34/35 names and rosters as a byzantine Plan B for their funding woes.
From what can be told going through the (now largely outdated) staff list still posted at their campaign page and the few names that came up during their staffing spree years ago, most of the principals have either moved on to other work (one former artist is now working on James Cameron's Avatar 2, Airborne went on to do work on titles like Apex Legends, Dressler is working on a new game). Others continued doing what they do outside of the project (their "day jobs") likely having fulfilled whatever contractual obligations they had at the time and few if any of them mention their association with Project Phoenix nowadays.
Project Phoenix's .info page now exists only as a largely abandoned forum, a bare shadow of its former self. Its Twitter has remained silent since the last announcement. Responses to the last news on its Facebook page varied from disbelief to shock and happiness that it was still a thing before silence descended once more. A few people out there are still excited to get alerts on the project. The only activity on its campaign page are demands for refunds.
Even Hiroaki Yura's twitter doesn't mention the project at all aside from his bio linking to the nigh abandoned .info page.
But in an interview with Escapist Magazine in November of last year, he referred to Project Phoenix as a "snafu", a lesson learned informing him on what ventures to pursue nowadays. And that was that, an epitaph likely as close to anything anyone will get for what its campaign page still hails as "Kickstarter's FIRST Japan-based video game project!"
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[Game Preview] Week 12 - Philadelphia Eagles(5-5) vs. Seattle Seahawks (8-2)

Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) vs Seattle Seahawks(8-2)
The Eagles need a win to keep pace with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East as they take on the team the Eagles just lost to in the New England Patriots. Getting a win this week will be no easy task though as the Eagles welcome the Seattle Seahawks to town. Russel Wilson is having an MVP season and has had the Eagles number since entering the league going 3-0 against his fellow Bird team. The Eagles will need to limit Wilson much like they limited Brady last week against the Patriots, but this time they will need help from the offense which disappearing in the middle of the second quarter last week with plenty of blame to go around from Wentz, the WRs and most importantly the coaching staff abandoned the run and failed to put the team in position to win, completely abandoning the run, despite averaging 4 yards per carry at the time. The Eagles offensive coaching staff needs to be better this week in creating a game plan and putting their guys in position to win, especially if the defense plays possessed like they did last week. Groh and Pederson need to get Carson going early and utilize the screen game to get the Seahawks defense moving laterally and off balance to help slow down their pass rush. The Seahawks have given up a lot of yards to TEs this season and 4 TDs so there should be opportunities for Ertz and Goedert. I think we should also look for the debut of Jay Ajayi in his return to the midnight green. Look for Ajayi to take some of the short yardage snaps that are normally reserved for Howard as he looks to miss his second straight game. If the Eagles can get their run game going and control the clock while limiting Wilson when he has the ball it should put them in position to steal a win from the Seahawks. Go Eagles!
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Date
Sunday, November 24th, 2019
Game Time Game Location
1:00 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
12:00 AM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
11:00 AM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
10:00 AM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 42°F
Feels Like: 36°F
Forecast: Possible Light Rain. Partly cloudy throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 51%
Cloud Coverage: 100%
Wind: NNW 12 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Philadelphia -1
OveUnder: 48
Record VS. Spread: Eagles 4-6, Seahawks 5-5
Where to Watch on TV
*FOX will broadcast Sunday’s game to a regional audience. Kevin Burkhardt will handle play-by-play duties and Charles Davis will provide analysis. Pam Oliver will report from the sidelines.
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Internet Streams
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Radio Streams
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Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (42nd season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
Pottsville, PA WPPA-AM 1360 AM
Reading, PA WEEU-AM 830 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA WEJL-FM 96.1 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WAFL-FM 97.7 FM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WEJL-AM 630 AM
Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WBAX-AM 1240 AM
Williamsport, PA WBZD-FM 93.3 FM
Wilmington, DE WDEL-FM/AM 101.7 FM
York/LancasteHarrisburg, PA WSOX-FM 96.1 FM
Philadelphia Spanish Radio
Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Seahawks Radio
Seahawks Radio Network Steve Raible returns for his 37th season in the radio booth, his 15th as the play-by-play announcer and “Voice of the Seahawks” after 22 seasons as the Seahawks analyst. Former Seahawks LB will provide his view as an analyst.
National Radio
Sports USA will broadcast the game to a national audience with Larry Kahn on play-by-play and Brandon Noble providing analysis and Tory West reporting from the sidelines.
Satellite Radio
Station Eagles Channel Seahawks Channel
Sirius Radio SIRI 98 (Internet 825) SIRI 127 (Internet 828)
XM Radio XM 233 (Internet 825) (Internet 828)
Sirius XM Radio SXM 233 (Internet 825) SXM 381 (Internet 805)
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST Record PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Streak
Cowboys 6-4 .600 3-2 3-2 4-0 5-3 286 197 +89 1W
Eagles 5-5 .500 3-2 2-3 1-1 3-4 234 230 +4 1L
Giants 2-8 .200 1-4 1-4 1-2 2-5 203 289 -86 6L
Redskins 1-9 .100 0-5 1-4 0-3 0-6 108 219 -128 4L
Series Information
The Seattle Seahawks lead the Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
December 12th, 1976 at Veteran's Stadium Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Eagles 27 - Seattle Seahawks 10
Points Leader
Seattle Seahawks lead the Philadelphia Eagles (333-310)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 0-2 against the Seahawks
Pete Carroll: 4-1 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Pete Carroll: Carroll leads 2-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Seahawks: 0-2
Russell Wilson: Against Eagles: 3-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Russell Wilson: Wilson leads 2-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Seahawks lead the Eagles: 3-0
Record @ CenturyLink Field: Seahawks lead 3-2
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 15 - Seahawks No. 4
Record
Eagles: 5-5
Seahawks: 8-2
Last Meeting
Sunday, Dec 3rd, 2017
Seahawks 24 – Eagles 10
Russell Wilson was pushed out of the pocket most of the day, but the Eagles pass rush, but the rush failed to get home and the Seahawks snapped the Eagles 9 game winning streak mainly thanks to Wilson. napped Philadelphia's nine-game winning streak thanks largely to another brilliant performance by its quarterback. Wilson was 20 of 31 for 227 yards and threw touchdowns of 11 yards to Jimmy Graham, 1-yard to Tyler Lockett and the TD to McKissic after the Eagles had trimmed the lead to seven. Wentz had two costly turnovers including a fumble at the Seattle 1. The Seattle defense held the top scoring Eagles offense in check and won 24-10.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
12/3/17 Seahawks Eagles 24-10
11/20/16 Seahawks Eagles 26-15
12/07/14 Seahawks Eagles 24-14
12/01/11 Seahawks Eagles 31-14
11/02/08 Eagles Seahawks 26-7
12/02/07 Seahawks Eagles 28-24
12/05/05 Seahawks Eagles 42-0
12/08/02 Eagles Seahawks 27-20
09/23/01 Eagles Seahawks 27-3
09/06/98 Seahawks Eagles 38-0
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Seahawks Seahawks
2019 “Expert” Picks
Week 12 - "Expert" Picks
2019 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Seahawks Season Stats
2019 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 190 303 62.7% 2060 15 4 93.7
Wilson 224 327 68.5% 2737 23 2 114.9
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Howard 119 525 53.6 3.3 6
Carson 200 853 85.3 4.3 4
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 55 621 58.6 11.3 2
Lockett 62 793 73.7 12.8 6
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 6.0 25
Clowney/Kendricks 3.0 20
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
McLeod 51 29 22 0
Wagner 97 50 47 2.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Gerry 2 8
Thompson 2 8
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 42 2007 60 46.0 36.0 15 3 0
Dickson 45 2084 63 46.3 40.7 18 4 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 13 13 100.0% 53 21/23
Myers 19 14 73.7% 54 27/29
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Sanders 14 314 22.4 67 0
Lockett 12 224 20.3 33 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Scott 6 43 7.2 13 0 4
Lockett 13 66 5.1 20 0 9
League Rankings 2019
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Seahawks Stat Seahawks Rank
Total Offense 337.8 23rd 389.1 4th
Rush Offense 122.7 11th 133.2 6th
Pass Offense 215.1 24th 255.9 10th
Points Per Game 23.4 14th 27.5 7th
3rd-Down Offense 46.0% 5th 40.5% 14th
4th-Down Offense 33.3% 25th(t) 50.0% 11th(t)
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 62.5% 9th(t) 67.5% 4th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Seahawks Stat Seahawks Rank
Total Defense 323.5 9th 372.9 24th
Rush Defense 86.0 5th 101.1 12th
Pass Defense 237.5 24th 271.8 28th
Points Per Game 23.0 14th 25.4 23rd
3rd-Down Defense 36.2% 12th 35.3% 10th
4th-Down Defense 55.6% 22nd(t) 66.7% 26th(t)
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 58% 20th(t) 54.4% 12th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Seahawks Stat Seahawks Rank
Turnover Diff. -2 20th(t) +6 5th(t)
Penalty Per Game 6.6 8th 7.1 15th(t)
Penalty Yards Per Game 56.1 9th(t) 57.4 13th
Connections
Eagles HC Doug Pederson was born in Bellingham, WA, and grew up in Ferndale, WA. Pederson recently admitted that he "Grew up a Seahawks Fan" and used to attend Seahawks games at The Kingdome.
Eagles LBs coach Ken Flajole is from Seattle and previously coached the Seahawks’ DBs (1999, 2001-02) and LBs (2000).
Eagles Safeties coach Tim Hauck played for the Seahawks in 1997.
Eagles Defensive Line coach Phillip Daniels was selected by Seattle in the 4th round of the 1996 NFL Draft.
Seahawks Northeast Area Scout Todd Brunner worked for the Eagles for four seasons (1994-97) as an area scout covering the Northeast. He joined the Eagles as a scouting intern in 1992 and worked as a scouting assistant in 1993.
Eagles CB Sidney Jones attended University of Washington.
Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks played 6 seasons for the Eagles from 2012-2017 including winning a Super Bowl with him in Super Bowl LII.
2019 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Seahawks
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) P Michael Dickson (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) LB Bobby Wagner
TE Zach Ertz (Starter) QB Russel Wilson (1st Alt)
OT Lane Johnson (1st Alt)
SS Malcom Jenkins (1st Alt)
Recap from Last Week 11’s Games.
Eagles
Video
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead on the Patriots in the first half, but the offense sputtered after that, despite a strong showing from the defense which held the Patriots to just 17 points. After driving down the field 95 yards and scoring a touchdown, the Eagles forgot how to run the football. The loss of RT Lane Johnson to a concussion certainly didn’t help the Eagles ability to run the ball and neither did the brief loss of Sanders in the 3rd quarter, but Doug Pederson and Mike Groh completely abandoned the run game early despite averaging over 4 yards per carry. The Patriots climbed back into the game with 3 field goals and took the lead in the 3rd with a trick play and Edleman throwing a TD pass to Dorsett. The Eagles offense continued to flounder, but had a chance late before Carson Wentz missed 3 straight passes that would have given Eagles a first down. Despite those missed, Wentz put a TD pass on a dime to Nelson Agholor only for the ball to hit him right in both hands and fall to the ground handling the Eagles the fifth loss of the season. Do make matters worse Agholor sprained his already weak confindence on the way down and has missed practice this entire week.
Seahawks
Seahawks were on bye week 11.
General
Referee: Walt Anderson
Philadelphia owns a 7-9 (.438) record vs. Seattle all-time. The Eagles are aiming for their first win against the Seahawks since a 26-7 road victory on 11/2/08.
Philadelphia has produced the 5th best third-down offense (46.0%) in the NFL, trailing only Dallas (52.1%), Baltimore (49.1%), Oakland (47.6%), and San Francisco (47.4%).
The Eagles rank 4th in rush defense (86.0), trailing only NYJ (79.1), Tampa Bay (80.9), and New Orleans (85.3)
Under Doug Pederson (since 2016), the Eagles own a 4-2 record (.667) against NFC West opponents, winning each of the last 2 matchups as well as 4 of the last 5
Since 2017, Carson Wentz ranks 3rd in the NFL in passing TD’s per game (2.1), trailing only Patrick Mahomes (2.7) and Russell Wilson (2.2)
Carson Wentz has thrown a TD pass in 13 consecutive regular-season games, which is tied with Russell Wilsonfor the longest active streak in the NFL.
Miles Sanders is the first NFL RB to record at least 600 scrimmage yards and 300 return yards in his first 10 career games since Adrian Peterson in 2007.
Brandon Graham has totaled a team-leading 6.0 sacks, with 5.0 of them coming on third down (tied for 5th-most in the NFL.
Draft Picks
Eagles Seahawks
OT Andre Dillard DE L.J. Collier
RB Miles Sanders S Marquise Blair
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside WR DK Metcalf
WR Shareff Miller LB Cody Barton
QB Clayton Thorson WR Gary Jennings Jr.
G Phil Hayes
CB Ugo Amadi
LB Ben Burr-Kirven
RB Travis Homer
DT Demarcus Christmas
WR John Ursua
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Seahawks
WR Desean Jackson DE Jadeveon Clowney
DT Malik Jackson DE Ziggy Ansah
DE Vinny Curry DT Al Woods
DT Hassan Ridgeway WR Josh Gordon
QB Josh McCown QB Geno Smith
G Mike Iupati
K Jason Myers
FB Nick Bellore
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Seahawks
QB “Big Dick” Nick Foles FS Earl Thomas
DE Michael Bennett SS Kam Chancellor
DE Chris Long WR Doug Baldwin
S Chris Maragos QB Brett Hundley
RB Jay Ajayi DE Frank Clark
RB Josh Adams K Sebastian Janikowski
RB Wendell Smallwood G J.R. Sweezy
DT Haloti Ngata CB Justin Coleman
DT Shamar Stephen
SS Maurice Alexander
Milestones
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (31) needs 1 TD to move up to 10th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list all-time tying WR ** to 10th all-time tying WR Ben Hawkins.
Eagles TE Zach Ertz (5448) needs 52 yards to most up to 6th on the Eagles all-time receiving yards list passing Eagles FL and NFL HoF Tommy McDonald.
Eagles WR **Jordan Matthews (2979) needs 21 yards for 3000 career receiving yards.
Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (2979) needs 89 yards for to move up to 20th on the Eagles all-time receiving list passing WR **Irving Fryar
Eagles WR Jordan Matthews (21) needs 2 TDs for to move up to 18th on the Eagles all-time receiving TD list tying TE **Chad Lewis
Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins's (4) needs 1 more Interception for a TD to tie CB Eric Allen (5) for most Interceptions for a TD by an Eagles player.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders needs (374) needs 264 rushing yards to break LeSean McCoy’s Eagles record for most rushing yards by a rookie in a season.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders needs (688) needs 321 yards of total offense to break Desean Jackson’s Eagles record for most yards of total offense by a rookie in a season.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz (86) needs 5 TDs to move up to 5th on the Eagles all-time passing TD list moving ahead of QB Tommy Thompson.
Eagles DE Brandon Graham (48.5) needs 1.5 sacks for 50 career sacks.
Eagles DE Brandon Graham (48.5) needs 2 sacks to move into a tie for 5th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying DE Greg Brown.
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WDB Matchups (CAPS = expected shadow coverage)
Stats to Know
Defensive Backfield Coverage Stats: Targets and Yards After Catch per Reception
If you had to guess which of the CBs, SS, and LBs with a meaningful number of snaps for these two teams had the worst number of Targets per Reception, who would you guess it to be? If you guessed the most athletic LB the Eagles have...you’d be right. Kamu Grugier Hill has a ratio of 1 target per 1 reception (11:11) so far this season, on 102 coverage snaps, good for 309th/314 in a combined grouping. For an apt comparison, Angry Bird (Mychal Kendricks) is only 274th, allowing 1.17 targets per reception (34 targets for 29 receptions). Bradham is 271st and Wagner is 267th Best of the bunch? CB Jalen Mills (14th) Safeties Diggs & McDougald are 18th and 25th.
Now let’s switch over to YAC per Reception Which CB, S, or LB has been best between these two teams in limiting YAC per catch? Sorry, let me rephrase that. Which CB, S, or LB between these two teams has thus far--despite missing some time--has the lowest YAC/Rec total in the league? Ladies and Gentlemen...CB Jalen Mills has allowed 10 YAC on 11 receptions. S Tedric Thompson comes in as the #5 Safety or 15th overall. CB Ronald Darby comes in at 29th (15th CB). The worst offenders? S Diggs has allowed 38 YAC on 3 receptions (3rd-worst) and LB KGH is 16th-worst with 104 YAC on 11 receptions.
Matchups to Watch
Russell Wilson vs. the Eagles Pass Rush
Last time these two teams faced off, the Eagles defensive line was dominating the Seattle offensive line, but their failure to get to Russell Wilson and contain him help cost them the game. Wilson torched the Eagles to the tune of throwing for 227 yards 3 TDs and a 118.7 passer rating. Wilson routinely broke contain to extend plays and wear out the Eagles defense. The Seahawks line is banged up and has struggled this season, so Graham and Cox should be able to get penetration. Wilson will be facing the same secondary, so it is going to be up Schwartz and the guys up front to scheme and keep Wilson off balance. And prevent him from taking shots down field to his group of speedy WRs. Schwartz will most likely look to spy Wilson, some possible candidates are new Eagle Gerald Avery who came to a Hybrid from the Browns and has the athleticism to go sideline to sideline and shadow Wilson. The other option, would be to have Jenkins shadow Wilson, which Schwartz has done in the past. Either way, the Eagles will need to give extra attention to Wilson and not allow him to take over the game, or else it is going to be a long day for the Eagles D.
Eagles TEs vs the Seahawks safeties and LBs
If Mike Groh and Doug Pederson watch any film while making their game plan they will see this is a matchup they should try to exploit. The Seahawks have allowed 51 receptions for 615 yards and 4 TDs to opposing tight ends this season which is the 7th most yards given up by any team with 3 of those having played an extra game. With Alshon and Agholor questionable, look for the Eagles to leverage a lot of 12 man personnel and try to exploit this weakness with Goedert and Ertz. If Wentz can get the intermediate game going with these two, it should open up things for the running backs, both in the short passing game and the rushing attack. The key to beating this Seahawks game will be having a balanced attack and maintaining drives to give the Eagles front seven a rest from chasing Wilson all over the field. The tight end should also play a role in the redzone where the Seahawks have the 12th best redzone D. If those two can get going and provide an outlet to Wentz, the Eagles offense should be able to get going and put some points on the board.
Seahawks WRs vs the Eagles Secondary
The Eagles secondary is healthy and has looked good in the last two games against the Bears and the Patriots. While both of those teams have good number 1 options in Robinson and Edelman, their next options at WR are not at the level of the Patriots. At the same time, they don’t have the speedsters the Seahawks do to stretch the field, or a running back as strong as Carson to take some pressure off the pass rush. The Eagles DBs will be put to the test, if they can step up to the plate and take care of business like last week against the Patriots the Eagles will be in a position to win the game in the 4th quarter. One of those WRs the DBs will have to worry about will be Josh Gordon who the Eagles could have claimed off waivers after he was released by the Patriots 3 weeks ago. Gordon caught some clutch balls last week and should be a bigger part of the game plan this week coming off the bye. Another of those WRs if DK Metcalf who the Eagles could have selected in the draft instead of JJ Arceda-Whiteside. The last WR and biggest threat is Tyler Lockett who has emerged as the number one target for Wilson this season. If Schwartz is smart we will be running some cover 2 robber to prevent big plays over the top and have a man to account for Wilson. The coverage should give the corners help to prevent the big play. If the Eagles DBs can shut down the WRs and force Wilson to dump it off short, it should keep the game close and give them a chance to win.
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[Game Preview] Playoff Edition Wildcard Round - Chicago Bears (12-4) vs Philadelphia Eagles(9-7)

Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) at Chicago Bears (12-4)
Old Saint Nick delivered his Christmas gift of putting the Eagles in the playoffs with a little help from his next opponent the Chicago Bears who beat their division rival Redskins to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs allowing the Eagles to sneak in with their win over the rival Redskins. Nick will have to use all the magic left in that big ol dick of his this week as the Bears come into the game with the best defense in football and are in the top 10 in nearly every defensive category. Their defense was good last season, but went to great when they traded for Khalil Mack before the season started. Mack is a terror for opposing offenses with 12.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles this season, the Eagles OL and Nick Foles will need to know where Mack is at all times on the football field. I expect the game plan will be similar to when the Eagles played Mack last season using a variety of double teams to keep him off his game. On the otherside the defense has been playing better of late and shut out the beat up Washington Redskins offense holding them to mere 89 yards on offense. They will be put to the test this week taking on Matt Nagy's offense that Trubisky has thrived in this season. The DL will need to find away to get past a talented Bears OL and wreak havoc in the backfield to make Trubisky uncomfortable and stop the talented 1-2 punch of the Bears run game. The game will be a chess match between two old friends who should be very familiar with one another. Not only to Pederson and Nagy both come up under Andy Reid, but they both joined the Eagles staff in the 2009 and 2008 seasons and stayed with Reid when he went to Kansas City with Nagy taking the QB coach position and Pederson taking the OC slot. So coaching together for 7 straight seasons should give each other some ideas what the other will do and make for an entertaining football game. Go Birds!
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Date
Sunday, January 6th, 2019
Game Time Game Location
4:40 PM - Eastern Soldier Field
3:40 PM - Central 1410 S Museum Campus Drive
2:40 PM - Mountain Chicago, IL 60605
1:40 PM - Pacific Wikipedia - Map
Weather Forecast
Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 43°F
Feels Like: 39°F
Forecast: Overcast. Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
Chance of Precipitation: 0%
Cloud Coverage: 100%
Wind: ESE 7 MPH
Betting Odds
Oddsshark Information
Favorite/Opening Line: Chicago by -5.5
OveUnder: 41
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 6-9-1, Chicago 12-4
Where to Watch on TV
NBC will broadcast Sunday’s game to a national audience. Al Michaels will handle the play-by-play duties and Chris Collinsworth will provide analysis. Michele Tafoya and Heather Cox will report from the sidelines.
Internet Streams
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Radio Streams
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Radio.com 94.1 Desktop Streaming
Listen to Merrill Reese and Mike Quick
Calling the game on 94WIP and the Eagles Radio Network will be Merrill Reese, the NFL’s longest-tenured play-by-play announcer (41st season). Joining Reese in the radio booth will be former Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Mike Quick, while Howard Eskin will report from the sidelines.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
Levittown, PA WBCB-AM 1490 AM
Northumberland, PA WEGH-FM 107.3 FM
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NFC East Standings
NFC EAST W PCT Home Road Div Conf PF PA Net Pts Strk
Cowboysx 10-6 .625 7-1 3-5 5-1 9-3 339 324 15 2W
Eaglesy 9-7 .563 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6 367 348 19 3W
Redskins 7-9 .438 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6 281 359 -78 2L
Giants 5-11 .313 2-6 3-5 1-5 4-8 369 412 -43 3L
[x]-Clinched Division [y]-Clinched Wildcard [z]= Clinched 1st round bye [*]-Clinched Home Field Advantage
NFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 Saints South 13-3
2 Rams West 13-3
3 Bears North 12-4
4 Cowboys East 10-6
5 Seahawks West 11-4
6 Eagles East 9-7
This Weekends NFC Games
Game Time Location
Seahawks @ Cowboys 1/5/2018 8:15PM EST AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
Eagles @ Bears 1/6/2018 4:40PM EST Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
AFC Playoff Picture
Seed Team Division Record
1 Chiefs West 12-4
2 Patriots East 11-5
3 Texans South 11-5
4 Ravens North 10-6
5 Chargers West 12-4
6 Colts South 10-6
This Weekends AFC Games
Game Time Location
Colts @ Texans 1/5/2018 4:35PM EST NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Chargers @ Ravens 1/6/2018 1:05PM EST M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Series Information
Chicago Bears lead the Philadelphia Eagles (30-14-1), (Eagles lead 2-1 postseason)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
November 12th, 1933 at the Baker Bowl in Philadelphia, PA. Chicago Bears 3 - Philadelphia Eagles 3
Points Leader
The Chicago Bears lead the Philadelphia Eagles (977-710)
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 2-0 against the Bears
Matt Nagy: 0-0 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Matt Nagy: First Meeting of the Coaches
Quarterback Record
Nick Foles: Against Bears: 1-1
Mitch Trubisky: Against Eagles 0-1
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Nick Foles vs Mitch Trubisky: First Meeting between the QBs
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Series tied: 2-2
Record @ Soldier Field: Bears lead Eagles: 8-6
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 15 - Bears No. 3
Record
Eagles: 9-7
Bears: 12-4
Last Meeting
Sunday, November 26th, 2017
Eagles 31 - Bears 3
he game many expected could be a trap for the Eagles turned into a rout of the Bears 31-3. The Eagles controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage and dominated the Bears running backs sending them the wrong direction as they ended the day with -6 yards rushing. The Eagles secondary also picked off Mitch Trubisky twice on the day. On offense, the Eagles running game was on point as they ran for 176 and Carson Wentz threw for 3 TDs and 227 yards before an early exit in the 4th quarter to prevent injury and give Nick Foles some playing time. The Eagles had their first 100 yard receiver this season as Zach Ertz crossed the century mark. The game wasn’t perfect though both Blount and Ajayi fumbled the football running and Malcom Jenkins fumbled after making a nice interception.
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Last Meeting at Site
Monday, September 19th, 2016
Eagles 29 - Bears 16
In Wentz’s second career game he threw for 190 yards and a TD while showing plenty of poise, just as he did in his debut against Cleveland. Ryan Mathews found the end zone two times rushing. The Eagles held the Bears in check most of the day and while Philadelphia was pulling away, Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler walked to the locker room with a right thumb injury and did not return. That was the biggest blow for the Bears (0-2), who lost several players and fell again after opening with a loss at Houston. It's not the sort of start they envisioned in their second year under coach John Fox after finishing last in the NFC North. But they continued to struggle at home, where they were 1-7 in 2016.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
11/26/2017 Eagles Bears 31-3
9/19/2016 Eagles Bears 29-14
12/22/2013 Eagles Bears 54-11
11/7/2011 Bears Eagles 30-24
11/28/2010 Bears Eagles 31-26
11/22/2009 Eagles Bears 24-20
9/28/2008 Bears Eagles 24-20
10/21/2007 Bears Eagles 19-16
10/3/2004 Eagles Bears 19-9
11/3/2002 Eagles Bears 19-13
Injury Reports Depth Charts
Eagles Eagles
Bears Bears
2018 Weekly Matchup Picks
Wildcard - "Expert" Picks
2018 Team Stats
Eagles Season Stats
Bears Season Stats
2018 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Foles 141 195 72.3% 1413 7 4 96.0
Trubisky 289 434 66.6% 3223 24 12 95.4
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Adams 120 511 36.5 4.3 3
Howard 250 935 58.4 3.7 9
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 116 1163 72.7 10.0 8
Cohen 71 725 45.3 10.2 5
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Cox 10.5 44.0
Mack 12.5 50.0
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Jenkins 97 79 18 1.0
Smith 121 89 32 5.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Douglas 3 10
Fuller 7 27
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
Johnston 61 2937 68 48.1 42.7 24 7 0
O'Donnell 62 2791 65 45.0 39.7 28 7 1
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 31 26 83.9% 61 33/35
Parkey 30 23 76.7% 50 42/45
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Scott 4 96 24.0 35 0
Cunningham 8 173 21.6 31 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Sproles 10 83 8.3 14 0 9
Cohen 33 413 12.5 44 0 21
League Rankings 2018
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Bears Stat Bears Rank
Total Offense 365.7 14th 343.9 21st
Rush Offense 98.1 28th 121.1 11th
Pass Offense 267.2 7th 222.8 21st
Points Per Game 22.9 18th 26.3 9th
3rd-Down Offense 41.0% 12th 41.0% 11th
4th-Down Offense 60.9% 10th 60.0% T-11th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 57.9% 17th 66.7% T-6th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Bears Stat Bears Rank
Total Defense 366.2 23rd 299.7 3rd
Rush Defense 96.9 7th 80.0 1st
Pass Defense 269.3 30th 219.7 7th
Points Per Game 21.8 12th 17.7 1st
3rd-Down Defense 35.3% 6th 34.3% 4th
4th-Down Defense 57.9% 19th 57.1% 18th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 44.6% 1st 50.0% T-5th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Bears Stat Bears Rank
Turnover Diff. -6 25th +12 3rd
Penalty Per Game 6.3 9th 6.1 8th
Penalty Yards Per Game 53.3 T-8th 49.8 6th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - Video – The Eagles looked to keep their season alive and Super Bowl MVP came out to play as Foles threw tied an NFL record for most consecutive completions when threw 25 straight completions that were part of 221 yards 2 TD 1 INT stat line. On the other side of the ball, the Eagles were even more dominant against a beat up Redskins offense holding them to a paltry 89 yards on offense in a shutout. Fletcher Cox feasted with 3 sacks in the game and Douglas had an interception as the Eagles got the job done against their division rival.
Bears - Video – The Bears took on their division rival with a bye at stake if the 49ers were able to pull an upset over on the Rams. The Vikings had more to play for as they were win and in for the playoffs came out flat as the Bears dominated them in every aspect of the football game. The Vikings 84 million dollar man does what he does in big games and crumbled throwing for just 132 yards and a TD. Meanwhile, the Bears refused to let up as Howard and Cohen combined for 134 yards and 3 TDs on the ground. Once the Ramns game was out of reach many backups came in for the Bears, but it didn't make a lick of difference as they held onto the win and knocked their division rival out of the playoffs allowing the Eagles to sneak in who they will play this Sunday.
Connections
Bears HC Matt Nagy got his first coaching job with the Eagles in 2008 working as in intern and moving up to a coaching assistant in 2010 and offensive quality control coach in 2011-12.
Eagles HC Doug Pederson and Bears Hc Matt Nagy are both part of the Andy Reid coaching tree and the two worked together with the Eagles and Chiefs from 2009-2015.
Bears OL Coach Harry Hiestand was bord in Malvern, PA and attended East Stroudsburg University which is where his coaching career began.
Eagles DE Chris Long is the older brother of Bears OL Kyle Long.
Trey Burton was a signed as an undrafted FA in 2014 and played 4 seasons with the Eagles from 2014-2017 winning a Super Bowl with them in 2017 and was part of the magical "Philly Special" throwing the TD pass to Nick Foles.
Bears K Cody Parkey played 2 seasons with the Eagles from 2014-2015.
Bears backup QB Chase Daniel played 1 season with the Eagles in 2016.
Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery was drafted by the Bears in 2nd round of the 2012 draft and played 5 seasons with them from 2012-2016.
Eagles S Corey Graham was drafted by the Bears in the 5th round of the 2007 draft and played 5 seasons with them from 2007-2011.
Eagles S Deiondre’ Hall was drafted by the Bears in the 4th round of the 2016 draft and played 2 seasons with them before he was traded to the Eagles in 2018 for a 2019 7th round pick.
Eagles CB Cre'Von LeBlanc played 2 seasons with the Bears from 2016-2017.
Eagles LS Rick Lavato (Husband to Demi Lavato per Tony Romo) was signed as an undrafted FA by the Bears in 2015, but waived at the end of training camp.
Eagles VP of Player Personnel Joe Douglas worked as the director of scouting for the Bears in 2015.
Eagles Director of Pro Personnel Dwayne Joseph played for the Bears from 1994-1996 and worked for the Bears in various scouting roles (Coordinator of player programed (1998-2000), Director of Player Development (2001-2003), Assistant Director of College Scouting (2012), Assistant Director of Pro Personnel (2013-2015).
Eagles OC Mike Groh worked as the Bears WR Coach from 2013-2015.
Eagles DL Coach Phillip Daniels played four seasons for the Bears from 2000-2003.
2019 Pro Bowlers
Eagles Bears
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) OLB Khalil Mack (Starter)
OG Brandon Brooks (Starter) CB Kyle Fuller (Starter)
TE Zach Ertz (Starter) FS Eddie Jackson (Starter)
RS Tarik Cohen (Starter)
DT Akiem Hicks
General
Referee: Tony Corrente
Philadelphia is 2-1 all-time vs. Chicago in the playoffs. The last time the Eagles faced the Bears in the postseason was on 1/19/02, when they won 33-19 at Soldier Field.
Philadelphia has won 3 consecutive regular-season games vs. Chicago. Since 1994, the Eagles have produced a 10-5 record against the Bears (including playoffs).
The Eagles and Bears have faced off 48 times, but have only tied once in their first meeting in 1933.
Avonte Maddox has allowed the second lowest passer rating in the NFL this season.
In the last 2 years, Nick Foles is 8-0 in games started (and finished) for the #Eagles in December or later.
Chicago finished first in defensive DVOA — both regular and weighted (which factors in recent performances more). They were first against the pass and second against the run.
The Bears allowed an NFL-low 17.7 points per game.
Fun Fact
On New Year’s Eve, 1988, the Eagles lost a postseason heartbreaker to the Bears in Chicago, in a game that has gone down in history as “The Fog Bowl.” Meteorologically, the title was well-earned. Lake Michigan sent a blinding sheet of fog over Soldier Field late in the first half, and the haze stayed put until the very last play. Visibility was so bad that most players couldn’t see beyond 10 yards in front of their faces. Up in the public address booth, Bears play-by-play announcer Jim Riebandt had to get game updates relayed to him from an usher who was standing on the field with a two-way radio. Video
Draft Picks
Eagles Bears
TE Dallas Goedert LB Roquan Smith
CB Avonte Maddox C James Daniels
DE Josh Sweat WR Anthony Miller
T Matt Pryor LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe
T Jordan Mailata DT Bilal Nichols
DE Kylie Fitts
WR Javon Wims
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Bears
WR Mike Wallace OLB Khalil Mack
WR Markus Wheaton WR Allen Robinson
DT Haloti Ngata TE Trey Burton
P Cameron Johnston WR Taylor Gabriel
DT Bruce Hector K Cody Parkey
LB DJ Alexander QB Chase Daniel
WR Jordan Matthews OLB Aaron Lynch
QB Tyler Bray
Notable Off-season Departures
Eagles Bears
DE Vinny Curry LB Jerrell Freeman
WR Torrey Smith OG Josh Sitton
RB Kenjon Barner LB Pernell McPhee
RB LaGarrett Blount LB Christian Jones
LB RB Mychal Kendricks S Quintin Demps
CB Patrick Robinson L Cairo Santos
TE Trey Burton DE Mitch Unrein
DT Beau Allen LS Andrew DePaola
P Donnie Jones OL Thomas Compton
WR Marcus Johnson WR Kendell Wright
TE Brent Celek WR Cameron Meredith
LB Will Compton
TE Niles Paul
PFF Stats to Know
Chicago Running Backs
Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard are going to need to be planned for. With injuries to the Eagles' defensive backfield, it's going to be a major task. Let's get to it. Cohen and Howard will not get many yards after contact (the Bears' offense generally does not generate much YAC or RAC). Cohen is ranked 58th and Howard is 37th in rushing yards after contact per attempt Cohen is tied for a close 2nd in % targets for overall snaps and 7th in % of his targets coming from the Slot. When aligned in the Slot, though, Cohen has generated the 2nd-most Yards Per Route Run, at 3.19. Overall, Cohen has the highest YPRR and 3rd-most receiving yards of RBs. Cohen has had an atrocious 7 fumbles in 2018 (3 lost). Jordan Howard is 7th in 1st Downs generated and 47th in Yards Per Attempt. Howard is 6th in Rushing Attempts (250), still, for 935 yards (14th).
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WDB Matchups
Matchups to Watch
Eagles Offensive Line vs. Bears Pass Rush
The Eagles snuck into the playoffs after week 17 with some help from their current opponent 10 years after the 44-6 beat down of the Cowboys to accomplish the same feat. The Eagles enter the playoffs as the 6 seed and rightful underdogs even with the recent success and face a Bears team that is strong on both sides of the ball - especially on defense. There are many layers to this matchup but for the Eagles it'll always start up front. Prior to the season the Bears traded for Khalil Mack after Jon Gruden decided to be an idiot. The Bears defense was already pretty good but Mack pushed the unit over the top. The Eagles have game planned for Mack before when he was on the Raiders and held him in check for the most part. However, the depth of talent on the Bears defensive front far surpasses the talent on the Raiders 2017 defensive front. To make matters worse for the Eagles, the Bears defense is strong at all 3 levels so they'll really need to win regularly up front to have any kind of success on offense. Akiem Hicks is a stout IDL who is having a strong season in a year where IDL across the league are making big impacts. Eddie Goldman is another DT for the Bears and together with Hicks formed a formidable duo prior to Mack's arrival. Mack and Hicks both have over 50 pressures for Bears defense and force a lot of offenses into making mistakes. Additionally, the entire defensive front is stout against the run as well. This is a complete unit and will need the Eagles OL to rise to the occasion as they have so often of late. Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, and Jason Kelce form the best right side of an OL in the NFL and all are having All Pro caliber years. Despite not playing at his usual Hall of Fame level, Jason Peters is still a good left tackle and Wis or Seumalo can hold their own at LG. This is a premier battle that can really help the Eagles win since there are many layers to this Bears defense as it is that will make the Eagles offense earn everything it can get. In their push for the post season, the Eagles defense neutralized the pass rush for the Cowboys, Rams, Texans, and Redskins on two occasions. They'll need it again for this one.
Eagles Defensive Line vs. Bears Offensive Line
The Bears enter this contest with one of the best offensive lines in terms of pass blocking efficiency per PFF this season and have veteran Kyle Long making his second consecutive start after returning from injury. Additionally, Matt Nagy runs a creative offense that does a lot to ease the pressure the offensive line can face. Fletcher Cox is having another All Pro caliber season for the Eagles with 95 pressures (per PFF) this season; that number is second only to Aaron Donald in the NFL. That's not just for his position, that is for all pass rushers. Cox is a complete player that will likely draw a lot of attention from the Bears offensive line. They'll need Timmy Jernigan and Haloti Ngata to step up opposite him and make some noise with the 1v1 matchups they'll likely get. Furthermore, Michael Bennett, Chris Long, and Brandon Graham will need to continue with their high level of play of late and take advantages of the matchups they'll get with the extra attention Cox will receive. As with any young QB, Trubisky is far less effective as a passer when he is under pressure and can be prone to throwing an interceptable pass or two. The Eagles defense has been very opportunistic of late forcing a lot of turnovers. The depleted secondary has done their part but it's the defensive line that can really change the game. Trubisky has made a lot of progress since last year but is still mistake prone. This is fine for the Bears as he'll likely improve especially with the quality coaching he has around him. But for now, this Eagles defense can help win this game by forcing him into negative plays. Lastly, controlling the Bears offensive line in the run game will help make the offense one dimensional. Force the Bears offense into unfavorable down and distances and their success rate drops. It'll be important to keep them off schedule and the defensive line will play a big role in that.
Eagles Pass Defense vs Bears Weapons
The Bears have done a great job surrounding Trubisky with plenty of weapons that can attack and win against every defense in a variety of ways. They added the big body receiver in Allen Robinson, the speedster in Taylor Gabriel, the versatile WR Anthony Miller, Trey Burton, and finally Tarik Cohen as a natural matchup nightmare for any defense. All of these guys have a trump card that can help the offense win and all are solid route runners to give Trubisky space to throw the football. Jordan Howard is a solid running back and it'll be important to contain him but Tarik Cohen is the matchup nightmare the Eagles must contain. Cohen will line up everywhere and take a lot of snaps as a wide receiver which gives the Bears the ability put the offense up against favorable defensive alignments. He's explosive with the ball in his hands and is a true competitor. The offense is much more dynamic and explosive when he is on the field. Lately the Eagles defense has done a great job containing opposing RBs but the depth of weapons and the scheme Nagy runs will really test the Eagles back end. Jim Schwartz has done a great job helping this defense finish 12th in points allowed, 1st in red zone defense, and 6th best third down defense despite all of the injuries. They'll need that performance again against an offense that'll stress every blade of grass and take what you give them.
Eagles Pass Offense vs Bears Pass Defense
This is the matchup every fan should be worried about no matter how much you trust the coaches and QB to execute at a high level. The Bears enter this contest with the leagues best pass defense with plenty of high end talent and excellent coaching that have largely shut down their opposition all year. Additionally, the Bears secondary is incredible at forcing turnovers and lead the league by a large margin in interceptions. The Bears added a ton of playmakers on offense to help out Trubisky but have a ton of playmakers on defense to elevate the entire team. Few teams have been as good as the Bears have against the pass this year and 3 of the 4 that did it won the Super Bowl - leave it to the Vikings to choke. If there is a "weakness" to this defense it is outside at CB (Amukamara), LBs in coverage, and Eddie Jacksons injury status (though he'll likely play). Points will be tough to come by as will running. I would expect the coaching staff to try to use the short passing game like they did against the Texans as an extension of the run game to keep the offense on schedule. An additional benefit of this attack is it gives Foles high percentage throws to limit the potential for turnovers. The Eagles need to take this game to the Bears defense but do so smartly. Even if Amukamara is a "weak link" he really isn't a weak link. Even if the Bears don't have elite coverage LBs they have 2 Safeties that are great in coverage. It would be smart for the Eagles to take their shots with Alshon Jeffery as he is their best man coverage receiver. It would be pretty surprising for the Eagles to put up an offensive performance similar to the NFCCG but they do have the talent to be able to at least score some points. They just need to be mindful of all the things Fangio does on the back end to confuse the QB and generate turnovers. The offense needs to stay on schedule to limit low percentage opportunities.
Special thanks to MikeTysonChicken and abenyishay for their help in creating this Game Preview.
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