The Philadelphia Eagles' struggles have them well out of the playoff picture, but they did get some satisfaction out of spoiling the fun for their rivals. Malcom Jenkins had two clutch interceptions to help the Eagles snap a five-game losing streak with a 24-19 win over the Giants on Thursday night. The loss prevents New York from clinching a playoff spot, and also helps the Cowboys clinch the NFC East, as well as the No. 1 seed. At 10-5, the Giants still hold the top Wild Card spot heading in to their season finale with the Redskins.
Indians Land Slugger Encarnacion
Coming off their World Series season, the Cleveland Indians made their offense that much better on Thursday. The team inked slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal, with a fourth-year club option of a buyout. He will likely replace Mike Napoli at the designated hitter position. The deal comes after Encarnacion did not accept the Blue Jays' qualifying offer, and is still pending a physical. Last season, the 33-year-old tied for the American League lead with 126 RBIs, along with 42 big flies to lead the Blue Jays, and a .263 average in his third All-Star season.
Blue Jackets, Wild Remain Hot
Two of the hottest teams in the NHL right now kept things going on Thursday night. Beginning with the Columbus Blue Jackets, as Scott Hartnell's ninth career hat trick led their 7-1 rout of the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins. The Blue Jackets scored four times in the third to pull away for their 11th straight win, moving into first place in the Metropolitan Division. Cam Atkinson, William Karlson, Brandon Saad, and Boone Jenner also scored, while Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves for the 22-5-4 Blue Jackets.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Wild also used a quality win to extend a win streak, as they doubled-up the Canadiens, 4-2, for their ninth straight victory. Eric Staal's short-handed goal in the third was the difference, as the Wild remain in second place in the Central Division. The nine straight wins tie a franchise record, as they look to make it 10 in a row Friday night against the New York Rangers. They last had a winning streak like this from March 8-24, 2007.