Nick Foles did it. Foles led the Eagles to a playoff win when nobody (read: us) thought he could. To be fair, he was really bad early on, but in the second half he settled down and the offense and defensive lines played incredible football to lead the Eagles to a 15-10 win. Underdogs? They got the job done and will host the NFC title game next week against the winner of today's Vikings-Saints game. Here's a look at the happy recap, with stats and highlights and all those nervous tweets.
The feeling that the Eagles wouldn't make it past this round of the playoffs was pervasive last week. It's just part of this city's psyche. But you might not know that if you're not from here, which was obvious in an awkward PR pitch. "Philly is on top of the world!" crowed a Canadian firm promoting an outpost of a Canadian chain. Um, no. We might be flying high today, but that wasn't the case before. And even worse is the product being promoted: a "wild and wacky" poutine purporting to be "cheesesteak" flavor — with a hefty helping of green peppers.
South Philly native Monica Wright credits the real estate business for bringing her out of poverty. She showed her first house 17 years ago when she herself was a Section 8 resident, she said, then worked her way to making $24,000 a month. Now she’s hoping she can help others do the same. Wright has organized a series of events focused on teaching real estate basics to single parents and people experiencing housing insecurity. The classes have gotten a huge response — Saturday's inaugural session, designed for 14 people, had 61,000 interested on Facebook.
The neglected area tucked beside the El and I-95 where Northern Liberties meets Fishtown has started rumbling back to life lately. But if developers have their way, the lot across from Love & Honey Fried Chicken and the forthcoming Gelat'oh cafe will host a giant illuminated tower filled with...cars. It's destined to be a location of Carvana, the Tinder of car buying (really: browse the app and swipe right if you see something you like). Despite the fact that the company hasn't ever reported a profit, per PMN's Inga Saffron, the structure is already under construction, and soon it will beam bright advertising across the neighborhood. Unless the Zoning Board stops it.
On the Calendar
Next up in the library's excellent Author Events series is journalist Michael Wolff. The author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House will speak on stage in conversation with Penn prof and WHYY political columnist Dick Polman. Arrive early, seats are first come, first serve. Book signing follows the talk.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine St., 19103
When: January 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
In the words of the brewery founders: "Science tells us that board games, good company, and beer can raise your body temperature and help you effectively fight the cold. Its true. I saw it on BuzzFeed." Expect more games than you knew existed, which you can join for free.
Where: Evil Genius Beer Co. at 1727 N. Front St., 19122
When: January 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free games (PAYG food and drink)
The January theme of this monthly rent party is Black Girl Magic. Led by former Philly Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher, the evening will include sets by Youth Poet Laureate Husnaa Hashim and other spoken word and music performers. Advance registration recommended.
Where: The Rosenbach at 2008 Delancy Pl., 19103
When: January 18, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $25
The Bynum brothers' Southern food destination in West Oak Lane hosts eight-piece R&B pop band Ja-Tun & Random Acts of Soul for a live session during dinner.
Where: Relish at 7157 Ogontz Ave., 19138
When: January 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Entertainment free, food and drink PAYG