Next up: The Eagles: It’s bird vs. bird next next Saturday after the Atlanta Falcons won the opening wild card game vs. the L.A. Rams, 26-13. Atlanta now travels to Philadelphia to take on the top-seeded Eagles (13-3). From the Atlanta website: “The Eagles looked like one of the NFL’s most dominant squad throughout much of the regular season, earning a 13-3 record, but starting quarterback Carson Wentz was lost for the season due to injury and Nick Foles has been shaky in his stead.” The game is set for 4:35 p.m. Saturday on NBC.
- Last matchup:Eagles won, 24-15, on Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia.
- All-time series record: Eagles lead, 18-14-1 (includes postseason)
Boys: Villa Rica Wildcats led Rome Wolves 48-41 with 4:42 left in 4th quarter. A gas leak forced an evacuation of Rome gym. Game was suspended until future date.
Boys: Model 66, Bremen 61.
Girls: Rome 52, Villa Rica 66.
National Championship: Georgia vs. Alabama, Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta. 8 p.m., ESPN
Where to watch the game Monday night:
From Rome City Brewing Co.: “The National Championship is set and you can join us HERE on Monday night for the big game! Our tailgate party starts at 4pm complete with specials and prizes. Our big screen will be on the stage with full sound for the game. Wings, burgers, and beer specials all evening.
Norman’s No-Nos, bowl edition: Mr. Arey called it, Georgia for Alabama — with the Tide rolling to the crown. No-Nos
- Shorter women beat West Alabama on Saturday, 61-57.
- Shorter men get a win at West Alabama, 78-75.
- Berry Vikings men, women at Hendrix today.
- GHC Lady Chargers traveled to Atlanta Metro College and came away with a 66-56 conference win. GHC had four players in double digits in scoring led by Dorian Sharpe with 16 points, Briana Davis had 15, Anna Stewart had 12 points and 9 rebounds, Kateryna Khomenko with 11 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Chargers (9-9) on the year and (5-2) in conference play will return to action on Wednesday at home versus South Georgia Tech, tip off 5:30 p.m.
- GHC Chargers opened GCAA Conference play on the road at Atlanta Metro College and fought back from 18 points down to take a 89-76 win.The Chargers (7-6) on the year and (1-0) in conference play will return to action on Wednesday at home versus South Georgia Tech. Tip Off 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 29: The 2018 Hot Stove Gathering will be held at the Forum River Center in downtown Rome from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Scheduled guests include the Rome Braves’ field staff of manager Rocket Wheeler, hitting coach Bobby Moore, pitching coach Dan Meyer and new trainer Vic Scarpone. New Rome Braves General Manager Jim Bishop and Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker will also be on hand. Additional guests include Atlanta Braves Assistant Director of Player Development Jonathan Schuerholz, Manager, Minor League Administration Ron Knight, Director of Scouting Brian Bridges, and former Rome Braves player Braeden Schlehuber. More guests to be announced. Tickets are available now and are $15 in advance ($20 at the door). Children’s tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door). Season ticket holders can take advantage of getting two tickets for $25 if they purchase now. Tickets purchased the day of the event are based on availability. VIP tickets include a cocktail reception meet and greet with the evening’s special guests and gift bag. VIP tickets can be purchased for $25 in advance and $30 at the door. All tickets are available at the State Mutual Stadium ticket office or online at romebraves.com. VIP tickets also can be purchased from the Rome High baseball team.