How are we feeling on this Monday morning, Philly? The Eagles aren’t quite playoff bound, but they’re awfully close after a 17-9 win over the Cowboys yesterday. One more win, and they’re in.

My colleagues have spent 2019 working hard on stories that captivated, entertained, interested, and informed you. They’ve made you question things you thought you knew. They’ve made you laugh. They’ve made you cry. And those are the stories that make Philly, well, Philly.

“The Eagles weren’t great, but they were good enough. Good enough to take control of a bad division, perhaps, but good enough,” columnist Bob Ford wrote about the game.

Carson Wentz was able to help an injured offense to 17. But the story of the game was Fletcher Cox and the Eagles’ defense. They held Dallas and Dak Prescott to just 9 points, tied for their lowest output of the season.

Now, the Eagles have to beat the New York Giants to secure a spot in the playoffs.

As the year draws to an end, it’s a great time to look back. From an angry Eagles fan who turned out to be Penn’s admissions director to the long criminal history of the man who was accused of shooting six Philly cops on an August night, my colleagues did so much amazing work this year.

Lisa Gartner worked to expose the mistreatment of young men at Glen Mills Schools. Ellie Silverman made us smile with her profile of the usher who helps 200 women make it through 16 stalls in a 20-minute intermission during Hamilton. Aaron Carter covered the realities of food insecurity for the city’s high school athletes.

From the tens of thousands of stories we published in 2019, we compiled the ones you all seemed most interested in reading and watching. Check it out.

New Jersey power broker George Norcross and his friends got a deal — a really good deal — on land on the Camden waterfront. My colleagues sifted through hundreds of pages of property records and previously undisclosed government documents. They disclosed that Norcross and his fellow investors’ holdings on the waterfront, access to rental income from tax-credit recipients, and ability to tap into additional lending on those properties go beyond what has been previously reported.

In all, projects Norcross has invested in along the waterfront have benefited from nearly $290 million in tax credits and other incentives from New Jersey. And, Norcross was able to purchase land appraised at $2.3 million for just $350,000.

What you need to know today

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Opinions

“So no – impeachment is not about personal feelings. It is about something much bigger and more important – it is about love of country and our precious Constitution.”Rep. Madeline Dean, a Democrat who represents Pennsylvania’s Fourth District, writes for The Inquirer about her vote regarding the impeachment of President Trump.

What we’re reading

  • Experts are saying to stay away as seals start arriving at Shore beaches, WHYY reports.
  • What seemed like a popular messaging app was actually a spy tool, the New York Times reports.
  • I will not see Cats. But I have been laughing at reviews of the new movie. And, Vulture’s made me giggle, especially at the line, “To assess Cats as good or bad feels like the entirely wrong axis on which to see it. It is, with all affection, a monstrosity.”

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Lykia Turner and her 12-year-old daughter couch-surfed for months. She rebuilt her credit score and paid down her debt. She sold homemade dinners and her possessions. Turner put everything she had into buying a house. But she didn’t know when she’d be able to get furnishings like a bed or a coach. But a team of volunteers stepped in over the last couple of weeks to furnish and decorate the house on the Camden-Pennsauken border.