Wake-Up Call: ‘I Will Remember This Game Always’

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DeSean Jackson
was the first one  into the tunnel when the clock struck zero. There’s not a whole lot of meat on that 175-pound frame, and he was frozen stiff.

“I can’t feel my feet!” yelled Jackson as he buzzed by. “I can’t feel my feet!”

Chip Kelly came into view a moment later, jogging quickly towards the locker room as a fan’s voice rang down the hall behind him. “Way to go, Chip!”


Then Michael Vick, a giant grin on his face, side-by-side Brent Celek, who let out an emphatic, "Uh!" Roc Carmichael quietly sang the Eagles fight song on his way in. A nearby teammate was not as subtle, screaming, 'That's what I'm [expletive] talking about!"

Last was LeSean McCoy, a giant black jacket draped over his shoulder pads like a James Brown cape. "The best running back in the league," a voice shouted. As McCoy turned the corner, the team grew louder, and started the celebration in earnest as he stepped foot inside the locker room, the doors closing behind him.

"They really enjoyed it," said Kelly of his team playing in blizzard-like conditions for one half, eight inches of snow the other. "They kind of probably went back to when they were little kids running around out there."

Hours and hours of game-planning flew right out the window as a projected "wintry mix" turned into a much more significant event. It was a game where it paid to channel your inner child.  Take Nick Foles' third-quarter touchdown pass to Jackson. Both Jackson and Riley Cooper were in the area. Who was Foles throwing to? Whoever wanted it, basically.

"It's like you are in the backyard like a kid," said Foles. "You just have to make plays and try and give them a chance."

Word started spreading about 90 minutes before kickoff that snow was coming down. Connor Barwin didn't realize just how nasty it had turned outside until he went out for warmups in only short sleeves. The reality quickly set it.

"The first quarter, I don't think anybody will forget the first quarter, you couldn't even see what was going on," he said. "With the snow coming down and the white jerseys, it was really hard to tell who had the ball, what play they were running. I think everybody will remember that."

McCoy took a spin around the field during warm-ups and decided that he needed to change his cleats. That proved to be a wise move.

Lane Johnson, who actually left his his big-studded cleats at the NovaCare facility, had grip enough to help his fellow offensive linemen kick snow towards the Lions' front pre-snap  to clear some space. But Detroit would just kick it right back at them.

"It was pretty funny," said the rookie.

For guys like Foles, this was their first time playing in the snow. Every player we spoke with, even those that come from colder parts of the country, said that they have never played in anything like this before. Could be that they never play in anything like this again.

"I will remember this game always," said Celek.

WHAT YOU MISSED

McCoy delivers in a big way down the stretch.

Kelly gets offensive advice from...Cary Williams?

Sheil provides his observations from the Eagles win.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Geoff Mosher looks at Foles' performance down the stretch.

From the 4-yard pass to McCoy until the end of the game, Foles completed 7 of 9 passes for 144 yards. He finished with a 73.9 passer rating, but if Brent Celek had scored an easy touchdown late in the fourth instead of intentionally taking a dive to run out the clock, his passer rating would have been 90.9.

Not to worry, he’s still the NFL’s leading passer with a 120.0 rating.

So he didn’t tie Manning’s record, but Foles couldn’t care less about the interception, just how he responded.

Domo handed the Eagles and "A" grade for their overall performance.

After falling behind 14-0, this is a game the Eagles easily could have let slip away. But they battled back and took the fight to the Lions’ vaunted defensive line, scoring 28 points in the fourth quarter, a quarter in which the Eagles’ offense hadn’t scored a point since mid-October.

COMING UP

We'll speak to Kelly at 1. Should be a fun week.

  • PhilliePhanCT .

    Absolutely crazy game! I think the play that really set me off was Celek sliding at the end. Very reminiscent of Westbrooks slide a few years ago. Head’s up plays by two all-pro, unselfish, team-first players. The look on his face was priceless. LOVING this team!

    • PhilliePhanCT .

      Correction…I think Westbrook kneeled down.

      • Always Hopeful

        Same idea though…you’re right on!

  • Media Mike

    With only the special teams coming up LAME, we don’t have a lot to fine tune going into Minnesota next week.

    • Richard Colton

      AD came up lame too. There’s blood in the water, lets go eat.

      • Brian

        AP hurt, completely deflating loss against Baltimore and now better off playing for a top three pick so they can draft their QB of the future. I hope the Eagles don’t overlook them like we all are :)

      • Cyrus Robinson

        If Carson Palmer and Fitz couldn’t beat us without a running game, I don’t fear the Vikings at all. We’re going to see a lot of Vinny Curry next week I think.

  • Media Mike

    Another nice bonus was seeing that playoff game choking bum David Akers get a kick blocked. Shame the pile didn’t roll up on him as well.

    • Adam

      Akers is a Philly legend and did more for this team than most. You should show some respect.

      • CJ

        Agreed. Dude thought his kid had cancer at the time, He had his mind on more important things at the time.

        • Michael Deen

          Didn’t he lose some serious coin in a Ponzi scheme around that time too?

      • Richard Colton

        and community. He and Jon Runyon were at every military event charity event I ever attended. Down to earth, classy, decent human being who came to play every week. I was surprised by the boos.

        • Andy124

          And a purple belt in BJJ last I heard. That’s gotta count for something.

    • theycallmerob

      Hating on akers is low, even for you

    • Brandon Boykin, OLB

      “Playoff game choking bum?” You do not his daughter was sick with cancer(?) at the time right? If not cancer, some other condition. You are horrible.

    • BigWhoopWannaFightAboutIt

      Going through life with such hatred inside must be torture…

  • DirtyWaters

    Some may say that the Lions beat themselves. I’m sure they’ll bring up biased officiating. Whatever. Let’s not forget out defense. The Lions’ only scoring drive came on a very short field. Thought they played awesome in the craziest of conditions.

    • Media Mike

      Our D, because of the 11 tampons on our coverage units, isn’t getting the credit it deserves for holding the Lions to 8 (E-I-G-H-T!) points on a day where we put up 34. It isn’t even a game if those 11 d-bags could tackle or would have matched the Lions with two return TDs of our own.
      The D has been playing awesome. As much as Dave Fipp SUCKED yesterday, Billy Davis was awesome!

      • DirtyWaters

        I’m giving the ST a mulligan on this one. In normal conditions, I’d be furious. They’ve proven themselves this year. If they do the same thing in a dome next week, them we definitely have an issue.

        • Media Mike

          No mulligan for me. If we would have matched Detroit return for return, it would be fine and I’d blame the conditions. We had ZERO decent returns all day. Something was massively wrong there. That needs to get tightened up before we let that low-life drug addict Patterson get any returns against us next week.

          • DirtyWaters

            I don’t think we need to Fipp out, man. It’s one game. One crazy game. Enjoy the win. I trust this coaching staff to make the necessary adjustments.

          • Media Mike

            I hear you, but I’m like an attack dog with the taste of blood in my mouth. I want to win out, win convincingly, wreck all of the hopes and dreams of Cowboys fans, get Garrett fired, destroy either Kaepernitwit or Scam Newton here in the wild card game, and take the Saints to the limit, before bowing out this year. I was all set to be patient with a growing year, but I’m on the scent of running down, attacking, and ripping the throat out of all other 31 teams and fan bases!

          • DirtyWaters

            I can respect that. I just don’t think this team needs their throat ripped out too.

          • nicksaenz1

            It’d be better if they kept Garrett. Just like I hope the Shanarats stay around WSH, too. The worse they are the better for us.

          • Adam

            What are you even talking about?

          • theycallmerob

            Whatever it is, the cursing and name calling sure adds emphasis. Like a 6th grade boy discovering the internet

          • Adam

            Patterson is a drug addict? Did I miss something?

          • BlindChow

            I think it makes him look cool and tough!

          • Cyrus Robinson

            I want Brad Smith to return kicks. I don’t expect ANYTHING to happen when Boykin returns kicks. He’s great on defense, but he’s not anything noteworthy on kick returns.

        • macadood

          as I see it the Lions return game caught the same breaks and took the same advantage of the conditions as Shady did by the end of the game. Tough to get your pursuit angles and tackles right when you’re slipping around and the return man or RB already has a full head of steam. Still inexcusable to allow two TD returns, but certainly the weather and snow on the ground were a factor, so it evens out.

    • aub32

      I was of that mindset initially but then thought about the fact we had to deal with the same conditions. And in those same conditions we were the better coached team. Kelly made adjustments to get the running game going late. Foles initially started to look like Dallas awFoles but then remembered to just “grip it and rip it” and played with the confidence we all love, we held onto the football instead of repeatedly allowing the weather to affect the ball carriers. Look at the bad snap the Lions had. That’s not a TO if Stafford just falls on it. There was no chance he was going to do anything positive. That goes to coaching and discipline, something this team was missing last year and something Kelly has brought back.

      • Spooonius

        I’m with you overall, but in all fairness, Foles didn’t fall on the bad snap either. Luckily he was more sure handed when he tried to pick it up. He really doesn’t seem to panic much.

  • Media Mike

    In additional good news:
    - that slow adult Eli Manning threw two more picks in a horrific loss. F the Giants and double F Fox for putting that game on TV rather than Niners / Seahawks.
    - RG3&10 in the (empty) house! What a bunch of dogs who rolled over and played dead!

  • nicksaenz1

    Shady’s played all of his football in PA and never played a game in snow like as bad as yesterday’s, he said. Some might not appreciate the magnitude of that statement, but it speaks volumes to how difficult yesterday’s conditions were to play in. A lot of guys had never played in snow, and this was their first time… hats off! They kept it together, never wavered, and that discipline and focus they have paid dividends.

    • cliff henny

      nfl, coaching counts. 7 fumbles vs 1. go back to pre-season and articles on kelly discussing carrying football fundamentals …well, saw it yesterday. on Brown’s breakout run, notice at end he jacks football up to his chin right before hit, no way it was coming out.

      • theycallmerob

        Yup. Said it in the lead up to DET, but from now on we’re not getting out-coached. Hated that feeling with reid.

        • cliff henny

          i cant wait for Minne game. cant be a better example of how far coaching has come. the Webb game had to be the first time i truly started questioning reid. i knew eagles had the ‘never get off bus games’, but always chalked that up to reid allowing for nfl schedule.

          • Richard Colton

            Imagine being a fan under twenty-five and realizing for the first time that your team is allowed to make halftime adjustments.

          • cliff henny

            how many times was, half-jokingly, said ‘is that legal?’ referring to shady and co just running it right up Det giggity! absolutely love that eagles can finally run the f’n ball!

          • BigWhoopWannaFightAboutIt

            I’m 26 but count me in on the group that almost can’t believe their eyes.

          • nicksaenz1

            I’ll be 5 years removed from that group this coming Sunday but most of my years of remembering Eagles games comes under the notion that adjustments are frowned upon.

          • nicksaenz1

            Starting to see what coaching means in KC, they beat the teams they should but they can’t beat a winning team. Easiest schedule in the league and they can’t beat a team that’s over .500 when they play them.

      • nicksaenz1

        Coaching means everything. Love the sports science aspect, too. Our guys in the 4th quarter had the stamina to keep going into OT if needed while the Lions’ players were sucking wind. Love seeing everything coming together.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    Nick after 13 starts.

    4th in NFL tds (26)

    1st in NFL ints (6)

    8th in NFL yards (3,669)

    Romo tonight won’t catch him in yards. may pass him in TDs though. either way its one hell of a portfolio hes building.
    also 210 yards rushing in 13 games and 4 tds there also.

    • Brent E. Sulecki

      6-0 when starts and finishes the game. most important. Go Birds!! what a season its turning into…

    • cliff henny

      foles and eagles are putting more and more pressure on cowboys. on road, crap defense, unrealistic expectations, chicago is tough place to play, mnf…it’s not a matter of if, but when the ticking timebomb in dallas goes off. Dez will be must see tv, he is going to meltdown at some point

      • Brent E. Sulecki

        must see tv

  • cliff henny

    8-5! thought kelly was a tremendous hire, but got little nervous when he said ‘he came here to win immediately’. thought maybe if they caught lightning in a bottle, 9-7, and though also that might not be the best thing, mostly cause thought i’d require vick playing, well, like foles has played. alot of these last to first teams dont sustain it. kelly has manage this team perfectly, using mix of vets and alot of young talent, this team is only scratching surface. i’d of taken this level of play in 2015. simply no way of knowing, but play these 13 games over starting today, 8-5 is probably basement, got fortunate with rodgers, but the SD-Dal, i seriously doubt would be 0-4. these arent fluke wins, crazy bounces, it’s solid well coached schemes.

  • aub32

    I was with a bunch of Eagles fans and also one cowgirl and one giants fan watching the game. None of us thought that Foles was aiming for Jackson on the TD. Has anyone asked him about that throw? This kid is truly blessed by the football gods. I love it after all the bad luck we’ve had over the past 2 seasons. I think now we run the table and get the 3 seed. Shame that the Seahawks couldn’t help us out last night. 49ers are still scary.

    • Richard Colton

      so you’re saying Foles was lucky?

      • aub32

        On that play yes. He’s had a lot of luck this season. Is he all luck? Hell no. He’s playing really well, and he continues to impress me. I was happy to see how his first half didn’t keep him down. I’ve always said that the biggest difference in Foles to me is his willingness to take chances. That’s what separates the good QBs from the game managers IMHO.

        • Andy124

          There is no such thing as a lucky knockout punch. Matt Serra was trying to hit GSP in the head to hurt him. He spent a great deal of time practicing to do just that. As a result, he hit GSP in the head and earned a TKO. Nothing lucky about it.

          Similarly, Nick was trying to put that ball in an area where a talented guy could make a play and the results matched his intent. I don’t think that can reasonably be called luck, or “blessed by the football gods”.

          Agreed that every body gets “lucky” here and there, but I don’t think that play qualifies.

          • aub32

            Just because you try to do something does not mean it isn’t lucky. Against GB Foles tried getting the ball to DJax who beat the GB coverage. Was that the right move? Yes. Was it something he practiced? Yes. Was hit lucky that the ball got tipped right to DeSean for a TD? Yes. I could go into numerous examples with other QBs, but it changes nothing. I am not saying it was a dumb decision. I didn’t say that the play only worked because of some divine intervention (I swear I am not the first person to reference football gods as a joke). I am saying that throwing the ball in a general area andscoring a TD does have a bit of luck involved. I would say that of any QB on any given Sunday.

          • Andy124

            Just to be clear, only talking about whether or not this play should be called “lucky”. Not try to make it personal or anything like that.

            I never said Foles hasn’t had some lucky bounces this year, just that this play in particular isn’t one of them.

            Having “a bit of luck involved” and “the football gods are smiling” or “that play was lucky” are not the same thing. You could say every second we don’t spontaneously combust “has a bit of luck involved”. So it’s not a very meaningful declaration unless there’s an understanding of how much luck is even worth mentioning. My stance is that when he did exactly what he was trying to do, nobody had to do anything extraordinary to help him out and the defense wasn’t even close to making a play, it can’t be considered “lucky”.

    • bill

      Seriously? That’s what you’re fixated on?
      And BTW, they did ask him that. It’s in several articles. He threw to the area because he saw two receivers there. High risk, high reward throw, giving his playmakers a chance to make a play. Given the circumstances (no chance that they were going to kick a FG), not a bad decision, IMO, but it’s certainly arguable. Kind of a “unique circumstances” game, but have to give credit to everyone on that team (maybe not ST, :) ) for finding a way to win in those conditions. That’s what good teams do, even if it looks ugly.

      • Adam

        Of course he’s fixated on that. He’s a Vick lover. 19-0 TD streak, highest passer rating in the NFL, undefeated in games he starts and finishes, but it’s the football gods, nothing to do with Foles playing lights out football.

        • aub32

          Dude I brought up one play. I did not say the entire game. Clearly the play that started it all, the pass to Cooper, wasn’t luck. I just pointed out how it’s nice to have some calls go our way and balls bounce our way. You are fixated on thinking everything I post is anti-Foles. I don’t think I have ever been overly critical of Foles, and I challenge anyone to look up my post history and prove me wrong. I always said we didn’t know how good this kid can be, however I wasn’t going to buy in just from a few good games against bad teams. Try looking at my comments for what they are instead of adding your own narrative.

          • Adam

            Aub, anyone with half a brain can see you trying to down play everything he does. You can play dumb and innocent all you want. This isn’t the first time you’ve come out with this football gods crap. Maybe it’s time you realize it isn’t luck or some divine force, it’s a good QB who is doing nothing but making plays.

          • aub32

            So are you saying Foles hasn’t had any luck? No QB gets to 19 TDs and no INTs without luck. Even Peyton Manning had a bunch of luck to set his record at 20. That’s not downplaying anything. I have been realistic. I have heard Eagles fans claim that if given a choice right no they would take Foles over Drew Brees. Drew Brees??? Come on. I love what Foles is doing. I love winning. I have just remained skeptical. Look at how many QBs had one breakout season before there was significant tape on them? I think I have every right to remain tempered. Just because I am not claiming Foles is the furutre of the franchise before he’s even had a chance to play in a playoff game let alone win one does not mean I am discrediting the guy. Again, you only see that because it’s what you want to see. Had Rob made the same comments you would say something to the effect of “Nice to see us get a break here or there”

          • bill

            Perfectly rationale to still have some doubts based on sample size and circumstances. I still have them. Of course, I still have them about Kap and Wilson, especially Kap, but get called an idiot for not anointing *them*, so I tend to wonder about double standards and such. So long as your skepticism is equally applied, it’s valid. It’s when you’re only negative about one person under the circumstances that it can be reasonably implied that there is another agenda at play.

          • aub32

            I am more skeptical of Kaep than Wilson. Wilson has all the tools and plays very smart football. Also, I think he can do more but plays within his scheme. He’s leading the best team in the league IMO and has a lot to do with that. Kaep is having his issues, and I don’t know if he will ever be as accurate as Foles. The guy did take his team to the SB though, and that has to count for something. So I’d say both guys have earned more than Foles at this point. Though the door remains open as all 3 are very young. So there’s no telling who emerges to be the best of all these guys.

          • bill

            Ever hear of Doug Williams? Kap had minimal film on him for his run. Proved very little to me.

          • bill

            And it’s easy to play smart football when you have 0 pressure to put points on the board. Wilson has to show me that he can handle pressure where he can consistently put points on the board when his team needs it. He’s shown some glimpses, but he’s also shown several games where he’s really been at Foles v. Dallas level. Out of the three, I would agree that he should be the favorite to be “the guy,” but I think Foles is not far behind, and Kap is a big step down. Like you said, all 3 are young and have time and the ability to improve on their weaknesses, so no one should be confident about their ceilings at this point. Wilson and Foles, at least, have shown that they have a high floor.

          • theycallmerob

            thanks for the shout out!
            you know I’ve given you plenty of crap in the past, but you’re not the same level of ol’ #7 yesterday (if only we had a qb that could throw a spiral in this snow!) or BBaS (imagine what wilson or kaep could do…)
            you may take umbrage with that throw. cool beans. but ol’ rocket arm in blue-and-silver on the other sideline threw up plenty of airballs to the best receiver in the game, as well. goes both ways. Foles clearly was the better QB on the field yesterday.

          • BlindChow

            I don’t think I have ever been overly critical of Foles, and I challenge anyone to look up my post history and prove me wrong.

            Okay, why not? After a quick search of “Foles” in your posting history…

            Here’s a preseason gem:

            So can we officially say that Foles has a problem with fumbles, or do we still need to see him play a whole season?

            After the Chiefs game:

            If anyone wants to see a hint of what DJ will be under Foles, they should look at how Bowe has performed under A. Smith.

            After Tampa:

            Foles did well, but he did nothing special. There wasn’t a throw that was wow. He played in the confines of the offense. That’s not a bad thing. That can win games, but with this team it’s not going to beat the better teams. Foles would have lost yesterday if Rivers were the QB. Foles is not really a playmaker.

            And of course, after Dallas:

            He is limited both physically and mentally. Many fans tried to tote him as this quicking thinking, defense reading anticipation throwing QB. He can do that at times, but so can every other QB. He played really well last week. Matt Flynn had one of the all time great games of any QB ever. So expectations needed to be tempered. However, he isn’t god awful. He’s limited. He can still come in and play well in spots. He just isn’t the future, and he needs a good deal of help from coaches and players to assist him in performing well.

            Also after Tampa, you really hated that Cooper looked good with Foles but not Vick:

            Cooper had one good game. That’s all on Foles? Foles threw a 5 yard hitch that Cooper made a play on unlike anything I have ever seen from him. Cooper played with Foles last year and never did anything like that. Foles did a good job of getting Cooper the ball, who took advantage of his matchup against a rookie. I’m not disputing that. However, let’s not act like Foles is going to get that from Cooper every week. He is still Riley Cooper.

            I never said Foles should have made Cooper better. I said the fact that he didn’t shows there’s no special Foles Cooper connection that indicates we will see Riley produce every time Foles lines up behind center. Peyton Manning couldn’t get Cooper to produce like he did yesterday on a consistent basis.

            Cooper was better for one game. I doubt we see that from him on a consistent basis. He finally had a good match against a rookie battling an infection. (That’s not a knock on Foles. That’s a fact and a knock on Cooper.)

          • Richard Colton

            wow. I’d ask you to raise your game and do the same for BBaaS or 7, but the internet would explode. In Aub’s defense, a lot of his non-Foles comments are pretty good.

      • aub32

        I was out and did not see the articles. Thanks though. If you read my entire post clearly I am not fixated on that. I was simply asking a question that I not known the answer to. If you read my post I am fixated on winning. I don’t care how we score points. I just want wins. I loved the game yesterday, and my focus is seeing how we do in the playoffs, which was the 2nd part of my post that no one “fixated” upon.

    • theycallmerob

      Not sure why a cowgirl and giant fans’ opinions/support is necessary

      • aub32

        It wasn’t. I just like rubbing their noses in it that they had to witness yet another victory and thought you all would like to know. But you did not say what you thought of the pass.

    • Adam

      Putting your 2 best receivers in a position to make a play isn’t luck. It’s called good QB play.

      • aub32

        right adam. of course. no good play has ever come of luck. lol

        • Adam

          Of course there’s some degree of luck to every single snap in football. But when you throw a jump ball to an area that has 2 Eagles receivers (one of whom is 6’3) and one Lion DB, it’s called a calculated risk. Just like any back shoulder fade you’d throw in one on one coverage. Luck would be if it bounced off someones head, through the DB’s hands, and into Jackson’s.

    • Andy124

      Nick said in the post game he saw them both and put in their area so one of them could go make a play on it, just like playing in the backyard.

    • aub32

      Wow even Foles admitted to just putting it up there and I get down votes.

      “I saw DeSean back there and I saw Riley coming across and I knew I just needed to throw it in their area,” said Foles. “It was one of those things where you saw both of them and you just have to make a play, you have to give both of them an opportunity and they both adjusted well. DeSean came back to the ball, and in that kind of game it’s like you are in the back yard like a little kid. You just have to make plays and give them a chance.”

  • Adam

    Gonna enjoy this for the day at least, hopefully longer. #BearDown

    • Cyrus Robinson

      Wow, makes you realize how terrible Washington is… Their average final score through 13 games is approximately 21-31. That is a TERRIBLE defense. The interesting thing is that right now, the Eagles and the Cowboys have scored and given up almost the same amount of points, but the Cowboys have played one less game than us. In fact, they’ve played one less game yet given up 2 more points than us. Also, the fact that the Eagles fair better on the road seems like a good sign for if/when they get into the playoffs.

  • Scott J

    What’s in those Kelly smoothies and where can I get one?

  • addicted2mula

    Idc what anybody has to say, CK and staff turned this team around a full 360. I don’t believe Foles would ave thrown an INT in good weather nor would the ST have let them score 14 points. One game going down in history. EAGLES

    • DirtyWaters

      I’m not good at math but doesn’t a full 360 mean we’re back where we started?

      • addicted2mula

        Come on now do we have to be technical about everything

        • Adam

          Yes

        • DirtyWaters

          It would be unpossible not to.

    • Andy124

      I hope to god they’re not in the midst of a 360. I can’t handle any more years like 2012.

      • addicted2mula

        He turned he team around, 360 same shit you know what I’m talking about

        • Andy124

          Giving you a hard time. It’s all in good fun. It’s howie do. Get used to it. :)

          • addicted2mula

            Lol I know. I tried to punctuation right and not say nothing to be corrected on. And can’t seem to win lol. BUT the EAGLES CAN!!!

      • Brian

        Chip doesn’t go in circles, he creates paths. Then he tells you where he’s going, and how, and still beats you to the finish line.

    • Warhound

      180?

  • Engwrite

    I haven’t read all the coverage and comments but one thing that hasn’t been emphasized is the tremendous catch Riley Cooper made on the 44 yard reception. It was the first sign of life for the Eagles and he had to look back, correct his route and then look back again for the ball which he caught not over his shoulder but over his head with arms outstretched. It was a super catch and a key play, maybe the most crucial of the game since it opened the run game. I was one of the fans who wanted him replaced early in the season. He has developed into quite a receiver.

    • BigWhoopWannaFightAboutIt

      I can’t help but feel that if Cooper didn’t have that incident in the preseason he would be given waaaay more credit than he is now. A shame that had to happen, but it looks like with Foles behind center we really found a player!

      The only question is, do we resign Maclin? And if they do, who plays slot? Can Cooper run crisp enough routes?

      • Adam

        We have too much talent. WHAT ALTERNATE UNIVERSE ARE WE LIVING IN AHHH MY HEAD

      • aub32

        I think Mac and Jackson can both play the slot allowing Cooper the chance to remain outside. This way we keep our big man outside and always have a speedster outside with a crisp route runner inside.

        • BigWhoopWannaFightAboutIt

          I agree that Maclin may be suited for the slot, but I have to disagree with Jackson. His speed is far too valuable on the outside, stretching defenses. Also I’m not sure he is big enough to muscle through the middle of the field on a consistent basis.

          Another thing we forget is that we have another big WR in Benn who got hurt. The guy has all the physical tools, but is hurt all the time. I have to think that with the way Cooper has emerged, if Benn can stay healthy he may turn out the same way.

          One thing is for sure, we should all be REALLY excited with where the team is going. The talent looks so much better in this scheme compared to last year.

          • aub32

            Jackson has played a good number of snaps in the slot this year, and he’s been both productive and healthy. I am not suggesting he play the slot full time. I am saying that with he and Maclin we have two guys that can play the slot and outside allowing for potential matchup nightmares. Also, we are seeing less 11 personnel with Foles at QB than we saw initially in the season. So we have to include Ertz as a potential slot guy as well. So personally I think we should be better off in the slot than we have been in the last several years.

          • BigWhoopWannaFightAboutIt

            Can’t argue with any of that. And given the way Kelly has come up with new offensive schemes, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lane Johnson lined up inside of DJax, much like those double bunch formations we’ve been seeing.

  • Richard Colton

    First world Eagles problems

    • Adam

      Classic.

  • McNabbulousness

    woah, my disqus account transfers websites!? i created an account at tommy’s iggles blitz. mind blown. oh, definitely a memorable game

    • Adam

      Yeah your account should work on any site that uses disqus for their comments. Which really should be every site now a days.

      • McNabbulousness

        holy poops, technology moves too fast for me. thx for the heads up

  • Beavis

    It’s funny being an Eagles fan, I swear. We are conditioned to wait for the other shoe to drop and the fairy tale to end. Then when things are going well we are thinking of winning playoff games. There is no in-between. That said, I’m all in – eff the rebuild and baby steps. We have the players NOW and, more importantly, we have CHEMISTRY.
    As I’ve said on here previously, there’s always a surprise team who gets into the playoffs and is the dangerous dark horse. WHY NOT US?

    • cliff henny

      be a heck of a feat to beat SEA and NO on the road, back to back. but it’s not like those teams arent without holes.

      • sprawl

        Of those two I think we’re built better for stopping Seattle. QB scrambles haven’t amounted to much against us and Wilson’s QB rating in the 2nd half against the 49ers was something like 39…

        Meanwhile NO had less than 40 yards rushing going into the 4th quarter?

        • aub32

          I was really hoping CAR would help us out last night. NO would be a lot easier to stop if we could bring them to Philly. I think Seattle can play anywhere since defense is known to travel well.

          • bill

            Both are very tough matchups for the Eagles, but I’d take NO at this point. People really underestimate just how good that Seattle defense is. Their offense plays with 0 pressure to score points, they just need to get maybe 1 td and a few FGs and that’s all she wrote. Makes it extremely easy to play offense in those circumstances. And playing IN Seattle? I know Kelly’s system provides some protection against the noise, but even snap counts are nearly impossible in that. But in any event, we’re getting way ahead of reality. The Eagles need to make the playoffs first.

          • aub32

            Agreed on needing to make the playoffs and fearing Seattle. Just watching that defense fly around is a thing a beauty and at the same time terror.