How Boykin Ruined Jerry Jones’ Day

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When the Cowboys took over with 1:49 remaining and trailing by two, owner Jerry Jones believed the stage was set for his team to finally get over the hump.

“I thought, not that it was ordained, but that it was going to be our time,” he said, “and the way [Kyle] Orton had been playing, he went to his receivers well, he went to the right people, receivers most of the time, and I was very surprised. Their back made a really great play on (the interception).”

That back was Brandon Boykin, who came up with an interception on first down to stamp the Eagles’ ticket to the postseason.


"It was happiness," said the second-year corner out of Georgia. "Everybody jumped on top of me. I just wanted to really make sure the offense got back out there and do what they were supposed to do and take a knee, so I wasn't relaxing until then. But everyone was happy."

The Cowboys sent four receivers out on first down, including Jason Witten, who drew double-coverage from Mychal Kendricks and Patrick Chung. That set up a one-on-one between Boykin and Miles Austin.

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"I saw Miles Austin cut inside, and I knew they were trying to open up that hole in the middle because as soon as you catch it there is nobody there. They were able to try and get a lot of yards off of that."

You can see in the picture below the space that Boykin is talking about.

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At the very least, Boykin needs to secure the tackle in this spot to avoid the big play. He ends up doing much more than that.

"I really kind of undercut him at the last second and was able to get my hands on it... I had a little help from the quarterback also, he didn't throw it exactly where he probably should have. The biggest thing is catching the ball, securing it."

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He did, and Jones was left to stew in his box.

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That pick gave Boykin six interceptions on the season, good for second in the NFL. That's a particularly impressive feat considering that, as a slot corner, he was only on the field for about 50 percent of the snaps this year.

That hasn't stopped him from making big plays. He was the one that intercepted Robert Griffin III back on November 17 with 32 ticks remaining to preserve a 24-16 Eagles lead. In Green Bay, he thwarted a Packers scoring drive with an interception in the end zone that he returned 76 yards. The 23-year-old has been pretty big-time.

“You watch how hard he works when we’re in training sessions and his attention to detail and all those other things. It pays off," said Chip Kelly. "He made the play in the Redskins game and he made this play. It seems like he comes up at a good time which is good for us.”

Boykin said the Orton pick was the biggest moment of his young career.

"It's a complete blessing. It's awesome to be able to finish the game like that but we have to shift our focus quick," he said. "You don't get a lot of time to celebrate it. It's good, but we've got to get ready."

 

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  • Joe from Easton

    This dude is awesome. Seems like the Eagles have a lot of humble guys on their teams. I’m not sure if that comes from Chip’s system, their own make up, or influences in the locker room, but I like it a lot. This team is hungry and takes nothing for granted. They may not win it all this year, but they will be a force for a few years if they stay together. I couldn’t be more thankful or excited as an Eagles fan for this season and the future.

    With all of that said, let’s go birds. 38-34 in a shootout.

    • Sukhpreet Singh

      Gotta give credit to a lot of people who are no longer with the organization. Players like Kendricks, Boykin, Cox, Brown, and Thornton were all drafted or signed before the Kelly Green era.

      • GEAGLE

        Thanks Howie….happy? Lol

      • DEBO 215

        All Howie Roseman picks and signings.

      • Joe from Easton

        Those are the left-overs that Kelly kept. The regime (Andy) that got them also brought in Nnamdi, DRC, and Vince “dream team” Young, so I’m sorry if I’m not heaping the credit in their direction. Kelly put this team together with some of his pieces and some that he already had. I don’t credit those who are gone because if they were as good as Kelly, they wouldn’t be.

        • southy

          Now we all hate them because they came here and played selfishly and wouldn’t tackle, Nnamdi somehow had horrible ball skills, etc etc. But at the time every Eagles fan on the planet was floored that we landed Nnamdi, and parlaying Kolb into a 2nd and DRC was smooth.

          I dunno who was behind Vince (though it does smack of Reid) but if he could have just kept his #$%!in mouth shut he actually played ok for us in spots. Beat the GMen…

    • Dave

      I know a huge Georgia fan/booster named Dave who goes to the games and meets the players and their families. I spoke with him the day after Boykin was drafted and asked what he thought of the pick. He got a disgusted look and said that he hated it because he hates the Eagles but knew that they had just made one of the best picks in the draft. He said Boykin and his family are nothing but class acts and that he is a total playmaker with an awesome work ethic. When I expressed doubt about his size, Dave responded that he plays like a giant. Dave was irate at the thought that he would have to start being an Eagles fan. While Boykin was learning last season, everything this season says that Dave was absolutely right. Boykin rocks!

      • Joe from Easton

        I did some research on him after the draft and I was pretty happy. The size was my main concern, but when I read about his vertical leap and strength for his size I wasn’t really worried much. After seeing him play a few times, I stopped being worried and just became excited. Heck of a pick for the fourth round.

  • theedevilsadvocate

    thank God for boykin isnt that the second week in a roe he comes up with a game changing INT. division games are always a toss up glad we came out the winners and the nfc east champ! glad he ruined jerry’s night and season cowgirls suck as usual!

    • nicksaenz1

      Last week’s wasn’t game changing, it was just game-sealing. We were already crushing CHI when he got the pick-6. This week’s was both game-changing and sealing. Like the one against WSH. It was a thing of beauty.

      • theedevilsadvocate

        thats right i totally forgot we crushed the bears and the pick six came at the end of the beating it was the cherry on top of a delicious sundae. this pick was more meaningful either way boykin is beastin.

        • nicksaenz1

          Dude’s a stud, no doubt about it!

  • cliff henny

    oh Jerrah…rest up, in 4 months you have to re-structure 6 or 7 more awful contracts. take 2 months off then draft like a clueless 70 egotistical billionaire

  • DanFromDelcoo

    Eagles drop 40+ against the Saints at home.

  • Chris

    Here’s to hoping he ruins many many more nights during Jerrahs lifetime.

  • Always Hopeful

    What amazed me was how Orton channeled Romo on that play. He said it was the same play he hit Dez with on the 4th down TD. Boykin is a play maker though…glad he’s on our squad!

    • Jason

      Boykin>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Chung.

      • Maggie

        Too bad there are usually 2 safeties on the field.

  • jabostick

    That play looked so great on the replay because he didn’t just gamble and undercut it. You can see him in position to knock it away, realize that it’s been thrown behind Austin, and then, basically, make a one-handed grab.

    And forget Jerry, who was the dude in the background (on TV, not in this post) who covered his head with his hoodie? He was in PAIN lol

    • Spooonius

      I saw that too. He started to break up what he initially thought was a good pass then once he realized it was under thrown went for the INT. Brilliant!

    • theycallmerob

      Pretty sure, judging from Michaels’ earlier commentary, it was his son. AWESOME

  • Joe from Easton

    Saturday night.. The pride of West Lake battles it out for the West Lake alumni bowl.

    • nicksaenz1

      When you say it like that it makes it seem like the sequel to Varsity Blues.

      • Joe from Easton

        Did we just stumble upon something here?

        • nicksaenz1

          I think so. We need Tweeder and Billy Bob, wouldn’t be right without them.

          • Johnny Domino

            Two words: Reno Hightower

          • Joe from Easton

            “Okay Jack, you tell the Caribou whatever you want, but I’m gonna tell you something. You’re a low-life, black mailing, chicken-shit squid.”

            -Epic Kurt Russell

          • Brad

            I’m going with friday night lights the tv show hahah Vick is jason street, riggins is riley smash is mccoy, foles is matt saracen and chip kelly is coach taylor haha…. its spot on and how kelly runs the offense is new just like coach taylor did cause they were both first year coaches

          • Joe from Easton

            Coop can play Tweeder. I like Kelce as Billy Bob. Foles has Mox pretty much spot on, hell Vick is even the same number as the great Lance Harbor. McCoy is a lot like Wendell… did Chip pattern his team after our favorite cinematic rendition of high school football or what?!

          • nicksaenz1

            Pretty damn close! Never thought of it like that haha.

      • theycallmerob

        I was thinking a really awful Friday Night Lights episode.

        Drew Brees was the big time record holder, playing in the Superdome and winning titles. And along comes his replacement, the Career Backup on the big stage….

  • Adam

    When you come at the Boy King, you best not miss.

    • Andy124

      Somebody’s been reading Kempski. :)

    • jabostick

      Indeed

    • GEAGLE

      “Ay bey…shoot at the king! you best Not miss”-Omar “scar” little

  • Dave

    We’re crashing the party!!

    https://vimeo.com/82963876

    • Javi Echie

      Is it weird if this video just gave me an erection?..lol this season has been magical

    • Will

      Just simply Awesome video…

    • jabostick

      Great video! I’m already amped for Satruday. I’m saving the Al Pacino speech from Any Given Sunday for Friday afternoon

  • Mike

    The play is scary because if he doesn’t make it, I think that play puts Dallas in FG position.

    • Spooonius

      I think he was in great position to break up a well thrown ball then realized he could intercept it. That’s what it looked like to me.

    • EaglePete

      yup, looking at that pic there is no doubt. Sure he mightve got a hand on it had Orton put it on his body but if he leads him by a foot or so hes got a ton of room to run with only 1 guy to beat in space. Wed all be screaming today that Boykin blew it going for that INT. Ortons long throws were terrible all game though, and he was off on some of the medium stuff at times. Overall good game by him hitting guys in stride. The bend but dont break came into play a few times, held em to FGs, those were big stops in the red zone.

  • Scott J

    Boykin needs to be on the field more. When he’s not playing slot, I would rather have him play safety instead of Chung.

    • Spooonius

      If Davis won’t play him as an outside corner, I doubt that he gets on the field as a safety. Seems like a good idea to me though. Can’t be much worse than getting ‘Chunged’ all day.

    • IHD

      All Boykin does is make plays. The defense is full of guys I like, lots of grinders and team players, but Boykin plays bigger than he is.
      http://gcobb.com/2013/12/30/appreciating-brandon-boykin/

      I’d like Sheil to do an analysis of Boykin’s blitzes. That silliness seemed to have died off as the defense got better.

  • GEAGLE

    “Nicky 6″..rainmaker. SAint Nick
    Shady aka count RUSHmore
    The Boy King
    Fletcher the penetrator Cox
    Benny and the jet???Logan/curry
    B dot grizzle
    BRAMA bull Barwin
    Mr. December aka c-dub aka fiery sconces
    Hungry like a woooooolf aka dark man x woof woof where my dawgs at
    Coop there it is
    Ertz hurts
    DJ kid….Djax

  • GEAGLE

    Saints are 3rd in sacks…Oline has to come to play

  • PaoliBulldog

    That interception was Orton’s first crappy throw of the night, and Boykin made a decisive move to seal the game.

    • GEAGLE

      Chip always talks about opportunities for greatness…Boykin seized it

  • George

    Everybody, i implore you to listen to the first take podcast and listen to the BUTTHURT COWBOYS FAN Skip Bayless. It made my day…LMAO

    http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=10215389

    ENJOY :)

    • Javi Echie

      It was sooo much fun watching Steven A laugh at him…whats even more comedic is Bayless saying that if Romo has played that the cowboys would of beat the eagles by multiple tds. This dude is such a joke of “analyst” that its not even funny.

      • George

        it was almost as sweet as watching the cowboys choke last night…i was laughing right along with stephen a

      • Johnny Domino

        Can’t spell analyst without anal.

    • Jason

      Thank you

    • CTAZPA

      Oh man, that was really funny!!

  • Andy

    Sorry if this has already been posted:

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10214379/healthy-explosive-eagles-tough-playoff-draw-first-year-kelly

    Ashley Fox:: “I was wrong. “

    • GEAGLE

      Hahaha tell her to stick to baking with Rachel Ray

      • Maggie

        Nothing wrong with baking. It’s creative. And a change of pace from gapping spark plugs.

    • Adam
      • theycallmerob

        I can’t get enough of these articles

      • Joe from Easton

        I read this one. Loved it. I’ll give him some credit for cracking the egg on his own face though.

      • Chris

        These are awesome. I love the whole “we were wrong, you (reader) were wrong”…i guess they don’t frequent birds 24/7?

        • EaglePete

          ya seriously, the back handed apology, weaksauce. I was wrong but so were all of you….ummm no

    • Will

      Skip Bayless is an arse…LMAO…Heads up Skip Romo may be done for good…as in career ending… ….

    • nicksaenz1

      That felt good. ALL of the garbage she put in print about us. Love seeing her own up to it and admit wrong. I also realized something… if (when) Chip starts regularly seeing the NFC Championship game and wins a few, he’s going to be the first person on the horn to Goodell saying that we want to play the week after, not two weeks after. I hope to God he wins enough to put an end to the Pro Toilet Bowl.

  • GEAGLE

    We are laying such a beating onto the saints, they will feel it in NO…

    Teams that haven’t played us this year, are not going to be able to slow us down enough the first time they see us…
    ..
    Prediction: Brees and his offense have two more turnovers then FOles offense..

    I have to give props to kiffin. They were well prepared to sniff out our RB screens and had CB up on our WR to take away the bubble screens,,,,nice job of preperation by Dallas defense….we are so versatile that we just switched to smash mouth style when we needed it, ran the ball 9 times in 11 plays on the he crucial drive Bryce TD put an exclamation mark on…

    • Javi Echie

      Couldn’t agree more. It is so nice to have a coaching staff capable of making in game adjustments

    • ftotheyu

      I hope we don’t gloat too much. It took a last-second interception to seal a win against a Romo-less and Lee-less Cowboys team. A bounce here and there and we would be the ones sitting home instead of the Cowboys. If we play like that against an actual good team, we’d not winning the game.

      • GEAGLE

        Dude, THATS football!! It’s not this imaginary picnic where your team is in control for 60 minutes…this time of year it’s a gritty dog fight!! And our boys are physically, mentally tough, they make no excuses, they don’t quit, and they have over come a lot…

        Would you rather read about how I think we are doomed? I don’t understand..let’s not celebrate an end to a two year playoff drought…I don’t fear ANY team in the playoffs, but in respect and understand we can easily lose to any one of them…

      • Joe from Easton

        A bounce here or there (or maybe a penalty flag) and we would have won by double digits. It’s football man.

  • GEAGLE

    Unsung hero’s:
    Alex Henrey played a really good game!
    Donnie Longball came up clutch when we needed him to boom one AGAIN, at the PC today Chip was blown away saying Donnie hit the jumbotron with a punt in warm ups
    ..
    Brandon Graham has been quietly getting pressure all year, yesterday his evolution as a LB took another step when he made a key open field tackle that would have been a disaster if he missed

    Desean didn’t have the biggest day, some key first downs on shallow crosses, but the attention Dallas gave him freed up our guys to make things happen
    ..
    Casey’s blocking once again was CRUCIAL late when we pounded the rock and got Bryce into the ENDZONE

    Celek continues to make me look dumb, with some key catches, and just his warrior play
    ….
    For our Oline to struggle, and us overcoming it to win, was a a HUGE sign that we are a team! Lane had a rough game, JP didn’t play his best, and the interior gave up too much pressure up the middle which is every QBs kryptonite

  • addicted2mula

    Saints who cant seem to win on the road. Panthers against our Defense. Our offense against there’s. I take the Eagles. I have a gut feeling the Seattle will lose there first game. Everybody has their own opinion I say we have a shot at the Super Bowl

    • GEAGLE

      For us to go to SB, we would need:
      Eagles beat the Saints
      Niners beat GB
      Niners go to Seattle and beat their rival that they know well
      Eagles out score Carolina
      Niners come to Philly and we don’t back down from the big bully, UPSET!!

      Long shot…yesterday you couldn’t talk Super Bowl, but when you make the playoffs you have every right to have SB dreams…new season starts today, and we are as hot as anyone

      • theycallmerob

        I like this one a lot.
        Mainly, because I’d love to see SF go on the road and give a big middle finger to SEA and its b.s. home field advantage. They’d be so hyped after that, we’d be a trap game (plus, the media would already be talking up how Harbaughs will win back-to-back SB, and Kaep is the greatest). They’d come into our house (now on a 5 game win streak after NO) and get rolled, Pac-10 style. 61-37

        • Tom w

          Was thinking that was the same way we get to the SB last nite … Was actually rooting for bears to make it easier for niners to win and so we wouldn’t have to play Rodgers next yr at lambeau

          Then I thought of chips kryptonite at Oregon … Stanford. Harbaugh and chip coached against each other a couple times … Know each other much like Kiffin.

          Bring on Brees graham rookie ltackle w 2 games experience Pierre and buddy’s son.

      • ftotheyu

        Yeah this is actually not that far-fetched. Can you imagine the Eagles playing in the SB just 90 miles up the turnpike in the house of our rivals the GMEN? Would be awesome.

    • Will

      Don’t get ahead of yourself one game at a time…

  • ftotheyu

    As much as I enjoyed the win, I feel like we caught a few breaks in this game and the game was actually much closer than it should have been. If Boykin didn’t make that pick we could very well be the ones going home instead of Dallas.

    The OL play was concerning, especially given the Cowboys supposedly weak pass rush. The fact that our rushers only got to Orton twice (and no sacks) is also an issue. This is a team that the Chicago Bears blew out and it took a 4th quarter miracle from Romo to rescue them from a loss to the Redskins. It shouldn’t have been a 2 point game.

    We better hope we have a better pass rush against Drew Brees on Saturday or we’re in for a long game.

    • EaglePete

      if ands and buts, wait, you sound like a philly fan haha. Some teams match up better than other, this was also a playoff atmosphere with Div on the line. You just dont get that intensity in other reg season games. I dont disagree and we were beat in the trenches on both sides. Having said that, this Eagles team has also shown greatness against other teams in those same areas. In other words, thats just football. Ask the Saints why they look like a different team away from the dome, this team isnt alone in having ups n downs. We need Foles and the offense to come up huge along with D bend but dont break.

      • cliff henny

        saints look different on the road. STL destroyed them in a dome. heck, eagles just need to stay out of domes

        • GEAGLE

          Screw the domes…we need to stay away from backup QBs,..tired of the unknown..I’m glad with facing KNOWN greatness in Brees..,were all week our defenders know if they arent sharp, they will get embarrassed…

          • Will

            The 33 degree weather should have a great advantage for us and the 12th man as well…The Linc should be rock’in all game!

        • theycallmerob

          No chance for any dome playoff games, including the super bowl, for the Birds (seattle is only half)

          • cliff henny

            last 2 bad games were on turf, too. wonder if grass enhances speed advantage, since they play/practice on it so much? generally other way.

          • theycallmerob

            turf advantage goes both ways.
            I’d imagine Shady, based on his familiarity with the natural surface, breaks more ankles on grass (esp. against turf teams).

          • cliff henny

            just looking at eagles schedule, giant vikes and cowboys. just totally guessing, but if defense moves faster, might throw off o-line’s timing, considering how much eagles want line to get down field. is no doubt everyone is faster on turf. was fun to get on the stuff, till got next to the faster guys and they were just flying.

    • Adam

      It’s essentially playoff football. There’s no points for style. A win is a win, even if it’s ugly. I’m not even sure the Cowboys aren’t a better team without Romo to be honest. The o-line didn’t play well, but that was an anomaly. Pass rush will need to bounce back.

      We just won the NFC East coming off a 4-12 season, and you’re already being a debbie downer about a game that no one expect us to ever even see? Lighten up man and enjoy the ride.

      • ftotheyu

        Yeah, I do admit that I’m a debbie downer… been a Philly fan for too long. Sigh.

        • BlindChow

          I agree with you about the upcoming game. You can be happy about the season and still be realistic about Saturday.

          I look upon the season as a success no matter the outcome, but seeing how much trouble we had against the worst defense in the league and Kyle Orton, it’s hard to see us as the unstoppable juggernaut that trounced the Bears.

          • GEAGLE

            Ok we had trouble against Orton,and shut down Cutlet a WAAAAY better QB the week before…so your NFL math is kind of irrelevant!

            REALITY is that Saturday will be a close game that both teams get a few opportunities to win…why would an eagles fan just assume we won’t capitalize…thru about 7 eagles win I at thru you posting all game long starting with the first quarter about how we would lose..smh

          • OregonDucker

            Don’t worry about Saturday. Most of the young players had nerves and it affected their play. At home, and after Dallas, these players will be unstoppable.

            Eagles win Saturday. You have the best most innovative coach in the NFL. You have Foles, Shady, DJax, Coop, Cole, Cox Barwin, Boykin, and many others. Destiny Baby. Believe.

        • cliff henny

          when foles fell down right before 2 minute warning, i know i said ‘have to be kidding me, going to lose 25-24 to f’n kyle orton!’. doubt i was alone

          • ftotheyu

            That’s exactly what I was thinking. If that happened I don’t think I could show my face in front of my friends who are Giants or Cowboy fans. Kyle f’n Orton for crying out loud!

    • jabostick

      Credit Dallas for playing well too (above their talent, even). Murray ran hard, Witten had a big game, the backup defenders didnt play scared. Orton played within himself…

      OL didn’t look diominant for much of the game, I’ll agree with that. Eagles played well in the red zone. That was the difference, basically.

      Boykins INT wasn’t catching a break, though. Fletcher having a fumble pop into his hands might be (or the clock fiasco). Boykin made a play.

    • theycallmerob

      I’d say spotting Dallas an easy TD on 4th down by calling a cover zero and having Chung man-up and miss a tackle with no one behind him is a pretty damn big break.
      Also, having a single 5yd penalty called against DAL was a pretty nice break. There was no holding last night, at all.
      And not sacking the alcoholic doughboy even once (and probably reigniting the career of Kitna) was a monster break (at least for said doughboy)

      • Joe from Easton

        I usually don’t get into ragging on officiating, but last night had me chomping at the bit. Screw Murray slamming his dome into corners (because I don’t like that rule anyway, should have been called for the record), I was pissed about the non defensive holding calls and the non unnecessary roughness calls. Foles got sat on by two defenders after sliding, Avant got his clock cleaned on a ball that was 10 yards out of bounds, Coop got held on the same play Foles was fouled on, and Celek got held earlier in the game. All of the fouls were within 10 yards of an official. Damn near broke my TV with the tantrums that I was throwing.

        • theycallmerob

          ’bout sums it up.
          good think i was drunk, 4th qtr sobered me up a bit but then more booze needed for the adrenaline. loooong night

          • Joe from Easton

            Yea, I luckily had a nice bear selection for the game as well.

        • GEAGLE

          I don’t get into bitching about officiating…but from an Undisciplined cowboys team not getting flagged for anything, and the blatant favoritism for the cowboys by the announcers, yesterday’s F YOU to them all felt awesome….that was such blatant BS

        • EaglePete

          cmon man, some of these shouldnt even be mentioned. I get being mad at the no calls on some holding etc and im always one to get on the calls etc. The lowering the head thing is dumb rule to call in game, okay to fine them after the fact, could care less really. I was amazed he could knock a d tackle down like that, unreal. The Avant hit and Foles slide were nothing, also should not have been called and glad they werent. Im happier we won w/o cheap calls and those two would have been cheap calls in my book. The holds I get.

          • GEAGLE

            If Boykins jersey swiping the body of a punt returner gets them 15yards, then I want a damn Call!!!

          • Joe from Easton

            That’s my beef. I don’t like ticky-tack calls, but if they’re going one way then they need to go both. Last night everything from the officials to the in game announcers felt like it was biased towards Dallas from the jump. I hate feeling that as a fan and usually don’t.

          • EaglePete

            Didnt he flick his hand up to try to hit the ball real quick as he grazed by him? it may not be called if he doesnt do that. I thought I saw him do that on the initial play but then couldnt tell on the replays. If not, then ya that was a weak call. No way on Avant and Foles sliding though, Im not buying those. Maybe cause Im older now, Im much more objective, didnt used to be that way.

            Dude, nasty broken leg for Silva, bad way to end that fight and even worse if its career. Oh well

          • Andy124

            Cory Hill came back and fought again. But Cory Hill wasn’t 38. Then again, Cory Hill wasn’t good.

          • GEAGLE

            Expect silva to retire…sad, we got cheated out of I like 4 more fights of greatness

          • Andy124

            yup

          • Joe from Easton

            I think the call on Boyk was “fair”, but ticky-tack none the less. If “flicking his hand up” is a foul (technically it is) then so is falling on a QB who slid. I think they’re both shit calls and would prefer to see neither, but if one then the other has to be made too. The fact is I’ve seen lots of QB’s get an extra 15 throughout the season for taking the same hit Foles took.

          • Will

            The announcers, ref’s were rooting and looking out for the boys…the only break we got was the clock screw up…1- 5 yd penalty all game for Dallas what BS is that…Crown of the helmet hit on Square, holding on DJax all night, hitting a sliding QB…just to name a few…

          • Breezy

            The Cowboys got all of those calls, plus the hit on celek after he was fully in the endzone. I loved it, it looked like celek said something before he celebrated. Its fine for the refs to let them play, but theres no place for potshots during a game. If one of the eagles players pushed a cowboy back on a play like that, who do you think would have gotten the flag? It really is nice to see this team overcome adversity like that.

  • Max Lightfoot

    My wife and son are in North Jersey now visiting her family for the holidays, while I am back here in New Mexico. This is my text to her last night at 11:20 p.m. EST when she asked what the score was:

    Dallas has ball – wait! Eagles intercept!!!! Can run out clock!!!!!! Wooohoooooo!!!

  • Will

    New Orleans and Drew Brees is next…The Eagles secondary has it’s work cut out for them…hoping for crappy weather with strong winds all day at the Linc…

    • cliff henny

      read it’s just going to be cold. doubt it’ll be windy, often dies down once sunset hits. love taking dome turf southern teams and dropping them in open grass stadiums in winter. maybe it wont effect brees, but still 40+ other players it might

      • theycallmerob

        I’d stay it’s about damn time Kenny Stills hits that rookie wall, how bout you?
        And Cole should abuse Terron Armstead in his 3rd career start. Otherwise, I’m going OLB with the first 3 draft picks.

        • Will

          This will be the Game we need legit top Safety play all game…Yikes! The front 7 gotta limit Brees with pressure,sacks, and hurries, the Saints rookie tackle should get abused…Sproles, Graham and Colston are just some of Brees’s weapons…Foles needs to be on Fire ( zero hesitation in the pocket) and go deep, spread the ball around…if we get the lead the Saints D weakness is stopping the run…I like our chances at home…

        • cliff henny

          by rookie wall you mean Ryans on a slant! trust me, i live in SC, it got down into 40′s, i was breaking out long johns, xxl heavy hoodies to wear over xl sweatshirts over another 2 layers…and that was in the house!

        • nicksaenz1

          This is one of those games I wish we would man up, player for player. Fletcher on Moore, Sconces on Colston, Boykin on Stills, safety and LB on Graham, OLB on RB and safety over the top. Just my first thought, haven’t thought too much further about it.

          • Will

            LB on Sproles?

          • nicksaenz1

            Yeah. Sproles/Thomas get theirs when there’s nothing else downfield, means we’re forcing the checkdown. Better that than Graham/Stills/Moore killing us deep and Colston killing the middle of the D.

          • Will

            That better than part is what’s got me worried…Safety’s gonna need there A Game….Matt Castle had a field Day…Brees is a beast out of the pocket with time…well at least it’s in the Linc…Nate Allen, Wolff, ….well the FO might figure out were not fine back there and an upgrade is long over due…The Eagles lose it will be in part the Safety play just not enough talent or effort from that position…The Eagles Safeties need to come up with 2 interceptions, Brees will air it out all game long…

          • nicksaenz1

            We played some sorry soft zone against Cassel where the corners were 10yds off the ball. Can’t do that on Brees or we’ll get eaten alive.

        • GEAGLE

          Overload Blitzes to his side, Cornerback blitzes to his side, twists, stunts, slants….
          .,,
          When you play a veteran like Drew Brees you have to throw sooo many different looks at him..that should make it a tough day for the young inexperienced tackle who is going to face so many different fronts and schemes this week

          • Will

            Yup that’s are only chance get the early lead and blitz all day with everything in the kitchen sink…

  • Joe from Easton

    What kind of football do Cowboys players play in January?

    Madden Football!!! hahaha

    • GEAGLE

      Best part about today is the thought of all the skins, cowboys and Giants players and coaches cleaning out their lockers, while we get treatment and get ready to go to WAR on saturday

      • Joe from Easton

        Hell yes!

        • GEAGLE

          Cary ” when I first got here, I didn’t know what to think. I knew we had talent, but then I saw the work ethic we had! and the commitment to this organization and I saw that we could have something here”

          Ertz was asked why he thinks it all clicked late in the season “reallhy I think it’s the sports science. We all committed to it and took care of our bodies and we have seen the benefit”

          Boykin “when I got the INT, I wanted to take it to the house, then I heard Barwin scream at me to go down, I was glad he did, I don’t know what I was thinking” lol

          Mortenson just called us the team with nthe best shot to upset Seattle “if they can get there” citing sports science, our communication methods, being the healthiest team that still improvivg every week..

          • Joe from Easton

            Cary came up big again last night. The more I watch him the more I stick by an assessment from a few weeks back. I’ll take the easy catches he gives up in return for all of the huge plays he makes in crunch time. That dude is the definition of gamer.

            Boykin is just fantastic. I couldn’t really be happier for him after getting out played for a jump ball earlier and then getting called for that terrible fair catch interference penalty.

            I think the national media will jump on our trendy bandwagon now, more so if we beat NO, but screw them. They’ve shat on the Eagles all year whether it was crappy coverage or always focusing on the other team. They’re not Fu**!ing welcome here!

          • GEAGLE

            Shame philly fans spent months bashing him just because they read a PFF stat…dude Is a WARRIOR and we could use a few more Dogs like him….just wait til people see how much better he will be when we have top safeties..
            ..
            This time last year, Peyton,Brady and Kapernick all thought they could pick on Cary, and he sent all 3 of them home to watch the rest of the playoffs…Cary got really tested last postseason, and had a ring to show for it. Yet pro football focus says he sucked, so philly just trashed him for months..
            ..
            Check the archives, I wanted us to sign him since last November when I was looking at the free agent lists…the guy is a Philly style DOG, and I’m thrilled to have him on the field and in our locker room….glad fans are starting to give him his due..

            If a reporter asks Chip about replacing Cary this offseason, Chip would laugh at him

            You can tell when Chip doesn’t like a player. Today’s press conference he was asked about Chung, all he said was “he has done some good things, and some bad things that he would like to have back”….when Chip likes you, he speaks GLOWINGLY of you:
            Kendrick
            Cary
            James Casey
            Celek
            Thornton
            Cole
            Boykin
            Ertz
            Demeco

          • EaglePete

            was he just a 1 yr deal? hes young also so worth some coin with the big upside and weve lacked that emotional spark since dawk left, it matters

          • GEAGLE

            Cary? Multi year deal…he ain’t going anywhere….no but plenty of fans and draft sites think we have CB as this HUGE priority when it’s NOT AT ALL…we are currently watching the corners who will start ATleast another two or three years…safeties will get a makeover tho

          • GEAGLE

            Sorry for editing

          • Andy124

            How could you leave FOles off that list man?

  • theycallmerob

    ICYMI:

    stole this from comments on Tommy’s blog, but it needs to be spread all over the internet-
    http://deadspin.com/10-sports-vines-that-will-restore-your-faith-in-humanit-1491758662?

    • EaglePete

      oh man was that great. thanks

    • Will

      I like that interception play in the Cowgirls play book works for me….Said Kyle was prone to throwing picks…2 last night…the one to Boykin was the lid on there coffin…

    • mtn_green

      Obviously it’s more than just romo, cowboys throw game ending picks without him too.

  • Ajspennsport

    Just an FYI (long time comment reader) — replay at 3pm tomorrow on NFL network. Thanks Sheil and Tim — my first and only stop for Birds news.

  • GEAGLE

    Can’t believe all these coaches got fired:
    Wtf was Chud supposed to do in Cleveland when 3 QBs got injured? banner is an idiot..

    Leslie Frazier is a good coach, and his guys play hard for him…let’s see him fail when the GM gets him a real QB before you fire him…if jerry jones had a brain he would fire Garrett and sign Frazier immediately. Good ball coach

    Hoping the lions aren’t smart enough to hire Wisenhunt…he would work wonders for that talented offense

    Texans will get Obrien…could see him wanting to sign jay Cutler

    • Ajspennsport

      Banner is going to decimate that franchise. Btw, as you are a J. Byrd guy, is he up for another franchise/transition tag this year?

      • GEAGLE

        No, he can’t be tagged again, he will be on a different team next year

      • Joe from Easton

        GEAGLE and I have had this conversation before. We both basically agreed that before the season Byrd was probably not a great signing, but given how close we are to contention he would be a huge “missing link” to shore up the back end of our defense. He’s worth it considering our cap space and where we are as a team right now.

        • nicksaenz1

          I like Byrd, but I almost hope we don’t sign him. We’re going to have so much talent to resign in the next few years that I’d rather make the smart signings like we did this offseason and pay some of the guys who are going to be due in a year or two.

          • Joe from Easton

            This kind of touches on what GEAGLE and I talked about. Five months ago I’d agree with you, but I think we are contenders next year with less than a handful of pieces, safety being one of them. I wouldn’t overpay by any stretch, which probably hurts our chances of landing him, but if you can get him for 4 years, 30 million with 18 guaranteed on in the front half then I’d land him ASAP. Problem is he’s looking for closer to nine million a year and probably five years.

        • GEAGLE

          Too close to contending to go into next year with a second year safety and a rookie….Byrdman is like upgrading your entire secondary with one signing…
          ..
          I want an impact free agent, and you won’t find much better at a position of need then Byrd…get it done howie

    • EaglePete

      ya I thought same thing, Chud should get more time and maybe a new O coord, stupid Banner. Wasnt that new ownership and Banner there prior to signing Chud? I also thought Frazier was a decent coach, thats a good team missing a QB. Bet your life Cutler is a Viking next year.

  • Tikkit

    Wouldn’t mind a GIF of Jerrah losing his mind

  • Ian from West Philly

    Looks like all those push-ups during OTA’s and training camp worked out pretty well.

  • #7

    Boykin ballin out. Proving the haters wrong!