Kelly: ‘They Just Found a Way’

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

With 1:49 left, Kyle Orton and the Cowboys took the field from their own 32-yard-line with a chance to put together a game-winning drive.

But instead of moving into field-goal range, Orton was picked off by Brandon Boykin. And just like that, the Eagles had a 10-6 record and an NFC East title during Chip Kelly’s first season.


"It's an awesome feeling when you can work as hard as they've worked and to see it pay off and the result is 10-6 and you're division champs," Kelly said. "It's a real credit to those guys. They didn't flinch. That was an interesting fourth quarter to say the least, but this group keeps battling, and they just found a way."

Boykin ended a victory over the Redskins with an interception in the end zone. He has six picks on the season, tops on the team and tied for second-most in the NFL.

"You watch how hard he works when we're in training sessions and his attention to detail and all those things and it pays off," Kelly said. "But he made the play in the Redskins game, he made this play, so it's just it seems like he comes up in a good time, which is a good thing for us."

The game wasn't always pretty, and it certainly wasn't the blowout some predicted. But that didn't seem to bother Kelly.

"I think they understand that in this game it's not always gonna go the way you planned," he said. "That's the one thing that's the beauty of this game. You can't script it. It seems like every time someone tries to write the script, it doesn't turn out that way.

"If you just keep plugging away, and I told 'em last night that all they had to do in this game was they needed to be caught in the act of being themselves and just understand that they have everything they need to be successful. And there's gonna be times in a game where we're gonna face some adversity, but dig deep, rely on the guy to the right of you, next to you. You don't have to do everybody's job. You just have to do your job and things will work out for you, and it did."

The offense was up-and-down, but put together an 11-play, 60-yard drive in the fourth quarter, killing 5:37 off the clock. Nine of the 11 plays on the drive were runs.

"It was huge," Kelly said.

"We were trying to score in that situation obviously, but if you can also work the clock a little bit, it was beneficial to us and we feel like we're built for that in terms of our conditioning. We could sense they were wearing down a little bit."

Kelly is scheduled to meet with the media again at his usual time of 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.

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  • Will

    [URL=http://www.makeagif.com/7zeYEQ][IMG]http://cdn.makeagif.com/media/12-30-2013/7zeYEQ.gif[/IMG][/URL] The Dagger in Dallas! Way to go Eagles Defense comes up Big! Way to go Birds 2013 NFC East Champs! On to the play offs! Chip Kelly for coach of the year! What a sweet pick by Brandon Boykin!

    • Will

      This is gonna be a game of nasty intensity…Just Execute Eagles all game long…

      • Will

        Wow…The Eagles played there hearts out tonight what a glorious Victory!

  • Brian

    “they needed to be caught in the act of being themselves”. Classic Chipism.

  • anon

    Yay!

    • Andy124

      bryce with a key touchdown. you were mentioned by name. :)

    • Andy124

      You may end up having to fight RIP Illa. You’re welcome.

  • Adam

    In terms of “Kelly guys”, this is probably the worst roster that he will have to work with. Haters love to bring up the Redskins and how they went from first to worst, but I truly believe we have a solid foundations to build off of and this team is going to be relevant for a long time.

    Thanks for making Eagles football fun to be a fan of again, Chip. And thanks Howie and Jeff for not letting him go back to Eugene.

    • IAteLunchToday

      I want to down-vote you because Oregon losing Kelly makes me sad :(

    • Breezy

      Kelly is in his first year. Shannahan was in his 3rd (maybe 4th). This team is only going up

      • Adam

        You lost me on this one

        • Breezy

          Brain fart. Fixed on edit

  • Rohan Patel

    Mutual respect between the Offense and Defense. Love this team.

    http://i.imgur.com/82Ut6Vd.jpg?1

    • mtn_green

      Sconces is the real deal.

      • Johnny Domino

        Burning for you

  • Adam

    EAGLES

    (h/t to @BrianGowton on twitter)

    • mtn_green

      nfc east winner b!tches

  • Tom w

    Bit worried teams are going to copy cowbiyz tapes now on defense … Oline and dline got owned all nite. Chip got somewhat oatcoached I thought and I love the guy. Better wake the eff up and get ready for Brees and Sean Payton.

    • Mrgreen

      If you mean holding and puling jerseys than there is a way to slow this offense. The refs went beyond letting them play tonight

      • disqus_SAwg5u9Dxh

        The blatant hold on riley cooper on the third down play was a disgrace. Should have been called.

        • Bdawkbdawk

          Thank you. I was flipping out on my couch. The freaking announcers couldn’t even mention it once?!? Collinsworth and Michaels just sat there and were like “Foles seems upset. He must think he got hit late. Good no-call” Are they blind?!?

          • Mr. Magee

            Most maddening of all the blather those 2 guys spewed that night. Like most announcers, they get all caught up in trying to entertain and “sell” the game, instead of just calling it. Pull pull out your ear pieces, watch the game, and describe what you see; is that too much to ask?

    • morgan c

      I mean, it’s harsh, but probably true. We can complain all day about non hold calls, but if our pass-rush is better, those calls become even more obvious / are rendered meaningless anyway. Our Oline was confused by the stunts (that same way they were in Game 1 against Cowboys), and we were stopped a lot for no gain. Consistent pressure on Foles. We must adjust and I think we will.

  • mtn_green

    Chip Kelly did the press conference with a smudge from hugging demeco Ryan’s.

  • kstagg

    GO EAGLES!
    Though, I think we gotta admit – that delay of game call was pure bullshit – LOL.

    • JReamer

      The cowgirls scored anyway so it’s a moot point. Not to mention they got NOTHING else called on them the rest of the game and practically every replay they showed there was an Eagle being held. On both sides of the ball.

  • kstagg