09 December 2013

Snow Bowl!

Eagles 34, Lions 20, Sunday, December 8, 2013 

Five game winning streak! Can I get an "amen"?

Stud of the week: LeSean McCoy. Duh. The previously (I believe) #3 ranked run defense in the NFL,
anchored by Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley held him in check for more than 30 minutes. Unfortunately for them, the game had another half, and Shady RAN WILD. 217 rushing yards. 2 TDs. Another set of 2013 Eagles game gear to Canton. It was unreal. (Oh, by the way, HUGE shoutout to the O-line, who opened up those holes with TOTAL DOMINATION.)

The whole game was, of course, totally wacky. You literally COULD NOT see what was happening in the first half in near white-out conditions. Sloppy play all over the place. Poor Nick Foles threw his first pick of the season. I'm pretty sure it was because he couldn't tell who was on which team at the time. Eagles down 8-0 at the half.

Then the third quarter started with eight minutes of nothing, and then the Lions Jerome Ross returned a punt for a TD. 14-0.

The Eagles finally caught a break with a 19 yard TD pass from Foles to DJax, another several minutes of nothing, then a great run by Shady, and all of a sudden, it's a tie game with most of the fourth quarter to go, and on the DAMN KICKOFF Jerome Ross took it to the house AGAIN.

Thing is, I never panicked. I never fussed and fumed. I never pulled my usual Negadelphia "they're going to blow it!" shit.

This is going to sound stupid, but the team looked like a bunch of kids having fun playing in the snow, and I just knew it was going to be OK.

And it was. Riley Cooper made some key catches. The defense was extremely stout again, giving up only one touchdown (the Lions' other points coming off special teams miscues). Nick Foles had a bad half and rallied. Our boys in green got down in bad weather and fought back. The coaches realized that, whatever their game plan *had* been, they were going to have to throw it out and figure it out, and they did.

Special teams? I really don't want to talk about it, other than to say that I really don't blame them (that much) for the coverage breakdowns. It's hard to change direction and tackle in eight inches of snow, particularly when the guy coming at you has a full head of steam and you don't.  Ask Shady. Heh.

Two weeks ago, the Eagles were 6-5 and the scuttlebutt was that they hadn't beat any good teams, Nick Foles was a fluke, and, if it came to it, they wouldn't be able to come from behind. In the past two weeks, I think they've answered all those critiques.

And then there was this:


Good times, people. Good times.

On to the Vikings!

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