That may have been the most nerve racking game that I have ever watched. The Eagles HAD to win. Just HAD to. Everyone said that we were going to. I mean we were playing against Kyle Orton. Kyle Orton couldn't possibly beat the Eagles right? That's where the national media wanted this to play as a trap game for the Eagles. Maybe from an Andy Reid coached team, but not Chip Kelly. We as fans know that the Cowboys can beat the Eagles any day of the week with any personnel. It's just the way of the world. I can't explain it, neither can you, but its a part of the rivalry that any team can beat the other even under the worst kind of circumstances.
It was a nail biter, that's for sure. But it also didn't have to be. I'm not talking about penalties, either. That's a whole different story. But the fact that the Eagles couldn't find a way to move the ball for the entirety of the 3rd quarter, minus that goal line turnover, really hurt them. The Cowboys were able to somehow rally an awful defense, minus their star linebacker, to confuse and contain the Eagles. But in the end, Kyle Orton's body was consumed by the football soul of Tony Romo, and he threw a pick in the waning moments of the game, Jerry Jones walked away absolutely disgusted and I celebrated by jumping around my living room. WE'RE GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS!!
Report Card after the jump.
The offense was run just the way it has run the past couple of weeks. It was very successful, save a few plays were the Cowboys were able to get pressure on Foles. Chip did an excellent job. Our fearless and stoic leader kept a calm on the sidelines that did not let his players panic. He knew damn well that he was getting screwed on penalty calls, but he kept battling. From worst to first, Chip fixed what went wrong the first time against the 'boys and took the NFC Championship from the near grasp of Jerry Jones and brought it to Philly. Thank you, Chip.
Nick Foles: B
Not his best game. Honestly, it wasn't. Cris Collinsworth (who i'll tear apart later) kept using the term "dropping his eyes." When the Cowboys were able to get pressure, Foles panicked. A few times he was able to break outside of the pocket and find a receiver, but other times he just hopped around the pocket, hoping to avoid the likes of Demarcus Ware - not gonna happen. He made some nice plays and his stat line looked good, but he'll need a better performance against a much better Saints' defense next week.
LeSean McCoy: A
The NFL rushing yard champion. The new Eagles' franchise season rushing yards record holder. The new Eagles' yards from scrimmage season record holder. And he has the championship WWF style belt to show for it. The best player on the the Eagles and now has a pro bowl nod to go along with the rest of his achievements.
Receiving Core: B
Very quiet. No standouts here because none of them had more than 3 receptions. Which means that Foles could spread out his attack, but also could mean that most of his receivers were being held the whole game so he had little to work with. On two lob passes, Jason Avant and Brent Celek made tremendous catches over their defenders who looked absolutely lost.
Offensive Line: C
NEEDS TO PLAY WAY BETTER. They were great on run blocking, but Nick Foles had less time to find a receiver last night than he has in previous weeks. Maybe it's because he couldn't find an open receiver because they were being held? I don't know. If Nick Foles has the amount of time he had last night against the Saints on Saturday, it'll be a quick exit for the birds.
Mychal Kendricks: A+
Star of the defense if you ask me. Went out there to hit and to hit hard. He led the Eagles with 12 tackles, and also picked up a key interception.
Brandon Boykin : A
Second star of the defense, because now I'm grading with hockey grades. Boykin's interception to seal the deal brought elation to the city of Philadelphia who were almost sure that the Cowboys were going to stroll down the field and kick a field goal to win 25-24 and celebrate by hoisting up Orton. Not so fast. Boykin proved that Romo can't lose all the games, and Kyle Orton had to take a page out of his book. Thank you Kyle.
Connor Barwin: B+
Minus the fact that none of the Eagles' defense could get to Orton for some reason last night, Connor Barwin came up with might have been the play of the game. On 4th down, the Cowboys went for it and almost came up the first down, but thanks to Barwin and his super long body, he was able to deflect the ball headed for Murray in the flat and give the ball to Foles and the offense.
Cary Williams: A
A player on the Eagles that Collinsworth actually likes. Incredible. When it was crunch time, Williams was able to break up the 2-point conversion attempt and save the Eagles from having to think about going to OT. Covering Dez Bryant is no easy task, but Cary Williams as well as Boykin stood up to the task.
Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth: F
Can't wait to have these guys again on Saturday night. Contemplating actually watching the game on mute (my tv and radio don't sync). But the sheer disappointment that the Cowboys were going to get robbed due to the clock malfunction was ridiculous. The Cowboys eventually scored which led to Collinsworth saying that it was "only fair." How does a five yard penalty on a first down play equate to a touchdown. How? Where is the logic behind that? Maybe a five yard penalty on the defense would equate, but not a touchdown. The clear bias that he has for the Cowboys, or against the Eagles rather, is just unprofessional. To openly be upset for the Cowboys but look the other way when there are some bad calls against the Eagles (on Foles' last slide, it should have been a late hit/roughing the passer/etc. but Collinsworth said it was all clean of course) is just simply unprofessional.
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