You couldn’t have scripted it any better. It may not have been pretty. It may have had all of Philadelphia on the edge of their seats biting their nails for 60 minutes, but ultimately the Eagles went home happy Sunday Night, knocking off the Dallas Cowboys 24-22 in the NFC East Championship.
While it was certainly an improvement from when these teams met back on October 20th in Philadelphia, but there were numerous occasions where team members needed to be bailed out or the Cowboys coughed up a huge opportunity to take full advantage of an unfortunate turn of events.
Foles didn’t play great, the offensive line struggles, heck even LeSean hit some walls early. But while it may not show on the stat sheet, the defense stepped up tonight, winning the turnover battle 3-0 including a game winning interception by Brandon Boykin with under 2 minutes to play.
Moving forward, the Eagles have plenty of things to lean up from this game, but as for Sunday, they were just happy to win any way they could.
Having said that, the Birds will have to respond in a day less than usual as they next play on Saturday night, as a rocking Lincoln Financial Field will give a warm Philly welcome to the #6 seed, the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints obviously have one of the leagues elite quarterbacks in Drew Brees, who ironically attended the same high school as Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. And while the Saints may seem unstoppable (especially in the Superdome) they haven’t traveled especially well this year, going 3-5 against all non-playoff teams. Those games were also played in Tampa, the Georgia Dome and an October day in Chicago. The current forecast calls for below freezing in South Philly Saturday Night.
Anyhow, regardless of the future, this is more than any fan could’ve asked for, a playoff berth and NFC East championship under a rookie head coach. I don’t know about you, but for now, I’d just like to enjoy this.