Say what you want about Eagles’ defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and the performance of his young defense. And I’ve certainly made my fair share of negative comments.
But when the game is on the line, this team finds a way to come through.
Asante Samuel’s interception of Peyton Manning in the final seconds of a 26-24 victory marks the sixth time in the last 15 games that the Eagles’ defense essentially came through to win the game in the final two minutes.
A quick recap…
On November 22nd, 2009, the Eagles defeated the Chicago Bears 24-20 on Sunday Night Football. Defensive back Sean Jones intercepted a tipped Jay Cutler pass with under a minute remaining to seal the victory.
The very next week, the Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins, 27-24, with the defense stopping the Redskins on four straight plays in the final two minutes.
Two weeks later, the Eagles closed out a shootout with the New York Giants by forcing and recovering an Eli Manning fumble with 30 seconds remaining. The Eagles won, 45-38.
In the second game of the 2010 season, the Eagles held on to beat the Detroit Lions, 35-32, as Shaun Hill threw incomplete on his final four passes in the last minute of the game. The fourth was knocked down by cornerback Joselio Hanson to preserve the victory.
In the fifth game of the 2010 season, the Eagles beat the 49ers, 27-24, with rookie cornerback Trevard Lindley intercepting Alex Smith in the game’s final minute.
And in the biggest game of the season, against the Indianapolis Colts, Asante Samuel intercepted Peyton Manning in the closing seconds to win the game.
Samuel’s play was easily the most clutch. Easily.
Jay Cutler. Jason Campbell. Eli Manning. Shaun Hill. Alex Smith. And Peyton Manning.
Who scares you the most?
Plus the game today was the only one of the six in which the Eagles led by less than a field goal.
Field goals would have just tied the game for the Redskins, Lions, and 49ers. A touchdown was needed for the Bears to win. And the Giants would have only tied the game with a touchdown.
Today’s situation was what Peyton Manning is all about, and the Eagles stopped him. I’m so so proud of this victory.