The best game of the season for the Philadelphia Eagles essentially comes down to three choices: the 28-3 pounding of the Jacksonville Jaguars in week three, the 31-17 victory against the hot Atlanta Falcons in week six, or the 26-24 nailbiter against Peyton Manning’s Colts in week nine.
The 28-3 pounding of the Jaguars was expected. The Jaguars are a vastly inferior team to the Eagles and no one gave them much of a chance in this game.
The victory against the Falcons convinced many, including me, that the Eagles were one of the elite teams in the NFL. But a loss the next week against the Tennessee Titans erased those thoughts.
The victory against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday is the Eagles’ best win of the season.
Any win against Peyton Manning is great, but it’s even better when you’ve never done it before.
LeSean McCoy rushed for 62 yards on the first play of the game. DeSean Jackson caught a 58-yard pass on 3rd and 4 from the Eagles’ own 7-yard line. Michael Vick rushed for gains of 32 and 24 yards. And the Eagles didn’t turn the ball over once.
Asante Samuel intercepted Peyton Manning on his first and last pass of the game. Trent Cole, Ernie Sims, and Darryl Tapp sacked Manning. And the Eagles held the Colts to just seven points in the second half.
When it mattered the most, the Eagles’ defense came up big, with the game on the line for the sixth time in the last year.
With a 5-3 record, the Eagles are right in the hunt for a playoff spot. If the season ended now, the Eagles would be the final wild-card team in the NFC.
But if the Eagles had lost to the Colts, they would be among the Redskins, Rams, and Seahawks at 4-4, with an uphill battle for the playoffs.
The Colts’ win hopefully gave the Eagles the momentum they need to reach the postseason for the third straight season, and the ninth time in the 12-year Andy Reid era.