This one was a no-brainer.
Yes, the Eagles have won five games this season, and they’ve had some pretty exciting moments. Three of their games have been won in the last minute, two by the defense and one by the offense.
But there’s only one moment of the seaon that stands out above all the rest.
The best moment of the season was, without a doubt, Asante Samuel’s game-winning interception against Peyton Manning.
The Eagles needed to win the Colts game. The difference between a 5-3 team and a 4-4 team is enormous.
After building a 13-0 lead, falling behind 17-16 at halftime, and taking a commanding 26-17 lead, the Eagles allowed a touchdown to Javarris James with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter. The Colts trailed just 26-24, and got the ball back on their own 26-yard line with just 40 seconds to play.
This was exactly the type of moment Peyton Manning lived for. This was exactly the type of situation Eagles fans feared. This was exactly the type of situation that would haunt Eagles fans for the rest of the season, if Manning completed the improbable comeback.
Peyton completed his first pass to Pierre Garcon for one yard. He hit Jacob Tamme for a 14-yard gain. Then he threw incomplete to Pierre Garcon twice. The Colts faced a 3rd and 10 from their own 41, with about 20 yards to get Adam Vinatieri in field goal range.
Then Asante Samuel intercepted Manning’s deep pass across the middle, sending the city of Philadelphia into a state of euphoria, and sealing the Eagles’ fifth victory of the season.
It was the second time in the game that Samuel victimized Manning, and the third time in his career. Remember the Colts’ big comeback against the Patriots in the 2006 AFC championship game? Samuel returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown to give the Colts a 21-3 lead.
The Eagles are 5-3 and would qualify for the sixth seed in the postseason if the season ended today.