It was by no means a pretty game, but it was fun. The weather had a large effect on the offenses of both teams as the snow piled up, at times making it barely visible. However, the Philadelphia Eagles made the necessary adjustments after being held scoreless and trailing at halftime. The second-half explosion led to a fifth-straight victory and now applies the pressure to the Dallas Cowboys to keep pace atop the NFC East.
The sluggish first half saw little production on offense from an Eagles group that has looked unstoppable in previous weeks. Nick Foles threw his first interception of the season, ending his bid for NFL history with most touchdowns to begin a season without a pick. However, it was a tale of two halves as Philadelphia came out on a mission to begin the second half.
It was another star who took the spotlight and helped lead the Eagles to victory. LeSean McCoy, who began a week for the first time not being the league’s leading rusher, had a huge day. McCoy broke off a franchise-best 217 yards on the ground en route to scoring two touchdowns and putting the game away for the Eagles. He was virtually invisible in the first half, and without a doubt the best player on the field in the second. He re-solidified himself as the leading rusher in the NFL, putting the exclamation on a career day.
Philadelphia didn’t look stellar in all aspects of the game, though, as special teams gave up two touchdowns. Both returns, one on a punt and the other on a kickoff, were surrendered to Detroit Lions returnman Jeremy Ross. The Eagles looked sluggish and allowed all kinds of gaps to develop which led to both scores. It gives them something to work on moving forward.
Overall, the work got done, as they put another W in the win column. With just three games remaining, they continue to hold their own destiny. The playoffs are just weeks away, and Philadelphia continues to make a play to go from cellar-dwellers of 2013 to champions of the NFC East in 2014. Keeping the team on a roll and getting production from aspects on both sides of the ball will be key, but right now, the “new” Eagles look ready for any challenge thrown their way.