It has all come down to this: One game against the arch nemesis Dallas Cowboys for the division title and a berth to the playoffs in a division rivalry that has lasted since the days of Tom Landry and Buddy Ryan. Now, the Philadelphia Eagles are given a chance to begin the Chip Kelly era in the NFL with an accomplishment few saw coming. They can excel and move from last place to first in just one season.
For Philadelphia, it couldn’t come at a better time.
After the Week 16 spectacular that they put on against the Chicago Bears, the Eagles are clearly firing on all cylinders. Putting up more than 500 yards of total offense, including 54 points, in a game that meant nothing was a statement. Granted, there was no pressure, but the scary part about their performance was that it looked effortless. The players were just having fun playing a game like they were kids again. Now, they can focus their sights on the real prize of an NFC East division title while they are playing their best football.
The part of the performance that was most enlightening was the fact that it was back-boned by the defense, which produced a touchdown of their own while holding Chicago to just three first half points. It was clearly Philadelphia’s best showing of the season on the defensive side of the ball. They now ride into Dallas with an overwhelming confidence that they can produce against a high caliber offense.
Philadelphia will have to avoid the inevitable letdown after such a performance, but if they can continue with the outstanding play which made the win against the Bears look easy they will not only gain their first division title since 2010, but they’ll be a dangerous matchup in the playoffs as well.