Passionate Philadelphia Eagles fans have been chanting for a week now. Finally, the day has come where the NFC East crown and a berth to the playoffs will be on the line against the Dallas Cowboys. A meaningful game in Philadelphia football has once again come along. Not since 2010 when the Eagles last qualified for the playoffs has there been so much hype, anticipation and expectation leading up to a game.
On a national stage, Nick Foles will get a second crack at the one team that he was unable to handle this season. Chip Kelly will have an opportunity to place himself among elite company by making the playoffs in his first season as head coach, after leaving college for the NFL. LeSean McCoy has the chance at becoming the single season franchise leader in rushing yards. The Eagles can make a move from last place to first place in one season, and the playoffs are visibly on the horizon for the first time in a long time.
The storylines are endless.
The storied history of the two franchises goes way back. But now, Philadelphia has the chance to write a new history with the beginning of a new era of Eagles football. The Kelly era is upon us and the outcome to Sunday’s game could be a defining moment in just how successful and supported it will be. An Eagles’ win will put a stamp on an improbable season which saw highs and lows, as well as the accepting of two new leaders, Kelly and Foles. Philadelphia has once again found that passion which once existed surrounding their football team and are now looking for the exclamation on the season. Beating their nemesis to win the division title and return to the playoffs would endear Kelly and Foles even more to a fanbase which has already fallen in love with them.
Sunday night’s game is not only about 2013, it’s about setting up a bright future in Philadelphia, as far as football is concerned.