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Philadelphia Eagles Squeak Into Playoffs

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It was definitely not their best performance of the season, but the Philadelphia Eagles were able to hold on and beat the Dallas Cowboys, handing them their first division loss of the season and winning the NFC East crown. It was a nail bitter until the final minutes when the Eagles’ defense stood tall and found their third turnover of the day, solidifying the victory that should have been much easier than Philadelphia made it look.

After news of Tony Romo being out for the season, the pressure was definitely shifted to the Eagles who were expected to win. Kyle Orton simply found a way to keep the Cowboys moving, allowing the game to be in the balance until the end, when he threw an interception to Brandon Boykin, virtually locking up the game for Philadelphia.

Nick Foles surely improved his performance from Week 7 against the Cowboys, but still had an average overall day. The most notable of his stats was the fact that once again, keeping with his season, he didn’t turn the ball over. It was the difference for Philadelphia, that and the fact that they rode LeSean McCoy for most of the day. McCoy ended the game as the single-season franchise leader in rushing, recording 131 yards on the day. He added a receiving touchdown, helping to lead the Eagles to their first division title since 2010.

Now, Philadelphia looks ahead to the New Orleans Saints and a home playoff game. There’s no time to enjoy their victory and their leap from last place to first place in just one season. It’s time to prepare for the next step for Chip Kelly.

Bob Francis is a Philadelphia Eagles contributor for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @rfrancisjr, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google