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5 Performances That Establish LeSean McCoy As Philadelphia Eagles All-Time Great

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Performances That Establish LeSean McCoy As Eagles All-Time Great

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It has been a historical season for Philadelphia Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy. He has established himself as the best running back in the NFL, winning the rushing title by more than 250 yards. In addition, he led the league in yards from scrimmage and was selected to his second Pro Bowl. Across the league he has quickly become one of the most dangerous players to defend due to his shifty, patient running and ability to explode when given space and an opportunity to improvise.

McCoy also made his mark on the Eagles’ franchise during 2013, surpassing two marks that had withstood the test of time. In the since-named Snow-Globe game, Shady rushed for a franchise best 217 yards on the ground, breaking the longest standing single-game rushing mark in the league. Steve Van Buren’s 205 yards had stood as the Eagles' largest single-game rushing total since 1949, until McCoy broke it. In addition, McCoy also now holds the franchise mark for single-season rushing yards in history. He surpassed Wilbert Montgomery’s total of 1,512 yards, from 1979, in the final game of the season, while helping to solidify the Eagles' hold on the NFC East crown.

McCoy has quickly put himself in the conversation with Montgomery, Van Buren and Brian Westbrook as the best running back in Philadelphia’s storied history. After only five years in the league, it would be hard to argue that he can surpass any of their stellar career performances, however, he has also moved to fourth on the career rushing list for the franchise, behind only those three names. That next franchise mark, just 1,065 yards from McCoy’s reach, would quickly make him more substantial in the discussion and establish him as the leading rusher in the history of the Eagles. Pairing that with the one prize which has eluded each of the top Philadelphia backs during their career, a Super Bowl victory, and McCoy could lead the conversation.

History is being made before our eyes by McCoy. Only time will tell how great he’ll be, not only according to the Eagles franchise, but also the NFL. 2013 may mark the beginning of something amazing that we’ve all been witness to, when Shady established himself as the best. Here’s a look back at his top five performances from his historical season.

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5. Week 10 vs. Green Bay Packers

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The only of McCoy’s top performances of 2013 without a touchdown came against the Green Bay Packers at historic Lambeau Field. McCoy racked up 155 yards on the ground against the eventual NFC North champ, with his biggest impact coming in the fourth quarter. Managing time and the lead had not been the strong point of the Philadelphia offense all season, but Shady put the team on his back with just under 10 minutes left and led a drive that included eight carries for 50 yards, helping run the remaining time off the clock and secure a needed victory on the road.

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4. Week 17 vs. Dallas Cowboys

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The showdown with the division nemesis Dallas Cowboys for the NFC East crown marked the third time in the final four weeks of the season that McCoy rushed for more than 130 yards. He cleared the yardage carrying the ball 27 times and adding a touchdown. He carried much of the load on the day and helped the Eagles to their first division title since 2010. The day also saw Shady lock up the NFL rushing title, as well as most yards from scrimmage, and the Eagles franchise record for most rushing yards in a season (1,607).

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3. Week 16 vs. Chicago Bears

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One of only three victories the Philadelphia Eagles had when Shady carried the ball fewer than 20 times, they handled the Chicago Bears in a game that had little meaning, except for playoff positioning. McCoy carried the ball just 18 times, rushing for 133 yards and two touchdowns. The game marked the highest team output on the year as the Eagles put up 54 points against the Bears.

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2. Week 1 vs. Washington Redskins

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The Philadelphia Eagles began their surprising season with a stellar, eye-opening performance against the Washington Redskins. On the Monday Night Football stage, McCoy led the way with 184 rushing yards. The game put him in the NFL rushing lead right from the start. With the exception of one week, he never looked back. His longest carry on the day was a 34-yard scamper in the third quarter for a touchdown.

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1. Week 14 vs. Detroit Lions

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This was the memorable Snow-Globe game during a blizzard that hit Philadelphia, that saw the Eagles defeat the Detroit Lions atop nearly eight inches of snow. The elements had little effect on McCoy who ran for 217 yards on the ground, breaking the Eagles' single-game rushing record, which had stood for 64 years. Shady added two touchdowns to his stat-line on the day, each coming in the fourth quarter, and his final was his longest carry of the year, 57 yards. The game also marked another franchise best for McCoy, as he eclipsed 150 yards for the fourth time in the 2013 season.