A season of transition brought a new coach with a breath of fresh air and a new identity as a team. There were adjustments along the way as Chip Kelly adjusted to life as an NFL coach after serving an entire career at the college level, but his players bought in to the mentality Kelly introduced to them and fought their way to an NFC East division title few saw coming before the season started.
A last-second field goal by Shayne Graham brought an end to the first season of the Chip Kelly era as the Saints left Philadelphia with a 26-24 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff. The time for season-long evaluations will come over the coming week, but for now let’s take a quick look at how the Eagles performed in this game.
The Philadelphia Eagles will need their defensive secondary to be on their toes this weekend with Drew Brees leading the New Orleans Saints in to town with a monster of a passing offense. Fortunately for the Eagles, the defensive backfield is getting healthier in time for the playoffs.
The Dallas Cowboys secured second place in the NFC East with a week 17 loss to Philadelphia. They also sealed their opponents for 2014.
Drew Brees will be much more successful against the Eagles defense than back-up Kyle Orton was in the final game of the regular season. But, if the Eagles can knock Brees off his game, then the Saints could quickly run out of options to try and keep up wit the Eagles offense.
Nick Foles and Kyle Orton were backup quarterbacks when the season began. Now, they’re starters in Sunday’s showdown to determine the NFC East.
The Cowboys’ other two NFC East foes beat them in a division-title-or-bust showdown to close the past two regular seasons, and their hopes of avoiding the same fate Sunday night against the visiting Eagles will depend heavily on Kyle Orton instead of Romo.
The former Mayor of Philadelphia and Governor of Pennsylvania does not shy away from an open hatred of our city and your beloved Cowboys. He lists 10 reasons why he hates Dallas.
Quarterback Tony Romo moved gingerly through the DFW Airport parking lot late Sunday night, from the neck-up focused on following up the Dallas Cowboys’ win in Washington with a playoff berth but from the neck-down planning Monday to get an MRI on his back.
Tony Romo flashed a thumbs-up as he walked off the field after a season-saving win in Washington, then put his right index finger in the air.
Tony Romo is pretty used to this drill by now. Make a big mistake late to cost the Dallas Cowboys a chance to win. Say he wishes he had that throw back. Vow to be better the next time.
Dallas Cowboys fans could look at the bright side: despite a crushing loss to Green Bay after holding a 23-point halftime lead, the Cowboys still have a chance to win their division.