The Philadelphia Eagles left New Orleans after a 48-7 loss on Nov. 18 that put them in a world of damage.
Suddenly, the Eagles are properly once more, and they’re hovering, able to defend their Super Bowl title following a 24-0 drubbing of the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on Sunday. The win, coupled with the Vikings’ 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears in Minnesota, vaulted the Eagles into the playoffs.
The Eagles (9-7), who have been 4-6 after shedding to New Orleans, will open because the sixth seed within the NFC playoffs in Chicago towards the NFC North champion Bears. They will accomplish that as winners in 5 of their final six video games.
“Looking back, I know we were very focused after that devastating loss (to the Saints),” stated proper deal with Lane Johnson.” Everybody took a good long look in the mirror, took it one week at a time, kept our focus short and here we are. We got in and it’s a new season. I think we’re as dangerous as we’ve been all year as far as our offense clicking, our defense, special teams, everybody is playing together.”
Added tight finish Zach Ertz, whose three catches to finish the yr with 116 receptions, essentially the most ever by an NFL tight finish: “We could’ve gone one of two ways, 4-6 just got blown out by a good (Saints) team, guys could’ve put their heads down and slouched, but I think everyone rallied together. If you knew the guys in this locker, if you knew the character of this team, I think everyone knew that wasn’t going to be the mindset going forward.”
It was the Eagles’ first shutout win since they blanked the New York Giants on Oct. 12, 2014 by a 27-0 rating. The protection made the Redskins (7-9) offense disappear, holding their hosts to only 89 whole yards, eight first downs, and did not permit a 3rd down conversion in 9 Washington tries.
Defensive deal with Fletcher Cox was a terror. The four-time Pro Bowler had three sacks and ended the common season with a career-high 10 1/2. Michael Bennett additionally collected a sack to complete with 9 in his first yr with the Eagles after being traded within the offseason by the Seattle Seahawks.
The actual magic, although, belonged to quarterback Nick Foles.
Foles tied an NFL document with 25 straight completions, ending his day 28-for-33 for 221 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Along the best way to tying that document, he set a brand new Eagles document. The earlier mark for consecutive completions was held by Donovan McNabb, who accomplished 18 in a row towards the Detroit Lions on Sept. 23, 2007.
“It’s been a crazy year,” stated Foles. “It’s actually particular that we have been ready for the opposite sport (Bears-Vikings) to complete after we had taken care of enterprise on the sector. It’s tremendous thrilling. Any time you are blessed to have the ability to play within the playoffs, particularly the highway we have had these final a number of week, it hasn’t been a straightforward journey.
“We got some help today. It’s really special. We get to keep playing. We get to wear the Eagles jersey one more time. I’m really excited. The locker room is really excited and it’ll be hard to sleep tonight.”
The draw back to the day was the Foles couldn’t end the sport. He left after being sacked by Ryan Kerrigan with 13:51 to play within the fourth quarter.
Foles stated it was his ribs that have been hit and wasn’t certain if he would have the ability to play towards the Bears.
“I’m sore,” he stated. “We’re going to proceed to determine what is going on on. We’re going to search out out extra about what is going on on within the morning. I do not actually have plenty of data proper now, so (Monday) will likely be a giant day.
“My plan is to get ready to roll. That’s my plan. Obviously, we still have to look into a lot of different things (Monday).”
Foles yielded to Nate Sudfeld, who threw the primary landing cross of his profession, tossing a 22-yarder to Nelson Agholor to shut out the scoring with 7:34 to go within the fourth quarter. It was Agholor’s second landing catch of the season — the primary time he has executed that in his four-year profession — and his third in two video games.
Sudfeld was initially drafted by the Redskins within the sixth spherical of 2017 however was launched and claimed by the Eagles.
The Eagles’ first landing drive of the sport was highlighted by the size of time it lasted. To take a 10-0 lead, the Birds went 87 yards in 11 minutes, 49 seconds. It ended with a two-yard landing catch from Alshon Jeffery, his sixth of the season.
It can be all of the factors the Eagles would wish, although there can be extra.
They wanted a Bears win, and they acquired it. Now they’re again within the playoffs able to defend the title they received in February.