It’s been a wacky year for the Eagles, with quarterback changes, increased expectations and constant twists and turns. Philadelphia’s had blowout wins, blown leads, nearly blown leads and a comeback fall just short. Tonight, though, the Eagles did something they hadn’t done in 2010. The Birds came from behind to score a late, game-winning touchdown.
“It was good to see our team react, a young team against an NFC East opponent, a tough NFC East opponent, to get down and then come back and show that fight,” said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. “That will help us out down the road.”
The Birds led 16-3 in the second half, but saw the Giants gain momentum after a pair of touchdown drives, one following a Michael Vick fumble. Down 17-16, the Eagles could have become downtrodden after seeing their lead collapse.
“They weren’t hanging their heads or doing any of that bit, they kept battling and I’m proud of them for that,” Reid said.
“When you lose the lead, it’s frustrating at the same time, but it has to bring something out of you,” said quarterback Michael Vick. “Something has to click and you realize that your back is against the wall and it’s all about how you respond.”
“We don’t panic, that’s not in our nature, we don’t panic,” said LeSean McCoy, who scored the game-winning touchdown. “We battle man, we battle, we play four quarters of football.”
In the final 13:35, the Eagles outscored the Giants 10-0, gained 133 yards to their 39 and forced three turnovers while turning it over once on an interception return.
“Heart,” said defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. “It kind of defines this team and defines the city of Philadelphia. I mean, you play with your heart, you play with emotion and intensity and good things happen.”
Tonight that heart led to a 27-17 win and sole possession of first place in the NFC East.
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