Now, I knew coming in to Week 14 that this was going to be a make or break game for the Philadelphia Eagles, but I had no idea of the impending weather. This has to be one of the greatest games I’ve watched in the last three years of the Eagles’ franchise. With six inches of snow covering the field and the blizzard-like atmosphere during the game, I knew that this game was going to be something special. Not only was this a good precursor if the Eagles were to make it to the Super Bowl in the Meadowlands, but it would test the Birds in a way that causes most NFL teams to crumble. I also thought that with Eagles’ starting quarterback Nick Foles’ lack of experience in such conditions and the colossal effect they were having on both teams, that the Eagles’ passing game would be completely irrelevant. Although the stats may tell a different story, Foles was clutch.
Not to sound cynical, but of course everyone knew that an interception was headed Foles’ way at some point. My interest wasn’t in the records he was putting up or how good his stats looked, but how he would react when he finally faced adversity. The heavy snow coupled with a tough Lions defense was exactly that struggle he needed to endure. I must admit, I was not fond of the play calling in the first half of the game because I felt they threw the ball too much in the severe weather conditions, putting Foles at a disadvantage. Eventually, it led to his first interception on the season.
With the Eagles down 14-0 and not mustering up much offense, I must admit I was getting worried. The ensuing Eagles drive, Foles delivered a gorgeous deep bomb, with snow flying down, to Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper. At this moment, I knew this kid was for real. A few players later, he delivered a nineteen yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. He took care of the ball the rest of the game and eventually helped lead the Eagles to their fifth straight win.
It also helped that the Eagles’ running game came to life in the second half, posting up 300 yards, with almost all of that coming in the game’s final quarter. But the point is still that Nick Foles didn’t fold and had the determination to continue throwing the ball, even in such horrible conditions. He had the confidence to throw a long ball to Cooper in a situation when many quarterbacks would have gone for the short throw. He effectively ended the game on a gorgeous floater to Brent Celek. He was smart with the ball and learned from his earlier mistake. I don’t know about other Eagles’ fans, but I cannot wait to see what this guy does to the Cowboys come Week 17; but I digress.
Major credit to Foles for his timely throws, to Chip Kelly for his adjustments to the weather, the defense for stepping up, and to Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy for setting a franchise record with 217 rushing yards. NFL, watch out. They’re coming.