By the following week, the Eagles were in a position to prove whether they had any fight in them. On the road, in Dallas, facing a team that had ended two previous seasons in the losing column in a “winner take all” showdown, the Eagles proved they had fight in them still. In the interception by Brandon Boykin of a poorly disguised Kyle Orton pass, the Eagles closed the door on the Cowboys and opened the opportunity of the NFL playoffs.
Despite the 3-13 record from the previous year, the Eagles were a field goal from victory against a very very good New Orleans Saints team. They did not look like newcomers to post season. They did not shoot themselves in the foot. They simply came into the game defending the pass and New Orleans countered by emphasizing their running game.
So now, the Eagles are lining up again with pads on. Would they be comfortable with their fortunes of 2013? Would they be drained of all emotions and just go through the motions? Would they be downtrodden and in a funk over losing an opportunity? No. As prophetic as an NFL head coach could be, Chip Kelly predicted “We’re from Philly and we fight!”
Until this team faces another NFL team on the field, apparently fighting with each other will have to do.