Philadelphia Eagles and their fans react to their Wildcard berth
The Philadelphia Eagles did it the hard way, but they did it. They’ve reached the NFL’s postseason, and you can cue the hashtags on social media.
We’ve heard over and over that there’s a fine line between winning and losing. When we all woke up on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles were on the outside of the NFL Playoff picture and looking in. At 7:30 PM EST, they had clinched a spot in next weekend’s Wildcard games.
Their season has turned from frustrating to white hot. They could have very well been eliminated with a loss against their rivals, the Washington Redskins, but they did their part. Then, there was the other thing. Even with a win, they needed a Minnesota Vikings loss.
As fate would have it, they’d get that too. The Vikings faltered yet again, and with their own season on the line, they laid an egg in a 24-10 loss to the Chicago Bears.
The champs will have an opportunity to defend last season’s Super Bowl title in the postseason. Both fans and players took to social media with a ton of reactions. Here are some of the highlights.
Of course, there’s some adversity that ‘The Birds’ must now overcome.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson met with the media shortly after the time ran out on Philly’s regular season finale. He had no official report on his quarterback, Nick Foles, but the hope around the Eagles organization and in the locker room is that nothing too serious is wrong with ‘Saint Nick’.
He lit up the scoreboard again. At one point, he even tied an NFL record for completions, but after taking a shot in the fourth quarter, he left the playing field before the game’s conclusion and never returned. If there’s any good news, it comes in the form of a report from NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Foles may have, at the most, suffered some bruising in the rib cage area.
Let’s all hope Schefter is right. Yes, in the NFL, the margin between frustration and elation may be a small one, but at least after 17 weeks, the Eagles and their fans get to hang out on the elated side (for now anyway). Now they get ready to face the team that helped them save their season, the Bears.