Philadelphia Eagles: 3 Players that shined against Chicago in the Wild Card round
Golden Tate, WR
I have to be honest here; The Philadelphia Eagles offense was by far the weaker unit of the team on Sunday. While the defense was making stop after stop, the Eagles offense was pretty much doing no favors for them. Granted, the Chicago Bears are known to be the NFL’s most robust defense to compete against, but the Eagles were absolutely stunned more often than not with how much they were struggling at times.
If we had to pick an offensive MVP though, it would have to be the wide receiver Golden Tate. He didn’t have a monster game on the stat sheets, but he ended up making some of the biggest catches when needed. That includes the final touchdown catch on fourth and goal from the quarterback Nick Foles. The throw alone was tough for Foles to make, but Tate’s catch was just as difficult as well in that position.
Was the trade of a third-round pick for the 2019 NFL Draft worth it for Tate? Well, that’s a different discussion. We genuinely don’t know. But I do know one thing – Nelson Agholor had the opportunity to make a big catch near the end zone before the Eagles got the ball to the goal line, and he ended up dropping it.
Obviously, the Bears were focused on locking down Alshon Jeffery when the Birds were trying to score, so they couldn’t really get the ball to him either. So it came down to the veteran wideout, Tate, and the man delivered. Everything about Tate being useless on the Eagles is officially in the past. The Eagles needed a clutch catch, and they got it from him when it mattered most.