2. James with the deflection… Bradham with the pick… Philadelphia Eagles win!
At this point, Doug Pederson’s Eagles might need a nickname, something like “Cardiac Birds” but more original. It’s hard to get a read on this team at times, but as we approach 2020’s regular season, we can all probably agree that no fan of this team will complain if the “Birds” are on the winning side of a few blowouts in the coming year.
What is it about this team? They lose games they have no business losing. Then, they go on the road and in the games they’re expected to lose, they play out of their minds. Just think about that Sunday Night game in 2018 versus the Los Angeles Rams with Nick Foles at the helm, or better yet, think about last year’s Week 4 clash with the mighty Green Bay Packers.
This one came on a short week and was in primetime. Not only that, but the Eagles also entered this one with a 1-2 record and were desperately needing an early-season win as both of their losses came at the hands of NFC opponents.
Philadelphia wasted no time digging themselves a hole as they went down 10-0 early, but they steadied the ship behind Wentz’s three passing touchdowns. The defense would offer the most memorable play of this one though.
Injuries forced Craig James into action late at cornerback. The Packers and Aaron Rodgers noticed it, and with Green Bay making a late-game rally to try to tie things, Rodgers challenged James on second-and-goal from just inside the three-yard line with 30 seconds remaining.
James made the play of his life, Nigel Bradham snagged the interception, and the party was on. Philly had saved the season (for a week at least). If this one isn’t in your top ten of the best Eagles moments of 2019, the list should be thrown out immediately.