5 Huge decisions that helped save the Philadelphia Eagles season

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Despite its ending, the Philadelphia Eagles gave us much to cheer about in 2022.

Most of you know this already, so what follows is a lesson for the casual sports fan. In football, whether it be played at the prep, collegiate, or professional level, there exists what’s known as the ’24-hour rule’. It’s a concept that Philadelphia Eagles fans are well aware of.

Whenever that phrase is stated, we’re typically talking about the theory that teams are allowed to stew over losses for a while (or celebrate their wins), but once we’ve given the last game’s result a day of thought, it’s time to put it behind us and move on to the next one.

Here’s another way of saying it. You can’t get too high after wins or too low after losses. There’s another way the 24-hour rule plays itself out in front of us, how we respond to immediate actions.

Football is an emotional game. Each game unfolds over three hours, and in our desire for immediate gratification and unlimited access, we, sometimes, can’t wait for a microphone to be shoved in someone’s face as soon as the game is over. Unfortunately, when that happens, you can assure yourself of moments like this one.

Perhaps had we given Richard Sherman a few moments to calm down, we would have gotten a different response.

It’s in the spirit of Sherman that we decided to hold off on talking about certain aspects of the Philadelphia Eagles 2021-2022 season until a few days after it ended. The emotional roller-coaster is over. We’re no longer angry about what we saw in the Wild Card Round.

We’ve gone back and watched every game, celebrated a season that wasn’t supposed to be as successful as it was, and pieced together a list of several genius moves that turned a 2-5 team into a playoff squad that ended the campaign one game above .500. Go ahead and take a trip down memory lane with us.