Now, that's more like it. That's what we're looking for... the win we mean. Yeah, some of that we could have done without. Let's be positive though. A win is all that matters. It's still hard to ignore that the Philadelphia Eagles, as always, dealt with their fair share of adversity.
This time, it wouldn't wreck things. Week 16's affair gave us what we wanted. Sure, some of that was ugly. Things got tight in the third quarter. The New York Giants scored 15 points off two Philly turnovers in the third frame.
The Giants scored on a bomb late in the fourth quarter, but the Birds answered scoring drives by the G-Men with great-looking drives that served as answers. 30-25 is your final score. Survive and advance.
Here are a handful of Eagles worth saluting following Philly's win over the Giants.
So, here we sit. A win allows us to throw out a few game balls. We'll probably throw out too many. Hey, sue us. This is the first win since three days after Thanksgiving.
A fifth consecutive win will send us all home with a smile. Here are a handful of Birds we felt like tipping our caps too.
1. Jalen Hurts, quarterback
Another Jalen Hurts interception resulted in a pick six. That was ugly, but Jalen Hurts did just enough to help lead his team to victory.
The numbers: 24 completions on 38 attempts, 301 yards passing, a passing TD, a rushing TD, and 34 yards rushing. Yeah, we MUST eliminate the turnivers, but we'll take the result. A win is a win, and QB1 helped deliver one.
2. A.J. Brown & DeVonta Smith, wide receivers
Our guys balled out again, and now, both have exceeded 1,000 yards receiving. Versus the Giants, they tallied ten receptions, 159 yards receiving and a TD.
3. Shaquille Leonard, linebacker
We picked on him when he stunk it up. We have to give him a pat on the back when he balls out.
Shaquille Leonard led all Eagles tacklers with seven total stops. Five were of the solo variety. Two resulted in a loss of yardage. Number 53 also stacked a sack and an additional quarterback hit.
4. D'Andre Swift, running back
We asked the Eagles to run the ball, and they did. D'Andre Swift led the way with 92 yards and a TD gallop on 20 carries. That's 4.6 yards per attempt for you math wizzes out there.
5. Haason Reddick, EDGE/linebacker
A penalty by Haason Reddick on New York's final drive gave Big Blue some free yardage, but other than that, Number 7 was lights out. Mr. Reddick didn't tally any sacks in this one, but he altered a ton of Giants plays. He also came up big with three QB hits.
6. Jake Elliott, kicker
Jake Elliott accounted for 15 points in this one. He was a perfect 4/4 on field goals. He made all three of his extra-point attempts. The Birds don't win this one without him.
7. Kelee Ringo, cornerback
Darius Slay missed another game in Week 1. Kelee Ringo gave one heck of an effort in his absence. The rookie stacked five tackles, all of them solo. He also registered a pass breakup and his first interception of his young career.