How Beautiful Was That?

Posted: November 20th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 113 Comments »

Eagles 17,  Giants 10

Can we just play the rest of the season on Sunday nights?  Great vs Dallas.  Very good vs NYG.  Good vs Atlanta.

The defense came up huge.  Giants ran for 29 yards.  Jason Babin and Derek Landri combined for huge sack/FF/FR to seal the game.  The Giants DL had the big rep coming in, but we absolutely outplayed them.

Vince Young came up huge on the final drive.  18 plays for a TD.  Ate up a lot of the 4th Qtr.  The OL kept Vince clean.  The receivers caught the ball and fought for RAC yards.  That was the best clutch drive we’ve seen in a while.

Riley Cooper was 5-75 with a TD.  Loved seeing that.

More later.  Enjoy this win.  Pudding for everyone!!!

113 Comments on “How Beautiful Was That?”

  1. 1 Steve H said at 11:39 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    Where has this defense been all season long? We were monsters out there tonight.

  2. 2 Raul Estrada said at 12:09 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    The defense is finally gellin’… for some melon?

  3. 3 Keith Petres said at 8:26 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Agreed. Reminded me of Eagles circa early 2000s, just a nice stifling defense that almost made you excited when the other team got the ball (mind, I was still nervous, but the D keeps playing like this and that will change quickly).

  4. 4 Keith Petres said at 11:41 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    After the Giants scored to tie it in the 4th I texted my buddy “Don’t worry, we have Vince Young.”

    I was being sarcastic, I guess I should have been serious.

  5. 5 Raul Estrada said at 12:10 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    I guess we all felt just like the team – Nothing To Lose….and dangerous teams are teams with nothing to lose.

  6. 6 Raul Estrada said at 11:44 PM on November 20th, 2011:


  7. 7 Anonymous said at 11:52 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    I’ll make an exception for you.

  8. 8 Anonymous said at 11:45 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    As beautiful as one last flower blooming after you believed the season had passed for the year. Unfortunately, it is probably just that – one last meaningful win – but it is enough for this week. Now, if we can just do that 10 more times.

  9. 9 Steven Dileo said at 12:44 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    I have a feeling that winning the next 6 might not be enough. The missed feild goal by Gano and New England’s collapse might haunt us this season along with every idiot move we made in each of 6 losses.

  10. 10 Matthew Butch said at 2:13 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    Its possible it won’t, but I think if we finish 10-6 we could sneak in as the 6th seed.

    Of course, that would require us to actually win 6 more in a row.

  11. 11 Alex Karklins said at 11:46 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    Boy, I sure feel smart about arguing for Kafka to get the start this week . . .

    Maybe the Eagles should keep Vince around after all. He is deadly against the Giants.

  12. 12 Matthew Verhoog said at 12:20 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    all those wobbly passes had me worried, but by the end he was throwing more crisply

  13. 13 Anonymous said at 11:47 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    The last drive was a thing of beauty. A stat was posted that this was the Eagles longest drive since 2002. Don’t know if that was plays or top. Clutch finish on both sides of the ball.

  14. 14 Anonymous said at 11:50 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    Plays I believe.

  15. 15 Anonymous said at 11:48 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    It was a breath of fresh air to see this team come up big in the clutch. They played inspired football.

  16. 16 Mac said at 11:51 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    Can we bring this brutal attacking style vs. New England? I hope the guys can play this kind of inspired football the rest of the way.

  17. 17 Anonymous said at 11:53 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    Yeah, really.

  18. 18 the guy said at 11:53 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    All I really wanted was a week where I wasn’t ashamed of the way the Eagles played. I got it.

    Let’s go for 2?

  19. 19 Anonymous said at 11:53 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    You can’t spell “victory” without V Y.

    I’ve been mad at him all year for the Dream Team crap, but he’s forgiven for getting the W tonight.

  20. 20 Mac said at 11:54 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    and as I’ve been trying my hardest to remind people…

    You can’t spell Eliminated without Eli.

  21. 21 Anonymous said at 11:57 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    Yea, and ya’ can’t spell Miracle withouht Meadowlands. Ok, you can, I’m just high on this win!

  22. 22 Anonymous said at 12:34 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    And speaking of redemption, how ’bout that Steve Smith guy? And Riley Cooper?

  23. 23 Anonymous said at 12:34 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    And speaking of redemption, how ’bout that Steve Smith guy? And Riley Cooper?

  24. 24 Anonymous said at 11:55 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    Best clutch drive since…..last year’s Miracle at the New Meadowlands?

    That should really be our home stadium. It’s only a train ride away! So convenient!

  25. 25 Anonymous said at 11:56 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    The Giants are done. The Eagles just ended their season. As someone who hates the Giants as much as I hate the Cowboys, I’m enjoying it.

    Do we dare to look at the standings and notice that the Eagles are only two games behind Dallas with one game left against them?

  26. 26 Anonymous said at 11:57 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    If we end up trading VY this offseason….oh man. Some poor sap of a GM just saw this drive, just like they saw Kevin Kolb vs. the Chiefs two years ago and the Falcons last year and starts to get a little….”dreamy.”

  27. 27 Mac said at 11:59 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    One year deal… who do you franchise VY or DeSean?

  28. 28 Anonymous said at 12:04 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    They both played well today. Right now, I’m convincing myself that VY’s 31-17 record as a starter means he’s got the intangibles to always win. It’s kind of working. Seriously, dude threw 3 picks and still managed to win the game? Not very many. And the 18 play drive. In the 4th quarter? For the go ahead TD? That’s awesome.

    Here’s to hoping we don’t have to make that decision though.

  29. 29 Anonymous said at 12:20 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    VY was clutch tonight, but as much as I would love to trade him for something, can you really justify franchising him? The salary you would have to pay him would be huge.

  30. 30 Mac said at 12:23 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    It’s rough, but the Pats did pull it off with Cassel…

  31. 31 Anonymous said at 12:48 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    There was a huge difference though. Cassel played what, 15 games that season? He looked great the entire season. People were asking for Kafka as late as the 3rd quarter. Are you really going to franchise a guy based on one drive? I doubt any team would be willing to pay VY the price of a QB franchise tag. Isn’t that contract also guaranteed, meaning VY would have no incentive other than getting a long term contract to sign a new deal. I just don’t see us franchising him. Only way it would work would be to resign him to a short term extension and try trading him without taking too large of a cap hit.

  32. 32 Anonymous said at 11:55 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    And doesn’t he fall under the same category as Mathis, 1-year veteran deal that cannot be altered. We can’t extend him.

  33. 33 Anonymous said at 12:04 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    Sam knows this a lot better than I do, but my understanding is that unless they changed this rule from last year, we will still have a period before FA officially begins to resign both Young and Mathis. We can not change their contracts though until after the season. So I don’t think Mathis or Young necessarily make it to free agency even though they become free agents.

    In other words, at the end of the season, at some point the contract year is over. At that point, teams can renegotiate with their own players and their own unrestricted/restricted free agents for a short period of time. Any FAs that don’t sign a new contract with their previous team during that time period then can talk to all teams once free agency begins.

    If the rules have changed or I have that wrong, please feel free to correct me.

  34. 34 Anonymous said at 5:19 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    What Sam said in regards to Mathis, which I believe to be the same situation as Young, is that we can negotiate and talk with the player but he cannot sign a new deal until the first day of free agency.

    So, in effect, a gentleman’s handshake deal is possible, but a legally binding one has to wait until the player is a free agent. I cannot imagine Young wouldn’t want to test the waters in search of a starting gig.

  35. 35 Morton said at 11:57 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    How do you play like this against the Cowboys and the Giants, and then look like bumbling fools against the freaking Cardinals and Bears?

    Maddening. If they had played like this the entire season, this team would be with Green Bay in the ranks of the undefeated.

  36. 36 Anonymous said at 12:22 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Let’s not get carried away. We won and had a great drive at the end of the game, but we were an incredibly sloppy team on offense all game. You’re not going to win consistently with the way the offense played tonight.

  37. 37 Steve H said at 1:05 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    For once Morton I agree with you, its maddening how inconsistent this team has been. We play way down to the Cardinals then the D pitches this sterling gem against the Giants. We got a little sloppy on a couple of plays but we absolutely shut down the Giants O on so many drives.

  38. 38 Corry Henry said at 11:58 PM on November 20th, 2011:

    Can we keep Derek Landri??

  39. 39 Mac said at 12:03 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    There is no doubt that he is the catalyst that makes this engine fire.

  40. 40 Steven Dileo said at 12:49 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    I surprised that we were able to sign him as a free agent twice in the same season. He’s not a great player but he is decent. Just like Jabar Gaffney

  41. 41 Anonymous said at 12:00 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Makes doing that DGR just a little easier, huh?

    The back half of this defense still has issues. That play with Cruz was reminiscent of so many 4th quarter collapses. Thank God Babin saved the day.

  42. 42 Scott Hamada said at 12:01 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Anyone else starting think we should become a quarterback committee team? Let Vick play the first three quarters and then let Young wrap it up. I never really bought into the idea that Young was a pretty good quarterback, but based on his rep and what I saw tonight, he seems to really just have “it” when it comes to comebacks. We could be the first team to make a committee QB approach work.

  43. 43 Anonymous said at 12:21 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    This is what I’ve been saying ever since that last TD. Seriously. Plus, it would lessen the amount of hits Vick takes

  44. 44 Jon Blank said at 12:05 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    I think the clear solution is Vick is the starter and Young comes into the 4th quarter for the save.

  45. 45 Matthew Verhoog said at 12:17 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Can we have a 4th quarter defense as well?

  46. 46 Anonymous said at 12:07 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Hate to say it but based on this season Vick could not have done that drive… Anyway I don’t think this was a fluke, let’s beat the Pats next week! No draft talk this upcoming week focus on the Pats the season is alive.

  47. 47 Raul Estrada said at 12:09 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    This gave me shades of the 10-9 win where McNabb finally beat the Giants back in 2001. Especially when we got that fumble. That gave me shades of Trotter getting Collins and Brandon Whiting deflating the pigskin recovering that fumble.

  48. 48 Anonymous said at 9:11 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Good reference. Donnie hit Thrash for the winning TD. That was a huge game for us. Giants had owned us to that point.

  49. 49 Steven Dileo said at 12:52 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    I’m not sure if you remember this, but the Yankees were also playing that night and were leading by the same score (9-0). I was 10 at the time and my parents made me go to bed. I went to sleep depressed and woke up depressed until my father told me that the Eagles made a comeback. My depression turned to joy to anger at my mother for making me go to bed.

  50. 50 Kammich said at 12:10 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    I’m listening to this song and doing the Shady TD dance in slow-motion. For the rest of the night. I suggest everyone else try it as well.

    I have no delusions of grandeur about this team or this season, but it feels fucking fantastic to get the W and know that we’ve beaten each of our division rivals this year. If I’m forced to look back upon this season and see it as a complete failure, I will at least smile knowing that we beat each one of the NFC East shitbag rivals at least once.

    Is there anything to be said about the somewhat blue-collar, communal contributing factors of this game? Guys like Young, Cooper and Chaney coming up huge, and guys like Hanson, Harbor, Laws, Landri and Rolle all coming up with big individual plays… while some of the high profile guys like Asomugha are being abused by the likes of Victor Cruz? Is this, at all, a testament to the ideal that money does not buy wins? It seems like those 2nd stringers and scout teamers were playing with a whole hell of a lot more fire than everyone else on the payroll.

    Any way you cut it, this defense was FUN to watch for just about the first time all year. This is how I envisioned our D to be balling when we made all of those off-season acquisitions.

  51. 51 Anonymous said at 12:11 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    I am sitting watching the game with strep throat and decided I am not gonna scream and just watch the game…but could not help myself when Babin stripped Eli….woohoooo…in your face sad sack Eli….that play by Desean getting that first down against Webster was HUGE…I cant imagine him making that play earlier in the season….can I say Nnamdi is over rated??? this team really picks itself up for NFC East games – I really cant understand why they cant do the same against other teams….but a GREAT win…question – anyone think Vick would have done the same thing as VY did on the 18 play drive…VY just looks like a totally different animal in the 4th quarter.. can we just change QB’s for the 4th qrtr…and a huge shout out to the OL they did an excellent job!!!

  52. 52 Anonymous said at 12:13 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    I have to give Juan Castillo some credit. His defense has dominated games at times. I loved this tonight. During the broadcast they mentioned that he got choked up in talking about the opportunity that Reid gave him. And I’m pretty sure the cameras on the sideline caught him and he looked as if he was crying (major red eyes). I’m really pulling for this guy. He’s very passionate and I would imagine players love that. A few more of these games and I say he keeps his job.

  53. 53 Anonymous said at 12:18 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Yeah and to think some people on this site were calling for his head last week, saying he could destroy young players. Who was that anyway? That comment was the definition of hyperbole.

  54. 54 Anonymous said at 12:21 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    He got dealt a tough hand. No offseason. Tons of new players. Old egos. New scheme. The “dream team” label. I think he’s done quite well actually. I just hope he continues and proves me right.

  55. 55 Mac said at 12:29 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    The point that some have made that it would have made more sense to spend a year or two at least as say… LB coach as opposed to jumping in at DC could have made sense.

    I am rooting for Juan, but he does make us scratch our heads at times.

  56. 56 Anonymous said at 12:35 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    I agree to that. He definitely got thrown into the fire. But, when you consider everything that he has had to deal with, I think he’s done a good job. Has his inexperience shown at times? Yes. I think he’s going to learn from his mistakes and develop into a good D coordinator. I just want to see improvement and less head scratching on my part. The only problem I had with him tonight was trying to sub during a hurry up offense, which led to that huge play by Cruz.

  57. 57 Anonymous said at 12:44 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    “A few more of these games and I say he keeps his job.” To me, that’s the key. I hate to be the wet blanket, but when the team comes into the game 3 and 6, one win proves nothing. Yes, the defense played well in the first 3 quarters. In fact, throughout the season, they haven’t played all that poorly in the first three quarters. That being said, they have played terribly in the fourth quarter all season. Even in this game, they gave up the TD early to lose the lead and after the huge drive by the offense, they gave up that huge play to Cruz. I give the D credit for forcing the turnover in the end and it was on a quality hustle play, but if Eli stays in the pocket instead of running wide after a good block by the RT, or just gets sacked instead of fumbling, there is a chance we are looking at another blown 4th quarter.

    I’m not trying to rewrite history, we did in fact force that turnover and held onto the lead. The defense played a great game overall. On top of that, Juan has clearly improved throughout the year, which is key. I am just not willing to give him a pass after one game. He still has a lot to prove to me.

  58. 58 Matthew Verhoog said at 12:21 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Rolle’s machine gun celebration was outstanding, but I’m not so sure the commish is going to like it

  59. 59 Anonymous said at 6:21 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Best tackle for a loss celebration ever!! LBS were clutch tonight. Flying up field and making plays.

  60. 60 Anonymous said at 12:36 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Best stat of the day. Giants 0-0 in the red zone.

  61. 61 Anonymous said at 12:36 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Best stat of the day. Giants 0-0 in the red zone.

  62. 62 Anonymous said at 1:05 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    I think some of you have gone insane, temporarily I hope.

    Juan Castillo is still horrible and deserves to be fired this offseason.

    And Vince Young, despite his incredible 2TD, 3INT performance, is not our savior.

    Enjoy the win, but let’s cut out the crazy talk.

  63. 63 Anonymous said at 1:52 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Juan is freaking terrible. The same things that were coming up during these 4th qtr collapses showed up again tonight. Babin and Landri just made a play to save the game. Why is Nate Allen one-on-one with Nicks? If its another case of Samuel blowing the coverage, then why is Samuel allowed to be out there while he’s hurting the team? What was with that Cruz catch and run? Who the hell let that happen? It all comes down to Juan and he sucks. Most of our players can play. Juan just isn’t any good.

  64. 64 Anonymous said at 9:37 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    not sure you can blame juan on either of those plays….
    the nicks play should have never happened with the blatant hold on cole.

    the cruz catch and run was more about missed tackles.

    i would rather get pissed at juan for all of the zone D he plays with the secondary (the reason for the cruz td, perhaps?).

  65. 65 Anonymous said at 9:43 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    The non-call hold is irrelevant. You don’t set up a play and say “Well, Cole is going to get a holding call, so it doesn’t matter what the back end is doing.” You don’t put a safety one-on-one with their best WR. Especially not in the 4th qtr. and yes, blame the zone. It’s been proven multiple times this season that Nnamdi is better in press-man (or just sucks at zone, depending on your view). Yet Juan keeps putting him in zone, and he keeps getting burned. The mistakes with the playcalling that were their against the Cards, were there against the Giants. We just happened to have gotten lucky that Manning made one of his bone-headed plays and our d-line was balling.

  66. 66 Anonymous said at 1:06 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    was the coverage on that play designed for allen to be one on one vs nicks in man coverage? (i honestly dont know)
    if thats the case, i agree with you 100%.
    i had the feeling after the play that allen was only covering nicks because of the zone d.
    then i guess the argument becomes….why did juan put allen one on one vs nicks in man coverage or what the hell happened in zone coverage?
    ugh. either way, not so good.

  67. 67 Anonymous said at 2:09 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Yea, I have to agree with you. It is great to see a win, but this was a extremely sloppy win. Our offense was bad for the majority of the game. LeSean couldn’t get anything going. Young threw three picks, and lets be honest, people were calling for Kafka as late as the 3rd quarter. The defense deserves a ton of credit for keeping the Eagles in this game, but they did benefit from several dropped balls that could have been huge plays for the Giants. Add to that giving up the lead in the 4th (again) and leaving Cruz wide open on a key third down play in the 4th quarter. Babin and Landri came up huge on the final drive, but that is not nearly enough to forgive and forget the rest of the season for Juan. I am going to enjoy the win and enjoy some of the great plays from a few players, but that was not spectacular football by any means.

    To me, anyone who is seriously saying this is a close 3 team race for the division is being delusional. We have a shot now at getting back in it but we are no where near “close” yet. 2 games is a lot of ground to cover in only 6 games, especially considering Dallas’ schedule.

  68. 68 Anonymous said at 2:42 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Well, assuming the Giants are done, if we beat Dallas week 16 we only have to make up 1 other game. We’ll hold the tiebreaker and win the division.

    (I’m assuming the Giants are done because they aren’t very good, have needed lots of luck to win against mediocre teams, and have a tough schedule ahead)

    Of course Castillo will probably blow another two or three 4th quarter leads before the season ends so it’s probably not very realistic to think we can catch Dallas.

  69. 69 Jon Blank said at 1:25 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Let’s see how Juan attempts to deal with Brady next week before we hand him that extension. A 9 minute drive from the offense sure makes a 4th quarter defense look a lot better.

  70. 70 Anonymous said at 7:34 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Gotta put Nmandi on Gronkowski….their TE’s scare me more than Welker…may need DRC back just to match their 4-wide sets. Nmandi and Joselio on the TE’s…Asante and DRC on Welker and Branch….D line needs to get pressure on Brady or he will pick them apart.

  71. 71 Matthew Verhoog said at 9:31 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Joselio seems like fit to cover welker, more quick then fast…

  72. 72 Steve H said at 1:47 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Looking ahead we still have an outside chance at the playoffs. We’re 2 back of Dallas and NYG, but we play Dallas again once and the Giants have a brutal couple weeks coming up (Saints and Packers).

    That being said, we have to take care of business against New England this week. The good news is they don’t look as dominant as they have in other years, and their defense is ridiculously injured, the bad news is its Bellicheck planning against Juan Castillo.

  73. 73 Anonymous said at 2:30 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    My quick observations from the game:

    Positives –
    We won
    We didn’t lose
    We showed a ton of heart

    Riley Cooper finally showed up. He wasn’t on the same page as VY early on, but he needed to have a good game as the starter after not having a catch all season, and he did just that.

    Our run defense was fantastic. Not a single run of 10 yards or more. The Giants totaled 29(!) yards on 17 carries.

    Our DLine came to play.

    So did our OLine.

    18 play drive was a thing of beauty.

    VY clearly has learned a few things from AR and MM. He was keeping his eyes downfield all game and not just taking off and running each play.

    Negatives –
    DeSean is clearly not mentally focused. Could have cost us the game with the taunting penalty.

    Despite his fantastic 4th quarter drive, VY was inaccurate early on and threw three INTs. Almost 4 with the challenged INT.

    Another TO in the redzone.

    Defense could have benefited from a stop early in the 4th and failed to do so.

    Nnamdi is just not playing good football as an Eagle. I not sure if it is just him not playing up to his talent or if the coaches are not using him the right way (I would guess it is a mixture of both), but I expect more from Nnamdi.

  74. 74 James Coe said at 7:47 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Can’t argue with any of that, especially about DJax’s penalty for ‘taunting’. He should’ve known better than to give away a penalty like that, but what the hell kind of lame-ass rule doesn’t let you celebrate a big play in front of your opponent? It’s ridiculous.

    I also think that getting a healthy Maclin and Vick back will be huge for the offense; it’s worth bearing in mind that we’ve not had an injury-free first-choice O for quite a few of the games this season (Vick has been dinged up a few times, as have various OL and WRs). I’ll be interested to see what happens going forward 🙂

  75. 75 Matthew Verhoog said at 9:31 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    I thought the lame thing was that it isn’t enforced after the play. if you get a penalty for excessive celebration the TD does not come back

  76. 76 Anonymous said at 12:30 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    Apparently the play was assessed properly by rule, but there is no question that the rule needs to be adjusted. To me, the key is the fact that had the Giants not had a penalty, the catch would have counted and the penalty would have been assessed from the point were DeSean went out of bounds. But because the Giants had a penalty, they offset. In other words, the Giants benefited from committing a penalty, which makes no sense. Not that this scenario should happen often, but knowing that rule, if a player taunts after a big play, a savvy veteran should taunt right back to get offsetting penalties and erase the play all together.

    Penalties aside though, DeSean has to be aware enough not to commit that penalty in the first place.

  77. 77 Matthew Verhoog said at 1:27 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    Yeah I looked it up, it makes sense in most cases, but an offsetting penalty costs us 50 yards

  78. 78 Anonymous said at 8:35 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    well one of the int’s did hit clay harbor right in the dome so… can we call it 2 ints?

  79. 79 Anonymous said at 6:57 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    MVP – Akeem Jordan for stuffing Brandon Jacobs on 3rd and 1.

  80. 80 Anonymous said at 6:58 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    I have never avoided looking at a score as long as I did this morning. My head was very comfortable in the sand thank you very much. So you won’t mind a very late YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS!

    Peanut, IheartU.

  81. 81 Anirudh Jangalapalli said at 7:10 AM on November 21st, 2011:

  82. 82 Chris said at 7:21 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Aahhh… The Birds win! How sweet was that! …Tommy, I’m sure you’ll be receiving a singing telegram from Megan Fox in celebration of an Eagles win

  83. 83 Anonymous said at 7:37 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Fair to say we found our book-end tackles for the next 5 years?!?….Peters didn’t let Osi within 10 feet of VY all night…and Herrimans did a pretty good job on the other side. Mudd has really got this oline clicking and all you Watkins haters…did you hear his name called last night at all for mistakes?…..Kid is going to be good. And about his age, you forget, he didn’t play football till late in his life. Wear and tear on his body, is minimal…he has the wear of a 21 y/o….

  84. 84 Anonymous said at 7:38 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    One more thing…how about Akeem Jordan sticking Jacobs on the 3rd and 1….he is giving up 30lbs to Jacobs…..what a play!!!

  85. 85 Anonymous said at 8:41 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Don’t get too excited as you know the Eagles will rip your hearts out soon again.

  86. 86 Anonymous said at 9:05 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    I don’t understand this team. Where was THAT energy on defense.
    Game balls to Howard Mudd and Jim Washburn. We dominated the LOS.

  87. 87 Anonymous said at 9:16 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Winning the LOS meant winning the game. Simple as that.

  88. 88 Anonymous said at 12:00 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    Winning the 1st-Down Marker meant winning . . .

    How does Celek run a 4-yard route for a 1st down that 3 yards and 11 inches.

    Amazing what these guys are not thinking sometimes.

  89. 89 Matthew Verhoog said at 1:26 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    really good tackle, how often do you see Celek not get 1 inch after the catch?

  90. 90 Anirudh Jangalapalli said at 10:15 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    My game ball goes to Jake Ballard.

  91. 91 Anonymous said at 11:38 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    anyone else think that our D was helped substantially by a number of dropped passes by the NYG offense?

  92. 92 Anonymous said at 9:39 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    tommy, what do you think was the impact of having hanson covering the slot vs DRC?
    i know most of us here have been asking for this all season and the guys covering the game even mentioned it too.

  93. 93 Anonymous said at 9:44 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Just when I thought they were done . . . they pull me back.

    Prediction (regrettably) is the 2011 Eagles are: The Heart-breakers.

    The loss to Buffalo: WOULD NOT HAPPEN NOW. Because Buffalo’s used up all its luck tipped INTs against the Eagles.

    That Buffalo loss . . . more than any of the others . . . will spell the difference this year.

    Buffalo was what we thought they were. They just got every damn bounce that game.

    That game will be THE bad loss that kills the season.

    You can argue about SF and ATL and CHI but each of those teams at least is no mirage.

  94. 94 Anonymous said at 9:57 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Then what abt the Cards game??

  95. 95 Anonymous said at 10:35 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Vick plays hurt. The offense is ineffectual. The playcalling classically lousy on offense and defense. But more on offense (the Shady problem)

    Every Reid team seems to get just outplayed and outcoached very season.

    For me, that was the Cards game.

    But Buffalo . . . that game was about a hot team getting lots of breaks on tipped balls. The Eagles just drew that game at a bad time.

  96. 96 Anonymous said at 9:58 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Is the no-huddle, hurry-up offense Castillo’s kryptonite? All the 4th quarter troubles (see collapse) could suggest this. And we almost saw it again last night when Eli ran the two-minute drill. And if this is the case, the Pats no-huddle could be a nightmare for us. Is this in fact a consistent problem for this defense/Castillo? If so, how do you prepare for it?

  97. 97 Anonymous said at 11:35 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    didnt they run the no-huddle at some point earlier in the game too? i remember that the announcers were saying they were trying to bring a spark to their offense.

  98. 98 Eric Weaver said at 10:11 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    I still have no idea what the hell Juan was calling on the Giants last drive. He called a corner blitz (Joselio) and no one covered Cruz.

  99. 99 Anonymous said at 1:40 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    Exactly my thought watching it live…terrible call

  100. 100 Anonymous said at 10:31 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    The question’s been asked whether, if healthy, Vick should start over VY against Belichick and the Pats.

    History is no help.

    In his time at Tenn, VY played in one game against the Patriots: the 59-0 blowout in the snow in 2009. VY went 0-2 passing.

    Vick likewise has played in only one game against the Pats: his rookie season in 2001. Falcons lost 24-10. (Matt Schaub played for an injured Vick in the 2005 Falcons / Pats game.)

    I’m sure this has been mentioned . . . but if Vick played and was healthy, and the Giants used 8 in the box, he’d have had two TDs to D-Jax.

    I was surprised by how weak VY’s arm is.

    Is D-Jax the guy who makes this team work?

  101. 101 Anonymous said at 11:37 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    a good comment was made early in the game. VY was putting too much emphasis on ‘aiming’ the ball rather than just throwing it. i think thats what caused that INC on the dumpoff pass on the first series and the first INT. I suspect that later in the game, he became more acclimated to the game and settled down a bit.

  102. 102 Matthew Verhoog said at 1:24 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    He was wayyy better as the game wore on, he just look unsure throwing early. Jeff garcia didn’t have much of an arm, but he got it downfield.
    his passes look wobbly as well, lofted way to many.

  103. 103 James Casagrande said at 11:29 AM on November 21st, 2011:

    Can we get a post that’s just an ode to Derek Landri?

    He has one thing this team’s been lacking: heart. The guys is always hustling and never giving up on plays.

    Please sign him to a long term deal. I don’t care that he’s a role player. He makes the case to be a starter every week.

  104. 104 Anonymous said at 12:02 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    I back this wholeheartedly

  105. 105 Anonymous said at 1:39 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    Count me in the Landri fan club….anytime there was a good play I could see Landri in the middle of it

  106. 106 Anonymous said at 2:34 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    Assuming laws leaves via FA…we still have one too many. Jenkins, Patterson, Thornton, Landri and Dixon. Maybe Thornton hits the PS for another year, and we are able to get a stud DT in the draft or a FA. I wouldn’t mind Chris Canty…dude was a beast last night.

  107. 107 Anonymous said at 12:01 PM on November 21st, 2011:


    The Eagles win — and win convincingly — when the DTs (Jenkins, Patty, Laws, Landri) get penetration.

    The Eagles get killed in the 4th Q when the Eagles DTs are controlled.

    Ergo . . . if the Eagles don’t go QB in Rd 1. Then GET A DT!

  108. 108 Steven Dileo said at 12:46 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    Was anyone else hoping for a FG on the last drive? I really didn’t want him to pass the ball and I just wanted 3 points on that drive. I can’t believe Andy let him throw a pass on 3rd and Goal. I held my breath when he stepped back to pass.

  109. 109 Steven Dileo said at 12:56 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    As much I liked the defensive game plan by Castillo, what the hell was he thinking on the huge 3rd and 18 completion by Cruz? Why bring a corner blitz and have your linebacker cover the WR? That almost lost us the game.

  110. 110 Anonymous said at 1:08 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    Speaking of long, game winning drives (but slightly off-topic) . . . this Thanksgiving Day marks the 40th anniversary of the “Game of the Century”: 1971 Nebraska (#1) at Oklahoma (#2).

    Nebraska won on a late, long, time-consuming drive with RB Jeff Kinney taking it in for his 4th TD of the day.

    In the final AP poll after all the Bowl Games — which, as long as human polls are 2/3 of the BCS poll, is still the best way to “settle” who’s No. 1 (and makes for a much better January 1st) — the Top 3 teams were all from the Big 8: Nebraska 13-0, Oklahoma 12-1, Colorado 10-2 — losing only to Nos 1 & 2.

    (Biggest heartbreaking 1 v. 2: 1979 Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Penn State. Four times from the 1 yard line. RB Mike Guman — on that horrible toss/run straight ahead play — couldn’t get past MLB Barry Krause and DT Marty Lyons. Hated the play then. Hate it now.)

  111. 111 Eric Weaver said at 2:32 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    Or 1994 Penn St. not at least sharing the National Championship that year.

  112. 112 Anonymous said at 2:41 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    yes. great one.

  113. 113 Matthew Verhoog said at 1:29 PM on November 21st, 2011:

    Someone needs to mesh Rolle’s machine gun celebration, along with Cruz’s salsa dance….