A season of transition brought a new coach with a breath of fresh air and a new identity as a team. There were adjustments along the way as Chip Kelly adjusted to life as an NFL coach after serving an entire career at the college level, but his players bought in to the mentality Kelly introduced to them and fought their way to an NFC East division title few saw coming before the season started.
The New Orleans Saints had never won a road playoff game and were often marred by their road woes and the “cold curse.” Temperatures in Philadelphia were down in the twenties and Drew Brees was faltering, but the Saints left it in the hands, or on the foot, of their newest player in Shayne Graham.
A last-second field goal by Shayne Graham brought an end to the first season of the Chip Kelly era as the Saints left Philadelphia with a 26-24 victory in the NFC Wild Card playoff. The time for season-long evaluations will come over the coming week, but for now let’s take a quick look at how the Eagles performed in this game.
Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense that made a big splash in his coaching debut might be even better now.
The Philadelphia Eagles last walked off The Linc as victors on Sept. 30, 2012. Since that time they’ve suffered 10 straight losses in front of the home town crowd.
Nick Foles threw three touchdowns and ran for a fourth to lead the Eagles to a 31-20 victory over the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Michael Vick looks rejuvenated and Nick Foles isn’t going away easy. Both looked sharp and led the Philadelphia Eagles to a touchdown drive in a 14-9 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
The Eagles franchise is suffering to deal with the notion that this season’s Super Bowl aspirations are probably just aspirations. If the Washington Redskins want any shot at turning this into a miracle season, they must find a way to bring Philadelphia even more misery and take this win from the Eagles.
Facing Nick Foles should be good news for the Washington Redskins who ranks 30th in the NFL in defending the pass. The potential return of safety Brandon Meriweather may also help swing the pendulum in the Redskins favor.
Skins beat reporter Grant Paulsen live from Mobile, AL covering the Senior Bowl.