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Philadelphia Clinches NFC East Crown With Thrilling Win Over Dallas, 24-22 - BLG, BGN
My recap from last night's game. Long live the Boyking!

Handing out 10 awards from the NFC East Championship Game - JimmyK,
The Slow Clap of Appreciation Award: Nick Foles
OK, so Nick didn't have his best game by any stretch, but let's just take a moment to recognize the season he had. Foles finished with a passer rating of 119.1, which was the best passer rating in the NFL this season. It was also the 3rd best passer rating in the history of the NFL. According to the Eagles, Foles is the only player in NFL history to throw more than 20 TDs (he had 27) and 2 or fewer INTs. He also had the best TD:INT ratio (13.5 to 1). That is crazy for a guy who is only 24 and still learning the position.

Big Win in Big D - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
The Eagles beat the Cowboys 24-22. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t easy. But it was one hell of a win. There are no style points in the NFL, just final scores. I was hoping the Eagles would build off last week’s dominant showing, but that didn’t happen. This became one of those games you hope to survive. We can make all the Kyle Orton, Tony Romo, Jerry Jones or Monte Kiffin jokes we want, but we have to give the Cowboys some credit. They played hard tonight. They won the line of scrimmage, on both sides of the ball. That doesn’t mean the Eagles lacked heart or toughness. Some nights the other guy just gets the job done. I do think the Eagles should be concerned that Dallas won the LOS. That’s not to be taken lightly. If the Eagles were facing a more complete team or better QB, they might have lost that game.

2013 Eagles: The team no one wants to play - CSN Philly, Reuben Frank
No reason it has to end here. No reason the Eagles can’t keep rolling. No reason anybody needs to be content just making the playoffs. Because the Eagles are a dangerous team right now, and it’s going to take a very good team to knock them out of the playoffs. This isn’t the team that opened the season 3-5. The Eagles since Week 5 have been as good as almost anybody in the NFL, and there’s no reason not to reset expectations. It’s not a fluke that the Eagles are playing postseason football for the first time since 2010. They’re a good football team right now.

Kelly: ‘They Just Found a Way’ - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
"It’s an awesome feeling when you can work as hard as they’ve worked and to see it pay off and the result is 10-6 and you’re division champs," Kelly said. "It’s a real credit to those guys. They didn’t flinch. That was an interesting fourth quarter to say the least, but this group keeps battling, and they just found a way."

Another big step in Eagles' unlikely revival - Bob Ford, Inquirer
Reputations and eras usually change slowly in the National Football League, but the Eagles beat those odds and the hated Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night to finish off the regular-season portion of one of the most remarkable turnarounds in their, or any team's, history. Just one year after finishing the long tenure of coach Andy Reid with four measly wins and a dispiriting vantage on the future, the Eagles clinched the NFC East division title by barely outlasting the Cowboys, 24-22, and now move forward under new coach Chip Kelly with a home playoff game and a feeling that the best might be still to come.

This Eagles Fan Is Really, Really, Really Excited They Won The NFC East - Deadspin
Tonight the Eagles seized the NFC East title and a trip to the playoffs thanks to a win in Dallas. Fans back in Philadelphia were pretty excited, especially this guy known only as "Mr. G." We'd like to watch a game sometime with Mr. G. He seems like a blast.

None of the ESPN analysts (including Brian Dawkins) originally had the Eagles winning the NFC East - r/Eagles

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