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The Tragedy That Changed Chip Kelly - Birds 24/7
The Eagles coach feels a strong link to the military, in part thanks to a tale of valor that happened in Afghanistan five years ago.

DeSean: Eagles Are ‘Very Naive’ - Birds 24/7
DeSean Jackson broke into a skip as the clock hit zero. He hopped from the sideline towards the end zone, where the mass of bodies had started to scatter after Mark Sanchez’s desperation heave hit the turf. Yapping and jumping and yapping and jumping. From skip to sprint as he found Jeremy Maclin walking onto the field. Some words and a hug for Maclin and the over to Darren Sproles, then Cary Williams and Nate Allen, then over the assistant coaches before dancing through the tunnel and out of sight.

Davis benches Bradley Fletcher, but doesn't regret starting him - CSN Philly
He stuck with him after the Jordy Nelson field day. He stuck with him after the Dez Bryant breakout. He even stuck with him going into Saturday’s critical showdown against DeSean Jackson and the ‘Skins with a spot in the postseason potentially on the line.

Mark Sanchez takes blame for key interception in Eagles' loss to Washington Redskins -
Speaking after the game, quarterback Mark Sanchez said it might not have been if he had taken better care of the ball on a key interception in the fourth quarter. "If I throw it away," Sanchez said, "we are still rolling."

Eagles lose as playoff chances fade - Inquirer
A few Eagles sat idly in their locker room after a stunning 27-24 loss to the Washington Redskins on Saturday, silenced by the realization of a December that went awry. It was the quietest the room had been all season. They did not try feigning optimism, because most of their hopes of reaching the postseason relied first on beating Washington.

Eagles need a QB, and it's not Sanchez - Inquirer
The Eagles need a starting quarterback. It won't be Mark Sanchez. That realization came long before the Eagles' playoff-dashing loss to the Redskins on Saturday. But it was hammered home when Sanchez, given the opportunity to lead his team on a game-winning drive, threw another interception.

Same Mistakes Doom Eagles In Defeat -
If there was ever the perfect microcosm for a season, it was this game, this hard-to-take 27-24 loss to Washington at FedEx Field on Saturday evening. With everything to play for, the Eagles made the same mistakes they’ve made all season, including an interception thrown by quarterback Mark Sanchez that set Washington up for the winning points and sent the Eagles to their third consecutive defeat ...

NFL playoff picture 2014: Chargers help postseason chances with overtime win - SB Nation
In that first game, Philadelphia couldn't get past Washington, dropping a third consecutive game and virtually extinguishing its playoff hopes. They Eagles are not totally eliminated at this point, but it's going to be awfully tough to take control of the NFC East now. They lost control to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15, and now have to hope for a Dallas loss on Sunday.

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