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Eagles News: Chip Kelly and Jeffrey Lurie gave players extra motivation to beat the Patriots

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/7/15.

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Behind Chip Kelly's lead, Eagles show life by stunning Patriots - CSN Philly
Saturday night, in a large conference room at the Omni Hotel back in Providence, the lights went down and Eagles head coach Chip Kelly played a video showing all 53 guys on the roster making a big play at some point during the season. The idea was to remind his team that despite blowing that 13-point lead against the Dolphins, despite getting blown out at home by the Buccaneers, despite getting destroyed on Thanksgiving Day by the Lions, they were still a good football team. Everybody outside that conference room doubted it. And probably some people inside that room doubted it as well.

How Jeffrey Lurie fired up the Eagles - Daily News
Before the game, Lurie went from player to player - as he always does - but this time with a fiercer, more urgent underlying message: Do not embarrass me in my hometown. He addressed them individually and in a group. But he addressed them with a rowdiness that belies his forgetful-professor demeanor. "He was fired up today! I'd never seen him like that in front of everybody," said left tackle Jason Peters, an Eagle for seven years: " 'Play with a fire! Play angry! Go out there and let it rip!' " Lurie, said Peters, was out of control.

Eagles-Patriots Final Score: 10 thoughts on Philadelphia's huge win in New England - BGN
I'm still having trouble wrapping my head around this one. What a crazy game. The Eagles weren't supposed to win this one. Most people, myself included, didn't even really give them any kind of chance to come out of this game with a victory. But they won. And it was weird! A weird failed onside kick attempt by the Patriots ... a blocked punt returned for a touchdown ... a punt return for a touchdown ... Tom Brady getting picked off TWICE and once for a 100-yard return ... Riley Cooper making clutch plays at the end of the game ... just insane. If I could go back in time with the knowledge of this game's outcome and write about it in advance, there's zero chance you would believe it. I can't stress enough how big of a win this is. Beating Tom Brady and Bill Belichick is hard enough, but doing it at Foxborough is even more of a challenge. Give the Eagles lots of credit for rising to occasion and shocking everyone.

10 reasons why the Eagles upset the Patriots - PhillyVoice
Yes, you read that right. After being quiet all day, Cooper made two big plays late in the game to help the Eagles fight off the Patriots' comeback attempt. After Ertz dropped an onside kick attempt by New England, which lead to a TD and cut the lead to one score, Cooper tried something a little different. Instead of going for the catch – as Ertz did, Cooper batted the ball out of bounds – ensuring the Eagles maintained possession. On the ensuing drive, Bradford connected with Cooper for a big third down conversion to extend their drive. It was Cooper's only catch of the day, but it came a big time.

Kelly: I Know We Have A Good Team - PE.com
"I’ve always been proud of (this team), and I told those guys that, that sometimes they don’t see in them what I see in them," said head coach Chip Kelly after a much-needed victory that brought the Eagles to within a half a game of the lead in the NFC East. "I know we have a good football team, and they showed it today. And they’ve shown it at other times during the season, and the last two weeks we didn’t show it, and that’s what was disappointing for them."

Four Downs: Eagles Extra Special In Upset Win - Birds 24/7
Sam Bradford wasn't spectacular, but he looked more like he did in his last two games before his concussion rather than his poor performances to start the season. He attempted just 24 passes — completing 14 of them — for 120 yards, two touchdowns and a 99.3 passer rating. Bradford's receivers dropped a couple of passes, but he made potential catches much more difficult than they needed to be. He also overthrew Zach Ertz across the middle, which was probably his worst throw of the game, but he took care of the ball and was efficient in the red zone. Bradford also benefitted early on from a good rushing attack, but the Eagles' production on the ground declined in the second half. Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner lead the Eagles in carries and rushed for more than four yards per carry, but Murray gained just three yards per rush.

DeMarco Murray basically benched in Eagles' win over New England Patriots - NJ.com
"It's as big of a linebacker crew as you're going to face," head coach Chip Kelly said. "Sometimes, the smaller, quicker guys can cause some problems with the matchups." While Kelly can explain away why Murray spent the game on the bench, the Eagles actions against the Patriots made it clear that they did not want Murray in the game, especially in the fourth quarter when the team needed to ice the game.

Marcus Mariota torches Jaguars with 87-YARD RUSHING TD - SB Nation
Marcus Mariota has wheels! In case you forgot, the former Oregon quarterback showed his speed in Chip Kelly's offense, but hasn't really had an opportunity to display it in the NFL -- until now. This is an 87-yards touchdown run, just six yards off the NFL all-time record for longest rushing TD by a quarterback, which is held by Terrelle Pryor and his 93-yard run a few years back.

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