I had my little podcast desk set up before the start of overtime. I needed to immediately channel the passion I was feeling and lay it down in GarageBand. Win, lose or draw (I think I would’ve been most mad with a tie?), I was hitting the record button as soon as the game was over.
I screamed. I yelled. My vocal cords are ripped to shreds today. I was just happy, guys. It felt like it’s been so long that I was enthusiastic about this team. Let’s go on a playoff run. Let’s go 5-1 in the division. Let’s see Carson Wentz carry the Eagles to the postseason with a 40-year-old backup quarterback as his starting outside wide receiver.
Yeah, they needed OT to beat a Giants team that is now 2-11, but the Birds could’ve quite easily rolled over and died at halftime. What did they do instead? Scored 20 unanswered points and held New York to 29 offensive yards in the second half. I do not know what Doug Pederson said to rally the roster. Whatever it was, he needs to keep that fire going from now until January (February?!?).
They had a double-digit deficit. Dougie P was vanilla in the first half. Their skill position players were dropping by the second. Wentz mixed awe-inducing pocket maneuvering with hair-pulling inaccurate throws. The script flipped, just as it has when the Birds have beat the Giants at home over the last two seasons. I’m glad our good ol’ pal Eli Manning could have one last memory of Lincoln Financial Field.
In the latest episode of From the Bleachers, I spew pure joy, introduce my Juice Above Replacement stat, JAR, which Boston Scott leads the NFL in, and talk myself back into a division title.
If you’re in the area, come hang at Pistola’s Del Sur on Sunday at Broad and Passyunk in South Philadelphia. The BGN crew is throwing a party! There will be deals on margs, Dallas Sucks beer and t-shirt giveaways. We will watch the Eagles throttle Washington together as one big happy family. Check out this article for more info.
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