The Eagles’ defense needed a boost early against the Cardinals, and rookie Sydney Brown provided just that, with a wide open catch (due to an apparent Arizona miscommunication) for an interception, that he then ran back 99 yards for a touchdown.
Brown has been absolutely flying around the field for the Eagles defense the past few weeks, and with the additional snaps, you can see him getting more and more comfortable. This incredible pick-6 showed that, and his athleticism was also on display as he made the long run back, weaving between Cardinals offensive players on his way downfield.
Eagles safety Sydney Brown reached a top speed of 21.52 mph, the fastest play by an @Eagles ball carrier in over two seasons.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) December 31, 2023
Brown traveled 126.7 yards on the play, the most distance traveled on pick-six since Week 5, 2018 (Marcus Maye, 140.7 yards).#AZvsPHI | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/2uaXFexJCR
This is the first career interception for Brown, and his first career touchdown, adding to a season that includes 5 starts, 40 total tackles, 1 TFL, and 1 forced fumble.
It was the longest interception return for the Eagles since 2015, when Malcolm Jenkins picked off Tom Brady. Lito Sheppard holds the franchise record for longest pick-6 back in 2006, with a 102-yard return against the Cowboys.
Brown definitely needs to continue growing, but the strides he’s already made his rookie season are impressive, and he’s had some valuable experience in different roles throughout the secondary.