By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia Eagles just got into the playoffs by the skin of their teeth. They had to beat the Redskins and the Bears had to beat the Vikings last week. Both of those outcomes happened, and the Eagles had a date with the best defense in the league last night because of it. The Eagles withstood the test and beat the Bears 16-15.
It was not a pretty victory for the Eagles, but they pulled it out because of a big-time performance by the Eagles offensive line, big plays by the defense, and an impressive drive by Nick Foles.
Early in the game Foles did not look like himself, he turned the ball over twice. Foles was under pressure early, and one of his interceptions happened because he was being chased by the Bears defensive line and he threw the ball up to avoid a sack. He ended up having the ball intercepted and taking points off the board.
Eventually though, the Eagles offensive line would start to win the battle of the trenches and limit the pressure on Foles. The Bears only were able to get two sacks and seven hits on Foles.
A big reason for the lack of pressure on Foles was Jason Peters keeping Khalil Mack in check. Over the pasts seven games the Eagles offensive line has been playing very well. They have kept some of the best defensive players in the league like J.J. Watt, Aaron Donald, and Khalil Mack in check.
The Eagles offensive line winning the battle of the trenches allowed Foles to be able to go on a game winning drive which was highlighted by big throws on third down to Alshon Jeffrey and Nelson Agholor. Then a season-saving touchdown throw to Golden Tate. In order to put the Eagles up by one-point.
After that it was up to the defense to win their match-ups. It did not look good for the Eagles as Bears running back Tarik Cohen had 35-yard kickoff return to the 40-yard line. Then Mitch Trubisky made a forty-yard throw to receiver Allen Robinson to put the Bears in field goal range.
The Eagles defense was able to get an important sack on Trubisky and keep the Bears from getting any closer for a field goal. Now it was up to Bears kicker Cody Parkey to win the game for them.
Doug Pederson used his last timeout to ice Parkey. Usually that does not work, but this time the Eagles were able to win the game because Parkey’s kick was tipped by Treyvon Hester and it hit off the crossbar and the upright and fell safely to the ground, and the Eagles won the game because of a double doink.
Now the Eagles who are arguably the hottest team in football head to New Orleans for a rematch with the Saints on Sunday afternoon.
The Eagles will have a chance to avenge an embarrassing regular season loss to the Saints.
Foles continues to add to his legacy, but it was the offensive and defensive lines of the Eagles that helped them win this game. Both lines will have to play very well to beat the Saints next week.