Post-Christmas miracle: The Eagles kings of the NFC East with a home playoff game looming

Life sure can be a tricky old possum.

Man, who would have thought the Eagles would win the NFC East when this season started?


The ghost of Leonard Tose?

The Birds are back in the playoffs after grinding past the Cowboys 24-22 Sunday night in Big D and now will host the Saints Saturday night at 8 at the Linc.

Thank God the playoff isn’t in New Orleans, where the Saints are as unbeatable as Achilles. On the road they play with an arrow in their Achilles, which tends to slow them down.

The Eagles’ defense bent more than a thin reed in a hurricane against Dallas, but didn’t break a helluva lot. They surrendered 417 yards, 358 through the air to Kyle Orton, but they hung tough when it counted.

Of course, Drew Brees passes a lot fancier than Orton.

The Eagles’ offense had a fitful evening against the Cowboys with their OL having pass protection issues and their receivers finding it difficult to get separation.

Thankfully Shady McCoy is the Real McCoy as he won the NFL rushing title with 1,607 yards.

And Nick Foles, despite getting sacked more than flour, was poised and won the NFL passer rating at 119.2, the third best in history. He finished with 27 touchdown passes against just two interceptions. He started 10 games and threw for 2,891 yards, completing 64 percent.

He can stick it into tight spots, which is paramount for a top-shelf NFL quarterback.

And now Chip Kelly and the Birds seek some postseason glory.

This likely isn’t a Super Bowl team, but it’s a fascinating and fun team.

Compared to the dismal and dour end of the Andy Reid era, talk about a gushing breath of fresh air.


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