Posted on January 4th, 2009 at 9:45 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie
Absent a complete meltdown next week against the Giants (something along the lines of what happened to Dallas last week), the 2008 Eagles season has brought me considerable happiness and I shall remember it fondly. Sure, they snuck into the playoffs, but they won a post-season game. Remember how hard it was to do that 20 years ago? Now we’ve done it 7 of the last 9 years. Can’t complain too much about that. If making the playoffs was all gravy, then we all just got a second helping. Yum.
In the short term, I’m just psyched to get another week of thick Eagles media coverage. Lay it on thick, national media — there’s no end to the amount of Eagles content I can consume.
My quickie post-game thoughts (minimally ordered):
What a difference a year makes — Birds’ special teams play well. Take a bow, Rory Segrest, because the Eagles were great on special teams. David Akers was very sharp, the kickoff coverage was solid, and DeSean Jackson had a big day returning punts. If I had any complaint about the special teams, it was a that a hyped-up Quintin Demps abandoned his typical just-go-straight return style on the opening kickoff and tried to run around the corner of the coverage. Come on Quintin, only the other guy gets to do that.
Speaking of young Master DeSean. Really nice game from the rookie in his playoff debut — he even blocked on the Westbrook TD. Still, I wonder if he gets a special talking-to from Andy Reid about yapping in Brad Childress’ face after his second long punt return? Maybe he was telling Childress to quit hassling Big Red about his figure? Or to go easy on the vodka tonight?
The Vikings DEs came to play. We’ll avoid the angle that notes that the Eagles’ aging tackles had a long day out there and instead focus on the excellent play of the Vikings’ two defensive ends, who consistently got pressure on McNabb and played the run well. Those guys were impressive.
The jokes about Brad Childress being as clumsy with the clock management as Andy Reid. Yeah, I guess that stuff is all true. Huh. Very comforting to see someone else screw up.
Our favorite camera angle. Due to some tough field position for the Birds, we were treated to the back-of-the-end-zone punter cam for a couple Donovan McNabb throws. Very very cool. Also, unlike the Washington game, McNabb was great inside his ten.
Speaking of Donovan. He was sharp today. The turnovers were tough, especially the misguided/ I-think-I’m-tricky-like-Peyton-Manning pick, but he made some extremely tough throws on third down.
A new candidate for the single-best play of the season (which looks a lot like the single-best play of the 2007 season). That screen pass was glorious. Ten guys blocking, Westbrook making a huge play (after a pretty tough day to date), random offensive linemen being heroes (how about that Nick Cole with two big blocks AND a little hop over a defender), and even the wideouts helping him home. Looked a lot like that play against Washington last year.
All Chris Clemons does is make internet video highlights. Clemons was very good again this week, and managed to make the Youtube highlight reel by body-slamming Tavaris Jackson. Already been posted.
Things that went as well as we could have hoped and with which we cannot argue. Dawk dropping a signature welcome-to-the-playoffs hit on Peterson; Asante Samuel pulling the quick six; and the Eagles holding the Vikings under 17 points; the Eagles advancing to a game at the Meadowlands (which means I get to go).
Things that worry us. The red-zone offense. The inability to solve the Vikings defense in the first half. The continued struggles running the ball (but at least they tried!).
Man, that was cool.
(Early line is Giants favored by 4.)
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