Oh what a night it was on Sunday. Brian Dawkins was forever immortalized as an Eagle. Great ceremony. Before the game and at halftime. And how many of you got chills when Dawkins came out of that tunnel one last time during player introductions before the game? I got me so hyped up to the point it drew tears. I will forever remember that.
As for the game, it was a classic with the rival Giants. But best thing about the game next to the fact that we won? The Eagles had zero turnovers. Something we haven’t been able to say all season. Vick made some good decisions. The defense was stingy.
It came down to a field goal attempt. Now, when Tynes made his first attempt and missed I was so happy. I was jacked up. And like the rest of the Eagles faithful in the Linc, didn’t realize that Reid called a timeout to ice the kicker. My first thought was Andy Reid cost us that win. You don’t give good kickers a second chance after they just missed a kick.
Now in all fairness to Reid though, icing the kicker is a trend in the NFL. Every coach in the league has iced a kicker before. The majority of the time it does not work. Therefor I don’t understand it. I don’t like it. And using Reid’s recent attempt almost backfired and should be used as an example as to why it is a stupid strategy. But it is what it is.
Now back to Tynes. He just missed the first attempt. I was furious. I thought for sure his second attempt would wrap up a Giants win for sure. I was cussing Reid to no end for that attempt to ice Tynes. So the Giants line up for their second attempt. The ball is snapped, The ball is placed. And the kick is up and on it’s way. Now while the ball is in the air I’m mad. I just knew for sure that it was a good kick. It was dead on. But it came up short.
So within a real time span of about five minutes my emotions went up and down like a roller coaster. Literally. One of those old, wooden ones that love to have a lot of hills. But the end result of the game was a happy one. Obviously. And being 3-1 is a good feeling. Winning by a combined four points in those three wins is a good feeling too, in a way. Last season we couldn’t buy these close wins. Now we seem to have it in us to pull them out. Now it’s time to win by a nice, sizable margin. Put teams away in style.
Next up, the Pittsburgh Steelers. A team that we can beat. But more on that in a few. For now I’m still enjoying the win from Sunday night. GO BIRDS!!!