It was only one of 16 games, and that is true. But because of where they fall in the schedule, and because of what has happened before, some games really are more important than others. The Eagles’ win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday was one of those games, and Bob Ford makes the case:
“…Sunday’s 24-15 win was nothing less than a season-saver for the Eagles. Things can still fall apart again. The team has been shaky on the road and is headed into one of the most difficult venues in the league for a visitor, but there is hope now. A 5-4 record looks vastly different than a 4-5 record, and when you study the games remaining, there is a reasonable path to 10 wins and a good shot at the postseason. Maybe Nate Silver would draw the odds against them, but he's been wrong before.”
Les Bowen says the key was that the Eagles got back to safe, boring football, as safety Malcolm Jenkins had called for last week.
Jeff McLane writes about the return of running back Ryan Mathews from and land of the lost, and the root canal chair.
Marcus Hayes noticed that Doug Pederson, at least on this day, was successful in kicking his go-for-it-on-fourth-down habit.
Bob Brookover is keeping track of the Eagles’ pendulum, and how it is swinging in the right direction again for Pederson and Carson Wentz.
John Smallwood says that “it was evident that Wentz played one of the more cerebral games at the biggest moment of his young career.”
Mike Sielski writes about the adventures of Leodis McKelvin, who played through injury and survived some rough moments in the game.
David Murphy says the Eagles’ safeties were the last line of defense against the Falcons’ offense, and might just have saved the season.