Eagles Fans Have Been Here Beforeby BigGreek24
Over the past ten seasons, Eagles fans have become accustomed to their team playing its best during the month of December on its way to the playoffs, and in a few of those seasons either an NFC East Championship (five of them), a first round bye, home field throughout the playoffs or two out of three or all of the above. A win Sunday night gives the Eagles their sixth NFC East title in the Andy Reid era. Did I mention we’ve been there, done that?
DeSean Jackson provided the exclamation point Sunday to a marvelous comeback against the Giants, one that stirred up comparison’s to seven years ago when Brian Westbrook brought back a punt to give the Eagles a much needed victory over those same Giants early in the 2003 season. Unfortunately, we know how that season ended. Despite converting a 4th and 26 against the Packers the Eagles lost their second consecutive home NFC Championship Game to the Carolina Panthers.
As great a job as Andy Reid has done this season, and this just might be the best coaching job he’s done since 2000-2001, and as great a comeback as the Eagles had on Sunday, and as big a surprise as Michael Vick has become to lead the Eagles to their 10-4 record, it all means nothing unless the Eagles reach the Super Bowl.
Yes, I said Super Bowl. Sure, going into the season most of us thought that this might be a “take a step back” year with Kevin Kolb getting his feet wet and maybe the Eagles would go 8-8, 9-7 at best. That all changed when Vick took over and started racking up wins with both his feet and his downfield passing. If not for the Eagles past failures in four NFC Championship games what they are doing this season might be enough regardless of the result. Its not because unlike the Eagles teams of the late 1970’s and mid 1980’s this team has given us a taste of success over the years. They’ve set the bar high themselves by winning playoff games, getting those first round bye’s and making us all believe the actually could win a championship only to have those hopes dashed time and time again against the Rams, Bucs, Panthers and Cardinals. With the exception of the Rams all those other franchises had never gone to a Super Bowl until they had beaten the Eagles.
So, Jackson’s wonderful punt return could springboard the Eagles to the Super Bowl, or it could get put into the footnote box along with 4th and 26 and Westbrook’s punt return. The cool thing is that the end to this story has yet to be written, and I’m really hoping that the ending takes us to Dallas in February. How cool would it be for the Eagles to win their first Super Bowl on the home turf of one of their most fierce rivals? I like that ending alot.