The Eagles Snow Game versus Lions: One for the Ages!

I was going to be perfectly content going to Rab Hamilton's house to watch the Eagles versus Detroit Lions. After we broke our 10 game home losing streak against the Washington Redskins, we have been consistent in our football parties.  Nobody wants to break up a good luck charm for the team.  The party still went on at Rab's.  Shawn, Mike and Alonna represented the Bell Family.  My homey Kevin Wallace called with the ultimate opportunity and I couldn't pass it up!

One of the best memories of my life was attending the NFC Championship Game in 2004 with Kevin and another friend.  We played the Atlanta Falcons who featured Michael Vick at the time.  It was extremely cold.  Donovan McNabb was at the top of his game at the time.  He came out with no sleeves and pumped up the crowd.  Mike Vick, who is an Eagles quarterback now, looked like he wanted to go back inside to the heat.  Brian Dawkins laid a hit on Algee Crumpler during the game that stunned the crowd.  Mike Vick also paid the price for trying to run that day.  We won and went to the only Super Bowl of the Donovan and Andy Reid era.

Sunday was the same kind of day weather wise.  The forecast was for about an inch of snow and frigid temperatures.  At 11:30 AM it was snowing and the weather forecasters probably needed to revise their forecast.  We had a little pre-game revelry and headed down to the stadium on the Orange Line.  We arrived and realized that the snow was not going to let up.  Luckily, we all had layers on that helped to fend off the elements.  I loved the camaraderie in the parking lot.  I aspire to join the RV revolution one day.  Some fans were chilling in the warmth of the extended vehicles while watching the game on satellite.  We were ready to enter the stadium as active participants though!  Playoffs were on the line.

Our seats were totally awesome.  We were in Section 100, Row 6.  We are right behind the end zone and saw all of the action.  The snow made it a much tougher game.  The final tally was eight inches of snow and the field had become a winter wonderland.  Traction was terrible and we were down 8 - 0 at the end of the first half.  We went down 14 - 0 before DeSean Jackson was the recipient of a touchdown pass that helped us to get on the board.  We tied the game before a back breaking kick return touchdown put us down 20 - 14.  As fans, dealing with the snow that was decreasing, we were clamoring for the win.  E-A-G-L-E-S.

We did not know that we were going to witness history that day.  Nick Foles threw his first interception ans was not able to break Peyton Manning's record for TD passes without one.  The ground game was going nowhere.  It was good to see David Akers but there was no sympathy for former Eagles.  We needed the win.  LeSean 'Shady' McCoy began to turn up the heat.  Ndamakung Suh who?  He ran for almost 150 yards in the fourth quarter.  We scored 28 points in the fourth after not having scored a point in the 4th quarter in the previous 4 games.  Lincoln Financial Field erupted in pandemonium.  We maintained a hold on 1st place while shredding the Lions vaunted run defense.  We are in the race and deserve to be there.

The Cowboys lost to the Bears on Monday and the Eagles sit solely in fist place.  We play the Vikings on Sunday and know that we cannot have a let down.  Our 4 - 12 record from last year has to be an incentive to stay focused on the task at hand.  I give credit to Chip Kelly.  I also give credit to these players.  Jason Kelce was hurt last year.  The offensive line is balling out.  Shady and DeSean are two of the best players in the league.  Riley Cooper is an able replacement for Jeremy Maclin.  The Eagles made us proud on Sunday and will be competitive going forward.  Let's get it!  

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