"Now that was an absolutely enjoyable football game to watch," writes Enrico at the AOL Fan House.
After five lead changes and one tie, the Eagles punched 14 unanswered points onto the scoreboard to beat the N. Y. Giants at the Meadowlands, grabbing both revenge and command of the Wild Card race.
Which was quite the trick, seeing that with just over 9 minutes left to go, a hot-headed Jeff Garcia threw his first interception since given the starter's job, surrendering the game's momentum and starting me to think of a post that began "One Play! One Play!"
But this was not to be.
Garcia cooled, and picked a porous Giants defense apart for 80 yards in eight plays, ending with a 19-yard floater into Reggie Brown's hands and a touchdown. On the next series, Sheldon Brown blitzed Eli Manning, causing him to throw a fly pop to Trent Cole, who cakewalked the interception in for a 36-22 win.
Enrico handed game balls to the Brian Westbrook and Brian Dawkins;
They played phenomenal games and showed why the Linc is littered with 20's and 36's every Sunday. The Eagles are in position to make a run at the playoffs and Eagles fans should simply sit back and enjoy this victory. The Eagles come home from New York with a victory. Let's give Terrell Owens and the Dallas Cowboys their own dose of Cole on Christmas.
Regarding Mr. Dawkins -- on the Wingheads board, Vermeilman wrote:
12 tackles, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles!
Bleeding Green Nation, too, gushed for No. 20:
He took this team on his back and won this game. For a guy that on the plus side of 30 and to have been a pro bowler most of his career already, Dawk may very well be playing the best football of his career. He's a game changing presence that has now been the catalyst for 2 straight, hard fought division road wins. If this man is not a hall of famer, if he is not recognized one of the best safeties to ever play this game a crime has been committed. I simply can't praise him enough.
The Iggles Blog savored the victory over a rival that summons some pure hatred.
I understand that as an Eagles fan, I am contractually obligated to hate the Cowboys over all others, but there's something about the Giants that I absolutely despise. It's partly because they always use to beat us. It's partly because they have the most arrogant fans in the NFL. And it's partly because they're never as good as they think they are.
But mostly, it's because of their players. Shockey. Burress. That pipsqueak Manning. I can't stand any of them. And you know what? I don't think the Eagles can either.
And that emotion might just be what carried the day today.
In the Schadenfreude Dept., Micc of Micc's Rants & Raves took advantage of his time zone - he's stationed in Japan - to read the New York papers scream about the game. Good recap at his site. A taste:
Following the Giants loss Steve Politi, of the Star-Ledger, suggests the Giants just shut the hell up. "Just stop talking. Has any team yapped so much while accomplishing so little? The Giants seem to make it their weekly mission to remind everyone how good they are, only to come out on Sunday and prove their mediocrity, time and time again.
So, Dallas and T. O. on Christmas Day. The Eagles might want to pack bibs.