Eagles at Buccaneers, Sunday, December 9, 2012
Holy shit. The Eagles actually won a game.
I know, I know, this does not help the team’s draft position, and that’s pretty much all that’s on the line at this point.
But how nice was it to see Big Red and Howard Mudd hugging after the game. And not “bro-hugging” either, but a big old “I’m about to cry” clinch.
Stud of the week: Could it be anyone but Jason Avant? He had an amazing game. No TDs, but 7 catches for 133 yards, including an amazing one-handed circus catch. Just Google it – you’ll have no trouble finding it. Shout out to Jeremy Maclin, too, for catching the game winner as time expired.
Good thing the receivers had a big day because, thanks to the Bucs’ #1 ranked running defense, Nick Foles was the Birds’ top rusher on the day.
Speaking of Foles, I’m still not sure he’s The Guy, but I’ll bet he gets a shot at the starting spot for 2013 at this point. He played well, particularly when he needed to bring the Birds back from being down by 11 with 7 minutes left. And for once, burning the timeouts to save the clock worked, as the D, which had been up and down all day, was able to come up with a stop when they needed it, with about 3 minutes to go. And then Foles got sacked right before the 2 minute warning, and nobody panicked. Or gave up.
In the end, it doesn’t change anything. The Eagles will finish at the bottom of the NFC East. Andy Reid will be fired in January. Mike Vick will not be an Eagle, and may not even be playing football. Same for King Dunlap. I’m sure someone will pick up Nnamdi Asomugha, but he won’t be Philly anymore, either.
But on a day when the Bucs were honoring the team that, according to Chef Spouse’s unending bile, stole the Eagles’ Super Bowl from them (if I had a dollar for every time he’s said “2002 was OUR YEAR!” I’d be a rich woman), it was nice to be able to savor a victory.