Alive N’ Kickin’: Eagles defeat Jets to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Michael Vick recorded his first rushing touchdown of the season in the Eagles win over the Jets.

When the word came across that the Washington Redskins had upset the New York Giants on the road, the Eagles season suddenly took on meaning. It became a slight bit more realistic to hope for the team to make the playoffs. It’s still far from likely, but possible. The first step in keeping those hopes possible was to defeat the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles have never lost to the New York Jets and they thoroughly kept that trend going by defeating New York 45-19 (highlights). The Eagles ability to withstand turnovers and to capitalize on the Jets’ mistakes allowed the team to flourish in their rout of New York. With the win, The Eagles have kept fans believing for at least one more week.

One of the main keys to the Eagles victory was LeSean McCoy. The Eagles’ running back did turn the ball over twice but the Jets were unable to make the Eagles pay the ultimate price of 14 points for those McCoy fumbles. Despite his turnovers, McCoy stole the show by setting the Eagles record for touchdowns in a season (20). McCoy rushed for three touchdowns while picking up 102 yards on 18 carries. He added on to his pro bowl resume and with the new franchise record for touchdowns and a realistic shot at being the NFL’s leading rusher when the season ends, there is certainly justification for mentioning McCoy when arguing the best running back in team history.

LeSean McCoy celebrates with Andy Reid after setting the Eagles record for touchdowns in a season.

McCoy was not alone in helping to lead the Eagles’ offense. Michael Vick also played a stellar game and displayed tenacity when his team needed it the most. Vick finished the game 15-22 passing for 274 yards and a touchdown with one interception. He received plenty of time from his offensive line and found six different receivers on the day including both of his tight ends.

Brent Celek played his best game of the season catching five passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. Celek was one yard away from notching a second touchdown on a 73 yard pass play in the third quarter. The catch was the longest of Celek’s career.

The defense was not to be outdone by the offense on the day. The Eagles forced four turnovers on the day and capitalized on them. Juqua Parker’s fumble recover for a touchdown in the first quarter set the tone for the Eagles defense on the day. The team was able to hold the Jets receivers in check all day and they got solid pressure on Mark Sanchez. Jason Babin recorded three sacks giving Babin 18 on the season (first in the league).

While the victory does not guarantee the Eagles a spot in the playoffs, it gives them hope. For all Eagles fans that have a playoff spot on their holiday wish list, you may get a hint on Christmas Eve. The Eagles take on the Cowboys and the Giants take on the Jets. The outcomes of those games will once again play a huge role on the Eagles’ fate.

One Response to Alive N’ Kickin’: Eagles defeat Jets to Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

  1. Nice Post!

    The giants shit the bed today.

    I did a recap too on my blog if you want to check it out, the giants have A LOT to work on.

    http://zazenlife.com/2011/12/18/one-giant-letdown/

    Enjoy! 🙂

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