Tuesday, October 19, 2010
NFC East Week 6 decisive moment
By Matt Mosley
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We've all seen the violent collision between Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson, but it was a play that occurred a few minutes later that helped seal an important win for Philadelphia. The Eagles had taken a 14-0 lead on two huge plays from Jackson in the first quarter, but they seemed to be reeling once he was helped off the field with what we'd later discover was a severe concussion.
The normally reliable David Akers had missed a 37-yard field goal on the same possession Jackson was injured and it seemed like the Falcons had an opportunity to get back in the game. But Jackson's replacement on punt returns, Jorrick Calvin, had a 44-yard return to the Falcons' 34-yard line that seemed to wake up the fans and players.
Kevin Kolb connected with Jeremy Maclin for an 8-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a commanding 21-0 lead. I believe Calvin's return was a defining moment in the game because it provided the Eagles with a much-needed burst of energy. Bobby April's special-teams unit hasn't been that successful in 2010, but maybe Calvin's return will get it going.
I thought middle linebacker Stewart Bradley's sack early in the game pretty much set the tone for the Eagles, but Calvin receives our prestigious "decisive moment" award. By the way, I think Andy Reid should consider allowing Calvin to be the full-time punt returner the rest of the season. Jackson doesn't need to be exposed to additional punishment.