Monday, January 20, 2014
10 plays that shaped Eagles' season: No. 1
By Phil Sheridan
PHILADELPHIA -- A few of my NFL Nation colleagues have done this with their teams and it seems like a good way to look back at the 2013 Eagles season. I’ll be taking 10 plays -- in chronological order -- that defined and shaped coach Chip Kelly’s rookie season.
Sept. 9 at Washington: LeSean McCoy rushes 34 yards for a touchdown.
It wasn’t necessarily the biggest play in the Eagles’ Monday night opener at FedEx Field, although it turned out to be the game-winning score. But McCoy’s 34-yard run through an exhausted Washington defense was probably the moment most Eagles fans -- and the rest of America -- simultaneously shook their heads in wonderment at Kelly’s uptempo, breakneck offense. The touchdown completed a 31-0 run of unanswered points by the Eagles’ offense.
The run also foreshadowed the amazing season McCoy was about to unfurl, leading the NFL with a franchise-record 1,607 yards.
For the next week, the big talking point around the country was whether Kelly’s offense could work like that consistently over a 16-game NFL season. The answer -- which was “Not exactly like that, but pretty darn well” -- was revealed over the next 16 games and nine more memorable plays.