The Eagles enter Week 17 with a extremely merely formulation for getting again to the postseason. They absorb got to beat the Redskins in Washington and hope the Chicago Bears beat Kirk Cousins and the Vikings in Minnesota.
Every video games inaugurate up at Four:25 pm on Sunday, in suppose the Eagles prepare to kick off in opposition to Washington, and as Minnesota takes the sphere in opposition to Chicago, neither team will know their playoff fate. This may per chance well additionally very smartly be a dramatic and stress-filled afternoon for Birds fans, no query, in particular other folks who absorb on no account been through one thing admire this sooner than.
Alternatively, there’s about a synergy to the Eagles’ venture. Right here, in 2018, the Eagles absorb to know a Week 17 sport and web some aid in suppose to play bonus football. The team became once within the identical space 10 years within the past, in 2008, and 30 years within the past, in 1988, wanting a clutch on the last week of the season and a few aid to web in.
And in both these circumstances, fortune smiled on Philadelphia.
1988 – Al Toon Saves The Day
Entering the last sport of the season in Dallas in opposition to the three-12 Cowboys, the 9-6 Eagles wanted a victory and for the underdog New York Jets, who absorb been 7-7-1 to beat their in-stadium competitors, the ten-5 New York Giants, in suppose to know the NFC East and attain the postseason.
Every video games absorb been 1:00 pm starts, and the Birds with out problems dealt with their enterprise in opposition to the Cowboys 23-7.
As the sport ended, the Jets-Giants match-up in New York became once collected ending up, so the team returned to the locker room to ogle if the Jets may per chance well pull off the upset.
Is there anything else better than Brent Musberger in his top breathlessly giving a extremely necessary sports exchange? No, there’s no longer.
For Eagles fans of a undeniable generation, the title “Al Toon” grew to develop into etched in Eagles yarn.
So with their clutch and the Giants’ loss, the New York and Philly executed with a 10-6 account, nonetheless the Eagles obtained the tiebreaker and grew to develop into NFC East champs. The following week, they’d ride to Chicago to spend on the Bears within the legendary Fog Bowl.
2008 – Destruction Of Dallas
In ‘08, the probabilities absorb been even longer, nonetheless no decrease than by kickoff, the Birds knew whether or no longer the sport would imply anything else or no longer.
Entering their Four:25 match-up with the Cowboys in Philly, the Eagles already had stumbled on out that the 7-8 Houston Texans had upset the 8-7 Chicago Bears and that the Four-11 Oakland Raiders, who absorb been 13-level underdogs, had overwhelmed the 8-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
So the total Eagles wanted to carry out, at 8-6-1 became once beat the 8-7 Cowboys on their home turf. The arduous fragment had been completed, the miracles had already practically about scuttle.
All americans knows what befell subsequent.
As the No. 6 seed, the probabilities absorb been stacked in opposition to Philadelphia doing anything else of significance within the postseason. Nonetheless unlike 1988, the ‘08 miracle spawned a deep postseason flee that noticed the Eagles beat the Vikings in Minnesota within the wild card round and the No. 1 seed, 13-three Giants within the Meadowlands.
The dream died within the wasteland, nonetheless, because the Eagles fell to the Cardinals in Arizona within the NFC Championship Sport.
Luckily, they obtained the Sizable Bowl closing twelve months, so missing the postseason this twelve months obtained’t be a killer, and these outdated few weeks absorb ended the season on an upswing and has no decrease than made the team viable heading into the last week of the season.
We don’t know what the future holds for Sunday, nonetheless if the previous is prologue, than that may per chance imply honest appropriate issues for the Eagles.