Philadelphia Eagles: That was terrible…then amazing

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What looked like another all-time awful performance for the Philadelphia Eagles turned completely around in their crazy 23-17 overtime victory over the New York Giants.

All wins count the same in the standings. Yet, this one was somehow one of the worst I’ve ever seen and strangely great at the same time.

The Philadelphia Eagles are 6-7 and very much alive in the NFC East after beating the 2-11 New York Giants on Monday Night Football. While I’ll admit that I had yet another Carson Wentz postmortem in the works until the comeback, credit where credit is due on this night, as he found a way to lead the team to a win when everything around him was an absolute mess.

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Without some key weapons before the game even started, Wentz lost best buddy Alshon “The Unnamed Source” Jeffery early on, then right tackle Lane Johnson, which led to far too much Halapoulivaati Vaitai. This guy really makes Eagles fans long for the days of Winston Justice.

Wentz certainly had help from the likes of Boston Scott, Joshua Perkins and the always trusty Zach Ertz. But it was so nice to see him shake off the stigma for one night at least by leading a late drive for the tying score and then going straight down the field for the winning touchdown in overtime.

Even despite their personnel issues, the Eagles shouldn’t have had this much trouble with a Giants club that came in riding an 8-game losing streak, but all’s well that ends well I suppose.

Many issues still linger after the win, and injuries could again be the story of the week as the Eagles prepare to face the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Eagles Nation, however, can take a deep breath after this one and relax for a day or two at least.

As flawed as this win was, it showed off the true beauty of sports. When you’re able to go from a first half that included yet another abject failure by Ronald Darby (who Merrill Reese absolutely eviscerated on the Eagles’ radio broadcast following his tackle “attempt” on a Giants touchdown) to a stirring comeback in the same game, you have to acknowledge this is why we watch the games and give so much time and energy to them.

Would you have guessed that the Eagles would get things together on offense late in the game after looking so inept for the entire first half? I sure didn’t.

It’s also maddening that this Eagles team made us all stay up late on a work night, but at least the payoff was there.

Is this crazy season saved? Or is it still heading for disaster? You know you’re going to keep watching no matter what. Like Monday showed us, that’s what sports do to us.

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It’s terrible. And great at the same time.