By James Kwon 1/25/18
A lot can happen in one NFL season. Nobody knows this better than the 2017-2018 Philadelphia Eagles. Doug Pederson has turned the team around in just two seasons as the head coach, but the success hasn’t come without a fair share of hiccups. One MVP candidate, a bad loss to the Seahawks, and an unlikely backup hero later, the Eagles find themselves in a game they haven’t seen in 13 years.
In the beginning, the team started hot with the Wentz Wagon at full speed. Everything was looking up. The defense produced a decent rush. Jay Ajayi was brought on to pair up with Legarrette Blount. The offense was sharp in a dull conference. Everything seemed to be going to plan until week 13, when chaos stuck the City of Brotherly Love.
A bad loss to the Seahawks sowed the seeds of doubt from fans around the league. The Superteam looked human for the first time since losing to the Chiefs in week two. A week later in what as supposed to be a bounceback game against the Rams, Carson Wentz tore his ACL, the game was a win but the season might be a loss. The Eagles had just lost the lynchpin of their potent offense with the playoffs just around the corner.
Enter Nick Foles, an Eagle of the past with everything to prove. A worthy backup in the NFL, but going from Wentz to Foles was a dropoff that had Eagles fans sweating about their Super Bowl chances. After receiving a barrage of criticism on social media, Foles went into the NFC Championship Game with low expectations but produced surprising results. Foles passed for three touchdowns and over 350 yards, punching Philly’s ticket for the big game.
Now the Eagles face their biggest challenge yet, Tom Brady. Though Eagles fans are happy to have made it this far, the championship expectation set in the regular season has been revitalized. In just one remarkable season, an organization has brought back a taste of winning that’s been missing in over a decade.