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The Snow Bowl: Philadelphia Eagles Plowed Through the Detroit Lions in 34-20 Victory

December 10th, 2013 at 7:40 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

Snow. Lot's of snow. The Philadelphia Eagles pulled off a second half comeback Sunday afternoon en route to their 34-20 victory over the Detroit Lions in the "Snow Bowl" at Lincoln Financial Field. 

Jake Slagle / / CC BY-NC

Photo credit: Jake Slagle / / CC BY-NC


The original weather forecast for today was an inch or less of snow. Well, Philadelphia saw about eight inches of snow. By the time the game was set to kickoff, there was already around three inches on the field. Stadium crews were working up until kickoff time to clear the the yard lines. However, that was just the light stuff.

The snow got heavier when the game started and never let up until the second half. That's when the Eagles offense started getting hot.


The Eagles started the second half trailing the Lions 14-0. The Lions just couldn't hold on to the lead as the Eagles went with the old-fashioned ground-and-pound to outscore the Lions 34-6. The Eagles continued to  give the ball to LeSean McCoy over and over again in the second half. It turned out to be their best decision because McCoy shift into another gear and plowed his way through eight inches of snow on the playing field to run for two touchdowns in the second half. Which gives fans an even better reason to invest in this autographed McCoy jersey!

All players, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, had trouble getting their cleats to grip enough for them to make their moves and get into position. This problem forced McCoy to change his approach to the game. McCoy is known for his cutbacks, but as the game went on and the snow got deeper, McCoy switched up his style and ran in straighter patterns. 

McCoy said the performance of the offensive line really helped. The O-line did a great job as the game went on as they created a lot of running room and holes for McCoy to navigate through. McCoy ended the game with 27 rush attempts for 217 yards and two touchdowns. In the process of rushing for 217 yards, McCoy became the first running back to rush for over 100 yards against the Lions this season. 


Quarterback Nick Foles threw his first interception of the season and did not break Peyton Manning's record of 20 consecutive touchdowns without an interception. He fell just one touchdown short of tying Manning. After struggling early on in the game, Foles came up big in the second half just like McCoy. In the first half, Foles only completed four of his 10 passes for 35 yards and an interception. In the second half, Foles completed seven of his 12 pass attempts for a touchdown, two-point conversion and 144 yards. With the 34-20 win over the Lions, that now gives Foles his sixth win as the starting quarterback and puts him at 6-1 for the season. A win is a win and the Eagles will take them any way they can get them, even if it means they need to plow through snow.


Early in the season, the Eagles defense was the weakest point of the team. Now it seems like they finally have things together and are stringing together good performances. The weather was definitely a huge factor and it became the "12th man" for the Eagles defense. The Lions play in a dome and are not used to playing outside in the cold all of the time. With a little help from the weather, the Eagles defense put on a show by holding the top ranked offense in the league to only three touchdowns and a two-point conversion. The defense also made Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson non-existent on Sunday as they held him to only three receptions for 49 yards. He only had one reception in the second half.

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Tags: Defense, Detroit Lions, Football, LeSean McCoy, Lions, NFL, Nick Foles, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, snow, Snow Bowl, weather

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