Eagles vs. Lions: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Philadelphia

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Eagles vs. Lions: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Philadelphia
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The Eagles overcame a 14-0 deficit and a pair of return touchdowns by Jeremy Ross to score 28 points in the fourth quarter, courtesy of a dominant ground game. LeSean McCoy broke the franchise record by rushing for 217 yards. 

Final Score: Philadelphia 34, Detroit 20

Philadelphia Eagles Game Grades
Position Unit First-Half Grade Final Grade
Pass Offense F C+
Run Offense B+ A+
Pass Defense C B+
Run Defense B+ B
Special Teams B F
Coaching D A-

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Game Analysis for the Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Nick Foles threw his first interception of the season, but he made the necessary throws in the second half to lead the Eagles to a huge comeback victory. He finished with 179 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception. 

Run Offense: McCoy had probably the most impressive performance by an Eagles running back since Steve Van Buren against the Chicago Cardinals in the 1948 NFC Championship Game. He rushed 29 times for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdowns came in the fourth quarter and were more than 40 yards. He also didn't fumble once all game. 

Pass Defense: Matt Stafford couldn't move the ball at all in the second half, finishing just 10 of 25 for 148 yards. 

Run Defense: Joique Bell played well, considering the conditions, while filling in for an injured Reggie Bush. He carried 23 times for 69 yards and a score, although he did lose two fumbles. 

Special Teams: Ross returned both a kick and a punt for a touchdown, finishing with 243 combined return yards. The Eagles converted two of five two-point conversions, while the Lions converted one of two and had an extra point blocked. 

Coaching: Chip Kelly did exactly what Andy Reid struggled to do throughout his entire tenure as the Eagles head coach: he turned to the running game when needed, and in doing so, it got the Eagles a huge comeback victory. 

 

First-Half Analysis for the Philadelphia Eagles

Pass Offense: Foles hasn't been stopped by any NFL team yet this season, but the snow has stopped him cold... literally. He's completed four of his 10 passes for 35 yards and his first interception of the season. 

Run Offense: McCoy stopped bouncing outside and started running up the middle in the second quarter. It's worked, as he's carried 13 times for 51 yards without a fumble in near-blizzard conditions. 

Pass Defense: Stafford is playing pretty well, considering the conditions. He's completed six of his 12 passes for 87 yards, including a pair of crucial third-down throws. 

Run Defense: Bell—who is filling in for an injured Reggie Bush—has carried 17 times for 54 yards and a touchdown, but he's lost two fumbles. Matt Stafford has fumbled four snaps, but all have been recovered. 

Special Teams: Donnie Jones has a couple of monster punts, which have really helped the Eagles with field position. Neither team has been able to return the ball. 

Coaching: Kelly elected to go for 4th-and-7 rather than kick a field goal, and he does deserve criticism since the play didn't work. His play-calling hasn't produced any points, although it's hard when the field conditions are so poor. 

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