It looked like an act of God was finally going to derail the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles, a blinding snowstorm threatening to strand Chip Kelly’s offense in a ditch against the Detroit Lions. Then out of nowhere, LeSean McCoy arrived on the scene to drag the Birds out of the hole and pull his team to a 34-20 comeback victory.
McCoy exploded for touchdown runs of 40 and 57 yards in the fourth quarter on Sunday en route to a franchise record 217 on the ground. The All-Pro back’s performance was all the more impressive considering the Lions owned the second-ranked run defense entering Week 14, holding opponents to 82.7 yards per game. They had not allowed more than 62 to a team over the previous six weeks.
Philadelphia finished with 299 yards rushing total. McCoy’s 217 snapped Steve Van Buren’s old record of 205 set way back in 1949, and 134 of Shady’s yards came in the fourth quarter—talk about finishing.
The Eagles made it look easy, but surely, it wasn’t. Even when the offensive line was opening gaping holes, McCoy still had to keep his footing, which when you have moves like No. 25 can’t be easy. After the game, the fifth-year back talked to CSNPhilly.com’s Reuben Frank about what it was like to have such a big day given the conditions on the field.
“It was tough,” he said. “It was definitely tough. Normal footing and traction that we get from stopping and cutting, I couldn’t really plant like I usually plant. But the [offensive linemen] were giving me so much room.
“And it’s a mental thing. Obviously it’s going to be tough because it’s the snow and the weather, but you don’t think about it while you’re running. Only if you think about it, it sets you back a little bit.”
It was an amazing individual effort by McCoy and great work up front that plowed the road for an Eagles victory, but the highlights were not limited to the ground attack. Flip through for more observations from Sunday’s huge win in snowy South Philly.