Well it wasn’t easy but the Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) pulled it out beating the Dallas Cowboys 24-22 winning their division and entering the playoffs in the process! They now host the New Orleans Saints next Saturday at 8:10 p.m. at home. The Eagles not only have the advantage of being at home but the weather will be on their side as well. The Saints are a different team when they play outside, away from their Mercedez-Benz Superdome. They are a team built for speed and therefore enjoy their climate controlled perfect weather providing dome. Weather reports say it could be brutal and that is definitely an advantage for Philadelphia!
The regular season is over and we now know that for the first cold weather Super Bowl in a long time set here in New Jersey, neither of the local New York teams will be anywhere near the stadium. Outsiders will be playing at Metlife Stadium but at least the Jets and Giants went out on a high note.
The New York Jets finished 8-8 beating the Miami Dolphins 20-7 and eliminating them from the playoffs. The Jets’ better than expected season led Woody Johnson to announce after the game that Coach Rex Ryan, whose job was in question, would in fact be back next year. This is good news but it also means they are giving him the rope to possibly hang himself with. Hopefully next season they can build a better team on the offensive side of the ball and surround Geno Smith with a better cast of players to match their solid defense.
The New York Giants (7-9) also won, beating the Washington Redskins 20-6. As a result coach Tom Coughlin will be back but some assistant coaches will likely be fired. As far as the rest of the team, it’s anybody’s guess as to how they think they can fix this mess.
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