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Philadelphia Eagles Pull Out Last-Second Victory

Quarterback Nick Foles drives the Philadelphia Eagles to victory with two seconds left over Tampa Bay.

The losing streak eventually had to end.

And rookie quarterback Nick Foles did it in grand fashion, throwing a last-second touchdown pass to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 23-21.

"Fly Eagles Fly, on the road to victory."

We haven't heard that theme song in some time. But the Birds battled all day, sparked by Foles and excellent games from receivers Jason Avant and Jeremy Maclin.

After an eight-game losing streak, the Eagles won a game they probably shouldn't have against a playoff-caliber team. While the Bucs shut down rookie running standout Bryce Brown to six yards, Foles found a way to get it done.

Special teams once again hurt the team as Damaris Johnson muffed a punt return while kicker Alex Henrey – who made 22 straight field goals – missed two, including a 58-yarder off the post.

No one expected the Birds to win.

Foles threw for almost 400 yards. He looked like he's been playing in this league for years. Foles even used his legs to gain key yardage and shook off enough sacks to drive the Birds downfield time and again.

The game looked lost when the Birds defense – which was strong in the first half – faltered in the second half.

Tampa Bay took a 21-10 lead after the Birds led 10-0. But Foles got them back with a score to Clay Harbor, who was filling in for tight end Brett Celek, who left the game early with a concussion.

After holding the Bucs, Foles fired away again with Maclin catching big passes and making a throw to Avant at the 1-yard line. Avant had one of the greatest catches of the season earlier in the game with a one-handed catch.

And then Foles rolled out and hit Maclin for the game winner as the clock ran out.

It's been quite chaotic for the Eagles this season. And Coach Andy Reid was pumping his fists after the game ended with one finally in the win column.

The Birds fought like crazy, Reid said after the game, and the defense kept providing pressure. Corner Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie especially played well.

"To be able to sneak it out like that..." Reid said.

Tampa Bay took away the run, but Foles – if anything – showed that he can play in this league.

After the game Foles played Sunday, he certainly looks like the team's quarterback of the future.

More importantly, the Eagles finally got a win. That should keep fans happy for a short week when the Birds play the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night.

Joanne Mudry December 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Way to go fly eagles fly
P.A.K. December 10, 2012 at 05:04 PM
They'd be better off losing out for the draft pick. And these dopes were celebrating yesterday like they won the Superbowl, what a bunch of losers.
DJ December 10, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Agreed, would be way better off with the draft pick. No chance of getting rid of Reid though which would be a huge help.
Bill Sams December 10, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Where was Foles all season? Oh Yes sitting on the Bench while the Dog Killer was getting his kicks. The Eagles will never win a Championship. Let them all go and start from Scratch
Donna Doherty December 10, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I was so happy I cried!! After all the bad things that this area has been dealing with since the hurricane, it was just what we all needed! The early Christmas present was that Nick Fowles showed us what we can look forward to next year, a young man with leadership potential, who didn't fold at the end. The guys who were playing actual defence while the starters sat it out also showed us that next year could be something. And as for those draft pick??? Who cares! They haven't made such wise decisions in the past anyway. The win was fantastic and just what we true Eagle fans needed!
Karl December 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I don't know if anyone saw Henrey's 58 yard miss...but that kick would have had the distance from 68 yards- it hit way up on the left post. With no running game, that win was on Foles. He's getting better every week; cutting down the mistakes and making some great throws out there. I'm becoming a believer in Foles.
Adam Young December 10, 2012 at 07:27 PM
So this means they make the playoffs now.........right??? (LOL!!!!)
DJ December 10, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Absolutely. SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS ON THE WAY!
Stephen Eickhoff December 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Vick's mistreatment of animals is in no way connected to his skill as a QB.
Stephen Eickhoff December 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Indeed-- he'd just nailed the 53 yarder that was negated by yet another stupid penalty.
DJ December 10, 2012 at 10:57 PM
it is in connection to him being an absolute scumbag though

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