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January 06, 2019

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Bears playoff game

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Farewell, BDN.

The Philadelphia Eagles have won a playoff game! On Sunday, they defeated the Chicago Bears on the road in what was a sloppy, but tough win over the best defense in the NFL.

As always, win or lose, we hand out 10 awards.

1) The 'Legend of BDN' Award: Nick Foles

Foles didn't have his best game overall. On the day, he was 25 of 40 for 266 yards, two TDs, and two INTs, for a QB rating of 77.7. But, with 4:48 to play, down by five, and the season on the line, Foles led a 12-play, 60-yard, lead-changing TD march that took almost four minutes off the clock.

He left the game with the lead, much like he did during the 2013 playoffs against the Saints.

2) The 'Snub' Award: Lane Johnson and the Eagles' offensive line

Johnson was snubbed both for the Pro Bowl, and the AP All-Pro team. After he learned he didn't make the Pro Bowl, Johnson felt like he had something to prove, so he shut down J.J. Watt for four quarters against the Texans Week 16. After also missing out on the All-Pro team, Johnson and the Eagles' offensive line handled Chicago's fierce pass rush all night. On the game, the Bears had just one sack and five hits on Foles.

3) The 'Pop the Champagne' Award: Jason Peters

Peters is in his 15th season in the NFL. He has played in 192 regular season games, and now four playoff games. Sunday's win over the Bears was the first time Peters has ever played in a playoff win. Long overdue for one of the best players in franchise history.

4) The 'Jalen Mills Award For Excellence in Biting on Double Moves' Award: Avonte Maddox

Maddox has proven to be a good player this season, when forced into action playing a variety of positions, from slot CB, to safety, to outside CB.

On Sunday, the Bears exposed a chink in the armor, when they used Maddox's aggressiveness against him, beating him multiple times on double moves.

5) The 'Doink' Award: Cody Parkey and Treyvon Hester

Parkey hit an incredible number of uprights this season: 

Apparently, reserve defensive tackle Treyvon Hester got a fingertip on the ball, so Bo Wulf of The Athletic took a picture of his hand:

Solid journalizin' there.

6) The 'CATCH IT!' Award: Maddox and Tre Sullivan

Maddox and Tre Sullivan each had bad drops of what should have been interceptions. Maddox dropped what could have potentially been a pick six, while Sullivan dropped an interception opportunity in the end zone, that instead led to a Bears field goal. Credit them for being in good positions to make plays, but not finishing nearly cost the Birds dearly.

7) The 'Goodert' Award: Dallas Goedert

Goedert ran a great route on a TD reception from Foles, and he had a clutch pickup of a first down in which he broke a couple tackle attempts. In his rookie season, Goedert has proven to be a really good tight end who doesn't appear to have any notable flaws. He can catch, he can get open, he can run after the catch, and he can block.

8) The 'Hey He Did Something' Award: Golden Tate

In half a season with the Eagles, Tate had just 30 catches for 278 yards and one TD. That was hardly the production the Eagles' front office was looking for when they traded a third-round pick for Tate, who was an eight-game rental, and possibly more, depending on whether or not the Eagles made — and advanced in — the playoffs.

That was still an ill-advised trade, though Tate certainly made a few important plays on Sunday, most notably a TD catch on fourth down with just under a minute to play. With more positive playoff contributions, maybe that trade will end up being worth it after all.

9) The 'It's Always Something With These Guys' Award: The officials

Another game, another weird call by the officials. On a play in which Cre'Von LeBlanc separated the football from Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller, the original ruling on the field was an incomplete pass. Upon further review, it was determined that it was a catch and fumble, but since neither team made a clear recovery of the ball (because an official quickly picked up the ball after the incompletion), the ball just went back to the original line of scrimmage. Huh? Well apparently, that was officiated correctly:

The Eagles kinda got screwed on that play by the referee who picked up the ball. Otherwise, an Eagles player would have almost certainly picked it up, as there were a number of Eagles defenders near the ball after the play.

10) The 'Revenge' Award: The New Orleans Saints

The Saints are the last team to beat the Eagles in the playoffs, when the Birds lost at home to Drew Brees and the gang after the 2013 season. Oh, and there's the matter of the 48-7 shellacking the Saints laid on the Eagles earlier this season when they ran up the score late. The Eagles will have a chance to avenge those demons.

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