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CB Boykin Swings Momentum

Posted Nov 12, 2013

Brandon Boykin’s interception in the red zone helped swing momentum during the Eagles’ 27-13 win over the Green Bay Packers. With the Eagles leading 7-0 early in the second quarter, the Packers faced a third-and-3 from the 5-yard line. Scott Tolzien, who was on the Packers practice squad a few days earlier, fired a pass to his left, only for Boykin to step in front and make his third interception of the season.

“It was a red zone play so I knew the ball was going to come out quickly,” Boykin said after the game. “I undercut the play, really took a risk undercutting it, was able to make a play and give our offense some good field position.”

Boykin sprinted and weaved across the field as he returned the interception 76 yards into Packers territory before he was run out of bounds by Packers tight end Brandon Bostick.

“I was mad at myself, especially being caught by a tight end,” said Boykin with a smile. “But (my teammates) were like, ‘He’s fast. He’s a good, athletic tight end.’ I ran a long way, so it’s all good.”

Even though starting cornerback Bradley Fletcher was inactive for the Eagles, Boykin remained in the slot for the vast majority of the game while Roc Carmichael manned Fletcher’s normal spot on the outside. The reason for that, as defensive coordinator Bill Davis explained after the game, was for Boykin to focus on stopping Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, who lines up primarily in the slot.

“I need Brandon to be a great nickel for us,” Davis said. “We had to put him on Jordy Nelson and in order for him to step up and play a great game, putting him in nickel was the way to start.”

“In this particular game, with their best receiver being in the slot in Jordy, (Davis) didn’t want me mixing and matching, getting caught on the outside if they were going no-huddle or something,” Boykin said. “It worked out well. I still got a lot of plays. I got my share of plays.”

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