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The Best Of McCoy: His Top Performances

Posted Dec 8, 2014

What's tougher - trying to stop running back LeSean McCoy, who just set the franchise's all-time record for yards rushing on Sunday, or coming up with a list of the best performances in the All-Pro's career? To honor McCoy's latest achievement, here are the top five games of McCoy's career ...

Honorable Mention: September 19, 2013 Vs. Kansas City

It's tough to narrow down the top-five performances, so there needs to be an honorable mention. In Week 3 of the 2013 season, the Eagles hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in the return of Andy Reid and the retirement of Donovan McNabb's jersey number.

The Eagles lost the game, but McCoy had 158 yards on 20 carries including a 41-yard touchdown. However, what many fans might forget is that McCoy was in pain after a spectacular 18-yard run in the second quarter. Fans hoped for the best and McCoy not only returned in the second half from the knee injury, but gave the Eagles a chance for a come-from-behind win with that 41-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

McCoy set the NFL's all-time record for most rushing touchdowns of 40 or more yards in the fourth quarter with five. The Chiefs won 26-16, but McCoy declared that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with all season long.

Honorable Mention: October 10, 2010 At San Francisco

The numbers aren't startling. McCoy rushed for 92 yards and scored on a 29-yard touchdown. He also caught five passes for 46 yards to finish with 138 yards from scrimmage.

The most amazing aspect of this performance, much like the one above vs. Kansas City, was that McCoy played through pain. McCoy had suffered a broken rib the week prior in a loss to Washington, but that didn't keep him on the sidelines. McCoy's durability has been remarkable as he's missed just five games due to injury in his career.

No. 5: September 19, 2010 At Detroit

This game will be remembered for Michael Vick's first start (at quarterback!) for the Eagles, but it was also the breakout game for McCoy. At the end of the day, McCoy had 120 yards rushing and three touchdowns. It was McCoy's first multi-touchdown performance as well as his first 100-yard outing. The Eagles won in demonstrative fashion and McCoy announced himself as the team's franchise running back, out of the shadows of Brian Westbrook. McCoy was the first Eagle to rush for three touchdowns in a game since Charlie Garner in 1995.

No. 4: October 30, 2011 Vs. Dallas

McCoy has had some of the best performances of his career against Dallas. On this October outing against the division rivals McCoy, had 30 carries for 185 yards and two touchdowns in the win. McCoy was honored with the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for the first time in his career. He has had more carries and more yards rushing in a game only once since. McCoy's performance put him on track to set the franchise's all-time single-season records for both rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns.

No. 3: September 9, 2013 At Washington

The Chip Kelly era opened with a bang as McCoy gained 184 yards rushing on a career-high 31 carries and scored on a beautiful 34-yard touchdown in the Monday night win over Washington. McCoy was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week and set the tone for his league-leading and franchise single-season record totals of 1,607 yards rushing and 2,146 yards from scrimmage.

No. 2: December 29, 2013 At Dallas

With the NFC East title on the line, McCoy already had the NFL's rushing title all wrapped up. But McCoy put an exclamation point on his season with 131 yards rushing on 27 carries as well as a 3-yard touchdown reception to help lead the Eagles to a two-point win and more importantly the team's first division title since 2010. McCoy averaged 4.9 yards per carry in the win and walked off the field with his rushing championship belt, created in the mold of a boxing or wrestling trophy.

No. 1: December 8, 2013 - Snow Bowl Vs. Detroit

This is a no-brainer. McCoy played as if the eight inches of snow that fell in Philadelphia helped improve his lateral-cutting ability. The Eagles trailed early, but behind McCoy's franchise-record 217 yards rushing Philadelphia rallied to beat the Lions and keep its hopes for a division title alive. In the fourth quarter, McCoy scored on touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards. One day, McCoy could end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but his jersey and cleats from the Snow Bowl are already there.

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