EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Hopefully, it was a warm-up.
Center Mike McGlynn said after the Eagles' improbable 38-31 win over the Giants on Sunday that head coach Andy Reid was given what was "probably the greatest Gatorade splash ever" inside the team's locker room.
With just one win - or Giants loss - needed to clinch the team's first NFC East title since 2006, maybe McGlynn was warming up for a splash sometime in February. In Dallas. One can dream, right? After Sunday's come-from-behind win, just about anything is possible. The Eagles were down 31-10 with 8:17 left in the game after Eli Manning's fourth touchdown pass of the game. The Eagles not only executed a successful onsides kick, scored 28 points - the most in the fourth quarter in Eagles history, but the game ended on a DeSean Jackson 65-yard punt return as time expired.
Kicker David Akers has been in Philadelphia for every single one of Reid's 128 victories. He called this one "the greatest win in Eagles history I've ever been a part of."
"I've never seen anything like this before. I can't believe that just happened basically," Akers said. "I've been around a lot of football and I think it's just spectacular to be a part of it. Hopefully it'll kick-start this last part of the season into the playoffs."
The Eagles have typically played their best football of the season in the month of December under Reid. The Eagles are now 35-15 in the year's final month under Reid. Akers believes that Sunday's effort could propel the Eagles to a deep playoff run.
"I don't know how you can't, really," Akers said. "It shows that the team never gives up on one another."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 8:40 p.m., December 19