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Chip Kelly's Three Thoughts On The Win


Sunday night's 33-27 win over the Cowboys was undoubtedly the most emotional victory of the Eagles' season so far. After a couple controversial penalties and a handful of poor defensive plays on Dallas' final drive of regulation, the Cowboys were able to tie the game up at 27-all with a 44-yard field goal that ricocheted off the left upright and over the crossbar. But Philadelphia won the coin toss in overtime and drove down the field en route to a walk-off touchdown catch by Jordan Matthews.

After the game, head coach Chip Kelly addressed the media. Here are three takeaways:

Not Getting Too High Or Too Low

The win brought the once 1-3 Eagles back to .500 and within a half a game of the division-leading New York Giants with eight games left in the regular season. But after the emotional victory, head coach Chip Kelly hardly seemed interested in talking about it all. For him, it was important to stress to his team that this win was just one the team will need to earn on what will hopefully be a road to the playoffs. With eight games left in the regular season, he's sticking to his mantra: one game at a time.

"It's the same thing I told them after the Carolina (loss), it's one down, one to go," Kelly said when asked about the momentum the win could provide the team heading into next week. "We don't talk about it like that, like, 'Hey, we had a good week, so let's just ride the wave.' We have to come back and go to work on Tuesday."

In Sam He Trusts

As the season has progressed, quarterback Sam Bradford has looked more and more comfortable within the Eagles' offense. Against the Cowboys, he completed 25 of his 36 pass attempts (69.4 percent) for 295 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions. The improved play from the veteran signal-caller doesn't come as a surprise to the third-year head coach.

"I think Sam is continuing to improve," Kelly said. "I thought he was really accurate in his throws today, he put the ball on guys in the right spot. ... I've always had confidence in Sam."

Jordan Matthews Breaks Out Of Funk

After catching just three balls for 14 yards despite being targeted seven times in a 27-16 loss to the Panthers before the bye week, Jordan Matthews broke out in a big way against the Cowboys. The second-year pass-catcher hadn't gone for over 100 yards in a game since Week 1, and had only broken 60 once during that span, but against Dallas he caught nine of the 12 balls thrown his way for a game-high 133 yards and a touchdown, the game-winner in overtime.

"I've got full confidence in Jordan," Kelly said after the game. "The great part about Jordan is he doesn't pay attention to (criticism). I think when you have a work ethic like he has, that work ethic will help you get out of a slump, and he did a great job."

The Eagles and Cowboys met for the second time this season in Dallas during Week 9. View the full gallery here...

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