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Hall Puts On A Show In Regular Season Finale

No DeSean Jackson. No LeSean McCoy. Very little Jeremy Maclin.

So, who was the Eagles' go-to guy on Sunday in the regular season finale against the Dallas Cowboys?

Yes, you guessed it, wide receiver Chad Hall - the 5-8, 187-pound rookie out of Air Force, who spent the previous two years out of football fulfilling his military obligations.

Hall was the game's leading receiver with six catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. He also averaged 10.3 yards on three punt returns.

"" It was a lot of fun, but my goal was to help this team get a W and we came one point shy of that," Hall said after the 14-13 loss. "It was definitely great to get out there, all of the young guys getting experience. (Quarterback Kevin) Kolb made it easy. None of my catches were hard at all. He put the ball right where he needed to. He was getting pounded today and just kept getting up and fighting. He played a great game."

Hall's touchdown came on a 4-yard reception early in the second quarter for the first points of the game. Kolb escaped defenders in the pocket and was able to find Hall, who scored his first-career touchdown and celebrated by doing the Lincoln Leap - fitting since the Packers come to town for the wild card round of the playoffs next Sunday.

"(Kolb) gave me the opportunity. He eluded some guys, came back and then I worked the back of the end zone and found a spot and he hit me," Hall said. "It was a great, great play. It was a great feeling."

Hall's longest play came with 9:45 left in the game as the Eagles were looking to pad their lead. Kolb rolled to his right and Hall was able to burn Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman for a 48-yard gain to the Dallas 10-yard line. The Eagles scored on a David Akers field goal to make it 13-7.

"When I was running I knew I was wide open, (Kolb) got flushed out of the pocket so the ball came late," Hall said. "I was hoping Newman didn't catch up but he didn't, so I just secured the ball and got down in the red zone."

Hall finished the regular season with 11 catches for 115 yards and the touchdown. He also had nine carries for 29 yards. On Sunday, Hall showed he could produce against a quality starting defense. While Sunday's game didn't impact the Eagles' playoff positioning, it gave young players like Hall a chance to prove themselves to the coaches and scouts who took a chance on them in the first place.

"This is a business. That's the overall thing that people look at, but I'm just going out here to have fun and get a W. Try to help my team win," Hall said. "I love this organization. I love being a part of this team. Whatever they ask me to do, like I felt I have done, I'll do it. It's just a fun game and it was fun getting the opportunity to play that. Our big-time superstars needed the rest. They got us here to division champs."

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 9:15 p.m., January 2

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