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Jenkins: I Owe Thurmond A Gift For TD

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Tied at 14 apiece, the ball was in the hands of quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots were at the Philadelphia 5-yard line, a sight the Eagles did not want to see. A New England touchdown would swing the momentum, but Malcolm Jenkins and Walter Thurmond weren't about to let that happen.

The Patriots snapped the ball into the veteran signal-caller's hands. He looked to receiver Danny Amendola and released, but what happened next is history. The Eagles came away with their first-ever interception of the future Hall of Famer.

Thurmond tipped the ball, allowing Jenkins to make the catch and take off running. Ninety-nine yards later, the safety was in the end zone and the Eagles took their first lead of the game, 21-14, with 7:26 left in the third quarter.

"The interception, I probably owe Walter Thurmond a Christmas gift," Jenkins joked following the game. "I'm on Amendola and he did a good job of really just beating me inside. I knew I had some help in there but it wasn't a true double team, but Walter saw the position I was in and he took it and was able to tip the ball up and I'm right there to catch it. He really, in my mind, made that play. I just kind of, I guess took the glory for it."

The interception, which marked the team's 13th of the season, was the first takeaway for the defense since Jordan Hicks' pick-six in Week 9 against Dallas. With their recent struggles, the Eagles wanted to get back to their ball-hawking ways and were able to do just that.

Later in the game, Byron Maxwell added to the total, grabbing another interception of Brady and helping the quarterback record his first two-interception game of the 2015 season. Prior to the game, Brady had only four all year.

The Eagles' defense knew it needed to make a statement in Foxborough, Massachusetts especially after its last two outings. Jenkins truly believed the effort on the field Sunday showed everyone what he and the Eagles are capable of achieving. They aren't giving up on this season. They're going to fight until the very end.

"We're a resilient group. We believe in what we're doing. We believe in the guys we have in the building. It was just a matter of playing the way we're capable of playing," the safety said. "We know for our team to win, everybody has to contribute. It's not just going to be the defense or the offense or special teams. We've all got to play together to get a win. You saw that today.

"We came here, beat a really, really good team, beat the best quarterback in the league and that's a tall task. They don't lose at home, but this was a game we needed to win. We needed this momentum. We needed this spark to kind of carry us on throughout the season and the games don't get any easier for us moving forward."

With Buffalo, Arizona, Washington and the New York Giants left on the schedule, the following weeks will certainly test this team. But they're still confident in each other and in the team, something this win showed.

"I think the entire time, even though we weren't getting the results that we wanted, I think guys were confident in themselves," Jenkins said. "I think guys were confident in the scheme and I think it was obviously that we needed to change some things or add some things but we were confident in what we could do because we'd seen it in the past. I think really that was Chip (Kelly)'s message in the beginning of the week, just reminding us of who we've been.

"Defensively, we've been great until as of late. Offensively, we've been able to move the ball. Everything that people say that we can't do we've done before and really we just needed to get back to whatever that is. I think guys started to believe in themselves. The morale all week was higher than normal. We didn't need a huge rah-rah speech. Guys just went to work and believed in the game plan and came in and executed."

The Eagles traveled to New England to face the Patriots in Week 13. View the full gallery here...

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