There was the Fog Bowl. Now, there's the Snow Bowl.
The Eagles and the Lions kicked off Sunday in the middle of a blinding snowstorm which unexpectedly dumped eight inches of snow on the turf at Lincoln Financial Field. And with the elements from above came the element of surprise throughout the game as two of the league's most explosive passing attacks were grounded like the airplanes at nearby Philadelphia International Airport.
After the Eagles offense struggled for the better part of three quarters, this contest became the Shady Bowl. LeSean McCoy rushed for 148 in the fourth quarter as he scored on touchdowns of 40 yards and 57 yards to set the franchise single-game rushing record of 217 yards in a thrilling and exhilarating 34-20 win over the Detroit Lions. McCoy bested the mark previously held by Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Steve Van Buren, who gained 205 yards against the Steelers in 1949.
The Eagles won their fifth straight game to improve to 8-5 on the season to take a 1/2-game lead in the NFC East as the Dallas Cowboys don't play until Monday night against Chicago. It's the Eagles' longest win streak since the team won six in a row in 2009.