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The Defining Moment For Sam Bradford?


On his 28th birthday, Sam Bradford had the ball and the game in his hands. His team was at the Dallas 41-yard line tied 27-27 in overtime. A touchdown would seal the victory, and anything less meant the Cowboys would get a chance.

Even before the ball was snapped, the quarterback knew who he would target. He saw the play begin to unfold, threw the ball downfield to wide receiver Jordan Matthews and watched what he hoped would happen come to life. Matthews caught the pass and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown and a crucial 33-27 division win over Dallas.

Happy Birthday, indeed.

"That last play, you just can't say enough about the route and then the finish afterwards," Bradford said. "I couldn't be happier for (Matthews).

"I got the call from Chip (Kelly), and I came to the huddle and said, 'Hey, I'm coming to you for the win right here.' And sure enough, he ran a great route and obviously the run after the catch was huge."

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The overtime-winning pass was the first of Bradford's career and came during a solid outing for the quarterback. On the night, he was 25-of-36, notching 295 yards and a 103.4 rating.

Bradford's longest throw of the evening went to running back DeMarco Murray, a 44-yard pass on a wheel route. He was also able to find tight end Zach Ertz and wide receiver Miles Austin for 27-yard grabs during the game, helping to get the game going in the air.

With the pass game and run game both successful, the team finished the game with 459 yards of offense, averaging 6.4 yards per play.

However, Bradford gave much of the credit for the performance to the team's offensive line. Coming into the game, that spot was the big question mark for the Eagles with Jason Peters out and Lane Johnson shifting over to left tackle for the first time in his career.

The quarterback couldn't have been happier with what those players accomplished.

"Man. Those guys, you can't say enough about those guys and the way they played tonight, the way they protected me, the way they blocked in the run game," Bradford said. "I mean, in every facet of the game they played well tonight and I know there were a lot of questions about that group coming into the game tonight.

"Obviously Dallas has a good defense, a good front seven. I think (our) guys won the battle tonight. It all goes to them. Without them, we wouldn't have been able to do what we did tonight."

Bradford also thought one of the biggest defining points for the Eagles' offense was getting its tempo up. They played fast, tiring out the Dallas defense on more than one occasion.

It gave the team an edge, something they want to continue to bring to the table week in and week out. Now, the Eagles will enjoy the win tonight and get back to work tomorrow, focusing on continuing to play a successful brand of football.

"Hopefully this is something that we can build of off," Bradford said. "Hopefully it's something that we can carry into next week, but I think it's like Coach talks about. You've got the 24-hour rule. Whether you win or lose, you've got 24 hours to be really happy or you've got 24 hours to be down. After that, you've got to move on to the next one."

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