EAGLES’ UGLY CHRISTMAS WIN WILL PAY PLAYOFF DIVIDENDS!

By Art Beitchman

Win No. 13 was scratched and clawed out by the Eagles in a dog fight with the Oakland Raiders, 19-10.

All NFL games are not pretty, but finding a way to win with the nasty conditions — 15 MPH winds, wind chill at 18 degrees — gave the Birds home field advantage over all NFC opponents as the playoffs begin in January at Lincoln Financial Field.

QB Nick Foles was less than stellar, to say the least, with 163 yards gained through the air, and 1 interception. But Foles did lead a fourth-quarter drive that led to a Jake Elliott 48 yard FG to gives the Birds a 13-10 lead. After adding another rugby style TD fumble recovery by rookie Derek Barnett, Eagles fans could breathe a sigh of relief with victory No. 13 in the books.

It should be no surprise that Foles can’t generate the kind of production MVP candidate Carson Wentz did. But since stepping in for Wentz versus the Rams game Foles has led the Eagles to three wins that weren’t pretty, but still in the W column.

The Raiders fought harder than most thought, but five turnovers created by the Eagles defense did the Silver and Black in as they came cross country three times this season going down to the Bills and Redskins, and now the Eagles.

One saving grace for the Eagles offensive line will have a fresh Stefen Wisniewski’s healed up ankle for the first playoff game at LG to solidify a leaky O line the past couple of games.

Week 17 will bring the hated Dallas Cowboys to the Linc for a meaningless game in the standings on December 31, 1pm/Fox

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