WHERE WOULD THE EAGLES BE WITHOUT DARREN SPROLES?

By Mary Cunningham

After only two games, you have to ask yourself:

Where would the Eagles be without Darren Sproles, who was signed as a free agent by the Eagles last winter?

Against Indy on Monday night, Sproles had seven receptions for 152 yards, four rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown, but his contributions went well beyond the numbers. Sproles’ touchdown pulled the Eagles even at 20-20 late in the third quarter, but it was his speed that seemed to wear down the Colts’ front seven. The duo of Sproles and Shady McCoy have been a special running back tandem.

The Eagles made history by becoming the first team in NFL history to overcome 14 point deficits in each of the first two games of the season and emerge undefeated after topping the Colts 30-27 Monday night.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, owner of 11 game winning drives in his NFL career, threw a late interception that landed in the hands of Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and set the stage for Nick Foles and the Eagles offense to mount a game-winning drive of their own.

Foles and company did just that, marching down the field leading to a Cody Parkey game-winning 36-yard field goal as time expired.

After the victory, the Eagles are the lone unbeaten atop the NFC East.

Following every Eagles victory this season, we will award three game balls: one on offense, one on defense and one on special teams.

Here’s a look at the two standouts from Monday night’s win:

Fletcher Cox, the Eagles’ 2012 first-round draft choice, has had an incredible start to the season after a relatively quiet training camp. Monday night Cox notched four tackles and forced a fumble that led to an Eagles scoring drive. His strong Monday Night showing comes on the heels of recovering a fumble and returning it for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1.

Cody Parkey’s first career game-winning field goal likely will have a special place in the rookie’s notebook. The rookie missed a field goal early, but atoned for his mistake by drilling the game-winner, a 36-yarder right down the middle – twice – after the Colts called a timeout to try and ice him. Parkey takes home his second Game Ball of the season.

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