It’s very likely that I’m taking extra pleasure in Philadelphia’s last-second 23-21 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a few reasons.
Of course, the Eagles won their first game in 70 days. They lost eight games in a row and seemed to be making a beeline to 3-13. Perhaps that’s why Andy Reid and his troops celebrated after the game like they just punched their ticket to the Super Bowl.
Ah yes, speaking of the Super Bowl, that leads me to the next issue.
The Buccaneers chose Sunday to celebrate and honor the 10th anniversary of the 2002 team that won Super Bowl XXXVII.
En route to crushing Oakland for the franchise’s only Super Bowl crown, the Bucs stomped through Philadelphia in the NFC title game 27-10; and brought the curtain down on Veterans Stadium.
As Gene Deckerhoff described the game-winning touchdown strike from Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to Jeremy Maclin, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the clip’s utter despair.
Nothing will serve as an equal measure of revenge on the Bucs for winning the NFC title in Philadelphia nearly ten years ago.
That game remains one of the darkest moments in Philadelphia sports history.
However, the Eagles damaging Tampa’s playoff hopes is a nice Band-Aid on a large Philadelphia sports wound.