They sharpened their edge when so many teams in similar situations have shown up flat. It is time for this team to regroup, retool and regain the excellence they achieved last season.
Eagles: Play at Chicago in a wild-card game next weekend.
The Philadelphia Eagles literally made quick work of the Washington Redskins on Sunday, completing a 24-0 romp in a game that took only 2 hours, 30 minutes to complete. The Bears front seven dominated the Vikings offensive line for the second straight game enough to make the thought of seeing the same overmatched unit again in the playoffs inviting.
Kirk Cousins did not have a game he will long want to remember. Trubisky was efficient and effective, converting four third downs on a pivotal second half 16-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a Tarik Cohen touchdown and two-point conversion pass to linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski. "Obviously this journey, we didn't meet a lot of our goals, but one of them is to get into the postseason, and we were able to do that, so we're excited for that". The game, the season and the future can't all be laid at Cousins feet, but with the quarterback position and his contract, plenty of this season's failure will land there.
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But the suspense, of course, was just beginning, because the other game they needed to go their way still wasn't over. The play, called Lollypop, was put in earlier in the week.
The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up the top seed in the AFC playoffs with an emphatic 35-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders, in which Patrick Mahomes made his final case for NFL Most Valuable Player by throwing for 281 yards and two touchdowns. Cousins' first season with the Vikings started quickly with him passing for big yardage totals and creeping toward team records.
Stefon Diggs had a nice game (he was among the few).
The Eagles' pass rush came ready to play in this contest, flushing Washington quarterback Josh Johnson from the pocket on the first play, which resulted in an interception on the back end by Rasul Douglas. He gave the team life, but they squandered it.
Cousins also threw two interceptions against the Bears, whose 27 interceptions lead the National Football League by a wide margin. Along with Thielen, that's two of them eclipsing those marks. They won their 12th game of the season, the most since the 2006 campaign.