We are days away from the 2009-2010 NFL season, and like many, I am psyched. I wanted to tie in a blog to the upcoming football season, and also have a little fun. Today I look back at a Philadelphia Eagles game around the day I was born. I did a little research, and I found an interesting game for a few reasons.
Being born on December 6th, 1986, it was hard to find a game that was played on a Saturday. The next day, at Veterans Stadium, Buddy Ryan marched his Philadelphia Eagles onto the field to play Gene Stallings’ St. Louis Cardinals. The outcome? A tie with a final score of 10-10. Someone show this game to Donovan McNabb immediately!
As you look more into the stats, it makes you cringe. Randall was sacked 10 times for a loss of 95 yards. Was Winston Justice on the line? Cardinals QB Neil Lomax was only sacked 4 times for a loss of 34 yards. Both teams were pretty even with first downs, with Philly having 25 and St. Louis having 23. The scoring for the game was abysmal, with a field goal in the 1st quarter by the Eagles, one in the 2nd by the Cardinals, no points in the 3rd, and a touchdown each in the 4th. Not a single point was scored in overtime. See Donovan, games do end on a tie. Being less than 24 hours old at the time, even I could hear the boos.
Do you like penalties? Well, if you’re a fan, then you sure got them on this day. For the Cardinals, they had 9 penalties for a total of 73 lost yards. On the other hand, the Birds had 6 penalties for 40 total lost yards. What wasn’t so bad was each team had one turnover and the Cardinals had one fumble. Looking at the rush yards, attempts, and touchdowns, the Eagles had 46 atempts with 230 accumulated yards and one touchdown by Randall Cunningham. The Cardinals were just 105 yards with 26 attempts, and no trips to the endzone. Looking at all this information, it really is hard to pick a winner that day. It also shows why this game ended in a tie on this particular Sunday.
Josh Usher has been a fan of sports and sports entertainment for over 20 years and bleeds green.
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