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Remembering The Five Most Memorable Games Of The Doug Pederson Era

The Philadelphia Eagles will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week Four. Jaguars Head Coach, Doug Pederson, will make his homecoming back to Philadelphia. Pederson coached the Eagles from 2016-2020 which included the franchise’s first ever Super Bowl win. Here are the five most memorable games of the Doug Pederson era in Philadelphia.

Week Three, 2016

The Doug Pederson era got off to a fast start. Philadelphia won their first two games in 2016 which were against the Browns and Bears. The Week Three matchup was against their in-state rival the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Eagles dominated all-game long against the Mike Tomlin coached team. Philadelphia used a 21-point third quarter to put the game away. The defense shut down Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense. This game showed the Eagles had something special in Doug Pederson and rookie quarterback Carson Wentz. The Eagles’ fast start faded as the team finished the year with a 7-9 record.

Week 17, 2018

The Philadelphia Eagles struggled throughout the beginning of the 2018 season. After a season opening win, the Eagles went just 3-6 in the next nine games. The Eagles needed a strong finish and help to get into the playoffs.

The Week 17 matchup was against Washington. Philadelphia needed to win with Nick Foles at quarterback and then needed the Bears to beat the Vikings. The Eagles recorded points in every quarter of the game and did not let Washington get anything going in the 24-0 win. Foles went down with an injury but came back the next week. This win and the Minnesota loss got the Eagles back into the postseason just one year after their Super Bowl 52 win. 

Wildcard Round, 2018/19

The Eagles squeaked into the 2018 playoffs with a 9-7 record as the sixth seed. They had to travel to Chicago to face a 12-4 Bears team. The Eagles had to overcome a slow first half with multiple interceptions thrown by Nick Foles.

The Eagles regained the lead with under a minute left to go up 16-15. Chicago drove down the field before a Cody Parkey missed field goal that would have won it for the Bears. Though the game didn’t look pretty, it seemed like luck was on Pederson and the Eagles’ side once again. Unfortunately, the Eagles were eliminated a week later by the Saints which ended any hopes of another Super Bowl run. This wildcard playoff win remains the Eagles last playoff victory.

NFC Championship Game, 2017/18

After a close win against the Falcons in the divisional round of the 2017/18 playoffs, the Eagles were underdogs in the NFC Championship. The Vikings had a 13-3 season and had a miraculous finish in the divisional round the week before this game. Other than an opening drive score by Minnesota, the Eagles dominated the rest of the way.

Philadelphia built up a 24-7 lead by halftime and cruised to a 38-7 win. Nick Foles was sensational with 352 passing yards and three touchdown passes. The Eagles added in 110 rushing yards and the defense shut down Minnesota’s offense. Doug Pederson and the Eagles put together one of the best games in Eagles’ history.

Super Bowl 52

The Eagles had a tough challenge going up against the reigning Super Bowl champions (New England Patriots). New England had Bill Belichick as head coach and Tom Brady as quarterback. This same duo beat the Eagles in Super Bowl 39.

Doug Pederson had the Eagles ready. The team started fast and anytime the Eagles needed a score, they delivered. Pederson called up the Philly Special which was one of the most memorable plays in the game. This allowed the Eagles to increase their lead at halftime. These points were crucial as the Eagles edged the Patriots 41-33.

In Conclusion

The Super Bowl 52 win highlights the Doug Pederson era in Philadelphia. Expect the fans to give him a standing ovation as he takes the field on Sunday. Hopefully the Eagles pull it off, but Pederson has his Jaguars off to a good start to the 2022 season which will not make this an easy game. 

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