Philly Looks Sharp in Sunday Night Win Over the 'Phins
Updated: Nov 7
The Philadelphia Eagles wore alternate-throwback Kelly Green uniforms in their victory over the Miami Dolphins Sunday night 31-17 at Lincoln Financial. The win in Kelly Green was big for the former NFC champions as both teams were 5-1 coming into the game. The jerseys had quite a buzz around the league; everyone who spoke on them seemed to love them, including myself. It was the first time the team had worn them since 1995. The franchise's return to its traditional color has been insisted heavily by fans for years now.
The Eagles began rocking their classic green uniforms dating back to 1935 and when Jeffrey Lurie bought the team in 1994, the main color was then switched to midnight green in 1996. It definitely took the fans time to adapt to what was identified as an awkward shade and has since then been a plea for the Kelly Green-style return. A cohort of Eagles Nation views the traditional color as being a signature of the teams of old that included legends like Reggie White, Jerome Brown, and Randall Cunningham. Even though there were no championships won in these eras, I think the fans associate the color with the history. The birds definitely looked good in the old attire in their victory over the Dolphins on Sunday Night Football.
Miami relentlessly battled from behind and eventually tied the game with just over four minutes to play in the third quarter 17-17. The tie was short-lived, as the Eagles responded with an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive and took the lead for good as Hurts connected with A.J. for a 14-yard touchdown pass.
The Dolphins had the ball in the fourth with a chance to tie the game again, but Eagles cornerback "Big Play" Darius Slay intercepted a pass from Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to deny the drive. The Eagles then rolled 83 yards down the field - converted two Brotherly Shoves on fourth-and-one and extended the lead to 31-17 for good on a three-yard rushing touchdown by Kenneth Gainwell with 4:46 left to play.
Jalen Hurts threw for 279 yards and totaled three touchdowns while A.J. Brown finished with a game-high 137 receiving yards and a touchdown with 10 catches, further cementing him as one of the best receivers in football. Brown has now tied Calvin Johnson's NFL record with five straight games of more than 125 yards and has reliably become the Eagles Clutch offensive weapon in big-game situations. Through seven games, Hurts and Brown have outplayed the other great duos throughout the league like Allen and Diggs, Burrow and Chase, and Tagovailoa and Hill. Brown is accountable for 49.21% of the Eagles' targeted air yards, which is the highest rate in the league with Tyreek Hill second, Stefon Diggs fifth, and Ja'mar Chase 11th.
Defensive coordinator Sean Desai kept his word saying they would play more physically to effectively counteract an offense with Miami's kind of speed. The Fins came into Sunday's game with the NFL's most prolific offense On Sunday averaging 498.7 yards and 37.2 points per game, making them only the second team in NFL history with at least 15 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns through 6 games. The Eagles proved themselves to be dominant defensively by holding the Dolphins to just 10 offensive points and 12 first downs. They also limited two of the fastest wide receivers in the league, holding Hill to 88 yards and a touchdown while also holding Tua to a season-low 216 yards passing on 23-32 with one touchdown and an interception. Philly's defense also sacked him a career-high four times and limited the rushing game drastically.
The Eagles' second and final game in the Kelly Green this season will be played on November 26 at home against the Buffalo Bills. I'm assuming if they are victorious, there will surely be more requests for the Franchise to continue wearing them next year and so on. Fly Eagles fly!!!