Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Fans Come Through For Eagles

After criticizing the Eagles fans for leaving the game early in their 30-24 overtime loss to the New York Giants, it's only fair to give them props for their performance in Sunday's 38-24 win over Dallas.
Many of the players felt that the electricity and noise level rivaled that of the Eagles' 27-10 NFC championship win over the Atlanta Falcons two seasons ago.
Lincoln Financial Field was definitely rocking and the fans' effort didn't go unnoticed by the team.
"I give the fans a lot of credit for the support that they showed," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "They were definitely the 12th man out there, very loud and aggressive."
And he also praised the fans for using their collective heads.
"And on the other side if it, the fans were very smart, I think," Reid said. "They kept themselves out of trouble."
All week the players acknowledged how inspired they get by the Philadelphia fans. And after the game, they couldn't say enough about the fans' effort.
"They were unbelievable," said Eagles defensive tackle Darwin Walker, who had three sacks in the game. "It was so loud there and a great atmosphere."
While the Eagles and their fans may have fallen short against the Giants, both redeemed themselves against the Cowboys.
Nobody should underestimate the contribution that the 12th man can have on the success of a football team.