On any given Tuesday …
Eagles fans, you probably woke up wondering why you waited an extra 48 hours to watch what transpired at the Linc on Tuesday night. There are probably support groups for what ails you.
So this special Wednesday edition of The Morning After is a shout out to Joe Webb, who reminded us all football isn’t played on paper. Especially paper where the Vikings were 14-point underdogs against the playoff-bound Eagles in a game that appeared one-sided in every way possible.
Except, it didn’t play out the way we all thought it would.
It all seemed fitting, in a way. Considering the oddities of the Vikings’ season. Remember that Webb began the season as the fourth-string quarterback … and was playing receiver. And the season-long drama around Favre, who was the one on the sidelines in a stocking cap, smiling and fist-pumping at Webb’s performance. And the fact the roof on their stadium collapsed, and they waited three days in hotel rooms to play this game in Philadelphia due to a blizzard.
On the other sideline the Eagles, at home playing for a first-round bye with an MVP candidate at quarterback, flat-out overlooked the Vikings. Andy Reid was left to use words like “embarrassing” and “terrible” to describe what happened.
Maybe Webb will be a one-hit wonder, we just don’t know. But on this night he did just enough to compliment Adrian Peterson and an impressive defensive performance against the gimpy Vick, who was wildly inaccurate all night. During the second half, Webb pulled out three plays — a 46-yard completion to Percy Harvin, moves you can’t teach on a 9-yard TD run and a critical third-down completion to Harvin — and that was enough.
As much as the events that unfolded Tuesday night make no sense, they make complete sense within what has been an unpredictable season of football. The best part is we didn’t see it coming.