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Back on sideline, Carson Wentz plays role vs. Atlanta

Back on sideline, Carson Wentz plays role vs. Atlanta

A familiar face was on the sideline Saturday night, and Nick Foles was awfully glad to have him there.
 
For the first time since he tore his ACL against the Rams at L.A. Coliseum on Dec. 10, Carson Wentz was allowed to watch an Eagles game on the sideline.
 
Maybe it made a difference.
 
Foles, who had struggled in his last two appearances leading up to the playoffs, played a solid game, completing 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards without an interception or touchdown pass, and the Eagles advanced to the NFC Championship Game with a 15-10 win over the Falcons at the Linc.
 
"To have him there on the sideline to go through stuff? Nate (Sudfeld), him, and I have done all this together all season and it’s really cool with all of us still together going through all the pictures, talking through the game," Foles said.
 
“We go through the pictures, we talk through it. A lot of times when you are playing, you’re zoned in, but you talk through different looks, different things that they see and you go from there.”
 
The Eagles are actually 4-1 since Wentz got hurt, with the only loss coming against the Cowboys in a game that had no postseason ramifications.
 
Foles, who spent the 2012 through 2014 seasons with the Eagles before a year in St. Louis and a year in Kansas City, rejoined the Eagles to back up Wentz, and the two quickly became close friends.
 
Foles was asked what Wentz said to him after Foles led the Eagles to their first playoff win since 2008.
 
“He was just really excited, he was just really excited," Foles said. "He is all about this team. He has been an amazing friend to me throughout this.
 
"He is a big reason we are here, so no one should forget that. He is a tremendous player and an even better person."

Foles is now 17-5 since 2013 as the Eagles' starting quarterback. His 102.7 career postseason passer rating is sixth-highest in NFL history among quarterbacks with 50 or more attempts.
 
Wentz is among the leading candidates for the MVP award, which will be announced Super Bowl week. He threw a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions this season before getting hurt.
 
"It is always great to have Carson around," Nelson Agholor said. "Carson is always in the building and when he is not there, he is still a part of us. Even when he is not physically out there, he is always a part of us and we feel his presence.”

Hall of Fame reveals lame plan for Harold Carmichael induction

Hall of Fame reveals lame plan for Harold Carmichael induction

Harold Carmichael and the other Centennial inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be enshrined on Sept. 18, the Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday.

That's six weeks after the traditional Hall of Fame summer festivities.

The modern-era players will be enshrined on the usual first preseason weekend, which this summer is Aug. 8, in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Game.

The Centennial enshrinees, unfortunately, will be relegated to a Friday evening two weeks into the regular season and won’t be part of the annual Hall of Fame festivities that honor the greatest players in football history.

The Hall of Fame hasn’t specifically announced the schedule for that evening but according to a press release issued on Tuesday morning, the festivities will include “world-class performances from a variety of music icons.”

Oh boy.

The press release said ticket information to attend the induction of Carmichael and the other all-time greats was not available yet.

Carmichael is only the 7th player who spent more than half his career with the Eagles to make it to Canton. The others are Steve Van Buren (1965), Chuck Bednarik (1967), Pete Pihos (1970), Tommy McDonald (1998), Reggie White (2006) and Brian Dawkins (2018).

Carmichael spent the 1971 through 1983 seasons with the Eagles after getting drafted in the 7th round out of Southern University. He was named a wide receiver on the NFL’s 1980s all-decade team and is also on the Eagles' 75th anniversary team named in 2007.

During his 12 seasons with the Eagles, he caught 589 passes for 8,978 yards and 79 touchdowns -- all still franchise records. He led the NFL in catches and yards in 1973 and made four Pro Bowls.

The other centennial inductees are Jimbo Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Alex Karras, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie and Ed Sprinkle.

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Andy Reid's sick Super Bowl sneakers are headed to the Hall of Fame

Andy Reid's sick Super Bowl sneakers are headed to the Hall of Fame

Former Eagles head coach Andy Reid finally broke through his long-standing Super Bowl barricade earlier this month, leading the Chiefs to an improbable comeback win over the 49ers. In the biggest game of his career, Reid's team was prepared.

Reid, too, was prepared for a win, judging by his very strong sneaker choice for the big game. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Monday evening that Reid's jacket, hat, and sneakers from Super Bowl LIV are headed to Canton for a display on the game:

Andy was packing heat! The nicest touch on those sneakers:instead of saying "AIR" on the heel, they just read "A R", for Reid's initials. It's that kind of attention to detail that wins you championships.

The internet suddenly understood, collectively, how Reid reversed his bad playoff luck. It was the shoes:

I wonder if someone in Philly put Reid on to the Air Forces, or if he added them to his repertoire in Kansas City.

The legend of Andy keeps growing.

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