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Carson Wentz helped Eagles in Buffalo by doing something he doesn't like to do

Carson Wentz helped Eagles in Buffalo by doing something he doesn't like to do

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Carson Wentz doesn’t want to run the ball, but he’s pretty good at it sometimes. 

No, Wentz isn’t exactly Mike Vick, but his ability to run played a big role in the Eagles’ 31-13 win over the Bills on Sunday afternoon at New Era Stadium.

Even if he doesn’t like to do it. 

“A lot of those guys are a lot faster than me,” Wentz said. “So I do not want to run, ever. But, when I’m out there, have to make a play, and we were able to do that. I’m not seeking a run or anything, but when it’s there I’m going to do it.”

In the fourth quarter, the Eagles had a 14-play drive, capped with a Jordan Howard touchdown, that took 8:17 off the clock. It was like a boa squeezing the life out of its prey. On that drive, the Eagles converted three times on third downs and two of them came on runs from Wentz. 

On a 3rd-and-5, he scrambled for 13 yards.

And on a 3rd-and-10, he scrambled for 11 yards.

Neither of them were designed quarterback runs. It was just Wentz realizing the situation and taking off. The most impressive one was the pickup on 3rd-and-10.

The Eagles called a receiver screen but when Wentz saw a defender in his throwing lane, he decided to take off. He had the wherewithal to realize there would be blocks out ahead because his teammates were blocking for a screen. That’s impressive awareness. 

“And at that point, I just went into improv mode and made a play,” Wentz said. “The guys had a screen set up for the receiver and I just tried to get in behind as best I could.” 

Wentz finished the day with eight rushes for 35 yards. It’s the third-highest total of his career and the most rushing yards he’s had in a game since before the ACL injury in 2017. Wentz also had an efficient day throwing the ball, completing 17 of 24 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown. 

While Wentz looks healthy and strong, every time he takes off running, the entire fanbase holds its breath. And his teammates do the same. 

“Yeah, there was a couple of them,” Lane Johnson said. “He dove and his body got contorted — you’re watching that like ‘Ahhh!’ but he got up just fine so it was good.”

It was better than good. Those two runs in the fourth quarter helped seal the win for the Eagles. Wentz doesn’t want to be a running quarterback — and for the most part, he isn’t — but the Eagles always have that in their back pocket.



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Super Bowl LIV: Brian Dawkins will ‘shed tears of joy’ if Andy Reid wins Super Bowl

Super Bowl LIV: Brian Dawkins will ‘shed tears of joy’ if Andy Reid wins Super Bowl

Brian Dawkins is an emotional guy and he knows he won’t be able to contain those emotions if he gets to watch Andy Reid win the Super Bowl on Sunday. 

Dawkins, who played under Reid for 10 seasons in Philadelphia, was on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Quick Slants on Wednesday night to promote K9s For Warriors and Reid was a major topic of conversation.  

How happy will you be if Reid wins the Super Bowl? 

“I know I’m going to shed tears of joy if that’s the case,” Dawkins said. 

Dawkins, 46, played in 18 career NFL playoff games but just one Super Bowl. He was 31 for the Eagles’ loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. 

Reid and Dawkins have a close relationship. It’s so close that in 2018, when Dawkins was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Reid chartered a plane to Canton, Ohio, just so he wouldn’t miss it. He was back in Kansas City for training camp the next morning.

A couple years ago, Dawkins was extremely excited when the Eagles won Super Bowl LII and he’d be pretty excited if Big Red finally gets his first Super Bowl ring on Sunday in Miami. 

One thing Dawkins said he won’t do is get ahead of himself. If Reid wins the Super Bowl, he won’t celebrate until the game is over. 

But if the game goes final and Reid wins his first ring … 

“I know that I’ll be extremely excited for him, his family, everything that they’ve gone through, he and his family and he as a coach has gone through,” Dawkins said. “There’s so many wonderful coaches that have come from under him that are doing fantastic jobs in their own rights. 

“So many players that continue to reach back and show him love time and time again, so that tells you what type of coach he was, yes, but the dude he is. He’s a phenomenal human being. I’m excited for this opportunity for him to get back to this point but I know that he’s telling them and telling himself that it’s not time to celebrate yet, we still have work to do.”

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2020 Super Bowl ad shows Carli Lloyd, a field goal and a strong message

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2020 Super Bowl ad shows Carli Lloyd, a field goal and a strong message

Remember way back at the start of the NFL season when Carli Lloyd hit a field goal attempt after an Eagles practice?

If you don't, you can watch here as a refresher.
 

Well, she makes her return to the field in this Super Bowl commercial for Secret Deodorant alongside Crystal Dunn ... and it is powerful.

Often times, Super Bowl commercials are light-hearted and comedic … but there are also times where they hit a home run in relaying a message that has to be said. This is one of those times.

In a brief moment in the opening frames you can catch a glimpse of the current scoreboard for the game  — where you can see the kicker’s team is down by just a single point with 3 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. It’s now or never.

It wasn’t until after their team won the game, where they took their helmets off to celebrate, revealing their true selves. Powerful women.

The crowd went silent at first, initially in shock, but cheers quickly fill the air.

As the commercial winds down, ‘Let’s kick inequality’ appears on the screen.

Also found in the description of the video on their YouTube page, is this:

More than two-thirds of girls believe that society doesn’t encourage women to play sports so we are setting out to change this notion by spotlighting fierce female athletes  — specifically two major women’s soccer players  — in ‘The Secret Kicker,’ which is aimed at defying conventional expectations and championing equal opportunities for women.

Well done, Secret Deodorant, well done.

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