LeSean McCoy set a Philadelphia Eagles single game rushing record Sunday against the Detroit Lions, in spite of a field covered in snow. A massive Winter storm sweeping across the nation has had a major impact on the football weekend, including the UCF vs. SMU game on Saturday, as well as the Steelers and Dolphins game on Sunday.
In Philadelphia, snow started falling about two hours before kickoff and just got harder and harder as the game went on. Workers tried to use shovels and blowers to keep the yard lines clear. The field was a blanket of white as neither team even attempted a field goal and went for two on seven of the eight touchdowns scored.
LeSean McCoy didn’t seem bothered one bit by the snow conditions. The Eagles kept giving him the ball and he kept running. McCoy finished with 217 yards rushing, two touchdowns, and the Eagles defeated the Lions 34-20.
“It was tough, to be honest,” McCoy said. “But the guys were giving me so much room. I actually like to run in between the tackles.”
The Eagles had to play from behind in order to beat the Lions, going down early 14-0. Behind McCoy and QB Nick Foles, who threw for 179 yards and a touchdown, the Eagles managed to get back in the game. McCoy exploded in the 4th quarter for 148 yards, passing the single game Eagles rushing record previously held by Hall of Famer Steve Van Beuren.
It was a tough game for the QB’s from both teams. Foles threw his first interception, ending his franchise-best streak of 237 passes without a pick. Lions CB Chris Houston picked off Nick Foles pass to break the string of 19 touchdowns without an interception.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford fumbled the football five times out of the Lions total seven fumbles. When asked about playing in the blizzard, Stafford responded, “It’s not the same as a sunny day, that’s for sure. But you’ve got to make adjustments.”
Even though there wasn’t much sun to see, LeSean McCoy stood out just fine. He also has the Eagles looking to make the turnaround from worst to first in the NFC East, as they improve to 8-5 on the season.
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