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Eagles overcome major snowfall to pull off 34-20 victory against Detroit Lions

Anwar S. Richardson
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The continuous heavy snowfall that occurred in Philadelphia on Sunday was ideal for kids who wanted to play football against their friends at the playground.

However, those conditions were dreadful for the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.

Just ask Lions running back Reggie Bush, who injured his calf prior to the game when he slipped during warmups. Bush missed two practices prior to Sunday’s game, but he was the first victim of Mother Nature on Sunday. That injury kicked off a crazy afternoon of football.

Eagles and Lions players struggled to maintain their balance during the snow-filled conditions. There were people with snow blowers who tried to make the yard makers visible, but the field was covered in white for most of the day.

In fact, Lions coach Jim Schwartz called a timeout to clear snow off the field during an extra point attempt in the fourth quarter. Lions players comically gathered around and kicked away snow at the spot that kicker David Akers was to set up for the extra point. Then the kick was blocked.

That's why both teams passed on trying extra points for most of the day, trying two-point conversions instead. Even when the score was 28-20 and the Eagles could have made it a two-possession game with an extra point, they went for two. There was no way kickers had a chance to make any kick in that snow.

Wow, eight inches of snow at the highest point on the field of play at Eagles game , per FOX

— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) December 8, 2013

And of course, some Eagles fans decided to use that snow to their advantage.

Crowd bombarding Jeremy Ross with snowballs.

— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) December 8, 2013

Fans were tossing snowballs on the field DURING Detroit's 2-point conversion try. Home-field advantage I guess.

— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) December 8, 2013

The conditions were also rough on NFL officials.

Philadelphia faced first-and-10 from Detroit’s 19-yard line when quarterback Nick Foles scrambled and threw a touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson. Despite the touchdown reception, Jackson may have stepped out of bounds before he caught the pass, but the score was upheld during instant replay. How could they tell, even on replay?

Even Mike Pereira, Former Vice President of Officiating in the National Football League, was unsure about Jackson’s touchdown reception prior to the replay.

Ruled a TD in PHI - tough to tell where the actual line is, obviously. Looking at the angles now.

— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) December 8, 2013

When the weather finally improved the fourth quarter, Detroit blew its 14-6 lead. The Eagles scored 28 points in the final quarter as Eagles running back LeSean McCoy scored twice, quarterback Nick Foles scored on a 1-yard run and Chris Polk scored on a 38-yard run. Detroit probably wished the blinding snow returned in order to slow down the Eagles’ offense, a task the Lions’ defense was unable to achieve.

It was a fun game for kids, but definitely not one the Lions enjoyed.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!



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