The Philadelphia Eagles seemed to have revolved around Nick Foles in past weeks. With his ascent, it was hard to remember the Eagles still had the leading rusher in the NFL in LeSean McCoy. It was easy to forget it in the first three quarters against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 8 -- until McCoy put on the greatest rushing display in Philadelphia history in those last 15 minutes.
McCoy technically rushed for 217 yards throughout the entire game. However, the vast majority of those yards came in the fourth quarter -- just as the Eagles' vast majority of points did. 12 of those points came from 40 and 57-yard touchdowns from McCoy, which launched Philadelphia to its 34-20 win.
Before the fourth quarter started, McCoy and much of the Eagles offense was silent in a winter wonderland. With inches of snow on the ground, Philadelphia was useless for about the first 40 minutes, while Detroit did just enough to take a 14-0 lead. That advantage looked insurmountable on a day like this, but after Foles led the Eagles' first touchdown drive of the game, McCoy stepped in to handle the rest.
The results not only gave the Eagles their eighth win, it bumped McCoy to an NFL leading 1,305 yards for the season. With Chip Kelly running a more balanced offense than Andy Reid, McCoy was expected to thrive, but not to this extent. Yet he was almost invisible while Foles was stealing all the buzz and praise from Philadelphia's recent wins.
Since Foles was only 11-for-22 against the snow and Lions, while adding his first interception, he had to hand off the starring role to someone else. Eventually, McCoy carried it and never looked back, showing Detroit and reminding Philadelphia that he is the team's true MVP. While running backs are seemingly obsolete in an era of video game level quarterback stats, McCoy has still been the best of the backs that are left.
Barring injury, or a late surge from Reid's newest running back in Jamaal Charles, McCoy stands to be the new rushing champion of the NFL. The Eagles haven't threatened to have one of those in a while -- but they haven't threatened to win the NFC East in a while too, and McCoy made it even more possible amidst all the snow.