The Eagles had a deflating loss in Minnesota on Sunday. And when they were traveling home, the Cowboys enjoyed a 26-3 lead over the Packers.
On the plane, only running back LeSean McCoy had Internet access. And he decided to have a little fun with his teammates. And his coach and G.M.
McCoy told them the Cowboys had won.
“Because nobody knew except for me, so whatever I said they had to believe,” McCoy told Anthony Gargano and Ike Reese of 94WIP on Monday night. “I was just joking with some of the players. When I was talking to Chip [Kelly] and Howie [Roseman], I was serious.”
McCoy eventually confessed, and he said news of the Dallas loss gave the Eagles a lift after their own defeat.
“It definitely did [helped our spirits],” McCoy said. “I didn’t feel like a loss either. If you lose, you don’t want to talk. So, it didn’t feel like a loss, which is bad to say I guess.”
It’s definitely bad to say, because Philly’s loss ultimately became a lost opportunity. If the Eagles had managed to win on Sunday, they’d now have a two-game lead over Dallas — and a win next Sunday night against the Bears would have made the Week 17 game against the Cowboys irrelevant.