The New York Giants were coming off their worst season in team history.
The Philadelphia Eagles were coming into their second season in the NFC East.
Both were facing off in a rematch of the Super Bowl, which had been the most difficult task in the history of the franchise.
The first-place Eagles were already playing well enough to warrant the title.
The team had a 3-0 record, which included an impressive win over the Denver Broncos.
And the defense was ranked third in the NFL by DVOA, a statistic that measures overall performance.
But the defense also had the league’s best rushing offense, and it was led by one of the NFL’s best pass rushers in DeMarco Murray.
But the Eagles were going to have to find a way to win on Sunday if they wanted to avoid losing to the Seahawks.
The defense was struggling, the offense wasn’t clicking, and there was an argument that the Eagles had been getting away from their game plan too often in the second half.
“We got some opportunities,” coach Chip Kelly said of the second-half comeback.
“We had to go out there and execute and get it done.
But it’s just something that happens when you’re down by two touchdowns.”
Kelly said that the offense was in “very bad shape” when the game began.
The Eagles were struggling to get off the field in the third quarter and the defense looked like it had given up a touchdown or two to each team in the first half.
But when Murray stepped in for the injured Nelson Agholor, the Eagles offense turned into a dynamic attack.
Murray was in his fourth game this season with at least 10 catches for 102 yards and three touchdowns.
And he also scored on a 6-yard run.
Murray also made a couple of big plays for the offense in the final three quarters, including a 13-yard touchdown pass to WR DeSean Jackson on a quick out route.
Jackson was targeted 10 times, and his two receptions came on a 1-yard slant and an 18-yard pass in the end zone.
“The guys have to make the plays,” Jackson said.
“They’ve got to make some plays and the guys that make them are doing a great job.”
That’s exactly what they have done all season.
Jackson has caught six of the Eagles 11 touchdowns, with his lone drop coming against the Bears.
Murray has also made the most of his opportunities, with two touchdowns, a 75-yard catch in the fourth quarter and a 9-yard reception in overtime.
Jackson said the game plan worked perfectly for him, even though he had some struggles with it early in the game.
“I think the defense just has to play better,” Jackson, who caught only four passes in the regular season, said.
“You’ve got a bunch of guys who can make plays when they have to, and they’re doing a really good job.
They were able to make a big play on a touchdown on the game-winning drive.”
The defense was still struggling to match the offense, however.
Murray had just eight catches for 86 yards and one touchdown in the opener.
And in the Eagles’ last three games, the team had allowed just two touchdowns to opposing receivers.
And while the offense struggled in the early going, Murray had four catches for 85 yards in the three games he was out, including the Eagles final three.
The Eagles have been playing better, but they haven’t been dominating their opponents like they have been this season.
The Seahawks were the only team to score more than one touchdown against the Eagles this season, and the only time the Seahawks scored more than 10 points was on a 74-yard TD reception by Murray in the overtime win in Week 3.
And Murray was targeted nine times, but his catches were just 9 yards short of his season average of 7.2 yards per catch.
And that was just the beginning.
Murray caught two passes for 25 yards in a 43-10 win at Arizona.
Murray also had a 10-yard completion on the first play of the third overtime against the Cowboys.
And after the Eagles went into halftime with a 24-7 lead, they led 30-17.
The second-year receiver, who has been in the league for just a little over a month, said he was frustrated with the defense early in his career.
He also said that he didn’t feel like the offense had done enough to take advantage of their mismatches.
“It’s frustrating,” Murray said.
“(The defense) kind of just got complacent.”
Murray also said he has grown more comfortable playing alongside his teammates.
“Yeah, it’s a lot different,” Murray added.
“It’s a whole different skill set.
You’ve got guys that have had success.
But I think this year, I’ve learned that you’ve got more responsibility.
You’re not just out there catching passes.
You also have to be out there in the huddle.”
And the offense has shown it is ready to get going again, too.
The offense has scored