Originally written on Chicks in the Huddle  |  Last updated 12/26/11

But it was still a pretty nice Christmas gift.

Rookie kicker Henery connected on his first 50 yard+ pro figgie Saturday night.

Eagles at Cowboys, Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy holidays, y’all! Whatever you celebrate, and whoever you celebrate with, I hope you had a good time. I certainly did, watching the Eagles stomp the Cowboys for the second time this season.

Stud of the week: Alex Henery. On a day when David Akers set the single season field goal points record, Henery made his 14th straight and his first over 50 yards. I actually noted the Akers’ record on Facebook and got “thank you” comments from a number of my 49ers-loving friends. I know, I know – who cares about a kicker? Well, I do. I was very fond of David Akers and very sorry to see him depart. I’m hoping that Henery can pick up where he left off. It seems unlikely that he’ll be as good a final line of defense as our former Jiu-Jitsu trained kicker, although he did manage to slow down Dwayne Harris long enough for the cavalry to get there.

The Eagles blogging family has been fairly low-key about the win over the Cowboys. Sure, the Eagles were eliminated from the playoffs by shortly after kick off, and sure, maybe the Cowboys didn’t really care to win the game, since it comes down to next week’s matchup against the Giants regardless. But I’m proud of our guys for not giving up and going out strong.

OK, sure, the Dolphins and Jets will be watching the playoffs from their couches too – hell, I think the Cowboys will as well, because my money’s on the Giants to win next week – but again, they haven’t given up.

To quote BGN: “too little, too late.” And they’re right. The Eagles blew games they should’ve won back when it mattered, giving up an epic number of fourth quarter leads and not even managing to pull off a divisional title in a sadly diminished NFC East. And even though the D has played MUCH better of late, Juan Castillo’s job may still be on the line, particularly if Spags gets fired in St. Louis (which seems pretty likely to me).

On the other hand, our boys beat Dallas in THEIR house on Christmas Eve, and almost pitched a shut out to boot. Would I have preferred a different ending to the season? Hell yeah, but the team will go 8-8 and hopefully have something to build on for next year after they get rid of the dead weight (like Vince “Dream Team” Young – may he be traded to Vikings, who do need a QB – and Steve Smith).

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