Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 10/5/12
LeSean McCoy ran for 123 yards in the Eagles 19-17 win over the New York Giants. 121 of those yards came in the second half, when the Eagles needed him most.
The Eagles offense struggled through the first half of their 19-17 win over the Giants on Sunday. As part of that, the Eagles could not get their running game going. Not including Michael Vick, the Eagles ran the ball 9 times in the first half for a net gain of zero yards.
As both offenses came to life, the Eagles scoring first on a touchdown near the end of the half and the Giants following suit with a FG drive, one man began to shake the cobwebs.
LeSean McCoy has been hailed as one of the best running backs in the NFL for the past two seasons. His 6 carries for two yards hardly convinced anyone of what he was capable of.
In the second half, however, McCoy came to life. Before I could even digest his first half stats, he was busy ripping off two long runs to start the second. A 34 yard run set up a 22 yard run where McCoy was stopped at the one yard line. The Eagles would eventually kick a FG.
When the dust settled, LeSean McCoy had amassed 123 rushing yards on 23 carries, 121 of those yards coming in crunch time in the second half when the Eagles needed him most.
There was plenty to focus on in the Eagles win. There was the timeout that gave New York kicker Lawrence Tynes two shots at a game winning 54 field goal. There was the fact that Michael Vick played a clean game and didn’t turn the ball over. There was the fact that Eagles had won three of their first four games by less than two points, an NFL first. But more than anything else, what stood out to me was LeSean McCoy proverbially putting his team on his back and leading the way.
That’s what great players do, and LeSean McCoy proved once again why he is one of the very best in the game.
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