All weekend, NFL Playoff games disappointed. But it turns out they were saving the best. The Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles played an instant classic on Sunday night that came down to the very last second. It had everything. Controversial calls, obscure rules, ridiculous plays, game-winning drives and DOUBLE AUDIBLE DONG.
What turned out to be the difference maker, however, was a player that Detroit Lions fans are quite familiar with. Golden Tate—who the Lions traded for a third-round pick earlier in the season—pulled in a clutch fourth-down conversion to put the Eagles up with just under a minute to play in the game.
Take a look:
FOLES. TATE. SIX points for the @Eagles.— NFL (@NFL) January 7, 2019
: #PHIvsCHI on NBC #NFLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/3aX8NEpche
The catch was just his fifth of the day for only 52 yards, but this score would end up sending the Eagles to the divisional round after upsetting the Bears 16-15.
Tate’s time with the Eagles hasn’t been all that great. In the eight game prior to the playoff game, Tate pulled in just 30 catches for 278 yards—or an average of 34.8 yards per game. But a moment like this is invaluable for the Eagles, as they look to contend for second-consecutive Super Bowl.
All of Tate’s former teammates were thrilled for the veteran receiver.
I see you GT!!!!!! @ShowtimeTate— Damon Harrison Sr. (@snacks) January 7, 2019
My boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! @ShowtimeTate— Marvin Jones Jr (@MarvinJonesJr) January 7, 2019
My mf’n dawg GT!!!!! @ShowtimeTate— Nino (@qdiggs6) January 7, 2019
Let’s go @ShowtimeTate— Darius Slay (@_bigplayslay23) January 7, 2019
While the Eagles win technically hurts the Lions—as their third round pick is at least four slots worse than it would have been with a loss—it’s hard not to be happy for Tate... and to see the Bears go down in an excruciatingly painful way. Audible Dong has no mercy.