The postgame hugs for members of the other team were a little tighter, the Gatorade bath a less silly after a regular-season win.
This was the return of Andy Reid to the Linc in Philadelphia, where he’d coached through good times and lean for 14 seasons. He brought his new team, the Kansas City Chiefs, to town Thursday night and left with an emotional, satisfying 26-16 victory.
“After the game is where you felt it, when the players were coming up,” Reid told ESPN’s Ashley Fox. “After the game, I just appreciated what the guys were all about. … Every game is so important in this league, you try to put [beating the Eagles] out of your mind. I love those kids over there. That’s not how I look at it. I look at it is it’s a game, and you’ve got to cut through all of that other stuff. I’ve been doing it too long to feel all of that.”
It was a great night for Reid, who was greeted with a standing ovation, and for his old quarterback, Donovan McNabb, whose number was retired. For the Eagles, it was a continuation of the last forgettable days of Reid’s tenure, as the team fell to 1-2 and the Chip Kelly era has plummeted after two stellar season-opening quarters.
And the Chiefs? They’re 2-0 in games against teams in Reid’s old division, the NFC East, and, at 3-0, they have one more victory than they had all of last season. Reason enough for a little Gatorade bath.
“He really approached this game as if it was just a regular game,” Brandon Flowers said. “It was the guys in the locker room rallying around him. We were like, ‘Man, we’ve got to go to Philly and get this win for coach.’ When you go from one situation to the next, you appreciate a good thing.”