Ronald Darby had only played in front of the home Eagles fans once before Monday night. He hadn’t known what it was like to win before the Lincoln Financial faithful in a game with playoff implications, let alone to be the hero. But the cornerback went from goat to champion in a matter of a week – as quick as a Philadelphia minute during Eagles season. Darby’s fourth-quarter, last-minute interception set up Jake Elliott’s 48-yard game-winning field goal as the Eagles topped the feisty Raiders, 19-10, and clinched the No. 1 NFC seed. For the second game in a row, Darby came up with a game-turning turnover. But his pick against the New York Giants was the lone positive on his ledger. He had what he said was one of the worst games of his career. His performance, naturally, upset fans. But when he darted from the postgame locker room without answering questions and then began publicly blocking any of his critics on social media, some followers turned on Darby. But he answered the music a few days later, apologized for his actions and that seemed to be enough for most. What mattered most, and if the Eagles are to truly make a postseason run without Carson Wentz, was that Darby rebounded on the field and that the defense saved the day.
Ronald Darby goes from goat to hero as Eagles defense delivers victory
Philly.com | Dec 26