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Doug Pederson has nothing to do with the Philadelphia Eagles anymore. Sure, he brought the franchise its first Super Bowl title and has a statue outside Lincoln Financial Field, but he was fired by the team in 2021 and has since taken the head job with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Even though Pederson traded in his midnight green visor for a turquoise version, he’s still helping the Eagles from the opposite conference. By upsetting the Dallas Cowboys in Week 15, Pederson gave his former team his best gift since Super Bowl 52.

Doug Pederson’s Jacksonville Jaguars upset the Dallas Cowboys

Whew, what a ridiculously wild NFL Sunday. I can’t remember a day with this many jaw-dropping endings.

One of the craziest games of the day went down in Duval County. The Dallas Cowboys looked to be on their way to a stress-free victory after taking a 21-7 lead into the halftime locker room. Dak Prescott and company kept their foot on the gas and expanded the lead to 27-10 late in the third quarter. Done deal. On to Eagles week. Well, not so fast.

Thanks to Trevor Lawrence’s brilliance and a few bone-headed mistakes by Dallas, the Jaguars were able to climb back into the game and force overtime on a last-second field goal. Jacksonville got the ball first to start OT, but it couldn’t get a single first down and had to punt.

The Cowboys, only needing a field goal to escape with a win, were back in control. Only, it didn’t last long. After moving the ball close to midfield, Prescott threw a pass that bounced off Noah Brown’s hands and ended up in Rayshawn Jenkins’ control. The safety took the interception and ran it back 52 yards to the house.

Ball game.

The comeback victory was crucial for Jacksonville’s playoff hopes, but it was just as important to Pederson’s former team, the Eagles.

Doug Pederson gives the Eagles his best gift since Super Bowl 52

Doug Pederson looks on before a game.
Head coach Doug Pederson of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on before a game against the Detroit Lions | Nic Antaya/Getty Images

The Eagles’ Scorching Hot Offense Is About to Become Even More Unstoppable

As the Jaguars were completing the thrilling comeback, the Eagles were fighting for their own playoff positioning against the Chicago Bears. At 12-1 entering Sunday, Philadelphia was in the driver’s seat to land the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but a loss to the Cowboys in Week 16 would complicate that goal.

But not so much anymore.

Thanks to Pederson’s Jaguars, the Eagles are now 13-1 and three games ahead of the 10-4 Cowboys in the NFC East standings. Philly just needs to win one of its last three games to lock up the division title, and the No. 1 seed would likely follow.

If the Cowboys won Sunday and beat the Eagles on Christmas Eve, they would be just one game out of first place with two games remaining. Now, there’s no wiggle room, and it’s all thanks to Pederson.