By Joseph Santoliquito

Jason Kelce, one of the NFL’s top centers, shares his weekly thoughts with CBS Philly

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (CBS) — Everyone was a little disturbed by the first half of the Eagles’ 34-17 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. It was tough knowing the mistakes being made, and as it is in all levels of football, it was a little courser reliving it on film.

“The film showed us that it was pretty much the way it felt out there,” Eagles’ center Jason Kelce said. “There was a lot of one guy here, one guy there in the first half. There were a lot of things that were there. The play calls were pretty solid for the most part. We just got to doing some different things in the second half.

“In the first half, we weren’t getting the job done up front or throwing the ball, either. It’s what led to our entire offense stalling out.”

Physically, Kelce felt he did well, but he wasn’t too pleased with a few mental mistakes—a rarity for someone who is arguably one of the NFL’s most cerebral centers.

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“I missed a point on a run that was crucial, and there were a couple of other things in the game that could have worked out well, if the communication had been there.” Kelce said. “There are some little things there that I need to focus on. It’s good that we were able to make so many mistakes and still come away with the win. We have to obviously minimize those when we start playing the teams that we need to beat.

“You make mistakes every single game that you have to fix. You never go through a game where there isn’t a mistake on the board. For me, I thought I played a solid game, but there were one or two things where I could have helped other guys out or quite frankly made the correct call.”

The learning point of Sunday’s victory was that “it’s always good to go through adversity and overcome it,” Kelce said. “Even though we should have beaten that team by a pretty solid margin throughout the game, and we didn’t score a point in the first half, we should have handled them all game long. To have something drastic as the first half happen to us, and recollect ourselves at halftime and go out and have the second half that we did, that’s what good teams do. That’s what you have to do to win in this league.”

 

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