Chip Kelly will get to see his players play on Sunday, and it’s not because of a deflated football.
The Eagles head coach and his players will get their chance to play on national television and at the beginning of the Super Bowl, when the Eagles face the Patriots in a pivotal NFC playoff game.
The players are getting their chance Sunday afternoon, when they will take the field against the San Francisco 49ers.
Chip Kelly’s players will take on the Patriots at the Meadowlands, which hosts the Superbowl on Sunday.
It’s the first time the Eagles will play in New Jersey since they lost in Super Bowl XLVII in 2012.
Kelly said on Monday that his players were “in the mood to play” because of the deflated balls, but didn’t give specifics about the reasons behind the decision.
Kelly also said his players wouldn’t have been able to play in the game because of what he called the “disgraceful” rules.
The commissioner for the National Football League, Roger Goodell, has ruled that the deflating balls, which were in the possession of the Patriots, should have been replaced.
The NFL is appealing that decision, but Kelly said his team will get its chance to make its case in front of Goodell.
“We’re not going to be playing,” Kelly said.
“We’re going to have the chance to put our case before the commissioner.”
Goodell’s decision has already forced the league to re-evaluate the rules surrounding the use of deflated ball devices.
Kelly didn’t rule out that possibility, but he did say that he and his team were “still very focused on the game” and wouldn’t “reopen the door” to players and officials to play Sunday.
“I’m not going out and saying that I don’t want the game,” Kelly added.
“I just want it to be an opportunity to put that in the past and move forward.
I’m not changing my stance.”
Chip Kelly and his Eagles will take part in a special halftime show at the Superdome on Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Chip Kelly and the Eagles have not played since the 2014 season.