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Daily Madden: NFL A Hit In The Snow

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Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles eludes the tackle of safety Glover Quin #27 of the Detroit Lions as he runs for a 40 yard touchdown in the third quarter during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

Running back LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles eludes the tackle of safety Glover Quin #27 of the Detroit Lions as he runs for a 40 yard touchdown in the third quarter during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 8, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Winter-like weather became the talk of the NFL weekend, highlighted by an Eagles-Lions game in the Philadelphia snow.

“I learned something I probably should have known: if there’s weather, that will always attract your attention,” John Madden told the KCBS morning crew.

“Those other snow games were going on at the same time and they were not only good games but you couldn’t take you eyes off them. You wondered, how much more snow? How are they going to kick? How are they going to run in that weather?” Madden said.

He usually prioritizes the local game first, which in this case was the Raiders against the Jets, but Sunday there was so many snow games going on simultaneously that Madden said it was hard to his eyes off of them.

The snow games also demonstrated something interesting about the current over reliance of the passing game. In hardest-driving snow storm, Nick Foles and Philadelphia kept trying to pass. It was absurd in those conditions, but their games all revolve around passing, and most teams just can’t change it when the weather does.

In the fourth quarter, however, Philadelphia changed their approach (and it worked) and ran 250 yards.

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