Why Eagles didn't challenge catch by GB's Boykin

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Why Eagles didn't challenge catch by GB's Boykin

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November 10, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Packers receiver Jarrett Boykin makes a 36-yard catch in front of Cary Williams in the second quarter that should have been challenged because Boykin came down out of bounds. (AP)

Early in the second quarter of the Eagles' 27-13 victory Sunday (see Instant Replay), Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin made a spectacular 36-yard catch.

That shouldn't have counted.

After he got one foot down inbounds, Boykin's hand came down out of bounds. The replays clearly showed it wasn't a catch -- much clearer than Nick Foles' fumble or Jordy Nelson's incompletion in the end zone.

So why didn't the Eagles challenge?

"I just didn't get any any feedback that it was something we wanted them to challenge at that time," head coach Chip Kelly said.

It's up to the coaches upstairs in the booth, led by offensive coordinator Pat Shumur (see story), to advise Kelly on potential challenges.

Turns out, thanks to Brandon Boykin, it didn't matter. The Packers drove to the Eagles' 5 when Boykin intercepted Scott Tolzien's pass in the end zone and returned it 76 yards. Great play, although it appeared Boykin could have attempted to take it all the way.

What happened?

"I ran out of stream [at] about the 30 man," Boykin told CSN's Derrick Gunn after the game. "I figured I wasn't gonna get there, so I went ahead and shut it down out of bounds. But you know, I gave my offense good field position, so that was good."

As was the fact that he got his coaches off the hook.

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