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It also came as a surprise to Rowe, who said afterward that he wasn’t expecting to start until just before the game began.
“No, that wasn’t the plan,” Rowe said, via Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams.
“It wasn’t official until kickoff.”
Rowe started ahead of Malcolm Butler, who was benched on defense for the entirety of the contest despite starting and playing the majority of snaps throughout the season. Butler appeared distraught when shown on camera prior to kickoff.
Rowe struggled throughout the game as the Eagles continuously marched downfield against the Patriots, ultimately emerging with a surprise 41-33 victory.
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