By Roxana Herrera //@rxnlzbth
Saints 20 – Eagles 14
What was a promising start for the Philadelphia Eagles ended in tears for the fans of the defending champions. Eagles were up 14-0 going into the second quarter and had everything going their way until quarterback Nick Foles was intercepted and the momentum completely shifted. After that, the Eagles’ defense was too tired to find an answer.
They started off on top converting a turnover into a touchdown. Then later that quarter, Foles hit wide receiver Jordan Matthews for their second and final touchdown of the game. Eagles earned a total of 151 yards and were barely able to add any more.
It’s fair to say Foles threw some questionable passes, either they were overthrown or underthrown. The offense also had trouble converting third downs.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz couldn’t find the best way to put pressure on QB Drew Brees so he decided not to. At one point even allowing a fake punt on 4th and 1 to turn into a first down.
This game was injury plagued as well, with right guard Brandon Brooks being carted off from the field with a serious lower leg injury. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox had to sit out for a bit due to a foot injury and cornerback Rasul Douglas also was carted off the field because of an ankle injury. Veteran tackle Jason Peters and defensive end Michael Bennett both had minor injuries but were able to go back on the field.
Even with the odds stacked against them, the Eagles had multiple opportunities to turn the game around but failed to come up with some sort of drive to get them out of their slump. The last shot they had looked like it was going down the field until head coach Doug Pederson chose to force a play with just over two minutes to play.
There was one second left before the two-minute warning and Foles throws to receiver Alshon Jeffery only for the ball to go right through his hands into the hands of a Saints defender for Foles’ second interception to declare the game officially over.
It was a disappointing way to end an incredibly emotional season but only the Eagles can make such a dramatic exit. This team continues to show resiliency and heart even when they’re counted out and everything is stacked against them. To even have gotten this far in the playoffs proves this team’s belief in one another.
Love this team to death #FlyEaglesFly
Until next season, Eagles!
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