Observations: Saints 26, Eagles 24

Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) prepares to throw the ball as Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Trent Cole (58) and Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox (91) chase in the first quarter during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Photo |  Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s what we saw during tonight’s Eagles-Saints game.

OFFENSE

* The Eagles’ offense got going in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as their season ended in a 26-24 loss to the Saints.


* Nick Foles went 23-for-33 for 195 yards and two touchdowns. In the second, he found Riley Cooper for a 10-yard score. And in the fourth, Foles hit Zach Ertz for a 3-yard TD.

* DeSean Jackson was shut out in the first half and targeted just once. It looked like Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis was on him most of the time. But in the third quarter, Lewis went out with a head injury, and with the offense needing a spark, Jackson made a great play on a 50/50 ball for 40 yards. McCoy ended up scoring from 1 yard out on the drive. On the Eagles' next possession, Jackson had a 29-yard punt return to help set up an Eagles field goal. And in the fourth, he drew a 40-yard pass interference penalty to set up a Foles TD pass.

* LeSean McCoy had trouble getting going with 77 yards on 21 carries.

* Riley Cooper had six catches for 68 yards, but had a costly drop in the third quarter. Cooper was wide open on a crossing route on third down, but couldn't hang on to a perfectly-placed Foles pass. The Eagles ended up punting.

* Bad sequence in the second quarter. The Eagles moved into field-goal range, but Brent Celek was dropped for an 8-yard loss on a screen. Foles then held on to the ball for way too long and took a 12-yard sack. Alex Henery set up for a 48-yard field goal after a McCoy run, but missed wide left.

* On the Eagles' first possession, it looked like Foles had Celek open downfield on a corner route, but he instead dumped it down to Jason Avant on a shorter route. On third down, Foles and McCoy were not on the same page, and the Eagles had to punt.

* Pass protection was good for most of the game. Foles was sacked twice. Lane Johnson and Todd Herremans got beat badly on one sack in the third quarter.

DEFENSE

* The Eagles' defense held up well in the first half, but gave up 20 points in the second half. Drew Brees went 20-for-30 for 250 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

* Huge special-teams mishap down the stretch. Darren Sproles returned a kickoff 39 yards, and Cary Williams was called for a horse-collar tackle, giving the Saints possession at the Eagles' 48. From there, New Orleans drove 34 yards to set up the game-winning 32-yard field goal.

* Surprisingly, the Saints were able to run the ball all over the Eagles, totaling 185 yards on the ground and averaging 5.1 YPC.

* On one scoring play in the third, Brees faked a toss, rolled out and found Lance Moore for a 24-yard touchdown. It looked like he had the entire Eagles' defense fooled. Later, Roc Carmichael came in for an injured Cary Williams, and Brees went after him, completing a 14-yard pass on third down. The Eagles also left Ben Watson wide open for a 27-yard completion on the drive. Ingram scored from 10 yards out.

* In the fourth, Patrick Chung got beat by Robert Meachem on a 40-yard completion. That led to a 35-yard field goal.

* Bradley Fletcher had excellent coverage on Kenny Stills in the second and made a nice play on the ball for an interception. Later in the quarter, DeMeco Ryans undercut a Brees pass for Moore for a second interception.

* The Eagles thought they had a takeaway in the second quarter as Ryans knocked the ball out of Jimmy Graham's hands on third down, but the play was reviewed, and the officials ruled that Graham's knee was down. The Saints went for it on fourth down, but were called for a false start. They ended up converting a 36-yard field goal for the game's first score.

* With under two minutes left in the second, the Saints drove 47 yards on eight plays. But Connor Barwin batted down a Brees pass, and Trent Cole had a sack to force a field goal. Brandon Graham also had a sack on the drive.

* Cole had a pass break-up early on. Connor Barwin got matched up against Darren Sproles on a wheel route, but Brees underthrew him badly.

* Earl Wolff was active, but did not see the field. Patrick Chung started alongside Nate Allen.

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  • dislikedisqus

    It’s like Andy Reid is calling plays and Lorenzo Booker and Todd Pinkston are running them. What happened to this team?

    • birdsfanindc

      This game was not lost on play calling. A close game like this comes down to one or two plays. Cooper’s dropped pass, Foles’ sack, the last kick return, the D not making a stop in that final play…

      • Mr. Magee

        Chip Kelly did NOT have a good game calling plays… And it had a very big impact on the gsme

        • Token

          Chip called a nervous game. Ill overlook it. First NFL playoff game. I wish they had a more aggressive day. They had nothing to lose.

          • Mr. Magee

            We have no choice but to swallow it, but it is a shame to lose a very winnable game. Chip’s problems tonight:
            1) play calling
            2) line play – esp O line
            3) lack of 2nd half adjustments
            Items 2 and 3 were issues last week as well

          • #7

            Go take snaps under center and make some tackles. Kick some FGs

        • #7

          Cmon man. You act like it’s easy out there

  • Sss

    Alex Henery had a huge part in this loss. I believe he only had one touchback the whole game, and you NEED to be able to boot it into the end zone. That Darren Sproles return is what lost that game.

    • Ahab

      That and the missed FG… Yeah, makes a difference. Not a good game for him

      • G_WallyHunter

        He needs to go. Come on, gotta be some kickers out there that can make 50 yarders better than him.

        • Mike Calabrese

          Agreed! I am done with him.

        • tay

          Besides he also missed a crucial Field goal against the chargers, i agree he needs to leave.

        • Richard Colton

          He needs a fjord in his life

        • Maggie

          Anyone would think the kicker was the only offensive player on the field.

          • Mike Calabrese

            Not just missed field goal. He never kicks it deep enough for a touch back. This has been issue all year and 48yarder is far but he has been bad all year from over 45 & in NFL there are kickers that make it consistently from there and kick out of end zone more often than not.

            Bye bye Henery

          • Richard Colton

            plenty of offensive players in this game on: Offense, Defense, and Special Teams.

    • Mike Calabrese

      Henery has to either be gone or bring in competition and make him win it. Better learn to kick into end zone or see ya!!

      • #7

        Same as 2010 when Akers had those misses…at home too like tonight. We had the Packers beat

    • Mr. Magee

      He gone

    • Token

      Judging by Chips tone. Alex is done. Is he a FA? I hope not, I want the pleasure of seeing him cut.

      • Ajspennsport

        Who cares? Right bro? He has to go

    • borntosuffer

      Yea, but he is a kicker. How the heck does the Saint’s run game beat the Eagle’s run game – 185 to 80? They could get two/three yards on every QB sneak whenever they wanted it. The Eagle’s sure couldn’t. I thought the Eagle’s D-line was better than the Saint’s D-line. Not tonight. Or, the Saint’s O-line was better than the Eagle’s O-line. The Saints stopped the Eagle’s run game. The Eagle’s couldn’t stop the Saint’s run game. That concerns me a lot more than the f-in kicker missing a 46 yard FG.

      • Jason

        That has more to do with scheme and not having a true NT.

      • EaglefaninAZ

        Agreed and seconded.

      • #7

        They played keep away. Ingram has been running hard but not many noticed. He beat us not Brees. Give Brees a running game, any QB a running game, and it’s curtains

        • Always Hopeful

          Ha, ha, what happened to OUR running game…ugh.

      • Tom w

        We played nickel. Gave them the run. Davis just said it. Your offense needs to capitalize in first half and make saints need to throw. Also can’t do anything about their kicker making 3. One defensive play away from winning. Same as Dallas game. Relax

        • JofreyRice

          They may have “gave them the run” on first or second down, but they weren’t conceding the run on all the short yardage plays. They just got beat in those situations.

          • Tom w

            Fine. Happy. Jesus Christ Defense didn’t lose this game.

        • Maggie

          D only allowed 24 points. Offense could not move the ball when most needed,

          • Mike Calabrese

            Needed most huh? You mean like in 4th quarter down 6 with less than 10 minutes to go and they got 7. Offense struggled first half but most needed they came through then. Not disagreeing on offense costing us but most needed time maybe not right way to say it.

          • Maggie

            How about throughout most of the game. I never once got that feeling like any second they were going to break it open. what happened to innovative playcalling?

          • Mike Calabrese

            I 100% agree on play calling tonight. I was screaming for screen passes to Shady all 1st half. Needed slow down pass rush. Also could have used some draw plays 1st half while there d ends were running so hard up field on pass rush. Kelly played a little to conservative early on and honestly most of game. He will be fine bc all year has learned from mistakes.

          • addicted2mula

            I wanted to see more screen and more power running

          • Tom w

            That’s what I said. Thanks. Offense shit bed in first half and half of third quarter. Their kicker won game. Dallas game all over again. People need to relax.

          • morgan c

            26?

        • borntosuffer

          Not really upset with the D. They played to their capabilities and kept the team in the game. But, if the Saints decided to take away the run, there should have been opportunities for the passing game. So, did Foles miss opportunities or do we need better receivers? The All-22 should be interesting.

          • Tom w

            Wrs. Said it last week but I got yelled at and called naive. Need a better 2 and 3. Coop is a good 4. Maclin maybe your 3. Bye avant. Wr5 maybe.

          • morgan c

            I feel like for one of the only times all season, not having Maclin really hurt us. If you step back and think about it, we knew going into this season we were effed at WR. Cooper overachieved and DJax had a great year. Think back to the Chiefs game – we couldn’t get open. Same thing tonight, and also at Dallas. DJax is fast and all, but he runs down the field, and if he’s covered, he doesn’t finish his route or come back to ball. Cooper doesn’t have the quickness, nor does Avant. We need another playmaker there.

    • Weapon Y

      He should be cut. Akers got cut for mistakes which pale in comparison to Henery’s this entire season. It’s time to bring in a new kicker.

      • #7

        Kicker cost us a playoff win in 2010

        • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

          Nope that was You Know Who remember.

          • Richard Colton

            Some idiot just called the post game show and told G Cobb the Eagles should have put YOU KNOW WHO in at QB after halftime. Thought you might like to know, there’s at least three of you out there.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Considering I’ve never called for ol’ boy to be put in the game, there’s no point in informing me of anything other than u like to hear yourself speak.

          • Mike Calabrese

            Kicker did cost us, but if we could get 7 instead of 3 always down inside the opponent 30 yard line that was always “you know who’s issue”. Also the inside throw on jump ball to Cooper that basically gave T. Williams the easy pick was a big reason we lost. Akers should made both kicks though.

    • Tom w

      Maybe maybe not. Payton replaced his kicker 2 weeks ago. Chip didn’t. Make chip shift the bed there. We knew henery sucked all year.

    • Maggie

      BS. The whole offense lost.

  • Philly0312

    NT, Safety, Kicker…good season. Some head scratching, a couple plays the other way and we are heading to carolina.

  • G_WallyHunter

    Well, its about time for us all to return to our seat. Good job Chip, don’t let em figure you out for next year.
    Saints D showed up, Brees and company exposed the lack of talent on eagles D. Deserved win. Kind of bitter sweet isn’t it?

    • Ahab

      The D did as well as could have been expected. The O didn’t show up until too late

      • G_WallyHunter

        The D sucked at stopping run. O just didn’t show up like we all thought they would.
        Very humbling loss, plain and simple

        • Ahab

          Well, Brees could have run the QB sneak all night and picked up 4 yds a pop. So I guess you have a point

        • Tom w

          D didn’t stop run bc we sold out to stop others. We gave them the run. Really not why we loss. If our offense scores in first half like it should’ve w another 10 pts, their run game isn’t a factor in second half. They ran on 5 and 6 guys. We dropped a lot of guys. Happens. Special teams hurt us. Graham made 3 vs 1 miss vs kickoff return sucked as usual vs horrible coverage last kickoff vs bad kickoffs except for one

          • JofreyRice

            Wow, you’re big on these press conference sound bytes. Whatever overarching tactical decisions they made concerning how they were going to play the Saints offense, they could not stop the run when they wanted to. They were absolutely not selling out to stop other people on all those short conversions, or at the end of the game when the Saints were milking the clock. They were trying to bring the ballcarrier to the ground before they reached the first down marker. Come on.

      • Mr. Magee

        Wish I could give you a hundred ^

      • Maggie

        I dozed off during one offensive “drive”.

  • Jason

    I don’t ever want to see Alex Henery Again in Green

    • Robin Wallace

      Patrick Chung and Nate Allen

      • Jason

        I’m ok with Allen if he’s the third safety. Chung has to go.

    • Richard Colton

      Id be OK seeing him with the Jets

  • #7

    They played harder than us and we got outcoached. Not knocking Chip, he’s had a great year. Kudos to young Foles for a great year. Yes you rob. I told you I was worried about Ingram. He won the game for them. You’re not the only one in the world with football knowledge

    • theycallmerob

      khiry robinson got the carries on the drive that mattered the most. if you think he won the game, then you don’t have knowledge

      you’re man crush is cute, but im not interested

      • #7

        Lol ok man. You have no ounce of debate in you. Like or hate lol. Shallow

        • theycallmerob

          there is no debate. like foles, you see what you want to see.
          Henery doesnt miss or Coop doesnt drop, you would be crying in dallas tonight. Not sure why you’re tooting your horn after a playoff loss

          • #7

            lol you’re a straight up clown. Trying to be civil with you and you still beefing like a female

          • theycallmerob

            whatever you say.

          • #7

            that’s what I thought

          • Maggie

            Excuse me?

    • Ajspennsport

      You are a straight punk. You were rooting for the Birds to fail so that your BF Vick could look good.

      • #7

        FInd that comment and paste it please sir

        • Ajspennsport

          The tenor of your contributions has cemented your opinion.

          • #7

            Pfffff lol. Get your weak ass out of here

          • Ajspennsport

            Good point. And very eloquently stated. (I’ll wait until you find your dictionary). Oh, sorry, “dictionary” means a book with word meanings.

          • #7

            “You are a straight punk.”

            That’s some great eloquence you’re displaying on that one

          • Ajspennsport

            Vernacular 7, vernacular. Hahaha

          • Ajspennsport

            Hahahaha, you are looking up the definition of vernacular
            , arent you? Hahahaha

          • Ajspennsport

            Okay #7, God Bless, See you in September.

  • theycallmerob

    We showed we deserved to be here.

    • mtn_green

      More than that, lead at :03

    • Mr. Magee

      Just like we did under Andy…. # wasted opportunity

      • theycallmerob

        #stop crying

        • Mr. Magee

          You must be a Saints fan I guess

          • theycallmerob

            new here?

          • Mr. Magee

            No. You?

      • JofreyRice

        I feel your disappointment, but this is year one. I mean, I was expecting like 7 wins this year, and I just watched a team lose to a Drew Brees joint by less than a FG. I think the future is bright.

        • Token

          I agree.

          However, the schedule looks just brutal next year.

          They have holes that need filled adequately. And im hoping to see improvements in schemes and these young players. They will need it.

          • #7

            Tell’em Token

          • theycallmerob

            who knows about next year? where the hell did the AFC west come from this year?
            we have the AFC south, should be easier. but again who knows?

            we get to beat up on the NFC east for 6 games, too

        • Mr. Magee

          True, but we have like 6 mos to wallow in perspective. Let’s talk about the game at hand

      • Tom w

        Nah.

      • #7

        You don’t watch games

        • Mr. Magee

          Huh

  • Token

    First, great season. NONE of us expected this in August. We have a lack of talent, that didnt change. Coaching made a huge difference in one year.

    We found a QB and a coach. Thats big.

    This one is on the offense and Henery. Defense was awful in the end, but what could we expect. They did a great job overall. Offense just couldnt get it done in the first half. That was huge. We had the game right there to win. Offense couldnt do anything.

    Both lines got manhandled once again this week. Maybe they are worn down. Some of it is they just arent good enough.

    Henery isnt a NFL kicker. Sorry to all his fans. He sucks. Not only the awful miss, but his pee wee level kickoffs. That last kickoff lost the game. BRUTAL. When you cant get a touchback in that situation…. get off my damn team.

    Foles overall did well in the end. He went and lead them for the winning TD in a playoff game, after the offense struggled all day. I think thats a great sign. I think we have a QB. No question.

    OL was terrible in the run game. Didnt hold blocks all day. Manhandled. Herremans should be gone. I would not keep Peters but I know they will. Gotta get another young tackle. Can Barbre step in at guard?

    DL manhandled. Pass Rusher and Safety are THE main needs on the team. Chung can cost you a game by himself. No pressure today. Cole got embarrassed. Cant believe the Saints ran it down our throats.

    They need another weapon offensively. Id keep Coop. He wont cost much. Bring back Maclin fairly cheap. Then get another high level WR.

    If Byrd hits the market just send him a blank check. I was ok with the Byrd and Wolff idea. But now they prolly need two safeties. Dont trust Wolff after this 2 month injury fiasco. Something was really weird with that situation.

    But cant complain about the season. Knew when they got the ball back it was over. It sucks.

    But really they woulda lost to Carolina anyway. I thought they could beat them, but not after the last two weeks. The team just looks done. Maybe gassed. Maybe just not prepared. I dunno. But they blew their load in that meaningless Bears game.

    Also, Chips teams struggled with physical play in college. Against teams like Stanford. It seems like that carried over. Last two weeks really showed that. Just out muscled.

    • theycallmerob

      They ran ok towards the end. The all-pro is not going anywhere.
      Most of what you said otherwise is spot on.

      • macadood

        quite spot on. came down to three big plays, missed FG by Henery, the drop by Cooper, and the poor kick/coverage/penalty on the last kickoff return.

        overall the D rendered Brees and Graham ineffective, which I imagine was the gameplan. the D got gashed by the run bad all night on plays where they can usually set the edge and make the tackle, it seems the Saints’ RBs speed was too much for them to handle. and those Brees sneaks…

        it’s going to be a long offseason boys, but a NFC East championship and playoff game are still a good start to the Chip era. Eagles got outplayed in pretty much every phase of the game, N.O. deserved the win.

        • Token

          UGH I forgot to even mention that. They did a good job on Graham and still lost. Colston was nowhere to be seen.

          I mentioned during the game….. Davis clearly wanted to take Colston and Graham away. He didnt think the backs could win the game. And he woulda been right. If the offense plays like normal, we get a decent lead early and the backs dont win the game.

          But it didnt play out like that.

        • CSpangler

          I disagree. Brees tried to give us the game by playing poorly for his standards. If you told me Brees had 2 picks and didnt play that well. I would have said we won. However, we didnt have our best showing.

    • #7

      None???

      • Token

        Im not touching this bait.

    • cliff henny

      half crazy…half sane

    • Mr. Magee

      Stick to the game. WAY too early to be trying to put season in perspectice

    • #7

      Need a safety and agree with Byrd but I don’t always like paying a safety big time money like he’s seeking. Peters? Keep him. Herremans? Would he accept a backup role?

      Have some good depth on the line apparently and got young Ertz at TE. People are bitching about Cole but the man has switched to LB..covering, and he totally surpassed my expectations. I believed that we had the talent to make the POs since OTAs if the D could do their part and they improved big time. McCoy in his prime. Bright future if we can dodge the injury bug

      • Token

        Cole is done. We need a pass rusher badly. He had a nice swan song for a few games there.

        Safety is just so damn important now. And unless Byrd quits after getting paid hes a must have. Hes a great coverage safety. Maybe the best. Makes things a lot easier.

        Peters will stay. But they need another tackle. He doesnt have a whole lot left at a good performance level IMO. Herremans may stay regardless, based on the contract. But he shouldnt start.

        • #7

          Cole is a favorite. Can’t deny that I’m a bit biased. I hate the business of football

          • Maggie

            I also don’t think Cole is done. Offense lost the game.

          • Mike Calabrese

            Might not be done but got owned by a 3rd round rookie tackle in his 3rd NFL start. Cole is one of my favorites in past, but tonight shows he is not same. His cap # and contract mean he is here next year no matter what and he flashes still, but tonight showed he is not same Cole as used to be.

        • Tom w

          Tj ward is there too. Oregon guy. Chris Clemons too. Just need one. Big wr, pass rusher corner depth guard in draft.

    • JofreyRice

      Huge positive, in terms of Davis, was that he didn’t let Graham beat them. The front 7 did a fantastic job against the run all year, never saw Mark Ingram and Khiry Robinson beating us, but I’d rather that then having Brees throw for 400 and Graham dunking three times.

      It’s interesting thought about the line wearing down. That’s the only position group that gets regular rotation.

      • Token

        They were out-coached today I think. Ryan did a good job at taking away McCoy and Jackson.

        Jackson got shut down. Thats just goes with Jackson. He can be completely shut out of a game. Thats why they need another weapon out there next year. For games like this. Make it harder on a defense. Soon as Allen came out Jackson appeared.

        Payton always worries me. Him and Brees are a tough combo. Cant stand Payton.

        Davis explained he wanted to take their passing weapons away. He thought that was the best way to keep their points down. I agree. He said he could called more run plays but he decided to stick with covering the pass. I dont hate his plan. It woulda worked well if the offense got started sooner. And really stopping the run can come down to a few players. If Logan, Thronton and Kendricks arent doing anything what can be done? Somebody just has to make a tackle.

        • RIP illa

          They gave him one opportunity before they realized it might be a good idea to throw to him. We have a QB that, “throws guys open” remember???!!! Just like the Vikes game when they shut Shady down…NO…we shut down Shady that game and shut down Djax this game!!!

          • #7

            lol

          • Token

            Its not new,. Jackson has always had stretches where hes invisible. Just the player he is. It would be great to get a tough chain moving WR. A guy capable of 10 catches in a game like this. Hard to run up tempo when its not efficient. Games can just spiral away from you when you arent getting 1st downs in this scheme.

          • #7

            Man Dwayne Bowe was a beast today

          • RIP illa

            Wholeheartedly agree w/ your last sentiment. And that’s what happened to Chip tonight!

          • Tom w

            Very true. Your rationalism is relaxing.

          • Mike Calabrese

            I think a lot of reason didn’t get Jackson involved early was Keenan Lewis played well. Jackson is good WR and glad he is an Eagle but he is small and if corner gets physical and like tonight o line gets pushed back Jackson can be stopped. You don’t throw Jackson jump balls when locked up.

          • RIP illa

            Then you don’t just run him deep and throw jump balls. Give him digs, comebacks, the wheel route out of the backfield, screens, etc. what did we do…none of that. If a player locks down another player on specific routes/plays, then that’s one thing. However if the player being locked down is one of your most dangerous weapons…then you get him in a position to be dangerous by any means neccessary!!!

          • Mike Calabrese

            I 100% agree here. I was calling for more aggressive play calling and screens to Shady in first half. Jackson was used like Reid used to tonight and that was bad.
            I trust Chip though to learn from mistakes bc done well with moving Jackson around all year and getting him and McCoy in space.

        • Tom w

          Exactly what I said but everyone freaked out on me. Offense left at least 10 on the board and graham beat us for 3 fgs. That’s your game.

      • macadood

        Barwin throwing Graham on his ass was priceless

        • theycallmerob

          Barwin was pry our best defensive player tonight. Maybe tied with Fletcher.
          He’s a stud OLB. just need a consistent rush opposite him

      • Tom w

        Graham Colston stills or sproles. 2 turnovers. Couple sacks. Offense laid an egg for 3 quarters and their kicker was better. Still game could’ve been one on one play like Dallas.

    • morgan c

      Herremans and Johnson were the weak spots all year, and bad tonight. Sheil was much too kind about our pass protection. Gave up a HUGE sack where Foles had no chance in third quarter, and also in second. Other Foles sack was his fault / coverage sack. We got pushed around. I know our DLine got a ton of love, and they are okay, but is it okay to ask for a dominant DLine? Do I have to be content with Logan and Thornton for the next ten years? Logan was bad this game. Atrocious really. Soft and did nothing against the run. We overachieved and that’s great. But if we are gonna run 3-4, we need first round talent and upgrades there. This game was alarming and a wake up call in a lot of ways. Biggest game of the year, and our lines were outplayed. Soft and finesse.

      • Mr. Magee

        Well put. O line was especially bad, and that’s supposed to be our strength

      • Maggie

        Mostly outcoached. Don’t believe D line soft. That’s ridiculous. One or two aren’t quite good enough, same with safeties. THE OFFENSES COULD NOT MOVE THE BALL WHEN IT COUNTED. That’s what lost the game.

        • Tom w

          Correct. No idea what these people watched.

        • Eagledelphia

          Actually the offense did move the ball when it counted and the d didn’t get a stop when it counted but whatever its still a loss

      • Tom w

        Nah wrong on Thornton. Played at a probowl level all year. Logan is 20 and played well all yr. your run defense was solid all year. One game when the defense played mostly nickel doesn’t fall on your dline. One game. Go take a pill and relax. Thank god no one on our front office or coaching staff will listen to your reactionary comment about the dline. They are young. Lotta time to improve. Herramins maybe. I wouldn’t mind a quality young guard from Baylor etc to push him.

        • morgan c

          Well, I’m sorry you don’t think anyone should be allowed to question a third round pick who is undersized being the NT for the next decade… if an upgrade is there, you gotta take it. Dude is not a NT. Useful player on the line, for sure, but if a team is planning to run all day, they can against him.

    • CSpangler

      I thought Drew Brees played poorly tonight. Anything better than a C- from our team and we win the game.

      • #7

        Ingram won the game for them

  • Ajspennsport

    Awful. Why are we accepting this? We are Philadelphians. We should be humiliated.

    • Scott J

      You jump off the bridge first and we’ll all follow. I promise.

      • Ajspennsport

        Hahahaha. Okay, good perspective.

    • Tom w

      Nope. You woulda been saying same thing last week if Boykin doesn’t make that play and Austin runs for a td. Relax

  • Phyxius

    Brb, going to kill myself.

    I can’t wait for the next season..

  • Scott J

    Free agency and the draft should fix the holes on the defense.

    • Mr. Magee

      Should help, but defense did not lose this gsme

  • J-Rod

    There were mistakes and plays made on both sides of the ball for both teams. Good game. But the key call for me was Chip not going for it on 4th and 1 inside the 5. Going against Drew Brees you have to get touchdowns in the redzone. At least try to get them to jump. Bad call.

    • Mr. Magee

      Not a well played game, but agree otherwise – big mistake by Chip

  • Always Hopeful

    They killed us with their run game. Never seemed like we got them for no yardage or negative plays…:-( Still proud of the team, they exceeded my expectations this year. Tough to take a loss like this…no chance at redemption next week. Would’ve like to have gone on a run, but hopeful for the future.

    Great season…bring on FA and the draft!

    • Mr. Magee

      Too soon for perspective – focus on the game. Big oppty wasted tonight

      • Always Hopeful

        I hear you, but this team exceeded my expectations. I agree opportunity lost. Yet, I am very hopeful about this team. Nothing is a gimmie in the NFL. They’ll have a harder schedule next year, teams will have enough tape on Chip, Nick and the rest, and we may not be as fortunate next year with injuries (for OR against us).

        So yes, opportunity missed, but still hopeful going forward.

        Glad I’m not a KC fan right now…that’s beyond wasted opportunity :-(

  • Will

    Not getting a FG right before half really hurt, so did the sack of Foles that back us up for a 48 yd try…oh well the game was winnable….Riley Cooper’s dropped pass, leaving 5:04 on the clock for Brees, NO’s run game killed us…Not enough shots down field…pissed this game was winnable…oh well next year… Trent Cole laid an egg for all the talking he did this week…. the Eagles got two picks…Man they just let it slip through there hands…

  • dislikedisqus

    Just another January in Philly. Home game playoff loss. Don’t get playcalling. Defense played about average and we need an upgrade sure. Foles mediocre. 2 horrible sacks and one grounding cost 40 yards. One of those sacks extended Henery’s missed FG. Should have run more and had more deep throws to Jax.

    • #7

      Yep this is the truth

      • Ajspennsport

        You are NOT an Eagles fan.

        • #7

          Help me out here

    • Mr. Magee

      Agreed, but we could not run the football cause O line had 2nd straight bad game…. This is supposed to be the strength of the team

    • Tom w

      I agree a bit. Give credit to their kicker too

  • Mr. Magee

    My goats of the game:
    1) O line
    2) Chip Kelly
    3) Nick Foles

    • #7

      Does that make you feel good?

      • Mr. Magee

        Does what make me feel good?

        • #7

          Your “goats of the game”. You act like you’re on a high horse or something. You were probably a special teamer

          • Mr. Magee

            It’s just a figure of speech 7. Get a clue. You act like you’re looking for a fight or something

    • RIP illa

      You forgot Henerey but I’m with you…but Henery was a huge part in that L!!!

      EDIT: Gotta throw Thornton (my fav), Logan, and Cole up there too!!!

      • Mr. Magee

        Henery has got to go, but he does not make my top 3 fails tonight, believe it or not

        • RIP illa

          I totally agree. I don’t want this to turn into a make Henerey the scapegoat, cuz there’s plenty of blame to go around!!! I’m down w/ your original 3.

          And I’m gonna get down voted like crazy for this…but for all the people that rail against Foles being a game manager and not good enough yet…well then he shouldn’t throw up game manager #s!!! I do believe he has earned the right to be the QB for next year and I wanna see him grow into a QB that can be the guy for years to come. However, this QB of the future (used as meaning beyond next year and…) and Franchise is way too premature!!!

          And I expected a hell of a lot more outta Chip tonight…a hell of a lot more!!! How many times did we attack their LBs w/ our TEs??? Not enough. Been screaming for this all season!!! Why did it take so long to make Desean a focal point??? Why are we not utilizing Shady’s receiving abilities??? Why was our Tempo not at break neck speed??? I digress!

          • #7

            Watch out now

          • RIP illa

            You know I don’t give a F!!! Truth is the truth!!! Kid has shown really good things. Yet still needs to show a lot more before he can be considered what some try to make him out to be already. Said it before and I’ll say it again and again and again!!!

          • #7

            Yeah they’ll take the truth from you. Keep it up though. You kill on here

          • Richard Colton

            because you have a ton of credibility left? how was Mike’s towel waiving tonight?

          • theycallmerob

            he’s on the Ingram credibility wagon. He missed all of Khiry’s carries, though.

          • Richard Colton

            The real reason Dutch won’t post anymore is because #7 stole his prognosticating skills. “The Eagles made the playoffs…just like I predicted.”

          • #7

            Looks like I was 100% correct while you wanted to tank the season

          • Richard Colton

            I don’t think you’ll get downvoted for this – because its fair. When you say “game manager” it depends what you mean. If you mean a guy who won’t necessarily put up huge numbers every week; won’t be a top five fantasy QB in 14 out of 16 games, then yeah. Foles still needs to prove he can be that. He’s flashed that, but hasn’t proved it.
            To me though, a “game manager” is a guy you can trust to not lose a game, but you can’t depend on to win a game. Foles has proven to me he can win games. Look at this one. Led the offense on a go-ahead drive with less than 5 minutes left in the 4th QT of a playoff game. Passer rating over 100.

          • RIP illa

            I get what you’re saying and that’s a good thought you bring up…what a game manager is?! There’s also times when the go ahead drive or game winning drive is not the only way you win or lose a game. If Foles had the numbers he did vs the Vikes we would have killed!!! Yet in that game (against the Vikes) there were plenty if plays left on the field by our O and I did not think to highly of Foles’ performance. I call that the Stafford effect…lol! Many things go into this. It’s all very fluid!!! So much to write on this but way too disappointed and drunk. Good stuff from you, as usual, tho.

          • Mr. Magee

            Lotta good stuff in there RIP… I don’t think Foles had a good game, but I don’t Chip had a good game either, and neither did the O line. At some point it gets tough to untangle…

    • Token

      We can go round and round on this, and im sure we will. But Foles lead them down for the winning TD. Obviously the 1st half they needed points and it didnt happen. But in the end he got it done.

      After all we have seen this season, the Foles questions should be done. That debate is over. Hes the QB. He will have bad moments, games, plays like EVERY other QB. But you can do a hell of a lot worse than Nick Foles. He actually showed me a lot the last two games in the 2nd half.

      • JofreyRice

        He’s not going to fire it in there in the eye of the storm like Andrew Luck, but he put them in a position to win. Didn’t hurt them. The Oline couldn’t get anything going for McCoy, and that really hurt the continuity. Forcing a QB with less than a season’s worth of starts to convert 3rd and 7 after 3rd and 7 is pretty damn tough.

        • theycallmerob

          ^ this

          we had 3rd and 7, Brees had 3rd and 1 all game.

        • #7

          agreed

        • Mr. Magee

          Exactly

        • Token

          Yea. The two throws, one to Ertz and then the TD to Cooper id say are big time throws. I just hope it moves past the questioning the QB phase very early in the offseason. I find it hard to not be convinced we have a QB at this point.

          All my questions are answered. That last drive answered another one. Now the question is how good can he be? Whats the ceiling? I want to see if he can improve on the flaws. Some games he can throw it away. Some games like today its like a glitch in his brain that doesnt allow him to throw it away. Its odd.

          Dunno if anyone caught his presser just now. But its obvious the kid gives a damn.

          • #7

            2014

      • Mr. Magee

        Not questioning Foles as the future, just saying he did NOT have a good game tonight… And it had a big impact on the game

        • #7

          Holding the ball, taking sacks, but I get why he did. I give Foles credit. He plays within his boundaries and takes care of the ball.

          • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

            Agreed. And that is one thing I like about him. He knows who he is.

        • Kev_H

          But he was the best QB on the field tonight and the other one is a HOFer.

      • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

        Once their best corner was out. Lewis still in the game and it’s def not that close. He completely had DJax number enough to make Foles not risk throwing it in that direction.

    • CSpangler

      Brees played a C- game tonight and we still couldnt win. No good.

    • Maggie

      If there must be goats, I agree.

  • evanphilly

    Henery should be gone after this, but the entire offense in the first half pulled a disappearing act. I hated that bomb to DJax that resulted in the Pass Int. Eagles should have just run the ball down the throat of the Saints to milk that clock. I know they needed a TD to take the lead, but Shady was starting to pick up big chunks on the ground. Left too much time for Brees to do what Brees does.

    • Nah__Roots

      his inability to consistently kick off deep is irritating.

      • evanphilly

        Yup, in an age where they are basically giving you a touchback, you need a Kicker who can give you one

    • Mike Calabrese

      Throw to D Jax was right play bc they left him one on one with back up CB. Great recognition by Foles and he did great job looking off safety.

      • CSpangler

        Sad to say Foles doesnt have the arm strength to get it out in front of Jackson. Its a slight problem but still a problem

        • Mike Calabrese

          He had a D lineman right next to him applying pressure. Foles doesn’t have best arm strength but its not something that makes me feel we need an upgrade. This was his 17the start or something like that. Kid left field with lead and got 7 down by 6 on his last drive.

          • Mr. Magee

            Lineman in his face had a big impact on that throw

          • Mike Calabrese

            Exactly.

    • theycallmerob

      it was the perfect play. he had single coverage, looked off safety.
      you score first, worry bout other stuff later. I don’t have a problem with that.
      A better kickoff or better d on that drive and we wouldn’t have this convo

      • evanphilly

        The way the Defense has been all year, they did deserve the trust to make a stop. Sucks but thems the brakes

        • theycallmerob

          better teams than us have been beaten by brees on a last-minute drive, especially when we spot them 50 yards on a kickoff and they only need 3.
          c’est la vie

          • CSpangler

            No one ever at home has been beaten by Brees or NO before.

          • CSpangler

            in the playoffs

          • Maggie

            Guess that means they were long overdue.

    • Token

      I disagree. They had to score quick. No way were they draining 9 minutes of clock. Just extremely unlikely. You want to leave the Saints with 5 minutes. That way, in theory you will get the ball back if they score. Just didnt work out. That kick return threw it all out the window. Let them just run run run.

      • evanphilly

        They have done it before and were showing signs of doing it again. I just didn’t want Brees to get a chance to get a GW drive. Plenty of things to second guess during the next few days though

      • RIP illa

        Was talking the exact same thing before kickoff. Spot on!!!

  • birdsfanindc

    On the positive side, I don’t have to worry about having a heart attack next week. I don’t think my weak nerves could handle another one. Thank heaven for beer.

  • EuropeanEagle

    I always try to keep the faith, but I knew this was over when CWill made that horse collar tackle, Peyton and Brees are too good at game managing for your D to get away with it. Aside from a couple of coverage sacks, Brees had a clean pocket to throw from all night long, so I really have to give credit to our secondary who held the fort as well as they could.

    Even though I expected Brees to let the ball out quickly to neutralize our pass rush, I clearly didn’t think they’d be able to pound us on the ground like they did. I think our front 7 simply got physically beat. Even the Oline really struggled with the Saints run D. I just hope Kelce’s woes against big defensive tackles isn’t something we’re going to see on a regular basis in the next seasons. Would anyone else agree on the fact that once you prevent him from getting to that second level he becomes a non-factor? Simply because he’s a smaller guy I mean.

    Still, I’m not as disappointed as I thought I would be. Who even expected the Eagles to get to that point anyway? Now Chip knows the drill: a pass rusher and a shutdown CB in the draft, maybe a bigger WR who can actually get off press coverage, feed Chung to the wolves and we’ll be all set for a deep run!

    • Always Hopeful

      Gave them half a field to work with on the last drive. The run D was just bad, bad, bad…I try to temper my expectations, but you don’t get credit next year for having a surprising year this year. Would have been nice to make a run this playoffs.

      Yet, I agree with you. Chip is probably surprised that he was here this year if he’d be honest.

      Anyway, good season. Lots to look forward to with this team.

    • Tom w

      We didn’t use 7 to stop run. Typically 4-6 all game. Defense didn’t losemthisngame. Offense was 3 for 12 on third down. 250 yds. Bad sack by foles. Bad drop by coop. 3 makes my graham hurt

      • morgan c

        Look, we can argue all day, you can call people “idiodic” too, as you did above, it it helps you. Bottom line, we HAD THE LEAD late in the 4th Q. On a good team, the D and ST comes through. Yes, the three and outs hurt, as did the drop by Cooper, and our Oline getting manhandled all game. Game came down to D and ST and we let them run it down our throats – no 4-6 man box on that final drive.

    • Mr. Magee

      Good points, but I’m MORE disappointed than I thought I would be… Saints were VERY beatable, and we got outplayed at the LOS and outcoached for 2nd week in a row

  • JofreyRice

    Eerily similar to Deuce McAllister running all over the Eagles in the “F!ck Da Eagles” playoff loss. That game made JJ switch from a 1 gap attacking 4-3 to a 2 gap with read-and-react rush. I think it’s pretty clear the Saints coaches identified Bennie Logan as a finesse player that could be blown off the ball in short yardage on the nose. He’s done OK, but I think he’s better suited for playing DE in the Eagles system. Still wish they would have grabbed Pot Roast Knighton instead of Sopoaga.

    Also was surprised to see Thornton have such a quiet game. Had grown used to seeing him bust through with a stop at least once a game. I thought Kendricks played poorly. Reverted back to overpursuing and playing recklessly.

    A lot of bright spots, though. Great experience for this team, and I’m still amazed they were in this position after picking fourth overall last year. Would have liked to see some more McCoy in this game, but overall, I think Kelly did a fantastic job in 2013.

    • theycallmerob

      credit where credit is due…they do have a good OL.
      There were 3 or 4 plays we were inches from a TFL and they got big yards. MK was guilty of a number of them.

      • JofreyRice

        Very true. The Guards are no joke, and they use them well. I thought Terron Armstead held up pretty well.

        • theycallmerob

          the almost fumble was another one…..inches. all game

        • Token

          Cole could get nothing. Seemed like Graham was having a bit of success against him. But they werent willing to just sit Cole down for the game.

          Two weeks in a row both lines got manhandled. Dunno what thats about. Just running out of gas?

          • JofreyRice

            I was happier with Cox’s play. They had him doing some weird stuff, dropping out and spying Sproles, dropping in coverage a bit. I thought he was more disruptive than the Cowboys game.

            Yeah, I don’t know why the lines were lethargic. You might very well be right, they were gassed. Those are big humans trying to keep up with that pace, and that amount of downs. Like I said, particularly, Thornton’s absence in these past two games has been noticeable. I feel like he was the Eagles best run defender.

          • Maggie

            Just a few days ago, several linemen were saying they’ve never felt better!

          • Tom w

            Thornton played well against Dallas. Murray did squat. He isn’t there to pass rush

          • JofreyRice

            Disagree, Thornton was ok against Dallas. Flashed through for a TFL on one play, but otherwise pretty quiet. Not his usual dominant self against the run, and I didn’t notice him at all in this game.

            Don’t recall ever making the argument that he’s in there for pass rush.

        • Richard Colton

          Armstead looked like the player we thought he was after the combine today. Was on an island and (with a few exceptions) held his own

          • RIP illa

            Tell that to Hardy, who will abuse him again next week!!!

          • Richard Colton

            not tonight, because the pain is still too fresh, but I’ll be interested to see that matchup next week.

          • theycallmerob

            1st start.
            he’s been better since, including last week.

            but Cole should have still ate his lunch.

          • Tom w

            Funny believe i constantly said there was otackles available later who are good starters like Pugh armstead and bears right tackle o and another guy I can’t think of right now. Love lane but always right tackles available

          • RIP illa

            Pugh sucks at tackle and was killed at the senior bowl when trying to man the spot and has the T-Rex arms!!! Pugh’s garbage but good at guard!!! I was interested in Armstead tho…but he had his issues also and is not the player that Cole made him out to be tonight!!! Maybe in time, but not as of now.

      • morgan c

        Poor game by Kendricks. So many times we could have dropped runner for 4 or 5, but they ended up gaining 4 or 5 (ten yard swing), because he got too excited and flew by ball carrier.

    • RIP illa

      Great post!!! 100% spot on. Logan’s weaknesses have been on display all year. Tough player…just not an NT now…maybe not even next year. Draft an NT, that can F’N anchor, and maybe pick up a back up in FA, move him to DE and we have instant depth.

    • Tom w

      We dropped more guys in coverage. 5 or 6 in box is going to give up yards. We were great against run all year. Logan is good. No idea where you coming with that at all. We weren’t going to get beat by graham and Colston. We gave them the run by design. Our offense let us down in first half and allowed saints to stay in game w the run. Offense put up 250 yds. The better team one today. Special teams hurt us bad.

      • JofreyRice

        When De La Puente can blow Logan off the ball by 3 yards on every 3rd or 4th and 2, it’s a problem. Rewatch the game and tell me Logan wasn’t on skates in short yardage. That’s just not what a 3-4 NT does.

        • Token

          Brees had like 4 QB sneaks. Easy ones. Thats just domination from the OL.

          • Tom w

            I watched the game. O now it’s just short yardage plays. And the other guy saying the last drive. We,sold out to stop the pass. Davis just said he was fine w the running yards. 2 turnovers. Nothing from graham Colston stills or sproles. C’mon just stop. Nobody gonna stop 5 on 4 or 5 on 5 or even 5 on 6. One game doesn’t make a season either Jesus Christ. Logan payed well all year. All freaking year. Even if he played poorly today which I’m not conceding bc there was less guys behind him to make tackles, he is 20 and still growing and learning and improving. Fuck he has started only 7 games. God I hate this miserable city

        • #7

          Good call. Exactly right

      • morgan c

        Do you think we gave them the run by design on the last drive, where everyone on planet Earth knew they were running it, and we were soft? I mean, ya, we played well overall this season against the run, but this is the NFL. Coming up with a dud in a winnable playoff game is a big deal. We took away Graham and that was huge, but our DLine had nothing to do with that. Logan is not a future franchise NT. It’s probably better we know this now.

        One run late in particular where he just turned around and waved his arms like a baby. Not sure if you saw it, but it was replayed by NBC. Hugely disappointing performance.

        • Tom w

          He is 20 and played great all year. We played nickel all game. One drive doesn’t make a player like Logan bad c’mon bro that’s idiotic. Our offense lost this game. We took away graham Colston stills and sproles. We lost. Our offense played like shit in first half. Their kicker was in fire. We were one defensive play from winning like Dallas. And last drive I don’t think Logan was covering Colston for 9′yds or Robinson on the sweep. We were 4lowest ypc all year. 5-6 guys ain’t gonna hold back 2 probowl guards all game. And Davis the coach proved the entire diss of the dl wrong. Better team won. Better kicker won. Shit happens

          • JofreyRice

            So now it doesn’t matter he got beat, because he’s 20 and their kicker was on fire and shit happens? What is your argument, here?

            Do you think your self-professed hatred of Philly and it’s fans is affecting your ability to process reasonable critique. Your desire to shout down criticism by “negladelphians” is clouding your vision here; I’d say the tone around here has actually been pretty positive, really. I don’t think anyone, anywhere, has said that Logan or Thornton suck. It’s possible that Logan adds some functional strength and girth and becomes a true 3-4 two gap NT–my point was that he’s not one now.

            The defenses inability to stop the Saints from converting in short yardage absolutely affected the outcome of the contest. They didn’t just sneak on short yardage once, they did it multiple times, to great success. That’s no accident. They identified and exploited a weakness. A larger argument is that the run defense just wasn’t as good as it had been, when they were specifically trying to prevent the run. When faced with a talented, multiple offense, every defensive coordinator is going to try and take away certain things, but that doesn’t mean you cede complete dominance in whatever else you’re not gameplanning to stop.

          • morgan c

            So it’s not okay to examine why they won and we lost? Just checking.

    • morgan c

      Completely agree about Thornton and especially Logan. He overachieved this year. He may have a future as an end in our system, but he’s not a franchise NT. He just isn’t, and he doesn’t have the physicality and size to ever be one. Hugely disappointing game for him.

  • Scott J

    Wade Phillips or Billy Davis?

    • theycallmerob

      coaching is not the problem. personnel need an upgrade

      • Always Hopeful

        What happened to our run D tonight? No penetration, didn’t seem to shed blocks well, and Saints runners ran hard and with purpose.

        • theycallmerob

          good question. Saints had a good OL, RBs kept breaking tackles, and a few almost TFLs.
          A lead would have removed them from the game.

    • evanphilly

      If Davis gets a coaching gig somewhere, Wade would be a nice replacement.

      • Maggie

        How many games did the Texans win this year? Wade Phillips should be thinking about retiring.

  • Robin Wallace

    Please if nothing else happens during the off season this needs to be done:

    1. Teach the defense how to move towards the ball and most of all TACKLE. Arm tackles won’t make it in the NFL.
    2. Get some Safeties. Patrick Chung and Nate Allen needs to go. Having no safety in the lineup is the same as fielding them two.

  • IAteLunchToday

    Well, that was heartbreaking. I guess I’ll go back to being a productive member of society again…

    • Ajspennsport

      Good luck. Haha.

  • Ajspennsport

    Nick is getting pissed! This is great!

  • morgan c

    Great season overall. Nothing can take that away, in a “rebuilding year.” But at the end of the day, I still feel like we could have won this game, and making it to the playoffs isn’t guaranteed. 10-6 and 9-7 teams can go far, and it just sucks that we couldn’t pull out this close one.

    At the end of the day, we couldn’t rush the passer (same problem last week and overall, minus about 3 games this year). And on offense, too many three and outs. Still, if you could have told me we’d have a lead with 5 minutes to go, I would have taken in. 50 yard return is the back breaker. I don’t care that it was yardage plus penalty; at the end of the day, our ST gave them the ball at the 50. That was basically it. Defense couldn’t hold them at that point, and they ran all over us all game.

    I’m rambling now so I’ll stop. One final thought, and this is a sober, collected rational one; not a crazy emotional feeling. Henery must be cut. If we go into the season next year with him as our kicker, I will murder someone (kidding). He was shaky all year, and really, his whole career, he can’t make 45 plus yard field goals, and he can’t kick the ball out of the end zone. He makes the 47 yarder (which he shanked BADLY), and this is a different game. Or he has an actual strong kicker leg, and they start at the 20 and not the 50. You can’t tell me there aren’t 32 better kickers of a football on planet Earth. He is terrible and has to go.

    • morgan c

      Wow, big ramble. Too many at end of days. Sorry.

  • http://www.jhkayejr.com Joseph Kaye

    Call me a homer, but that was some horrible officiating. It seemed like the refs checked with Brees after every play to make sure they weren’t missing nay possible Philly penalties. Still, 10-6 for a rebuilding year? Thanks, Chip Kelly. Thanks for making December fun again.

  • Tom w

    Cue the ankles breaking. Basically same game as Dallas. The kickoff return killed us. No Boykin int. relax.

    Defense didn’t lose this game. They held graham to 3 for 44. Colston had one catch. They ran on us bc we dropped 6 and 7 in coverage. By design basically.

    Saints would’ve bailed on run if we scored the 10 pts we should’ve in the first half. Graham doesn’t make 3 fgs every day.

    90 percent of road teams who lost turnover battle in playoffs lost game. 90 percent. Special teams lost this game. Kickoff coverage on last play and 3 made fgs. The miss happens.

    • Tom w

      Davis just basically said it as wwell. Played nickel all game. Double playmakers. Was okay giving up run yards. So stop w run defense nonsense. Special teams saints won and offense left 10 pts on table.

    • Mr. Magee

      Totally agree. This game was lost in 1st half (and beginning of 2nd). D played well enough to win. Eagles O put no pressure on Saints tonight.

    • JofreyRice

      Absurd. You don’t just give the run the whole way down the field. The plan was never to let them just pound it for first down after first down. Hat’s off to Davis for controlling Graham, but it’s ludicrous to think Davis was doubling Graham on the most critical running downs of the game.

  • Kev_H

    I have to admit, I’m disappointed after calling a conference title game appearance in October. I’m not sure I’d have counted so much on Shady dancing around as a big part of my game plan. Foles is a machine, rarely off-target, rarely putting the ball in danger, yet still takes plenty of shots. I’ve never seen anything like it. The last three weeks, big pressure games and I bet 80% of his incompletions were throwaways. I hope to see a lot more passing next year.

  • ztom6

    Eagles got beat on LOS on both sides of the ball… again. In conditions that favored the team that could execute the running game, the Saints won in that department going away. Still a great season, but the Eagles have some things they need to worko on besides just the obvious (pass defense),

  • SwaggDaddy

    I can’t believe they lost by being out-rushed. Philly got away from what got them here by not letting Shady get more carries in the first half. The staff and many players definitely looked like this was their 1st playoff game! Very disappointing.

  • CSpangler

    If I would have told the room that Brees would have two picks and play an average at best game would anyone think we lost? Saints played like a team that never won a playoff game before. Sadly we didnt play as well as they did. A real disappointment for the end of the season. I mean have Brees be 25-30 3tds and I could accept it. But he was no Warner in 2008. This was a winnable game that we never took control of from the Offensive side of the ball.

    • CSpangler

      Dang, never won a road playoff game before

    • Richard Colton

      or that the best TE in the league would have 3 catches for 40 yards?

  • Maggie

    The defense did not lose the game. They did their damndest to win, most of the time. The kicker did not lose the game. In spite of the stats, all I saw was that the great high-powered offense COULD NOT MOVE THE BALL. Either the play calling or execution or blocking or all three. Nevertheless, we still got far more than expected from this team this year. Net year, even better.

    • #7

      Needed to put the game on Foles shoulders and he wilted

      • Nicholas Disilvestro

        you do know when the offense left the field in the 4th quarter they were winning right?

        • #7

          We were shut down the entire first half and most of the third quarter. McCoy shut down = Foles struggling.

          That’s what happened in the first half

  • Bird of Prey

    I don’t know why people are loving to point the finger in this. The game was in trouble in the first half when we had the ball with two turnovers and didn’t convert more than seven points. The end of the game we were screaming for them to let them score so we could get the ball back, but these Saints have playoff experience and we don’t. I can’t wait until next year. When they get more players that fit the system.

    • Maggie

      I actually dozed off during one offensive “drive” that went nowhere. What happened to dynamic and innovative?

  • hillbillybirdsfan

    Chip was right; Big people beat up little people. Sad ending to a fun season. The arrow is pointing up for the first time in awhile. The team’s left can all jump in the ocean as far as I’m concerned so let’s get to work on helping Howie pick the right players for next year. Leave the gnash and rehash at philly.com and let’s get some draft previews!

    • theycallmerob

      like where your head’s at!

    • CSpangler

      I think Howie’s done a pretty good job of picking the players in the last 2 drafts, no ?

      • hillbillybirdsfan

        Yep, he’s definitely added some talent. If he continues to hit on the same percentage of picks the remaining cap room can be used to fill in fewer blanks with higher level players.

  • Tom w

    Hilarious. Colt Anderson. Freaking idiot. Do your job. Get lost

  • agkjqwitja;lkf

    best player on team was jason avant’s shoulder. jason avant’s shoulder gave a spark to the offense and carried the team on its, um, shoulder. game never would have been close if it weren’t for jason avant’s shoulder. definitely need to resign his shoulder. cut avant, but just keep his shoulder on the team somehow. =P

  • HaroldAngstrom

    Good game, great season, essential blog. Sheil and Co., you guys make being an Eagles fan better. Thank you.