As Frank Gore and the 49ers ran out the clock at Lincoln Financial Field during their stunning 24-23 win over the Eagles, my friend looked over at me as we stared on from the stands and said, “you were just part of one of the worst losses in Eagles history.”
A regular season game in October probably should not have such a strong connotation to it but today’s game was well-deserving of hyperbole.
San Francisco erased a 23-3 second-half deficit thanks to a collection of Eagles ineptitude that is rapidly becoming a common occurrence this season.
The 1-3 Eagles allowed 127 yards rushing on 15 attempts from a gimpy Frank Gore and, in the most alarming event, San Fran’s Alex Smith to finish 21 of 33 for 291 yards and two touchdowns.
While the Eagles made Smith look Joe Montana, San Francisco’s defense had their own problems tracking Michael Vick. The Eagles quarterback finished with 416 yards passing.
However, Vick’s brilliance couldn’t mask two missed field goals by placekicker Alex Henery; Ronnie Brown’s passing attempt/fumble near the goalline; Philly’s vanishing running game (excluding Vick’s eight scrambles on 75 yards during passing attempts, the Eagles rushed 12 times for 33 yards); and Jeremy Maclin’s game-killing fumble.
After four weeks, the Eagles are in the NFC East basement at 1-3, while San Francisco is 3-1.
Sometimes I don’t understand the NFL but I’m sure of one thing.
The Philadelphia Eagles are easily the league’s biggest disappointment.
Earlier this week, I was working on a piece regarding Andy Reid’s 25 worst losses ever. After today, I have a new entry.