After laying waste to the Washington Redskins defense in a Week 1 circus display, the Philadelphia Eagles hit a bump in the road on Sunday during a 33-30 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Despite racking up over 500 yards of total offense while just having the football for less than 20 minutes, the Eagles defense imploded and allowed Phil Rivers to lead the Chargers on a game-winning drive that culminated with a last-second Nick Novak 46-yard field goal.
Having lost their last six road outings against NFC competition, the Chargers received quite a favor from Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
As the Eagles attempted to either tie or take the lead late in the fourth quarter, Kelly mismanaged the game’s final moments.
Instead of taking their time, the Eagles continued to hurry by running three plays shortly before the two-minute warning and leaving 1:45 on the clock for Rivers and the Chargers to cap a final drive.
Thus, the Eagles wasted a 428-yard effort by Michael Vick, who played one of the more efficient games of his career.
Oh well, I guess I’ll have to delay developing the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade route.
In other news, the Eagles played the last four eventual Super Bowl champions during their home opener.
Congratulations San Diego, your long nightmare will soon be over.*
P.S. San Diego will not win the Super Bowl.
P.P.S. If they do, I’m immediately flying to Vegas as soon as the 2014 NFL schedule comes out and betting the farm on whoever opens against the Eagles at home.