Originally written on Chicks in the Huddle  |  Last updated 12/24/12
Eagles v. Redskins, Sunday, December 23, 2012 I was in two minds about this game. On the one hand, it’s clear this was Andy Reid’s last home game, and I was hoping the team could send him on his way with a win. On the other hand, top 5 pick! And on the third hand, if I may borrow one of yours, of the remaining choices to win the division, I’d most like to see it go to the Skins, which means they have to win out. Looks like your hand is the lucky one. Well, at least luckier than Nick Foles, who apparently broke his hand in the loss. Guess Vick is coming back for the final game of 2012? Assuming he passed his concussion tests finally? What’s Trent Edwards up to? Isn’t Jason Avant behind him? Maybe we give #81 a shot next week? Oy. It’s 2005 all over again, only without the “fun” of coming off a Super Bowl loss. Stud of the week: Jeremy Maclin who, as Bleeding Green Nation points out, is quietly having a decent season. (Also, it was good to see Shady back and feeling spry.) Mac scored one TD, and had Nick Foles put a little more zip on that final pass, would’ve tied up the game. Well, not the final-final pass of the game. That would be Foles’ intentional grounding **** on 3rd and goal with two seconds left and a chance to tie, leading to a 10 second run off and “the game is over.” How Eagles of them! It’s been like the f-ing Keystone Kops out there most of the season. And was a poetically apt way to finish out the home games for the 2012 season. As has been the case in so many games this year, the team did some things right, and many more things wrong. They played well enough to stay in it, but not well enough to win. Turnovers killed them, and when it came down to it and they needed to dig deep for the extra effort to tie it up, they screwed up in a genuinely comical fashion. Yep. Your 2012 Philadelphia Eagles. They can’t even really play spoiler next week – not that their chances of beating the Giants in New Jersey are very good – because, although not technically eliminated, it would take not one, but about 17 miracles for the Giants to make the post-season. Or, in football parlance: “The NFL has announced that the Giants-Eagles game on December 30 will air at 1 pm.” A final note: not to take anything away from RGIII or Andrew Luck, but Russell Wilson is quietly having an outstanding rookie season in Seattle, too. In the past three games, they’ve put up 58 points (on the Cardinals), 50 (on the Bills), and 42 (on the 49ers’ #2 ranked defense in the league). You know how the Super Bowl is all about getting hot at the right time? The Seahawks are ON FIRE right now.
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