The Eagles have had their backs against the wall due to a terrible start to the season, and the task did not get any easier with the New Englad Patriots coming into town. Here is how the game unfolded.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead in large part because of a 58 yard pass from Vince Young to Riley Cooper. The Eagles put up a quick score after LeSean McCoy took it in for a 2-yard touchdown. The Eagles defense also came out strong, forcing an early New England punt.
After another deep pass to DeSean Jackson, the Eagles were on the New England side of the field. The drive ended in a 43-yard field goal by Alex Henery. The Patriots had a long drive with a nice combination of short passes mixed in with solid runs by Green-Ellis. Green-Ellis scored on a 4-yard run to bring the Eagles lead down to 10-7.
On a 3rd and 13, Brady completed a 63 yard pass to Deion Branch to the Eagles 1 yard line. The drive was capped off with another Green-Ellis touchdown. This brought the score to 14-10 New England.
The Eagles took over and Vince Young immediately threw an interception on a play where New England easily could have been called for pass interference. The drive amounted to nothing though, as Gostkowski missed a 39-yard FG attempt.
After punting to New England, Brady connected with Wes Welker on a 41-yard strike. The Patriots took a 21-10 lead.
The Eagles drove down the field, still not utilizing much of the league's leading rusher, LeSean McCoy. After getting in the red zone, Vince Young targeted DeSean Jackson, but Jackson was unable to make the catch. It looked like a case of the "alligator arms." Jackson has looked "timid" multiple times this year. Henery connected on a FG to bring the New England lead down to 21-13.
The Patriots took over and added another Gostkowski FG to bring their lead back up to 11, making the score 24-13.
Tom Brady led the Patriots on another successful drive, ending in a Wes Welker touchdown. The game was just about out of reach with New England leading 31-13.
The Eagles were driving and elected to go for it on on 4th and 1 from the 5 yard line. The play call once again baffled the fans in Philadelphia. A fade on 4th and 1?
After a couple punts by both teams, the Eagles elected to pass? Shocker. Vince Young through a great deep ball to DeSean Jackson that hit his hands and was dropped.
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski connected again, making this even more embarrasing: 38-13 Patriots.
When there was about 10 or 11 fans left at the Linc, Avant scored a touchdown bringing the score to 38-21.
Some Things Will Never Change:
Andy Reid is a stubborn coach who will not change his pass-happy ways. If he did, that would be admitting he is wrong. That is also not possible. Yes, he might say "I take full responsiblity for this loss," but who cares. Fans at Lincoln Financial Field were chating "Fire Andy", which was the first time this has happened according to many folks on social media.
Should be another interesting week in Philadelphia. On a positive note, there is not a quarterback controversy.