Final: Philadelphia Eagles 23, San Francisco 24
Summary: Believe it or not, but the Philadelphia Eagles are now 1-3.
A 12 yard touchdown run by Frank Gore gave the San Francisco 49ers a 24-23 lead- their first of the game- with 3:05 to play, and a fumble by Jeremy Maclin at the 49ers 32 yard line with just over 2 minutes to go sent this Eagles team to their third loss in a row.
The defense yet again was burned in the 2nd half, as they allowed 21 unanswered points in the second half. The culprit was once again the run, as the defense allowed over 150 yards on the ground.
Michael Vick and the offense was not any better, as they were held scoreless in the 2nd half. The offensive line was horrendous, as they allowed pressure up the middle all day.
The Eagles now head to Buffalo next week, where they face the 3-1 Bills that in undefeated at home.
Game Changing Player: Frank Gore, who entered the game with a injured ankle, didn't look hurt as he ran through the Eagles defense all day to finish with 10 carries, 101 yards and 1 touchdown.
How They Scored:
Eagles 7, 49ers 0, 4:16 1Q- C. Harbour 16 yd TD catch from M. Vick. 6 plays, 76 yds in 3:28
Eagles 7, 49ers 3, 14:26 2Q- D. Akers 37 yd field goal is good. 9 plays, 57 yds in 4:46
Eagles 10, 49ers 3, 12:12 2Q- A. Henery 32 yd field goal is good. 6 plays, 66 yds in 2:14
Eagles 13, 49ers 3, 1:55 2Q- A. Henery 32 yd field goal is good. 10 plays, 56 yds in 4:08
Eagles 20, 49ers 3, :42 2Q- L.McCoy 5 yd shuffle pass from M. Vick. 5 plays, 23 yds in :54
Eagles 23, 49ers 3, 9:54 3Q- A. Henery 33 yd field goal is good. 5 plays, 25 yds in 2:14
Eagles 23, 49ers 10 7:26 3Q- J. Morgan 30 yd TD catch from A. Smith. 4 plays, 80 yds in 2:10
Eagles 23, 49ers 17 3:03 3Q- V. Davis 9 yd TD catch from A. Smith. 5 plays, 77 yds in 2:32
49ers 24, Eagles 23 3:05 4Q- F. Gore 12 yd TD run. 8 plays, 77 yards in 3:28
What Went Right:
Brian Rolle: Juan Castillo appears to have finally shuffled the linebackers correctly, as rookie Brian Rolle looked great in his starting debut. Rolle forced a fumble in the first quarter (although it was over turned) and had great coverage on a number of other plays. Rolle said this week that when the coach said he was going to start, he responded by saying that he won't lose the job. He backed his words up with his play today.
Michael Vick: Vick said he would only come out of this game if it was on a cart, and he played like a man who knew his team had to get a win. It was not always pretty, as Vick has to run for multiple first downs and was hit all day. His touchdown pass to Clay Harbour in the first quarter showed the player he has become in Philadelphia- he used his pure athleticism to keep the play alive, and then kept his eyes down the field to find Harbour in the end zone.
Jason Babin: Babin is proving week in and week out that he is not a one year wonder, as he now has 6 sacks in 4 games this season. Babin brought Jim Washburn to the Pro Bowl with him last year, and should give him portion of the contract he got this year.
Scoring First: The Eagles had to make a statement, and they did they by scoring first for the first time this season. It was important that they did, since falling behind at home to the San Fransicso in a must win game would not have made the crowd- or the players- happy.
DeSean Jackson: If at first you don't succeed, try try again, and that seemed to be the motto with the Eagles trying to get the ball to DeSean Jackson. With the offense struggling and the defense reeling, Michael Vick hit Jackson for 61 yards in the third quarter to keep the drive alive. It was a big play that swung some momentum back in the Eagles favor, and kept them from having to punt deep in their own end zone.
Cullen Jenkins: Jenkins seems to make his way into this portion of the post every week, but he'll keep being here until he stops playing like one of the best defensive tackles to suit up in Eagles green in some time. Jenkins recovered a fumble late in the second quarter that led to the Eagles late touchdown, and was behind the line of scrimmage all day breaking up plays and pressuring Alex Smith.
Clay Harbour: Brent Celek may make the money, but it is Clay Harbour who has been this teams go to tight end in the passing game recently. His 16 yard touchdown catch from Michael Vick allowed the Eagles to score before their opponent for the first time this season, and set the tone in a must win game for the Birds.
Special Teams: King Dunlaps block of David Akers 3rd quarter field goal was a thing of beauty. Dunlap is the biggest player on the team by far, and he showed it as he used his long arms to come through and block the kick. Colt Anderson came up with the recovery.
Ronnie Brown: What is Ronnie Brown thinking their on the goal line? If he is anything other then veteran, he is cut for the decision to attempt a pass as he is falling down on the goal line. Even if he was executing the play call, he needed to realize that the play was broken up and should have just gone down. He looked like a rookie quarterback who hasn't learned to except the play was over. The fumble cost the Eagles at least 3 points in what was a close game late in the second quarter.
Red Zone Play Calling: Andy Reid was asked this week if Marty Mornhinweg would continue to call plays after two straight losses. While that may be a little premature, the redzone offense was once again awful this week- and the playcalling had alot to do with it.
Asante Samuel: It's hard to tell whena touchdown is scored whether it is the players fault or a broken assignment, but the 3rd quarter touchdown to Joe Morgan from Alex Smith was possible because of how far Samuel plays off of his man. Samuel makes a lot of plays, but he also gives up a lot due to his playing style- and the TD pass to Morgan was one of them.
Alex Henery- You have to think that in rookie kicker Alex Henery's head, he felt the pressure of kicking against his opponent and fan favorite, David Akers. Henery started out good, making his first 3 field goals. But his two straight misses at the end of the game stopped the Eagles from putting the game away. It would have been nice to see him rebound from the first miss and make the following kick, but he pushed it wide right.
Nnamdi Asomugha: It was one play, but Asomugha looked like a rookie against Michael Crabtree on a big passing play in the 3rd quarter. Crabtree froze Asomugha with a stutter step, and then blew by him down the sideline for a 38 yard completion.
Offensive Line: The offensive line has played well this season despite having a lot of question marks about it going into the season, but today was not their day. They let the 49ers up the middle all day into Vick's face, and were called for multiple holding penalties. Kyle DeVan had a particularly bad day, as he was beat all day and had to hold to prevent Vick from going down.
David Akers: Can't imagine this is how Akers imagined his return to Philadelphia going, as he missed a field goal and had another blocked. Still, classy of the fan to cheer as he stepped out for his first kick.
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