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Jan 4, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

source: AP

Saints 26 Eagles 24

The Birds couldn’t stop Drew Brees from jamming the ball up the middle over and over all night long and the Eagles season ended on Saturday night at the hands of the New Orleans Saints.

Season over.

I don’t really want to talk about it at the moment.

  1. nyphilsphan - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:20 PM

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  2. notjaykay - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    I can’t really blame this loss on anything. No real bonehead plays here cost us the game. Only thing I can think of was the lack of being able to stop the 3rd and short plays at the end of the game.

    Oh well, figuring most were saying we’d barely break .500, good season Eagles.

    • 2sentz - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Right from when Henery put the opening kickoff on the 10 you knew there was trouble. And by the end – like others have said – there was likely little doubt Brees could have scored if he needed to. But our losing scenario was enabled by at least a dozen other “ok that could bite us later” plays:

      Botched punt coverage we had downed at the one.
      Foles horrid 1st qtr sack taking us out of FG range.
      Reversal of Graham fumble (on Linc screens it looked way too close to overturn).
      Missed garden-variety FG.
      Coop drop.
      Not stopping one of about 900 QB off tackles.
      Foles not seeing wide open guys downfield all night (lost track of how many times he dumped off 5yds when a wide open guy stood 20yds beyond).
      Anything having to do with Chung.
      4 more kickoffs to the 5-10yd line.

      That’s waaaay too much bad shit to expect to win a game.
      Sure it was a fun ride, but that was a terrible way to lose a winnable game. Will we be crazy lucky again to avoid ANY injuries next year? Will we have several more guys play way above expectations? Will teams still struggle to figure out Chip after a whole off-season to study? I dunno but it’s a stretch to expect all that. Which is why I’m pissed off today.

      • dubeedubeedu - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:12 PM

        I’m in agreement with your assessment that those 10 points had bearing on the outcome of the game. I would add one more, that being Kelly’s deferral of the coin toss and then choosing to defend the wrong endzone.

        All that being said that is where my agreement with you ends. We weren’t injury free as the use of Chung would attest. We may have seen a seriously fewer amount of injuries than what we had been accustomed to but can’t we attribute that to Kelly’s preseason conditioning program and his training camp methods? Until proven otherwise the answer is yes.

        “Will we have several more guys play way above expectations?” We don’t need them to. We now only need them to play up to the expectations they have set for themselves. The preseason expectations that you held of them were your own and were obviously incorrect. They were not the expectations of the players nor the expectations of their coaches and they are the only ones that count. Our expectations as fans never have anything to do with what actually transpires on the field. When the players come to play next year I am certain that man for man they all expect to exceed what they accomplished this year and will hold much higher expectations for themselves next year.

        “Will teams still struggle to figure out Chip after a whole off-season to study?” They may think they have him figured out, but if any of us can say that back when Kelly was hired we expected what we saw of the Eagles in these past 2 months, that person is better than any analysts out there today. When other coaches come up with a scheme to combat this year’s Chip Kelly the Chip Kelly of 2014 will be throwing them an unexpected curve, because next year he will have even more and better weapons to throw at them.

        Lastly did you know that my co-worker’s step-mother makes $78 hourly on the internet.

      • 2sentz - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Some valid points for sure, but to respond-

        I’d submit we were beyond lucky with injuries this year regardless of conditioning program. From common ankle rollovers & muscle pulls to major tendon or bone-break issues, we didn’t suffer anything close to most other teams. Maclin & Vick were the notable exceptions, but Shady & our O-line never sat out and Peters is even back in the Pro Bowl. I hope Chip’s regimen is part of this, but I think luck easily played as large a role.

        Regarding performance expectations of course every player sets them high, but no less than five guys from the draft of ’12 just simultaneously lit it up. That never happens. Yea we all hope it happens again with the class of ’13, but history says that’s unrealistic.

        And regarding teams studying Chip, I feel Vick’s great 2010 season is a decent comparison. Sure Chip will devise new things, but the ‘freshness’ of his style and approach will fade as all new things do, and good defenses will adapt better than they have.

        I’d add a 4th & 5th item to those three question marks, and that’s the fact that the entire NFC East rolled over dead this year, and we played a last-place schedule. Can we expect all that to happen again? Highly doubtful. Eagles path will be much tougher in every way going forward, so they’ll need to make notable improvements just to keep pace.

  3. nyphilsphan - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    This one hurts. I didn’t expect a deep run but we should have won this game. Couldn’t capitalize on turnovers in the first half. Overturning the Graham fumble was questionable. The 3rd quarter Cooper drop was killer. The 3rd and 12 conversion when Cary Williams went out for a play. Chung.

    We have one of those plays break differently, we win. So it still hurts.

    But I’m excited about this team going forward. At this time last year it looked like we were headed for the dark ages of the mid 90s again. But we’re going to win this kind of game in the playoffs next year.

  4. Franchise - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Great season. Can’t be too upset. Played wat better then expected. But how hard do you think cooper is kicking himself in the ass after the huge drop he had?

    • Justin Taylor - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      Good god, I had forgotten about that drop.

  5. Franchise - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Let’s not forget Alex Henry’s missed field goal ethier

    • Steve - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Let’s not forget neglecting to kick it from 5(?) yards closer to put the first points on the board. Chip Kelly can be a great coach, but sometimes he has to just take the points when they are there.

      • Franchise - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        Totally agree

  6. yishmeister - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Fucking Henery

  7. Jd - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Can’t let them start that last drive from midfield. That’s ridiculous

  8. UncleBob - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Special teams ruined it at the end. Poor coverage and a horse collar gives them the ball on their 49. Need a kicker who can give them touchbacks in future.

    • Tom - Jan 5, 2014 at 6:27 AM

      The problem with the team is lack of talent. Specially on defense.

    • erzug - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      You’ve got Cary Williams doing double duty on defense and special teams and you criticize him for the take-down? How tired must he have been at that point after spending most of the 60 minutes on the field with the defense because the offense couldn’t get past three and out?

      • Jay D - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        plus if he doesnt get him down, sproles was going at least 15 yards further

  9. nyphilsphan - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    It’s also worth noting that Nick Foles was basically the same QB he has been the past 3 months. It’s nice to not come away from a playoff loss thinking QB play under pressure was a problem.

    Last playoff loss, I sat right in the corner of the end zone 10 feet from Vick mis-timing a throw to Cooper that led to a 3rd down int and the end of the game. I feel confident it’s a new era as far as that goes

  10. Matt S. - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    I’ll personally fund Henery and Chung’s ticket out of here. They could let us kick from the 50 and Henery still couldn’t make it in the end zone. No words needed for Chung. Great season all things considered and given the state of the Cowboys, Skins, and Giants the potential for long term success is there but man they should have had this one. Big offseason coming up, we’re a good draft and Free Agency away from being a top tier team in the NFC.

    • Franchise - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:49 PM

      I’ll help in the fund. Where do I sign up?

    • nyphilsphan - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      You can hang onto your money: they’re both as good as gone. I’d be surprised if they didn’t walk back to the locker room and find their lockers cleaned out and suitcases packed.

    • notjaykay - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      I’m fine with holding on to Henery. Chung needs to go badly.

      • Justin Taylor - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:08 AM

        How could you possibly be ‘fine’ with holding on to Henery?

      • nyphilsphan - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:10 AM

        There’s plenty of guys out on the streets that can kick a 37 yard FG and kick off to the 15 yard line. I’d rather take my chances with one of them.

      • notjaykay - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:21 AM

        I was fine because I thought his FGM percentage was high this year, while in fact it’s been decreasing over the past 3 years. Who else is out there we could replace him with? Draft?

    • Chris - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      If either one of those guys is even in training camp next year I’ll throw up.

      Actually the biggest WTF in an otherwise incredible season is how we ended up going into and going through the season with a kicker who doesn’t have the leg strength to play Arena Ball…

  11. Bobsmad - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Henery was a major reason for this loss.The missed field goal (we can all add..right) and when we really needed that last kick-off to be deep….he kicked it short… most of his others tonight. I don’t recall this guy ever kicking a winning field goal since he has been here….and he cam up small again tonight

  12. Jd - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    I would actually put the blame soully on Alex Henery. One for missing that first half field goal, but second and most importantly that final kickoff. Why the hell up 1 with under 5 minutes left and darren sproles returning is that kick only traveling to the goal line on a line drive. That kick should have been 10 rows deep behind the end zone.

    • nyphilsphan - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:08 AM

      Guy looks like he’s about 15 with a hormonal deficiency. How do you spend a relatively high pick on guy who looks like that? The Ghost of Andy is still haunting us….

  13. Franchise - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    2nd lowest yardage game of ten season and we still only lost by 2. Damn it this hurts. The next couple years should be fun though. I would like to see this offense with a healthy maclin

  14. duce - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    I’d be disappointed with the loss, but I’m so used to it with Philly sports at this point it doesn’t phase me. It’s weirder if we win.

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    • Bobby - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:20 AM

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  16. BenE. - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    This loss stings a bit because the game was so winnable. Unfortunately, the defense couldn’t get a stop on 3rd & short or 4th & short. They were bailed out by a false start twice. They also left way too many Saints wide open. All in all, the defense didn’t show up in any key situations. That was a killer.

    Cooper’s dropped pass was huge. The Saints took the ball and went right down the field for a TD against an exhausted Eagles defense that was running out of gas thanks to consecutive 3-and-outs by the Eagles’ offense. We can’t pin this loss on Riley, though. He had a breakout season, and he should be the Eagles’ FA priority this offseason.

    Henery has been very shaky all season. I won’t shed any tears if he’s gone, but this loss is not all his fault. It’s easy, but misleading, to look at a 2-point loss and say the missed FG in the 1st quarter was the difference. Pinning the loss on Henery for missing that field goal assumes Brees wouldn’t simply lead the Saints to a touchdown on the last drive anyway. The Saints had plenty of time, half a field, timeouts to burn, and were having their way with the Eagles’ defense.

    Overall, it was a very exciting season and the Eagles have a lot of good things coming their way. We have our QB of the future, the team is young, they’re healthy, and the Super Bowl is the limit next year.

    • John - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:41 AM

      “The Saints had plenty of time, half a field, timeouts to burn, and were having their way with the Eagles’ defense.”

      The Saints had half a field because of Henery’s inability to kick touchbacks

      • toobis - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Usually I am on the side of don’t blame the kicker, but if Henery was able to kick the ball out of the endzone (in a freaking dome!) the Eagles might be seeded differently and not have had to play the Saints. He is weak and on kickoffs it burned this team many times but most painfully in the Vikings game as well as on that last kick. I hope the front office notices the field position they have been giving up by keeping him around, and they replace him with someone who at least looks they they have graduated high school and with the leg strength to match.

  17. Bubbasuncle - Jan 5, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Mild disappointment eased by lots of hope for next year. We all should feel great about the way Kelly performed.

    Wonder how the folks in KC are feeling about Big Red this morning, made a bet at half-time that he would lose the game and I won with a bonehead calling of a time out at the two minute warning thrown in as a bonus.

    Eagles fan need to stay positive. I think we got the better end of the deal.

  18. G_E - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Tough one.

    Never easy to get over a playoff exit but I can tell you that I feel better after that loss than any playoff loss since before the Tampa game at the Vet. The idea that this team is on the right track is something we haven’t had in a long time. Previously, there was success (without question) for a good five year period in early 2000s. Then the organization became good enough to be dangerous but always playing with smoke and mirrors. There were certainly a few exciting times but let’s be honest we all knew Reid wasn’t going to get it done. Reid is still Keith Hernandezing it up but not for our team – and that alone is enough to make you wake up this morning and say “thank fucking god that dude isn’t here any longer!”

    With Foles and Shady leading the offense and an inevitable focus on shoring up the defense and special teams via the draft and free agency, plus a full off-season for Kelly to construct a plan, you have to feel good today.

    Definitely disappointed by the loss. Expectations of the preseason were exceeded. Hell, expectations from week 8 were highly exceeded. I have no doubt that this is a solid learning experience for the team and coaching staff. They know they have a solid QB to build around; another aspect that wasn’t expected in the preseason not after week 8. This second half was spectacular with one hiccup.

    Get the sorrow out, mourn this one. But be positive because it’s a new era. Go Birds!!!!

  19. Michael Johnson - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Henery wasn’t short he was wide right, something that is done by the best kickers. The defense couldn’t stop the run all night. I’m going to drown my sorrows in a cup of coffee then realize what a fun season it was and how good this team will be with another year with a really young defense with a lot of potential. GO BIRDS!

    • G_E - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      Lets also not forget that the game winning FG was not a last second desperation attempt, they bled the clock down. Not sure we can just assume that the d would have stopped Brees from orchestrating a game winning TD drive there. That they only needed a FG was due to Henery but to simply say do the math is disingenuous to the situation as a whole.

      • BenE. - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:45 AM

        Exactly my point above. Henery came up small, but to put the loss totally on him is scapegoating. 2sentz put it best at the top of the comments section by breaking down all the small things that added up.

  20. phillymike72 - Jan 5, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    And it didn’t help that the saints doubled the number one rushing team

    • G_E - Jan 5, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Yes, plus where were Polk and Brown last night? I checked my milk carton this morning but I bought it before the game. If someone hits up wawa, let me know if they have the new cartons in.

  21. David - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Great season overall. They did so much better than they were supposed to. But it still hurts to see it end on what should have been a very winnable game had the defense been able to make a goddamned tackle.

  22. Chutley - Jan 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Lots of good football in our future. My only regret is not capitalizing when the team was in about as good of health as you could ever asked for in week 18.

    If Howie can get draft classes like the last 2 years, we will be a powerhouse. They need to do whatever it takes to solidify the safety position…whether its a higher rate starter or better depth.

    Great to see Riley keep his mouth shut and handle his business this year.

    We aren’t the Chiefs today.

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