Poof. And Philadelphia's undefeated football season is over.
Okay, so that was never gonna happen, but any good vibes that carried over from last week are dead effective immediately.
17-0 and already on the hook for two turnovers, the Eagles finally went
on the offensive late in the second quarter in some desperate attempt to
stop the bleeding. They made it all the way down to the 1-yard line with
16 seconds remaining.
First down, incomplete. Second down, incomplete.
Third down, catastrophe.
six seconds to work with, Michael Vick dropped back and stared
hopelessly at his options. He didn't have time to take a picture either,
not with Kerry Rhodes given a straight line to the quarterback. Vick
never saw the safety coming (shock), and rather predictably, the ball
came free upon contact.
Far less predictably, the ball kindly
bounced into the hands of James Sanders for red, who took it back 93
yards with minimal assistance.
Finally, there was a deficit in
points -- and in turnovers -- the Eagles would not recover from. They
showed some fight in the second half, but a pair of field goals wasn't
enough to cover it. From there, Arizona was able to grind out the 27-6
The big fumble was Vick's second, the first of which
coming when he failed to tuck the ball away on a scramble. Damaris
Johnson also coughed one up on a punt return, which the Cardinals'
offense was able to turn into six.
That's 14 total points off of
giveaways, though defensively the Eagles were not at their best. Kevin
Kolb was 17 of 24 for 222 yards and two scores, roughly half of his
production going to Larry Fitzgerald. Ryan Williams also produced 83
yards on 13 carries, much of that late in the contest as the Eagles wore
down. Arizona won the time of possession battle by nearly 10 minutes.
there's no such thing as a good loss in the NFL, but the overreaction
was already in full force before the game was even over. Folks, the
Cardinals are a good team. They upset the Patriots a week ago, and have
won 10 of their last 12 dating back to November. They're 3-0.
understandably will be upset over the effort on Sunday, but this wasn't
a gimme. As we remarked in the pregame, a lot of the intangibles
favored the home team, a better team than most realize.
season gets right back on track quickly if they beat the Giants next
week. Before very long, it will be time to bury this debacle and start
looking ahead to a rivalry game.
Apparently, the Eagles were way ahead of us there.