The Eagles may report a specific loss if the team fails to advance to the playoffs
The “Philly Special” holds a special place in the history of Philadelphia sport. After all, the Eagles played the game with 34 seconds left in the second quarter of Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles caught tight end Trey Burton’s pass for a touchdown that would help them win the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy.
However, four seasons later, in a Week 2 game against the San Francisco 49ers, the same game failed to produce. After the Eagles struggled to score in the red zone, play catcher Greg Ward’s pass to quarterback Jalen Hurts sailed into the stands at Lincoln Financial Field.
If the Eagles’ season ends with them outside of the playoffs, they’ll regret the missed opportunities they didn’t take advantage of against the 49ers.
The Eagles are currently trailing the 49ers, the team that holds the seventh and final NFC playoff spot, by half a game. In reality, it’s a game and a half because the 49ers have the one-on-one tiebreaker thanks to that Week 2 loss and need help getting past them.
Much has been made of the loss to the Giants, and rightly so. The Eagles should have beaten a struggling Giants team that was barely gaining ground offensively, having fired Jason Garrett earlier in the week and named Freddie Kitchens to replace him. However, the Giants at the time were showing no semblance of being a playoff team, and the Eagles likely won’t win the NFC East, meaning losing the division would still hurt, but not so much to one. potential team in the playoffs.
After that game, the Eagles offense fared much better in the red zone. In fact, the Eagles have the ninth-highest red zone scoring percentage at the start of the off week, earning points on 63.6% of their trips inside the 20-yard line. If the Eagles had decided to use the running game the same way they have in the last five weeks of the season, the Eagles would likely have scored, given the 49ers’ momentum, and are came out with a decisive victory.
The streak of play that unfolded on the goal line could turn out to be a painful learning lesson that a young team in several key positions must eventually learn.
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