Eagles Embarrased by Patriots, 38-20
With their backs against the wall in their quest for a playoff spot in the crowded NFC picture, the Eagles fell flat on their faces as the New England Patriots manhandled them in the 38-20 loss at Lincoln Financial Field.
Philadelphia is now 1-5 at home in 2011 and Andy Reid falls to 0-4 all time against Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
The Eagles jumped out to a 7-0 lead thanks to quick strikes on their first drive; a 58-yard catch by Riley Cooper, followed by a 2-yard touchdown run by Lesean McCoy. They followed that up with an Alex Henery field goal to make it 10-0.
New England came back with 21 unanswered points as Benjarvus Green-Ellis scored on runs of 4 yards and 1 yard, and Tom Brady hit Wes Welker for a 41-yard strike down the middle. The Pats would head into halftime with a 24-13.
The scoring would end there for the Eagles. Sadly, their defense couldn’t keep the game within reach as Brady hit Welker for his second touchdown of the evening on the opening drive of the third quarter to make it 31-13. Tight End Rob Gronkowski added to the embarrassment with his 11th score of the season, a 24-yarder, making it 38-13 New England.
Reports of “Fire Andy” chants were heard throughout the stadium as the Patriots stuck the nail in the Eagles coffin.
The Eagles added a touchdown with 32 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter; a 1-yard pass from Vince Young to Jason Avant.
It was another sloppy game on both sides of the football for the Birds. Desean Jackson dropped two touchdown passes and added a third drop for good measure. Young finished 26-for-48 with a career high 400 yards passing and one interception, filling in for the injured Michael Vick for a second straight week. After leading the Eagles to a win last week against the Giants, he struggled with his accuracy and with his deep throws. Lesean McCoy, the NFL’s leading rusher, touched the ball just 14 times on the day, racking up 61 total yards.
Defensively, Brady picked apart the Eagles zone defense that was playing with a nicked up Nnamdi Asomugha and without Dominique Rogers-Cromartie. The 2010 NFL MVP threw for 361 yards and three scores. Welker hauled in eight passes from Brady for 115 yards and two scores. Deion Branch led all receivers with 125 yards on six receptions. All told, New England put up 470 yards of offense, the most allowed by the Eagles defense since the Cowboys put up 474 in 2009.
With the loss, the Eagles fall to 4-7, three games behind the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.