Best, Worst of Eagles 2019 Season
Sunday's 17-9 playoff loss to Seattle ended one of the more interesting, eventful seasons in recent franchise history.
A four-game winning streak to end the regular season enabled them to win the NFC East and earn the No. 4 seed in the conference. More significantly, they accomplished the feat despite a rash of injuries, especially on offense. Quarterback Carson Wentz's concussion against the Seahawks was merely the latest in a series of of setbacks that played a major role in their inability to live up the preseason hype that pegged them as Super Bowl contenders.
As the Eagles get set to begin their offseason, here's a look back at some of the plays and players that comprised the best and worst of the season.
BEST GAME: Eagles 34, Packers 27 (Sept. 26, 2019). No one expected them to win at Lambeau Field after back-to-back losses to Atlanta and Detroit. Wentz threw three TD passes and running back Jordan Howard scored twice to help hold off Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
WORST GAME: Dolphins 37, Eagles 31 (Dec. 1, 2019). The Eagles suffered an embarrassing loss to a Dolphins team that was 2-9 at the time. Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 365 yards and three TDs to drop the Eagles to 5-7.
BEST PLAY (offense): Wentz showed off his mobility and arm strength at Washington on Dec. 15, shaking off several defenders before zipping a 15-yard TD pass to rookie running back Miles Sanders in the back of the end zone during a 37-27 Eagles' win.
BEST PLAY (defense): Former cornerback Orlando Scandrick ripped the ball away from Jets quarterback Luke Falk and raced 44 yards for a touchdown in a 31-6 win on Oct. 6.
BEST PLAY (special teams): U.S. women's soccer star Carli Lloyd booted a 55-yard field goal at the NovaCare Complex following an Eagles-Ravens joint practice in August.
WORST PLAY (offense): Dropped passes and fumbles plagued the team all season. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor had a series of mishaps that drew national attention. His inability to track deep passes was especially troubling. He dropped a potential game-winning TD pass at Atlanta on Sept. 15.
WORST PLAY (defense): Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs burned the Eagles for two long TD receptions, including a 64-yarder in a 38-20 Minnesota loss on Oct. 13.
WORST PLAY (special teams): Detroit's Jamal Agnew returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in a 27-24 Eagles' loss on Sept. 22.
BEST SINGLE-GAME PERFORMANCE (offense): Wide receiver DeSean Jackson got the season off to a great start with eight catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns in a 32-27 win over Washington on Sept. 8.
BEST SINGLE-GAME PERFORMANCE (defense): Scandrick wound up doing more harm than good in the locker room, but he made a big impact against the Jets with two strip sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
UNLUCKIEST PLAYER: Free agent defensive tackle Malik Jackson was excited to be playing next to Fletcher Cox, but his season ended via a Lisfranc injury suffered in the season-opener.
BEST OFFSEASON PICKUP: The Eagles drafted running back Miles Sanders in the second round. Sanders emerged as the team's biggest offensive weapon over the second half of the season.
WORST OFFSEASON PICKUP: They re-acquired DeSean Jackson with the hope he could finally provide Wentz with a deep threat. He got hurt in the second game and appeared in just three total games.
WEIRD STAT OF THE SEASON: Three of the Eagles' games ended with a final score of 17-9.
TURNING POINT: The Eagles looked like long shots to make the playoffs after the 37-31 loss at Miami dropped them to 5-7. A 23-17 overtime win over the Giants on Dec. 9 marked the start of the turnaround.