The Philadelphia Eagles magical Superbowl sequel season has come to a bitter end as they were narrowly defeated by the New Orleans Saints yesterday. The Eagles came out of the gate hot scoring two quick touchdowns after intercepting Drew Brees and then stripping the QB on one of the last drives of the 1st quarter. The Saints rebounded slightly towards the end of the first half, putting ten points on the board, but then completely shifted their play in the second half.
Michael Thomas simply could not be stopped– totaling twelve receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown. There were multiple third and long plays where Brees somehow was able to find Thomas over the middle for the first down when it looked like nothing was open. In addition, the Eagles’ offense sputtered in the second half with no points of any variety being accumulated. However, on the final drive of the game there was a glimmer of hope after Wil Lutz missed a 52 yard field goal that would’ve sealed the game for the Saints in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter, giving Nick Foles a chance at a final game-winning drive. The Eagles were rolling down the field converting first down after first down until, just before the two minute warning, Foles threw a perfect pass to stud receiver Alshon Jeffery that went right through his hands and into the arms of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. That play was the fatal knife jab into the Eagles season as Foles magic comes to an end.
With free agents Nick Foles and Brandon Graham on the market this offseason in addition to the retirement of Jason Peters, it will be interesting to see how Howie Roseman crafts this roster so they can continue their Superbowl contender status. Honestly, you have to be proud of what the Eagles accomplished especially considering where they were earlier in the season so keep your heads held high Eagles fans and let’s make another run at it in September.