There will be no continuation of the Philadelphia Eagles’ miracle season under Chip Kelly. A last-second field goal by New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham sent the Eagles home, handing Philadelphia a tough 26-24 loss in its home stadium.
Nick Foles turned in his usual 100-plus passer rating, and the Eagles defense made some plays early against Drew Brees and Co. But a handful of inexcusable blunders did Philly in, as the Eagles never got their offense into full rhythm Saturday night.
Still, a spectacular debut season for Kelly shouldn’t be negated by a narrow loss to a future Hall of Fame quarterback. Kelly’s Birds went 10-6 and won the NFC East after going 4-12 the previous season; along the way, the Eagles set their franchise record in points scored and total yards gained, and the defense overachieved all year under coordinator Billy Davis’ new 3-4 scheme.
The Eagles head into the offseason with all the makings of a team set to contend in the division for years to come. Foles developed from a backup into a franchise quarterback, LeSean McCoy won the NFL rushing title with ease and the offensive line turned into a top-five unit in the game. The defense could still use a pass-rushing linebacker off the edge and a playmaking safety to replace Patrick Chung, and kicker may become a priority on draft day as well.
For now, here are five takeaways from a tough Eagles loss.