Now that the Philadelphia Eagles’ heartbreaking 26-24 wild-card loss to the Saints is behind them, what are their faithful fans doing? Well hopefully they all managed to escape the disaster-struck city directly after the loss, as it didn’t look too promising.
All Kidding aside, the Eagles had a very good season. Rookie head coach Chip Kelly proved his collegiate-grown, up-tempo offense can work in the NFL, as he took an Eagles franchise that was 4-12 last year, and led them to a 10-6 record, an NFC East Divisional Championship and a playoff birth…not bad for a rookie.
Kelly may have found his franchise quarterback in the process with second-year QB Nick Foles. Foles had quite a season, going 8-2 as a starter, and turned in the third-highest passer rating in NFL history with 119.2.
I mean Foles had become so popular that before the game he had to deny a party invitation from a fellow NFC East “star” quarterback who doesn't know too much about making the playoffs. Via @NFLMemez.
NFC East QB Party. pic.twitter.com/wYfHCGiK0h— NFL Memes (@NFL_Memes) January 5, 2014
The Eagles were riding a perfect storm coming into the game against the Saints, having won seven of their last eight games and clinching the division over the Cowboys in the last regular season game. Everything was clicking, and the whole team was playing at a high level.
Then came the playoff game, and well…that perfect storm and high level of play turned into just an average showing on the biggest stage. The most glaring issue was the defense, which surprisingly held Drew Brees relatively in check, but gave up 171 yards rushing with a ridiculous 5.7 yard average.
To make matters worse, Philadelphia’s kicker, Alex Henery, did not help things by missing a 48-yard field goal that ended up being the three-point difference in the game.
I think Eagles fan @Pansanity6 summed up best what most Philly fans were thinking at the time.
All of the buildup coming into this game was about both teams' dynamic offenses, and frankly, the game was more of a snooze-fest in the first half with Philly leading at halftime 7-6.
@TheFakeESPN had a pretty good explanation about why there was such a lack of scoring in the first half.
Eagles and Saints playing like there are no points left, because Colts and Chiefs already scored all of them.— The Fake ESPN (@TheFakeESPN) January 5, 2014
In the end, the Eagles and their faithful fans should be proud as they had a truly great season.
QB Foles: I'm hurting right now in my heart, but I'll hold my head high. I love this city, team, organization. The heart of Philadelphia.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 5, 2014
Philadelphia has much to look forward to in the coming years. With Kelly at the helm and Foles ready to lead, the future is bright in the city of brotherly love.