Super Bowl 2011: Green Bay Win Does Not Make Philadelphia Eagles' Season Better

WesAnalyst IFebruary 6, 2011

Moral victories are capped by picks.
Moral victories are capped by picks.Chris Trotman/Getty Images

"At least we lost to the Super Bowl champion."

Those are the words uttered by Philadelphia Eagles fans who buy into moral victories and offer excuses to Andy Reid.

In no way should the Green Bay Packers' 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV make the Eagles early exit from the playoffs look any better or give the fans a false belief that their team was oh so close to claiming the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

It couldn't be further from the truth.

Green Bay took a 21-10 lead against the Eagles with 7:33 remaining in the third quarter of the Wild Card round and then went ultra conservative by running the ball 11 times and passing it on three plays.

The play calling hid the many weaknesses of the Eagles defense and it limited the Packers offense to seven second-half points.

It was as if the Packers toyed with the defense and suggested they could score if they really needed to.

Whenever current Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers threw a pass, Eagles fans were left with a hopeless feeling as he completed 66 percent of his passes, tossed three touchdowns, threw zero picks and was only sacked twice.

To think the Eagles would have just waltzed into Dallas if they somehow beat Green Bay is borderline—actually no, it is delusional.

The Eagles would not have gone on the road and beat Chicago and Atlanta consecutively.

But let's use the twisted logic of an Eagles fan living in denial. Can we say Seattle had a better team than the Eagles since they were able to advance deeper into the playoffs than the Eagles?

You can't have it both ways.

In a city where a real Super Bowl victory does not exist, please do not allow yourself to settle for a moral victory because nobody with a logical thought process or an ounce of football knowledge is going to buy into it.