Philadelphia Eagles Blow Huge Lead to 49ers: Postgame Thoughts from the Stands

Darren GrossmanCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2011

Jason Avant played well but the Eagles lost a heartbreaker
Jason Avant played well but the Eagles lost a heartbreakerRich Schultz/Getty Images

Sitting in my seat at Lincoln Financial Field, I can honestly say some of the things that happened during this game were mind boggling. 

First, Ronnie Brown. I think it is time to simply part ways with the veteran back. He gives the Eagles absolutely nothing. His fumble near the goal line was a huge play, but it could have been avoided. He appeared to have tried to throw the ball as he was falling down. For a veteran player, that may have been the dumbest play I have ever seen in the 20 years I have gone to games.  What was he thinking? 

Aside from that, the Eagles made too many mistakes. Henry missed two field goals inside 40 yards, which are both kicks a professional kicker has to make. Jeremy Maclin fumbled late in the game. That hurt a lot. The defense could not stop anyone in the second half once again. It seems like other teams make adjustments at halftime and the Eagles do nothing.

Offensively, the Eagles did pretty well. DeSean Jackson had a nice game, Michael Vick played well. Jason Avant was solid and Clay Harbour gave them something. Those are all good things.  Defensively, they shut down San Francisco in the first half, but collapsed in the second half.

The run defense was terrible. They can not stop the run at all. The pass defense is supposed to be the strength of the team but was poor again. The clock is ticking on Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator. After this game, I think a change needs to be made and it needs to be made now. A team with this much talent should not be this bad on defense.

Also, I think the NFL needs to launch an investigation on the officials in this game. It is about time for some accountability.  First, the referees did not call one pass interference penalty the whole game, despite a couple blatant violations, including on Vick's interception where Jackson was clearly hit early. There was also a blatant one on Brent Celek.

Secondly, the Maclin catch was reviewed, and there was no argument that can be made to say that conclusively the ball hit the ground. At best, it was a catch. At worst, it was inconclusive.  Since it was called a catch on the field, it should have been a catch. Period. That's the rules on instant replay. I did not make them, but apparently, I know them better than the officials.

Finally, the final San Francisco 49ers touchdown call was a joke. I saw live that Gore was down from my seat 21 rows up. You could see he was down on the replay clearly. That was the definition of conclusive. If you looked up the word conclusive, they would have a picture of that play. How the official reviewed that play and called it a touchdown is mind boggling. I actually hope he got paid off because if that was the best effort that the official can offer, then he should be fired.

I mean, the forearm was clearly down a yard short of the end zone. The announcers said it and saw it. They blew it up on the big screen in the stadium, where I was. Everyone knew it. The only moron who did not know it was the referee looking under the hood. He had to be bribed in that game; I can not think of any other explanation that makes sense. I hope he was, because if he was seriously trying to make the right call, he did not just miss the call. He had the right to look at it under a hood and review it and still missed it. That's inexcusable, and it's about time the officials should be held accountable for blatant errors, especially when they are made after instant replay is used.

If I can be mad at Henry or Maclin or Ronnie Brown and fans can blame them, why are the officials not held accountable? I have no idea how you can spend two minutes looking at something so obvious and still screw it up. My friend who is a 49ers fan said to me that he was obviously down and the ref should be fined, but it would not matter; they would have scored anyway. 

I agree. Most likely, San Francisco would have scored anyway since he was down at the 1.  That's not the point.  The point is to get the call right, and after reviewing it, missing it is ridiculous.