How can I say that an offense that put up 513 total yards is to blame in this loss? Turnovers and red zone ineffectiveness, that's how.
Michael Vick had a big day in passing for 416 yards and two touchdowns but still threw an interception to extend his streak to 11 straight games with a turnover. That's right—Vick has either thrown at least one interception or lost a fumble in each of his last 11 games. As a matter of fact, Vick has put the ball on the ground 16 times in his last 11 games and has lost six fumbles. He's also thrown 10 interceptions in that span. This means Vick has been responsible for 16 turnovers in 11 games.
Unacceptable from the $100 million man.
But it wasn't Vick's turnover that was most costly against the 49ers, it was Ronnie Brown's and Jeremy Maclin's miscues that proved to be the costliest.
Brown's misguided attempt at a "pass" down at the goal line was the fourth red zone turnover in four games. Everything was wrong on that play.
First, the play call was a run with an option to pass for Brown. Why oh why is that play being called down there? Stop trying to be fancy and just run the damn ball!
Then, what on Earth was Brown thinking as he simply threw the ball while being tackled? Dumb. Just plain dumb and inexcusable.
Thirdly, why did Andy Reid bother challenging the play? It was clear as day what Brown did and that it was a turnover. Wasted challenge and loss of a timeout. Again, Reid just struggles in this area and it's getting worse by the game.
Then there was Maclin's fumble to seal the defeat. The Eagles took over, down by a point, with three minutes left in the game. They were driving for what was hoped to be the game winning score.
Michael Vick completed a short pass to Maclin around midfield and he ran it to the 49ers' 32-yard line before he was tackled and coughed the ball up. Technically, that was field goal range already.
For the second time in three weeks, Maclin comes up small in a big moment (dropped a fourth-down pass in waning moments against Atlanta). I'm not sure what's going on with him but I hope it doesn't continue.
Then there was the offense's inability to score and put the game out of reach when they had the chance. The Eagles had seven trips into the 49ers' red zone, plus one other possession that reached the 49ers' 22-yard line.
Out of those eight scoring opportunities, they could only get two of them in the end zone. The other six ended in three field goals, two missed field goals and the Brown fumble.
If the Eagles expect to win games, they must do a better job at converting red zone opportunities, obviously.