Shell-Shocked Eagles Flying South
They said all the right things in the locker room, after the most devastating loss of the season. This season, there have been more than a few sour defeats to choose from.
The Eagles talked about playing hard, putting Monday Night's 21-20 loss to Dallas behind them. Yet squandering a 20-7 lead with under four minutes left, appeared to leave the Eagles in a shell-shocked state.
And who can blame them? The players appeared in disbelief as they rehashed the details of a potential win that was was stolen from their grasp. Literally by Roy Williams.
Last year Williams was the player who had the horse collar tackle on Terrell Owens, that sidelined T.O. for four games until he returned for the Super Bowl.
This time Williams wasn't horsing around when he cut the Eagles heart out with a 46-yard interception return that gave the Cowboys their final 21-20 margin with 2:43 left.
It was not only an ill-advised pass, but an ill-advised play. The Eagles had a second-and-seven from their own 43, while leading 20-14. Dallas had two timeouts. Had the Eagles run the ball on second and third down, then Dallas would have been forced to use its final two timeouts.
As we know now, there was no third down because Williams took it to the house on his second down interception.
That play was a microcosm of the Eagles season - questionable play calling and even worse execution.
And now the Eagles players were bravely saying that they would be ready to bounce back for Sunday's game at the Meadowlands against the New York Giants.
It's natural to wonder, however if this was one loss that the Eagles won't be able to overcome. And one has to question whether the 4-5 Eagles really believe what they said.