Reality bites... and it bit the Eagles and their fans hard in the gluteus maximus as the Birds actually played a tough and gritty game to defeat the Cowboys 20-7 in Dallas on Christmas Eve.
TE Brent Celek was on his game... Vick was on it too... 90,000 Cowboys fans went home for Christmas knowing we are the better team...and relieved they will not have to face us in the playoffs.
What you gonna do? We ran out of numbers... and time.
It was a day to awaken old painful memories. Granted, we're not in the business of saving lives here... but we are in the business of saving Philly SOUL... Elimination from the playoffs is a blow to the ego. The team that was "all in" is now officially "all out"... The Giants' victory over the Jets in the 1:00 PM game eliminated the Eagles from the playoffs and turned the Dallas-New York Giants game next weekend into a showdown to decide the NFC East title.
Philadelphia (7-8) won its third straight, giving the Eagles a chance to break even if it can beat the Redskins at home in its finale next weekend. The Eagles also swept the season series against the Cowboys for the first time since 2006, having clobbered Dallas 34-7 in October.
“If we had gotten into the playoffs we would have definitely done some damage,” Vick said. “It’s unfortunate we didn’t. That’s the game of football. We made some mistakes early (this season) and got behind in the win-loss column. But we’re just happy we’re finishing strong.”
The Eagles defense is improving. Philadelphia has allowed just 36 points and 683 yards over the last three games, with 16 sacks. It has become more of a swarming-to-the-ball and a better tackling machine than it was in the first half of the season.
Sadly, the improvements have come too late to overcome the Eagles' horrific start to this 2011 season.
“I think it took a little time to jell,” said defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins, one of the offseason additions whose arrival raised expectations. “I guess it took longer than we anticipated. We just didn’t get the job done. You can make all the excuses in the world, but they really don’t mean anything. At the end of the season when you look at our final record, there’s not going to be an asterisk by it. You just have to own up to it. We let a lot of opportunities get away from us early. All we can do now is control what we do in the future.”
Vick was 18 of 32 for 293 yards, with the touchdowns going to Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek. Jason Avant nearly had another TD, but fumbled inches before touching the pylon, resulting in a touchback for the Cowboys.
DeSean Jackson caught five passes for 90 yards, and ran for 27 yards on two end-arounds, both on consecutive plays.
Alex Henery kicked field goals of 43 and 51 yards for the Eagles’ only points in the second half.
“They’re disappointed we don’t have a shot at the playoffs,” coach Andy Reid said. “At the same time I was pleased with the energy they brought to the football field. They wanted to dominate and play aggressive football. Nobody was hanging their heads.”
When this game kicked off, the Giants were up by only six points midway through the fourth quarter, so the Cowboys and Eagles still had a lot to play for.
Philadelphia got the ball first and Vick picked up where he left off the last time these teams met, cruising 80 yards in eight plays for a 7-0 lead. Then the Eagles snuffed Romo, forcing a punt from around midfield. On the final play of that series, Romo rushed a third-down pass to avoid a sack. On his follow-through, he smacked his passing hand on Jason Babin's helmet. That’s when things got about as interesting as they’d be the rest of the afternoon.
The drama began with Dallas GM Jerry Jones leaving his midfield viewing booth to chat with head coach Garrett. He returned to his booth about the same time Romo returned to the sideline. Romo couldn’t grip the ball or take a snap, so he got his hand and wrist wrapped and iced. While he was trading his helmet for a baseball cap, team vice president Stephen Jones arrived on the sideline and spoke with trainers. RB Felix Jones then also joined Romo on the sidelines as being done for the day.
The executive order was given: pull Romo and Jones from the game and save them for the Giants showdown next week.
Stephen McGee, moved up from third-stringer to backup when Jon Kitna went on injured reserve, took over for Romo and went 24 of 38 for 182 yards, with four runs for 28 yards.
McGee beat the Eagles in last season’s finale, but he struggled to even sustain drives this time. It didn’t help that his running backs were Sammy Morris (pulled from retirement before last week’s game) and Chauncey Washington (signed off the street this week).
“It took me a little while to get comfortable,” McGee said. “I don’t get very many reps, basically never in a real game. I felt like I made progress through the game.”
McGee appeared to have overseen Dallas’ first shutout since November 2003, and first at home since September 1991, also against the Eagles, when a fourth-down pass from the Philadelphia 18 fell incomplete in the end zone with 2:13 left. But the Dallas defense forced a punt and rookie Bruce Carter blocked it, giving McGee one last drive. He started on the 16 with 19 seconds left, running for 12 yards, then hitting Miles Austin for a 4-yard touchdown pass.
JB...when the Cornholers leave that bowl game dey is gonna be forever more known as the Big Red Grits.....we is gonna pulverize dem....
All in all I liked the new Fright Night. It was entertaining. Pretty funny and exciting and kept you watching. I'd recommend it. Last night I watched that new warrior movie, also recommend this movie. Good stuff. Kind of predictable at times but it was good.
Nice pre-mach-mach-mach-10, Blas... like JB says, you can never start planning for the draft too early... nice read, Blas!
Cool Bone, let me know how Columbiana is, it's sitting in my stack. We decided to check out Fright Night tonight. Seems alright so far. I want to see War Horse too!
Here you go:
1st: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame-I still like him to replace DJax, we might trade down a bit to get this one, but he could go early.
2nd: Sean Spence, OLB, Miami-Human. Missile. Would be great as a WILL.
2nd: Lamichael James, RB, Oregon-Move over Shady, this is for your own good. 3rd: Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin-The right type to serve under Vick, Marty, and Sex Panther's tutelage.
4th: Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, West Virginia-This guy was made to beat offensive tackles on the pass rush and we could use a project at DE.
4th: Mike Martin, DT, Michigan-Laws-type player, very strong and athletic. I feel like he is a bit more slippery, though, and could be a nice match with Wash.
5th: Jaymes Brooks, OG, Virginia Tech-Underrated! *c-c...c-c-c* Undersized but athletic linemen, good choice for future LG.
6th: Donnie Fletcher, CB, Boston College-It seems that we're going for press coverage guys more, this is one.
6th: Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas-Worth a shot as a punt or kick returner. Could get in the offense eventually.
6th: James-Michael Johnson, MLB, Nevada-Solid fundamentals and good speed, we like LBs like that this late.
Well gonna go pop in a flick and chillax with a drink or 3. Check back later to see you guyzez ramblings. Hehe
1. LB Vontaze Burfict 2a. LB Travis Lewis 2b. CB Casey Hayward 3. WR/KR T.Y Hilton 4a. DE Julian Miller 4b. DT Jared Crick 5. RB Tauren Poole 6a. C Scott Wedige 6b. OL Mitchell Swartz 7. OL Jermarcus Hardrick
Yeah I am excited bout the draft as well. Hopefully we nail at least one pick... That's all I hope for... I would consider that a success anyway. 1 sure thing....
1st round MLB Vontaze Burfict.. Stud LB playmaking nuke missile with attitude, aggression n leadership ready to blow people up! 2a OLB Travis Lewis another stud LB to team up with Burfict.. Matthews, Chaney, Rolle can battle it out for the other LB spot.. 2b CB Casey Hayward ballhawk who can tackle n is good against the run n can play the nickle CB.. 3 WR T.Y Hilton same type mold as Percy Harvin.. Will kill it in the slot n is like Teddy Ginn at KR/PR.. Thats value right there.. 4a DE Julian Miller under the radar sack master 4b DT Jared Crick hopefully falls this far coz of his injury.. This guy is meant to get in the back field kill the QB n the RB.. This is who i want anyways hehe
Resign DJax already! Eagles wont need to waste a high pick on a WR if we do.. Sign McNabb as backup QB.. Young will be gone n McNabb knows the system.. Resign Mathis n Landri.. Any way of trading for Dawkins back? Eagles need to figure out who stays n who goes out of Samuel n DRC? Laws FA next year.. Think Justice Parker Hanson n Jamal Jackson could be gone too.. Id replace them with guys from the draft if so.. Hoping Havilii makes a push for the starting FB next year.. Graham needs a big offseason coz Eagles need you too n JPP is looking like a stud
I think Reid stays next year.. If Spags gets the cut from the Rams i hope Eagles sign him up as DC n have Castillo as his assistant coz he does have potential.. MM i think has to go too incosistant n unbalanced.. Lives off the big plays but to many gimmick plays that dont need to be called.. Wouldnt mind seeing Brad Childress back as OC.. Vick took a step back this year so maybe a new QB coach too
Leave it alone....leave it alone......and another thing, leave it alone...see y'all next year..strong draft, hopefully, and I'm sure much better results...change ain't always good...in fact....usually it suks....
Funny how the bolts came together during the week they played the ravens, right in the midst of all the talking going around about Norv's final season, etc, I mean, they were on freakin FIRE, great game plan, and stomped the shit outta the ravens. Then the next week they looked lost and dumbfounded all game long against the Lions. Could do ANYTHING right while I was watching....So now the whole Norv is done talk is gaining momentum again.
@Blasphemizer Sean Spence will look good in green.. Who has the Eagles drafted from The U recently or ever?
@Blasphemizer I like your #3. But no way we pick WR at #1. No way
I switched maybe half of my previous Mach and reorganized some of it...I'm gonna go for a very different one each time and then settle on a final that takes the best element, so as to stifle them thieves that are everywhere!...
@Demappulls! saw War Horse today. 2 thumbs up from Boner. Great flick. Watching Columbiana right now. Smokin hot chick killin fools
I like the general originality... @GENETiC-FREAK
@Demappulls! Hey Hud!!! I'm liking the upbeat commentary here tonight... we go from here... no time for losers... I like that!
Hopefully the pick that we nail is an LB... @Demappulls!
Hey, you're here...If you wanted real entertainment you would've gone completely radio silent and watched me spill the beans on my pre-pre-alpha Mach to an empty Bored...@Demappulls!
In all seriousness, what I mean by that is that he shoots the muthafuckin' gap...stays low...drives his feet...puts his helmet on the ball...blitzes like a bat outta hell too...
@GENETiC-FREAK Hey broham.... dont wanna burst your bubble... but Burflict isn't a 1st rounder.
Hey, just sent you an email on da BriSuksEgg page. I don't know where that exactly gets sent but it said "Email Successful",soooo..... you got mail!@TheGreatJB99
@Birdcrazy Go Big Red!
If DJax goes, maybe...Besides, I qualified that, we could trade down and do that... @tboned208
@Blasphemizer So lets see your pre pre alpha mach..
Yeah I was walking by the pooter and thought I would throw ya a bone just in case everyone else is already all tuckered out.... @Blasphemizer
@TheGreatJB99 @GENETiC-FREAK BJ99. Bufict is def a 1st rder. But freak forgots bout FA Rudd also
@Blasphemizer I don't know if Djax goes or not. Depends on his arsehole agent. But we have to pay shady
@Blasphemizer and no to RG3
@GENETiC-FREAK @Blasphemizer Vick only has one more yr really. Pick the future franchise QB to groom behind Vick. Luck may not declare ala Barkley. But there are other poss
@GENETiC-FREAK @Blasphemizer you have to add a QB in the top 3
@Blasphemizer No peeking at mine then lol
It will be here momentarily... @GENETiC-FREAK