The Eagles were getting clobbered on the offensive line of scrimmage and getting outmatched on the D-Line all day long... yet went into the final half of the 4th quarter with a 10-point lead.
But Richard Harris must have written the script for this one, because by the end of the 4th quarter, the victory cake was definitely left out in the rain...despite perfect weather conditions otherwise... and with sweet green icing melting all around.
Jason Hanson connected on a 45-yard field goal in overtime to lift the Detroit Lions to a 26-23 triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Hanson's game-winner came after the Eagles were forced to punt out of the back of their end zone following their opening drive of the extra session.
The Eagles (3-3) had a commanding lead in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Matt Stafford directed the Lions on a pair of late scoring drives, enabling them to kick a 19-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in regulation and force overtime.
The Eagles appeared to all but put the game away when Vick hit Jeremy Maclin with a 70-yard touchdown pass to give them a 23-13 lead with a little over five minutes remaining.
But the Lions (2-3) responded with a quick touchdown, going 80 yards on seven plays, to give themselves a chance.
When the Eagles went three-and-out on their next possession, it set the stage for another game-saving defensive stand for the defense, which failed in a similar situation the week before against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It failed again this week as well, but it could have been worse after safety Colt Anderson, in for the injured Nate Allen, was called for pass interference in the end zone, giving the Lions two chances to win the game before having to settle for a field goal.
Earlier, Alex Henery kicked a 49-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 16-6 lead.
It was his third field goal of the second half. Earlier, he hit on attempts from 26 and 32 yards as the Eagles extended the 7-6 lead they held at intermission.
They first took the lead when quarterback Michael Vick shook off an earlier interception to lead the Eagles on a long touchdown in the second quarter. Vick finished off the nine-play, 79-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to running back LeSean McCoy.
They had a chance to add to it by forcing a Lions punt with a minute left in the second quarter, but DeSean Jackson lost 3 yards on his first punt-return attempt since last season and they ran out of time, failing on a desperation pass into the end zone from midfield on the final play.
Earlier, the Lions capitalized on a poor punt, a fumbled snap and a slow-starting Eagles' offense to kick two field goals for a 6-0 lead. The Eagles finished the first quarter with just 29 yards in offense and had a line-drive punt by Mat McBriar returned 48 yards to set up the first field goal.
A fumbled shotgun snap that Vick wasn't expecting gave the Lions the ball in good field position near the end of the first quarter, but an interception in the end zone by Nnamdi Asomugha ended that threat.
With Eagles scratching wide receiver and primary punt returner Damaris Johnson for the first time, it appeared to clear the way for Jackson to go back to that PR duty. But Mardy Gilyard was called on for all the attempts until the final one of the first half.
It's hard to overstate how dominant the Lions' defensive and offensive lines were in this game. The Eagles were out-performed physically. They were pushed around. And Vick took a real beating back there in the pocket.
This is pretty bad because this was a big game for us," said Asomugha, the two-time All-Pro cornerback. "We lost last week and going into a bye this hurts a lot because it would have helped us. If we can't win a game like that, we have to go back to the drawing board. We have to close out a game like that."
"This is going to hurt for a long time," Vick said. "We put ourselves in position to win and didn't finish."
"I don't know what to tell you other than we have to do better," coach Andy Reid said. "We've got to learn how to win football games. You have a 10-point lead with 10 minutes left, you have to learn how to finish."
Calvin (Megatron) Johnson had 135 yards receiving, but the All-Pro wide receiver still has no TD catches from Stafford this season. He was called for offensive pass interference to negate his 11-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter. The undisciplined Lions overcame 16 penalties, most in the NFL this season.
Eagles rookie Fletcher Cox was ejected in the fourth quarter after getting an unnecessary roughness penalty for punching a player on Detroit's extra point. ... Lions CB Jacob Lacey left with a concussion.
A long Bye Week holiday now becomes a time to reflect on what needs to be fixed in the 3-3 Eagles... and there's a lot of fixin' to be done. The good news is there is still time.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.2||4.6|
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Sacks - Yards Lost
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-4||1-3|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
Pom!!!!!!!!! how did we get Off american 80's music!!!!!!!!
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http://youtu.be/au8PhQ87cFw Ahahaha Lorraine!!!
It was an AWESOME game to watch.... Made me feel HEAPS better about out 2 losses within 5 combined points
@HudsonHawk89 What an absolute pants down... here have some lube and a cigarette...performance by the Boltz
@Beandip I wonder if their fans are as knee jerky as we are! Fire Norv! Get rid of Philip!!!
@HudsonHawk89 Hey my son supports them ..... I must break the news to him .... Ahahahaha!!! Ahem
Oh so its 80's time aye?!?
...And the other classic from yesterday!!!
Yesterday's good feeling moment on the radio.....
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I love this ........ it was right there next to that clip here!!!!
They played this song on the radio this morning...... Hey it could be a good day afterall!!!
@Kent Phil 1967 Alright old chum?
@Beandip Not bad fella ...... Monday is the history books!!
@Kent Phil 1967 Yeah.... I see red I SEE RED i SEE RED!!!!!!!!!!!
@Beandip Can't bring myself to watch them!!
@Beandip Still haven't watched it or the Stoolers game thanks to Sky ... Hey they probably did me a favour!!
@Kent Phil 1967 what....we lost.? ....ahem.... Still can't bring myself to watch the second half again....