Sunday, October 14, 2012
Wrap-up: Lions 26, Eagles 23
By Dan Graziano
A few thoughts on the Philadelphia Eagles' stunning 26-23 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
What it means: Those who keep saying the Eagles have been winning games they should have lost got it flipped around for a day. This was clearly a game they should have won. In spite of holding a 10-point lead with five minutes left in the fourth quarter, they allowed the Lions to come back and tie the game, then lost it in overtime. It was an uncomfortable flashback to the 2011 Eagles, who couldn’t hold fourth-quarter leads and gave too many games away last September and October.
Neither side can put it away: It was one thing for the defense to allow Matthew Stafford to drive the Lions 80 yards in less than two minutes for a touchdown that cut the lead to three points. It was quite another for the offense to go three-and-out when it got the ball back after that touchdown and give the Lions the ball back with enough time to get into field goal range. The coaching staff is taking heat for calling two pass plays and only one run play in that sequence, but it’s worth noting that only one of the three plays that gained yardage was a pass.
Protection issues: The patchwork offensive line is catching up with the Eagles. The Lions’ interior defensive line is very tough, and it made life difficult for backup center Dallas Reynolds and the Eagles’ guards. Quarterback Michael Vick was under pressure all day, and while he generally did a good job of avoiding the rush, he took two sacks in overtime that cost the Eagles field position and a chance to win the game after blowing the lead.
What’s next: The Eagles have to sit on this for two weeks, as they have their bye next week. Two Sundays from now, they will host the Atlanta Falcons, who are 6-0 and will also be coming off their bye week.