Tuesday, November 30, 2010
NFC East Week 12 decisive moment
By Matt Mosley
The Philadelphia Eagles were poised to take the lead over the Chicago Bears late in the first half. If the Eagles had scored a touchdown to make it 20-14, they would've had all of the momentum. The Bears had held them to a field goal on the previous possession, but it was obvious the Eagles were moving the ball at will.
On second-and-goal from the 4-yard line, Vick attempted to throw to Jeremy Maclin on a slant route. Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris tipped the pass and safety Chris Harris picked it off and returned the ball 39 yards. It was a huge mistake in the game, and the Bears seized the momentum with a quick scoring drive to take a 21-13 lead.
The Eagles abandoned any semblance of a running game in the second half, so the Bears focused on dropping everyone into coverage. Vick has done a remarkable job protecting the ball this season, but he was careless in Sunday's loss. He fumbled the ball four times, although the Eagles recovered every time. The Bears got great penetration on that second-and-goal play, so it would've been wise to improvise. It's not like Harris barely got a finger on the ball. He had blown through the Eagles' offensive line.
"First of all, we have to complete the ball," Reid said after the game. "That's what we've got to do. There was a protection breakdown ... Obviously, if I had to do it again, I wouldn't call that play. I would call something else."
It was certainly the decisive moment in that game. The Eagles hope it won't be the decisive play of their season.