Eagles Are Three Plays Away From Being 0-4BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Thursday, October 4th, 2012
If you tend to see the glass half-empty and not half-full, you are probably disheartened by the start of the Eagles season. Yes they’re 3-1, but the Birds haven’t played a complete game to date. The truth of the matter is that this team is three plays away from being 0-4.
Think about it, if the young Cleveland linebacker L.J. Fort, had been able to catch an errant Michael Vick pass in the end zone on the Eagles late touchdown drive, the Birds would have lost the first game of the season to the Browns. Vick was trying to complete a pass to Jeremy Maclin, who was covered tightly by a cornerback and Fort was standing in front of both of them. The Eagles quarterback had already thrown four interceptions and he put what would have been his fifth right in Fort’s hands, but he let it go through his fingers.
If the replacement officials hadn’t bailed out Nnamdi Asomugha, by calling back a Baltimore touchdown by Jacoby Jones, the Ravens would have left Lincoln Financial Field with a victory. Jones, who had beaten Asomugha for a touchdown reception earlier in the game, got behind the Eagles right cornerback on a route in the right corner of the end zone. With the ball in the air, they began hand-fighting.
Usually wide receivers are given the benefit of the doubt by the regular NFL referees, but the replacement referees were calling the game and that made the difference. Jones caught the football for the touchdown. He celebrated and the points were put on the scoreboard and gave Baltimore a 26-17 lead in the fourth quarter. Wait a minute. Despite no flag being thrown, the refs were talking. The touchdown was disallowed and pass interference was called. The entire Eagles nation all breathed a sign of relief.
And if the Giants hadn’t foolishly tried to throw a deep route to wide receiver Ramses Barden with the clock running out and the team in position to kick a game winning touchdown. New York was trailing 19-17 and had the football on the Eagles 27-yard line. They were in position to attempt a 44-yard game winning field goal. They decided not to count on the field goal, but take another shot at end zone. Eli Manning threw the ball deep down the right sideline and the inexperienced Barden panicked with the ball in the air and tackled Asomugha while committing an ill-timed offensive pass interference penalty.
If not for the poor decision by the Giants and the foolish mistake by Barden, the Eagles could have lost to the Giants on Sunday night.
Thankfully for the Eagles, former New York Giants Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Parcells was right when he said, “You are what your record says you are”. Although the Eagles are three plays away from being 0-4, the fact that they’ve found a way to win three consecutive close games, isn’t a coincidence.
If it happened once or twice maybe, but the fact that they’ve found a way to win three consecutive close games, means this is a mentally-tough football team. Think about all the close games which last year’s Eagles team lost. I’m writing an article later today about the mental toughness of this football team because it’s the main reason that they’re 3-1.
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