The scoreboard tells it all as the final score reads another loss
for the 2005 Philadelphia Eagles, who finish the season at 6-10.
Not only is the this season the first time since 1999 that the Eagles
finish with a losing record, but it is also the first time since 1999
that they also finish in dead last place in the NFC East. The Wshington
Redskins, who won this game made the guaranteed themesleves of a wild
card spot in this season's playoffs. They will travel to Tampa Bay next
weekend. It is also the Redskins first winning season since 1999. Hence,
it is also the first time since 1999 that they also made the playoffs.
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Stats Of The Week
The Eagles allowed a now grand total of 388 points this season, third-most
in franchise history and most since 1973 (393). The Redskins QB Mark
Brunell's first quarter TD pass to Mike Sellers was the 24th TD pass against
the Eagles this season, the most they've given up since 1989 (26). Former
Eagle James Tharsh's 41-yard catch was his longest since a 51-yarder against
the Packers at Lambeau Field while he was with Eagles on Nov. 10, 2003. Clinton
Portis became the seventh running back to exceed 100 yards against the Eagles
this season, the most they've allowed since 1998. Jevon Kearse (knee) was among
the inactives. He finished the year with just 7 ½ sacks for the second
straight season after averaging 12 per season with the Titans. Sam Rayburn
got his first sack of the season. One positive stat: Reno Mahe didn't play,
but finished the season with an NFL-best 12.8 yard punt return average.
The Season Of Misery Finally Ends, |
With Another Loss To The Redskins.
The nightmare is almost over, maybe? The Eagles lost their finale at the Linc 31-20
against their bitter rivals from DC. The Redskins out-played for most of the game
took advantage of too many costly turnovers to turn what normally should have been
a lose into a win. The win enabled Washington to earn a berth to this yearís playoffs.
They will play at Tampa Bay next week in the wild-card round. The team in green earned
honors as the first team in NFL history to win all their division games one year and
then lose them all the next season. This bad dream will not end until the Eagles right
the ship with adequate replacements for the parts that has gone wrong; including wide
receiver and back-up QB. Yes, Philly had way too many injuries to count on both hands.
And when you lose your two star players in Donovan McNabb (to injury) and Terrell Owens
(to suspension and permanment exile), then your chances dwindle rather quickly. Two
career back-up QBís, both were terrible and basically gave games away like Christmas
presents. McMahon and Detmer will hopefully be both gone by draft day. The Eagles got
to bring in an experienced reliable quarterback to play for McNabb when he gets hurt
again in the future.
E-A-G-L-E-S .... EAGLES
The Eagles in this last disastrous game jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first half.
David Akers opened the scoring with a long 49-yard FG. It finally looks like Akers is
back from his early struggles and injuries. But then Mark Brunnell connected with Mike
Sellers for a 4-yard TD pass. Eagles QB Mike McMahon then looked surprisingly sharp
early on as he threw 2 TD passes of 33 yards and 8 yards, both to rookie WR Reggie
Brown. John Hall added a 25-yard FG just before the half after a long sustained 11-play
drive that stalled after 70 yards. Eagles did lead, 17-10 at halftime. The second half
follies would begin soon enough.
The Eagles kicker kicked a 35-yard FG after the Redskins tied the game. The actually
gave the Birds a 20-17 going into the fourth quarter. It would be the beginning of
one bad play followed by another. The Eagles still looked like might just ruin the
Redskins chances of making the playoffs, until McMahon threw a poor pass, which was
intercepted by Lemar Marshall at the Eagles 22-yard line. Next play: Clinton Portis
danced into the end zone for a Redskins 22-yard touchdown and a 24-20 lead. The
McMahon fumbled the ball away on their next possession. The Eagles held, but on the
Eagles next possession, Koy Detmer, who also fumbled after Phillip Daniels hit him,
replaced McMahon. Sean Taylor returned the fumble for a 39-yard TD return and an
almost 31-20 insurmountable lead. It was one mistake after another, as the seasonís
end would come to a crashing thud. Itís been a complete nightmare for both players
and fans alike. And it may get worse, depending on how management handles the off-season.