Eagles Season Ends in Frustration With 21-16 Loss to Packers

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Quintin Mikell is hoping for a national title for his Boise State Broncos.

Quintin Mikell, who also becomes a free agent this offseason, was distraught by the Eagles slow start.

“David, I have nothing but love for David and he’s been a great kicker for years – he still is,” said Mikell, unwilling to pin the blame on his teammate. “I don’t want to, you know, put him out there, but he was going through a lot this week.  He had some stuff going on and for him to even be out here was big.”

Mikell’s defense came up with another stand, and the Eagles got the ball at their own 25-yardline with 8:50 to go.  Vick opened the drive with a 19-yard completion to DeSean Jackson, and later added 16-yard hookups with LeSean McCoy and Brent Celek.  Vick capped the drive by punching it in on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yardline, but the two-point conversion turned chaotic.

Vick scrambled to buy time before hitting Celek in the back of the end zone, but the tight end had stepped out of bounds prior to making the catch.  A flag was thrown for illegal touching, and the conversion was ruled a failed attempt.  The officials sorted things out before the kickoff, though, and realized that the Eagles should have another attempt from the Packers’ 7-yardline.  This time, Vick was under intense pressure and shoveled the ball incomplete in the direction of McCoy.

Philadelphia’s defense surrendered one first down before coming up with a huge stop when Keenan Clayton sacked Rodgers on third-and-10.  The Birds got the ball back at their own 34-yardline, down 21-16 and sensing another comeback.

“We were very confident,” Vick said. “We thought we were going to win the game. I thought we were going to win the game. I had an upbeat feeling about myself, I felt like I was in control.”

Vick hit Jackson for 28 yards to open the drive and instantly send Philadelphia into Green Bay territory at the 38-yardline.  Vick then sailed a pass intended for Brent Celek, who took a big hit on the play, in which he appeared to be defenseless.

After another incompletion, Vick hit Riley Cooper for 11 yards to move the chains with around 40 seconds left and rushed the team to the line of scrimmage.  While some teammates urged him to spike the ball, Vick called another play – four verticals, sending each receiver to the end zone.

“Spiking the ball is an option, but I mean you just got a first down and you want to keep attacking, keep them on the heels,” Vick said. “Clock it for what? Take a shot downfield.”

Vick did just that, spotting Cooper in man-to-man coverage and launching the ball up for grabs.  The ball was underthrown and Cooper said he knew as soon as he located it that he was playing defense.  The rookie receiver couldn’t break it up, and Tramon Williams’ pick sent a tense Lincoln Financial Field crowd into a sense of shock.

“It’s tough, because I think we realize we had a great team, we had a special team,” said Brent Celek. “I’ve never been around a group of guys that were this close like this team, so I think that’s why I’m so hurt. I love all of these guys, I want to win a championship with these guys. The fact that it’s not going to happen this year really hurts.”

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  • Nate

    The Philadelphia Eagles began this season by seeing this as a rebuilding year. Everyone in the media acknowledged that the team would likely finish in last place in the NFC East and maybe only 8 wins. The Eagles schedule was a tough one facing NFC Central and AFC South opponents, including Indianapolis and Jacksonville. However, against all odds and with a team of young and inexperienced players, they ended 10-6 and NFC East Division Title winners AGAIN! The 2011 schedule, at least on the surface, looks a lot better for the Eagles as they will host the NFC West and AFC East. Aside from facing the Redskins (6-10), Cowboys (6-10), and Giants (10-6) twice during the season, here are the remaining 2011 opponents and how they finished this year:

    Home San Francisco (6-10), Arizona (5-11), New England (14-2), New York Jets (11-5), Chicago (11-5)

    Away Seattle (7-9), St.Louis (7-9), Buffalo (4-12), Miami (7-9), Atlanta (13-3)

    Given this year’s records, the Eagles have a much better chance of winning six or seven of these games. Even splitting with division rivals, that puts the Eagles once again at 10 wins or more. A sweep of one or two NFC East teams and the Eagles could be in great shape next season.

    The important thing is to keep the nucleus of this team together. These are young players and entering a crazy year with the bargaining agreement and situation between players and owners. The Eagles must stay focused on keeping the talent they have. We will likely lose Marty Mornhinweg to a head coaching job, but if the Eagles can maintain the rest of the coaching staff and players, this team could be “super” next season!