If the Eagles’ 27-20 loss was indeed Andy Reid’s final act in front of the home crowd, it was, well, perfect.
The Eagles methodically marched down the field in an 80 yard drive that could have spoiled the Redskins’ designs of winning the NFC East, but came up a bit too short, much in part because the drive was a bit too methodical.
The Eagles opted to run three consecutive plays in the middle of the field which also burned all three of the team’s timeouts. It turned out to be a costly decision.
With eight seconds remaining and the ball on the Washington 5-yard line, Foles was flushed out of the pocket and forced to throw the football away. The Eagles were flagged for an illegal forward pass with one second remaining, but time expired because they had no timeouts.
It was a study in poor clock management and what would have for many other teams been a rather disappointing and certainly puzzling loss was instead all too familiar.
Truthfully, the outcome was probably best for the team in the long term, but it undoubtedly accentuates some of the more troublesome problems that exist with Reid and his staff.