Despite losing to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday 48-30, the Philadelphia Eagles soared out of the Metrodome encouraged by their unwillingness to give up and the fact they still control their playoff destiny. In what appeared to be a “trap” game for the Eagles, the Vikings were certainly considered underdogs without All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson in their backfield. But Minnesota was able to jump to an early 11-point lead and never trailed Philadelphia, using their offensive momentum to win the game. Despite their first loss in the last six games, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles remains optimistic. When asked if he regretted a particular play, Foles responded with hope.
“That’s not how life is. You can’t have a play back and a do over, so I don’t even go there. I look at it as, alright, I made a mistake – what can I do next time to not make that mistake, so therefore it’ll make me a better player. I’m not going to let this game defeat me. I’m going to use this game to make me better. I’m going to learn from it, our team’s going to learn from it and we’re going to stay together throughout this and make each other better. Obviously you’re frustrated, you’re a competitor, you put it all on the field, you sacrifice your body, you do everything – at the end of the day it’s tough (to lose), but we a great group of people in that locker room. We’re going to keep fighting, we’re going to stick together because that’s what the Philadelphia Eagles are. We’re a team, we’re a family. It’s a special place, and I’m excited to get back to work, analyze what went wrong and fix it. I know the guys are too and they’ll be ready to go.”
The Eagles can take solace in the fact their division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, also lost on Sunday. This allows the Birds to remain in first place in the NFC East with just two games to be played in the NFL regular season. If Philadelphia can win at home against the Chicago Bears next weekend, and the Cowboys lose to the Washington Redskins, the Eagles can lock up a division championship and a spot in the playoffs. If one of those results doesn’t occur, the Birds will face the Boys in the final game of the season with a possible playoff berth at stake.