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3. Missed Opportunities Killed The Eagles
There were plays that I recall that may have changed the game. Late in the first half, Sam Bradford threw a beauty deep to receiver Nelson Agholor who snagged it with one hand. There were finally signs of life in what was a brutal first half. The momentum had finally shifted toward the Philadelphia Eagles but the very next play, head coach Chip Kelly called for a reverse that ended up with Agholor fumbling the football and killing the drive.
Still in the first half, Darren Sproles took a punt down all the way Washington’s thirty yard line just for the Eagles to screw up again. Bradford threw a nice pass to tight end Zach Ertz for touchdown, but it was called back because of a penalty. The Eagles were forced to kick a field goal and new kicker Caleb Sturgis missed.
In the second half, there weren’t as many mistakes but one drop in particular stands out to me. The clock was ticking away and the Philadelphia Eagles had the lead 20-16 with about six minutes left, it was third and six in Washington’s territory. If the Eagles convert, it probably may have been game over. Bradford throws a ball a tad behind Sproles, but Sproles dropped the ball and the Eagles had to punt. If Sproles catches that, it’s first down and the team is in scoring position. The pass could’ve been better but I’ve seen middle school kids catch that same pass. The Eagles punted and the rest is history.
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