Sorry Eagles, There’s No Moral Victory

I cannot stand seeing people act like the Eagles got a moral victory for hanging with the Patriots and playing them so closely. Is everyone missing the point? The Eagles had the Patriots on the ropes, leading the ballgame by four points heading into the fourth quarter. That was a game Philly was legitimately winning, an upset firmly entrenched in their grasp. They easily should have, and could have won the game. What good does it do to play out of your mind for 45 minutes if you’re just going to look like A.J. Feeley in the other 15, going three and out and throwing two picks in the final quarter? What good is it to pressure Brady for three straight quarters then give up a critical score, surrendering the lead late?

I’m failing to see what was so great about the Eagles’ performance on Sunday night. In my eyes, it was as bad as it could have gone. How is it beneficial for your team to blow a game you should have won? That’s not a moral victory; it’s something the Eagles should be pissed off about. When New England finishes the year 19-0, nobody will remember that Philly gave them a close game in Week 12. They’ll just know that New England was good enough to beat everyone in front of them, regardless of what it took, and that Philly was just another W.  Sorry Philly, but that loss should sting more than any other; it’s not something for which you should be proud.

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  • http://ballhype.com Jason

    They should get some credit for the fact that the Reid boys stayed out of trouble for the entire game.

  • Gene

    You are absolutely right. Does anyone remember that Buffalo lost to Miami 24-23 in the sixth game of 1972, or that the Jets lost 28-24 in the tenth game? Of course not. Neither of those teams are drinking sparkling cider each year when the last undefeated team loses.

    The Eagles played a great, courageous game, but turned the ball over and didn’t make the big plays at the end.

    Instead of criticizing the Patriots, we should note that Brady, under a lot of pressure, threw 54 passes without being intercepted. The Patriots had zero turnovers in a game where they couldn’t afford them.

    New England has played big fourth quarters against the Eagles, Colts and Cowboys. Maybe we shouldn’t criticize Belichek for having his team play hard in the fourth quarter.

  • http://svpstyle.com ScottVanPeltStyle.com

    They should get credit that yet again, McNabb is going to be rumored to be out of Philly.

  • Some Cowboy/Yankee Fan

    LB, have you been sniffing around Andy Reid’s Stash? Did you not note how the Pats were running up the score (and trying to justify it) on other teams…? How the point spread against the Iggles was the largest for a non-expansion team? It’s a moral victory because they contended with the PAY-Tree-uts and with their number two Starter at the helm. Maybe this is a realization of change in their orginazation (Donovan McNugget not needed) and a reason to play the other teams they face this year with more gumption / Fortitude, because as far as the stats are concerned, they were the ones able to contend with the Pats… also laying the blueprint for other teams to follow.

    ¡Steelers v. Cowboys Superbowl… Guaranteed!

  • JS

    Sometimes a moral victory can be quite profitable…Charlie Weis and Notre Dame had a moral victory against USC in the 2005 Bush Push game and as a result the ND brass signed Charlie a 10 year multi-million dollar contract a couple of weeks later.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Inside the Iggles

    It is only a controversy in the fans eyes.

    What the fans think doesn’t matter to Andy Reid.

    Reid has already said that when McNabb is healthy he is the starter.

  • http://insidetheiggles.com/ Inside the Iggles

    Oops wrong page for that comment above.

    As far as moral victories go, there is none.

    It is still disappointing to lose. Feeley played pretty well, and then blew it at the end.

    They got close, but close only counts in horseshoes, and hand grenades.