The Eagles lost. The season is over.
And anytime a team loses a postseason game by just five points, one or two plays could have changed the entire game.
The goats in the Eagles’ 21-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers:
Goat #1) David Akers.
You cost the Philadelphia Eagles a postseason win.
No, you weren’t the only goat of the game.
But your two missed field goals should haunt you for the rest of your career. Make both kicks and the Eagles win the game. It’s as simple as that.
This isn’t the first time you’ve cost the Eagles a postseason victory either. In the 2008 NFC championship game against Arizona, you missed an extra point and a field goal. The Eagles lost the game 32-25 and could have played the entire fourth quarter differently had they needed just a field goal instead of a touchdown.
You know what? I’ve said for years and years and years and years and years that Akers is anything but clutch.
Akers’ numbers always look great. He’ll hit 82 percent of his field goals. Even his postseason statistics look great.
But when the game is on the line, I wouldn’t trust Akers’ leg. Sure, he’s made a few game-winning kicks, like in the 4th and 26 game seven years ago.
But he also cost the Eagles a likely Super Bowl appearance in 2008 and a potential deep postseason run in 2010.
Goat #2) Sean McDermott.
You turned in a pretty embarrassing performance as defensive coordinator.
No, you’re not one of the players, and yes, you had a lot of injuries on defense, notably Stewart Bradley, Brandon Graham, Nate Allen, and Ellis Hobbs.
But other teams have had injuries. You must find a way to keep your defense off the field, so the offense can get its job done.
How does James freaking Starks rush 23 times for 123 yards? Seriously, how does that happen? This guy is a nobody. He carried 29 times for 101 yards ALL SEASON!
I’ll bet that McDermott never even game-planned for Starks. It showed.
Goat #3) Andy Reid.
Great coaches make halftime adjustments, rally their team, and are rewarded with a victory.
Reid was clearly outcoached by Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy in today’s loss.
He had a brutal day play-calling, as LeSean McCoy ran just 12 times, and Jerome Harrison ran once. Michael Vick passed 36 times and ran eight more. Of the eight runs, let’s say at most three were designed runs.
That’s 16 runs against 41 passes.
That’s absolutely pathetic. That’s brutal. That’s embarrassing.
That’s typical postseason Andy Reid.
* It’s worth noting that many other players, particularly Winston Justice, who was physically abused all day long by the Green Bay defense, contributed in costing the Eagles a playoff win.