The Philadelphia Eagles were fresh off a 17-12 loss to the Washington Redskins that was definitely a little bit embarrassing.
The Eagles lost despite quarterback Donovan McNabb completing just 8 of 19 passes for 125 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
The Eagles dropped to 2-2 on the season.
A Monday Night Football game in San Francisco would prove to be very pivotal.
The 49ers were 0-5 and in major trouble. But the Eagles needed a win to stay above .500 and perhaps even save their season.
The Eagles built a solid 24-10 lead in the fourth quarter.
But they allowed San Francisco to cut the lead to 27-24 (the Eagles added a field goal).
The 49ers began a final drive on their own 32 with just 1:28 to play.
On the first play, quarterback Alex Smith hit tight end Vernon Davis for a big 27-yard gain to the Eagles’ 44-yard line.
It appeared that, incredibly, the Eagles’ defense might be letting a must-win game slip away from them.
Two straight incompletions followed by Smith, bringing up a big 3rd and 10.
Smith took the snap and heaved a deep pass across the middle…
Which was intercepted by rookie cornerback Trevard Lindley, sealing the victory for the Philadelphia Eagles, and improving the team’s record to 3-2.
I can only imagine how the Eagles season would have been different if they had dropped to 2-3 instead of 3-2.
The psychological effect of blowing a 14-point fourth quarter lead to a previously defeated team might have been too much for the young Eagles’ team to overcome.
Instead Lindley made one of the biggest defensive plays of the season for the Eagles.