Sunday was supposed to be a day of excitement for Philadelphia sports fans with the Eagles hosting the 49ers in the afternoon followed by Game 2 of the NLDS between the Phillies and Cardinals at night. Some fans were lucky enough to make a whole day out of it by attending both games, but in the end–fans were left with nothing but disappointment after the Eagles and Phillies each blew comfortable leads before coming up on the losing end.
The Eagles seemed to be on their way getting back to .500 after jumping out to a 20-3 halftime lead over the 49ers. San Francisco entered Sunday’s game with worst overall offense in the NFL and even though Philadelphia has their problems with their offensive line and rushing defense–this was definitely one of those games where the Eagles knew they were the better team and should have no problem coming up on the winning end. After back-to-back losses against the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons despite having double digit leads, the Eagles realized how important it was to come up on the winning end against the 49ers.
Instead, the Eagles were outscored 21-3 in the second half and went on to lose 24-23. Two missed field goals by rookie kicker Alex Henery and a late fumble by Jeremy Maclin deep in 49ers’ territory at the end of the game made a huge difference in the outcome of this one. The “Dream Team” has every reason in the world to be frustrated for letting this one slip away and it was disappointing for fans to see their team produce over 500 yards of offense with a 20-point lead in the third quarter and still come up on the losing end.
As for the Phillies, they found themselves in a similar situation as the Eagles where they jumped out to an early lead before completely shutting down and went on to lose 5-4 to the Cardinals. The Phils wasted no time putting runs on the board by scoring three in the first along with one in the second to jump out to an early 4-0 lead. They took advantage of Chris Carpenter–who lasted just three innings against the Phillies–after he made the start on just three days rest and appeared to be on their way to a 2-0 lead in the series with Cliff Lee leading the way on the mound.
Obviously, that was far from the case after the Cardinals wore Lee down and managed to score five runs to take the 5-4 win in Game 2 as they head back to St. Louis for the next two games of the series. While Carptenter struggled at the beginning of the game, the Cardinals bullpen deserves all of the credit in the world as six relief pitchers held the Phillies to just one hit over the final six innings of the game. For the second time in a 12-hour span, Philadelphia fans were left in complete shock as they witnessed another one of their teams seem like they were going to win–only to have the game slip away right in front of their eyes.
This was supposed to be one of those days that would make a great experience in which some Philadelphia fans would be able to get the best of both worlds by attending two games in the same day–which is obviously hard to pull off no matter what city you may live in. Instead, those fans will be forced to start the work week scratching their heads and wondering how the heck both the Eagles and Phillies managed to lose big leads on what was supposed to be an epic Sunday.
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