It’s kind of hard to get excited after beating a San Francisco 49ers team that really isn’t that good. However, what we can get excited about is the fact that the Eagles are going back to the playoffs. Also, with the Vikings losing to the Panthers last night, the Eagles even have a chance at a first round bye. I’m not going to get my hopes up for that, but it is possible.
Looking back on the game, it wasn’t the Eagles best effort. Despite this, they were able to get the job done and guarantee yet another winning record in the month of December. There is still a lot of work to do for the Eagles and it won’t be an easy task as they have to take on two teams who are also in the playoff hunt. It is important for them to win the NFC East so that they can have at least one playoff game at home. Having a home playoff game at the Linc is a definite advantage they could use.
Offensively against the 49ers, the Eagles had a very balanced attack and found a lot of success running the football. Leonard Weaver and LeSean McCoy combined for 26 carries and 100 yards rushing. There was also a variety of involvement in the passing game as Donovan McNabb got the ball to eight different receivers. DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek were the standouts, but it’s nice to see everyone get involved. It wasn’t McNabb’s best day as he threw two interceptions, but he still was able to pass for over 300 yards which is quite impressive.
Defensively, there were definitely highs and lows. They were able to force four turnovers and held the 49ers to just 13 points. However, for the first time in 24 games, they allowed a running back to rush for over 100 yards. Frank Gore did this on just 16 carries and gashed the Eagles defense for big gains on more than one account. The tackling was poor yet again and really needs to be improved. The game was mostly in the Eagles favor, but there are definitely some things to work on at practice this week.
So the Eagles will continue their road to the playoffs and look to hoist one of these again, and then hopefully another, more important, piece of hardware.