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Eagles-Patriots Report Card

Here are Daily News columnist Paul Domowitch's grades for the Eagles' 38-20 loss to the Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. Click here to send in your own report card. RUSHING OFFENSE: LeSean McCoy came into the game as the league’s leading rusher, yet had just six rushing attempts in the first half when the game was still close. He had a 2-yard touchdown run on the Eagles’ first possession and later had a 22-yard run on a second-quarter drive, then watched as Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg called three straight pass plays after they had a first-and-goal at the 5.

Eagles-Patriots Report Card

(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
(Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Here are Daily News columnist Paul Domowitch's grades for the Eagles' 38-20 loss to the Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. Click here to send in your own report card.

RUSHING OFFENSE: LeSean McCoy came into the game as the league’s leading rusher, yet had just six rushing attempts in the first half when the game was still close. He had a 2-yard touchdown run on the Eagles’ first possession and later had a 22-yard run on a second-quarter drive, then watched as Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg called three straight pass plays after they had a first-and-goal at the 5.

Grade: C

PASSING OFFENSE: Vince Young completed just 16 of 31 passes in the first three quarters. He was 1-for-6 on third down in those first three quarters. DeSean Jackson had four catches for 73 yards, but dropped three passes, including two that would've been touchdowns, and was benched by Andy Reid for the entire fourth quarter.

Grade: D-minus

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RUN DEFENSE: The Eagles gave up a pair of rushing touchdowns to BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the first half, including a 4-yarder in which he slipped a tackle attempt in the backfield by linebacker Brian Rolle. But stopping the run really was the least of the Eagles' defensive problems except for the fact that they let Tom Brady rush for 28 yards.

Grade: B-minus

PASS DEFENSE: The fact that Tom Brady finished with a 134.6 passer rating pretty much tells you all you need to know about the defense's woeful attempt to defend the pass. They managed to keep the Pats' two tight ends from doing too much damage, but were sliced and diced by wide receivers Wes Welker and Deion Branch, who combined for 14 catches, 240 yards and two TDs.

Grade: F

SPECIAL TEAMS: The Eagles' return games was nonexistent. The kickoff coverage unit gave up a 34-yard return to Danny Woodhead. Chas Henry did OK except for that 18-yard shank. Alex Henery converted both of his field-goal attempts.

Grade: C-minus

OVERALL: A bad offensive gameplan. A bad defensive gameplan. A rotten effort by players who knew full well their season was on the line. Before this game, I thought Andy Reid's job was fairly safe. But I find it hard to believe that Jeff Lurie isn't having some doubts right now after watching this mutt-ugly performance.

Grade: F

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