The Eagles under Andy Reid are now 1-4 in the NFC Championship Game following the loss to Arizona on Sunday, but Reid was unwilling to suggest there was a pattern there.
“They are all different,” Reid said in his postgame press conference. “We have been over the bump and been to the Super Bowl, if this is what you are considering the hump. We didn’t get there this time …
“I’m hurting, guys. They’re hurting, all of them. It’s a shame.”
More from Reid’s postgame news conference at the University of Phoenix Stadium …
On the non-call of pass interference on the Eagles’ last offensive play: “I can’t get into all that. It is what it is.”
On David Akers’ missed extra point: “That was uncharacteristic of David, with the field goal also. You get in these games, you can’t afford to miss. They end up scoring a touchdown down the stretch, but that puts a tie with a field goal. They scored a touchdown so it did not matter.”
On defensive changes in the second half: “We did a couple of things adjustment-wise, with a few different pressures and blitzes.”
On giving up the final touchdown to Arizona after having gone ahead: “That’s tough. You don’t want that to happen, obviously, especially after putting yourself in position to win the game. I expected the guys to step up. They expected to step up. It did not happen again. My hat goes off to the other team.”
On coming back from a first-half deficit: “We put ourselves in a bind where we had to come back a little bit. We did that. You have to give them credit for rallying it up and punching it in to score a touchdown.”
On having been so close again: “You can never say the next time. That’s not how this works. You have to take care of the opportunities when they are given to you. That is what makes this so disappointing.”
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