Saturday, December 20, 2014

Eagles tie, die

Eagles vs. Bengals.

Eagles tie, die

Donovan McNabb completed 20 of 58 pass attempts and was intercepted three times against the Bengals. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Donovan McNabb completed 20 of 58 pass attempts and was intercepted three times against the Bengals. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Overtime in Cincinnati.

Not exactly like April in Paris, if you know what I mean.

What a disaster. What an absolute disaster.  This final score -- Bengals 13, Eagles 13 -- is more than a terrible result. It is the end. If you can find a way for the Eagles to get out of this mess now, you have better eyes than I do.

It wasn't supposed to be like this, of course. The Eagles were nearly double-digit favorites coming into this game against a Bengals team that had won only once all season. This was supposed to be the game where they played well and built momentum for their playoff push. This was the plan.

Instead, they came out and played a dreadful offensive first half. Quarterback Donovan McNabb was erratic and had four turnovers for the day, three interceptions and a fumble. There were a bunch of dropped balls, too. It was just a terrible offensive game in a huge spot -- long-yardage, short-yardage, the whole thing.

Watching it play out really did have a slow-motion, nine-car pileup look to it. For the longest time at the end, you never really thought the Eagles might win the game. The only question was if they would lose it. But with 7 seconds left, the Bengals' Shayne Graham missed a 47-yard field goal that would have won it, wide right. Oh, happy day.

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Rich Hofmann Daily News Sports Columnist
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Rich Hofmann arrived at the Daily News in 1980 for a job whose status was officially designated as "full-time, temporary." A senior at Penn at the time, he was hired to fill in on the copy desk during a staff illness. The notion of him covering the Eagles or being a columnist did not exist in anyone's imagination. It was supposed to be six weeks and out, but he never left. It is only one of the reasons why so many people have concerns about him as a potential house guest. Rich has blogged the postseasons of the Flyers and Eagles. E-mail Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com Reach Rich at hofmanr@phillynews.com.

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