That Eagles Game Sucked
A matchup of the top 2 seeds in the NFC happened at Lincoln Financial Field yesterday afternoon. Let me tell you that Eagles game sucked. It started pretty good with the Eagles offense driving down the field on it’s first two drives, with no issue until they hit the redzone. Both drive ended in field goals, which should have been a sign of what was to come. On the 49ers first two drives the defensive line was swarming Brock Purdy and the Niners offense. It all changed by halftime, even though it remained a close game. Things had changed. The Eagles offense suddenly turned back into the Eagles offense from the last two first halves they played against Kansas City and Buffalo.
They just couldn’t do much. Once the offense couldn’t move the ball, or hold onto it for more than a few minutes the defensive issues reared their head. San Francisco didn’t beat the eagles over the top. It wasn’t deep passes that doomed the Eagles. It was the middle of the field, the linebackers. They got burned the entire game. A missed tackle on a 6 yard crossing route sent Deebo Samuel sprinting down the field for a 46 yard touchdown. It’s not the first time the the Eagles weak spot has been exposed. Poor coverage is one thing, especially against a faster wide receiver, but not making tackles is a whole different problem. Missing a tackle the turns into a 40 plus yard touchdown is a back breaker against most teams, but it’s a game ender when it’s probably the best team in the league.
The 49ers don’t need any help scoring. Hopefully the Niners having a 10 day break was the reason they looked so dominant. It’s not, and it’s probably more that the Eagles’ linebackers are a problem. If it is the rest, well Dallas is sitting and waiting for the Eagles, also on 10 days rest.
The 49ers talked a lot leading up to this game, then came in and backed it up. They punched the Eagles right in the mouth. Both literally and figuratively. These two teams will meet again in the playoffs. Where that happens depends on the remainder of the season. We’ve got ourselves a nasty cross-country rivalry.