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The Eagles came in with a mixed bag of games. They had quality wins against the Bills and Packers but bad losses against the Lions, Cowboys, and Falcons. New England, on their part, came into Philadelphia off their bye week, ready to resume the beatdown of the NFC Least. The Patriots had N’Keal Harry back, they were soon to have Wynn back, and are well known for being one of the best teams coming off a bye.
Instead, the Patriots came out flat. It was expected that White, Burkhead, and Michel would struggle against Philadelphia’s top-tier run defense. It was not expected that Brady would struggle to get anything going against Philadelphia’s less capable pass defense. The Eagles got an early 10-0 lead on this interception overruled to a touchdown. New England slowly recovered and chipped away at the lead with three consecutive field goals, including one off of a fumble recovery just before halftime.
While the Patriots offense failed to find the end zone, their defense continued the beatdown in their stead. Following the touchdown that Bill thought should have been a turnover, the defense forced seven punts and a fumble including three 3-and-outs. The offense, unable to find the endzone through standard means, went back to the Edelman double pass. As the Eagles got more desperate, their second-best drive ended up with Agholor dropping the potential touchdown, something that would be a theme for the Eagles’ season.
It was anticipated that the Patriots would come out of the bye week strong with their offensive kinks worked out and firing on all cylinders. Instead, it seems the ignition timing of this 1964 Bel Air Chevrolet was not four degrees before top dead center. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.