The Eagles’ failure to capitalize on the lone turnover of the game could result in their undoing. Instead, Drew Brees learned from his laissez flip and smartly gave the ball to Deuce McAllister neatly and carefully.
Was he trying to make it more interesting?
Either way, too much Deuce and the Eagles’ defense that could not stop the run reared its head, again. Afterwards, the chatter was that the Eagles made a mistake in not going for it on 4th and 15 late in the game… I don’t know about that. Sure, the defense was beat and was not able to stop McAllister at all, but a good punt and one stand would have given the team a chance.
Conversely, if the Eagles had converted on fourth down, overtime is happening right now.
Instead, McAllister ran it up the middle, milked the clock and kept the Saints’ magical season alive with his 143 yards on 21 carries.
Lost in this was Westbrook's nice game (13 for 116) and another solid effort from Jeff Garcia (15 for 30 for 240), and perhaps the stalwart quarterback's last game in Philadelphia. Who knows, maybe he played himself into a starting job and bigger contract next season?
Regardless, I'll leave the football speculation for smarter folks... I'm going to turn my attention to the local baseball club.