February 21, 2024

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles discovered that you must be fortunate AND good to remain on high.

By Chris Murray

For the Philadelphia Sunday SUN

In some unspecified time in the future, you needed to know that every one the Philadelphia Eagles’ shortcomings that put them behind within the final 4 video games have been going to place them at a degree of no return.

On Sunday, the Birds received right down to a San Francisco 49ers workforce that got here into Lincoln Monetary Area with the reminiscence of getting smacked round in final 12 months’s NFC Championship and by no means received up.

The 49ers began slowly within the first quarter after which stomped all around the Eagles for the following three quarters in a methodical 42-19 romp in entrance of 69,879 disenchanted Birds followers.

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts makes a landing. Photograph by Webster Riddick

The Eagles received off to a superb begin on each side of the ball. On the Birds’ first two possessions, a pair of lengthy drives resulted in two subject objectives by Jake Elliott giving them an early 6-0 lead. Not punching it in for touchdowns on these first two drives proved to be pricey for the Eagles, who noticed their file fall to 10-2.

“I felt like we began with good rhythm, good tempo, good execution for probably the most half, however we weren’t in a position to join and execute like we wished to within the purple zone,” Jalen Hurts stated after the sport. “If you’re enjoying a superb workforce like that, that will get you. Each little factor issues, a lot credit score to (the 49ers) performed right now and the way they executed.”

On the 49ers’ first two possessions, the Birds’ protection held them to 3 and out. The Eagles’ protection held San Francisco to simply minus 6 yards of offense and 0 first downs.

However after that first quarter, Brock Purdy and the 49ers methodically dominated the Eagles’ protection, scored on their subsequent six possessions, and by no means appeared again.

49ers’ Christian McCaffrey scores a landing. Photograph by Webster Riddick

TD“We didn’t coach adequate, we didn’t play adequate,” stated head coach Nick Sirianni.  “It’s so simple as that. That’s a very good soccer workforce. In the event you don’t play your finest sport towards the gamers that they’ve and the coaches that they’ve, it’s going to look that.”

Niners broad receiver Deebo Samuels, who got here in speaking probably the most smack, backed up his phrases with an enormous efficiency. He caught 4 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. He additionally had a speeding landing as effectively. The Eagles protection had no solutions for him and the Niners offense.

Eagles cornerback James Bradberry stated the 49ers ran quite a lot of jet sweeps with their receivers and had gamers getting into movement pre-snap to maintain the Birds protection off stability.

“On the finish of the day, you gotta chalk it as much as a scarcity of execution on our half,” Bradbury stated.  “They do a superb of doing quite a lot of jets and motions. That received us in a bind. We messed a few of our reads and let some issues go (within the secondary) and so they did a superb job of breaking tackles. That one (Samuels) received. He did a superb job of breaking tackles as soon as he received within the open subject.”

The commiseration of Eagles’ followers subsequent to a 49ers victory. Photograph by Webster Riddick

After their sluggish begin, the 49ers (9-3) outgained the Eagles 161-21 within the second and scored two touchdowns on their first two drives within the quarter with a pair of 80-yard plus scoring drives. The primary was an 11-play, 85-yard that culminated in a two-yard landing move from quarterback Brock Purdy to broad receiver Brandon Aiyuk.

That drive ought to have led to a subject purpose, however on the earlier play, Josh Sweat was known as for a neutral-zone infraction to offer San Francisco one other shot. 

The Niners’ subsequent possession was even longer than the primary. They drove 90 yards in 10 performs to Christian McCaffery’s two-yard landing run to offer San Francisco a 14-6 lead at halftime.

On their first drive of the third quarter, the 49ers moved via the Eagles’ protection with ease once more. Deebo Samuels completed off a seven-play 85-yard drive with a 12-yard landing run via the best facet of the Eagles’ protection to extend the result in 21-6.

The Eagles reduce the result in 21-13 on a one-yard run by Jalen Hurts, however the momentum from that rating was short-lived as a result of the Eagles protection couldn’t cease Samuels and the 49ers’ offense. Purdy hit Samuel with a brief move close to midfield and the 6-0 215-pound wideout broke one Eagles sort out and streaked into the top zone with a 48-yard landing to up the margin 28-13.

The Birds would come no nearer.

After the Niners’ protection pressured the Eagles offense, they elevated their result in 35-13 on an 18-yard landing move from Purdy to Jauan Jennings to successfully finish the aggressive portion of this sport.

With a visit to Dallas on the horizon subsequent week, the Eagles have to determine a technique to shore up a protection that has given up 961 yards within the final two weeks.

“We received to teach higher and play higher,” Sirianni stated. “We now have quite a bit to wash up.”

Regardless of the loss, the Eagles stay the Quantity seed within the NFC and have the most effective file within the NFL. They’ll take each into Dallas subsequent Sunday evening for a rematch with the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. You’ll be able to catch that sport on NBC-10 at 8 p.m. on Sunday.