The Philadelphia Eagles appeared to have things well in hand through three quarters on Sunday. In front of a raucous home crowd, they entered the fourth quarter with a 17-0 lead over the Carolina Panthers.
But the Panthers had other plans, as the fourth quarter belonged to them. Carolina outscored Philadelphia 21-0 in the fourth quarter to complete the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in franchise history, dropping the Eagles to 3-4 in the process.
The Eagles are certainly far from dead in the NFC East, as they are just two games behind the Washington Redskins in the loss column. But things aren’t exactly looking great for the defending Super Bowl champions, who have already lost more games than they did a year ago.
Still, there was plenty to like over the first three quarters of Sunday’s contest. The Eagles dominated time of possession and their defense stifled a Panthers offense that has all kinds of weapons.
Despite the loss, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson was upbeat during his postgame press conference:
“Quite frankly I told them, we have to learn from these. These are things, these are games that galvanize football teams. This is going to do that. This is going to bring us even closer.”
Pederson could be right, as the 2018 NFL hasn’t even reached its halfway point yet. Plus, the Eagles have a game against the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars coming up next Sunday in London followed by a bye and then a home game against the Dallas Cowboys. Philadelphia will be favored in both of those games and could very well be 5-4 three weeks from now.
Whatever the future holds for the Eagles, there were some positives they can take from Sunday’s loss to the Panthers. Here’s a glance at Philadelphia’s best performance from the Week 7 defeat.
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