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Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles tried for a comeback in the third and fourth quarter of Sunday's game but saw their hopes for a second come from behind win dashed by two quick scores by the Vikings.

After eight weeks of improving play the Eagles had what could be their worst performance of the season on both sides of the ball. All game long Cassel ( a former pro bowl player who threw for 382 yards) and the Vikings offense seemed to have their way with the Eagles defense who for eight straight games had held their own with opposing offenses.

According to,“Adding to the Eagles defensive woes, was the seemingly unusual decision-making of Nick Foles and futile coaching decisions by Chip Kelly and his staff, " which included having Henery drop his kickoffs around the 30 - 40 yard line in order to avoid run backs by Cordarrelle Patterson. A decision to not adjust his strategy proved costly because the Vikings took advantage of the short field and the lack of defense by the Eagles.

In the first half of the game miscues led the Eagles to settle for just three Henery field goals as the Vikings pulled to a 17 – 9 halftime lead. Even with all their problems on defense and offense the Eagles were still in the game at that point. The question was could the eagles pull off another half time adjustment like they did against Detroit and win the game? Not this time, though the second half was better for the Eagles they just couldn't find a way to take the lead.

One of those miscues came in second quarter when Chip Kelly called for a reversal on a 4th and 1 and it looked like the Desean Jackson had scored but Nick Foles was called for unnecessary roughness and the touchdown was negated. The irony of the whole play that the Foles block was not needed because Jackson was already by him and on his way to the end zone

In the second half things did start to look up for the Eagles as Nick Foles threw two third quarter touchdowns to pull the Eagles within five points at 27 – 22 but that was as close as the Eagles would get the rest of the game. The Eagles managed to score one more fourth quarter touchdown then get a two point conversion but it was to little to late. The Vikings scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for the Eagles.

Foles also tossed his second interception of the season in the third quarter when a pass to Desean Jackson was picked off by CB Shaun Prater, who was on the Eagles' practice squad earlier this season. The pick stopped what appeared to be a sure scoring drive. Jackson was notably upset on the sidelines after the play and had to be consoled by the Kelly and others.

The Eagles (8 – 6) are still in first place in the NFC east thanks to Tony Romo and the Cowboys (7 – 7) meltdown in a 37 – 36 loss to the Packers,

In the loss Nick Foles was 30 of 48 for 428 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception. The leagues leading rusher Shady McCoy had only 8 carries.

The Eagles must now put this game behind them and get ready for many call a must win game against the Chicago Bears.



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