NEW ORLEANS -- On the verge of scoring a touchdown and taking a lead early on Monday night against the Saints, the Eagles made the kind of mistake that has plagued them for two years now, and one that turned the game against New Orleans around in a hurry.
On a second-and-goal play from the Saints 6-yard line, quarterback
"It was a horrible feeling to look up and see him (Robinson) running the other way," said a dejected Celek after the game.
Just like that, the Saints had all kinds of momentum. And the Eagles, who scored just two field goals in five red-zone chances in the 28-13 defeat, were at the beginning of a dreadful night inside the New Orleans 20-yard line.
On the next possession, the Eagles drove 76 yards to the New Orleans 4-yard line, but three plays from there -- a
From 7-3, the Saints dominated the remainder of the first half, taking a 21-3 advantage into the locker room.
On first down from the 8-yard line, Vick threw incomplete in the end zone for Jackson. Then Vick was blitzed -- the Eagles had an empty backfield and the Saints had an automatic blitz and the Eagles didn't account for the extra pass rushers -- and was sacked for a huge loss. A throw into the back of the end zone for
New Orleans came right back with a scoring drive to regain momentum.
The red-zone woes, as much as anything, were to blame for this costly loss. The Eagles have scored 10 touchdowns in 27 red-zone chances, which puts them right around the bottom of the league in that category after their zero-for-5 night.
"We should score on four of those possessions," said Celek. "It's inexcusable. It comes down to execution and we're just not executing."
The Eagles, who led the league in red-zone turnovers last season, are tied with Detroit in the same category with five giveaways.
"We had our chances," said wide receiver DeSean Jackson. "It's so frustrating, but we have to keep fighting and working hard. We don't have any other choice. To miss that many chances, man, it hurt us bad and it cost us the game. We have to score touchdowns there."