Infostani Sources- The Eagles’ inconsistent performance caught up with them in a decisive 42-19 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday after weeks of living on the edge.
Eagles veteran center Jason Kelce expressed disappointment, stating, “We’re not good enough right now. We didn’t get it done today, but we still have games left and a lot of football to learn from. I have the utmost confidence in everybody in this locker room on both sides of the ball. This game doesn’t do anything to sway that.”
Despite trailing at halftime in their previous four games, the Eagles had rallied to win all of them, tying an NFL record. However, San Francisco dominated on Sunday, building a 14-6 halftime lead and accelerating after intermission, handing Philadelphia its second-largest loss under coach Nick Sirianni.
Sirianni acknowledged shortcomings, saying, “We didn’t coach good enough, didn’t play good enough. Simple as that. We have to give credit to them too; that’s a really good football team. If you don’t come out and play your best game against the guys that they have and the coaches that they have, it’s going to look like that. We have to coach better, have to play better, and we have a lot to clean up.”
While the Eagles had improved in the red zone recently, going 10-for-10 on scoring touchdowns in their past three games, they struggled on Sunday, failing to score TDs on their first two trips inside the 20-yard line and settling for field goals.
Eagles Reflect on Tough Loss to 49ers, Focus Turns to Crucial Matchup Against Cowboys
Quarterback Jalen Hurts acknowledged the challenge of playing a good team. Stating, “When you’re playing a good team like that, every little thing matters.”
The Philly defense, operating without starting linebackers Nakobe Dean and Zach Cunningham. Faltered after a strong start, allowing 456 yards of offense. Niners wide receiver Deebo Samuel scored three touchdowns, with 115 of his 116 receiving yards coming after the catch.
Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox criticized the team’s performance. Saying, “We didn’t do a lot of things right, We didn’t tackle, We didn’t cover, We missed a bunch of plays.”
With a big matchup against the Dallas Cowboys next week. The Eagles (10-2) find the race for the top seed in the NFC tightening. With the 49ers (9-3) and Detroit Lions (9-3) also in contention. Some players mentioned the possibility of a rematch with the 49ers. It was the most likely NFC Championship Game matchup heading into the week at 38%, according to ESPN Analytics.
Left tackle Jordan Mailata acknowledged the defeat. Saying, “Today, you’ve got to look yourself in the mirror and say they were the better team. We didn’t execute, failed to execute, and didn’t capitalize on the opportunities that we had, especially in the red zone. Against a team like that who’s well-coached and well-disciplined, you can’t afford those missed opportunities.”