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    Interesting stuff...


    ...I focused on the area that left the Eagles with no chance of winning - the pass defense. After dissecting all of Brady's 24 completions and assigning blame on each one (some to multiple players when the Eagles were in zones or the safety failed to help deep), here's how it was distributed:

    Joselio Hanson: 9 catches, 122 yards, 2 TDs
    Nate Allen: 5 catches, 119 yards, 2 TDs
    Brandon Hughes: 4 catches, 97 yards
    Brian Rolle: 4 catches, 56 yards, TD
    Kurt Coleman: 3 catches, 48 yards
    Jamar Chaney: 2 catches, 25 yards
    Asante Samuel: 2 catches, 19 yards

    Clearly, it was a rough afternoon for Allen and Hanson. Allen was also flagged for a holding penalty and missed three tackles in his worst game as a professional. Hanson couldn't stay with Wes Welker in the slot. He completely left the league's leading receiver on a play-action pass in the second quarter. Hanson wasn't within 20 yards of Welker as Brady's top target pranced into the end zone for the easiest 41-yard score he'll ever get in the NFL.

    It quickly became evident that Nnamdi Asomugha, limited with a knee injury, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie sidelined with an ankle injury, were sorely missed. In spite of their struggles this season, the Eagles would have been in better shape had they been on the field.

    The debacle also silenced those who wanted Hanson to supplant DRC as the slot corner. Some believed that maybe Joselio was the answer? No way, Jose.
    Why Vince Young sucks...

    Speaking of the crucial 4th-and-1 from the 2 play with the Eagles down 21 points midway through the third quarter, quarterback Vince Young had two wide open receivers on the play. Todd Herremans, a pass-eligible tackle, had slipped unguarded into the shallow part of the end zone directly in front of Young. Also, even more open with no defender within five yards of him, was Clay Harbor a few steps in front of the field goal posts. Harbor raised his hand futilely. Young never looked off his first target, a tightly covered Brent Celek, and the pass fell incomplete out of the end zone.

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      4th and 1.I'm surprised the Eagles changed their playcalling . They went right with Young,they run the same play in the same situation with Vick only with Vick the go left.Clearly the Birds are attempting to not be predictable.
      We're looking for people that are fundamentally different,” vice president of player personnel Andy Weidl said Saturday night. “The love and passion for football, it's non-negotiable. They're caring, their character, they do the right thing persistently, and they have a relentless playing style that you can see on tape. The motor, it burns hot. You see them finishing plays. They have a team-first mentality. They're selfless individuals.