Eagles Vs Patriots: The New England Patriots couldn’t recover from a series of errors as they fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 35-28 at the Gillette Stadium on Sunday night.
Since 2002, this was the only the third instance of Patriots losing back-to-back games.
In a shocking turn of events, the Patriots squandered a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter, before Eagles scored the game’s next 35 points to assert a commanding 35-14 lead. With 7:45 remaining in the fourth quarter, Tom Brady tried to lead his team’s fightback after a flurry of mistakes buried them in a 35-14 hole. Brady connected with Scott Chandler for a 14-yard touchdown while Rashaan Melvin recovered the enduring onside kick.
With three minutes left in the game, Brady reignited Patriots hopes with a 25-yard pass to James White on fourth-and-12. Brady’s 1-yard scoring streak trimmed the Eagles’ lead to 35-28.
Unfortunately for the reigning NFL champions, Nate Ebner’s onside kick was tipped out of bounds by Riley Cooper, who would proceed to save the Eagles with a 14-yard reception on third-and-11.
Just when the Eagles were close to sealing the deal, Jamie Collins stripped Kenjon Barner, and Malcom Brown recovered the fumble at the Patriots’ 25-yard line with 1:02 to go. However, Brady’s attempt for a 50th fourth-quarter comeback fell short when Keshawn Martin failed to hang on to a fourth-down bullet over the middle.
With the 5-7 Eagles back into the NFC East race, coach Chip Kelly acknowledged the monumental upset. “You have a first-ballot Hall of Fame coach, and you have a first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback (Tom Brady) – maybe the best quarterback to ever play the game. Of course you’re aware of that. (But) if you spend too much time patting yourself on the back, you’re going to lose focus,” a proud Kelly said after the victory.