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Philadelphia Eagles playoff fate sealed after disappointing loss


Philadelphia Eagles playoff fate sealed after disappointing loss

Derrick Johnson December 29, 2010

Just days after securing the NFC East, and a week after one of the greatest comebacks in recent memory, the Philadelphia Eagles looked like anything but a team expected to compete for the Super Bowl on Tuesday night. Rookie quarterback Joe Webb lead the Minnesota Vikings to a 24-14 win against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on a game postponed due to heavy snow Sunday night.

The loss dropped the Eagles record to 10-5, and cost them a shot at a first round bye in the playoffs. They are now slated to host a wildcard game against either the Packers, Giants or Buccaneers. The road to the championship may be much tougher now, but players say Tuesday's game was a dose of reality.

"Any time you go out and have a showing like that, you don't want to go into the postseason after something like this," safety Quintin Mikell told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We're going to have to take the long road, take the hard road, but hopefully it's a wake up call."

Michael Vick has been a transcendent player in the NFL all year, but he looked vulnerable and uncomfortable as the Vikings applied constant pressure. Vick managed to throw for 263 yards and a touchdown and also ran for one more, but he made a costly error at the end of the first half that set the tone for the rest of the game. With less than a minute left, Antoine Winfield knocked the ball loose and returned the fumble for a touchdown to tie the score. Vick fumbled again in the third quarter to end a drive at the Vikings 23-yard-line.

On the other side, Webb showed considerable poise for a first year player. Despite throwing two interceptions, the rookie out of UAB ran for a score, and controlled the offense enough to let Adrian Peterson rack up 118 yards and a touchdown.