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The Philadelphia Eagles had a really tough time against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, down 24-10 before halftime and trying to salvage anything after miraculously intercepting the ball after it bounced off of Stefon Diggs’ chest.
Did anyone think the Eagles’ plans would include the absolute worst fake field goal attempt of the season? Probably not, but that’s what happened.
The Eagles had a chance to put some points on the board after the interception, and sent out the field goal unit on 4th and 4 at the Minnesota 21 yard line. Points were points, right? Besides, the Eagles would be getting the ball back after halftime. Just take the easy points and move on.
That is not what happened. What happened was... well... it’s almost incomprehensible. The Eagles tried to fake a field goal and it really didn’t work. It went as badly as it possibly could have.
Kicker Jake Elliott, looking like he was being forced at gunpoint to try this play, pulled back with the ball and tentatively tried to throw it. He threw it at a guy in an Eagles uniform, but unfortunately he had several Vikings players around him. The ball glanced off of Dallas Goedert’s hand and into the waiting arms Everson Griffen.
There was really no reason for Eagles head coach Doug Pederson to attempt a fake there. He had nearly assured points and would be getting the ball back in the second half. There was essentially no way he could have scored a touchdown on that play, especially with no timeouts left. And if the Eagles were going to go for it on fourth down why not put it in the hands of Carson Wentz, the actual quarterback who has some experience with passing, instead of Jake Elliott, who is not a passer but in fact a kicker?
Pederson had no regrets, though. According to Fox Sports’ Pam Oliver during the broadcast, Pederson told her "We got the look that we wanted. I thought it would work and I would do it again."
Eagles fans might want a word with him about that.
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