I liked Joe_D's most favorite post, so I figured that I'd come up with a list of our most disappointing losses under Reid. This is not meant to be a scab picking exercise. I'm just curious how my ranking matches up with the folks here at BGN. So here goes ....
10. December 28, 2010
Vikings 24 Eagles 14
2 seed was not guaranteed if we had won, but was likely IMO. And we just came out flat and not ready to play. Maybe the team felt that the Vikings would lay down, but you’d think we would have learned our lesson losing out on the 2 seed the year prior.
9. January 9, 2011
Packers 21 Eagles 16
As bad as we played against the Vikings I figured that with a week off we could regroup and get something going in the playoffs. It turns out the team just had too many flaws. As bad as we looked that game we were still in it at the end.
8. January 27, 2002
Rams 29 Eagles 24
It’s always tough to be one game away from the Super Bowl and lose, but honestly, I thought that it was a tough task to go to St. Louis and win. We were ahead in the second half and then Marshall Faulk took over. I remember feeling optimistic about the team after this loss, as painful as it was. I know that this was a championship game but my expectations were not quite as high going into this game.
7. January 13, 2007
Saints 27 Eagles 24
The Jeff Garcia run. We had the destiny mojo going, and were winning in the second half. This went down to the wire, with an offensive penalty (questionable to some) taking away a first down that would have had us in FG range.
6. January 3, 2010
Cowboys 24 Eagles 0
You could argue the playoff loss in Dallas the following week, but IMO this is where the season ended for the Eagles. A win would have given the Eagles the 2 seed. Instead, we were 6 seed and had to go right back to Dallas. The loss the next week was a foregone conclusion as I saw it. There was nothing in this final regular season loss that told me that we had a chance the next week. Going into the game I thought that we had flaws and it would be tough, but we really came out flat in this one.
5. January 7, 2001
Giants 20 Eagles 10
I hate losing to the Giants more than any other team, and doubly in the playoffs. Add to that the fact that they beat us 3 times that year. The opening kick off return and Sehorn’s pick 6 killed us.
4. January 18, 2004
Panthers 14 Eagles 3
I believe that this is the year we lost Westbrook the final week of the season. We were just coming off of the emotional 4 and 26 victory. McNabb got hurt in the first half and was never the same. The offense never got going.
3. January 19, 2003
Bucs 27 Eagles 10
Until 2008 this was my most disappointing championship game loss. Expectations were high. Final game at the Vet. We owned Tampa Bay in the playoffs up to that point. We got a quick score early and then it went all downhill from there.
2. January 18, 2009
Cardinals 32 Eagles 25
Out of all the championship losses this one hurt me the most. We had the destiny thing going, seeing how we squeaked into the playoffs with help. We had just beaten the number 1 seed Giants. We had already beaten the Cardinals soundly that year. Dawkins’ status after the season was up in the air. And we were into this one until the very end. Painful.
1. February 6, 2005
Patriots 24 Eagles 21
It’s the Super Bowl, need I say more?
So there you go. All of these were playoff games or had playoff implications. Other than these games, any divisional game lost sucks, but two come to mind. The 10-3 loss to the Redskins in 2008 where we controlled our own playoff destiny and the 30-24 loss to the Giants in 2006 where we were up 24-7 going into the 4th quarter.
As Joe_D said, did I miss any?