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Eagles Blow Late Lead – Again; Fall to Lions 26-23 in OT

Another chance to prove your a contender – another failure.

The Eagles had a 10 point fourth quarter lead over Detroit Sunday, only to watch their defense fail, and their offense shut down late as the Lions rallied for a huge 26-23 win over the Eagles in OT.

“We’ve got to find a way to close the game,” said Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy. “I felt we had the game in control. To lose like this is a sick feeling.”

Philadelphia had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and it seemed as if nothing was going the Lions’ way. The Eagles had taken a 23-13 lead on a 70-yard touchdown pass from Michael Vick to Jeremy Maclin with 5:18 left to play and it seemed like that would be the play that sealed the Lions’ fate. But the Lions scored on a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford to Nate Burleson and the tide started to turn.

Vick was picked off twice, sacked three times and hit hard on several other plays, but did throw two touchdown passes and finished the game 28-for-46 with 311 yards.

He also had a team-high 59 yards on nine carries, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Eagles (3-3) from losing their second straight game going into their bye week.

“This one really stings because we had that lead in the fourth quarter and we’re supposed to win when we have a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter,” Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans said. “It just got away from us.”

The Lions tied the game with just three seconds left to play when Jason Hanson kicked a 19-yard field goal and after the Lions’ defense stopped the Eagles to start overtime, sacking Vick twice.

It seemed like a matter of time, and then finally it was over after Hanson won it with a 45-yard field goal.

“We put ourselves into this position and we’re the only ones who can do anything about it,” Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said. “We won some close games early in the season, but you can’t keep doing that in this league. Eventually the other guys are going to make plays at the end and that’s what happened the last two weeks.”

The Eagles are on the bye next week, then host the unbeaten Falcons on the 28th of October.

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