Week 13 began on a high “flying” note for the New England Patriots as quarterback Tom Brady posted to his Facebook page yet another weekly funny Photoshop photograph of himself entitled “The Eagles Have Landed.”
Leading up to the game, almost everyone was unanimously picking the Patriots. Many by large margins.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) December 6, 2015
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) December 6, 2015
Oh, yeah, score predictions for the Eagles-Pats game! 63-10 Patriots. Brady 6 TDs and 1 rushing TD, Bradford 1 TD 3 INT.
— Dan Putnick (@Danp500) December 6, 2015
Just a little bit off…(Keep reading)
The game started ugly but somehow the Patriots found themselves up 14-0 with the help of six Eagles penalties.
Eagles penalties pic.twitter.com/7b2Y1nP0D2
— Eagles SPORTalk (@SPORTalkEagles) December 6, 2015
Thats 6 Eagles penalties for 87 yards plus 3 declined… Already. #Eagles
— John Clark CSN (@JClarkCSN) December 6, 2015
But then uncharacteristic and unexplained events began to unravel for the Patriots towards the end of the second quarter. Beginning with an unusual drop kick that hasn’t happened since the 1930’s…no that wasn’t how it was drawn up.
Stephen Gostkowski walked up to the ball and flipped it to Nate Ebner, who drop kicked the ball right to the Eagles for a great field position. The Eagles wound up scoring cutting the deficit to 7 at 14-7.
Care for an explanation Bill?
And then the special teams nightmares continued on this blocked punt right before halftime when it appeared the Patriots were about to go up 21-14, instead we had a tie ballgame going into halftime
….it was a rough night for Nate Ebner.
The Patriots and Eagles are tied 14-14 at halftime because of this https://t.co/1ymYZQHjv0
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) December 6, 2015
AND THEN THIS HAPPENED early in the third quarter….when again it appeared the Patriots were about to go ahead. The 3rd red zone interception for Tom Brady THIS SEASON of his five total.
— Respect My Blog (@respectmyblog) December 6, 2015
Did I mention this game was a Patriots special teams nightmare? Oh right the Eagles weren’t finished.
Darren Sproles has wheels.
Darren Sproles : 15 carries for 66 yards, 4 catches for 34 yards & an 83-yard punt return for a TD https://t.co/Y9g7SFnFc0
— Lee Harvey Oswald (@MusikFan4Life) December 7, 2015
As the game reached 28-14 in favor of the Eagles following the punt return, Bill Belichick pulled a little trickery out of his hat on this crazy play that saw Tom Brady catch his first pass since 2001.
Looks like the Patriots finally solved their "all of our wide receivers are hurt" problemhttps://t.co/ZWSD1AsCWN
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) December 6, 2015
It was short lived.
Uhhh…Do Your Job? Moving along…
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) December 6, 2015
The Patriots would rally back with one score at 35-28 to put the game within reach courtesy of an onside kick that led to a touchdown.
Alas, what is an NFL game without some more poor officiating controversies?
The Eagles final drive that closed the game out contained this questionable false start on quarterback Sam Bradfords clutch third down conversion under two minutes to play.
There DID appear to be a false start on that huge third down conversion. But come now. Not getting called. https://t.co/J6Z8bXay8W
— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) December 7, 2015
It was another long night for wide receiver Brandon LaFell.
Brandon Lafell has the compete level of a Teamster 2 weeks from retirement.
— Mike From Woburn (@MikeFromWoburn) December 6, 2015
Tom Brady is a legit better WR than Brandon LaFell.
— Patriots SB52 (@PatriotsSB49) December 6, 2015
This video made its return.
“It felt like a bad day of practice.” LaFell would say to the media following the game.
The Patriots were given life to potentially tie the game with under a minute to play, but key drops by Lafell and James White had the offense looking like….
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) December 7, 2015
When all was said and done the sky was falling yet again in Patriots Nation following the Eagles stunning 35-28 upset victory in Foxboro.
Patriots just got blown out at home by THE EAGLES. This feels even worse that 45-14 at KC on MNF last year. That was 4th game. This is 12th.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 6, 2015
Every Pats loss sucks. And two in a row? Plagued by mistakes? Forecast calls for a 100% chance of Monday biting the big one.
— Fitzy (@FitzyGFY) December 7, 2015
Buzz: "This no time to panic."
Woody: "This is the PERFECT time to panic!!!"
— Jerry Thornton (@jerrythornton1) December 6, 2015
No free @DunkinDonuts tomorrow 🙁
— James Stewart (@IAmJamesStewart) December 7, 2015
Yo @randymoss – we need you for the stretch run, hop a plane to Massachusetts. We need a deep threat. Give us 2 months.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) December 7, 2015
But just remember…somebody always has it worse.
Patriots have lost 2 straight games for just the 5th time since 2001. Eagles have done it 27 times. Cleveland has done it 58 times.
— Bryn Swartz (@eaglescentral) December 7, 2015