There was a time Monday night when things were looking good for the Philadelphia Eagles, but that time did not last long enough. The Eagles lost to the Seahawks on a last-minute drive that dismantled the defense, giving up 92 yards in 10 plays.
It was not all on the defense, however. This is a team game that requires defense, offense, special teams, and coaching to all show up at some point. There were good moments, sure, but the bad ultimately outshadowed the good.
One costly mistake came in the second quarter as the Eagles lined up for a 3rd and 1 on the Seahawks' 3 yard line. Everyone in the stadium and watching at home knew what was coming, Philly's "Brotherly Shove." But we never got to see it because center Jason Kelce was called for a false start.
Eagles News: Kelce Takes Responsibility for Crucial Penalty
After the penalty, a rush for no gain forced the Eagles to kick a field goal. That's a tough pill to swallow when you have a play like the Eagles do that almost guarantees a touchdown if the penalty hadn't been called.
Eagles fans were quick to blame the referees and declare that a horrible call. Rigged officiating. Total bias against the Birds. But Kelce himself squashed all of that.
Kelce acknowledged his role in the penalty, and explained how he's be warned and told before to watch out for this.
Kelce taking full responsibility is something that should surprise no one. He is a team captain and will always be the first to tell you when he knows he screwed up. Although worrisome he's been warned about this for "years," you have to believe he will make the necessary adjustments.
Be on the lookout for opposing coaches to be right on the line looking at this when they see the "Brotherly Shove" coming. They'll find anyway to stop this play they can, including to alert the refs if they see this occurring.
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