Michael Vick and the Eagles had no comeback magic this time around.
That’s not to say the Eagles didn’t have their chances — and plenty of them — down the stretch of their 21-16 wild-card loss to the Packers on Sunday at The Linc.
The fourth quarter provided a series of crucial moments that ultimately went against the Eagles:
David Akers didn’t connect on a 34-yard field goal, his second miss of the game, which would have cut the Packers’ lead to a manageable eight points.
After a 1-yard TD plunge by Vick with 4:08 remaining, the Eagles didn’t convert on a 2-point conversion — twice. First Brent Celek was called for an illegal touch after going out of bounds — by a matter of inches — and being the first player to touch the ball when he came back on the field. But, because Celek re-established himself in bounds, the penalty by rule had to be enforced, resulting in a replay of the down. Vick had no chance on the second attempt against a seven-man blitz.
With two minutes to go, the Packers put the ball in the hands of DeSean Jackson, who didn’t break any hearts or ankles with a miracle punt return. No walk-off punt return here.
And still with one final chance with 44 seconds to go, Packers CB Tramon Williams didn’t bite on a pump-fake from Vick, making a great play on the ball in front of Riley Cooper to ice the game. Vick said afterwards he could have checked down to a back, but ”got greedy and took a shot at the end zone.”
The Packers dominated the first half, and the Eagles couldn’t capitalize on their chances in the second. It’s a very thin line indeed.