Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) fought hard on Sunday as Tom Brady and the Pats (9-1) came into town, but Philly found themselves on the wrong end of a tight 17-10 decision at a very windy Lincoln Financial Field when all was said and done. No. 86 did all he could to get the win, accounting for nine catches and 94 yards, both of which were game-highs.
“The guys are disappointed, they are frustrated,” said Head Coach Doug Pederson. “They understand we are a better football team than what we played tonight.”
The Eagles’ backfield was short-handed on Sunday as Jordan Howard was out with a shoulder injury. As such, Wentz looked to Zach early and often to get the offense going. Ertz found success against a stout New England defense, averaging over 10 yards per reception and recording the most productive day of any tight end who has faced the Patriots this season.
Defensively, the Eagles held the Patriots to their second-lowest scoring output of the season. Additionally, Brady had his second-fewest passing yards in 2019 with a QB rating of only 67.3. He completed just 26-of-47 passes for 216 yards with no touchdowns on the day.
Also, the Eagles forced Brady to throw 21 incompletions, which is a rare feat. He has only thrown 21 or more incompletions in 15 games throughout his 19-year career.
Equally noteworthy, their only touchdown of the game came from the arm of Julian Edelman, and the rest of the points came from field goals.
Although the Eagles found themselves very much still in the game with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, it was the self-inflicted mistakes and a lack of third-down efficiency throughout the game that proved to be too costly to overcome.
“I think we kind of beat ourselves at times,” Ertz said. “Obviously, we had penalties (seven for 34 yards), and it was probably one of our worst third-down performances of the season. We just weren’t efficient on third down against a really good third-down defense. We came into the game with a ton of confidence on our third-down performance and we just didn’t execute, and we had penalties. They are a good defense. It’s tough to go 90 yards at times against them. We did it once, but we just couldn’t do it again.”
Despite the loss, the Eagles are still just one game behind the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East following Sunday’s action after the Cowboys took down the Detroit Lions. The Eagles return to the Linc next Sunday with their sights set on Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.
Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on FOX.