Kenny Britt sat the entire first quarter as a team-enforced punishment -- he then came into the game to punish the Eagles secondary for an astonishing 225 yards and three TDs on seven grabs as Tennessee beat the Birds 37-19 Sunday.
The Eagles seemed to have no defense after a game-changing fumble. Kevin Kolb missed the exchange with Shady McCoy with the Eagles driving on the Titans 3-yard line with just under six minutes left in the third quarter. The Eagles were up 16-7 at the time.
The Titans recovered the ball and then drove down for a field goal. They would never look back as they outscored the Eagles 30-3 in the final 16-plus minutes.
Let's just call it the "Music City Meltdown."
The Titans scored 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to comeback against the Eagles including 80-yard and 16-yard TD passes from Titans backup QB Kerry Collins to Britt.
The Eagles still had a chance to comeback trailing 27-19 with 3:49 left. But returner Jorrick Calvin -- who had a good game returning kicks up to that point -- fumbled away the opportunity setting up a Titans field goal that sealed the game with 26 seconds left.
Kolb would still get one last chance -- he would squander it -- allowing Courtney Finnegan to intercept his final pass and return it for a TD to cap the scoring. By that point the Eagles looked defeated anyway.
Despite two interceptions Kolb was still able to throw for 231 yards and a score on 26-for-48 passing. But he under threw passes consistently and failed to formulate any sort of drive late in the game as the Eagles went three-and-out on back-to-back fourth quarter drives.
They also kept settling for field goals instead of TDs. The only scored one TD in four trips inside the 20.
The Eagles were also flagged 10 times for 100 yards -- often committing penalties that helped the Titans extend drives.
There were few bright spots for the guys in green Sunday but the play of backup wideouts Riley Cooper and Jason Avant did stand out. Avant stepped into the starting lineup for DeSean Jackson and caught six balls for 60 yards and Cooper stepped into Avant’s slot role to grab three passes for 51 yards including an acrobatic 37-yard reception that set up his first career TD grab.
But for the most part the Eagles flopped Sunday. The ugly result was salt in the wounds for Philly fans still reeling from the Phillies NLCS loss late Saturday night.
Kolb's bad performance could lessen the backlash when coach Andy Reid turns back to Michael Vick, as planned, when the Eagles take on Indianapolis in two weeks.
The Eagles now enter the bye week at 4-3. The focus surely will be on getting Vick and Jackson healthy but also on shoring up the gashed secondary and working to improve the team's psyche following the crushing loss.