It was a Saturday night did before the Eagles played the Dallas Cowboys; the 14th game of the season. On that night before, I was rooting for the Carolina Panthers to defeat the Atlanta Falcons. This would have locked both the BYE week and the home field advantage for the Eagles. Atlanta won that game which meant the Philadelphia had to win the next day to get all the advantages. The Eagles beat Dallas 12 to 7 and lost Terrell Owens. He was out until the Super Bowl. His presence would have made both the semi-final and the NFC Title wins much easier. So Andy Reid had only two games to experiment and rest regulars. The Eagles lost both games which gave no regrets. Koy Detmer and Jeff Blake split the quarterback duties in both games.
Game 15 at St. Louis
Andy Reid played the regulars only on one series, giving the Rams a field day.
QB Marc Bulger completed 20 of 27 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. Steve Jackson carried 24 times for 148 yards and one touchdown. Issac Bruce caught eight passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. Terry Holt caught seven passes for 75 yards. The only Eagles’ score was a seven yard touchdown pass to Freddie Mitchell. The Rams had 419 total yards to just 155 for Philadelphia. Rams 20 Eagles 7
Game 16 At Lincoln with the Cincinnati Bengals
Jon Kitna completed 16 of 27 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. Rudy Johnson carried 28 times gaining 99 yards and scoring three touchdowns. For the Eagles, Reno Mahe caught eight passes for 62 yards. Freddie Mitchell caught six passes for 76 yards and Philadelphia’s only touchdown. Our guys gained 345 total yards to 308 for the Bengals. These figures show how misleading some factors are. The Eagles had five turnovers to none for Cincinnati. Final Bengals 38 Eagles 10.
In both games, the reserves for the Eagles were no match for the opponent. No team is very deep and injuries are always big.