The Philadelphia Eagles’ up-tempo and hurry up offense under new head coach Chip Kelly has already back-fired just two weeks into the NFL season. The Chargers went ahead with a touchdown pass to Eddie Royal with 3:11 left in the game.
Kelly and Michael Vick marched down the field quickly. They were down to Chargers’ 14 yard line with 2:32 minutes remaining. Instead of running time off the clock, the Eagles and Kelly called 3 passing plays and burned off just 41 seconds before settling for a game-tying field goal.
“I was trying to score; that’s all on me, that’s my call,” Kelly told WYSP-FM on Monday (via Philly.com). “I didn’t want it to leave it in the hands of, it’s a tie ballgame. If you score, you’re up four. You got to drive a length of the field to try to score a touchdown.”
After that field goal the Chargers took over and marched down the field and kicked a game winning field goal.
“When you look at it in hindsight, maybe we should have bled the clock and not giving them enough time to come down and do it. You learn from those situations,” Kelly said. “But we were trying to score seven, not three. We felt like we had three, and just thought we had the opportunity to put one in there, and we didn’t get it. We didn’t capitalize.”