OK, I get it that Doug Pederson wanted a dramatic escape with a win Sunday in Baltimore.
Alas, Pederson is no Indiana Jones.
After Carson Wentz led the Eagles on a dramatic potential game-tying drive in the final two minutes by rushing for a 4-yard TD with four seconds left in their 27-26 loss to the Ravens, Pederson opted to gamble and go for the two-point conversion.
It worked as well as a Styrofoam hammer.
Wentz’s pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and the Eagles were saddled with their fifth straight loss. The Birds fell to 5-9, ensuring their second consecutive losing season unless the NFL suddenly adopts an 18-game schedule effective this season.
It’s obviously too late to apply a tourniquet to the hemorrhage this year.
But unless there is a dramatic roster overhaul and Pederson starts making more prudent decisions, next year also could bleed Eagles’ fans a whiter shade of pale.