By Peter Brennan
So, Doug Pederson, how did that fake field goal work out for you?
Jake Elliott lined up for a 38-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining in the first half and no timeouts.
The fake field goal was designed for Elliott to hit Dallas Goedert, according to the Athletic.com, and for Goedert to run out of bounds, giving the Eagles another shot or two at the end zone.
Pederson later said the play was designed to get Goedert of bounds.
But with no timeouts and maybe 15 seconds on the clock, the Eagles would have been in a difficult spot to score a touchdown. Sure, there’s a shot. But any sack would have ended the half without points, and an incompletion or two would have left them kicking a field goal — the same position they were in before the fake.
“I thought we had a play,” Elliott said. “If we got the look, we were going to run it, but if we didn’t, we were going to kick it.”
Compare that to the third quarter, when the Eagles, down seven points, had a fourth-and-3 from the 22-yard line. That would have been a better spot for a fake. If they had converted there, they could have run their red zone offense to try to score a touchdown.