However, after winning in London against the Jaguars on Sunday and then making a deal for wide receiver Golden Tate on Tuesday, the Eagles gave themselves a shot a playing football in February in Atlanta.
Tate signed with the Lions in free agency before the 2014 season - the first big-splash signing of the Jim Caldwell era - and immediately became the team's most consistent receiver. With three touchdowns attributed to his name already this season, Tate could very well surpass his touchdown totals from the previous two years and be the saving grace to what has been rough sledding for the Eagles receiving corps.
So far in 2018, Golden Tate has caught 44 balls for 517 yards and three scores. Now with Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Tate and a pair of unsafe tight ends in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, they have a pretty good group of pass catchers to offset an occasionally sluggish run game.
Tate said his wife actually predicted the Eagles would win the Super Bowl before the season began.
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Reporter: "Why do you think this move makes your franchise better?"
Hey, we weren't in the room, so it's impossible for us to speak to the reporter's posture. "That's our message to our fans and that's our message to our organization. What he does with the ball in his hands is special".
If Tate and the Lions had chose to part ways in the offseason, a move now certainly made some sense, especially with Detroit acquiring a third-round pick.
The defending champion Eagles are 4-4 and in second place behind the Redskins in the NFC East. The bye week certainly helps. So, when rumors started flying that Tate could end up being traded, I got a bit excited.
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Lions general manager Bob Quinn issued a statement about Tate.
"Because I'm exhausted of the Patriots winning everything", Tate said.
"I met one guy, he went to the game, he cheered loud, he was talking to everyone and said 'I know them from the game.' I am the kind of player who is emotional, I am proud to be a part of a fan base that supports all its sports".
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You know, honestly, now where I am, I don't see the point of coming on Sunday, I don't see the point of doing the next two races". But Hamilton took the chequered flag in fourth to secure the championship with two rounds to spare.