Eagles clinch home field advantage in the ugliest football game ever played on Christmas

It was a win, and it was bad.

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Philadelphia Eagles
James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

If you wished for a terrible football game for Christmas this year, you got it. The Eagles won 19-10 Monday night against Oakland in windy, frigid temperatures down at the Linc. A week after the Eagles defense looked bad against the woeful Giants, the Eagles offense look horrendous against the Raiders defense that had to fly across the country to play a game on Christmas night after their season has been officially over for weeks.

Yes, the Eagles offense put out one of the worst collective efforts in recent memory in a game where a win would clinch home field advantage against a team that came to town with a 6-8 record and the 23rd ranked defense in the NFL.

Nick Foles was terrible, completing 19 of 38 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown on a screen pass and one interception, also on a screen pass. The Eagles mustered 216 yards of offense in the game, including just 78 on the ground. They had two turnovers. The Raiders had four. If not for the defense constantly managing to get the ball back in the fourth quarter, the game would have gone to overtime and might have never ended.

This should have been a blowout. Instead the Eagles managed to win and lock up home field advantage in the NFC playoffs. Not like it will matter if the offense plays the way it did Monday. This team does not look like a Super Bowl contender without Carson Wentz. But, hey, they have three weeks to figure it out now.

The defense scored a touchdown on the final play of the game when the Raiders were in “lateral until we lose the ball or get tackled” mode to make the final 19-10 and they kicked a field goal with less than a minute to play after Ronald Darby’s last-minute interception gave the Birds the ball back on the plus side of the 50 yard line. The Raiders did everything they could to hand this game to the Eagles. Alas, Philly is 13-2 headed into the final week of the season in a game that will not matter against Dallas, before a week off, and then a home playoff game. And then we’ll see what happens after that.

Here are some tweets about the game. Remember, this was a win. Merry Christmas.

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