Jason Kelce conceded the Philadelphia Eagles were “not good enough right now” after suffering a humbling defeat to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
The match of the weekend in the NFL – a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game – was expected to be a tight contest but the Eagles were blown away as the 49ers cruised to a 42-19 win at Lincoln Financial Field.
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The Eagles had trailed at half-time in their last four games and managed to turn every one around but Kelce hinted those wins had been papering over some cracks.
He said: “We’re not good enough right now. Obviously, we’re disappointed in the way we performed, we didn’t get it done today.
“But we’ve still got some games left, a lot of football to learn from. I still have the utmost confidence in everybody in this locker room on both sides of the ball. This game doesn’t do anything to sway that.”
Wide receiver Deebo Samuel starred for San Francisco, leading a highly effective offensive unit with three touchdowns, and Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni conceded that against such a potent team you have to be at your best.
Sirianni said: “We didn’t coach good enough, didn’t play good enough. Simple as that.
“And why do you not do that? Well, you have to give credit to them too. That’s a really good football team. If you don’t come out and play your best game against the guys that they have and the coaches that they have, it’s going to look like that.
“So, we have to coach better. Have to play better. We have a lot to clean up.”
The defeat was just the second of the season for the Eagles (10-2) but they will be tested again next weekend when they visit the 9-3 Dallas Cowboys.