The Philadelphia Eagles (9-1) overcame a handful of obstacles en route to a 17-16 win on the road against the Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1).

Not only did the Eagles battle back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit, but they did so without key cogs on both sides of the ball. However, it was head coach Nick Sirianni’s decision making that almost cost his team the game.

Just like every player is going to have several plays they want back in a 17-game regular season, coaches will make a few regrettable calls along the way, too.

Two head-scratching decisions stick out from the win.

The first of which came with just under nine minutes remaining in the third quarter. Philadelphia was faced with a 4th-and-10 on the Colts’ 39-yard line. Instead of pinning Indy’s struggling offense deep, Jalen Hurts was sacked for a loss of eight yards, fumbling the football out of bounds in the process.

Thankfully, the Colts were unable to capitalize on the turnover on downs, but that can’t happen against teams late in the season, or in the playoffs.

The second mishap came just after the two-minute warning. The Birds were set up at the Colts’ nine-yard line, looking at a critical fourth-and-two. Down 16-10, Philly desperately needed to convert in order to take the lead late.

Directly following the stoppage at two minutes, Sirianni burned a timeout after the offense hurried to the line, teasing a quarterback sneak. That left the Eagles with just two timeouts, allowing the Colts to bleed the clock down if they were able to make the stop.

Once again, Sirianni was bailed out.

Miles Sanders trudged ahead for a tough two-and-a-half yards, leading to Hurts’ game-winning touchdown shortly after.

“I’m going to go back-and-forth with that decision,” Sirianni said after the game. “I’ve got to stick with my conviction when I make a decision and live with it. Not always are they going to be right.”

Eagles fans should appreciate the honesty from Sirianni, but the win shouldn’t mask the issue. If the Eagles are to contend for a Super Bowl, like many think they can, the team must be firing on all cylinders, coaches included.

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