Eagles blew many chances this season

December 25, 2011 - 3:12 PM
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. The Eagles were eliminated from the playoffs despite winning 20-7. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For all those super expectations, all the preseason hype, all the big-name additions, the Philadelphia Eagles are left to ponder all that went wrong.

Despite their late-season surge — a three-game winning streak — the Eagles (7-8) aren't going to the playoffs. That's the reality for this Dream Team.

So before they begin looking ahead to next season, they're thinking about the 'what ifs?' One play could be the difference in several of the losses, especially because the Eagles blew five fourth-quarter leads.

Michael Vick and his teammates wasted an opportunity to repeat as division champions in a mediocre NFC East that will crown a champion — either the Cowboys or New York Giants — with no more than nine wins.