"I think playing that second half and the way we came out, the Eagles didn't want to play no more," Gore said on ESPN2's "First Take" Friday morning of last week's 49ers comeback victory in Philadelphia. "We just kept pounding and kept pounding and making plays and kind of knocked the fight out of them."
Certainly, the Eagles looked beaten in the fourth quarter, blowing a late lead and losing for the third game in a row. And certainly, Gore's analysis points to the main problem the Eagles face right now. They have the talent to beat almost anyone they play, but the question that has arisen after the first quarter of the season is whether they have the heart and toughness to finish games off and actually win them. It's not out of line for anyone outside of the organization to wonder about this, because Cullen Jenkins and others were voicing the same concern in the Eagles' locker room after Sunday's game.
Things aren't going to get any easier for the Eagles, who have road games against 3-1 Buffalo and 3-1 Washington before their Week 7 bye. And no one's going to feel sorry for them, because when you get as much preseason hype and attention as the Eagles got, other teams lick their chops at a chance to knock you off the pedestal. If the Eagles have the toughness within them to answer questions like these, we're going to find out, because they're going to start showing it on the field in the fourth quarter. And if they don't ... well, pretty soon we'll all stop paying attention to them anyway.