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The brilliant Saints just turned the Eagles’ Super Bowl hangover into a coma

Philadelphia suffered the worst ever loss by a defending champion on Sunday. The team that beat them could end up taking their crown in February

It was the worst loss ever by a defending Super Bowl champion. The New Orleans Saints demolished the Philadelphia Eagles 48-7 on Sunday. The Eagles fell to 4-6, good for third place in the NFC East, with their playoff hopes fading fast. Meanwhile, with the statement victory over the reigning champions, the Saints made a strong case that they should be the favorites to win it all this season.

It was ugly for Philadelphia football history too, as it was the most lopsided Eagles loss since a 42-0 shellacking at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks back in 2005. That 2005 team was also just months removed from a Super Bowl appearance, albeit a loss. This more recent embarrassment seemed to be representative of a team that has not just been suffering from a Super Bowl hangover but something more serious. A Super Bowl coma, perhaps. Just a few months ago, Philadelphia had reason to be optimistic: not only were they coming off an impressive championship run they were getting back starting quarterback Carson Wentz, who they lost to an ACL tear late in the regular season last year.

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