The Philadelphia Eagles spent Monday night showing highlights of the late Reggie White's soon-to-be Hall of Fame career on the two giant scoreboards at Lincoln Financial Field.
It was a nice distraction from the repulsive lowlights on the playing field as the Eagles' slim playoff hopes faded to none during a 42-0, nationally televised loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Had it not been for the scheduled halftime ceremony, the Linc probably would have been empty by halftime. The Eagles were down by 35 points before former coach Buddy Ryan and White's former teammates took the field for the only cheers that would be heard.
After the well-constructed White tribute, plenty of good seats became available.
Those who left early missed the riveting third-quarter completion from Koy Detmer to Reno Mahe, which pretty much explains how far this franchise has fallen from its trip to the Super Bowl a year ago.
Seattle's best offense was its defense - or the Eagles' offense, depending on how you want to analyze it. The Seahawks' defense accounted for six turnovers and four touchdowns. Seattle cornerback Andre Dyson had as many touchdowns as stud running back Shaun Alexander, who scored twice on short runs.
The Seahawks matched a franchise record with their eighth consecutive win and improved to 10-2, remaining a game ahead of the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears for the best record in the NFC.
Worst defeat under Reid
The Eagles, who have lost five of their last six games, suffered their worst defeat in the seven-year tenure of coach Andy Reid and slipped to 5-7. It was the worst shutout loss in "Monday Night Football history.
The Eagles also lost running back Brian Westbrook to a sprained foot in the third quarter, which means the team's three most dangerous weapons now are sidelined either by injury or misbehavior.
Reid said during the practice week that he needed to do something to help quarterback Mike McMahon get off to faster starts than he had in his first two after replacing injured starter Donovan McNabb. Asked what he could do, the coach was predictably elusive.
"I can't tell you that, but we are trying some different things," Reid said.
Whatever they tried didn't work, unless the game plan was to have McMahon throw touchdown passes to the Seahawks' defense. Apparently it wasn't, because after McMahon found an open Seattle defender for a second touchdown in the first half and failed to lead the team to a first down on the series after that, the coach turned to Detmer.
Detmer's first pass of the evening was tipped by rookie linebacker Lofa Tatupu into the hands of safety Michael Boulware, who returned the interception 32 yards to the Eagles' 2-yard line. Detmer at least made a touchdown-saving tackle, which was about the only good thing an Eagles quarterback did all night.