MINNEAPOLIS -- DeSean Jackson fumed on the sidelines. Philadelphia's beleaguered secondary had its own meltdown on the field.
"Frustration's part of the game. That was a big turnaround and I felt I was open," Jackson said. "Just wasn't able to get the ball and make a play like I thought was going to happen. That's neither here or there. We lost the game and that's all that matters."
Foles completed 30 of 48 passes for a career-high 428 yards with three touchdowns and the interception, but most of the production came after the Eagles (8-6) trailed 27-9 midway through the third quarter.
"There was a lot of frustration, honestly," Jackson said. "We just thought as a team and as an offense, we should've came out there and been able to have a lot more success than we had. That's neither here nor there. We just weren't able to get it done.
"It's very frustrating with how we've been playing the past couple weeks. We've just got to figure it out somehow, some way."
"Football family, it's a lot of dysfunction at times," Avant said. "Everybody's trying to be perfect and do their job. It's fun because we learn how to make it fun, but at the same time it can be strenuous on you. Sometimes tempers flare and maybe the cameras caught that, but it's no big deal at all."
The Eagles allowed more than 21 points in a game for the first time in 10 games and gave the Vikings plenty of help with a few costly personal foul penalties. Foles was called for a peel-back block in the first half that wiped out a touchdown run by Jackson and Cary Williams' taunting penalty in the fourth quarter set up a 5-yard TD from Cassel to Cordarrelle Patterson that essentially ended any hopes of an Eagles comeback.
"We've got to be more disciplined, for sure," McCoy said. "Today we were not disciplined enough. The type of football we play, we're smart, aggressive and we didn't do that today. We were playing sloppy, small things we shouldn't have done. We've got to keep our cool."
Foles was sacked four times, at least three of them the result of him holding the ball longer than he should have to try to give his receivers as much time as possible to get open. The Eagles had nine penalties for 94 yards.
They managed just nine points over the first 41 minutes of the game, but still were able to cut the deficit to 27-22 on a beautiful, one-handed catch by tight end Zach Ertz in the back of the end zone late in the third quarter.
NOTES:Eagles CB/KR Brandon Boykin left the game with a head injury after a kick return. ... DB Kurt Coleman also left the game with a head injury. ... Avant had three catches for 40 yards and a TD. ... The Eagles were 2 for 5 in the red zone while the Vikings were 5 for 6. .... Henery kicked field goals of 35, 51 and 33 yards.
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