Their last-gasp drive ended with Ron Jaworski flat on his back on the soggy RFK Stadium turf, his desperation pass to Tony Woodruff having fallen far short on fourth down and four from the Redskins 27 with 4:02 to play.
The rain was falling steadily by then. For the Philadelphia Eagles, the dark sky and the rapidly emptying stands said volumes about their 20-0 loss to Washington yesterday.
The score could have been worse. The Eagles knew that. The game was never competitive. The Eagles knew that, too.
"I'm getting sick and tired of hearing how talented this team is," said running back Wilbert Montgomery, who gained 54 yards on 12 carries yesterday. "I just don't want to hear it anymore. If we're so talented, we should be winning, not losing like this.
"We've got a lot of soul searching to do because there's some guys out there putting out and some guys out there just going through the motions. That's not enough to win in this league."
Montgomery was asked if he was disgusted by his team's play. "Disgusted is definitely a word you can use," he said. "It's very discouraging to prepare hard all week and then go out for the game and freeze."
Montgomery was not the only disgusted Eagle. Coach Marion Campbell snapped at questions on several occasions. Owner Leonard Tose, who admitted he was trying to avoid sparking any further controversy, stood in the middle of the locker room in a blue pinstripe suit pulling on a cigarette as if it contained oxygen and he needed air.
"I thought this team had the talent to win," he said. "I thought so before today."
He was asked if he was satisfied with his team's coaching. He paused. He stared at the ground, then he said, "What was the question?" When it was repeated, Tose said, "I'm not satisfied with any part of this team right now."
He continued, "I saw some flashes of effort today but I don't think we can be very good and get beat like this. When you lose 20-0, there isn't much to say."
Someone asked if it was a discouraging day. "No," he said, sarcastically, "It's a real whoopee day."
Finally, someone wanted to know what he, as team owner, could do to help the team. "Pray," he answered.
Campbell, who was the first man out of the locker room, seemed in no mood for looking above for help. He refused to say that his team, which had lost close games in three of the first four weeks, had gone backwards. But asked if he saw progress, Campbell seemed disturbed.
"Progress?" he repeated. "Progress. We get our butts beat 20-0 and you ask if we made progress. . . you think that's progress. You must be from another planet or something."
Quarterback Ron Jaworski, who, like Montgomery, was a key player on the 1980 Super Bowl team and who has insisted that this team has comparable talent to that group, also betrayed frustration.
"It doesn't take a genius to figure out what happened today," he said. "They made the plays, and we didn't. I thought this week we had worked hard, practiced hard and were emotional and ready to play.
"But we didn't play that way. I wish I knew the answer. We've all talked about how talented this team is so maybe it's time to keep our mouths shut and just go out and try to play.
"We've tried to talk positive ever since training camp but the fact is we're a 1-4 football team right now, and that's all there is to it . . . "I'm ticked off and I think there are 48 other guys in here who are ticked off, too," Jaworski said.
As he finished, someone wanted to know if Jaworski, who was sacked four times yesterday and was pressured several other times, wished he had the legs of Joe Theismann.
Jaworski exploded. "That's the most ridiculous question I ever heard," he said. With that, he headed for the door. Most of his teammates were already gone. They couldn't get out of Washington fast enough.
"I'm not giving up on this team," Campbell said. More softly, he added, "I can't give up on it. I just can't."
A few more performances like yesterday and Campbell, whose team has now lost 13 of 15 games over two seasons, may not have any choice.
"Is Marion in trouble?" Tose asked rhetorically. "No, I'm in trouble."