Eagles vs Jaguars score takeaway: Miles Sanders helps Philadelphia rally at Jacksonville, remains undefeated

PHILADELPHIA — Adversity certainly came early for the Eagles against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Philadelphia used an excellent defensive effort to rally to a 29-21 victory at Lincoln Financial Field on a rainy and windy Sunday afternoon. Miles Sanders rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles rushing offense, which gained 213 rushing yards in less than ideal conditions. The Eagles (4-0) remain the only undefeated team in the NFL.

Philadelphia, trailing in double digits for the first time this season, rallied from a 14-0 deficit and scored an unanswered 29 points to take control of the game. Jalen Hurts had a 3-yard touchdown run on fourth and 3-yard line base to kick the score and make it 14-7. The Eagles followed that practice by forcing a three-and-out. On their next series, Sanders hit a 10-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14-14. Kenny Gainwell then scored from 10 yards out to give the Eagles a 20-14 lead before halftime.

The Eagles scored 20 second quarter points and are 85 second quarter points in four games, the most in NFL history. Second-quarter dominance built a lead they wouldn’t give up.

Jake Elliott added to the lead early in the fourth quarter with a 28-yard field goal before Sanders gave Philadelphia a 29-14 lead with a 5-yard touchdown — his second of the afternoon. Sanders had a key third down that went for seven yards on third and five in the final minutes, which helped chew up several minutes off the game.

Jacksonville took the lead on a 59-yard interception return from Andre Cisco that put the Jaguars up 7-0. Jamal Agnew also had a two-yard touchdown that put Jacksonville up 14 points in the first quarter. While Agnew finished with two receiving touchdowns on the day, the Jaguars were doomed with five turnovers and a streak where they went 13 plays for 27 yards as Philadelphia rallied from their two-touchdown deficit to take the lead. .

Trailing 29-21 with 1:48 to go, Haason Reddick forced a strip-sack fumble on Trevor Lawrence (his second of the game) to seal the win. The Eagles forced five takeouts and had three sacks that day.

Here are the main takeaways from the Jaguars-Eagles game. Recap all the action in the live blog below.

Why the Eagles won

The Eagles rushed for 213 yards against the Jaguars’ No. 1 running defense, despite being without Jordan Mailata for the majority of the game. Sanders rushed for a career-high 132 yards and two touchdowns in inclement weather while Jalen Hurts provided 38 yards and a rushing score. Philadelphia went to its bread and butter by slowing play running the football and having long lasting drives that kept the Jaguars defense on the field.

In addition to the rushing attack, the defense forced five takeaways – including two backpack fumbles by Haason Reddick in the second half to preserve the win. Jacksonville had a streak where it ran 16 plays for 27 yards as Philadelphia erased its 14-0 holeshot and took a 20-14 halftime lead.

Why the Jaguars lost

Five takeouts ended up dooming Jacksonville, four of which escaped on a rainy and windy afternoon. All of the fumbles led to Eagles touchdowns on the ensuing drive, and Reddick’s last ended up ending the game when Jacksonville had a chance to tie with less than two minutes left.

Christian Kirk was also mostly ineffective as he was targeted nine times and had two catches for 60 yards, while Lawrence threw an interception targeting him in the third quarter. The Jaguars gave up 401 yards as the Eagles wore the defense down, running at them 50 times.

Turning

The Jaguars went for the statement on a fourth-and-3 from the Eagles 34-yard line early in the second quarter with a 14-0 lead. A first-down conversion would have been nearly deadly for the Eagles, but Lawrence mishandled the snap and the play resulted in a 14-yard loss with Fletcher Cox recovering the fumble at the Eagles 48-yard line.

It gave the Eagles — and the rain-soaked crowd — momentum as they went seven plays for 62 yards and a score to cut the deficit to 14-7. Philadelphia ended up scoring 20 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 20-14 halftime lead.

Game of the game

Jalen Hurts scored a 3-yard touchdown in the fourth-and-third with the Eagles trailing 14-0 in the second quarter. Hurts took over and ran over the A gap open and into the end zone for the touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7. Not only did Hurts anticipate Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd’s shot as he crossed the plane, but he also delivered the shot as he was ready to drop his body and score.

The stunt ended up connecting Hurts’ helmet to Lloyd’s, but both players got away with it afterward. Hurts Brave Game.

The quote

“I said to Doug ‘I really like you and I have a lot of respect for you.’ I said thank you to him because you are the reason I am here I have a lot of love and respect for him, his way of coaching, his style of coaching, the way he does things and the great job he’s doing in Jacksonville right now.

“I have nothing but respect for him. I wish him nothing but the best.”

– Jalen Hurts to catch Doug Pederson after the Eagles win over the Jaguars.

Next

The Eagles (4-0) travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals while the Jaguars (2-2) host the Texans next week.

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