The Eagles fell to 1-3-1 on the season after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 38-29, at Heinz Field Sunday. Pittsburgh rookie receiver Chase Claypool had four touchdowns, three receiving and one rushing, to doom the Eagles and move the Steelers to 4-0 on the season. The Birds will be back home next Sunday to host the 4-1 Baltimore Ravens.
Travis Fulgham’s monster performance continued, as the recent practice-squad promotion caught a touchdown pass to cut the Steelers' lead to two points, 31-29. Fulgham now has 10 catches for 152 yards and a score in his second game with the Eagles.
Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson went to the locker room during the third quarter and was still out at the start of the fourth. Johnson has been dealing with an ankle injury all season and had a cyst removed from the hurt ankle earlier this week. Jack Driscoll replaced Johnson at right tackle.
Carson Wentz responded to his first interception of the afternoon by orchestrating one of his best drives of the season, capped off by a touchdown pass to Greg Ward and a successful two-point conversion to John Hightower to make the score 31-22 Steelers.
Carson Wentz’s turnover problems reared their ugly head in the third quarter, and the Steelers capitalized. After Wentz threw his eighth interception of the season, Pittsburgh used a four-play, 22-yard drive capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by James Connor to give the Steelers a 31-14 lead with 10:32 left in the third quarter.
Chase Claypool scored his third touchdown of the day, this one coming on a five-yard screen pass score set up by a 58-yard jet sweep from Ray-Ray McLoud. The Steelers now lead, 24-14, with 13:01 left in the third quarter.
Alex Smith returned to the football field in earnest Sunday afternoon after missing more than two seasons with a gruesome leg injury. He was the backup for the Washington Football Team when starting quarterback Kyle Allen went down. He last appeared in a game in 2018 before he suffered a leg injury that required multiple surgeries and jeopardized his ability to walk again.
Alex Smith’s family giving him a standing ovation as he takes the field for the first time is nearly two years is everything 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/HYecOJBloN
The Steelers went into halftime with a 17-14 lead after the Pittsburgh defense was saved by the bell. The Eagles were in Steelers territory at the end of the half, but ended the period in the red zone without being able to stop the clock for a field goal before time expired.
Miles Sanders cashed in for a second time to give the Eagles a 14-14 tie with 6:17 left in the second quarter. Sanders' second rushing touchdown was a one-yard touchdown run to cap off a 10-play, 76-yard drive for the Eagles. Travis Fulgham, the team’s most recent practice squad promotion from last weekend, had four catches for 47 yards on the drive, leading the wide receiving corps by a wide margin.
Steelers rookie Chase Claypool scored his second touchdown of the day to give Pittsburgh a 14-7 advantage over the Eagles with 11:49 left in the first half. Claypool scored from 32 yards out, this time on a pass from Ben Roethlisberger after the second-round pick beat Jalen Mills with a crisp release off the line.
Miles Sanders singlehandedly responded for the Eagles on a 74-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7. Sanders, a Pittsburgh native who played his youth football league championship games at Heinz Field, broke free on his second run of the game to give the Eagles their first score of the game.
The Eagles defense surrendered the first score of the game with 1:04 left in the first quarter on a two-yard touchdown run from Steelers receiver Chase Claypool. The score came after Darius Slay was called for a defensive pass interference that granted the Steelers 21 yards. The call came very late and was definitely questionable. Slay’s coverage was physical, but was at best a judgment call.
Good afternoon, Eagles fans. Greetings from Heinz Field and welcome to the live blog. The Birds are on the opposite side of the state this weekend taking on the 3-0 Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s a cloudy, somewhat humid afternoon out west but the wind isn’t too strong on the field.
While the one-win Eagles' standing in the NFC East is amusing, there’s a lot of season left to be played. Obviously being atop the division in the first quarter of the season is better than the alternative, but it’s important not to overstate the Eagles' current standing.
The Dallas Cowboys are hosting the New York Giants at 4:25 p.m. today and the Washington Football team is hosting the Los Angeles Rams. Because the Eagles have the 23-23 tie to the Bengals on their record, a win Sunday would leave them in sole possession of the top spot regardless of the Cowboys' (1-3) outcome against the 0-4 Giants.