4:20 PM - October 11, 2020
4:20 PM - October 11, 2020

Eagles leave with an L

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.

4:07 PM - October 11, 2020
4:07 PM - October 11, 2020

Claypool crushes Eagles

Chase Claypool scored his fourth (yes, you read that correctly) fourth touchdown to give the Steelers a 38-29 advantage with 2:59 left in the fourth quarter.

3:58 PM - October 11, 2020
3:58 PM - October 11, 2020

Slay heads inside

Eagles cornerback Darius Slay went to the locker room with roughly three minutes left in the game. Slay was hobbled earlier in the game, and Craig James came in to relieve the team’s best cornerback.

3:41 PM - October 11, 2020
3:41 PM - October 11, 2020

Fulgham’s big day

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.

3:33 PM - October 11, 2020
3:33 PM - October 11, 2020

Lane Johnson goes to locker room

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.

3:12 PM - October 11, 2020
3:12 PM - October 11, 2020

Eagles answer

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.

3:05 PM - October 11, 2020
3:05 PM - October 11, 2020

Steelers cash in on Wentz INT, extend lead

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.

2:55 PM - October 11, 2020
2:55 PM - October 11, 2020

Claypool continues to dominate

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.

2:35 PM - October 11, 2020
2:35 PM - October 11, 2020

Alex Smith returns to football

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.

2:35 PM - October 11, 2020
2:35 PM - October 11, 2020

Steelers up at halftime

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.

2:20 PM - October 11, 2020
2:20 PM - October 11, 2020

Steelers seize lead

The Steelers regained the lead, 17-14, on a 41-yard field goal from Chris Boswell with 1:57 left in the first half.

2:05 PM - October 11, 2020
2:05 PM - October 11, 2020

Sanders scores again

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.

1:52 PM - October 11, 2020
1:52 PM - October 11, 2020

Claypool carves up Eagles secondary

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.

1:43 PM - October 11, 2020
1:43 PM - October 11, 2020

Sanders hits a home run in his hometown

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.

1:38 PM - October 11, 2020
1:38 PM - October 11, 2020

Questionable PI call costs Eagles

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.

1:06 PM - October 11, 2020
1:06 PM - October 11, 2020

Watt wrangles Wentz

It didn’t take long for T.J. Watt to get on the board. The Steelers' edge rusher sacked Carson Wentz on a third-and-long to end the Eagles opening drive in a three-and-out.

1:00 PM - October 11, 2020
1:00 PM - October 11, 2020

Offense up first

The Eagles lost the coin toss and the Steelers chose to defer to the second half, meaning the Eagles' offense will be up first.

12:00 PM - October 11, 2020
12:00 PM - October 11, 2020

Welcome to the blog

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.

The Eagles enter this Sunday in first place of the NFC East after beating the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday night to move to 1-2-1 on the year. This afternoon should be a stiffer test, though, as the Steelers are undefeated and coming off an impromptu bye week because their Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans was postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak in the Titans' facility.

This figures to be a battle of elite pass-rushing units, with the Eagles and Steelers defenses both ranking among the best in sacks, quarterback hits, and pass-rush win rate.

12:00 PM - October 11, 2020
12:00 PM - October 11, 2020

Around the division

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.

12:00 PM - October 11, 2020
12:00 PM - October 11, 2020

Pregame stories of interest

Be sure to study the keys of the game and the matchups to watch with Paul Domowitch’s numbers that matter.

Got a prediction for the game? See how far yours is to mine and the rest of the Eagles' beat writing crew’s here.

For the second straight season, the Eagles' wide receiving corps is sorely missing DeSean Jackson’s speed. Jeff McLane explains why time is running out for the team to justify its decision to bring back the veteran receiver in the offseason.

The Steelers coming off a bye week thanks to the coronavirus outbreak in Tennessee won’t be the first time the Eagles' season is impacted by the pandemic. As Les Bowen writes, the team is prepared for the reality it faces.

Speaking of the Titans, Domo caught up with former Eagles executive Joe Banner, who said the NFL should be firm in their punishment of the Titans' apparent disregard for NFL rules.

The Eagles were hesitant to criticize the Titans as harshly as Banner. Marcus Hayes explains why.