The Eagles got their first win of the season, 25-20, against the San Francisco 49ers on the road. The defensive line dominated with five sacks and 15 quarterback hits and the Eagles defense cashed in for three forced turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown by Alex Singleton. The Eagles, now in sole possession of first place in the NFC East with a 1-2-1 record, take on the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday at Heinz Field at 1 p.m.
The 49ers made it a five-point game with a one-yard rushing touchdown from Jerick McKinnon with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for the Eagles, the Niners failed to convert the two-point conversion, meaning they’ll have to stop the Eagles quickly and score a touchdown.
The Eagles regained the lead with less than six minutes left on a Carson Wentz touchdown pass to Travis Fulgham, the most recent practice-squad wide receiver to step up for the Eagles. It was one of Wentz’s best drives in recent memory, taking the team on a 42-yard scoring drive.
Cre’Von LeBlanc gave the Eagles defense its second forced turnover of the season with a strip sack midway through the fourth quarter. LeBlanc sack is the team’s fourth sack of the night and the second forced turnover.
The Eagles inched closer on a 35-yard Jake Elliott field goal, making the score 14-11 with a minute left in the third quarter. While they came away with points, the Eagles would have done much better to cash in with a touchdown after a 16-play, 62-yard drive that chewed up 7 minutes, 31 seconds of the third quarter.
The Eagles went into halftime with an 8-7 lead, largely thanks to a solid performance from their defensive line. The Birds' pass rushers had two sacks and seven quarterback hits, one of which forced an interception. The Eagles offense hasn’t been able to cash in much yet, but the early production from the defensive line is encouraging.
#Eagles defensive line, coming off an eight-sack performance against the Bengals, is playing extremely well again here tonight.
The Eagles' defense got its first forced turnover of the season on a Rodney McLeod interception midway through the second quarter. McLeod’s pick came after Genard Avery pressured 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens, who made an errant throw to the Eagles safety.
Eagles cornerback Darius Slay went down with an injury on Brandon Aiyuk’s touchdown run. The Eagles came into the game with three healthy cornerbacks, which forced them to use Jalen Mills at his old position. Fortunately, Slay was back in for the next defensive series.
Brandon Aiyuk exacted some revenge on the Eagles, scoring an impressive touchdown on a 38-yard run (although it was a screen pass) in which he hurdled Marcus Epps. Aiyuk was the 25th pick in last April’s NFL Draft, four picks after the Eagles took Jalen Reagor.
Kyle Shanahan LOVED Brandon Aiyuk during the draft process. Here’s why: #AirAiyuk
Carson Wentz scored on an 11-yard rushing touchdown to give the Eagles an early lead against the 49ers with 3:51 left in the first quarter. Eagles coach Doug Pederson elected to go for a two-point conversion, which Wentz converted on a pass to Zach Ertz, giving the team an 8-0 advantage.
Lane Johnson was back on the field after going down with an injury following the Eagles opening drive, but lasted only five plays before leaving again. Johnson missed one series, came back, but then left again. He was dealing with an ankle injury during training camp and missed Week 1. Jack Driscoll is in for for the Pro Bowl right tackle.
Lane Johnson went to the locker after the Eagles' opening drive. Rookie Jack Driscoll replaced Johnson, who was dealing with an ankle injury during training camp. The team was already without Andre Dillard and Jason Peters, with Jordan Mailata starting at left tackle.
#Eagles' OL right now, from left to right: Jordan Mailata, Nate Herbig, Jason Kelce, Matt Pryor, Jack Driscoll.
K’Von Wallace got the start at safety for the Eagles as Jalen Mills moves back to cornerback because of an injury to Avonte Maddox. Wallace, the team’s fourth-round pick in last April’s NFL Draft, is the first rookie to crack into the Eagles' starting lineup on defense.
Somehow, the Eagles are still a half game out of first place in the NFC East after Sunday’s slate of games. The Cowboys lost, 49-38, to the Cleveland Browns in a game that was highlighted by a putrid showing by Dallas' defense. The Cowboys are now tied for the division lead at 1-3. The Giants are still winless after losing, 17-9, to the Los Angeles Rams, and the Washington Football Team dropped to 1-3 after losing, 31-17, to the Baltimore Ravens.
Good evening, Eagles fans. Welcome to the live blog. The Eagles are kicking off against the San Francisco 49ers around 8:20 p.m. ET at Levi’s Stadium. If you have fond memories of last year’s four-game winning streak to close the regular season, then I have some news for you! Yet again, the Eagles are trying to win consequential football games with wide receivers you’ve probably never heard of.
Greg Ward, Deontay Burnett, John Hightower, and Travis Fulgham are the healthy wideouts for this primetime game with DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Jalen Reagor, and JJ Arcega-Whiteside all missing because of injury. Carson Wentz will have to carry an injury-ravaged wide receiving corps for the second time in as many years, but this year’s version of Wentz has yet to prove the capability to do so. A turnaround game for the quarterback, who has ranked at the bottom of the NFL through three games, would be huge for the Eagles. The 49ers have their own injury list, which includes starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who will miss his second game with an ankle injury. Nick Mullens will get the start in Garoppolo’s place.
The team is also thin at cornerback, coming in with just three healthy cornerbacks. It’s still unclear who will start opposite Darius Slay at outside cornerback. The Eagles only have three healthy corners coming into the game, with the option between Cre’Von LeBlanc and Nickell Robey-Coleman on the outside. Both of those guys are prototypical slot corners, though. It’s possible the team could move Jalen Mills back to corner, but that would vacate his new spot at safety. Based off pre-game warmups, it looks like Mills will be at cornerback with safety Marcus Epps filling in on the back end.
But wait, that’s not all. Jason Peters will miss the game with a toe injury, and Jordan Mailata will make his first career start in his spot at left tackle. Peters' injury, which was announced Saturday, will cause the Eagles to have the fourth iteration of a starting offensive line in as many weeks.
Looks like Jalen Mills will get the start at CB and Marcus Epps at safety based upon pre-game warmups. #Eagles