New England Patriots Take Down the Philadelphia Eagles in Snooze Fest
The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles had the chance to be really good on paper. The game turned into a snooze fest for more of the second-half. In the final 1:05 in this game, New England called a cover zero on a fourth-down and Carson Wentz threw a pass into the end zone intended for Nelson Agholor and it was dropped.
It would have been a 26-yard touchdown pass to potentially tie the game at 17 with 58 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Eagles stopped the Patriots and got the ball back with 45 seconds left. Carson Wentz attempted a hail mary from their own 42-yard line with two seconds remaining on 2nd-and-10, but Devin McCourty batted the pass down and New England was able to hang on and beat Philadelphia by a score of 17-10.
Both of these defenses showed up to play in this game. Tom Brady and Carson Wentz struggled big time in this one.
The New England Patriots decided to pull a trick out of their hat in the third quarter when they were trailing 10-9 on their first possession of the second half. Tom Brady lateraled it to Julian Edelman and Edelman threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Phillip Dorsett (James White rush for 2-point conversion).
That was the only pass that Julian Edelman attempted in this game.
Tom Brady completed 26-of-47 for 216 yards. He also rushed for -1 yards on one carry.
Dorsett caught three passes for 33 yards receiving.
Julian Edelman was the leading receiver in this game with five receptions for 53 yards receiving.
Sony Michel was the leading rusher in this game for New England with 33 yards on 10 carries. He also caught two passes for 11 yards receiving.
James White rushed for 20 yards on five carries. White also caught four passes for 16 yards receiving.
N’Keal Harry made his NFL debut for the New England Patriots. He caught three passes for 18 yards receiving.
With the Philadelphia Eagles leading 3-0 in the first quarter, it appeared to seem as if Jonathan Jones picked off Carson Wentz in the end zone, but Jones picked off when Dallas Goedert already had possession in the end zone and broke the plane.
Because of it, the call on the field was overturned and it became a 5-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Goedert from Carson Wentz.
Wentz completed 20-of-40 for 214 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 17 yards on three carries.
Dallas Goedert caught three passes for 36 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Zach Ertz was the leading receiver in this game for Philadelphia with nine receptions for 94 yards receiving.
Nelson Agholor caught four passes for 40 yards receiving.
Alshon Jeffrey did not play in this game due to an ankle injury. DeSean Jackson is already out for the season with a core muscle injury. The Eagles definitely were missing Both of those guys in this game.
The leading rusher in this game for the Eagles was Miles Sanders with 38 yards on 11 carries. He also caught two passes for nine yards receiving.
Boston Scott rushed for 26 yards on seven carries.
Darren Sproles did not play in this game because he is out for the season with a torn hip flexor muscle.
Jordan Howard also did not play in this game for Philadelphia because of a shoulder injury.
They signed Jay Ajayi on Friday but he did not see any action in this game for some reason. Ajayi was on the Super Bowl LII team when they took down the New England Patriots.
When the Eagles lose games this season, it is because they get away from the running game. He would have been a big help in this game. This team should be a run-first team and Head Coach Doug Pederson sometimes gets away from it.
Philadelphia is now a game back of the Dallas Cowboys (6-4) for first place in the NFC East.
This was a huge bounce-back win for New England. Especially after getting a stomping on the road against the Baltimore Ravens (8-2) before their bye week by a score of 37-20.
Speaking of Dallas, that is who the New England Patriots (9-1) will host next Sunday.
The Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) will host the Seattle Seahawks (8-2) next Sunday.
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