EAGLES FINALLY WIN A GAME AND HACK FUMBLES HIS JOB AUDITION!

By Peter Gleason

In some ways, it was a fitting end to a dreadful preseason for the Super Bowl champ Eagles.

They won their first game, beating the Jets 10-9 at the Linc.

In so doing, they avoided adding injuries to their insults.

And they answered the question that hasn’t really been on anyone’s lips:

Can Penn State alum Christian Hackenberg play quarterback in the NFL?

After last night’s game, the answer is a resounding NO!

Hackenberg tossed two interceptions and lost a fumble, but Joe Callahan threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Matt Jones with 18 seconds left to help the Birds (1-3) avoid a winless preseason.

Hackenberg didn’t take a snap in two seasons with the Jets after he was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft. He signed with the Eagles earlier in the month as the fifth quarterback and has no chance to make the roster so he was playing for his next job.

“There are some things I’m disappointed in and there are a lot of good takeaways,” Hackenberg said.

After replacing Callahan in the first half, Hackenberg threw two picks on his first three drives. He drove the Eagles from the 1 to the Jets 20 in the final 90 seconds of the first half, but ran out of time after a 19-yard scramble.

The former Penn State star also lost a fumble and finished 7 of 16 for 69. He ran for 66 yards.

Callahan returned to play the fourth quarter and threw an interception in the end zone with 4:02 left. But he completed his last seven passes, including the TD to Matt Jones.

Jason Myers kicked field goals of 58 and 43 yards for the Jets (1-3). New York’s defense didn’t allow a touchdown in August until the final drive.

Jake Elliott nailed a 55-yarder for the Birds.

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