By Max Harper
The Eagles needed an extra defensive effort to rally for a 29-21 victory over the Jags at Lincoln Financial Field on a rainy and windy Sunday afternoon.
Miles Sanders rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles rushing attack, which gained 213 yards on the ground in the less-than-ideal conditions.
The Eagles (4-0) remain the NFL’s lone unbeaten team.
Philly, which trailed by double digits for the first time this season, rallied from a 14-0 deficit and scored 29 unanswered points to take control of the game. Jalen Hurts had a 3-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line to get the scoring started and make it 14-7. The Eagles followed that drive by forcing a three-and-out. On their next series, Sanders had a 10-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 14-14. Kenny Gainwell then scored from 10 yards out to put the Eagles up 20-14 before halftime.
The Eagles scored 20 points in the second quarter and have 85 total second-quarter points through four games, the most in NFL history. The second-quarter dominance built a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Jake Elliott added to the lead early in the fourth quarter with a 28-yard field goal before Sanders put Philadelphia up 29-14 with a 5-yard touchdown run — his second of the afternoon. Sanders had a key third down run that went for seven yards on third-and-5 in the final minutes that helped chew several minutes off the clock late in the game.
Jacksonville took the early lead on an Andre Cisco 59-yard interception return that put the Jaguars up 7-0. Jamal Agnew also had a two-yard touchdown catch that put Jacksonville up 14 points in the first quarter. While Agnew finished with two receiving touchdowns on the day, the Jaguars were doomed with five turnovers and a stretch where they went 13 plays for 27 yards while Philadelphia was rallying from its two-touchdown deficit to take the lead.
Down 29-21 with 1:48 left, Haason Reddick forced a strip-sack fumble on Trevor Lawrence (his second of the game) to seal the win. The Eagles forced five takeaways and had three sacks on the day.