Eagles vs. Jaguars score, takeaways: Miles Sanders helps Philadelphia get past Jacksonville and remain unbeaten

PHILADELPHIA — Adversity came the way of the Eagles early against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Philadelphia used a solid defensive effort to win 29-21 on a rainy and windy Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. Miles Sanders rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles rushing attack, which gained 213 yards on the ground under ideal conditions. The Eagles (4-0) remain the NFL’s only undefeated team.

Trailing by double digits for the first time this season, Philadelphia rallied from a 14-0 deficit to score 29 unanswered points to take control of the game. Jalen Hurts opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-3 from the 3-yard line to make it 14-7. The Eagles followed that drive and forced a three-and-out. On their next series, Sanders scored a 10-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 14–14. Kenny Cainwell 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. A dominant second quarter built a lead they never relinquished.

Jake Elliott added to the lead with a 28-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, and 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 seven yards on third-and-5 in the final minutes that helped him chew several minutes off the clock late in the game.

Jacksonville’s Andre Sisco gave the Jaguars a 7-0 lead with a 59-yard interception return. 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 committed five turnovers and went 13 plays for 27 yards as Philadelphia rallied from its two-touchdown deficit to take the lead.

With 1:48 left to make it 29-21, Hassan Reddick sealed the win with a strip-sack fumble on Trevor Lawrence (his second of the game). The Eagles forced five takeaways and had three sacks on the day.

Here are the highlights of the Jaguars-Eagles game. Repeat all the steps in the live blog below.

Why did the Eagles win?

Despite being without Jordan Mailada for most of the game, the Eagles rushed for 213 yards against the Jaguars’ No. 1 run defense. Sanders rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns in adverse weather conditions, while Jalen Hurts contributed 38 yards and a score on the ground. Philadelphia went for its bread and butter in slowing down the game by running the football and keeping long, consistent drives down the field.

In addition to the rushing attack, the defense forced five takeaways — including two strip-sack fumbles by Hassan Reddick in the second half to preserve the victory. Jacksonville ran 16 plays for 27 yards as Philadelphia erased its 14-0 deficit and took a 20-14 lead.

Why did Jaguar lose?

Five takeaways destroyed Jacksonville, including four fumbles on a rainy and windy afternoon. All the fumbles led to Eagles touchdowns on the ensuing drive, and Reddick’s final play ended the game when Jacksonville had a chance to tie it with less than two minutes left.

As Christian Kirk was targeted nine times and had two catches for 60 yards, Lawrence targeted him and threw an interception in the third quarter. As the Eagles wore down the defense, the Jaguars allowed 401 yards and ran 50 times against them.

turning point

The Jaguars took a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter on fourth-and-3 from the Eagles’ 34-yard line. The first-down conversion would have been fatal for the Eagles, but Lawrence mishandled the snap and the play resulted in a 14-yard loss, as Fletcher Cox fumbled at the Eagles’ 48-yard line.

That gave the Eagles — a rain-soaked crowd — momentum, and they went seven plays for 62 yards to cut the deficit to 14-7. Philadelphia scored 20 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 20-14 halftime lead.

Game of the game

Jalen Hurts scored the 3rd touchdown on fourth-and-3 to put the Eagles up 14-0 in the second quarter. Hurts took the handoff, ran through the open A-gap and into the end zone for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 14-7. Not only did Hurts anticipate the hit as Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd crossed the plane, but he delivered the hit as he lowered his body and was ready to score.

The hit ended when Hurts’ helmet connected with Lloyd’s, but both players were fine afterwards. Cutsy play by Hurts.

Quotation

“I really admire you and have a lot of respect for you,” I told Doug. I thanked him because you’re the reason I’m here. I have so much love and respect for him, the way he coaches, the way he coaches, the way he works and the great job he’s doing in Jacksonville right now.

“I have nothing but respect for him and I wish him nothing but the best.”

– Jalen hurts Doug Pederson in a catch after the Eagles beat the Jaguars.

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The Eagles (4-0) travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals, while the Jaguars (2-2) host the Texans next week.

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