Score Eagles vs. Jaguars takeaways: Miles Sanders helps Philadelphia get past Jacksonville and remain undefeated

PHILADELPHIA — Adversity certainly came early for the Eagles against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Philadelphia used a stellar defensive effort to win 29-21 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 less-than-ideal conditions. The Eagles (4-0) remain the NFL’s only undefeated team.

Philadelphia, trailing in double figures 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 run on fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line to start the scoring and make it 14-7. The Eagles followed that drive by forcing a three-and-out. On their next drive, Sanders had a 10-yard 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 totaled 85 second quarter points in four games, the most in NFL history. Dominating the second quarter built a lead they would not relinquish.

Jake Elliott took 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 an early lead on a 59-yard Andre Sisco punt return that put the Jaguars up 7-0. Jamal Agnew also had a two-yard touchdown run that put Jacksonville up 14 points in the first quarter. While Agnew finished with two receiving touchdowns on the day, the Jaguars were saddled with five turnovers and a 13-play, 27-yard stretch as Philadelphia rallied from a two-touchdown deficit to take the lead.

Down 29-21 with 1:48 left, Haason Reddick forced Trevor Lawrence (his second of the game) to seal the win. The Eagles forced five takeaways and had three sacks on the day.

Here are the highlights from the Jaguars-Eagles game. Recap all the action on the live blog below.

Because the Eagles won

The Eagles rushed for 213 yards against the Jaguars’ No. 1 defense despite being without Jordan Mailata for most of the game. Sanders rushed for a game-high 132 yards and two touchdowns in inclement weather, while Jalen Hurts added 38 yards and a score on the ground. Philadelphia made their bread and butter of slowing down the game by running the football and having long, sustainable drives that kept the Jaguars defense on the field.

In addition to the rushing attack, the defense forced five fumbles — including two strip-sack runs by Haason Reddick in the second half to preserve the win. Jacksonville had a stretch where it ran 16 plays for 27 yards as Philadelphia erased a 14-0 run to take a 20-14 halftime lead.

Why the Jaguars lost

Five dishes ended up in Jacksonville, including four eyes on a rainy and windy afternoon. All the mistakes led to Eagles touchdowns on the next drive, and the last one by Reddick ended up ending the game when Jacksonville had a chance to tie it with under two minutes left.

Christian Kirk was also mostly ineffective, being targeted nine times and had two catches for 60 yards, while Lawrence threw an interception targeting him in the third quarter. The Jaguars allowed 401 yards as the Eagles wore down the defense, rushing them 50 times.

Turning point

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

That gave the Eagles — and the rain-out crowd — momentum as they went seven plays for 62 yards and a score to cut the deficit to 14-7. Philadelphia scored 20 unanswered points in the second quarter and led 20-14 at halftime.

The game of the game

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

The hit ended with Hurts’ helmet connecting with Lloyd’s, but both players ended up okay afterward. Intense work by Hurts.

The passage

“I said to Doug, ‘I really appreciate and respect you a lot.’ I told him thank you because you are the reason I am here. I have a lot of love and respect for him, the way he coaches, his coaching style, the way he does things and the great job Jacksonville is doing right now.

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

– Jalen Hurts catching Doug Pederson after the Eagles’ win over the Jaguars.


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

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