The Eagles clinched a win against the Washington Commanders in a thrilling road game at FedEx Field.
Jalen Hurts threw four touchdowns, A.J. Brown made two crucial catches, and Reed Blankenship’s interception changed the game as Philadelphia emerged victorious with a score of 38-31.
Head coach Nick Sirianni said, “It wasn’t perfect, but that’s the National Football League, and winning games here is tough. We came on the road and got the win. We’ve got a substantial amount of tasks ahead of us to guarantee our continued progress.
In the first quarter, the Commanders made their move. Sam Howell found Terri McLaurin for a 26-yard score, and Brian Robinson Jr.
established a touchdown with a 29-yard run. Washington’s drive lasted just three plays and less than a minute. (Commanders 7 – Eagles 0)
Field Goal! Jake Elliott’s 51-yard field goal was a beauty! An 11-play, 42-yard march came to a halt within Washington’s field, leading the Eagles to opt for a three-point score. Jalen Hurts made a big pass to A.J. Brown, and Brown and Devonta Smith advanced the attack on the field. (Commanders 7 – Eagles 3)
In the second quarter, the Commanders were on the move. Howell connected with Jahan Dotson for a wide-open score in the middle. A 21-yard touchdown pass came right after a personal foul penalty, pushing the Commanders back to their 30-yard line. (Commanders 14 – Eagles 3)
Washington, on the Eagles’ 4-yard line, stumbled as Kenneth Gainwell fumbled, returning the ball to the Commanders. Cameron Curl loosened the ball, and Federian Mathis recovered. A.J. Brown had a 57-yard receiving yard on the drive.
Defense! With the Eagles on the Washington 35-yard line, James Bradberry made a big play to disrupt a desired pass for McLaurin on fourth and 1.
Touchdown! Oh my, A.J. Brown! The wide receiver made a dazzling entrance into the end zone, grabbing a one-handed 16-yard touchdown in the corner of the scoring area.
In just 1:14, the Eagles made their way down the field with big plays from Brown, Gainwell, and Devonta Smith. (Commanders 14 – Eagles 10)
Brown commented, “To be precise, I pulled it off during our practice session on Friday. It was the same corner and everything.”
To come within field goal range, the Commanders put their foot on the field with 33 seconds left. Joey Slye faced a setback when his field goal attempt was delayed by a false start penalty, yet it proved inconsequential as he successfully converted a remarkable 61-yard kick with a mere second remaining.
It was the longest field goal in Washington’s history and Slye’s longest career field goal. (Commanders 17 – Eagles 10)
In the third quarter, with the Eagles on the 1-yard line of Washington, Hurts was tackled for a loss by Bradarly Chubb, giving the ball back to the Commanders.
On the second occasion, the Eagles’ offense encountered difficulties within the adversary’s 5-yard territory, which posed challenges for their upcoming game.
Brown remarked, “Our defense came to our rescue. There are a few minor details we need to iron out. We’re steadily progressing, and our hard work continues.
Britain Covey returned a punt to the Philadelphia 49-yard line, putting the Eagles in great field position.
Touchdown! Again, Brown! Another amazing catch by Brown and an incredible throw by Hurts. Brown leaped up and secured the ball amidst two defenders, proceeding to navigate his path into the end zone for his second touchdown in the game. Smith’s 17-yard catch on fourth and fourth kept the Philadelphia drive alive. (Eagles 17 – Commanders 17)
The Commanders launched their first drive of the fourth quarter with an attack. Logan Thomas threw a pass to Sam Howell on third down, but Reed Blankenship intercepted it on the sideline. (Commanders 24 – Eagles 17)
With a 16-yard catch in the fourth quarter,
A.J. Brown etched his name in NFL history as the initial player to achieve a remarkable feat, amassing 125 or more receiving yards in six consecutive games.
Last week, he equaled Kelvin Johnson’s record of five consecutive 125+ yard games.
Brown said, “I’m still working. I think there will come a time when I’ll sit back and say, ‘Go, A.J.’ But that’s not the case right now. We have a big match with Dallas. We need to focus on that.”
Hurts said, “He’s really doing some impressive things. He’s playing at a very high level; he’s consistently performing well.
As a friend, I know his mentality and where it’s coming from. What he does on the field, how he operates in the offense, it’s no surprise. It’s his mindset and his reason. As a friend and in my role as a quarterback, I take great pride in his achievements.
Touchdown! Hurts found Smith deep on the sideline, who ran to the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown in the red zone. The drive was a quick response at the end of the Commanders’ last score. (Eagles 24 – Commanders 24)
Sirianni said, “Jalen had an excellent performance. What you’re seeing is how well he’s playing in the pocket. I felt he was playing with the lights out.”
Interception! Blankenship got it all! Reed got his first interception after three weeks, knocking Howell’s pass out of the air. A penalty was added at the end of the game, pushing the Eagles to the Washington 7-yard line.
Blankenship said, “We were just waiting for an opportunity, and the opportunity came. You have to make plays on the ball, especially at that crucial point in the game.”
Touchdown! There it is! Julio Jones got his first touchdown as an Eagle. Hurts found Jones with a pass in the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown. (Eagles 31 – Commanders 24)
Jones stated, “This is a match we’ve been diligently preparing for.You couldn’t have scripted it better. They did exactly what they showed in the film, and we just went out there and executed it.”
Defense! The Commanders struggled to make changes in midfield. Howell’s back-to-back passes were low, and McLaurin also dropped one.
Sack! Almost there! Hassan Reddick sacked Howell and forced a fumble. Washington managed to regain possession of the ball, but the fact that they were positioned within the red zone had little impact. The Eagles swiftly reasserted themselves, this time asserting their authority within the red zone.
Reddick emphasized, “I persevere and keep pushing until the final seconds tick away. It’s all about that burning desire, unwavering willpower, and unwavering determination.
The game concluded with the Eagles securing the win, leaving fans thrilled with a heart-pounding match. The team’s persistence and strong performances from key players like A.J. Brown and Reed Blankenship played a significant role in their success.
This win paves the way for an eagerly awaited clash against the Dallas Cowboys, as the Eagles persist in their journey toward their aspirations. With determination and teamwork, they aim to keep climbing and achieving their objectives in the National Football League.