EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- **For Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, the feeling of winning a regular season NFL game is something that he hasn't experienced since October 13, 2013. That day, he led St. Louis to a 38-13 victory over Houston. Then the injuries set in. Now, almost two years later, Bradford walked off the field at MetLife Stadium as a winner against a physical New York Jets defense.
It wasn't the prettiest game for Bradford, who completed 14-of-28 passes for 118 yards and touchdown, but a win is win, and for Bradford, another milestone in his comeback from ACL surgery.
"(It was a) tough win," Bradford said after the game. "Our defense did a great job today keeping us in the game. It was just a great win for the team.
"They're a good defense. I thought they matched up with us well today. I missed a few throws. I think we had a few drops. There were a couple different things on different drives that set us back, but I don't think there was anything major. I'm really proud of the way we fought to get that win, to hang in there, to fight. That's huge for us."
Bradford admitted that his afternoon in New Jersey was far from perfect, but the Eagles turned the ball over just once on Sunday on a fourth-quarter fumble by Ryan Mathews. Not turning the ball over is always an emphasis, but it was even more so this week against a ballhawking Jets defense.
"It's something we talked a lot about this week," Bradford said of the turnovers. "This defense had 10 takeaways in the first two weeks. For us to have I think one giveaway today, that's big. Obviously with the passing game, we just have to be more efficient.
"Hopefully we can continue to (play with a lead). It's a lot more fun to play from ahead than it is behind. We've got to figure out a way when we get those leads to continue to put drives together in the second half. That was a bit of a struggle for us today. Hopefully, we can learn from that and continue to build."
Not only was Sunday's game the first of the season in which Bradford didn't throw an interception, but it was also the first game that the Eagles went over 100 yards rushing as a team. Mathews led the way with 108 yards on 25 carries after DeMarco Murray was ruled inactive due to a hamstring injury. As Bradford explained, getting the running game going early was what opened up the rest of the offense.
"It was great in the first half to get those guys going," Bradford said. "I thought they ran really hard and did a great job opening holes. That's a good front seven that we just played. To be able to come out and run the ball the way we did in the first half, that's really big for us."
Now that the first win of the 2015 season is in the books, the Eagles can take a collective breath before looking ahead to a pivotal NFC East matchup with Washington.
"I think it can do a lot, especially for us," Bradford said of Sunday's win. "I feel like the first couple weeks there was a lot of pressure on us. I feel like we're all pressing a little bit. It's just nice to get that first one. Now that pressure is gone. Like I said, it wasn't perfect today. There are things that we need to correct, but I think this is a great building block for this team."
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