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Balanced Attack Carries Eagles In 26-24 Win Over Chargers

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The Eagles handled their business on the road in Los Angeles knocking off the Chargers, 26-24. The Eagles led from start to finish, staving off a Chargers run late in the fourth quarter. Running back LeGarrette Blount led the way Eagles' attack with a season-high 136 rushing yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Carson Wentz threw for 242 yards and a touchdown. Alshon Jeffery notched his second touchdown as an Eagle and running back Wendell Smallwood earned his second rushing touchdown of his career. Rookie kicker Jake Elliott went 4-for-4 on field goals including a 53-yarder. With the win, the Eagles improved to 3-1 on the season.

"Shows the resiliency of this team. I've said it quite a few times. There's no quit in this team," head coach Doug Pederson said after the game. "They're learning to play as a unit, to play together, and that's good to see. Just a great win for this team."

From the outset, the defense continued their strong first-quarter starts this season. On the Chargers' first possession, Chris Long blind-sided quarterback Philip Rivers for a strip-sack at the Philadelphia 41. The ball was recovered by rookie Derek Barnett which gave the Eagles the ball at their own 32-yard line.

On the Eagles' first possession, the team striked first compliments of Wentz and Jeffery. At the 8:05 mark, Wentz rifled the ball to Jeffery down the middle for an 8-yard touchdown to give the Eagles an early 7-0 lead. The play was set up by a big 36-yard third-down completion by wide receiver Nelson Agholor.

Later, rookie kicker Jake Elliott polished off a strong first quarter for the Eagles after he made good on a 45-yard field goal to put the Eagles up 10-0.

To start the second quarter, the offense picked up where it left off. The team marched their way just outside the red zone before Elliott knocked in a 40-yard field goal. The Eagles led 13-0 with over six minutes remaining in the half.

The Chargers quickly responded. Following Elliott's kick, quarterback Philip Rivers bombed one deep along the right side to wide receiver Tyrell Williams for a 75-yard touchdown. The Chargers cut the Eagles' lead to just six at 13-7.

Elliott continued his perfect afternoon kicking the football. This time, Elliott booted in a 53-yarder to make the score 16-7. Minutes later, Rivers was sacked for the first time of the afternoon at the Los Angeles 25, thanks to defensive tackle Beau Allen. The Chargers narrowed the Eagles' lead on a Younghoe Koo 28-yard field goal. The Eagles were up 16-10 at halftime.

The third quarter was quiet on both ends aside from a 48-yard Elliott field goal. The kick marked Elliott's fourth field goal of the day which put the Eagles up 19-10 heading into the final quarter.

The Chargers started the fourth with a touchdown just two minutes into the quarter. Running back Austin Ekeler beat the defense for a 35-yard cutback rush up the middle to bring the tally to 19-17.

On the Eagles' next possession, LeGarrette Blount put the Eagles in terrific scoring position on a 68-yard plow-drive inside the Los Angeles 5-yard line. Running back Wendell Smallwood took care of the rest, leaping over a handful of Chargers for the Eagles' second touchdown of the day. Smallwood's score gave the Eagles a two-possession lead at 26-17.

Less than three minutes later, the Chargers earned their third touchdown. This time Rivers connected with tight end Hunter Henry on a one-handed catch toward the back of the end zone to make the score 26-24.

The Eagles rushing attack came through late as the team was able to convert on every third-down possession on their final drive, running out the final 6:44 to seal the win.

The Eagles return to Philadelphia in Week 5 to take on the Arizona Cardinals, who beat the 49ers on Sunday in overtime.

Top Performers

Passing

Carson Wentz: 17-31, 242 yards, TD
Philip Rivers: 22-38, 347 yards, 2 TD, FUM

Receiving

Alshon Jeffery: 3 catches, 29 yards, TD
Zach Ertz: 5 catches, 81 yards
Keenan Allen: 5 catches, 138 yards
Tyrell Williams: 5 catches, 115 yards, TD
Hunter Henry: 3 catches, 16 yards, TD

Rushing

LeGarrette Blount: 16 carries, 137 yards
Wendell Smallwood: 10 carries, 34 yards, TD
Melvin Gordon: 10 carries, 22 yards
Austin Ekeler 35-yard TD

The Philadelphia Eagles topped the Los Angeles Chargers 26-24 at StubHub Center.

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