Carson Wentz checked a few more NFL "firsts" off his list during Sunday afternoon's game. Unfortunately, they were ones the rookie certainly wishes remained unfulfilled.
With 1:28 to play in Detroit, the Eagles trailed by a point and were on the brink of their first loss in 2016. From the Philadelphia 25-yard line, Wentz took the snap, looked down the field and fired away. His pass though, intended for wide receiver Nelson Agholor, was picked off by Lions cornerback Darius Slay and marked the first interception of Wentz's NFL career.
The turnover solidified the game's result and left the quarterback and his team on the losing side of a 24-23 decision.
"It wasn't a perfect throw," Wentz said during his postgame press conference. "I tried to give Nelson a chance to make a play. I left it too far outside. The cornerback, he made a great play. Hats off to him. He made a great play and sealed the win for them."
Overall, Wentz's stats showed he had another solid performance in Week 5. He was 25-of-33 for 238 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and a 102.8 quarterback rating. But, the thing that matters most to him and this team eluded them – the victory.
No longer undefeated, the Eagles are going to take a hard look at the mistakes they made against the Lions and do their best to correct them, especially in terms of penalties. In total, Philadelphia was called for 14 penalties, losing 111 yards.
"The biggest thing is we just shot ourselves in the foot a couple too many times. Some of the holding plays, some of those things, they happen," Wentz said. "But, some of those delays of game and some of those mistakes that we can control ourselves, we've got to just clean up. Those are things we want to have back, but the Lions, they played great. They came out and beat us and made more plays than us."
In the end, the Eagles' offense didn't finish. Two turnovers in the final minutes, including Ryan Mathews' fumble the possession before Wentz's interception, erased any chance of completing the second-half comeback.
However, in the NFL, teams need to have a short memory. Philadelphia is going to learn this lesson and then move on and flip the page to Washington.
"You never enjoy losing. That's just the way it is, but it's the NFL. It's hard to win in this league," Wentz said. "They played a great game. We got to go back and watch the tape, clean up some of the mistakes like I mentioned, some of those things we can control ourselves and just go on to the next week.
"We're 3-1. It's a long season, so it's one of those things where you can't be too hard on yourself. You got to go in and critique the tape hard, challenge yourself to get better, but at the same time it's a long season and we've got a long way to go."
The Eagles traveled to Detroit for their first post-bye week matchup but were defeated by the Lions, 24-23.