EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Starting the season 0-2, the Eagles knew they needed to get on track when they traveled to MetLife Stadium. But, would it be possible for a team bogged down with injuries to hand the 2-0 Jets their first loss of the season? With determination, Philadelphia fought and did just that, defeating the Jets 24-17 for its first victory of 2015.
One of the biggest concerns for the Eagles coming into the matchup was their run game. In their first two outings, the Eagles rushed for a combined 70 yards, a number that put them last in the NFL. With DeMarco Murray out of the lineup, the run game became an even bigger concern. However, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles stepped up on Sunday afternoon. Mathews had 25 carries for 108 rushing yards, while Sproles had just 17 rushing yards but a touchdown. Sproles also was a key contributor to the game on special teams, returning a punt 89 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It marked the longest return of his career and second-longest punt return in Eagles history.
Mathews tacked on a touchdown of his own after catching a 23-yard pass from quarterback Sam Bradford off a wheel route. The quarterback completed 14-of-28 passes for 118 yards during the afternoon. In total, the Eagles had 231 yards of offense with 123 rushing yards and 108 passing yards.
Due to the injuries of Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks, rookie Jordan Hicks saw a major bump in his playing time. The linebacker had numerous key tackles, accounted for a fumble recovery and had his first-career interception in the fourth quarter after Brandon Bair deflected a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass.
Throughout the afternoon, the Eagles' defense caused four turnovers, three of which were interceptions. In addition to Hicks' pick, rookie Eric Rowe and safety Walter Thurmond notched the remaining two. Rowe picked off the Jets' quarterback in the end zone at the end of the third quarter, preventing a New York touchdown. Thurmond's came later in the game, with just over three minutes remaining. He grabbed the ball at the Philadelphia 18-yard line.
Despite allowing a fourth quarter field goal, the Eagles held onto the lead to finish the game. The Eagles are now a perfect 10-0 all time against the New York Jets. With one win under their belt, the Eagles will now move their focus to next Sunday's division game against Washington.
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