For the second week in a row, the Eagles came away with a victory after a close, hard-fought 60 minutes of play. The team had a three-point lead, but the Bills had the ball at their own 33-yard line with 1:23 remaining in the game. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw down the field, aiming for wide receiver Robert Woods, but the ball was intercepted by safety Ed Reynolds, who returned it 7 yards before purposely falling to the ground to ensure the Eagles kept possession. The play ended Buffalo's comeback hopes and allowed Philadelphia to leave Lincoln Financial Field with a 23-20 victory in hand.
With the win, the Eagles maintain a tie in first place in the NFC East as Washington defeated Chicago. The New York Giants don't play until Monday night. Take a look at some of the biggest takeaways from the win ...
Ertz Fights To Set Up Game-Winning FG
On a crucial third-and-3 with 4:56 to go in a tie game, quarterback Sam Bradford threw a short pass to tight end Zach Ertz. He caught the ball and immediately made his way down the left side of the field, breaking a tackle attempt by cornerback Leodis McKelvin before being brought down at the Buffalo 18 for a gain of 41 yards. The play set up a 30-yard Caleb Sturgis field goal to give Philadelphia a three-point lead with 3:30 to play. Ertz finished the game with five receptions for 98 yards.
The Four-Headed Monster??
With Ryan Mathews returning to the lineup after missing three weeks with a concussion and groin injury, the Eagles decided to activate four running backs on Sunday. All four running backs – Mathews, Darren Sproles, DeMarco Murray and Kenjon Barner – saw snaps out of the backfield and their touches were split throughout the game.
Mathews led the way in carries with 13 for 38 yards to go with two receptions for 4 yards. Sproles ran the ball seven times for 41 yards and a touchdown to go along with two catches for 4 yards. Murray gained 34 yards on 11 carries to go along with two catches for 3 yards. Barner did not touch the ball, but was on the field as a blocker out of the backfield.
A Touchdown Snagholor
Rookie first-round pick Nelson Agholor came into Sunday's game with just 16 catches for 163 yards with no touchdowns, but early in the second quarter the USC alum broke free down field on a second-and-26 play, getting open for a 53-yard touchdown catch on a perfectly placed ball thrown just short of the goal line by Bradford. After a converted extra point by Caleb Sturgis, the Eagles went up 14-7 with 10:38 left in the second quarter. Agholor finished with three catches for 62 yards and the first-career touchdown.
Another Week, Another Huge Special Teams Play
With the Eagles' offense coming off its third consecutive three-and-out, they punted away out of its own end zone in the second quarter. Donnie Jones booted it 52 yards down field to Marcus Thigpen, who mishandled the ball, which bounced a few yards before Bryan Braman recovered it at the Buffalo 37. That turnover set up the Agholor touchdown. On seven punts, Jones averaged 50.4 gross yards and 43.3 net yards - an outstanding day by Donnie Longball.
In his first game at Lincoln Financial Field since being traded, Bills running back LeSean McCoy was not much of a factor. He rushed for 74 yards on 20 carries (3.7 yards per carry). On his longest run, he picked up 24 yards. He also recorded four receptions for 35 yards. There was no Shady Bounce in the end zone today.
Bradford Finding Rhythm
In the three games that preceded this one, Bradford posted an average passer rating of 106.5 and a completion percentage of 68.2 percent. Against the Bills, the veteran signal-caller continued to look sharp, completing 23 of his 38 pass attempts (60.5 percent) for 247 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers were hindered slightly by a handful of dropped balls by receivers on catchable passes throughout the game.
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