Defense At It Again
The defense was on the field for all but 2:50 in the first quarter and did not disappoint. Cornerback Nolan Carroll got the ball rolling defensively with 9:27 remaining, putting the Eagles on the board with a 38 yard pick-six, jumping a pass thrown by Steeler quarterback Landry Jones. As the quarter came to a close, safety Malcolm Jenkins intercepted Jones from the back of the Steelers' end zone giving the Eagles offense the ball back with 40 seconds remaining.
Offense Gets Going
After only getting 4 plays in the first quarter, the offense began to show signs as they opened up the second quarter with the offense's first down on an eight-yard pass from quarterback Sam Bradford to wide receiver Nelson Agholor. On the following drive, Bradford found tight end Brent Celek up the middle for a 17-yard pick up. A seven-yard rush by running back Ryan Mathews, combined with a short pass to running back Darren Sproles gave the Eagles their third first down of the night.
With 4:33 left in the second quarter, Landry Jones connected on a pass to wide receiver Sammie Coates for a 24-yard gain that was initially ruled incomplete as Coates appeared to be out of bounds. Pittsburg challenged the official ruling and were awarded with a first down after further review of the play.
The Eagles' defense struck the Steeler offense again late with 2:33 to go in the half as cornerback Aaron Grymes made a tough leaping catch to pick-off intended for Coates in the end zone giving the defense their third interception of the half.
Struggling Offensive Line
The Eagles' offense failed to capitalize on two potential first downs during the second quarter. Bradford found wide receiver for what could have been a 12-yard first but was overturned for an offensive pass interference on tight end Zach Ertz. Two plays later, a 21-yard pick-up by Darren Sproles was overturned due to an offensive holding call on guard Isaac Seumalo.
Storming into the Locker Room
With 46 seconds left in the half, safety Jaylen Watkins gave the Eagles' offense the ball back at the Steelers' 40-yard line after recording the defense's fourth interception. Bradford marched the offense down to the Steelers 22-yard line allowing kicker Cody Parkey enough time to nail a 40-yard field goal to end the half.
The Eagles traveled to the Steel City for week two of the preseason and faced off against the Pittsburgh Steelers for Thursday Night Football where they took home the 17-0 victory.