The Patriots exacted revenge for their loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII with none other than a trick play.
On a third-and-11 in the third quarter, quarterback Tom Brady took the snap out of the shotgun and threw the ball to wide receiver Julian Edelman along the numbers to the right side. Edelman, a quarterback in college at Kent State, found a wide-open Phillip Dorsett in the end zone to give the Patriots their first lead of the game, 17-10 with 10:49 remaining in the quarter. It certainly wasn't on the level of the Philly Special, but it turned out to be the final scoring play of the evening as the Patriots scored 17 unanswered points to beat the Eagles. The Eagles are 5-5 after the loss, while New England improves to 9-1.
"The guys are disappointed," head coach Doug Pederson said. "They are frustrated. They understand we are a better football team than what we played tonight. As coaches, we have to coach better. We understand that. We have to play better. We didn't make enough play. I thought the defense really kept us in this football game for the most part. Then, offensively, we failed to execute. That's something that the guys really pride themselves on, we all do. Just not enough plays there."
The game turned for the Eagles after their final scoring play, a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Wentz to tight end Dallas Goedert with 12:36 remaining in the first half. Initially, the referees ruled the scoring play an interception, as Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones ripped the ball away from Goedert, but not until the tight end possessed the ball and crossed the goal line. The play was overturned after a replay review.
All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson exited the game with a head injury after that drive – a 16-play, 95-yard march that lasted nine minutes and thirty-three seconds – and did not return. In the Eagles' first three drives that netted 10 points, the Eagles gained 147 yards and nine first downs. In the 10 drives following Johnson's injury, the Eagles totaled 12 first downs, 165 total yards, and no points. It wasn't until the fourth quarter when the Eagles put together another possession that produced more than 30 yards and that ended following a turnover on downs. On fourth-and-10 from the Patriots' 26-yard line with 1:05 remaining, Wentz was blitzed and threw the ball high and in the back of the end zone for wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who was unable to come up with the catch.
"He's probably the best right tackle in football," Wentz said of Johnson. "But we feel we have really good depth at that position with (Halapoulivaati Vaitai) being able to step in. I have a lot of confidence in him, so I don't think that was the deal breaker by any means."
Halapoulivaati Vaitai took over at right tackle for Johnson, but he certainly wasn't responsible for all of the Eagles' miscues in the final two-plus quarters. This was already an offense without starting running back Jordan Howard (shoulder injury) and leading wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (ankle injury). Wentz was inaccurate and his timing in the pocket was off, as he finished 20-of-40 for 214 yards with a touchdown and a lost fumble for a 74.4 QB rating. The Eagles were just 3-of-13, (23 percent) on third down. Wentz was sacked five times, all after Johnson exited the game.
"I have to get rid of the ball," Wentz said. "They had some good coverages and stuff, but I have to get rid of the ball and be better with that."
The run game, the hallmark of the Eagles' offense of late, was unable to produce 100 yards as rookie Miles Sanders (11 carries, 38 yards), Boston Scott (seven carries, 26 yards), and Wentz (17 yards) combined for 81 yards.
Tight end Zach Ertz led the passing attack with a game-high nine catches for 94 yards. On a potential tying drive in the fourth quarter, Wentz threw two errant passes to Ertz who was open. The Eagles' wide receivers combined for 35 yards on six catches.
"I think we kind of beat ourselves at times," Ertz said. "Obviously, we had penalties (seven for 34 yards) and it was probably one of our worst third-down performances of the season. We just weren't efficient on third down against a really good third-down defense. We came into the game with a ton of confidence on our third-down performance and we just didn't execute, and we had penalties. They are a good defense. It's tough to go 90 yards at times against them. We did it once, but we just couldn't do it again."
The Eagles' defense, meanwhile, held the Patriots to their second-lowest scoring output of the season. Brady had his second-fewest amount of passing yards in 2019 as well as QB rating, completing 26-of-47 passes for 216 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions for a 67.3 QB rating. Edelman had five catches for 53 yards, plus the game-winning touchdown throw. The Patriots were held to just 74 rushing yards on 22 carries (3.4 yards per carry). Patriots punter Jake Bailey was one of the stars of the game, with six punts inside the 20-yard line.
Linebacker Nathan Gerry led the Eagles with 10 tackles and a sack. Fellow linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill had three tackles for loss. Safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Avonte Maddox each had seven tackles apiece.
The Eagles are one game behind the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East following Sunday's action as the Cowboys beat the Detroit Lions, 35-27. The Eagles return to Lincoln Financial Field next Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. to host quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are 8-2 and in second place in the NFC West. They are on a bye this weekend.
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