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Eagles' Final Effort Comes Up Just Short

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After a resiliently hard-fought game, the Eagles fell to the Chiefs in a thrilling 27-20 finish. A turnover late in the fourth quarter shifted momentum in favor of the Chiefs, as they went on to score two touchdowns in the final seven minutes. The Eagles had a final shot late to tie the game after tight end Trey Burton recovered an onside kick with just five seconds remaining. But the last-second Hail Mary attempt was batted away and the Chiefs escaped with the victory.

"The takeaway is you're right there. The team that lit the scoreboard up in Week 1 up in New England, to come back up and keep them tied and keep them held down for three quarters ... we offensively have to address our own needs and the way we're playing offensively. It starts with me as a playcaller," head coach Doug Pederson said. "Again, by no means, do I want to throw the ball that many times but we've got to get the run game fixed and it's a team effort. However the game plays out we try to find a way to win at the end."

Quarterback Carson Wentz threw for over 300 yards for the second time this season, finishing with 333 yards and two touchdowns.

"I thought he played hard, played tough, made some great decisions," Pederson said. "Threw the ball accurately down the field. We had some missed opportunities in the first half and could have extended some drives. Showed some toughness late in the game. Obviously, there were a couple things. The pick, obviously, he had a fumble in the pocket recovered. But those things are going to happen but at the same time you have to eliminate those. But overall I thought he played well."

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery notched his first touchdown as an Eagle and Nelson Agholor found the end zone late for the team's final score. The Eagles' defense was able to come away with four sacks, but the offense sputtered at times, as Wentz was sacked six times.

On the game's opening drive, the Eagles held the Chiefs to a 34-yard field goal by Cairo Santos. The Eagles' offense came out hot as the team's first three plays resulted in first downs. The offense, however, was unable to capitalize on a third-and-7 at the Chiefs' 16-yard line. Eagles kicker Jake Elliott, signed off the Bengals' practice squad after Caleb Sturgis was placed on Injured Reserve, started his NFL debut off on the right foot and evened up the score at 3-3, on a 34-yard field goal.

After that, the defenses took over. With 11 minutes remaining in the second quarter, quarterback Carson Wentz was strip-sacked by Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones. Fortunately, the ball was recovered by tackle Lane Johnson at the Kansas City 46.

The Birds returned the favor on the following possession. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks escaped up the middle and sacked Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith for a loss of 5 yards. The sacking brigade continued when Wentz was brought down for the second time of the half. This time, Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford was responsible for the takedown at the Philadelphia 14. Later, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox made a huge stop on third down with a sack of Smith that forced a punt. But on the return, Darren Sproles was hit by long snapper James Winchester, who popped the ball loose. The ball was recovered by the Chiefs' Anthony Sherman at the Philadelphia 24-yard line.

Again, the Eagles were able to hold the Chiefs to a field goal after defensive end Brandon Graham brought down Smith. Santos' kick gave the Chiefs a 6-3 lead. To end the half, tight end Zach Ertz made a sensational heads-up play on a ball that was nearly intercepted. Wentz's deep pass to Ertz was tipped by cornerback Terrance Mitchell but Ertz kept his eyes on the ball and made the grab before he was brought down at the Kansas City 11. Elliott, though, missed a 30-yarder as time expired which kept the score 6-3 at the half.

Midway through the third, defensive end Chris Long notched his first sack as an Eagle on third-and-8, when he sacked Smith at the Philadelphia 49-yard line. On the following Eagles drive, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery scored his first touchdown as an Eagle on a 16-yard connection. Wentz found Jeffery along the left side in one-on-one coverage. Jeffery caught the pass, turned and got the football just across the goal line for the score. His score gave the Eagles their first lead on the afternoon at 10-6.

Kansas City answered quickly. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt busted through the Eagles' defense and tracked 53 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs regained the lead 13-10 heading into the fourth quarter.

Later, Elliott knotted up the score at 13 on a 40-yard field with 12 minutes to go in the game.

With nine minutes remaining, Wentz had his pass deflected off the helmet of Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and intercepted by Jones. The play set the Chiefs up at the Philadelphia 31. A few plays later, tight end Travis Kelce dove over a few Eagles for a touchdown off a shovel pass delivered by Smith. The score made the tally 20-13 with six and a half minutes left in the fourth. The Eagles were unable to pick up a crucial first down on the following possession. Hunt put the Chiefs ahead for good with a 2-yard touchdown run up the middle to make it a two-touchdown lead with just over two minutes to go. A touchdown from wide receiver Nelson Agholor wouldn't be enough as the Eagles fell 27-20.

The Eagles will head home in Week 3 to face the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field. New York plays Detroit on Monday night.

Game Leaders

Passing

QB Carson Wentz: 25-of-46, 333 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT, 83 QB Rating
QB Alex Smith: 21-of-28 251 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT, 113.8 QB Rating

Rushing

Wentz: 4-55, 13.8 avg.
RB Darren Sproles: 10-48, 4.8 avg.
RB Kareem Hunt: 13-81, 6.2 avg., 2 TD

Receiving

WR Alshon Jeffery: 7-92, 13.1 avg., 1 TD
TE Zach Ertz: 5-97, 19.4 avg.
TE Travis Kelce: 8-103, 12.9 avg., 1 TD

The Philadelphia Eagles traveled to Arrowhead Stadium for their Week 2 matchup, but fell to the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-20.

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