A late touchdown drive orchestrated by quarterback Joe Callahan gave the Eagles their first preseason victory, 10-9, over the New York Jets on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
With 18 seconds remaining in regulation, Callahan found running back Matt Jones at the 2-yard line. Jones then stretched the ball over the pylon for the Eagles' first touchdown in two weeks. Jake Elliott's extra point gave the Eagles their first lead of the game and proved to be the difference in the win.
Callahan led the Eagles in passing, completing 18 of 26 passes for 164 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
Callahan shared quarterbacking duties with former Jet Christian Hackenberg, who showed off his speed by leading all rushers with 66 yards on five attempts.
For the running backs, Jones led the way with 54 yards on nine rushes. He was also on the receiving end of Callahan's game-winning 4-yard throw.
"There was no quit in this team tonight," head coach Doug Pederson said. "A lot of resiliency. A lot of guys fighting for jobs, fighting for their lives, really stepped up and helped us win this game."
After both defenses forced three-and-outs to start the game, a seven-play drive of just 13 yards by the Jets set up a 58-yard field goal from kicker Jason Myers, giving the Jets a 3-0 lead with 8:27 left in the first quarter.
On the Eagles' next possession, a needle-threading pass from Callahan to wide receiver DeAndre Carter gained 19 yards and put the them in Jets territory. But after a fumbled snap that lost 13 yards and two long incompletions, the Eagles punted again. The defense forced another three-and-out and the score remained 3-0 to end the first quarter.
The Eagles' offense couldn't put anything together to start the second, but after a Cameron Johnston punt set the Jets up at their own 6-yard line, the Eagles' defense forced another three-and-out.
Hackenberg came into the game for the Eagles' ensuing possession. Following a sack, the offense suffered two penalties at the line of scrimmage setting up second-and-23. Hackenberg found tight end Anthony Denham for 15 yards on second down. However, he threw an interception on the very next play.
A penalty on the return took the Jets back to their own 40-yard line to start their next drive. With new quarterback John Wolford under center, the Eagles' defense answered right back. A pass to wide receiver Chad Hansen was picked off by cornerback Chandon Sullivan to give them the ball back at their own 4-yard line.
The Eagles and Jets traded three-and-outs before Hackenberg tossed his second interception of the game. Jets safety J.J. Wilcox was the beneficiary of the errant throw and returned it to the Eagles' 8-yard line.
The Eagles' defense stood tall following the interception by stopping the Jets on four consecutive plays. The offense took over at its 1-yard line with 1:30 left in the half.
Running back Donnel Pumphrey took a screen pass 25 yards to get the drive started quickly. Although a 19-yard run by Hackenberg with 20 seconds left put the Eagles in field goal range, the clock ran out, keeping the score at 3-0 at the half. The Eagles' defense held the Jets to just 89 first-half yards.
Hackenberg turned on the proverbial jets to start the second half, running for 11 yards and 22 yards on separate plays to bring the Eagles into New York territory. When the drive stalled, kicker Jake Elliott stepped in and nailed a 55-yard field goal to even the score at 3-3 with 11:25 left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing drive, a ferocious sack by defensive end Steven Means forced a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Kyle Wilson to set the Eagles up at midfield. The Eagles couldn't take advantage, however, going three-and-out. New York's next drive went 55 yards in 10 plays to set up a 43-yard field goal to take a 6-3 lead with 2:58 left in the third.
The Eagles lost their third turnover of the game on the next drive when Hackenberg ran for 6 yards, but fumbled at the Eagles' 34-yard line.
New York's ensuing drive, which brought the game into the fourth quarter, ended with a 19-yard field goal that extended its lead to 9-3 with 14:43 remaining in the game.
Callahan re-entered the game for the Eagles and took a 10-yard sack on his first play back. The Eagles were ready to punt two plays later when a 12th player on the field for the Jets extended the drive. But other than a 15-yard pass to wide receiver Tim Wilson, the offense couldn't do much more, turning the ball over on downs at the Philadelphia 42-yard line.
The Eagles' defense forced another three-and-out. The offense's next drive looked promising, going 56 yards in seven plays, but Callahan underthrew a pass heading toward wide receiver Greg Ward Jr. and it was picked off in the end zone for a touchback. It was the Eagles' fourth turnover of the game.
A quick Jets possession gave the Eagles' offense one last chance, starting the drive at the Philadelphia 32-yard line with 3:28 remaining. Callahan made the most of the opportunity, leading the Eagles more than 70 yards down the field into the red zone.
After the game-winning score, Means put the game to bed with his third sack of the night.
The Eagles finished the 2018 preseason with a 1-3 record, but its back to 0-0 next week, as they will be the center of the NFL universe when they host the Atlanta Falcons to begin the 2018 regular season Falcons (8:20 p.m., NBC).
The Philadelphia Eagles finished out the 2018 preseason with a victory over the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field. Check out all the photos from the game.