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Morning Roundup: 'We needed a game like this'

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Here are the storylines from Sunday's overtime win over the Washington Commanders. The Eagles improved to 4-0 and remain just one of two (49ers) undefeated teams in the entire league.

Nicholas Morrow's career day helps the Eagles stay undefeated

Linebacker Nicholas Morrow made his presence known early and often in the Week 4 victory over the Washington Commanders.

Morrow recorded a career-high three sacks. This was the first time he has had more than one sack in a game since he came into the league in 2017. Coming into the game, Morrow had four sacks in 81 career games.

"It is exciting; I am happy," Morrow said. "I think some of the defensive linemen are mad at me, so I might owe them one. But more than anything, I am just happy to win. I have been a part of games like this where we did not pull it out, but today, we did. That is the biggest thing."

Along with his three sacks, Morrow tied a career high with 11 tackles and forced a fumble. He and his linebacking partner Zach Cunningham combined for 25 total tackles. Morrow's 10 solo tackles were tied with Darius Slay for the most in the game.

Morrow is the first Eagle to record 10+ tackles, 3.0+ sacks, and 1+ FF in a game.

He is also the first undrafted linebacker to have 10+ tackles, 3.0+ sacks and 1+ FF in a game since the Steelers' James Harrison in 2007 vs. Baltimore.

His first sack occurred on a third-and-8 play in the second quarter. The pocket collapsed on Commanders quarterback Sam Howell, allowing Morrow to shimmy his way inside and take the second-year quarterback to the ground.

"One of them I was not even blitzing on, the pocket was just open," Morrow said. "The biggest thing was feeling where the holes were and shooting through the gaps."

After the game, Morrow noted he enjoys blitzing when he can hit the quarterback and get sacks.

His second sack came on another third-down play, this time in the third quarter. After evading the initial rush, Howell was able to scramble free. However, Morrow read the play perfectly and swallowed the quarterback well before he could get back to the line of scrimmage.

"The guys up front did a good job taking care of their jobs," Morrow said.

His third sack was the most emphatic.

With just over a minute left in the game and the Eagles up by a touchdown, Morrow shot through a gap between the center and left guard, wrapping Howell up and taking him to the ground.

While the Commanders did score on the last play of regulation, Morrow and the defense made a stand in overtime, which led to Jake Elliott's game-winning field goal.

Morrow's teammates took notice of his strong play after the game, including fellow linebacker Haasson Reddick, who recorded his first sack of the season.

"When his number was called, he went out there and made his plays," Reddick said. "Guys got to make plays and that was Nick today. He excelled in every opportunity he was given."

While Morrow stood out with three sacks today, his play has been strong since signing to the active roster before the home opener in Week 2.

In three games, Morrow has 16 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, and a fumble recovery.

"You have to be happy for him," Fletcher Cox said. "He has been playing well for us all season. He has stepped up since Nakobe (Dean) went down. He has been doing a good job getting everybody lined up and doing his job. That is what you expect from him. He is a pro."

Morrow was released during the final roster cutdown on August 29. He was signed to the practice squad a few days later and then signed to the active roster on September 12, following Nakobe Dean's injury in Week 1.

Safe to say, he is making the most of his second chance.

"No matter what it is, every game it is the same approach," Morrow said. "You just got to go play ball. You go out there prepare the best way you can and play your snaps." – Written by Owen Boyle

Here's other news and notes from the game:

3. The passing game produced six gains of 20-plus yards, a high for the season. The Eagles came out throwing the football and Hurts was on his game, completing 25 of 37 passes for 319 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also had nine carries for 34 yards and, the big number also, zero turnovers.

• The Eagles are 4-0 for the seventh time in franchise history, having done so in back-to-back seasons for the second time ever (1992-93). Head Coach Nick Sirianni has a 27-11 regular-season record with the Eagles, the highest such mark in team history.

Sunday's win was the first in an overtime game since the 2019 season.

"When you can win different ways, it just — you're going to be put in all these scenarios through a long season, right? And so, it just builds confidence that, 'OK, we've been here before, we know how to win this way. We've been here before, we know how to win this way. We've been here before, we know how to win this way.'

"I think it just builds a lot of things for your team. That was a sweet way to win. Man, Jake Elliott — I talked about Jalen (Hurts) being clutch, Jake Elliott is so clutch. I don't watch field goals. I don't know why. I don't watch it.

"I look at Coach (Special Teams Coordinator Michael) Clay, he points at me or gives me one of these (looks) if we miss. I was looking at him and he hit me with that (thumbs up). And I don't know if I was really even that surprised. Jake's just clutch. Jalen and Jake just played clutch games today and really happy for them."

It's Commanders vs. Eagles. The Eagles look to defend their perfect record and improve to 4-0. The Commanders are in search of a bounce-back effort after suffering their first loss last week against Buffalo. Washington came away with the win the last time these two teams met. What's on the horizon for this Sunday?

• Jalen Hurts is now 21-1 in his last 22 regular-season games. Sunday's win exacted revenge for the only blemish in that streak, a 32-21 loss to the Commanders at Lincoln Financial Field last November.

Hurts threw for a season-high 319 yards while completing 67.6 percent of his passes. He threw two touchdowns, posted a 112.3 QB rating, rushed for an additional 34 yards, and didn't turn the ball over.

"We needed a game like this for us. Jokingly, I guess we wanted to play a little bit longer tonight. I think a win like this does so much for the spirit of a team because winning is not easy. Winning is hard. It's hard in this league and it's very hard in this division. In multiple ways, it lights a fire for us to continue to do what we want to do.

"I come up here and I tell you guys how important keeping the main thing the main thing is. The main thing is to continue to grow and get better every day. There are a ton of things to clean up in every phase and every guy could have done something better out there today, but when you find ways to win in those moments and you persevere and you stick together, that makes a team come together. That makes us stronger together and that builds up (morale) and a special togetherness.

"I'm proud of how we fought, I'm proud of how we overcame, and I'm proud of how we were resilient. I'm excited to continue to build and grow as we've done this whole entire time so far."

• Jake Elliott's game-winning 54-yard field goal was the longest such in overtime by an Eagle since the 1970 merger. Through four games, Elliott has four (fitting for his jersey number) field goals of 50+ yards, just one shy of his career high (5, twice, most recently last season). He now has 22 50-plus-year field goals, the most in franchise history.

Elliott connected on all four (again) of his field goal attempts and finished with 14 points.

"I wanted it to come down to me," he said after booting the 54-yard field goal in overtime to win the game on Sunday. "I'm on the sidelines and I am thinking that. I welcome that moment and it just went perfectly.

"It's not just me. Great snap (by Rick Lovato) and great hold (by Braden Mann) and I hit it the way I wanted to hit it. It's an awesome feeling."

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