The Eagles came out strong on Thursday night as they shutout the Steelers in Pittsburgh, 17-0, in a game that featured four interceptions by the team's defense. Here's a quick recap of how the victory came about ...
Defensive Takes Command In Shutout
Throughout the entirety of the game, the Eagles' defense came up with four interceptions to keep the Steelers off the scoreboard. It all started at the 9:27 mark of the first quarter, when quarterback Landry Jones threw a short pass intended for Sammie Coates. Instead it was cornerback Nolan Carroll who came away with the football, returning it 38 yards for the Eagles' first touchdown of the game. The touchdown gave the team a 7-0 lead after the extra point.
Then late in the first quarter, cornerback Leodis McKelvin deflected a pass in the end zone that Malcolm Jenkins was able to intercept. The third interception of the game then came with 2:33 to go in the half as cornerback Aaron Grymes made a tough, leaping catch in the end zone. Shortly thereafter, the defense was at it again. With 46 seconds left before halftime, safety Jaylen Watkins gave the Eagles' offense the ball back at the Steelers' 40-yard line. That fourth interception led to a 40-yard field goal from kicker Cody Parkey to end the half.
The Eagles' defense was then able to keep Pittsburgh off the board in the second half, allowing the game to end in a 17-0 victory.
Offense Gets Going
After only getting four plays in the first quarter, the offense began to pick up the pace as it opened up the second quarter with a first down on an 8-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 7-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.
The team's only offensive touchdown of the game came in the second half with Chase Daniel at quarterback. Daniel moved the Eagles from their own 13-yard line down the field in a drive that culminated in a 5-yard touchdown run from running back Kenjon Barner.
Highlight One-Handed Grab
During the Eagles' third-quarter scoring drive, wide receiver Paul Turner made a ridiculous, one-handed catch while heavily covered by Steelers cornerback Kevin White. Turner picked up 23 yards on the play, placing the offense at on the Steeler's 20-yard line.
Aaron Grymes (shoulder) and linebacker Joe Walker (knee) both left the game following halftime. Blake Countess later exited the field to be evaluated for a head injury.
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.