The Eagles lost a heartbreaker to the Lions on Sunday, falling 24-23. Take a look at how the game unfolded in Detroit.
Eagles Turnovers Proves Costly
With 2:41 to play in the game, the Eagles had the ball and were coming up on third-and-2, but a Ryan Mathews fumble cost the team big time. Detroit recovered and got to work quickly, starting from the Philadelphia 45-yard line. The Eagles' defense stopped the Lions' touchdown hopes, as the team settled for a 29-yard field goal to regain a one-point lead with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, on the very next play from scrimmage, quarterback Carson Wentz threw his first career interception as Lions cornerback Darius Slay came up with the pick. With the ball back in the Lions' possession, Detroit handed Philadelphia its first loss of the season.
Second-Half Comeback Falls Short
The Eagles stormed out of the locker room to begin the third quarter, moving 75 yards in nine plays to get within four points of the Lions. On the drive, Wentz went 5-of-5 and finished the possession off with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Josh Huff, making the score, 21-17.
Then, the momentum took a turn for the Eagles' defense as well. On second-and-24 for the Lions, quarterback Matthew Stafford started to run with the ball, but dropped it. From there, it was a scramble before linebacker Nigel Bradham recovered it at the Detroit 16. The turnover resulted in another three points for the Eagles after a Caleb Sturgis field goal, leaving the Birds trailing by one point with 6:48 left to play in the third quarter.
Sturgis then kicked his third field goal of the afternoon, a 49-yard attempt, to give the Eagles a 23-21 lead with 6:45 remaining in the game.
Lions Took Control Early
After starting the game from their own 25, the Lions quickly moved down the field to grab the first points of the game. The 75-yard, 11-play drive ended when the Eagles' defense allowed its first passing touchdown of the season, a 1-yard reception to Theo Riddick from Stafford. The running back rushed for 27 yards on three carries during the drive, helping the Lions get things started on the ground. Detroit took the 7-0 lead with 9:42 remaining on the clock in the first quarter.
The next time the Lions had the ball, they were back at it again. Stafford found Riddick for a 17-yard catch-and-run touchdown putting Detroit up by 14 points with a minute left in the quarter. The Eagles didn't help their cause with three penalties on the drive. Stafford was 6-of-8 for 71 yards and two touchdowns on the team's first two possessions.
The Detroit Lions added another touchdown on their third offensive drive, taking a 21-7 lead on a Marvin Jones Jr. 1-yard reception, and highlighting issues on the defensive side of the ball for the Eagles early on.
Eagles Answer Back
As the final seconds of the first quarter wound down, the Eagles were trailing 14-0 and the ball was in the hands of its offense. At the Philadelphia 47 to start the second quarter, the offense picked it up and notched its first touchdown of the game with 10:26 remaining in the half. Wentz connected with Mathews on a 1-yard pass and closed the scoring gap to seven points. Running back Darren Sproles was big on the drive with 25 yards on two carries, as was tight end Zach Ertz, who was playing in his first game since his rib injury. Ertz picked up 16 receiving yards on two receptions.
Sturgis Connects From 50
To close out the first half, Sturgis kicked a 50-yard field goal and added three points to the Eagles' score. The team went into the locker room trailing Detroit, 21-10.
Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and Ron Brooks (muscle cramps) were both cleared to return to the game during the fourth quarter.
The Eagles traveled to Detroit for their first post-bye week matchup but were defeated by the Lions, 24-23.