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Game Recap | Eagles 38, Lions 35

Eagles vs. Lions
Eagles vs. Lions

The Eagles kicked off the 2022 season with a 38-35 road victory against the Detroit Lions in front of a roaring sold-out crowd at Ford Field. The team has recorded the most season-opening wins in the NFL since 2011; they are now 10-2 in Week 1 games since then.

Jalen Hurts quickly proved to be a game-deciding quarterback; he finished with 243 passing yards and 90 rushing yards, plus a touchdown. But it was a team effort – four Eagles including Hurts had rushing touchdowns: RB Kenneth Gainwell, RB Miles Sanders, and RB Boston Scott had the others. The last time four Eagles had at least one rushing touchdown in a single game was October 22, 1961.

And wide receiver A.J. Brown's opening act? He set the franchise record for most receiving yards in an Eagles debut with 155 on 10 catches, including a 54-yarder. Here's a look at how the game unfolded:

Team Leaders

Rushing

  • Miles Sanders: 13 carries for 96 yards, 1 TD

Receiving

  • A.J. Brown: 10 receptions for 155 yards

Defense

  • Marcus Epps: 10 tackles
  • James Bradberry: 1 int, 27-yard TD

Pregame

  • The game marks Jalen Hurts' first with the same offense for a consecutive year; he hasn't had that level of continuity since he was in high school.
  • Twelve Eagles are making their Eagles debut on Ford Field. For six of them, today marks their first game in the NFL.

First Quarter

  • The Eagles started the game on defense – Kyzir White recorded his first tackle as an Eagle; he took down DeAndre Swift for -1 yard on the first play from scrimmage.
  • Swift rushed for 50 yards before he was taken down by CB Darius Slay at the Lions' 24.
  • Detroit scores the first points of the game to cap a 9-play, 75-yard drive. RB Jamaal Williams ran in a 1-yard touchdown.
  • The Eagles had an unproductive first drive on offense – QB Jalen Hurts ran for 35 yards in the team's first offensive possession of the game, but he was 0-5 in completions. The drive ended with an incomplete pass to A.J. Brown on 4th-and-5 from the Lions' 40.
  • The Eagles quickly regained possession, blitzing on third down to force a three-and-out. WR Britain Covey lined up as the punt returner and signaled for a fair catch.
  • A.J. Brown made his first catch as an Eagle with 5:51 remaining in the first quarter; Hurts connected with Brown for 10 yards to the Philadelphia 23-yard line.
  • The two connected again, gaining 18 additional yards in another short pass through the middle.
  • With 2:13 remaining, Brown caught a Hurts pass for 18-yards to the Detroit 27, securing a first down.
  • Jalen Hurts finished the first quarter with 6 carries for total yards; 5-10 passing for another 61 yards.

Second Quarter

  • Jalen Hurts scored the first touchdown of the Eagles' season, hauling it in for a 1-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal to complete a 13-play, 82-yard drive that lasted 7:55.
  • The Eagles' fourth penalty of the game – there were too many players on the field – caused them to be pushed from third-and-1 to third-and-6; the team couldn't convert and were forced to punt.
  • The defense lined up with a 5-man front and new Eagle LB Haason Reddick dropped into coverage; Eagles forced a third-straight three-and-out by the Lions' offense. The score remained tied with 9:44 left in the second quarter.
  • The Eagles take their first lead of the game with 7:52 remaining in the second quarter. Miles Sanders scored his first touchdown since the 2020 campaign to cap an 8-play 66-yard drive.
  • New Eagles duo CB James Bradberry and LB Kyzir White come up big on defense; White tipped a Jared Goff pass intended for TE T.J. Hockenson, setting up Bradberry for a 27-yard pick-six. The play marked Bradberry's 16th career interception and first career pick-six.
  • The Lions responded with a 7-yard D'Andre Swift touchdown with 1:55 before halftime. The Lions decreased their deficit, behind 21-14.
  • Hurts passed deep right to Brown for 54 yards with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter. It marked Brown's 6th reception of the game; he recorded 128 yards in the first half of his first game as an Eagle. The Eagles tacked on a Jake Elliott field goal, entering the second half leading 24-14.

Third Quarter

  • The Eagles open the third quarter with a 10-play, 82-yard drive lasting, ending in a 2-yard Kenneth Gainwell rushing touchdown with 10:25 remaining in the third quarter. Eagles pull ahead 31-14.
  • Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown caught a 4-yard touchdown pass with 4:14 left in the third quarter, scoring on a third-down attempt. It completed a 14-play 75-yard drive to make it a 31-21 game.
  • The Lions attempted an onside kick following the St. Brown touchdown and it was caught in the air by Zech McPhearson.
  • Hurts scrambled right for 5 yards on the third play of the possession before he was tackled by safety Tracy Walker; a flag was thrown, and Walker received an unnecessary roughness penalty. Walker was disqualified.
  • Hurts connected with TE Dallas Goedert for 22 yards – just short of the end zone at Detroit's 1-yard line.
  • RB Boston Scott completed the 5-play, 49-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown, increasing the Eagles' lead 38-21 at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth Quarter

  • Lions began the fourth quarter with a Jamaal William 1-yard touchdown to complete a 6-play. 75-yard touchdown drive lasting 2:25. D'Andre Swift rushed for 25 yards to the Philadelphia 1-yard line before Williams punched it in. The Eagles' defense gave up a third straight 75-yard touchdown drive (excluding the one-play drive at the end of the first half).
  • Lions force an Eagles three-and-out; their first time preventing a score since early in the second quarter.
  • The Eagles' defense gets off the field with 11:30 remaining in the game, a combined third-down effort from veterans Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham get Jared Goff down after the quarterback muffed the snap. It was originally ruled a sack, then taken off the board, and reinstituted as the team's first sack of the season.
  • On the Lions' next drive, Goff connects with wide receiver D.J. Chark for a 22-yard touchdown to complete an 11-play, 72-yard drive, bringing the game within 3 points, 38-35. 3:56 remain.
  • Miles Sanders rushed for 32 combined yards in three plays, bringing the ball to the Detroit 49-yard line by the two-minute warning. His 24-yard run on third-and-1 extended the drive. The Lions forced one more fourth-down attempt, but Hurts snuck the ball on fourth-and-1 and got juuuuust enough to convert and allow the clock to run out.

The Eagles are in Detroit for the 2022 season opener. View the action photos from our team of photographers.

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