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Game Recap: Eagles 31, Dolphins 17

Dolphins vs. Eagles
Dolphins vs. Eagles

The Birds showed out in Kelly Green, improving to 6-1 with a 31-17 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Jalen Hurts and A.J. Brown were on their game, connecting for a touchdown and 42-yard reception in the fourth quarter as the Eagles scored the final 14 points of the game. Four sacks for the Eagles' defense helped shut down the best offense in the NFL, as Miami scored just 10 points offensively (the other seven were from a pick-six). Miami entered the game averaging more than 37 points per game.

"We have a good defense," said Head Coach Nick Sirianni. "Great job to the defensive staff first and foremost to put them in positions to make plays, but at the end of the day, it's about the players making the plays. We made them one-dimensional."

"I'm just happy with how we played together, how we persevered, and we found ways to respond," Hurts said. "We really did a good job in the fourth quarter."

Here is how the game unfolded:

First Quarter

  • Field Goal! Jake Elliott drilled a 24-yard field goal after the offense marched down the field on the opening drive. Two big catches for 44 yards by Dallas Goedert put the Eagles in great field position but they failed to convert on goal-to-go after three straight runs. (Eagles 3 - Dolphins 0)
  • On the second Eagles drive, Hurts had the ball stripped by Jaelen Phillips. Christian Wilkins recovered the loose change and the Dolphins took over just outside the red zone.
  • The Dolphins scored off the turnover but only got a field goal. Penalties on the offense and heads up defense kept the visitors out of the end zone. Jason Sanders drilled his 40-yard field goal to tie the game. (Dolphins 3 - Eagles 3)
  • Boston Scott hyped up the home crowd with a 38-yard kickoff return, something we rarely see in the NFL these days.

Second Quarter

  • TOUCHDOWN! Goedert was running wild on National Tight Ends Day! Hurts' screen pass to the tight end for 19-yards found the end zone. It was all thanks to terrific blocking from Jordan Mailata on the near sideline. Elliott's extra point was good. (Eagles 10 - Dolphins 3)
  • TOUCHDOWN! Hurts pushed his way into the end zone for a 1-yard score! The play before, on fourth down, Hurts connected with Brown on a 32-yard pass that was initially ruled a touchdown. After review, the ball was ruled down at the 1-yard line, but it was no problem for the offense. This was Hurts' 32nd rushing score of his career, tying the legendary Randall Cunningham for most by a quarterback in franchise history. (Eagles 17 - Dolphins 3)
  • "It's crazy," Hurts said. "It's kind of cool to do that wearing his (Cunningham) old jersey."
  • "A.J. is a phenomenal player," Sirianni said. "He just has this unbelievable ability to come down with the football. Nobody catches the ball as pretty as A.J. Brown. I am just in awe of good wide receivers and the skill that they have. Nobody goes and snags the football like him."

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  • SACK! Josh Sweat took down wide receiver Cedrick Wilson as the Dolphins were attempting a trick play.
  • "We just play aggressively," Sweat said. "We attack, we get off the ball, and we are always in the backfield. That is our biggest thing, especially for our defensive line."
  • SACK! Nolan Smith got home to take down Tua Tagovailoa for the first sack of his career.
  • "I was about to run out there but I did not want to get a penalty," Sweat said. "I was excited. He was doing his job and he got a sack."
  • On the next play, Tagovailoa found Tyreek Hill for a 27-yard touchdown in the back corner of the end zone. Miami converted a third-and-18 to keep the drive alive. (Eagles 17 - Dolphins 10)

Third Quarter

  • DEFENSE! The Eagles' defense stopped the Dolphins' offense on fourth-and-3 from the Philadelphia 21-yard line. Tagovailoa's pass to Wilson sailed out of bounds with the Miami receiver calling for a penalty flag that did not arrive.
  • On the next play, Hurts' pass was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Jerome Baker. Prior to the 22-yard score. the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Kader Kohou. (Dolphins 17 - Eagles 17)
  • TOUCHDOWN! Brown finally got his touchdown with 15 seconds left in the third quarter! Hurts found his wide receiver crossing over the middle of the field, and Brown eluded a defender to scamper into the end zone for the 14-yard score. (Eagles 24 - Dolphins 17)
  • "Each and every possession, I am trying to stay locked in with my routes and my pad level, making sure I am catching the ball," Brown said. "I am just trying to stay locked in for my team. Whatever I have at the end of the game is what I have at the end of the game, but whenever I get my opportunity, I have to come alive."
  • "He's a great player," said Hurts. "He works really hard to be where he is and to do what he's doing. We need that from him. He's working and it's showing."

Fourth Quarter

  • INTERCEPTION! BIG PLAY SLAY! The veteran cornerback read Tagovailoa's pass like a book and gave his offense the ball back with the lead. This was Slay's second interception of the season and first since he returned an interception for a touchdown in Week 1.
  • "It was about being a ballplayer," Slay said. "I had a vision of the quarterback, saw that the ball was not being thrown to my guy, I came off my guy, and made the play."
  • On fourth-and-1 from their own 22-yard line, the Eagles pulled out the Brotherly Shove and it worked to perfection. Just a few plays later, on another fourth-and-1, Head Coach Nick Sirianni called the same play, and it worked again.
  • "It is the good ol' reliable," Mailata said. "There is technique behind it. Everyone thinks it is easy; it is not easy."
  • Hurts and Brown connected again for the biggest play of the game, a 42-yard gain down the near sideline. This reception pushed Brown over 125 receiving yards, the fifth straight game he has accomplished this feat. The only other player to do what Brown has done over a five-game stretch was Calvin Johnson in 2012.
  • "Shoutout to Calvin Johnson, just to be beside his name, it says a lot," Brown said. "I am honored. That guy is a Hall of Fame receiver, something I hope to be one day."
  • TOUCHDOWN! Kenneth Gainwell powered his way into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season from 3 yards out. This capped off a 6:35, 78-yard drive that was all made possible by Big Play Slay's interception in the red zone. (Eagles 31 - Dolphins 17)
  • DEFENSE! The Eagles defense slammed the door shut on the powerful, high-scoring Miami offense. On second down, Jordan Davis and Fletcher Cox combined for a sack. The next play, Sweaty-J got home to take down Tagovailoa. On fourth down, the Miami quarterback's pass was knocked incomplete by rookie Eli Ricks. The Eagles took over on downs and iced the game.
  • "That is how you answer," Slay said. "That is what great teams in this league do, they answer back. Do not let it dwell. Do not let it linger. We did a great job handling our business, being physical, and competing."


Game Leaders


PHI QB Jalen Hurts: 23/31, 279 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

MIA QB Tua Tagovailoa: 23/32, 216 yards, 1 TD, 1INT


PHI RB D'Andre Swift: 15 carries, 62 yards

MIA RB Raheem Mostert: 9 carries, 45 yards


PHI WR A.J. Brown: 10 rec., 137 yards, 1 TD

MIA WR Tyreek Hill: 11 rec., 88 yards, 1 TD


PHI S Terrell Edmunds: 9 tackles

PHI CB Darius Slay: 4 tackles, 2 PD, 1 TFL, 1 INT

PHI DE Josh Sweat: 2 sacks

MIA LB Jerome Baker: 11 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT (TD), 1 PD

MIA LB Bradley Chubb: 7 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 FF


PHI K Jake Elliott: 1/1 FG, 4/4 PAT, 7 points

MIA K Jason Sanders: 1/1 FG, 2/2 PAT, 5 points

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