Eagles coach yells at Jalen Hurts after costly fumble: WATCH
The Philadelphia Eagles were pushing deep into Washington Territory to potentially tie the game when Jalen Hurts lost football. It was a bad escapee – one caused by Montez’s sweat and recovered by Landon Collins – that Washington quickly turned into three points. They took a surprising 10-0 lead after the first quarter.
Hurts has struggled with turnovers dating back to his rookie year. He now has 28 in 28 games: 16 fumbles, 12 interceptions. Nick Sirianni wasn’t too happy with Hurts’ last fumble in Week 15. FOX TV cameras caught the first-year head coach yelling at Hurts as he exited the field. Sirianni looked pissed off and followed Hurts to the sidelines, chirping in his ear the whole time.
Hurts caught up at the end of the second quarter when he pushed his way through a year to tie it all at 10-10. The touchdown run capped an 11-play, 77-yard drive for the Eagles, highlighted by some significant grabbing from Dallas Goedert and DeVonta Smith.
Goedert entered the locker room at halftime with five catches for 98 yards. Hurts scored 11 of 14 for 169 yards with an interception. And Miles Sanders carried 13 times for 69 yards. Jake Elliott put the Eagles on the board with a 20 yard field goal.
Tuesday night’s game was a virtual playoff game for Philadelphia. Remember, the Eagles have to hold the table over the past four weeks to keep their playoff prospects low. Defeating Washington was the first step. NFC East rivals will meet again in Week 17 (Sunday January 2). The Eagles also face the New York Giants (Sunday, December 26) and the Dallas Cowboys (Sunday, December 9) to close out the regular season.
âOne game at a time, don’t think about the playoffs. One game at a time, one day at a time, âSirianni told reporters on December 15. âThat’s what we’re doing, again, to put ourselves in a position to win this week. You can’t think of who we’re playing after that. You can’t think we’ll be playing them again in two weeks. You can’t think of the last game we have. It’s only this week.
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Dallas Goedert Fumble leads to touchdown
Hurts weren’t the only one making head-to-head plays in the first half. Tight end Dallas Goedert dropped an easy pass before Hurts’ fumble, one that bounced off her heel and in the arms of Landon Collins. Initially deemed incomplete, the game was later reviewed and deemed a fumble after the instant replay showed it had struck Goedert’s heel.
The worst part of the turnover was that Goedert had tons of green grass in front of him. He probably could have won on the field for a touchdown or – at worst – a long win to put the Eagles in goal position. Instead, run back Antonio Gibson ran it in for a nifty touchdown to give Washington a 7-0 lead early on.
The Eagles activate Jack Anderson
The Eagles activated rookie center / guard Jack Anderson excluding the injured reserve before kick-off. They entered the game with two offensive linemen – left guard Landon Dickerson, left tackle Andre Dillard due to COVID-19 – so they wanted to have an extra body on game day. Anderson had recovered from a hamstring injury. He has never appeared in an NFL game.
Philadelphia Listed four inactive players vs. Washington: QB Reid Sinnett, CB Tay Gowan, CB Kary Vincent Jr., DT Marlon Tuipulotu. Sua Opeta started at left guard and Nate Herbig started at right guard. And the Eagles paid homage to the Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael before the match.
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