The Philadelphia Eagles finally won their first game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers, beating them on their home turf 25-20. Both teams entered the game with numerous injuries, but the Eagles found a way to win late in the game Sunday, claiming first place in the struggling NFC East division in the process. Two players, who before this week were relative unknowns on the Eagles roster, helped seal the win for the team. With 5:50 left in the game, Wentz lofted a pass to Travis Fulgham, who was able to find the ball in the air, make the catch and score the go-ahead score. On the next drive, Alex Singleton intercepted a pass from Nick Mullens, extending their lead towards the end of the game. The 49ers were not done as C.J. Beathard drove down the field to score with under two minutes left to go. After a three and out by the Eagles, Beathard did the same thing, almost securing the game winning drive. On the final play, Beathard threw a hail-mary to the end-zone, which was batted down.
Even with the win, Carson Wentz continued to struggle with his three top receivers out while also missing No. 2 tight end Dallas Goedert. He ended the day completing 18 of 28 passes for 193 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Greg Ward caught the most passes on the day with four, while racking up 38 yards in the process. Travis Fulgham led the team in receiving yards with two catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. With Goedert out, Zach Ertz was a non-factor, catching the ball four times for nine yards. Philadelphia’s rushing attack was the lone bright spot for the team, as running back Miles Sanders ran the ball 13 times for 46 yards. Carson Wentz also rushed the ball seven times for 37 yards and one touchdown.
For the 49ers, Nick Mullens completed 18 of 26 passes for 200 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. His struggles saw him benched late in the fourth, as C.J. Beathard entered the game and completed 14 of 19 passes for 138 yards. It remains to be seen if Beathard’s performance will secure him the starting job next week, as the struggling 49ers look to rebound. Jerick McKinnon led the 49ers rushing attack on Sunday, carrying the ball 14 times for 54 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Brandon Aiyuk also ran the ball for a score on a 38 yard run. George Kittle had a huge day statistics wise, catching the ball 15 times for 183 yards and a touchdown, leading the team in both receptions and receiving yards.
The Eagles will look to continue their wins on the season as they travel to the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, while the 49ers will host the Miami Dolphins.
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