September 22, 2019 / 9:11 PM / 10 months ago

Lions take down Eagles in Philly, remain unbeaten

Quarterback Matthew Stafford completed 18 of 32 passes for 201 yards and one touchdown and the visiting Detroit Lions remained unbeaten with a 27-24 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Sep 22, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. had six receptions for 101 yards and one touchdown as the Lions improved to 2-0-1.

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was 19 of 36 for 259 yards and two touchdowns to Nelson Agholor, but Philadelphia fell to 1-2.

The Eagles were hurt by seven dropped passes.

The Lions dominated much of the first half and took a 20-10 lead into the locker room.

After Eagles kicker Jake Elliott kicked a 25-yard field goal on the game’s opening drive, Detroit’s Jamal Agnew returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a 7-3 Lions lead 3:46 into the game. It was the first kickoff return for a touchdown allowed by the Eagles since 2013.

Running back Jordan Howard’s first touchdown with the Eagles — a 1-yard run — gave them the lead back at 10-7 lead with 6:15 remaining in the first quarter.

But Detroit quickly reversed the momentum with a 13-play, 75-yard drive that carried into the second quarter and ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Kerryon Johnson for a 14-10 lead.

After pulling ahead 17-10 on a Matt Prater 25-yard field goal, the Lions took advantage of a fumble by Agholor at the Detroit 40-yard line, returning it to the Eagles’ 22 and ultimately settling for a Prater 33-yard field goal and 10-point lead at halftime.

Agholor redeemed himself somewhat with a dazzling 20-yard touchdown catch in which he spun off a defensive player and found the end zone to get the Eagles within 20-17 with 4:15 left in the third.

The Lions responded on their next drive and took a 27-17 advantage when Jones Jr. hauled in a 12-yard catch from Stafford on the first play of the fourth quarter. They moved 75 yards in nine plays, taking 4:22 off the clock.

Agholor’s second touchdown reception, this time from 2 yards, closed the gap to 27-24 with 6:59 remaining.

The Eagles had one last chance to win when Malcolm Jenkins blocked a 46-yard field goal attempt by Prater just inside the two-minute warning. Wentz connected with running back Darren Sproles on fourth-and-5 for a 25-yard strike to get to the Lions’ 20, but Sproles was called for pass interference to negate the play.

On fourth-and-15, rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside dropped a long pass inside the Detroit 5, allowing the Lions to run out the clock.

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