Lions snap Eagles' undefeated season, 24-23
- Author: Fernando Stephens Oct 11, 2016,
Oct 11, 2016, 1:47
Detroit cornerback Darius Slay, the former Mississippi State and ICC standout, intercepts a pass intended for Philadelphia receiver Nelson Agholor.
The Philadelphia Eagles' precocious rookie quarterback received a Motor City-sized dose of reality when he fired a late interception while trying to drive for the game-winning score against the Detroit Lions in what would have been an impressive comeback on the road.
"It's a big one", Stafford said. Anthony Zettel made a highly intelligent play insuring the ball didn't go out-of-bounds, by tapping it back to Tyrunn Walker for the recovery.
"I cant let my teammates down", Mathews, who finished with 11 carries for 42 yards, said.
They're No. 6 in pass defense, No. 4 in first downs allowed, No. 2 in yards allowed per game, No. 3 on third down and No. 3 in rush defense. Unfortunately, crisis was re-visited when Mathews coughed up the ball to a team that had no timeouts, giving them the opportunity they needed.
The seventh-year wide receiver was benched for a good portion of the team's 17-14 loss at Chicago last week and made just one catch.
Darius Slay secured a win for the Lions on Sunday when he picked off Carson Wentz's pass with 1:28 remaining in the game.
The fumble, of course, gave the Lions the ball in Eagles territory, down two points with just a few minutes left to play.
Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, who did commit a turnover in his first three games, attempted a long pass to Nelson Agholor on first down and Slay made an over-the-shoulder interception.
Everyone in the Lions locker room, though, knew they couldn't have done it, without the two turnovers forced by the man who gave himself the nickname "Big Play Slay". Wentz showed great poise and Darren Sproles popped off a couple runs to get the Eagles in scoring position.
The Eagles defense was putrid to start things off, committing several lazy penalties (alongside the unwarranted ones) and surrendering three touchdown passes to Matthew Stafford.
"I didn't buy the hype before today, but he's is the real deal", Slay said. It's a shame for the rookie, too, because he played very well up until that point.
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 09: Quandre Diggs #28 of the Detroit Lions breaks up a pass intended for Jordan Matthews #81 of the Philadelphia Eagles during first half at Ford Field on October 9, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. On the defense, the Detroit is allowing 25.5 points and 386.2 yards per game against the opponents. Detroit scored on it's first three possessions, taking a 21-10 lead into the half.
The NFL disagrees. NFL director of officiating Dean Blandino tweeted Sunday night that replays were not conclusive on the ball touching Kelce while he is out of bounds.
"It's tough to lose close ones like this", Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said.
Because it was deemed that the Lions recovered the ball on the field, there clearly wasn't enough evidence to overturn the ruling.
Stafford found Marvin Jones in the back of the end zone to make it 21-7 with 3:08 left in the half.
Rather than just rolling over and dying like the Lions often do at they end of the game, they played hard until the final second was off the clock.
The Lions host the Rams next Sunday.
The Lions gained just 19 yards on the first four possessions, fumbling once and punting three times.
Stafford put Prater in place to make his field goal by converting a third-and-4 from the Eagles 39 by connecting on a 27-yard pass to Tate, who was going right to left on a crossing route and drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on Malcolm Jenkins. Bradham didn't play much in the first half, but Pederson insisted that wasn't part of team-issued discipline. He hit Josh Huff on a quick pass for a touchdown, making it 21-17 Detroit.
The Lions won the game 24-23.