PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Miles Sanders ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns, Jalen Hurts made 204 yards and ran for the goal, and undefeated Eagles spoiled former coach Doug Pederson’s return to Philadelphia by winning 29-21 over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
Trevor Lawrence threw 174 yards and two touchdowns for Jamal Agnew. Lawrence was stripped for the final ride of the game, which sealed the Eagles’ victory. It was one of four fumbles losers for the second-year quarterback.
Pederson, who led the Eagles to victory in Super Bowl 52 over New England, received a standing ovation from fans who survived a rainy and windy Sunday when he was introduced before the game. The camera is cropped to a shot on the large screen of the 2017 World Champions banner that hangs above the upper deck at Lincoln Financial Field. Pederson mixed up with some of his former players on the pitch before the game and was warmly welcomed by the stadium staff as he entered the stadium.
He was released less than three years after the Eagles were brought to the Super Bowl. About 13 months later, Pederson was hired in Jacksonville.
Pederson, who already had a statue of him and former QB Nick Foles erected beyond Linc, seems the Jaguars (2-2) are at least going in the right direction.
Coach Nick Sirianni, Pederson’s deputy, has Eagles (4-0) playing like a team that may need to make room in the rafters for more banners.
The Eagles shook off their disastrous start – Hurts intercepted Andre Cisco’s pass and released 59 yards after TD – and a 14-0 hole after the first quarter before playing like a lonely undefeated team in the NFL.
During the first run in the second quarter, Lawrence lost grip on the wet ball as he pounced on the fourth losing and lost his way. Fletcher Cox recovered and the Eagles went to work.
Hurts lost a 10-yard TD pass after triggering interference during a pass that pushed them back to 20. No problem for Hurts playing like an early MVP candidate. He ran practically untouched by the center, took a crushing blow on the goal line and punched through to a touchdown. It was his fourth fast TD of the season.
Sanders tied in the 10-yard TD race, part of his 58-yard effort in the first half. His 58 yards stood out in Jaguar’s defense which allowed the league’s 55 yards to speed up the game.
But it quickly turned into one of those days for Jacksonville.
Lawrence, who passed TD to Agnew in the first quarter, fouled the snap in the second quarter and linebacker Hasson Reddick recovered the ball. Lawrence’s loss again led to the Eagles result which permanently secured the lead.
But it was Sirianni’s faith in Hurts that gave them the advantage. Fourth and one at Jacksonville 12, Hurts crept from 2 yards away. It was the third game’s fourth game conversion and established Kenneth Gainwell’s 10 yards of rush. Jake Elliott missed an extra point and the Eagles were leading 20-14.
Elliott limped on the field, kicked a 28-yard goal from the field in the third, gaining a 23-14 advantage and carefully escaped in the third. Sanders had a 5-yard TD in the fourth round.
Lawrence hit Agnew for 8 yards TD in fourth which made him 29-21.
LOST ON THE ROAD
18. That’s the number of consecutive Jacksonville losses to NFC teams. The franchise’s last victory for the NFC in the NFC was at the 2018 New York Giants season opening. This is the longest internal-conference loser streak in the history of the NFL.
Jaguars DE Folorunso Fatukasi suffered a quad bike injury.
Eagles LB Patrick Johnson left the game with a head injury. CB Darius Slay (forearm) and T Jordan Mailata (arm) went to the locker room with injuries. RG Isaac Seumalo (ankle), LB Kyron Johnson (head) were also injured.
IN THE FUTURE
The Jaguars are coming home to play against the Houston Texans.
Eagles go to Arizona.
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