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Eagles beat Chargers, 26-24, as Philly fans flood Southern California

Zach Berman, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Football

Elliott hit his first field goal on Sunday to end the first quarter and give the Eagles a 10-0 lead. When Elliott added another field goal midway through the second quarter, the Eagles appeared in the driver's seat. It took one play for the Chargers to make Eagles fans reconsider.

The knock on the Eagles cornerbacks is their speed. They're tough and competitive, but you don't want them in a footrace with a fast receiver. So when Tyrell Williams burst past Rasul Douglas at the line, Rivers knew where to go. Rodney McLeod didn't help as the deep safety, and Williams streaked down the middle of the field for a 75-yard touchdown.

Elliott added a 53-yard field goal on the ensuing possession to give the Eagles a 16-7 lead. With a chance to add to the lead late in the second half, Pederson bypassed a fourth-and-1 at his 49-yard line and elected to punt. Pinning the Chargers back in their territory was the safe choice, although it was a departure from the aggressive nature Pederson has shown to date. The Chargers took advantage of the possession and drove 77 yards for a 28-yard field goal by halftime. The key play was a 49-yard, third-down reception by Keenan Allen to put the Chargers in field goal range.

The Chargers were the team that lacked aggression in the third quarter. With a fourth and 7 at the Eagles' 45-yard line, the Chargers took a delay of game instead of going for the first down. The Eagles started the ensuing possession at the 11-yard line and brought it into field goal range on 13 plays. Elliott's 47-yard kick offered the only points of the quarter and gave the Eagles a 19-10 lead to set up the wild fourth quarter.

The Eagles return home to host the Arizona Cardinals. Although that will be an official home game, it felt like a home game on Sunday in Los Angeles.

 

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