PHILADELPHIA Jalen Hurts showed more than just a spark to A.J. Brown.
Brown observed Hurts bringing the heat as the Eagles needed to tap into the big-play, clutch-in-crunch time machine that propelled them to the Super Bowl.
“That fire,” Brown remarked. He was a little more awake today.
Hurts threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns to Brown, and Jake Elliott added a 54-yard field goal in overtime to help Philadelphia defeat the Washington Commanders 34-31 on Sunday to improve to 4-0 for the second straight game.
Prior to his game-winning field goal, Elliott also made kicks of 41, 47, and 36 yards, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
the Eagles’ undefeated record intact.
Hurts claimed, “My entire career has kind of been a rollercoaster in terms of being in different, exceptional, and fire moments, which you may call pressure and stormy.” “However, that’s where I was born. Because you put so much effort into getting ready and putting yourself in a comfortable position for those occasions, I think being in those settings is a special sensation.
The Commanders (2-2) had a chance to defeat the Eagles at home for the second consecutive season, but they were saved by some late-game drama.
With 1:28 remaining in the game, Hurts connected with Brown for a touchdown of 28 yards and a 31-24 advantage. Sam Howell was able to lead Washington to the tying score because the Eagles gave him ample time to do it rather than stopping the clock and attempting a winning field goal.
Brown was warned for making fun of his TD, which helped the commanders. Starting at the Eagles 36, Washington tied it with a last-second touchdown pass from Howell to Jahan Dotson of 10 yards.
They were tied 31-all after Coach Ron Rivera made the decision to go for the extra point and the tie on the road.
In overtime, the commanders did nothing with the ball. Hurts later scored on a fourth-down sneak to advance the Eagles to the Washington Redskins’ 48-yard line and set up the game-winning touchdown.
For the first time since 1992–1993, the NFC champion Eagles are 4-0 in back-to-back seasons, thanks in large part to Brown’s nine receptions for 175 yards and two touchdowns. The Eagles’ 8-0 start last year was derailed by a defeat by Washington at home.
The commanders gave it another go and tied the score at 24-24 in the fourth after leading 17-13 in the third.
Hurts got as close as he has all season to playing in the kind of exciting games that highlighted his team’s journey to the Super Bowl the previous year. He was certainly adept at engaging Brown.
After a brief altercation during the home opener, Hurts and Brown have moved past it and are now combining for game-changing scores. Hurts struck Brown in mid-air, and the quick receiver quickly cut across the field to score the game-winning 59-yard touchdown in the third. The 2-point conversion gave the Eagles a 21-13 advantage.
Prior to switching to normal footwear to avoid a fine from the league, Brown wore neon green cleats for one series last week against Tampa Bay. He defied fashion standards once more by donning highlight pink cleats; according to Brown, the bright colors made it simpler for his young daughter to recognize him on the field. He subsequently had the game’s biggest highlight for Philadelphia.
Following the Commanders’ comeback, which saw Brian Robinson Jr.’s 15-yard touchdown tie the score at 24, the Eagles fought again, and Brown brought in his touchdown.
For 290 yards, Howell was 29 of 41.
It was unquestionably a game that Howell believed his team was capable of winning. “We believe that we can play much better, and that is excellent. We came really close to defeating a strong team.
Howell was 13 of 17 for 161 yards in the first half behind an offensive line that gave him plenty of time to throw, taking a 17-10 lead into halftime a week after he threw four interceptions and was sacked nine times.
Curtis Samuel scored a 1-yard touchdown run for the Commanders, who controlled the ball for 17 minutes of the first half, and Terry McLaurin recovered a fumble in the end zone for a 14-7 advantage.
However, the Eagles made every effort to lose the game. Six penalties were assessed to them in the first half, two of which were severe. Linebacker Zach Cunningham was called for a holding penalty on third-and-11 during the opening drive of the game. Samuel scored, and Washington was given fresh life.
The Eagles also lined up in “tush push” style at midfield on fourth down, but a holding penalty negated a potential first down. The Eagles kicked the ball.
With a 5-yard touchdown, D’Andre Swift—who had been ranked second in the NFL in terms of rushing—made it 14-7. Joey Slye and Elliott, both from Washington, subsequently made field goals.
Elliott’s 47-yard field goal to start the second half reduced the score to 17-13.
Then the real fun started. Nick Sirianni, the coach of the Eagles, praised the team’s perseverance, trustworthiness, and composure.
The frazzled nerves were something he could do without.
If we have to win overtime, that’s not good for me, he remarked. There is several anxiety going into that.”
Captains: DB An injury to Jartavius Martin’s thumb occurred.
Falcons: RG An injury to Cam Jurgens’ foot occurred.
Linebacker Nicholas Morrow of the Eagles recorded three sacks after accumulating four in his previous 81 NFL contests.
Commanders: On Thursday, host the Chicago Bears.
Eagles: Play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.