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Jalen Hurts Led Eagles To Close Win Over Colts

Written by Tony Ghaul

The Philadelphia Eagles were coming off their first loss of the season and hoping to get back on the winning track against the Indianapolis Colts.

Down by 10 points going into the fourth quarter, the Eagles pulled off a stunning comeback beating the Indianapolis Colts 17-16, at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday.

Jalen Hurts ran in a 7-yard touchdown with 1:20 to play and Jake Elliott’s PAT capped the comeback and pushed the Eagles’ record to 9-1. It was the Eagles first lead of the game.

Hurts ran for 52 of his 86 yards and he threw a TD passes early in the fourth quarter to Quez Watkins for 22 yards to pull the Eagles to within 13-10 with 13:31 to play. Hurts finished the game 18-of-25 for 190 yards and a passer rating of 107.1.

The Eagles defense held the Colts under 100 yards rushing as a team, the first time their run defense was able to hold a opponent under 120 yards in five straight games. The Colts star RB Jonathan Taylor had 84 yards on 22 carries.

After taking their first lead with 1:20 to play, the Eagles defense stood strong, getting a third-down sack from Brandon Graham. Facing fourth-and-long, the Colts could not convert and the Eagles were able to run out the clock.

Eagles DE Brandon Graham sacking Colts QB Matt Ryan. Photo courtsey of USA Today Sports

Graham’s sack was one of four the Eagles had against Colts QB Matt Ryan. Newcomers Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph shared a sack in their Eagles debuts. Haason Reddick had one, to take over the team lead with 7.5 sacks, Milton Williams added a sack too.

The Eagles won despite losing the turnover battle. Hurts lost a fumble that led to a Colts field goal and 13-3 lead and A.J. Brown fumbled as well. The Eagles forced one from Jonathan Taylor, with Marcus Epps stripping the ball and T.J. Edwards recovering it.

DeVonta Smith had six catches for 78 yards for the Eagles with A J. Brown adding five catches for 60 yards. In addition to his touchdown catch, Quez Watkins had two receptions for 31 yards.

The Eagles take on the Green Bay Packers next. They Sunday Night at home.

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts scoring the game winning touchdown. Photo courtsey of Thomas R. Peterson/Twitter

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