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Recap: Eagles beat Chargers 26-24
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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers went 22-of-38 for 347 yards and two touchdowns, but Philadelphia rushed for 214 yards and possessed the ball for over 39 minutes. Their final drive chewed up the last 6:44 of the game.
On the first possession of the game, Eagles defensive end Chris Long strip-sacked Rivers and the ball was recovered by rookie defensive end Derek Barnett. Philadelphia capitalized with an eight-yard touchdown from quarterback Carson Wentz to wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey for the game’s first score. A 45-yard Jake Elliott field goal on the Eagles’ next possession made it 10-0 after the first quarter.
After another Elliott field goal, the Chargers offense connected on their biggest play of the season. Rivers found wide receiver Tyrell Williams for a 75-yard touchdown. Younghoe Koo’s extra-point cut Philadelphia’s lead to 13-7.
Late in the second quarter, Rivers and wide receiver Keenan Allen connected on a 49-yard reception — the team’s second-longest play of 2017 — to set up a 28-yard Koo field goal that made the score 16-10 Eagles at the half.
With Philadelphia leading 19-10 in the fourth quarter, Chargers undrafted rookie running back Austin Ekeler rushed for a 35-yard touchdown that sliced the deficit to 19-17 after a Koo extra point.
The Eagles responded with a drive that included momentum-shifting 68-yard rush by LeGarrette Blount. Five plays later, Wendell Smallwood rushed for a two-yard touchdown.
Allen caught five balls for 138 yards. Williams finished the game with five catches for 115 yards and a touchdown. Chargers tight end Hunter Henry scored his first touchdown of the season.
The Chargers travel east to take on the New York Giants next Sunday, Oct. 8th at MetLife Stadium. Kickoff is at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on CBS.Read