EAGLES NOTES AFTER 27-24 LOSS TO DETROIT LIONS
ERTZ CLIMBS EAGLES’ ALL-TIME RECEPTIONS LIST
Zach Ertz (454 career receptions) surpassed Pete Retzlaff (452, 1956-66) for sole possession of 2nd place on the Eagles’ all-time receptions list, trailing only Harold Carmichael (589, 1971-83).Ertz eclipsed 5,000+ career receiving yards (5,017), becoming just the fourth TE in NFL history to accomplish the feat in their first 94 career games, joining Travis Kelce (75 games), Rob Gronkowski (81 games) and Antonio Gates (90 games). Ertz also climbed past Brent Celek (4,998, 2007-17) for the 8th-most receiving yards in franchise history (next: Bobby Walston (1951-62) – 5,363).
SCORING DRIVES: HIGHLIGHTS
Philadelphia claimed an early 3-0 lead following their opening possession, when they compiled a 9-play, 69-yard scoring drive that resulted in a 25-yard FG by Jake Elliott (4-for-4 on FG attempts in 2019).The Eagles reclaimed the lead, 10-7, in the first quarter with a 9-play, 75-yard TD drive on their second possession (back-to-back scoring drives to open the game), which was capped by a 1-yard TD plunge by Jordan Howard. The TD run was Howard’s first as an Eagle and first overall since posting a multi-TD performance (2 rushing TDs) on 12/30/18 at Minnesota with Chicago.In the third quarter, Carson Wentz completed a 20-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor on third-and-5 to cap a 6-play, 47-yard TD drive and pull the Eagles within 3 points, 17-20.Wentz again hooked up with Agholor for a score in the fourth quarter (10 plays, 80 yards) with a 2-yard TD that cut the Eagles’ deficit to a 24-27 score. Today marked the 2nd multi-TD performance of Agholor’s career and first since 12/30/18 at Washington. He now has 6 receiving TDs in his last 5 regular-season games.
Miles Sanders contributed a career-long 40-yard reception on the Eagles’ opening drive, marking the longest catch by an Eagles rookie RB since LeSean McCoy posted a 45-yard reception on 11/8/09 vs. Dallas. It is the longest reception by an NFL rookie RB since Saquon Barkley (NYG) on 10/11/18 vs. Philadelphia (55 yards).Sanders, who registered the Eagles’ top-2 longest plays from scrimmage in today’s game, also added a 33-yard catch in the fourth quarter. He is the first NFL rookie RB (only such Eagle since 2000) to record multiple 30+ yard receptions in a single game since D’Onta Foreman(Hou.) on 9/24/17 at New England.Nelson Agholor posted a season-high-tying 8 catches for 50 yards and 2 TDs. He is the fifth player in Eagles history to log 8+ receptions and 1+ TD in back-to-back games, joining Terrell Owens (9/25/05-10/2/05), Irving Fryar (11/3/96-11/10/96), Mike Quick (11/24/85-12/1/85) and Bud Grant (11/30/52-12/7/52).The Eagles rushed for a season-high 127 yards and averaged 4.2 yards per attempt.With 1:53 remaining in the game and the Eagles trailing, 24-27, Malcolm Jenkins blocked a 46-yard FG attempt by Lions K Matt Prater to keep the deficit at 3 points. Jenkins became the first Eagle to block a FG since Treyvon Hester in the 2018 NFC Wild Card on 1/6/19 at Chicago (Bears K Cody Parkey).
Notebook courtesy of Eagles Media Relations Department.