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EAGLES NOTES FROM THE BIRDS DRAMATIC LOSS TO THE FALCONS

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons - Sunday, September 15, 2019



Linebacker Nate Gerry grabs an interception during the Eagles 24-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Photo by Kiel Leggele/philadelphiaeagles.com

OFFENSIVE NOTES

In the second half of Sunday night’s game, Carson Wentz completed 19-of-27 (70.4%) attempts for 184 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs and a 101.5 passer rating, while also adding 1 rushing TD.Wentz led the Eagles on a 13-play, 73-yard TD drive in the fourth quarter that gave the Eagles a 20-17 lead with 3:13 remaining.


On the drive, Wentz went a perfect 8-of-8 for 72 yards through the air and capped the possession with a 1-yard rushing TD, which marked his 3rd career rushing score (first since 12/18/16 at Baltimore.


He also connected with Zach Ertz on a two-point conversion attempt after the TD that gave Philadelphia a 3-point advantage.With 4:57 remaining in the third quarter, Wentz finished a 6-play, 27-yard scoring drive with a 4-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor on fourth-and-goal to cut the Eagles’ deficit to 12-17.


It was the first passing TD Wentz has hit on fourth down since throwing his franchise-record-breaking 33rd TD of the 2017 season on 12/10/17 at L.A. Rams.


Overall, it was Wentz’s fourth career passing TD on fourth down (also 11/91/17 at Dallas and 12/4/16 at Cincinnati). Agholor posted a team-high-tying 8 receptions for a team-best 107 yards (13.4 avg.) and 1 TD.


Agholor’s eight catches were his most in a single game since 9/16/18 at Tampa Bay (also 8) and his 107 yards marked his 3rd career 100+ yard performance (first since posting 116 receiving yards on 12/23/18 vs. Houston). His 4-yard TD reception during the third quarter marked his first receiving TD since catching 2 TDs on 12/30/18 at Washington. It was also Agholor’s 2nd career fourth-down score (first since a 2-yard TD on fourth-and-goal on 9/16/18 at Tampa Bay).


Zach Ertz registered season highs in receptions (game-high-tying 8) and receiving yards (72). Ertz now has 450 career receptions, which are the third most in Eagles history (three receptions shy of moving into sole possession of second place), trailing only Harold Carmichael (589, 1971-83) and Pete Retzlaff (452, 1956-66).


Mack Hollins played a career-high 69 offensive snaps (85%) and logged a career-high 5 catches for 50 yards.Josh McCown made his Eagles debut when he relieved Wentz for six plays during the second quarter. He completed 3-of-5 attempts for 24 yards to help move Philadelphia’s offense into the red zone on a scoring drive (41-yard FG by Jake Elliott to make it 6-10 at the half).


According to ESPN Stats & Info, McCown joined Ryan Fitzpatrick as the only players in NFL history to throw a pass for 8 different teams.


DEFENSIVE NOTES

Philadelphia’s defense forced three turnovers (all INTs), limited Atlanta’s defense to just 3-of-10 (30 percent) on third downs and held the Falcons to just 57 rushing yards.


The Eagles recorded three-plus INTs in a single game for the first time since picking off Cowboys QB Dak Prescott three times on 11/19/17 at Dallas (W, 37-19) (fourth such performance since 2016).


Sidney Jones recorded his 1st career INT when he picked off Falcons QB Matt Ryan on second-and-10 on a pass intended for WR Mohamed Sanu and returned the ball 1 yard to the ATL 41 with 0:41 remaining in the first half.Ronald Darby intercepted Ryan’s pass intended for WR Julio Jones at the ATL 40 and returned it 13 yards to the ATL 27 during the third quarter.


The pick was Darby’s 5th as an Eagle and first since 9/16/18 at Tampa Bay (Ryan Fitzpatrick).Nathan Gerry picked off Ryan in the end zone on a second-down pass intended for TE Austin Hooper in the third quarter, resulting in a touchback. The interception was the second of Gerry’s career and first since 12/30/18 vs. Washington.


Andrew Sendejo recorded the first full sack of his NFL career in the fourth quarter when he brought down Ryan for a 10-yard loss on third-and-9 to force a Falcons punt. Sendejo previously had registered a pair of half-sacks in his career, most recently on 11/24/16 at Detroit with Minnesota.


SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES

Jake Elliott connected on FGs from 34 and 41 yards. His 34-yard FG tied the game, 3-3, in the second quarter, and his season-long 41-yard FG cut the Eagles’ deficit to 6-10 at the end of the first half.


Cameron Johnston recorded punts of 54, 57, 46 and 52 yards to post a 52.3 gross average and 49.3 net average. His 52.3 gross average was the 2nd-best single-game mark of his career (56.0 average on 9/16/18 at Tampa Bay) and his 49.3 net average was his 2nd-highest as well (52.3 average on 12/16/18 at L.A. Rams).


Notes are courtesy of the Philadelphia Media Relations Department.

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