Steelers vs Eagles score: Chase Claypool’s record-breaking performance propels Pittsburgh to 4-0 start

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Four touchdowns by rookie Chase Claypool propelled the Steelers to a 38-29 victory over the visiting Eagles. Claypool, a second-round pick for Notre Dame, became the first rookie in franchise history to score four touchdowns in a game and the first Steeler to do so since Roy Jefferson in 1968. His final score, a reception from 35 yards with less than three minutes left, helped the Steelers hold the Eagles, who cut Pittsburgh’s lead to two points after falling behind 31-14 in the opening minutes of the second period.Claypool’s two first-half touchdowns helped propel Pittsburgh to a 17-14 halftime lead. After both teams traded punters, the Steelers scored first after Claypool’s two-yard touchdown capped a 14-game practice. Less than a minute after Claypool’s score, the Eagles tied the game on Miles Sanders’ 74-yard run, the longest run for an Eagles player in 20 years.

Claypool gave Pittsburgh a 14-7 lead after catching Ben Roethlisberger’s 32-yard pass on Steelers possession. Philadelphia quickly equalized the score again on a one-yard touchdown by Sanders, a native of the Pittsburgh area. Pittsburgh regained the lead on their next possession, as a 17-yard Big Ben finish to tight end Eric Ebron established Chris Boswell’s 41-yard field goal.

A 58 yard run by Ray-Ray McCloud early in the third quarter set up Claypool’s third touchdown of the day on a five-yard reception. An interception from Steven Nelson moments later set up James Conner’s one-yard touchdown, as Pittsburgh extended their lead to 17 points.

The Eagles wouldn’t leave, however, as Wentz punched Greg Ward for an eight-yard pass on the Eagles’ next possession. Philadelphia further reduced its deficit after Wentz hit wide receiver John Hightower on a two-point conversion. Philadelphia then reduced it to two points when Wentz punched Travis Fulgham for four yards within four minutes of the fourth quarter. Fulgham, a 2019 sixth round pick who had only had two regular season receptions before Sunday, caught 10 passes for 152 yards.

But after forcing a roll on Pittsburgh’s next possession, Philadelphia was unable to capitalize after Joe Haden broke Wentz’s third pass to Fulgham. Haden’s breakup forced the Eagles to attempt a 57-yard field goal by Jake Elliott, whose kick sailed wide to the right with 3:10 left. Less than 20 seconds after the missed basket, Roethlisberger found a wide-open Claypool, who caught Big Ben’s pass in stride for 35 yards. Pittsburgh then froze the game when Nelson fought off Wentz’s desperate uprising with just over two minutes to go.

Pittsburgh is now 4-0 for the first time since 1979, while the Eagles are 1-3-1 in five games. To relive Sunday’s action in real time, check out our live blog below to see all the highlights and analysis of the Steelers victory.

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