Jalen Hurts helps Philadelphia Eagles upset New Orleans Saints

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PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Jalen hurts provided the Philadelphia Eagles with a spark with his legs and his teammates put in their best overall effort of the season.
They needed everyone to beat the New Orleans Saints.

Hurts ran for 106 yards and threw for 167 and a touchdown, Miles Sanders had 115 rushing yards and a pair of scores and Philadelphia beat the Saints 24-21 on Sunday, ending New Orleans’ nine-game winning streak.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson reportedly not committing to start Hurts or return Carson Wentz next week.

“I thought overall there were some good things,” Pederson said. “It wasn’t just one guy. It was about the resilience of this team. It was part of the victory. There were a lot of good performances.

The Eagles (4-8-1) broke a four-game losing streak and remained within reach of Washington (6-7) in the sad NFC East. They ran for a 246-yard season.

The Saints (10-3) were 8-0 over the past two seasons without Drew Brees before hitting the inspired Eagles. The loss dropped New Orleans to second in the NFC behind Green Bay, but they’ve already secured a playoff berth.

“When a team is running for 250 yards, a lot of good things can’t happen,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “But I’ll say this. (Hurts) was impressive just watching him. I thought he was playing confidently, throwing shots. He was smart. He did a good job.

Hurts was 17 out of 30 when he started his career for the first time. He fumbled at the end of the fourth quarter. The 2019 Heisman Trophy finalist started the season as a third-string quarterback. He was elevated to a substitute in Week 2 and took a few snaps each week until Wentz was benched in a 30-16 loss to Green Bay last Sunday.

“It’s a great team victory,” said Hurts. “Everyone played together as one. We support each other.

Taysom Hill was 28 of 38 for 291 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and was sacked five times by Philly.

Sanders broke free for an 82-yard TD run in the second quarter, giving the Eagles a 17-0 lead. He was ex-teammate Malcom Jenkins with stiff arms en route to the fourth longest round in franchise history. Sanders has three carries over 70 yards since October. He had a 74-yard TD run against Pittsburgh and a 74-yard run against Baltimore.

“We played four full quarters,” Sanders said. “We looked like a whole team.”

The Saints totaled 98 yards in the first half before starting their first possession of the second half. Alvin Kamara ran from 5 to cap a 65-yard drive and cut Philadelphia’s lead to 17-7.

The Eagles lost the cornerback Darius Slay and security Rodney McLeod on the same play before Kamara scored. The two were blitzing the coin.

The Saints took advantage of the next haul when Hill fired a 37-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders, who beat Kevon Seymour, playing his first game for the Eagles.

New Orleans had a chance to take the lead, but the Philadelphia defense succeeded. Fourth and second in the Eagles 42, Josh Sweat Strip-sacked Hill et Javon Hargrave restored. Philadelphia kept him down again and Sanders ran a 1 to make it 24-14.

The Eagles were trying to overtake the clock when Hurts groped near midfield. Hill connected with Jared Cook on a 20-yard TD pass to get the Saints in 24-21 with 1:29 to go.

But Philadelphia recovered the kick in play.

Hurts threw a 15-yard TD pass to Alshon Jeffery in fourth and second to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter. Jeffery had two catches in four games this season before tugging on Hurts’ back shoulder to give Philadelphia a rare lead.

After Duc Riley intercepted Hill’s pass which bounced off Kamara’s hands, Jake Elliott threw a 44-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead. It was only the fourth pick this season for Philadelphia.

Will Lutz missed a wide basket 45 yards in the first quarter.

LE 100 DUO

Hurts and Sanders are the first quarterback / running back combination in every carry for 100 yards in the same game for the Eagles since Donovan McNabb and Duce Staley in 2002.

INJURY REPORT

Saints: OL Nick Easton was assessed for a concussion.

Eagles: Slay (header) and McLeod (knee) started in the third quarter. CB Avonte Maddox (knee) left in the first half.

NEXT

Saints: Host the Kansas City Chiefs (12-1) on Sunday.

Eagles: Visit the Arizona Cardinals (7-6) on Sunday.

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