Eagles vs Steelers score, takeaways: AJ Brown has career day with three TDs, Philadelphia goes 7-0

PHILADELPHIA — As the city begins its biggest sports week in decades, AJ Brown set off the fireworks with a dominating performance to keep the Philadelphia Eagles the only undefeated team in the NFL. Brown finished with a career-high three touchdowns in a convincing 35-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers to move the Eagles to 7-0 — matching the franchise’s best start in its 90-year history.

Brown finished with six catches for 156 yards and three scores, becoming the first Eagles player to have three touchdowns in a game since Riley Cooper in 2013. All of Brown’s touchdowns came in the first half, making him the first Eagles player with three touchdowns in the first half of a game since Kevin Curtis in 2007. All touchdowns were 25-plus yards, the first Eagles player to accomplish that feat since Ben Hawkins in 1969.

Jalen Hurts finished 19 of 28 for 285 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions (140.6 rating), all of them 25-plus yards. He is the first Eagles player to throw for four touchdowns of 25-plus yards since Norm Snead in 1969. Three of those were to Brown and the fourth was to Zach Pascal, whose 34-yard touchdown put Philadelphia up 28- 10 in the third quarter. .

Brown nearly scored a fourth touchdown, but Minkah Fitzpatrick tripped him up on a 43-yard catch-and-run at the Steelers’ 11-yard line. Miles Sanders scored one play later to put the Eagles up 35-13 early in the fourth quarter. He finished with nine carries for 78 yards and a score.

Kenny Pickett had two turnovers for the Steelers, a missed fumble in the fourth quarter and a CJ Gardner-Johnson interception late in the game. The Steelers were 1 for 12 on third down and Pickett was sacked six times. Pittsburgh is 2-6 for the first time since the 2013 season.

Here are some highlights from Philly’s convincing win over Pittsburgh.

Because the Eagles won

The Eagles’ passing game had its best performance of the season, highlighted by Brown’s three touchdowns and Jalen Hurts’ four 25-plus yard touchdown passes. Averaging 10.2 yards per carry on the day, Hurts caught a career-high four touchdown passes as he finished 19 of 28 for 285 yards with a 140.6 passer rating. All of Brown’s touchdown catches were for 25-plus yards as he averaged 26 yards per catch on the afternoon. Zach Pascal also had two catches for 57 yards and a score, including a 34-yard touchdown catch to put the game out of reach in the third quarter.

Why the Steelers lost

The Steelers are simply no match for the Eagles’ passing game, as the secondary turned in arguably its worst performance of the year. Brown taunted defenses all day with long touchdown catches (even penalized for it) on his third touchdown of the afternoon. Pittsburgh allowed 400 yards of offense and 7.6 yards per play, with no answer for the strong passing game of the Eagles, Hurts and Browns. The Steelers also allowed six sacks as the offensive line didn’t make life easy for Kenny Pickett.

The Eagles are one of the best teams in the league and the Steelers are in transition. That’s all there is to it.

Turning point

AJ Brown had three touchdown catches in the first half, but his 29-yard run in the second quarter that gave the Eagles the lead for good showed he was in for a monster afternoon. On third-and-8 from the Steelers’ 29-yard line, Hurts passed over the top to Brown in the corner of the end zone as Brown broke up the pass to give Philadelphia a 14-7 lead.

Akhello Witherspoon made a good effort, but Brown wasn’t going to deny a perfect ball from Jalen Hurts. The Eagles had the deep ball all afternoon.

The game of the game

Jalen Hurts’ first down pass to AJ Brown may have caught Brown by surprise with the ball coming his way, but Brown bullied the ball away from Minkah Fitzpatrick to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead. Hurts went to Brown — who said he was trying to open the field to DeVonta Smith — and the Eagles receiver beat Fitzpatrick at the receiving end for the 39-yard score.

That was the start of Brown’s dominant afternoon.

The quote

“It’s a lot of fun. You remember games like that, you and your teammates in the end zone, dancing and having fun. You’ll always remember it, but the elite teams will move on and get ready for the next one. You’ve got to put it to bed.” — Zach Pascal on the Eagles’ convincing win over the Steelers.

The Eagles had some touchdown celebrations after their long touchdown run Sunday as they kicked off a huge week for Philadelphia sports with the Phillies in the World Series. They are the last undefeated team at 7-0.

Next

The Eagles (7-0) face the Houston Texans on “Thursday Night Football” this week, while the Steelers (2-6) have their bye week in Week 9. They will face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Nov. 13.

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