The Philadelphia Eagles remained undefeated to open Week 9 NFL season, defeating the Houston Texans 29-17 on Thursday Night Football.
Despite the double-digit margin, the game was close for much of the night. The one-win Texans actually tied the game just before halftime and trailed by four early in the fourth quarter.
But the Eagles eventually prevailed, helped by a fourth-quarter touchdown and a defensive effort that kept the Texans off the board in the final frame.
The Eagles are now off to the best start in franchise history.
Here are the top plays from Thursday’s game!
Philadelphia Eagles 29, Houston Texans 17
Phillip Dorsett followed up Davis Mills’ pass perfectly for a 36-yard haul to put the Texans in scoring position on their first drive of the game.
The best way to catch your first catch
Texans rookie Teagan Quitoriano fought through Eagles defenders for the touchdown to give Houston a 7-0 lead.
Lotta plays, a TD
The Eagles answered the Texans’ first touchdown drive with one of their own, going on an 18-play drive that ended with a two-yard scoring run by Miles Sanders.
Former Eagle Steven Nelson blitzed and stripped and sacked old teammate Jalen Hurts to give the Texans the ball back.
Do you have room for Miles?
Sanders took off for 25 yards as the Eagles offensive line gave him a big hole to run through.
Kenneth Gainwell gave the Eagles a 14-7 lead when he ran up the middle for a five-yard touchdown.
Chris Moore did his best to pick off Mills’ pass to tie the score with less than a minute to go before halftime.
Throw-in to start the second half
Jerry Hughes reached Hurtz to open the second half and give Houston the ball right back.
I can’t drop CJ
Eagles corner CJ Gardner-Johnson recorded his fifth interception of the season in the third quarter, putting Philadelphia in good field position and giving him the NFL lead for most interceptions this year.
Eagles receiver AJ Brown broke open in the end zone to haul in a 17-yard touchdown pass from Hurts to give the Eagles a 21-14 lead in the third quarter.
Texans running back Dameon Pierce drove for a first down on the Texans’ next drive, which ended with Houston scoring a field goal to cut the lead to 21-17.
Dallas Goedert recorded five receptions on the Eagles’ first drive of the fourth quarter. The fifth catch ended the drive, as the tight end was wide open in the end zone on a pass from Hurts, scoring a touchdown with ease.
Hurting for more points
After the Texans committed a penalty on the extra point, the Eagles decided to go for two. Their decision worked, as Hurts kept the ball and his teammates helped him into the end zone to extend the lead to 29-17.
Flying to a win?
A promising drive for the Texans ended when Mills threw an interception right to Eagles cornerback James Bradberry. The pick may have sealed the deal for the Eagles as they remained down two scores with just minutes remaining.
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