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  • Writer's pictureFagothethird Franklin

Eagles' wings were clipped by the Steelers in the second half in their preseason debut 24-16

Philadelphia- The Eagles dropped an egg in the second half to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In the battle of Pennsylvania, the Eagles had to face the Steelers in their preseason debut. Prior to the game, it was announced that Jalen Hurts was going to get the start. On the Eagles first possession, they went right at the teeth of the Steelers' defense and got their offense going. Despite a good start, Philadelphia went on to settle for a field goal to strike first on the scoreboard, 3-0. After their sizzling start, the offense fizzled out and Hurts started to struggle for the remainder of the quarter. He finished the quarter 3 out of 7 for 54 yards.

Prior to the end of the first, Joe Flacco replaced Hurts.In his second pass attempt, Flacco threw a 79 yard screen pass to Quez Watkins, who took it to the crib to extend the Eagles' lead 10-0. Flacco continued his hot start at the start of the second and actually got the Eagles back in the redzone to potentially score. However, a few penalties halted a potential touchdown, so they settled for another field goal. The field goal attempt was good, which sprung the Eagles to a two possession lead, 13-0 midway in the quarter.

After holding the Steelers' offense in check for the most part, Philadelphia allowed Dwayne Haskins and crew to score a touchdown before the half. At the end of the half, the Eagles went into the locker room with a 16-7 lead. Flacco had one heck of a quarter. He finished 10 of 17 for 178 yards and a touchdown.

The defensive second unit for the Eagles gave up a touchdown to the Steelers at the start of the third. It seemed like two payers were confused on their assignments, Haskins saw an opportunity to hit the kill switch and took advantage. The Eagles' lead was cut to two early on in the quarter, 16-14. Two possessions later, the Eagles saw their lead disappeared as Jaylen Samuels hit the truck stick for a one-yard touchdown. For the first time in the game, the Eagles had to face some adversity with the Steelers going up 24-16 with three minutes left in the third.

Philadelphia struggled to get anything going offensively in the fourth. Nick Mullens had a really tough time getting in sync with his receivers. Each time it looked like Eagles had something down the field, Mullens would under throw his receivers. Elijah Riley made the game very interesting after he picked off the Steelers. With under seven minutes left in the game, great field position, and a potential momentum swing, Philadelphia was in great position to make a huge comeback.

On a third and long, the Eagles' dream of a comeback went out the door. Mullens threw a pick in double coverage, which summed up the second half for the Eagles. The Eagles went on to suffer their first loss of the preseason. Mullens finished 1 out of 5 for four yards and two picks.


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