It wasn’t pretty, but the Philadelphia Eagles went on the road and got a big win over the San Francisco 49ers. The win puts them at 3-2, which ties the Eagles at the top of the NFC East with the Redskins and Giants. Dallas lags in last at 1-3.
The 49ers were driving in the final 30 seconds, needing just a FG to send the game to overtime. On a 3rd and 10 from the Eagles 44 yard line, 49ers QB Alex Smith was hit by Trevor Laws as he threw and the ball was lofted up for an easy pick by rookie CB Trevard Lindley. It was the 5th turnover of the night forced by an Eagles defense that made big plays, but struggled to stop the leagues second worst offense overall.
On offense, the story was the play of LeSean McCoy and resurgence of Kevin Kolb. In his fourth career start Kolb bounced back from last week’s loss to deliver a 253 yard, 1 TD performance where completed 67& of his passes. Plus, he was under pressure all night after Jason Peters left with an elbow strain and backup LT King Dunlap struggled. Kolb finished the evening with a 103.3 QB rating.
That said, the Eagles best offensive player tonight was LeSean McCoy. Shady rushed for 92 yards, including a dazzling 29 yard TD. He also added 5 catches, accounting for 138 yards of total offense.
Not a pretty win, but an important win. The Eagles host the Falcons next week at Lincoln Financial Field, where they’ve yet to win this season.