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Eagles roll in second half to down Broncos at Mile High Stadium

The Philadelphia Eagles took an early lead in Denver on Sunday afternoon and never relinquished it in an important bounce-back victory.

Nick Sirianni’s group used 231 total yards and two touchdown passes from quarterback Jalen Hurts while Darius Slay added a fumble return touchdown in a 30-13 win over the Broncos. The Eagles are now 4-6 during the 2021 NFL season and rebounded from last weekend’s last-second loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Slay’s 83-yard fumble recovery and return for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter truly ended Denver’s comeback hopes, as the Eagles added a fourth-quarter field goal to pad an eventual 17-point triumph.

Jake Elliott’s 30-yard field goal paired with Hurts’ 36-yard connection with rookie wide receivers DeVonta Smith helped the Eagles get out to an 10-0 lead early in the first quarter. However, Denver would cut the deficit to three points after tailback Melvin Gordon scampered in from the one-yard line, capping off a nine-play, 60-yard drive.

Brandon McManus’ 21-yard chip shot tied things up for Denver early in the second quarter, but the Eagles would respond with 10 points of their own before halftime.

Hurts’ five-yard pitch and catch to Smith for their second touchdown connection of the afternoon put the Eagles back in front 17-10. Elliott’s 52-yard field goal extended the visitors advantage to 20-10 at halftime, and truly giving the Eagles a comfortable lead.

K’Von Wallace blocked McManus’ 22-yard attempt early in the third quarter, keeping the Eagles in front by ten points and highlighting a strong afternoon for the defense and special teams.

McManus would respond with to make it 20-13 in the third quarter after hitting a 28-yard field goal, but it was all Philadelphia after that as the Eagles used Slay’s big play to stick the dagger in Denver’s slim comeback hopes. Elliott added a 23-yarder in the fourth quarter to pad the lead, as the Eagles defense held the Broncos to only 308 yards of offense.

Jordan Howard and Boston Scott each surpassed 10+ carries and 80+ rushing yards apiece in the victory, as the Eagles totaled 214 rushing yards as a whole. Smith’s two touchdowns highlighted an average performance from the wide receivers and tight ends.

The Eagles return to Lincoln Financial Field next weekend for a 1 p.m. kickoff against the New Orleans Saints.

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