The Philadelphia Eagles have defeated the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football, reaching the top position of the NFC East with a negative record!
It was 25-20 for the guests from the City of Brotherly Love, who needed just 8 seconds to turn everything upside down and to earn a big victory.
The heroes in those moments were one unknown wide receiver who was introduced to the first team two days ago, and the linebacker whose defense resulted in a touchdown.
Travis Fulgham, the 25-year old WR, caught Carson Wentz’s pass for 42 yards at 5:50 left in the game, making it 18-14 for the Eagles. This undrafted player was waived by the Detroit Lions on August 9, and claimed off waivers by the Green Bay Packers the day later. However, GB waived him on August 19.
The Eagles didn’t wait for too long before they claimed him and sent the player to their practice squad. On October 3, he became a first-team member.
“After we broke the huddle, Carson said: `Be ready,” Fulgham explained following the game. “At first, I lost the ball, but since Carson gave me a great throw, I was able to locate it and caught in the bread-basket.”
That wasn’t all from the Eagles in those moments. They kicked back the football to the 49ers, and on the first play, Alex Singleton made a pick-six on Nick Mullens, getting back the ball for 30 yards. With 5:42 to go, the Eagles were up 25-14.
Kyle Shanahan decided to replace Mullins after that as he had three turnovers, introducing CJ Beathard, who managed to have a successful drive on the very next possession. The 49ers reduced the deficit to 25-20 due to a failed two-point conversion. Hosts had one more chance to win, but were stopped at the 33-yard line with the time expiring and failing to score in four attempts.
“We had plenty of opportunities. I really just didn’t execute,” Mullens said. “The way I’m feeling is pretty black and white right now. I just didn’t execute. That’s what it comes down to. Three turnovers, 14 points off turnovers. That’s really about it.”
Nick Mullens finds a WIDE OPEN Alex Singleton for a TDpic.twitter.com/zCYazWXGst
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Mullens was picked twice, and he had a fumble following one sack. Jimmy Garropolo’s backup QB posted one TD pass, and 200 yards going 18-of-26. Beathard was 14-for-19 for 138 yards.
Jerick McKinnon rushed on 14 occasions for 54 yards and one TD, that was the last one for the hosts. Previously Travis Kelce had one, caught after Mullen’s pass. The fantastic tight end had 15 catches for 183 yards, 38-yar the longest one. Kelce caught all the tosses that went in his direction.
Wentz, meanwhile, threw 193 yards, for one TD and one pick. He managed to fumble the ball once and was sacked three times, but kept coming after, and his determination eventually pushed the Eagles to the first win of the year. Wentz rushed for one touchdown, the opening of the game, with 3:51 until the end of the first.
His Eagles are now heading for Pittsburgh, where they meet the strong Steelers who are looking exceptional since the start of this season. After that, they have another tough challenge, only at home. The Baltimore Ravens are coming to town, led by the reigning MVP Lamar Jackson.
The 49ers stay at home, where they face the Miami Dolphins next, and following this game await the LA Rams in a very important match.
Nikola Velickovic is a sports journalist who loves to write and read on all sports. Nikola contributes both news updates and functions as a sports breaking news writer at WagerBop.