The Philadelphia Eagles remained undefeated to open Week 9 of the 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 tied the game just before halftime and trailed by four early in the fourth quarter.
But the Eagles eventually prevailed, aided 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 best plays from Thursday’s game!
Philadelphia Eagles 29, Houston Texans 17
Phillip Dorsett followed Davis Mills’ pass perfectly for a 36-yard catch to put the Texans in scoring position on the game’s first play.
The best way to get your first catch
Texans rookie tight end Teagan Quitoriano fought off Eagles defenders for the touchdown to give Houston a 7-0 lead.
Lotta plays, one TD
The Eagles answered the Texans’ opening touchdown with one of their own, going on an 18-play drive that ended with a two-yard score by Miles Sanders.
Former Eagle Steven Nelson blitzed and stripped and sacked former teammate Jalen Hurts to give the ball back to the Texans.
Do you have room for Miles?
Sanders took off for a 25-yard carry 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 catch Mills’ touchdown pass to tie the score with less than a minute left in halftime.
Farewell to start the second part
Texans edge rusher Jerry Hughes reached Hurts for a pair of sacks to open the second half and give Houston the ball right back.
Unable to cast in CJ
Eagles cornerback 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 in most interceptions this year.
Eagles wide receiver AJ Brown got open in the end zone to throw a 17-yard touchdown to Hurts to give the Eagles a 21-14 lead in the third quarter.
Texans running back Dameon Pierce powered his way to a first down on the Texans’ next drive, which ended with Houston kicking a field goal to cut the deficit to 21-17.
Dallas Goedert recorded five receptions on the Eagles’ first play of the fourth quarter. The fifth sack ended the drive as the tight end was wide open in the end zone on a spread pass from Hurts, scoring a touchdown with ease.
Pain for more points
After the Texans committed a penalty on the extra point, the Eagles decided to go for two. His decision worked, as Hurts kept the ball and was helped into the end zone by his teammates to extend the lead to 29-17.
Fly to a victory?
A promising drive for the Texans ended when Mills threw an interception to Eagles cornerback James Bradberry. The pick could seal the deal for the Eagles as they were held to two scores with just a few minutes remaining.
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