Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Chargers

PHI
26
LAC
24
FINAL
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PHI 1063726
LAC 01001424

Game Information
Location: StubHub Center Carson, California
Attendance: 25,374

CARSON, Calif. (AP) LeGarrette Blount burst through the line, escaped an ankle tackle and shoved into the secondary, where he stiff-armed a Chargers rookie twice to cap a rampaging 68-yard run .

"From my vantage point, it was one of the most impressive runs I've seen in my life," quarterback Carson Wentz said.

The Philadelphia Eagles are off to a tenacious start after another smash-mouth victory in a road stadium that felt like home.

Wentz passed for 242 yards, Blount rushed for 136 and the Eagles jumped to a big early lead before hanging on for a 26-24 victory over the winless Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Rookie Jake Elliott kicked four field goals for the Eagles (3-1), who had thousands of vocal fans in the Chargers' temporary arena while they won on the road for the second time in 10 tries. Those fans roared their approval particularly after Philadelphia ran out the game with a bruising 13-play drive over the final 6:44, simply refusing to give a final chance to the Chargers' offense.

"Even though we're four games in, this team is really beginning to believe in themselves, believe in each other," coach Doug Pederson said.

Playing without Fletcher Cox and several injured defensive regulars, the Eagles matched last season's 3-1 start. They did it with an impressive running game: Blount combined with Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement to rush for 200 yards, with Blount picking up 88 yards in the fourth quarter, along with the clinching first down on that clock-chewing drive.

"I had a pretty good day," Blount said after his biggest day yet for his new team. "Running behind the O-line I run behind, it's pretty hard not to have a good day."

Rookie Austin Ekeler rushed for a 35-yard score on his first NFL carry and Hunter Henry made a one-handed TD catch during the Chargers' fourth-quarter surge.

Philadelphia ran out the clock after Henry's TD catch, making a time-consuming drive that ended in the Victory formation.

Philip Rivers passed for 347 yards and two TDs for the Chargers, who have lost nine consecutive games dating to last season in San Diego.

WINLESS BOLTS

Tyrell Williams caught a 75-yard touchdown pass , but the Chargers are off to their first 0-4 start since 2003 - three years before Rivers became their starting quarterback. New coach Anthony Lynn is still winless after Los Angeles' new team wrapped up a three-game homestand.

"Never in a million years (had) I thought we'd be here at 0-4, but we are," Lynn said. "I look at football in four quarters, just like the game, and we just stunk the first quarter of our season. We've got three quarters left to figure some things out and get this turned around."

FINISHING STRENGTH

Blount's 68-yard run eventually led to Smallwood's TD dive with 9:14 to play after a penalty on Los Angeles' Darius Philon kept the Eagles alive.

Henry made it 26-24, but the Eagles never gave up the ball.

"They wore down in the fourth quarter," Eagles left tackle Jason Peters said of the Chargers. "Matter of fact, they wore down in the third quarter going into the fourth, and we took advantage of it."

THE MAN

Blount had just 113 yards in his first three games with the Eagles, and he didn't get a carry in their loss to Kansas City two weeks ago. The NFL's 2016 leader in rushing touchdowns was at the center of Philadelphia's attack this time, and he showed the tenacity that his teammates already knew he possessed from his Super Bowl-winning tenure with New England.

"I know what I can do," Blount said. "I know I'm one of the better backs in this league. I'm always going to run with that passion and that confidence."

TOUGH MOMENT

Rivers grew frustrated in the second half, slinging his helmet into the bench and shouting at teammates and coaches when he wanted to go for it on fourth down.

"That's why you have a head coach and not go off your emotions there," Rivers said. "Without a doubt, the correct move was to punt."

HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE

For the third straight week, the sellout crowd at the Chargers' temporary home stadium had a healthy contingent of fans supporting the visiting team. The Philly faithful roared for the Eagles and booed the Bolts, although both fan bases joined together pregame for a rude chant about the Dallas Cowboys.

UP NEXT

Eagles: Host the Arizona Cardinals to begin a stretch with four of five at home.

Chargers: Visit the winless New York Giants to begin a stretch with four of five on the road. "It's a barn-burner, two 0-4 teams," Rivers said.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Chargers
08:00 Alshon Jeffery 8 yd pass from Carson Wentz (Jake Elliott kick) 7 0
00:05 Jake Elliott 45 yd FG 10 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Chargers
06:42 Jake Elliott 40 yd FG 13 0
06:32 Tyrell Williams 75 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Younghoe Koo kick) 13 7
04:08 Jake Elliott 53 yd FG 16 7
00:00 Younghoe Koo 28 yd FG 16 10

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Chargers
00:55 Jake Elliott 47 yd FG 19 10

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Chargers
13:42 Austin Ekeler 35 yd run (Younghoe Koo kick) 19 17
09:14 Wendell Smallwood 3 yd run (Jake Elliott kick) 26 17
06:44 Hunter Henry 4 yd pass from Philip Rivers (Younghoe Koo kick) 26 24

Team Stats
  Philadelphia Los Angeles
1st Downs 26 18
Total Yards 454 400
Passing 240 342
Passing Completions/Attempts 17-31 22-38
Yards/Pass 7.5 8.6
Rushing 214 58
Rushing Attempts 42 13
Yards/Rush 5.1 4.5
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Possession 39:18 20:42

Philadelphia Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Carson Wentz 17 31 242 7.8 1 0

Los Angeles Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Philip Rivers 22 38 347 9.1 2 0

Philadelphia Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
LeGarrette Blount 16 136 8.5 0 68
Wendell Smallwood 10 34 3.4 1 11
Corey Clement 10 30 3.0 0 10
Carson Wentz 6 14 2.3 0 12

Los Angeles Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Austin Ekeler 1 35 35.0 1 35
Melvin Gordon 10 22 2.2 0 12
Branden Oliver 2 1 0.5 0 6

Philadelphia Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Zach Ertz 5 81 16.2 0 38
Nelson Agholor 3 58 19.3 0 36
Wendell Smallwood 4 45 11.2 0 24
Alshon Jeffery 3 29 9.7 1 13
LeGarrette Blount 1 20 20.0 0 20
Torrey Smith 1 9 9.0 0 9
Marcus Johnson 0 0 0.0 0
Brent Celek 0 0 0.0 0

Los Angeles Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Keenan Allen 5 138 27.6 0 50
Tyrell Williams 5 115 23.0 1 75
Austin Ekeler 2 23 11.5 0 12
Travis Benjamin 2 21 10.5 0 19
Antonio Gates 3 18 6.0 0 9
Hunter Henry 2 16 8.0 1 12
Dontrelle Inman 1 7 7.0 0 7
Melvin Gordon 1 7 7.0 0 7
Branden Oliver 1 2 2.0 0 2

Philadelphia Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jordan Hicks 8 1 0 0
Malcolm Jenkins 5 1 0 0
Nigel Bradham 4 0 0 0
Patrick Robinson 3 1 0 0
Beau Allen 2 0 1 5
Derek Barnett 2 0 0 0
Rasul Douglas 2 0 0 0
Mychal Kendricks 2 2 0 0
Jalen Mills 2 2 0 0
Chris Long 1 0 1 0
Brandon Graham 1 0 0 0
Timmy Jernigan 1 1 0 0
Rodney McLeod 1 0 0 0
Vinny Curry 0 1 0 0
Chris Maragos 0 0 0 0
Dexter McDougle 0 0 0 0

Los Angeles Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jahleel Addae 7 4 0 0
Trevor Williams 7 0 0 0
Joey Bosa 5 1 0 0
Hayes Pullard III 5 1 0 0
Jatavis Brown 4 1 0 0
Tenny Palepoi 4 0 0 0
Tre Boston 3 4 0 0
Nigel Harris 3 1 0 0
Melvin Ingram 3 1 0 0
Desmond King 3 0 0 0
Corey Liuget 3 0 0 0
Chris McCain 2 0 0 0
Brandon Mebane 2 2 0 0
Damion Square 2 0 0 0
Darius Philon 1 0 1 2
Casey Hayward 1 0 0 0
Michael Davis 0 0 0 0
Austin Ekeler 0 0 0 0
Kyle Emanuel 0 2 0 0
Adrian Phillips 0 0 0 0
Korey Toomer 0 0 0 0
Tyrell Williams 0 0 0 0

Philadelphia Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Los Angeles Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Philadelphia Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Los Angeles Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Philadelphia Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Kenjon Barner 3 15 5.0 0 13

Los Angeles Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Travis Benjamin 2 3 1.5 0 3

Philadelphia Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Jake Elliott 4 4 100.0 53

Los Angeles Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Younghoe Koo 1 1 100.0 28

Philadelphia Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Donnie Jones 2 95 54

Los Angeles Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Drew Kaser 4 191 53