The Philadelphia Eagles got the ball first and were at the 1-yard line after pass interference was called on Benjamin St-Juste who was covering AJ Brown. Philly immediately tried to run the tush push to get a score and tie up the game. That didn’t happen, and QB Jalen Hurts fumbled the ball with Kendall Fuller recovering it. The Eagles were successful on their last 14 QB sneaks and the Washington Commanders ended that streak today.
The Washington Commanders let the Eagles tie the game up after Ron Rivera failed to challenge a 4th down pass to Devonta Smith. The offense responded with a 17-play drive that ended with Sam Howell throwing his third touchdown pass of the day, this time hitting Logan Thomas for a 7-yard score.
The Eagles came back, and Washington’s busted coverage allowed WR DeVonta Smith to run free and score a touchdown. Three plays later Sam Howell was intercepted by Reed Blankenship. The Eagles took advantage and scored two plays later on an 8-yard pass to WR Julio Jones.
The Washington Commanders turned the ball over on downs on their next two drives, and failed to come back in a game where they were up going into the 2nd half. Washington gave the Eagles the ball at their 16 yard line after Sam Howell was sacked and fumbled the ball. Philadelphia scored three plays later when D’Andre Swift bounced outside when they were lined up for the tush push to get the first down. Washington was able to get the game within one score with a beautiful pass from Sam Howell to Jamison Crowder who dove for his first score of the season.
The Washington Commanders lose to the Philadelphia Eagles 38-31, and they fall to 3-5 for the season. Ron Rivera made some bad decisions in this game, and he has been firmly on the hot seat for weeks. The NFL’s trade deadline is on Tuesday at 4pm and there are several players like Chase Young and Montez Sweat that teams are calling about. They have reportedly received a 3rd round pick offer from the Atlanta Falcons for Sweat, but they are looking for a 2nd round pick or more for either DE.
Injury Update: TE Grant Calcaterra has been ruled out. https://t.co/5EpNJ1wsT2— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 29, 2023
Commanders screwed by refs on the PI call but football gods make it even with the fumble on the tush push at the goal line. Wow.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 29, 2023
Eagles tush push fails/Jalen Hurts fumbles:
UPDATE: Jahan Dotson 7-of-7 for 99 yards and a TD.https://t.co/A5jJvcX4Po— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 29, 2023
3rd down stop:
Good D on the 3rd down. AJ Brown curiously not out there. Back out there for 4th down— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 29, 2023
4th down conversion:
Rivera fails to challenge the catch:
As many have pointed out, that 4th down catch should have been challenged by Rivera and it would have been over-turned.— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoTWW) October 29, 2023
Too slow and the Eagles stay on the field to march down for a TD.
Poor coaching costs Washington dearly there. pic.twitter.com/LdbHZffB1B
Looking at the replay again: The entire sideline was yelling/gesturing no catch. It's a 4th down play. Man.— John Keim (@john_keim) October 29, 2023
If the Commanders don't win, not challenging that play is going to be a really hard thing to explain away.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 29, 2023
AJ Brown TD:
Curtis Samuel injury:
Injury update: WR Curtis Samuel (toe) is questionable to return— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) October 29, 2023
Sam Howell scrambles for the 1st down:
Logan Thomas TD:
DeVonta Smith TD on a blown coverage:
Danny Johnson was aligned over DeVonta Smith in the slot before the snap, but hung back as Smith just blew by him. Commanders had a single high safety. Was wiiiiiiide open. Hooboy.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 29, 2023
Sam Howell interception:
Julio Jones TD:
Curtis Samuel ruled out:
Curtis Samuel (toe) ruled out— John Keim (@john_keim) October 29, 2023
Terry McLaurin drops:
Wow. That's rare. Back-to-back drops by Terry McLaurin. Very unlike him.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 29, 2023
Terry McLaurin slipped (it looked like) and couldn't make the catch. That's a dagger. On 3rd/8 with 4 + left.— Chris Russell AKA the ! (@Russellmania621) October 29, 2023
Then #Commanders use TO # 1 and finally a bad throw on 4th/8 that McLaurin couldn't scoop up.
Turnover on downs...#Eagles ball with 4:13 left.
Defense stops the Eagles:
Big stop by the Commanders to force a punt. Commanders have a chance to tie the score with 3:18 left to play and two timeouts— Zach Selby (@ZachSelbyWC) October 29, 2023
Refs mic not working during a challenge:
This is a joke. The refs microphone isnt working so nobody knows whats happening in a vital part of Commanders Eagles. Not sure if this is FedEx sucking or the NFL equipment but this is inexcusable.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 29, 2023
Rivera loses the challenge:
Here's another angle.— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoTWW) October 29, 2023
Again; absolutely nothing conclusive for me. pic.twitter.com/6LyJweSX1F
Just to clarify;— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoTWW) October 29, 2023
That play was ruled a catch on the field.
Darius Slay went down injured.
While he was leaving the field, without a review, the ruling was changed to incomplete. (Before 2 min warning, so no automatic booth reviews?).
None of that makes sense. Dodgy.