Week 5 Recap: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Miles Sanders

In what was expected to be more of a low-scoring, defensive game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers turned out to be a shootout. The game took a few momentum swings, with the Steelers ultimately pulling away 38-29.

First Half

Both teams started off slow, trading punts on their first drives. The Eagles were then forced to punt again on their second drive, taking less than a minute off the clock. The Steelers then took a long, seven-minute, 14-play drive which ended with a two-yard Chase Claypool touchdown run. The Eagles answered very quickly, as Miles Sanders ran for a 74-yard touchdown on the third play of the next drive. The Steelers ended the first-quarter scoring another touchdown, with Ben Roethlisberger finding Claypool for a 32-yard catch-and-run.

The Eagles started the second quarter with the ball and orchestrated a great 10-play, 61-yard drive that ended with a Sanders 1-yard touchdown run. Travis Fulgham caught four passes on the drive, which helped set up the tying touchdown run. The Steelers took the lead on their next drive as they drove 37 yards on eight plays before Chris Boswell hit a 41-yard field goal. The Eagles got the ball with 1:57 still on the clock until halftime. They were unable to capitalize, however, as the clock ran out before they could get another play off from the Pittsburgh 12-yard line.

The half ended with the Steelers leading 17-14.

Second Half

The Steelers wasted no time on the first drive of the second half, going 75 yards on six plays. The drive ended with Roethlisberger finding Claypool again for a five-yard touchdown catch. The Eagles barely had time to answer before Carson Wentz got picked off two plays into the next drive. The momentum was all on the Steelers as they capitalized with another touchdown in four plays. James Conner ran up the middle for one yard to cap the drive off. Then, the Eagles started to grab some momentum starting with the next drive. To finish off a seven-play, 49-yard drive, Wentz found Greg Ward for an eight-yard touchdown catch. The Eagles went for two and converted it on a Wentz pass to rookie John Hightower. Fulgham helped set them up with a 31-yard catch.

The Steelers were forced to punt on their next drive and the Eagles took advantage. They drove down the field on a beautiful, 10-play, 65-yard drive which was capped off with Wentz finding Fulgham for a four-yard touchdown. With the extra point by Jake Elliott, the Eagles were down just 29-31 with 11:27 left in the game. Fulgham finished the game with 10 catches for 152 yards and that touchdown. Going forward, he should continue to be a big target for Wentz.

Everything seemed to be going the Eagles way as they recovered a Steelers fumble on Pittsburgh’s next drive. With 6:29 left in the game, they were getting the ball with a chance to snatch the lead. But even with the ball starting at their own 45, they only moved the ball 16 yards on seven plays. Instead of punting the ball with over three minutes left, they went to Elliott to try a 57-yard field goal. With a make, they would have taken a one-point lead, but he missed which set up the Steelers to put the game on ice. They did just that, as Roethlisberger found Claypool for a 35-yard touchdown, his third touchdown catch of the day, and fourth overall.

The Steelers stay undefeated at 4-0 with their 38-29 victory as the Eagles fall to 1-3-1.



What’s Next?

The Eagles have another tough AFC North matchup against the 4-1 Baltimore Ravens at home on Sunday at 1:00 P.M. est. The Steelers, meanwhile have a big test against the 4-1 Cleveland Browns at the same time.

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