PHILADELPHIA – Jalen Hurts overcame direct contact with a bruised left knee to throw for 207 air yards and two touchdown passes on Sunday, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 28-23 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Hurts also had a one-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter.
The Eagles have the best record in the NFL (8-1), after this third win in a row. They are 4-0 at home.
The Cowboys led 17-14 at halftime, but Hurts threw touchdown passes to DeVonta Smith and AJ Brown in the third quarter to make it 28-17 in favor of the Eagles.
Dak Prescott connected with Jalen Tolbert for a seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to push the lead back to one possession.
After the match, Hertz feigned amnesia. What was going through his mind when a helmet collided with his already bruised knee and forced him to limp down the sideline, creating a few moments of anxiety among Eagles fans?
“I don’t remember,” the quarterback said, before giving a more serious answer. “I don’t really know what to say. It was a tough victory. »
The Eagles nearly came up short once late in the game. While Prescott and his team had to cover 86 yards in 46 seconds, Philadelphia received a 56-yard penalty, leaving Dallas approaching the sixth line. However, Josh Sweat came to the rescue with a sack, causing an 11-yard loss.
A penalty on the Cowboys (5-3) dropped them to 27; Prescott connected with CeeDee Lamb for a 22-yard touchdown but Darius Slay settled the score with a tackle on the five-yard line.
Prescott had 374 receiving yards, three of which led to touchdowns. Lamb provided for 191 yards, on 11 catches.
“We feel good about our team,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. We must learn from these mistakes. This is what these matches have come to. You sometimes participate in these types of matches [en saison régulière], and more during the qualifiers. »
Hertz downplayed the severity of his injury, which was not listed as official.
He added: “I will do anything for my city and my teammates.” It takes what it takes. »
DeMarcus Lawrence hit him in the left knee at the end of the first half, in a sequence where Micah Parsons tackled the quarterback behind the line of scrimmage. The pain ranged after that, but the timeout his team requested may have helped him recover a little.
His teammates also highlighted his resilience.
“If he can get up and walk, he’s good,” receiver AJ Brown said. He said a few words, and right after that, he was joking and laughing. »
Kenneth Gainwell also scored a rushing touchdown for Philadelphia, Brown and Smith had respectively gains of 66 and 51 yards and DeAndre Swift had a total of 75 yards.
Hurts’ rushing game gave him a club record for a quarterback with 33 rushing touchdowns.
Even with one good knee, Hurts is determined to improve on that record.
“As long as he can do it and be safe, nothing’s going to stop him from getting on the field,” quarterback Jason Kelce said.
The Eagles will have a week off before playing at Kansas City on Nov. 20, Monday night. In this year’s Super Bowl, the Chiefs defeated the Eagles 38-35 in Glendale, Arizona.
Indianapolis is benefiting from Young’s generosity
The Indianapolis Colts scored 20 points in the second quarter to clinch a 27-13 win over the Carolina Panthers.
Kenny Moore was the author of two interceptions that he returned for a touchdown at the expense of quarterback Bryce Young.
Moore scored the first touchdown by returning the ball 49 yards in the second quarter before doing it again in the third quarter, this time for 66 yards.
In the end, Young was the victim of three interceptions. He nonetheless completed a five-yard touchdown pass to DJ Chark in the third quarter. The Panthers’ quarterback finished with 24 completions on 39 attempts for a gain of 173 yards. He was also the victim of four sacks.
In the win, Gardner Minshew completed 17 of 26 passes for 127 yards. He completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Taylor in the second quarter.
Kicker Matt Gay made both field goals for the Colts, who are now 4-5 while the Panthers have just one win in eight games.
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