Search

NFL London: Eagles tame Jaguars in front of record crowd

PUBLISHED: 17:45 28 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:46 28 October 2018

Philadelphia Eagles' Wendell Smallwood (left) is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars' LaRoy Reynolds during the International Series NFL match at Wembley Stadium, London (pic Simon Cooper/PA)

Philadelphia Eagles' Wendell Smallwood (left) is tackled by Jacksonville Jaguars' LaRoy Reynolds during the International Series NFL match at Wembley Stadium, London (pic Simon Cooper/PA)

PA Archive/PA Images

An NFL regular-season record crowd at Wembley Stadium of 85,870 watched defending Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles do just enough to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-18 on Sunday.

Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz in action during the International Series NFL match at Wembley Stadium, London (pic Simon Cooper/PA)Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz in action during the International Series NFL match at Wembley Stadium, London (pic Simon Cooper/PA)

Philadelphia received the kick-off and got lucky on the third play of the game when Carson Wentz’s pass was blocked, but the quarterback caught it on the rebound and made it for a first down.

But a few plays later, Wentz was sacked and fumbled the ball to Jacksonville, who took over on their own 28.

At 6:50 of the first quarter Josh Lambo kicked a 51-yard field goal to give the Jaguars the lead and things got better late in the quarter when a good Philadelphia drive ended with Wentz being picked off at the back of the endzone by Jags’ Jalen Ramsey.

The opening period ended with Chris Long sacking Blake Bortles on third down so Jacksonville started the second quarter with a punt on their own 14-yard line. Wentz again moved the ball downfield, but the drive stalled with a sack on the seven-yard line. The result was 31-yard field goal kicked by Jake Elliott to level the scores.

Jacksonville Jaguars Keelan Cole (right) fumbles the ball as he is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Avonte Maddox during the International Series NFL match at Wembley Stadium, London (pic Simon Cooper/PA)Jacksonville Jaguars Keelan Cole (right) fumbles the ball as he is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Avonte Maddox during the International Series NFL match at Wembley Stadium, London (pic Simon Cooper/PA)

The response from Jacksonville was spectacular – if you like long field goals – because Lambo kicked a 57-yarder to regain the lead.

A three-and-out for the Eagles resulted in a punt from the 15 and there was more than enough time for the Jaguars to get a touchdown or a field goal.

But Jacksonville used only two plays, before they lost the ball – with Keenan Cole fumbling after a catch following a hit from Malcolm Jenkins, as the ball ended on the Jaguars 46.

Wentz rushed for a first down at the Jaguars 32-yard line with 38 seconds to go and, on the next play, threw a touchdown pass to back-up tight end Dallas Goedert. The extra point put the Eagles 10–6 up at half-time.

At the start of the second half, Bortles threw one good pass and was nearly intercepted on two others. The result was a punt which ended on Philadelphia’s five-yard line.

Wentz then engineered a masterful nine-play, 95-yard touchdown drive which was completed by a 36-yard to running back Wendell Smallwood.

The pass was actually only a yard or so forward, but the Eagles’ blocking was good and Smallwood ran almost untouched through a wide-open defensive backfield to score.

Jacksonville had to hit back immediately, going 75 yards in nine plays before Bortles threw an 11-yard pass to DD Westbrook. The same players tried to link up for a two-point play, but it was broken up just inside the endzone.

After a quick and fruitless Philadelphia drive, Jaguars moved downfield and went into the fourth quarter inside the Eagles half.

But a third and 10 from the 15 was incomplete so Lambo knocked over a 33-yard field goal to leave the score 17–15 to Philadelphia.

As champions do, and Philadelphia did win the Super Bowl in February, they responded in style again marching 75 yards in quick time. This time Wentz found tight end Zak Ertz from five yards out to make it a two-score (nine-point) game.

Star running back TJ Yelden then put Jaguars in position to score with catches of six and 37 yards and Bortles ran twice, one of which drew a laughable penalty, but a third-down play from six yards out was dropped by DJ Chark in the back of the endzone.

Lambo kicked a 24-yard field goal to make the score 24–18 with just under seven minutes of the game remaining.

Philadelphia could not move the ball, so Jacksonville took over on their own 35-yard line, needing a touchdown and extra point to lead.

A fourth-down run by Bortles kept the drive alive, but three bad passes by the quarterback turned the ball over.

Wentz threw for a first down with 3:23 remaining, and, crucially, Jacksonville were out of time-outs. One more run, from Smallwood, took Philadelphia to the two-minute warning, at which point they ran out the clock.

Latest Ilford Stories

Yesterday, 18:06

Stopper became a father for second time just hours before winning man of the match award in win over Fylde

Yesterday, 17:01

Vanarama National League: Dagenham & Redbridge 2 (Wilkinson 28, Munns 64) Fylde 1 (Bond 1)

Yesterday, 16:56

Leyton Orient came from behind to beat Bromley and extend their unbeaten run in the National League to six matches, while also returning to the top of the table.

Yesterday, 12:00

Pupils from three Redbridge schools were able to discover more about science and the aviation industry at an event organised by London City Airport.

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Yesterday, 09:00

Justin Edinburgh will make at least one change to the team which won 3-1 at AFC Fylde last time out

Although I have been married for almost half a century, my wife and I are still having many unresolved issues.

Yesterday, 08:00

I like science fiction. I grew up wearing glasses so I didn’t have much say in the matter.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now