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Commanders hand Eagles first lack of season in ‘MNF’ stunner

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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles’ bid for an undefeated season is over.

The Washington Commanders turned methodical drives into scores and took advantage of turnover-prone Philadelphia, stunning the Eagles 32-21 on Monday night and sending them to their first loss in nine games this season.

Behind Jalen Hurts, the Eagles were 8-0 for the primary time in franchise history and the last team within the NFL that might make a run at Miami’s 17-0 mark in 1972 and the lone perfect season. The 2007 Recent England Patriots got here close, going 18-0 before a Super Bowl loss.

The Eagles had their shot at perfection slip out of their hands.

Trailing at halftime for the primary time this season, Hurts looked as if it would have another big play left in him to tug out a victory. He connected on a deep ball to wide receiver Quez Watkins on a 51-yard reception late within the fourth quarter down 26-21. Watkins hit the bottom, popped up and took off running, only to fumble the ball and provides Washington possession.

Taylor Heinicke celebrates through the Commanders’ win over the Eagles. Getty Images

That was it for the Eagles — and their third turnover, a high number for a team that had only three turnovers in the primary eight games.

A.J Brown had a catch knock off his hands and switch into an interception, and Dallas Goedert fumbled within the fourth quarter.

Washington’s Taylor Heinicke again began for injured QB Carson Wentz, the much-maligned former Eagles QB who did play a key role in helping them win a Super Bowl within the 2017 season. He wasn’t flashy, but efficient, going 17 for 29 and throwing 229 yards. Terry McLaurin had 128 yards receiving — including a 41-yard haul that led to a field goal. Joey Slye kicked 4 field goals.

Antonio Gibson scores in the first quarter. Antonio Gibson scores in the primary quarter. AP

Jalen Hurts reacts during the Eagles' first loss of the season. Jalen Hurts reacts through the Eagles’ first lack of the season. USA TODAY Sports

The Commanders also spoiled Pittsburgh’s 11-0 start in 2020.

Hurts threw for just 174 yards.

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