And as the ball sailed through the air, Lions cornerback Darius Slay was step-for-step with Agholor.

Yes the rookie quarterback threw his first interception and that sealed the Eagles' fate, but he also led the comeback that put the Eagles up 23-21 after trailing 21-7.

Birds coach Doug Pederson suggested Monday during a news conference Kelce touched the ball while out of bounds, which, by National Football League rule, would have dictated a dead ball and nullified the Lions' recovery.

Wentz finished 25 of 33 passing for 238 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles. The rookie quarterback played sublime otherwise.

Real deal or not, it was Stafford and the Lions - who had lost three straight - who could celebrate the outcome. It's a shame that we didn't get to see him nail a game winning field goal.

His last pass was an interception, however - his first of the season, and right in the hands of Slay, the man who forced the Mathews fumble.

"This one hurts", Mathews said. We were in first-and-25, second-and-26 and we overcame that and got the three (points on a Caleb Sturgis field goal).

Golden Tate: "I needed that". Unfortunately, crisis was re-visited when Mathews coughed up the ball to a team that had no timeouts, giving them the opportunity they needed.

Theo Riddick caught a 1-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring two plays after Stafford converted a third-and-11 with a 20-yard pass to Anquan Boldin.

"[We] definitely wanted to get Tulloch some more reps early in the game and then keep Nigel and Jordan fresh and healthy as the game went on", Pederson said. "Had some flashbacks to high school".

Wentz was sacked three times and had some balls batted down or deflected in coverage - especially late in the game - it never allowed the Eagles to get anything going consistently, save for a handful of drives.

"You'd usually like to carry it on your outside arm", Pederson acknowledged. On the next play, Stafford rolled out to his left throwing across his body to find Marvin Jones in the back of the endzone.

Wentz's long pass attempt to Nelson Agholor was snatched away by Slay, ending all suspense. After allowing 199 total yards of offense in the first half, the Eagles allowed just 45 yards and three points in the second half with Kendricks playing significantly less snaps. It didn't give up big plays, but it seemed like the only way to get the Lions off the field was to let them score. Rookie Jakeem Grant scored on a 74-yard punt return, Damien Williams had a 55-yard, catchand-run to set up a touchdown, and DeVante Parker made a 50-yard reception that led to a field goal.

An unnecessary roughness penalty against Jenkins gave Detroit a first down at the Eagles' 6-yard line. Bradham didn't play much in the first half, but Pederson insisted that wasn't part of team-issued discipline.

Carson Wentz was having another splendid game when the Eagles finally turned the ball over a couple times. With 1:28 left in the game, the Lions left fans wondering if they had left Carson Wentz too much time on the clock. Pederson will be charged with getting his team to clean up its play and regroup as the 3-1 Eagles turn their attention to a key divisional game this Sunday at the Washington Redskins.

Next Sunday the Lions hotst the Los Angeles Rams with a 1 p.m. kickoff at Ford Field.


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