Eagles Hold on Late to Beat Chargers

Eagles Hold on Late to Beat Chargers AP Images

The Eagles already have more road wins through a quarter of this season than they did all last year.

Although Sunday wasn't much of a road game.

Eagles fans absolutely invaded StubHub Stadium and got to see their team leave the soccer pitch with a 26-24 win over the Chargers. It was so loud it seemed like Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers was having trouble with crowd noise.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 3-1 on the season, while the Chargers were dropped to 0-4.

The Eagles remain first in the NFC East and gained ground on the Cowboys, who lost to the other LA team.

The Chargers called Sunday a sellout crowd of 25,374 in the soccer stadium. It's hard to venture a guess but there really might have been more Eagles fans in attendance.

The Eagles weren't perfect on Sunday -- far from it -- but in a league where road wins are hard to come by, they'll take it. LeGarrette Blount ran like a monster, Carson Wentz hit some perfect throws, the defense made enough stops and last week's hero Jake Elliott hit four field goals.

The Eagles will have a fun six-hour flight back to Philly tonight.

Turning point There wasn't really a turning point in this one. The game was close but the Eagles led the whole way. Chris Long's strip sack sort of set the tone.

Key stat

Blount went over 100 yards. He became the first Eagle to rush for 100 yards in a game this year. Ryan Mathews did it twice last season. It was the third-biggest rushing game of Blount's career. He finished with 136 yards.

Offensive stud Blount was running with force on Sunday. His 68-yarder in the fourth quarter was a career long.

Offensive dud Torrey Smith continues to drop too many passes. It's now becoming an every week thing. Wentz hit him on a beautiful strike in the first half and Smith couldn't bring it in.

Defensive stud Long got the game started with a strip sack and provided constant pressure all afternoon.

Defensive dud Rasul Douglas wasn't really bad but he did get beaten by Tyrell Williams for a 75-yard touchdown pass in the first half. It let the Chargers back into the game. It seemed like Rivers was happy to pick on him.

Key plays •Rookie Corey Clement picked up huge conversions on third downs late in the fourth quarter to ice the game. •Hunter Henry caught a four-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone and tapped both toes. Originally, it was ruled incomplete but the Chargers won the challenge to cut into the Eagles' lead, 26-24. •Keenan Allen caught a slant and went 50 yards for a big first down on 3rd-and-long. •On a key third down, Chargers lineman Darius Philon was called for an illegal hands to the face to keep the drive alive. Wendell Smallwood dove across the end zone for a touchdown a few plays later. •Blount broke off a 68-yard run, throwing off would-be tacklers along the way, and set up the Eagles deep in Los Angeles territory. •Austin Ekeler broke off a 35-yard run up the gut for a touchdown. It looked like Mychal Kendricks over-pursued in the backfield on the play and then Rodney McLeod and a few others couldn't make a tackle. It cut the Eagles' lead to 19-17. It was the second-longest run the Eagles have given up this year. •Late in the third quarter, Wentz changed the play at the line of scrimmage and was able to hit Alshon Jeffery for a 13-yard gain to move the chains on third down. Wentz stood in the pocket and delivered the throw knowing he was about to get crushed. But it kept the drive alive and the Eagles kicked a field goal to go up 19-10. •A week after failing on 4th-and-8 near midfield, head coach Doug Pederson elected to punt the ball on 4th-and-1 from his own 49-yard line with 1:04 left. The Chargers took the ball and went down the field to kick a field goal to make the score 16-10 as the first half expired. •Rivers hit Tyrell Williams for a 75-yard touchdown to put the Chargers right back in the game. Rasul Douglas was supposed to be in coverage. It's the second straight week the Eagles have given up a 75-yard pass. •The Eagles hit two of their running backs on 20-plus-yard catches on the next drive, that put them up 10-0. •On the Eagles' first scoring drive of the game, the biggest play came on a 36-yarder from Wentz to Nelson Agholor on third down. The Eagles ended up going up 7-0 after Alshon Jeffery caught an 8-yard touchdown. •Long started off the game with a big strip sack against Rivers. Derek Barnett came along and scooped the ball up to give it to his offense.

Injuries The Eagles came into the game with five injured players who were already ruled out: Fletcher Cox (calf), Ronald Darby (ankle), Corey Graham (hamstring), Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) and Destiny Vaeao (wrist).

Up next The Eagles return home to the Linc next week to take on the Cardinals. After that, they'll travel on a short week to play the Panthers in Carolina on a Thursday night.