In a rain-soaked showdown at Gillette Stadium, Jake Elliott emerged as the hero for the Philadelphia Eagles, sealing a 25-20 triumph over the New England Patriots in the season opener. Elliott’s clutch performance in the second half, including a remarkable 56-yard field goal, held the Patriots’ comeback attempt at bay. This marked the franchise’s longest Week 1 field goal since 1960, with 51 and 48-yard kicks complementing the feat.
The Eagles faced some late-game pressure as Julius Peppers forced a Jalen Hurts fumble with just 3:15 remaining, placing the Patriots at the Eagles’ 41 while trailing 25-20. However, the Philadelphia defense rose to the occasion, led by Jordan Davis, who secured his first career sack. This pivotal play forced the Patriots into a challenging third-and-12 situation, eventually leading to an incompletion and a fourth-down stop on a Hunter Henry pass with 2:24 left, preserving the Eagles’ victory.
Although the Eagles missed an opportunity to seal the win on a fourth-and-2 attempt, the Patriots orchestrated a late drive, advancing to the Eagles’ 20 in the final minute. Jalen Carter delivered a crucial third-down sack, setting up a fourth-and-11 scenario. Kayshon Boutte’s incomplete catch on fourth down solidified Philadelphia’s triumph.
The Eagles’ defense played a pivotal role in establishing the initial 16-point lead, creating consecutive turnovers in the first quarter. Darius Slay’s 70-yard interception return for a touchdown, following a drop by Bourne on third down, set the tone. This was quickly followed by Jordan Davis forcing a fumble on an Ezekiel Elliott reception, granting the Eagles a short field. Jalen Hurts capitalized on this opportunity, connecting with DeVonta Smith for a 5-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 16-0.
Although the Patriots managed to narrow the gap with back-to-back touchdowns at the end of the first half, the Eagles maintained their lead thanks to Jake Elliott’s consistent field goal efficiency.
With this victory, the Eagles start the season 1-0, while the Patriots open with a 0-1 record, illustrating the fine margins that decided this thrilling matchup.