Houston vs. Philly

Nov. 3, 2022

Tonight the Philadelphia Eagles came to NRG Stadium to face the Houston Texans. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is from Houston; tonight is his first game ever at NRG. But that’s not the only Houston/Philly connection tonight. As this game began, the Houston Astros were playing the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 of the World Series.

So there was something special about tonight’s game. One of those things was Philadelphia native Jazmine Sullivan, who sang the national anthem tonight to the delight of fans:

Houston, with only one win this season, was a huge underdog against the 7 0 Eagles. But the Texans scored right out the gate. They picked up three first downs before quarterback Davis mills hit Phillip Dorsett deep for a strike. That put the Texans at first and goal. Then Mills threw a touchdown to the tight end: the unforgettably named Teagan Quitoriano.

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But Hurts fired off a deep pass off his own to Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert. And Goedert took Philly to first and goal. Then, as running back Kenneth Gainewell ran towards the goal line, he got a little help from his teammate. Eagles center Jason Kelce actually tried to drag Gainewell into the End Zone:

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Texans players were upset by the play. So was Lovie Smith. They felt that the play should be a penalty. But no flag was thrown. So the drive continued. And then Miles Sanders broke free to run practically untouched into the end zone.

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For a time, it looked like Philadelphia would build on that lead; Hurts hit receiver A.J. Brown for 30 yards and then converted the next play for 22. But then he got sacked by Steven Nelson, who forced a fumble. The ball came out. Jaleel Johnson recovered it.

It was Nelson’s first career sack. But the Texans couldn’t convert that turnover into points. And when the Eagles took over, they took the lead. Kenneth Gainewell powered his way past the goal line to give Philly the lead.

But the Texans fired right back. Davis Mills scrambled and fired a pass to Chris Moore, who slid to the ground as he made the catch. One ref ruled it was an incomplete pass; another ruled it a touchdown. But upon replay, it got upheld. The touchdown counted. And the game was tied.

Both teams got off to a rough start as the second half began. The Texans defense ruined the Eagles drive; Hurts got sacked twice in just two plays. But the Texans went three and out, too. And on their next possession, Mills got intercepted by Eagles cornerback CJ Gardner Johnson.

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It was a costly interception. Philadelphia got the ball with great field position. And within minutes, they cashed in. Hurts found WR A.J. Brown in the end zone for a 17-yard touchdown.

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Hurts later threw to tight end Dallas Goedert for another score. And that proved to be too much for the worn down Texans defense. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Houston Texans 29-17. For the first time in franchise history, they are now 8-0.

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