Flashback Friday: Philadelphia Eagles throttle the 49ers
There would be no letdown when the Philadelphia Eagles met the San Francisco 49ers in a Week 8 matchup.
They’re talked about often. They occur even more often, the dreaded ‘trap game’. Teams that should beat other teams go out and lay eggs on the field. After beating one of the best teams in the NFC, the Carolina Panthers, the Philadelphia Eagles took care of business in their second prime time game in two weeks.
That win excited everyone. A 34-24 victory over the Washington Redskins will do that. It also set Philly up for a Week 8 home date versus the San Francisco 49ers. With that, the questions were everywhere. Sure the Eagles were supposed to beat the 49ers, but would they?
We were all set up for a trap game. Fortunately, for the Eagles and their fans, there were no issues with concentration.
May the best team win.
The Eagles outplayed the ‘Niners’ all day as Carson Wentz went 18 for 32 while throwing for 211 yards and two touchdowns. LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement combined for 102 rushing yards on 26 carries. Alshon Jeffery had 62 yards receiving on two catches, and one of those catches would result with him reaching the end zone (he also had a catch on a two-point conversion).
On defense, the Eagles shined as they held the 49ers to 238 yards of offense and to a 20-percent conversion percentage on third down.
Check out some of the highlights.
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The win improved the Eagles record to 7-1 with eight games remaining and dropped the 49ers to 0-8 at the season’s halfway point. Philly’s next game on the Super Bowl trail would allow them to remain at the friendly confines of Lincoln Financial Field for a Week 9 contest versus the Denver Broncos.
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There, the questions would arise again about whether or not Philly could take care of business in a game they were supposed to win, but for now, fans at the Linc could leave happy. The ‘trap game’ was averted.
The Eagles were, officially, at the top of their game.