Philadelphia Eagles complete 91-yard pass play and don’t score

Jalen Hurts #1, Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles (photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #1, Miles Sanders #26, Philadelphia Eagles (photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

It isn’t often that you’ll see a 91-yard passing play that doesn’t result in six points but watching the Philadelphia Eagles play football over the course of the past few seasons should have taught you something by now. Expect the unexpected.

As a puzzling game in the City of Brotherly Love made its way towards halftime, the unthinkable happened… twice.

After a nice punt by Mitch Wishnowsky of the San Francisco pinned the Birds back on their own two-yard line, the theory was the Birds might play it safe to avoid making any mistakes. They were anything but that. Jalen Hurts uncorked one that couldn’t be any more of a perfect pass, a pass that landed in the waiting arms of the speedster Quez Watkins. He’d do the rest.

The Philadelphia Eagles bring the heat but come up empty.

Watkins’s grab and dash set the Birds with first and goal from the Niners’ six-yard line. What followed was some puzzling play-calling culminating in some weird variation of the Philly Special that ended with Greg Ward, a former college quarterback, tossing one harmlessly out of the back of the end zone.

The Niners then drove the ball right down the field and punched it in with a touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Jauan Jennings. And, just like that, the Birds are down at halftime.

Both defenses have been stout. Jake Elliott has provided the only score for Philadelphia on a 45-yard field goal that has the Birds up 3-0 at home. That also tied Jake for the eighth spot on the Eagles’ all-time scoring list with 404 points.

That’s been the majority of the action at Lincoln Financial Field. Philly should probably have nine points on the scoreboard, but they eschewed an Elliott field-goal attempt for a fourth-down try that came up empty. He had another attempt blocked as the Philadelphia Eagles turned the ball over on downs twice.