The Philadelphia Eagles looked to have this game in the books. With the ball, a 23-21 and only 2:41 remaining in the game, this one appeared to be over. However, a fumble by Ryan Mathews stopped the Eagles’ offense in their tracks and it ended up costing them the game.
The Mathews’ fumble was forced and recovered by Detroit Lions’ cornerback Darius Slay, and it gave the Lions an opportunity to win this game. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford took advantage of this opportunity, leading his team 34 yards down the field, setting them up for a game-winning 29-yard field goal by Matt Prater.
Carson Wentz and the Eagles seemed to have this game in hand, but that fumble by Mathews proved to be as costly as they come. Wentz still had an opportunity to lead the Eagles to victory after the Lions’ field goal, but he threw an interception on the very first play of the drive.
That interception was made by Slay who came up in a massive way for the Lions in this game. It was also the first interception thrown by Wentz in his young career.
Once again, Eagles’ rookie quarterback Carson Wentz stepped up and played a great game. It was not enough, but Wentz completed 25 of 33 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns.
The loss was obviously disappointing, but the Eagles undoubtedly have a franchise caliber quarterback on their hands. Wentz proved that again on Sunday. The late interception was not ideal, but Wentz is still legit.
He has not always been the most consistent, but Matthew Stafford has been playing at a high level this season. Even without Megatron, Stafford is slinging the ball all over the field, and he continued his success against the Eagles.
Including leading a game-winning drive, Stafford completed 19 of 25 passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns against the Eagles. He was clutch.
Even though they almost blew it, Stafford and Theo Riddick got the Lions off to an extremely quick start in this game. Riddick had touchdown receptions on the Lions’ first two drives. The Lions’ running back is essentially a receiver in their offense, but he did some damage on the ground as well.
Riddick carried the ball 11 times for 49 yards (4.5 yards per carry average), while also catching a team-leading six receptions for 33 yards. He was their best offensive play-maker in this game.
In Week 6, the Eagles will take on their division rival Washington Redskins, while the Lions will play host to the Los Angeles Rams.