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Minshew steps in, Eagles score on 1st 7 drives to beat Jets

Sun Dec 5 7:25pm ET
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Pro Football Writer

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew celebrates with fans after an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


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New York Jets cornerback Bryce Hall (37) breaks up a pass to Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


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Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (26) runs the ball past New York Jets defensive back Elijah Riley (33) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


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Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (4) celebrates after kicking a field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


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Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni reacts to a referee call during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat (94) celebrates after sacking New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


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Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat (94) sacks New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson (2) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


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New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)


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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Gardner Minshew stepped into the huddle for Philadelphia, kept things light - as he always does - and led the clock-eating Eagles on seven straight scoring drives.

No, there's no quarterback controversy. But Minshew Mania was back for a day, and the goofy-mustached backup might have helped save the Eagles' season.

Minshew was 20 of 25 for 242 yards and two touchdowns to Dallas Goedert while starting in place of an injured Jalen Hurts in a 33-18 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.

''It felt so good, man,'' said Minshew, who made his first start since Week 14 last season with Jacksonville. ''It's the best time I've had since we won last year. There's nothing like that feeling. Glad to do it with this group of guys. They made it easy for me.''

Kenneth Gainwell ran for a score, Jake Elliott kicked four field goals and the Eagles (6-7) stayed in the NFC playoff mix by improving to 12-0 all-time against the Jets (3-9).

Hurts insisted during the week he would play despite an ankle injury. But coach Nick Sirianni said Hurts simply wasn't healthy enough and instead opted to start Minshew.

''I don't think there was ever a definitive point where I said, `I'm going,''' Minshew said. ''I looked around before that first drive and Jalen didn't dress and I said, `OK, this is it.'''

And he kept going, helping Philadelphia bounce back from a 13-7 loss to the Giants last weekend at MetLife Stadium by slicing through the Jets' defense drive after drive. The only possession on which the Eagles didn't score was their last.

''Very proud of him the way he stepped in confidently,'' Goedert said of Minshew. ''It was everything I expected from him.''

But the win might have come at a cost as Miles Sanders left in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury after running for 120 yards on 24 carries. Center Jason Kelce also limped off the field at the 2-minute warning. The Eagles have a bye-week break coming up, though.

Zach Wilson finished 23 of 38 for 226 yards and two touchdowns for the Jets, and also ran for a score. He was intercepted by Marcus Epps in the fourth quarter - and the Eagles scored on their seventh straight drive with Elliott's 46-yarder.

It appeared the Jets and Eagles would be in for a slugfest as they both scored touchdowns on their first three possessions. It was the first game since the Elias Sports Bureau began tracking in 1978 that each team scored TDs on their first three drives.

Things slowed considerably after halftime as the Jets held the ball for only 70 seconds in the third quarter - just three plays for 3 yards. Meanwhile, the Eagles had 24 plays for 81 yards over 13:50 in the period. Philadelphia held the overall edge in time of possession: 35:36 to 24:24.

Five plays after Braxton Berrios returned the opening kickoff 79 yards, Wilson found Elijah Moore for a 3-yard touchdown. It was Wilson's first TD pass since Week 4.

But Alex Kessman - signed Saturday from the practice squad to replace the struggling Matt Ammendola - missed the extra point in his NFL debut.

Minshew and the Eagles answered with a 36-yard TD to Goedert. And Elliott made his extra-point try to give the Eagles a 7-6 lead.

Wilson and the Jets came right back, with the rookie quarterback scoring on a 1-yard run. But Kessman was wide left again on the extra point, prompting boos from frustrated Jets fans.

Minshew connected with a wide-open Goedert for a 25-yard touchdown. And Wilson marched down the field again, getting a 1-yard TD toss to Ryan Griffin on fourth down. The Jets went for 2, but Wilson's throw to Jamison Crowder was incomplete.

And the Eagles kept the scoring going with Gainwell squirting through the defense on an 18-yard touchdown run.

The back-and-forth TD streak ended on the fourth possession by the Jets, who were forced to punt with just over two minutes left before halftime.

The Eagles didn't get a touchdown on their fourth possession, either. But they still got points with Elliott's 31-yarder. Elliott added a 32-yarder on Philadelphia's first drive of the third quarter, pushing the Eagles' lead to 27-18.

''They had the ball to finish the first half,'' Jets coach Robert Saleh said. ''Then they go eight minutes and then it's a quick drive for us and then they had the ball again for however many minutes it was. So you're looking at over an hour of real time where our offense was on the field for just a quick minute.''

SPOTTY

The Jets thought they stopped the Eagles for the first time with 1:18 left in the third quarter when they stuffed Minshew on fourth-and-1. But Sirianni challenged the call, and the play was overturned on video review - giving Minshew a 2-yard gain as Saleh voiced his displeasure on the sideline.

That came four plays after the Eagles went for it on fourth-and-3 from New York's 47 and C.J. Mosley was called for encroachment - a penalty Saleh vehemently argued with officials.

Elliott capped that drive with a 43-yarder that made it 30-18.

''I'm not going to get into all that,'' Saleh said of the questionable calls. ''You guys saw the game.''

INJURIES

Eagles: LB Patrick Johnson (back) and CB Steven Nelson (shoulder) left in the first quarter and didn't return.

Jets: WR Corey Davis (groin), CB Michael Carter II (concussion) and RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle) all left with injuries.

UP NEXT

Eagles: Have their bye-week break and then return home to take on NFC East-rival Washington on Dec. 19.

Jets: Stay at home next Sunday to host the New Orleans Saints.

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