Philadelphia breaks through
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Relax, Eagles fans. All that panicking is over — for this week, at least — after a sluggish, winless start.
Darren Sproles sparked Philadelphia with an 89-yard punt return for a score and added a 1-yard touchdown run and the defense caused four turnovers as the Eagles got their first win and handed the jets their first loss.
Sam Bradford threw a touchdown to Ryan Mathews, who also rushed for 108 yards on 25 carries while starting in place of the injured DeMarco Murray.
"I thought it was gritty," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "We knew going in this was going to be one of those kinds of games. To use a boxing analogy, two guys were going to stand in the middle of the ring and start throwing at each other."
Nick Folk hit a 53-yard field goal with 2:34 left but Seyi Ajirotutu recovered the onside kick and the Eagles ran out the clock to avoid their first 0-3 start since 1999, when they lost their first four games and finished 5-11.