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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor
The Eagles entered the half beating a winning team by a reasonable margin.
After a first half filled with strong passing, the passing game came up extremely poor in the latter half, but a strong run game and a defensive score were more than enough for the Eagles to lock up a dominant win.
Smith had four receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns. What really earned him the nod for MCP in my book were: 1. his incredible grab over former college teammate Patrick Surtain II in the endzone and 2. a play that won’t show on the stat sheet – Jalen Hurts lobbing an easy INT over to Surtain where Smith locked him up and knocked the ball away. It was a play that made it look like Smith could lock Darius Slay up.
Really, both Slay and Maddox did an excellent job locking down the receivers and giving up no big plays, but Slay earned the nod with his 83-yard return on the fumble recovery that scored a touchdown. It was the defensive play of the game and even though the play was just the end of the third quarter, it really put this one away for the Birds.