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Falling Into The Trap: Eagles at Lions Week 5 Recap
Ryan Mathews was visibly shaken on the Philadelphia Eagles bench following his costly fumble late in the fourth quarter. His mood didn’t change in the locker room after the game either. “I just f—– up,” he said with his head drooped down. “I can’t let my teammates down. I’ve got to get better. I just messed up.” All he had to do was hang onto the ball. Instead, the Eagles headed back to Philadelphia with an extremely difficult loss to swallow. Matt Prater kicked a go-ahead, 29-yard field goal with 1:28 left and the Detroit Lions edged the Philadelphia 24-23 on Sunday afternoon to hand the Eagles their first loss of the season. The Eagles (3-1) trailed 21-7 at one point in the first half before scoring 16 straight points to go in front in the final frame, but Mathews didn’t tuck the ball away in his proper arm on a pitch play to the right and fumbled it with 2:34 remaining when Darius Slay stripped him.