There’s a statue of Doug Pederson outdoors the Eagles’ stadium. Sure, it was put there by a beer firm, however it’s nonetheless a statue of the previous coach and Nick Foles, calling the Philly Particular in Tremendous Bowl 52. Absolutely there haven’t been too many cases in NFL historical past the place a coach returned to face his former staff in a stadium with a statue of mentioned coach.
The Eagles fired Pederson after a 4-11-1 season in 2020; he had pulled Jalen Hurts within the second half of a detailed season finale. Although the top of his tenure was disagreeable, Pederson, who now coaches the Jaguars, obtained a standing ovation earlier than at the moment’s sport. Issues received higher for him from there. Defensive again Andre Cisco jumped in entrance of an errant Hurts go and ran it again for a pick-six. Jags quarterback Trevor Lawrence discovered Jamal Agnew for a four-yard landing, and the protection stopped the Eagles on downs on the following drive. Jacksonville led 14-0 after one quarter.
From there, issues stopped getting higher for ol’ Doug. Lawrence stored turning the ball over, which helped the Birds rating 29 consecutive factors. The Eagles scored a landing on fourth down after a Lawrence fumble, and received a brief discipline after Haason Reddick recovered an aborted snap. Kenneth Gainwell’s 10-yard landing run proper earlier than halftime put the Eagles forward for good.
Extra turnovers adopted. The Eagles’ offense sputtered within the second half for the fourth straight sport, however the Jags couldn’t take benefit. Lawrence completed the sport with one interceptions and 4 misplaced fumbles. His staff would’ve had extra of an opportunity if he didn’t maintain shedding the ball. Jacksonville had another alternative with beneath two minutes left within the sport, however that drive ended after one play when Reddick sacked Lawrence and compelled the fumble.
The Eagles received, 29-21. The Jaguars regarded sloppy. Pederson didn’t get revenge, although he gave away his soggy jacket to his former participant Jason Kelce. Not less than he nonetheless has that statue.