NFL Football

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
San Francisco 0 0 7 3 10
Philadelphia 3 14 10 6 33
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:� , October 29, 2017
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Weather: 67°, Rain  Attendance: 69,596

Eagles reeling from injuries ahead of clash with 49ers

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San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles

  1. The 49ers are 10-4-1 all-time on the road against the Eagles. San Francisco's .714 winning percentage in Philadelphia is its highest on the road against any opponent (minimum eight games).
  2. The 49ers lost at home to the Cowboys in Week 7, 40-10, falling to 0-7 on the season. This is the second time in franchise history that San Francisco has started 0-7. The 49ers also started 0-7 in 1979, winning their eighth game of the season.
  3. The Eagles won at home over Washington, 34-24, in Week 7. The win improved Philadelphia's record to 6-1, its best start since 2004 when the Eagles began a franchise-best 7-0.
  4. There has only been one prior game in NFL history where a 0-7 (or worse) team defeated an opponent with one or fewer losses (minimum two games into the season). On November 23, 1975, the 0-9 Cleveland Browns earned a home win, 35-23, over the 8-1 Cincinnati Bengals.
  5. Last week, in his first career start, C.J. Beathard became the fifth quarterback since the merger to record at least 200 yards passing, 30 yards rushing, and a rushing touchdown in his first career start. Beathard joined Joe Theismann, Dave Krieg, Rob Johnson, and Tyrod Taylor as the quarterbacks to reach those milestones in their first start.
  6. Carson Wentz is the second player in Eagles history with at least three touchdown passes in three straight games, joining Bobby Thomason who accomplished the feat in 1953. Wentz is also the second player in franchise history with 11 touchdown passes in a three-game span, joining Adrian Burk who accomplished the feat in 1954.
Team Comparison

San Francisco
 
Philadelphia
17.6 Points 28.4
246.4 Pass Yds 264.6
96.0 Rush Yds 131.7
8 Takeaways 12

PHILADELPHIA -- The instant euphoria of owning the best record in the National Football League quickly turned to bittersweet reality one day later for the Philadelphia Eagles due to season-ending injuries to two key players.

After improving to 6-1 following a 34-24 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday, the Eagles were jolted with the news that All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters (MCL and ACL) and linebacker Jordan Hicks (ruptured Achilles tendon) would be lost for the remainder of the season.

The Eagles, who have won five straight, will host the San Francisco 49ers (0-7) on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Only the 49ers and Cleveland Browns remain winless in the NFL.

"This is a resilient group, and we've seen it already in the first two months of the season," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. "It's a great testament to the guys again (Monday) for battling and finishing the game."

Halapoulivaati Vaitai replaced Peters at left tackle and is likely to start against the 49ers. Meanwhile, look for a group effort in replacing Hicks with Mychal Kendricks, Najee Goode and Joe Walker combining at linebacker.

"Wherever the coaches tell me to go," Vaitai said when asked about his role moving forward. "If they ask me to play center, I will play center. This is my job, and I have to play wherever they want."

Thanks in large part to the stellar play of quarterback Carson Wentz, the Eagles have started 6-1 or better for the ninth time in franchise history. The last time occurred in 2004, when they began 7-0 and advanced to the Super Bowl before losing to the New England Patriots.

Wentz was 17 of 25 for 268 yards and four touchdowns to four different players against Washington. He already has 17 touchdown passes this season, one more than all of last season when the Eagles finished 7-9.

Wentz is the first Eagles quarterback since 1950 to throw 17 or more touchdowns and no more than four interceptions through the first seven games of the season. He is also the youngest quarterback to have those statistics since 23-year-old Dan Marino accomplished the feat in 1984 with 20 touchdowns and four interceptions.

"I just have a ton of confidence in our guys," Wentz said. "That's something that makes, I think, our offense tough to defend, that we have guys everywhere that can step up and make plays.

Regardless of who is healthy, the Eagles will continue to compete. That mantra has been instilled in the team from the first day of training camp.

"Quite honestly, I don't think of necessarily being 6-1," Pederson said. "I think of it as just getting better each week. We have to win each week. We have to be 1-0 each week. That was our challenge this past week and for going into this game. We don't talk about those types of things outside of the building."

The 49ers struggled mightily last Sunday in a 40-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. For the most part, the 49ers have been competitive this season, losing five games by three points or fewer.

A mixture of injuries and young players has made the situation quite difficult for coach Kyle Shanahan.

"We're just not trying to win enough games to make it look acceptable," Shanahan said. "We're trying to build an organization, build it from the bottom to the top the right way, so we can have sustainable success."

San Francisco right tackle Trent Brown entered the concussion protocol, and his availability is unknown for Sunday. Linebacker Reuben Foster sustained a rib injury, but X-rays came up negative, and he is expected to play against the Eagles.

The 49ers feature 32 players who have less than four full seasons in the league, including 15 rookies, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Shanahan refuses to make any excuses.

"My first decision is what gives us the best chance to win every Sunday, and that will always be the most important thing to me at the time," Shanahan said. "There's not really a situation on our team where we're just saying, 'Hey, play the young guy because he's younger,' while we have a better player sitting right there on the bench. So, we take all that into account. Yeah, we do have a lot of rookies out there, but it's not just because we're deciding based off age who should play."

Quarterback C.J. Beathard, making his first NFL start Sunday, was 22 of 37 for 235 yards with two lost fumbles against the Cowboys. Beathard was also sacked five times.

After the trip to Philadelphia, San Francisco will return home for three consecutive games against the Arizona Cardinals, the New York Giants and the Seattle Seahawks.

Updated October 26, 2017

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