Pederson, who coached the Eagles from 2016 to 2020, returned to Philadelphia for the first time since the franchise relieved him of his duties two seasons ago. The Eagles held on for a 29-21 win to remain the NFL’s only unbeaten team at 4-0.
When it comes to post-game equipment swaps, it usually involves the players exchanging jerseys. But in this case, Pederson simply handed Kelce his game-worn and soaking wet jacket.
Kelce and Pederson enjoyed a five-year run together in Philadelphia that was highlighted by a Super Bowl 52 championship-winning season. This duo led Philly to the postseason three times, including two NFC East division titles.
Pederson received a warm ovation from the Eagles fans when he made his way out onto the field ahead of kickoff. It just goes to show how admired and respected Pederson will be in Philadelphia, even if his tenure ended in a disappointing 4-11-1 season.
The Jaguars stunned Lincoln Financial Field by jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Eagles quickly recovered and scored 20 unanswered points in the second quarter. A Jake Elliott field goal and a Miles Sanders touchdown (the two-point attempt was no good) helped Philly increase their lead to 15 points.
Jacksonville got back in the game when Trevor Lawrence found Jamal Agnew for an eight-yard touchdown with just over seven minutes remaining. However, the Eagles defense held down the fort from there and paced the team to the perfect 4-0 start.
Philadelphia will look to stay perfect when they visit Kyler Murray’s Arizona Cardinals in Week 5. The Jaguars are returning home to Duval County for a home slate against the NFL’s last remaining winless team in the Houston Texans.
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