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EAGLES 23, RAMS 14

Eagles remain perfect by beating Rams in matchup between past two NFC champions

Jalen Hurts (left) and the Eagles escaped with a win against Ernest Jones and the Rams.Harry How/Getty

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Jalen Hurts passed for 303 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 72 yards and another score, and the Eagles outlasted the Rams, 23-14, Sunday to remain unbeaten.

Dallas Goedert had eight catches for 117 yards and an early TD for Philadelphia, which is off to its second consecutive 5-0 start despite getting tested throughout this meeting of the last two NFC champions.

“It’s tough to win in this league, so we’re really happy with where we’re at,” Goedert said. “We do have stuff we need to clean up, but it’s a good start for us.”

A.J. Brown had six catches for 127 yards, but the Eagles couldn’t reach the end zone in the second half and had to rely on their defense, which shut out Los Angeles (2-3) after halftime.

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Cooper Kupp had eight catches for 118 yards in the former Super Bowl MVP’s dynamic season debut for the Rams, who have lost three of four despite hanging in with three probable Super Bowl contenders during that stretch. Kupp made five catches for 56 yards on Los Angeles’ opening drive, but the offense struggled after that.

Matthew Stafford passed for 222 yards and hit Tutu Atwell and rookie Puka Nacua for touchdowns, but Los Angeles’ offense didn’t cross midfield in the second half. Nacua finished with seven catches for a career-low 71 yards.

The Eagles earned another road victory punctuated by another set of successful “tush push” plays, but they’ll also lament missed opportunities while failing to score at least 25 points for the first time this season despite racking up 454 total yards.

Philadelphia went 13 for 18 on third downs after struggling in that area last week, but also had to settle for short field goals by Jake Elliott after drives lasting 17 plays, 15 plays and 10 plays.

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The Philly defense covered for the offense’s shortcomings, with Eagles rookie Jalen Carter picking up two sacks in the stadium where he won a national title with Georgia nine months ago. Haason Reddick also had two sacks.

“At the start of the game, they were getting the ball out to their receivers really quick,” Carter said. “We knew we had to get to (Stafford) faster, and we did that … and it changed the game.”

After coming off injured reserve, Kupp made a remarkable return to the NFL in the first game since November 2022 for the 2021 Offensive Player of the Year. Kupp missed the final eight games of last season with an ankle injury before getting sidelined early in this year’s training camp with a hamstring injury.

“There’s a few things that I’m sure I’m gonna look at tomorrow and just feel like, ‘Man, just didn’t happen a little bit faster,’” Kupp said. “But it did feel good to be out there playing football again.”