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as that.”

The Ea­gles got a lit­tle help from Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, who the Ea­gles con­sid­ered be­fore hir­ing Kelly.

With the Jaguars fac­ing fourth-an­done at their own 29-yard line with 6:01 left, Bradley or­dered Chad Henne to go for it. Henne threw high to his open tight end, Marcedes Lewis, and the Ea­gles took over on downs.

“Early in the game we felt like we needed to steal a pos­ses­sion some­where,” Bradley said. “We had a chance to ex­e­cute it and be bold. We felt like we had to steal the pos­ses­sion and we just missed it.”

De­fen­sive end Fletcher Cox picked up a fum­ble forced by Trent Cole and rolled 17 yards for a touch­down with 1:23 to go.

“The right thing to do was to get down and let the of­fense get on the field and bring the vic­tory home,” Cox said. “But it was once in a life­time for a D-line­man to see the ball and that much grass to the end zone. I don’t think I’ll prob­a­bly have too many chances to do that.”

It was a tough day for the of­fen­sive line.

All-Pro guard Evan Mathis was carted off with a knee in­jury.

Allen Bar­bre, the re­place­ment for sus­pended right tackle Lane John­son, ex­ited with a sprained an­kle.

Both will un­dergo mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing tests Mon­day. Mathis could be shelved for a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time. Re­serve cen­ter David Molk and An­drew Gard­ner re­placed them.

Left of­fen­sive tackle Ja­son Peters, the peren­nial Pro Bowler, gave up 2 sacks re­sult­ing in two Foles fum­bles re­cov­ered by the Jaguars in the first quar­ter.

“I’ve just got to stay on them longer,” Peters said. “They were run­ning up the field, run­ning all the way around. I’ve just got to stay on them and push them up the field more, you know? They were cover­ing up our re­ceivers I guess. It was my fault, I’ve just got to stay on the de­fen­sive end longer and give Foles time.”

Henne looked like any­thing but a re­tread turn­ing the fum­bles into touch­down throws to un­drafted rookie re­ceiver Allen Hurns. It staked the Jaguars to a 17-0 lead at the in­ter­mis­sion.

Hurns beat Cary Wil­liams on the first scor­ing grab. On the next one Hurns, who had four re­cep­tions for 100 yards, got over on Wil­liams, Mal­colm Jenk­ins and Nate Allen.

“We gave him a lot of things,” Wil­liams said. “And that’s the bot­tom line. He’s a good player. He’s def­i­nitely an NFL player but not the cal­iber of player that I made him look like to­day. Trust me, it wasn’t all him. It was a bad game on my part. I was try­ing to do too much. I com­mit­ted the golden sin. That won’t hap­pen again.”

It could have been worse for the Ea­gles.

Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee missed a 50-yard field goal at­tempt and had a 36-yarder snuffed by Bran­don Bair in the first half.

It also could have been bet­ter.

Foles was in­ter­cepted by cor­ner­back Alan Ball throw­ing a fade to Brent Celek in the end zone in the first half.

Ul­ti­mately the Ea­gles got a huge third-quar­ter spark from Dar­ren Spro­les.

Booed for fair-catch­ing a punt in the third quar­ter with the Birds in a 17-0 hole, Spro­les sur­vived a big hit on an 8-yard screen pass and then on fourt­hand-one, burst up the mid­dle be­hind a Ja­son Kelce block to put the Birds on the score­board. It came off a quick count.

“It ab­so­lutely caught them off guard,” Kelce said, no pun in­tended. “They didn’t have a safety back there. Once we broke through the hole it was smooth sail­ing.”

Spro­les bounced back with a 22-yard punt re­turn af­ter the Ea­gles forced a three-and-out. It set up Foles’ 25-yard scor­ing pass to Zach Ertz pulling the Birds within 17-14. Ertz caught three passes for 77 yards.

When kicker Cody Parkey knot­ted the game at 17 with a 51-yard field goal, the Ea­gles knew they were on the verge of vic­tory. Parkey added a 28-yarder and a PAT af­ter Cox’s re­turn, com­plet­ing the scor­ing.

When all was said and done, Kelly was OK with the re­siliency of Foles and the team that ral­lied to win.

“I talked to him a few times,” Kelly said of Foles. “I can see why he was frus­trated. I think ev­ery­body was frus­trated. I heard a few fans that were frus­trated, too. Go fig­ure. But they had ev­ery right. I was boo­ing my­self.”

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