Sumary of Slay’s scoop-and-score leads Eagles past Broncos 30-13:
- DENVER (AP) — Cornerback Darius Slay seized both the loose football and the moment.
- Slay scooped up the loose football on the final play of he third quarter and returned it 83 yards for a touchdown, sparking the Philadelphia Eagles’ 30-13 upset of the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
- The Broncos were driving for the tying touchdown late in the third quarter when linebacker Davion Taylor punched the ball out of Melvin Gordon III’s arms just as he bulled his way across the line on fourth-and-1 from the Eagles 23.“An offensive lineman tried to grab it,” Slay recounted.
- ’”Slay lost the handle on it himself and with tight end Albert Okwuegbunam bearing down on him, Slay recovered it on the bounce at his 18, stuck his left arm in the grass to keep his balance at the 16, then gathered himself at his 12 as linebacker Genard Avery blocked tight end Noah Fant.
- They prevented the Broncos (5-5) from sweeping the NFC East teams on their schedule just one week after Denver dominated Dallas in one of the biggest upsets of the season.
- Five times the Broncos crossed the Eagles’ 25-yard line and just once did they reach the end zone, on Gordon’s 1-yard run in the first half.
- They frittered away several golden opportunities, including a 22-yard field goal try by Brandon McManus that was blocked by safety K’Von Wallace, who sliced through the line untouched just like a Dallas defender did on a punt last week.
- The Broncos, 1-20 when trailing at halftime under coach Vic Fangio, also wasted Albert Okwuegbunam’s 64-yard catch-and-run to the 8 and safety Justin Simmons’ interception just before Gordon’s fumble.