Dec 13, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles middle linebacker Duke Riley (50) celebrates with linebacker Alex Singleton (49) and cornerback Avonte Maddox (29) after his interception against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Rookie Hurts, Eagles snap Saints’ 9-game win streak

Rookie Jalen Hurts threw a touchdown pass and rushed for 106 yards in his first NFL start as the host Philadelphia Eagles ended the New Orleans Saints’ nine-game winning streak, 24-21, on Sunday. The Eagles prevailed after leading 17-0 and 24-14.

Hurts, a second-round draft choice from Oklahoma, started in place of struggling Carson Wentz and completed 17 of 30 for 167 yards as the Eagles (4-8-1) ended a four-game losing streak.

Miles Sanders added an 82-yard touchdown run and finished with 115 yards as Philadelphia had two 100-yard rushers against a Saints defense that entered the game with an NFL-record 55 straight games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.

Taysom Hill passed for 291 yards and two touchdowns but threw an interception and lost a fumble as the Saints (10-3) lost for the first time in his four starts in place of injured Drew Brees.

New Orleans, which trailed 17-0 at halftime, forced an Eagles punt on the first possession of the second half and drove to Alvin Kamara’s 5-yard touchdown run.

Philadelphia drove to a fourth-and-1 at the New Orleans 40, but Hurts was stopped for no gain. Four plays later, Hill threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders to pull the Saints to 17-14 at the end of the third quarter.

New Orleans drove to the Philadelphia 42, but on fourth-and-2, Hill was sacked and lost a fumble with 9:57 remaining.

The Eagles then drove to Sanders’ 1-yard touchdown run for a 24-14 lead. Hill threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook with 1:24 left, but Philadelphia recovered the ensuing onside kick.

After a scoreless first quarter, Hurts threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery on fourth-and-2.

Duke Riley intercepted Hill, giving the Eagles the ball at the New Orleans 32. They failed to get a first down, and Jake Elliott kicked a 44-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead.

Sanders broke free for an 82-yard touchdown run with 1:35 left in the half to increase the lead to 17-0.

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