PHILADELPHIA — Jamal Agnew quickly made up for two fumbles and the defense stepped up for Detroit when special teams almost blew it.

Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown pass to Marvin Jones, Agnew returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score and the Lions held on for a 27-24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

"It's good to get wins not playing your best football," Stafford said. "We're not playing our best, we kept battling. Finding ways to win as you're getting better as a team is a good thing."

The Eagles had a chance after Malcolm Jenkins blocked Matt Prater's 46-yard field goal try with 1:53 left. Rasul Douglas returned it to the Lions 22, but an illegal block on Jenkins pushed it back to midfield.

On fourth-and-5, Darren Sproles caught a pass for a first down but got called for Philadelphia's third offensive pass interference. Wentz's deep pass to J.J. Arcega-Whiteside fell incomplete with 41 seconds left. The rookie receiver said he should've caught it.

"It's the moment you ask for and dream about," Arcega-Whiteside said. "I gotta make the play."

The Lions (2-0-1) remain undefeated and the Eagles (1-2) have lost two in a row.

Agnew got Detroit started by going the distance after Philadelphia jumped ahead 3-0. He atoned for mistakes in the first two games.

"I owe it to my teammates and the coaching staff for sticking with me," he said.

Lions coach Matt Patricia sensed Agnew would breakout.

"He was working and he was grinding," Patricia said. "Give him all the credit in the world."

Jones had six catches for 116 yards, including a 12-yard TD reception that extended Detroit's lead to 27-17 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Carson Wentz threw a pair of touchdown passes to Nelson Agholor, but came up yards short on a scramble on fourth-and-8 late in the fourth.

The Eagles' injury-depleted offense missing its top two receivers was sloppy.

Miles Sanders and Agholor lost fumbles, there were a few drops, and wideout Mack Hollins committed two pass-interference penalties.

"Can't make excuses," Agholor said. "We had opportunities. We have to make plays."

Wentz clearly missed DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery as receivers struggled to get open. Jackson didn't play because of an abdomen injury and Jeffery has a calf strain.

The Eagles cut it to 27-24 when Wentz threw a 2-yard TD pass to Agholor with 6:59 left. Penalties cost the Lions on that drive. A late hit on Wentz against Trey Flowers extended it and an unnecessary roughness call on Jarrad Davis moved the ball to the 5.

Wentz threw a 20-yard TD pass to Agholor in the third quarter. But the Lions answered with Stafford's TD to Jones.

Kerryon Johnson's 1-yard TD run gave the Lions a 14-10 lead early in the second quarter.

Sanders fumbled twice on one drive and Detroit recovered his second one. That led to Prater's 25-yard field goal and a 17-10 lead.

Jordan Howard ran in from the 1 after Wentz scrambled 19 yards on third-and-6, giving the Eagles a 10-7 lead in the first quarter.


Agnew had the first kickoff return for a score this season. There were five in the NFL last year.


Patricia was on the other sideline as New England's defensive coordinator when Nick Foles led the Eagles to a 41-33 win over the Patriots in the Super Bowl two seasons ago.


Stafford now is 2-1 against Jim Schwartz, the Eagles defensive coordinator who was a first-year head coach when Detroit drafted the quarterback No. 1 overall in 2009.


Sanders had his helmet ripped off on a kickoff return when he was clotheslined by Miles Killebrew, who also grabbed the facemask and spun it around. There was no penalty called. The blatant miss was nearly as obvious as the non-call on the pass interference in the Rams-Saints NFC championship game. Todd Prukop was the back judge for both games.


The Eagles scored 10 points in the first quarter after scoring only 20 points combined in the previous 12 first quarters.


Lions: DT Mike Daniels (foot) left in the first quarter and didn't return and Slay (hamstring) exited in the third quarter.

Eagles: CB Ronald Darby (hamstring) and LT Andre Dillard (knee) left in the first half.


Lions: Host Kansas City next Sunday. The Chiefs won the previous matchup 45-10 on Nov. 1, 2015, but the Lions have won the past two times at home.

Eagles: At Green Bay on Thursday night. The Packers have won five of the past six meetings, including a 53-20 rout at Lambeau Field on Nov. 16, 2014.

Drops, fumbles, sloppy play doom Eagles in loss

PHILADELPHIA — J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had his hands up and his eyes on the ball as the potential go-ahead touchdown pass came the rookie receiver's way.

Catching it was the problem.

Carson Wentz threaded the ball to Arcega-Whiteside, who failed to haul in the pass with a defender on him, one of a handful of drops that doomed the Philadelphia Eagles in a 27-24 loss Sunday to the Detroit Lions.

This one stung in the clutch — Arcega-Whiteside dropped the pass on fourth down with 49 seconds left, the second straight week the Eagles failed to make the pivotal catch down the stretch for a win.

"It's the moment you ask for and dream about," Arcega-Whiteside said. "I gotta make the play."

Wentz was nearly running out of receiving options. Wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (calf) and DeSean Jackson (groin) both sat out with injuries and tight end Dallas Goedert had also been slowed by a calf injury.

Lions cornerback Rashaan Melvin may have gotten a hand on the ball that led to final of several drops in the game for Eagles receivers.

"There's no other assessment other than, I've got to go get it," Whiteside said. "Tight coverage. I was going to elevate, expected some contact. There really wasn't no contact. The ball ended up right there. I have to make the play."

Philadelphia's comeback again was derailed by drops.

The Eagles lost at Atlanta last week when Nelson Agholor lost the ball in the lights of the retractable-roof stadium and let a potential go-ahead 60-yard score slip through his hands.

Agholor had two TD catches against the Lions, but fumbled the ball when he knocked it off his hip on a catch in the second quarter. Darius Slay returned it 38 yards to the Eagles 22 as Wentz dove to make the tackle. The defense held and Matt Prater kicked a 33-yarder to make it 20-10.

"It's part of the game," Wentz said. "Guys are going to drop passes. We're going to put the ball on the ground. I'm going to throw picks. We're going to miss reads. Things happen. Guys make mistakes. Any time somebody drops a pass or something like that, I make sure I go right up to them and tell them it's coming your way next time."

Goedert had minimal action but dropped a 26-yard TD pass in the fourth, a gut-punch until he was bailed out on the drive when Wentz hit Agholor for a score that pulled the Eagles to 27-24.

Jackson and Jeffery are both unlikely to play against the Packers, forcing the receivers left to become reliable.

"I got double-teamed almost every passing play," tight end Zach Ertz said. "We're excited to get them back, hopefully as soon as possible."

The Eagles stumbled on routine plays to fall into a 1-2 hole headed into a short week with a game Thursday night at Green Bay.

On the Eagles' final drive, Darren Sproles caught a fourth-and-5 pass for a first down but got called for their third offensive pass interference penalty.

Wideout Mack Hollins also committed two pass-interference penalties. Miles Sanders — who had his helmet ripped off on a kickoff return — also lost one of two fumbles.

"Just told him we've got a lot of confidence in him, we've got a lot of trust in him," coach Doug Pederson said of Sanders. "We kept him out there. It's the only way to have trust and confidence in a player is to keep him out there."

Sanders repeated a familiar refrain in Philadelphia's locker room: He just has to put the mistakes behind him.

"I got back in and tried to make the best of my opportunity," he said.

He wasn't alone in his imperfections. The Eagles were a disaster all over the field, and even allowed Jamal Agnew to return a kickoff 100 yards for a score. The Eagles still have only two sacks in three games after they came up empty against Matthew Stafford.

Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham turned to reporters as walked into the locker room and said, "You better believe we're coming back."

"That's just letting people know we're just standing tall through it all," he said.

-- By Dan Gelston, AP