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Late fumble in Detroit costly as Eagles endure first loss

DETROIT -- A Philadelphia Eagles comeback was fumbled away late, leading to their first loss of the season.

With the Eagles facing a third-and-2 at the Philadelphia 45-yard line with under three minutes to play, Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay forced a Ryan Mathews fumble that was recovered by Detroit. The Lions, trailing by two at the time, quickly worked their way into striking distance and took the lead on Matt Prater's field goal with 1:28 remaining.

"I've got to get better with situations like that," said Mathews. "Can't let my teammates down."

Carson Wentz threw his first interception on a deep ball to Nelson Agholor in the closing moments, and the Lions walked away Sunday with a 24-23 win.

"It's not necessarily designed for that, but the opportunity was there," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said of Wentz's decision to throw long. "Detroit did a nice job defending the actual first and second progression on the play, and then you're hoping maybe you get the pass interference or penalty at that point or an incomplete pass. It's worth a shot."

Wentz put together another strong performance overall, completing 25 of 33 passes for 238 yards with two touchdowns and the interception. He helped engineer a second-half rally that erased a 21-10 halftime deficit and put the Eagles in position to improve to 4-0.

A game marked largely by sloppy play for the Eagles, however, ended that way as well.

The Eagles yielded eight penalties for 76 yards in the first half alone and finished with 14 for 111 in total.

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, returning to his old stomping grounds, saw his unit give up three first-half touchdowns to his former quarterback, Matthew Stafford. The defense rebounded in the second half and was pitching a shutout until the Mathews turnover changed the team's fortunes.

"There's a lot of bad things that we'll see on tape that we can't do, as far as beating ourselves," said safety Malcolm Jenkins.

The 3-1 Eagles are at the Washington Redskins next Sunday.