Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Jets Live Blog: Play-by-Play Analysis, Reaction

Andrew KulpContributor IAugust 29, 2013

Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Matt Simms throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the game at MetLife Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: John O'Boyle/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
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For the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets, the preseason has come to an end. Squads of backups trying to carve out their roles on their respective 53-man rosters or put something on tape for the next team to come calling battled it out to a surprisingly 27-20 final, with the Jets holding on after a scare in the end.

Matt Simms was the surprise story of the night. The fourth-string quarterback played the entire game for New York, and performed remarkably well we should add, completing 33 of 44 passes for 285 yards—no touchdowns, but no interceptions, either. The Jets very easily could have tacked on more points were it no for some fumbles from their receiving corps.

The Eagles' QBs had no such luck getting into a rhythm. Nick Foles was largely ineffective in the first half, while rookie Matt Barkley was only able to sustain one touchdown drive over 16 yards himself. A muffed punt followed by a quick score in the game's closing minute was the only reason the Birds were still in it at the end.

Be sure to check the live account from below for more game details, including Philly safety Kurt Coleman high-fiving Jets head coach Rex Ryan.