Dec 13, 2015 at 6pm UK at ​Lincoln Financial Field
Buffalo Bills
Philadelphia Eagles
Watkins (8:17)
Sproles (9:53)
Agholor (10:38)
Gillislee (0:46)

Result: Philadelphia Eagles squeeze past Buffalo Bills

Caleb Sturgis kicks a fourth-quarter field goal to hand the Philadelphia Eagles a 23-20 victory over the Buffalo Bills at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Philadelphia Eagles have kept pace with the Washington Redskins at the top of the NFC East courtesy of a narrow 23-20 victory over the Buffalo Bills at Lincoln Financial Field this evening.

Connor Barwin #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes a catch over Ronald Darby #28 of the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2015© Getty Images

The spotlight shone brightest on LeSean McCoy in the build-up to this clash as he returned to Philadelphia for the first time since his high-profile departure in the summer, but it was a current Eagles running back who had the first say on proceedings when Darren Sproles burrowed over from a yard out.

McCoy was proving effective on the ground against his former club, but the Bills' opening score came from the arm of Tyrod Taylor as he sent a pass deep downfield for Sammy Watkins to complete a 47-yard touchdown.

It was another big play that provided the next touchdown, this time from the Eagles as Sam Bradford found Nelson Agholor with a 53-yard pass straight down the middle to hand the rookie his first NFL score.

Dan Carpenter pulled three points back with a 38-yard field goal later in the second quarter, but Caleb Sturgis responded with a kick of his own in the closing stages of the first half to open up a seven-point lead at the break.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills carries the ball against Mychal Kendricks #95 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2015© Getty Images

Sturgis and Carpenter exchanged field goals again at the start of the third quarter before Mike Gillislee found a route through the middle from 19 yards to tie things up.

Bradford's attempt to get his side back in front on the next drive ended at the Bills' five-yard line when he was intercepted by Leodis McKelvin, but winning the ball back so deep inside their own territory almost proved to be the Bills' undoing.

McCoy looked like having an unwanted say on the result when he was tackled in his own endzone for a safety, but the play was overturned for an offensive holding penalty.

The Eagles refused to be denied, however, and a third kick from Sturgis proved to be the difference when Taylor's pass on what would have been the final drive of the game was intercepted by Ed Reynolds.

The result sees the Eagles move on to 6-7 for the season, while the Bills now have the same record in the AFC East.

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