Eagles 25, 49ers 20: Mullens’ miscues blow up fourth-quarter lead

SANTA CLARA — An oh-my-gosh, acrobatic touchdown by Brandon Aiyuk marked the early highlight.

A predictable touchdown catch by George Kittle gave the 49ers a heavily anticipated lead.

And, sure enough, that would not nearly be enough for the 49ers to hold a slim, fourth-quarter lead.

The previously winless Philadelphia Eagles rallied for a 25-20 win, converting a pair of Nick Mullens’ turnovers into touchdowns inside the final six minutes, all amid no fans at an again lifeless Levi’s Stadium.

So ends the 49ers’ win streak after two lopsided road wins over the New York teams.

So much for those who thought Mullens ignited a quarterback controversy in place of an injured Jimmy Garoppolo, who may or may not return from an ankle injury when the Miami Dolphins visit next Sunday.

And it was so familiar to see a fourth-quarter lead vanish, as it did in the 49ers’ home opener against Arizona three weeks earlier, and as it did in a more crushing case in Super Bowl LIV.

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  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, right, looks back at quarterback Nick Mullens (4), left, after throwing an interception versus the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 04: Philadelphia Eagles' Miles Sanders (26), left, gets tackled by San Francisco 49ers' Jimmie Ward (20), right, during the first quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

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  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11), left, gets sacked by San Francisco 49ers' Jamar Taylor (47), center, during the fourth quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Nick Mullens (4) turns the ball over against Philadelphia Eagles' Cre'von LeBlanc (34) in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch pats San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Nick Mullens (4) on the chest as he leaves the field following their 25-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Kendrick Bourne (84) is stopped just short of the goal line against Philadelphia Eagles' Jalen Mills (21) in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle (85) looks up at the big screen after failing to catch a two-point conversion versus the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles' Travis Fulgham (13) makes a touchdown catch against San Francisco 49ers' Dontae Johnson (27) in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER San Francisco 49ers' Mike McGlinchey (69) walks off the field following their 25-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Jerick McKinnon (28), center, runs in for a touchdown while being tackled by a pair of Philadelphia Eagles defenders during the fourth quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles' Alex Singleton (49) runs in for a touchdown after intercepting San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) during the fourth quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Deebo Samuel (19), left, catches a pass while being tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Rodney McLeod (23), right, during the fourth quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles players celebrate after scoring a touchdown versus the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4), right, fumbles a ball while being chased down by Philadelphia Eagles defenders during the fourth quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles' Travis Fulgham (13) scores a touchdown pass while being defended by San Francisco 49ers' Dontae Johnson (27) during the fourth quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4), center, runs off the field after having a ball intercepted by the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles' Malik Jackson (97) recovers a fumble by San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Nick Mullens (4) in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Jerick McKinnon (28) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles' Cre'von LeBlanc (34) in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan stares down the sideline as his team plays the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3), right, tries to throw a pass to George Kittle (85) for a two-point conversion versus the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Jeff Wilson Jr. (30) runs against Philadelphia Eagles' Duke Riley (50) in the third quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles' Travis Fulgham (13) celebrates his touchdown catch with Philadelphia Eagles' Greg Ward Jr. (84) against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch watches the final minutes of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Nick Mullens (4) throws an interception to the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle (85) is tackled after a catch against Philadelphia Eagles' Duke Riley (50) in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Kendrick Bourne (84) is stopped just short of the goal line against Philadelphia Eagles' Jalen Mills (21) in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers players attempt to make a game-winning touchdown catch as time expired but were denied by Philadelphia Eagles defenders at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles' Javon Hargrave (93) and Philadelphia Eagles' Derek Barnett (96) in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Brandon Aiyuk (11), left, leaps over teammate Mike McGlinchey (69), right, on his way to a touchdown versus the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz (11) throws under pressure from San Francisco 49ers' Arik Armstead (91) in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle (85) runs with the ball against Philadelphia Eagles' Brandon Graham (55) in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11), left, gets hit by San Francisco 49ers' Fred Warner (54), right, during the second quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Azeez Al-Shaair (51) celebrates after making an interception off a pass from Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) during the first quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles' Travis Fulgham (13) makes a touchdown catch against San Francisco 49ers' Dontae Johnson (27) in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle (85) makes a catch against Philadelphia Eagles' Cre'von LeBlanc (34) in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles' Hassan Ridgeway (98) in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle (85), left, jumps to make a catch while being defended by Philadelphia Eagles' Cre'Von LeBlanc (34), right, during the second quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle (85) is tackled after making a catch against Philadelphia Eagles' Cre'von LeBlanc (34) and Philadelphia Eagles' Marcus Epps (22) in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Nick Mullens (4) throws against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, left, shakes hands with defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) runs behind offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey (69) on a touchdown run against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) lays on the ground after being hit by a Philadelphia Eagles defender during the second quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 04: Marcus Epps #22, Darius Slay #24, Cre'Von LeBlanc #34 and Nickell Robey-Coleman #31 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate after a failed pass in the end zone to end their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Jaquiski Tartt (29), right, nearly intercepts a ball intended for Philadelphia Eagles' Richard Rodgers (85), left, during the first quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles' Nathan Gerry (47) commits a face mask penalty against San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle (85) in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Brandon Aiyuk (11), left, leaps over teammate Mike McGlinchey (69), right, on his way to a touchdown versus the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz (11) scores a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles' Zach Ertz (86), right, celebrates with teammate Greg Ward (84), center, after scoring on a two-point conversion versus the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle (85) makes a catch against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle (85), right, runs with the ball after making a catch as Philadelphia Eagles' Rodney McLeod (23), left, looks to make a tackle during the first quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz (11) breaks away from San Francisco 49ers' Javon Kinlaw (99) in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle (85) is tackled after making a catch against Philadelphia Eagles' Cre'von LeBlanc (34) and Philadelphia Eagles' Marcus Epps (22) in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) fist bumps San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle (85) before the start of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles' Rodney McLeod (23) runs with the ball after making an interception against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Nick Mullens (4) throws an interception under pressure by Philadelphia Eagles' Genard Avery (58) in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz (11) dives for a bad snap against San Francisco 49ers' Fred Warner (54) and San Francisco 49ers' Arik Armstead (91) in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) throws to the end zone on the final play of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' D.J. Jones (93) sacks Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz (11) in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) throws a pass versus the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Jerick McKinnon (28) runs with the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Brandon Aiyuk (11) is congratulated on his touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Robbie Gould (9) kicks an extra point against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Nick Mullens (4) fakes a handoff to San Francisco 49ers' Jerick McKinnon (28) during their game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Carson Wentz (11) looks to throw under pressure against San Francisco 49ers' Javon Kinlaw (99) in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers' Trent Taylor (15) is tackled on a punt return against Philadelphia Eagles' Rudy Ford (36) in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) is sacked by Philadelphia Eagles' Javon Hargrave (93) and Philadelphia Eagles' Derek Barnett (96) in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles' Jamon Brown (66), center, raises his fist during the National Anthem as teammate Jordan Mailata (68), center, places his hand on his shoulder before their game versus the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) walks around the bench as his team plays the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • Philadelphia Eagles players kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) runs in for a touchdown versus the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of their game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 04: K'Von Wallace #42, Greg Ward #84, Cre'Von LeBlanc #34 and John Hightower #82 of the Philadelphia Eagles kneel during the national anthem prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 4: The San Francisco 49ers head onto the field before their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA – OCTOBER 4: San Francisco 49ers players come onto the field before their game versus the Philadelphia Eagles at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. The Eagles would win the game 25-20 over the 49ers. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Area News Group)

  • SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 04: K'Von Wallace #42, Greg Ward #84, Cre'Von LeBlanc #34 and John Hightower #82 of the Philadelphia Eagles kneel during the national anthem prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Once Eagles linebacker Alex Singleton scored on an interception return for a 25-14 lead with 5:42 remaining, coach Kyle Shanahan pulled Mullens in favor of C.J. Beathard, who engineered a touchdown drive and saw Jerick McKinnon’s scoring run pull them within 25-20 with 2:20 to go.

The Eagles (1-2-1) corralled a 49ers onside kick with 2:01 left, and the home team’s disappointment was exasperated after a final-minute drive ended in a failed 33-yard Hail Mary attempt.

“It was on everybody,” Shanahan said of the loss. “Some on the play calling. Some on Nick. Some on all of us. We have to play better all around.”

Here are the highs, lows and all you need to know:

KITTLE’S COMEBACK

Tight end George Kittle made a for a near-perfect target after missing the previous two games with a left-knee injury. He had a career-high 15 receptions on 15 targets for 173 yards and a touchdown, as well as an 8-yard run in the first quarter.

Kittle dropped a potential two-point conversion catch with 2:02 left.

Kittle’s third-quarter touchdown catch gave the 49ers a 14-8 lead.

It was his ninth career 100-yard game. Four of Kittle’s five touchdown catches last season came in prime-time games.

Other highlights Sunday night included a 38-yard catch to the Eagles’ 17 four minutes before halftime, and an earlier 13-yard catch-and-run in which he juked several Eagles, one of whom was called for a facemask penalty. He also had an 8-yard run in the first quarter. And he ended the third quarter with a 20-yard catch near midfield.

MULLENS’ MISCUES

After a sterling debut last Sunday to rout the Giants, Mullens never got in a positive rhythm, nor did the 49ers’ pass protection serve him well. Mullens completed 18-of-26 attempts for 200 yards with one touchdown, two appalling interceptions and a strip sack fumble.

What happened?

“That’s a good question and I’m kind of wondering that myself,” Mullens said. “We had plenty of opporutnitines and I really didn’t execute. The way I’m feeling is black and white: I didn’t execute.”

Once Mullens fumbled on a the Eagles’ fourth sack, that teed up Philadelphia’s comeback in 49ers territory (42-yard line) with 9:58 remaining.

Souring Mullens’ first half (9-of-14, 119 yards) was a costly red-zone interception. It came a few minutes before halftime, when, under pressure, Mullens threw off his back foot and had his soft toss intercepted by Rodney McLeod at the 6-yard line.

“It’s an opportunity ball, a risky throw and that’s what happens when you take unnecessary risks, especially down in the score zone,” Mullens said of that first-half interception.

On his more costly second interception, the pick-six, Mullens said he saw the Eagles’ linebacker but the ball “didn’t come off right.”

Mullens’ first two passes were off target, starting with a pass to Kendrick Bourne before Mullens overthrew a wide open Kyle Juszczyk. It was the first time all season the 49ers hadn’t scored on their opening possession.

LAST-GASP DRIVE

Beathard proved adept at pushing the 49ers’ down field in the closing minutes. On the last drive, he completed consecutive passes to Kendrick Bourne (20 yards), Kittle (13), Jerick McKinnon (five), Bourne (10) and Kittle (10) to reach the Eagles’ 45 inside the final 20 seconds.

With 7 seconds left, on fourth-and-10 from the 33, Beathard heaved a Hail Mary into the end zone, and neither Bourne, Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel nor Kittle could come down with the heroic catch. Beathard was 14-of-19 for 138 yards and, as Shanahan summed up, “did his job.”

Asked about the state of the 49ers, having seen all their highs and lows since 2017, Beathard said: “No one’s panicking.” Beathard was surprised when he got the bullpen call to replace Mullens but had kept his arm warm throughout the game as the No. 2 quarterback; Garoppolo was inactive.

EAGLES’ GO-AHEAD SCORE

The 49ers’ fourth-quarter lead vanished in a flash, or, specifically on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to Travis Fulgham, who slipped past Dontae Johnson down the sideline with 5:50 remaining.

Earlier in the Eagles’ go-ahead drive, they converted on a fourth-down play, they got tackled by Jaquiski Tartt for a 12-yard loss on the next snap, and Jalen Hurts fumbled a snap one play before Wentz’s touchdown toss.

THE AMAZING AIYUK

Rookie Brandon Aiyuk delivered a sensational touchdown run down the right side, artistically hurdling safety Marcus Epps at the 5-yard line to finish off that 39-yard scoring run.

The Eagles had taken an 8-0 lead on the preceding series, and even though it was Aiyuk who answered that score, the 49ers made a concerted effort to have Kittle key their drive. Kittle opened it with catches for 17 and 7 yards, then had an 8-yard run. Aiyuk’s second career touchdown run actually came on a backward pass from Mullens. Eagles star cornerback Darius Slay got injured on the play.

ARMSTEAD’S PRESSURE

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead provided consistent pressure in the pocket. He had six quarterbacks hits but only a half-sack as Wentz consistently escaped major damage. Armstead did hurry him into a third-quarter incompletion and helped force the Eagles to settle for a field goal on a 16-play, 7 1/2-minute drive.

Other 49ers to pester Wentz were D.J. Jones (sack) and blitzing linebacker Fred Warner.

HALFTIME DEFICIT

For the first time in 10 games, the 49ers trailed at halftime, a stretch including last season’s playoffs and dating back to a 17-14 halftime deficit at Baltimore on Dec. 1.

The Eagles took an 8-7 lead into intermission thanks to a first-quarter scoring drive, which was capped by Carson Wentz’s 11-yard touchdown run and Zach Ertz’s ensuing 2-point conversion catch.

Earlier that drive, the 49ers committed two penalties (Jimmie Ward, pass interference; Kwon Alexander, holding) and they allowed a 28-yard catch-and-run by Miles Sanders against a double blitz of linebackers Azeez Al-Shaair and Fred Warner. Dion Jordan bit on the Wentz’ QB run for the first points of the game.

TURNOVER TIME

Linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair’s first career interception came in the first quarter, when he snagged a Wentz’ pass that Javon Kinlaw deflected. Al-Shaair allowed a 20-yard completion on the preceding snap, and he started at strong-side linebacker in place of Dre Greenlaw. The 49ers offense did not convert the takeaway into anything more than a three-and-out series.

ANSAH INJURED

Ziggy Ansah was ruled out at halftime with an arm injury. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported after the game that the 49ers fear he suffered a torn bicep.

He made his debut last Sunday after the 49ers signed him to help fill in for injured defensive ends Nick Bosa and Dee Ford. Ansah’s exit mean more work for Dion Jordan, who was also playing his second game as a 49er.

CORNERBACK SHUFFLE

Jamar Taylor knew how to make an entrance for the 49ers. He replaced injured nickel back K’Waun Williams in the fourth quarter and promptly blitzed for a third-down sack.

Williams’ right knee got hit hard on a tackle and he headed directly to locker room with trainers with 11:54 to go. He had played through a hip injury, which kept him out of Wednesday’s practice.

Cornerback Jason Verrett, making consecutive starts for the first time since 2016, required locker-room treatment on a hand injury but returned before halftime. Dontae Johnson was the 49ers’ other starting cornerback. Emmanuel Moseley (concussion) and Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) were inactive, and Richard Sherman (calf) is on injured reserve at least until next week.

 

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