Carson Wentz Leads Eagles to Comeback Win Over Giants

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December 09, 2019 - 11:35 pm

It was ugly. Very ugly. 

But, ultimately, it was a win — and right now, that is what matters most. 

The Eagles certainly didn’t earn any style points on Monday night in their 23-17 overtime win over the Giants, but after trailing 17-3, the win might have saved their season as they moved to 6-7 as opposed to falling to 5-8. 

Here are some takeaways from the win:

Wentz: Give Wentz credit — he struggled most of the game, but he played like a franchise quarterback and lead his team on a comeback when it seemed like all hope was lost. 

The comeback started towards the end of the third quarter, when Wentz took the team on a 10-play, 58-yard drive that was capped off with a two-yard touchdown run by running back Boston Scott. The drive was their first productive drive in five possessions and gave the team some life it desperately needed. 

Wentz led the team on the game-tying touchdown drive two possessions later. The first big play of the drive was a 4th-and-1 attempt from the Eagles’ own 30-yard line, an attempt that Wentz converted on a quarterback sneak up the middle. Then, on the next play, Wentz avoided pressure and a near sack to find Scott for a six-yard gain. While it wasn’t a huge game, Wentz was able to avoid a negative play and put the team in a second-and-short situation. 

On the next play Wentz put a perfectly placed pass over the shoulder of receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who was held on the play but did an excellent job maintaining concentration and bringing it in for the reception. Four plays later Wentz hit tight end Zach Ertz with a perfect pass over the middle from two-yards out, pulling the Eagles even at 17-17. 

Then, in overtime, Wentz took the offense down the field for a touchdown on their first possession — ending the game and securing the win. 

Where this season ends up going remains to be seen, but ultimately, this season is all about Wentz. Having their franchise quarterback lead a fourth-quarter comeback against a division rival in primetime is huge for his development and everyone in the franchise should be extremely encouraged by him pulling off the win. 

Boston Scott: Cut at the end of training camp, Scott might have saved the Eagles’ season on Sunday night. 

Scott played easily the best game of his career, scoring the first touchdown of the game and playing a big role in the team’s comeback in the second half. Scott was elusive in the open field, something nobody else on the team was, and actually flashed some speed when he got the ball in space. 

Ronald Darby: It has not been a great two weeks for Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby. Darby picked up right where he left off against the Miami Dolphins, allowing a touchdown to receiver Darius Slayton on the first play of the second quarter. Darby had a chance to bring down Slayton after a short catch, but whiffed on the attempt, and Slayton 35-yards for the score to give the Giants a 7-0 lead. On the next drive Darby was beat by Slayton again, this time down the left sideline for a 42-yard gain. 

Alshon Jeffery: Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery eft the game at the start of the second quarter with a foot injury that appears to be very serious. Jeffery suffered the injury on a 2nd-down play, and was so injured he couldn’t finish it and had to walk off the field while the play was still going on. He was immediately looked at by trainers before being carted into the locker room. 

Two wide receivers: It was obvious that the Eagles’ decisions to dress only three wide receivers was going to backfire and it did almost immediately when Jeffery left the game at the start of the second quarter. It is hard to understand why, with Nelson Agholor dealing with an injury, the Eagles didn’t bring up a receiver from the practice squad this week. The decision was very similar to the one that hurt them in Week 2, when the team dressed only two tight ends despite going into the game with a gameplan built around two tight ends. When Dallas Goedert went down that week prior to the game they were left with just one — and on Sunday night, they were left with just J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Greg Ward for the majority of the game. 

Lane Johnson: Suffered what seemed to be a serious injury to his left leg with just over four minutes to play in the second quarter. The injury occurred when Wentz was knocked into his leg, causing it bend and send Johnson to the ground. Johnson was able to walk off on his own, but was taken into the locker room on a cart. Obviously, any long-term injury to Johnson is a big blow, both for this season and for the future, as Johnson was one of only a handful of players the team likely felt they could count on going forward. Johnson signed a four-year extension earlier this season.

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