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Eagles believe they are still on track with Nick Foles - ESPN
Carson Wentz was the first person to greet his teammates as they filed into the tiny visitors locker room at the Coliseum to begin the celebration. The Philadelphia Eagles had just overcome the loss of their leader and edged out the Los Angeles Rams in a wild 43-35 shootout -- clinching the division in the process. Wentz, who was wearing a big, black brace around his left knee and an "NFC East Champs" hat, congratulated his teammates one by one as they walked through the door. "I just told him when I saw him at the stairwell, 'We did that for you, man,'" safety Rodney McLeod said. "He just gave me a smile and just said, 'Good job.' Short and simple."

'Pretty darn good backup': Philadelphia Eagles express confidence in Nick Foles - PennLive
While many NFL players engage in speculation when they insist they're confident in a backup, right tackle Lane Johnson said he leaned on past experiences when discussing his faith in Foles. It was Johnson's rookie year when Foles threw a record seven touchdowns in one game. "Nick's a pretty good quarterback," Johnson said. "People forget the year he had a few years ago. The guy works his tail off, so we were always confident that whenever he was going to come in we were going to do just fine."

NFC Playoff Picture: Eagles can clinch the No. 1 seed with two more wins - BGN
The Eagles can clinch a top two seed with a win in Week 15. They can clinch the No. 1 seed if they win and the Vikings lose to the Bengals in Minnesota (unlikely).

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Rams game - PhillyVoice
1) The 'Why do you hate Philly' Award: God. Seriously, God? Really? I mean, there may not be a player in the league who loves you more than Carson Wentz now that Tebow is gone, and this is what You do? What did Philly do? Are You boys with Santa? Are You punishing Philly because Santa is still mad about the snowball thing? Tell him to act like a man and stop patronizing, that wuss.

Heaven and Hell - Iggles Blitz
Will the Eagles add a veteran to be Foles backup? Pederson said Nate Sudfeld would have that role, but you have to think the team would consider adding someone with experience. If this is an ACL, what does that mean for next year? Let’s worry about that when we know for sure what’s going on. For now, let’s focus on 2017. There is plenty more to talk about with this game. This was a huge win for the Eagles. It was going to be tough even with Wentz the whole game, but losing him and still finding a way to win says a lot about this team.

Eagles get a big win, but without Carson Wentz, Super Bowl hope is gone - Inquirer
What is the great cosmic sin that Philadelphia and its sports fans committed? There must have been one. How else to explain the black nimbi that seem to hover perpetually over the city’s professional teams? How else to account for what happened here at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sunday? The Eagles won a big game, beating the Rams, 43-35, to clinch the NFC East title and inch closer to a valuable first-round playoff bye. Yet everyone still had the feeling of frozen stones sitting in his or her stomach because of an unforgettable sight: Carson Wentz leaving the field, a towel draped over his head, a franchise’s entire fan base choking its breath.

'Next Man Up' Tests Eagles In New Way - PE.com
LOS ANGELES - They walked out of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum a team with jumbled emotions, thrilled and exhausted and concerned all at the same time. A 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams in front a pro-Eagles crowd that clinched the NFC East and a playoff berth for the first time since 2013 had everyone juiced. The sight of quarterback Carson Wentz walking off the field after throwinng his fourth touchdown pass late in the third quarter had everyone wondering and asking the same question ...

NFL Week 14: The Steelers’ Best, the Eagles’ Worst Nightmare and a Snow Game for the Ages - The MMQB
The season’s not over for Philadelphia if Wentz is lost. The Eagles should easily win two of the last three, at least, and cop home field through the NFC playoffs. But they’d likely have to beat two of the following four—Carolina, New Orleans, the Rams, Minnesota—to advance to the Super Bowl. And while the energetic and strong-armed Wentz would have been a fascinating matchup against Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger in the Super Bowl, Foles would have to play a near-perfect game in the biggest game of his life to win on that stage. If Wentz is gone, there will be black crepe paper hung over the Walt Whitman Bridge today, and there’s nothing I can do to ease the pain. In a cruel season for a cruel game, the Eagles will have to become the best running team in football to survive this.

The day after: Somber scene in L.A. as Eagles clinch division but likely lose Wentz - The Athletic
“It's a moment that I can't describe. I've never been a part of a winning team before. I've never won a division before in this league. Emotions are running high in the locker room. And we're not done. We checked one goal today, but there's plenty more for us to do with the remainder of the season. So we're locked in and ready for the Giants. But we're going to enjoy this moment for tonight.” —Rodney McLeod. It will understandably get lost in the conversation today, but 11-2 is an impressive accomplishment. The players and coaches put in the work all offseason and have proven to be a resilient group that the fan base has connected with. There's something to be said for that.

NFL Week 14 Sunday Standouts: Offense - PFF
TE Trey Burton, Philadelphia Eagles, 87.8 overall grade - Henry wasn’t the only tight end who stood out on Sunday, with Trey Burton of the Philadelphia Eagles also standing out. On top of scoring a touchdown, Burton also caught all four catchable passes thrown his way, giving him a perfect 0.0 drop rate on the day.

Mood “subdued” in Eagles organization - PFT
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the mood in the organization currently is “subdued,” which confirms the various reports that the Eagles currently fear the worst when it comes to Wentz’s left knee. The reports indicate that the Eagles fear a torn ACL. In many situations, the ACL tear can be preliminarily diagnosed via physical manipulation of the knee. Sometimes, however, the MRI shows additional, different, or less damage.

Watch: Chris Long gets heated with Rams fan in first row - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Reporters at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum pointed out the tremendous showing of Philadelphia Eagles fans on Sunday afternoon, with most saying their representation among Rams fans being guestimated at about 50-50. So when Brandon Graham scored on a 16-yard fumble return for a touchdown as time expired, the Eagles defense attempted to do a Lambeau Leap-style celebration because there were so many Eagles fans in the front row. Naturally, the few Rams fans nearby were understandably not down with it. NBC Sports Philadelphia's camera's captured footage of one Rams fan attempting to push Eagles defensive end Chris Long down.

How the Eagles went from last place in 2016 to clinching NFC East crown in 2017 - SB Nation
Between 2004 and 2016, the NFC East has never had a repeat champion. With a 43-35 road win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles have extended that streak to 13 years. Philadelphia is the first team to qualify for this year’s playoffs after an impressive revival and the best record in the NFL. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the win may have come with a high cost. Quarterback Carson Wentz left the game with a knee injury, and according to reports, the team fears the MVP candidate has a torn ACL.

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