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Eagles News: Carson Wentz saves the season by delivering in the clutch

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Eagles’ victory over Giants puts Philly one step closer to winning NFC East - BGN
Well, it looked like the Philadelphia Eagles were about to drop to 5-8 after going down 17 to 3 against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. But that didn’t happen! Carson Wentz overcame adversity and delivered in the clutch to lead the Eagles to a 23 to 17 overtime win. And so the 6-7 Eagles are now tied with the Dallas Cowboys for the same record with three games remaining in the 2019 regular season schedule. The Cowboys are technically still first in the division since they beat the Birds earlier this season but that could soon change.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Giants game - PhillyVoice
1) The ‘Hop On My Back’ Award: Carson Wentz. On the night, Wentz was 33 of 50 for 325 yards, 2 TDs, and no INTs, while throwing to guys like Boston Scott, Josh Perkins, and Greg Ward (we’ll get to them momentarily). He led a late-game, 14-play, 85-yard TD drive that ate up 6 minutes and 17 seconds, and in overtime, the Giants never got the ball as Wentz led another 8-play, 75-yard TD drive for the win. It wasn’t always pretty, especially in the first half, but Wentz carried the team on his back with the season on the line. He was clutch when the Eagles needed him most.

The best of Carson Wentz emerges to save the season -
Carson Wentz wouldn’t let the Eagles lose this one. Uh-uh. No way. With the Eagles facing a 14-point deficit and the Lincoln Financial Field crowd beyond restless and throwing to receivers named Joshua Perkins and Greg Ward and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Boston Scott, Wentz put together a signature performance. Working the pocket magically, escaping from pressure with his legs, and at all times keeping his eyes down the field, Wentz delivered a 23-17 overtime win on Monday night against the New York Giants that was, in a word, epic. The victory lifted the Eagles into a tie with Dallas atop the NFC East at 6-7 with three games to play. Wentz’s stat line – 33-of-50 for 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns – didn’t quite do him justice. He was brilliant. He was resourceful. He rebounded from a painful first half to complete 22 of 31 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns and Wentz led the Eagles to a crucial win, their first in eight games this season in which they trailed in the fourth quarter. Nobody really said as much after the game, but it was the kind of fourth-quarter comeback and overtime victory that Wentz needed. That’s how much this game meant.

Carson Wentz’s late heroics keep Eagles in control of postseason fate - ESPN
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz sprang to life at the last possible moment and saved a season on the verge of plummeting into the abyss. He orchestrated a pair of second-half touchdown drives to erase a 14-point halftime deficit and then found tight end Zach Ertz in the back of the end zone in overtime to lift Philadelphia over the New York Giants 23-17 on Monday night.

The Kist & Solak Show #156: Eagles Outlast Giants In OT - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak recap the Eagles tumultuous overtime win over the Giants! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

1st Place, Baby! - Iggles Blitz
Speaking of Wentz, he led the Eagles on the game-tying drive in the fourth quarter and then the game-winning drive in OT. He made some terrific throws. I can’t tell you how good it was to see him playing like that. He was clutch. The Eagles were down to just one WR on the final few plays and he still got them the winning TD. Jim Schwartz and the Eagles D took a lot of flak for the Miami debacle. They looked pretty bad at halftime, but that group got their act together and put the clamps on the Giants in the second half. The Giants best drive of the second half was four plays for 17 yards. That is crazy. And this was a group effort. Vinny Curry had two sacks. Josh Sweat blew up a flea-flicker. Malcolm Jenkins broke up a pair of key pass plays. Sidney freaking Jones came off the bench broke up the final Giants pass of the game.

NFL Week 14 PFF ReFocused: Philadelphia Eagles 23, New York Giants 17 - PFF
Wentz fumbled on a quarterback sneak to end an Eagles’ first-quarter drive and didn’t seem to get the offense running efficiently until the second half. The real star for the Eagles’ offense was reserve running back Boston Scott. The young running back made the most of his opportunity and repeatedly moved the chains for the Eagles’ offense and often made defenders miss with quick cuts as both a ball carrier and a pass catcher.

This Eagles NFL Draft mistake is among Howie Roseman’s worst errors (and Giants fans should be thankful) -
Flashback to April for a cruel reminder: The Eagles and Roseman thought it prudent to draft Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson in the fifth round, with the 167th pick overall. Darius Slayton was picked four picks later. The Eagles liked Thorson’s size (6-foot-4), work ethic and history as a winner in the Big Ten. They forgot to factor in the football side of things — Thorson had a bad reputation for inaccurate throws, and that didn’t get any better for the Eagles. After an disastrous preseason, Thorson was released. He now resides on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. Slayton, on the other hand, is having a better season than any Eagles wide receiver, certainly, and one of the most productive in the NFL.

40-year-old Josh McCown was getting ready to play WR on Monday night - NBCSP
The Eagles entered Monday night’s game with just three healthy wide receivers and after Alshon Jeffery and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside got hurt, they were down to just one. So who would have been the next guy in? Well, 40-year-old quarterback Josh McCown was getting ready. “I was ready to go,” McCown told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark. “We had the helmet ready to go. The equipment guys were all over it. Had the radio-less helmet because you can’t have two green dots on the field at the same time.” McCown didn’t end up playing in Monday’s 23-17 overtime win. The Eagles got by with what they had, which meant playing third tight end Josh Perkins in several different spots. But the oldest player on the roster was ready.

Best available RBs on Week 15 fantasy football waiver wire - DraftKings Nation
Boston Scott, Philadelphia Eagles (0.2 percent). Jordan Howard remains sidelined and Miles Sanders cramped up on Monday, which opened the door for Scott. He finished with 114 total yards and a touchdown. He might have earned a bit more work in Week 15 against an awful Dolphins defense, regardless of Sanders’ status. He’s worth keeping an eye on.

Giants at Eagles: 5 things we learned from the Giants’ loss to the Eagles - Big Blue View
Boston Scott re-exposed the Giants’ issues with tackling. You could be forgiven if, when Boston Scott first touched the ball you asked “Who the deuce is Boston Scott?” Well, the second-year sixth round pick introduced himself with a terrific 16-touch (10 carries, 6 receptions on 6 targets), 128-yard (59 rushing, 69 receiving), 1 touchdown performance, and did so on the prime time national stage. But what makes that stat line painful is that on almost every one of those touches, the Giants had the opportunity to limit the damage. Or at least they could have limited the damage if they had consistently tackled well and brought Scott down at first contact. But the Giants made the 5-foot-6, 203-pound 2018 sixth-round pick look like the second coming of Darren Sproles. The Giants are going to need to work on the fundamentals of tackling over the coming off season, and that goes for the veterans as well as the rookies. There is no excuse for Alec Ogletree’s whiffed attempted-sack of Carson Wentz.

Could a resounding win over the Rams really change things for the Cowboys? - Blogging The Boys
Before you get out the pitchforks, I will confess that I, too, believe this team is broken, and at this point I am ready to jettison Jason Garrett and start over. The preponderance of evidence says that is the right course of action. There is seemingly no redeeming this edition of the Cowboys. Still, let’s pose the question. If the Cowboys come out on Sunday and beat the Rams by a score of something like 35-17, would that change perspectives at all? If the Cowboys showed the form of when they beat some of those inferior teams earlier in the year, but did it against the 8-5 Rams who are fighting for a playoff berth, could that create a confidence for the team that would have them start to believe again? This isn’t a prediction - in all likelihood the Cowboys will lose to the Rams and the season will continue to wobble along until somebody mercifully ends it. Either the Eagles will do it, or a first-round playoff team will do it. That’s the rational course.

7 teams rising, 4 falling in the NFL Week 14 playoff picture - SB Nation
3. Philadelphia Eagles. They were banged up on the offensive line and wide receiver, down 17-3 against the Giants at home. Then, they came back to win in overtime. It wasn’t pretty, but the Eagles did what they had to do stay in the race for the NFC East title.

Innocent or not, Patriots again find themselves in a vulnerable position after allegations of filming Bengals’ sideline - Pats Pulpit
The Bengals subsequently raised concerns about the camera crew, which was credentialed by the Cleveland Browns and cooperating with their PR department, which in turn led to a league investigation. And this is where this whole affair gets tricky from New England’s perspective: while it seems highly unlikely the football staff — as Belichick said during a radio interview shortly after reports broke on Monday afternoon — was involved beyond the scout being interviewed, the organization did open the door for scrutiny through the actions of its videographers.

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