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Beast of the East - Iggles Blitz
Give Doug Pederson, his staff and all the players a lot of credit for getting the job done. It wasn’t pretty. It wasn’t easy. But this remarkable group of people kept finding ways to succeed. This is why we talk about the importance of culture, chemistry and teamwork. I expected the Eagles to win this game, but the Sanders injury made me have some doubts. He was the workhorse and the X-factor for the offense. Without him and Zach Ertz, I just wasn’t sure if the Eagles could score enough to win the game. Luckily Jim Schwartz and the Eagles defense came ready to play. The stat sheet shows them giving up 397 yards, but 106 of them came with the Eagles protecting a big lead and more worried about the clock than anything else. For most of the game, the Eagles shut the Giants down.

Carson Wentz-led Eagles overcome rash of injuries to capture NFC East - ESPN
A Philadelphia team that entered Sunday’s game without star tight end Zach Ertz, all three of its original starting receivers, right tackle Lane Johnson and both starting cornerbacks was further depleted when running back Miles Sanders(ankle) and guard Brandon Brooks (shoulder) were knocked out of the game in the first half. Wentz made it work with a piecemeal offense that included five skill position players who spent time on the practice squad this season, including running back Boston Scott (138 yards, 3 TDs) and Josh Perkins (4 catches, 50 yards, TD). Wentz finished 23-of-40 for 289 yards and a touchdown. In the process, he became the first player in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in a season without a 500-yard wide receiver, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Carson Wentz has just accomplished something so special, no one else has ever done it - BGN
He also didn’t have a pass catcher break 950 yards. This has never happened. Ever. Patrick Mahomes has never done this. Dak Prescott has never done this. Tom Brady has never done this. Sean McVay has never coached someone to do this. Carson Wentz did this.

Philadelphia Eagles, NFC East Champions - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Brandon Lee Gowton react to the Eagles Week 17 win over the Giants that clinches the NFC East and a playoff berth! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Giants game - PhillyVoice
The Eagles’ 2019 regular season was never pretty, and their divisional championship was aided in large part to playing in an absolutely dreadful NFC East, in which Washington and the Giants were bottom five NFL teams, and the Cowboys woefully underachieved. Still, the Eagles had to win their final four games to get in, and that they did, despite dealing with an absurd number of injuries, and surviving a point a loss to the Dolphins in Miami that felt a lot like rock bottom. The Eagles entered this season as Super Bowl contenders in the minds of many, and their 9-7 record has to be viewed as a disappointment, and yet, no matter what happens in the playoffs, there’s plenty of things that happened this season, most notably the play of Carson Wentz down the stretch, that the fan base can hang their hopes on going forward.

What Carson Wentz has been doing is nothing short of remarkable - NBCSP
No Lane Johnson, no Alshon Jeffery, no DeSean Jackson, no Zach Ertz, no Brandon Brooks, no Miles Sanders, no Corey Clement, no Darren Sproles. No problem. Carson Wentz still found a way to get it done with a bunch of players who were on the practice squad and the bench earlier this season. It’s nothing short of remarkable. “I think that’s what makes it that much more special,” Wentz said. “The camaraderie and the guys buying in and believing. “Whether that’s guys on the defensive side, offensive side. We’ve had new playmakers almost every week. Different guys stepping up because different guys are getting hurt and getting banged up. It’s just fun to see guys show up in big moments like that.” The Eagles had 400 yards of offense on Sunday afternoon — 279 of them came from players who were on the practice squad earlier this season.

Malcolm Jenkins punches Eagles’ NFL playoffs ticket and cements his legacy in Philadelphia - Inquirer
“It’s definitely took a lot, not only for me, but for the rest of the leaders on the team,” Jenkins said. “There were a lot of distractions and adversity. But I think we built a culture here over the last few years.” Jenkins even had his leadership publicly questioned by Orlando Scandrick after he was released in October. But the former Cowboys cornerback was an interloper. Jenkins can grind on his teammates, but there is always a message behind the tough love. “He’s going to call you out, no matter what, especially if he knows you can do it,” Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas said. “With Jenkins, you can’t show him you can do something because he’s going to expect that every time.” He’s been particularly rough on cornerback Sidney Jones. But could the third-year cornerback’s late-season surge have anything to do with Jenkins’ approach?

Week 17: Game 256’s Thrilling Finish Sets Table for NFL Playoffs - FMIA
Five weeks ago, when it appeared the Eagles were sliding out of any realistic playoff shot, Seattle came to the Linc and won a 17-9 slugfest; the Seahawks survived a dropped TD that day and clearly were the better team. Since then, the Eagles have been wasted by injuries; I’ve never seen a playoff team with skill players more beat up than Philly’s are right now. Yet, since trailing the Giants 17-3 at the half in week 14, perilously close at 5-7 to being out of the playoff chase, the Eagles have outscored four foes 108-53 and gone 4-0. At the same time, Seattle stumbled to a 1-3 finish, been outscored in those games by 29 points, and over-relied on Russell Wilson to save them almost every week. The Seahawks lost 1,600 yards of rushing prowess when Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny—healthy in the first Eagle meeting—were lost for the year with injuries. This game likely will come down to which supporting cast can help a hot quarterback more. The Eagles are likely to put more pressure on Wilson than the Seahawks on Carson Wentz, who has come alive with the weight of a franchise on his shoulders. I think this is the game of the weekend, and the NFL wisely put it in the window that usually garners the highest ratings.

For playoff-bound Eagles, the shirt says it all: ‘The East is Not Enough’ - The Athletic
It’s been noticeable when Wentz missed the past two postseasons with injuries. But Wentz, who had only worn celebratory T-shirts as an observer, wore this one under his suit jacket after leading the Eagles and passing for 289 yards and a highlight-worthy touchdown to Perkins, another former practice squad player. “First of all, I didn’t design the shirt,” Wentz said when asked about the meaning. “I think my wife is mad I’m not wearing the full suit she picked out. But we’re still hungry. That’s the concept. We’re not done.”

The Winners and Losers of NFL Week 17 - The Ringer
The Eagles also played lots of randos Sunday. Their leading wide receiver, Deontay Burnett, hadn’t played in an NFL game since last season when he was on the Jets. Their only receiving touchdown of the day was caught by Joshua Perkins, who hadn’t caught a touchdown since 2016, when he played for the Falcons. (To find out info on him, you have to Google “Josh Perkins football” because there’s a G League player named Josh Perkins, and G League players are more notable than replacement-level tight ends.) By the end of the day, their top running back was Boston Scott, who is not a guy that called into WEEI so frequently that he got a job as a sidekick during the drivetime sports-talk hour, but a 5-foot-6 running back picked in the sixth round by the Saints last year. But there’s a difference between the Eagles’ rando squad and players like Mannion, Boone, Williams, and Sweeney making appearances. The Eagles had everything to play for Sunday, as they could clinch the NFC East with a win over the Giants, but their skill positions have been devastated by injuries. The team’s top three wide receivers (DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Nelson Agholor), three of their top four running backs (Jordan Howard, Corey Clement, and Darren Sproles) and their top tight end (Zach Ertz) were out with injuries going into Sunday’s game. And midway through the game, their second running back, Miles Sanders, suffered an injury as well.

NFL Week 17 PFF ReFocused: Philadelphia Eagles 34, New York Giants 17 - PFF
With a lot of injuries along the offensive line, the steady veteran Jason Peters picked a great game to be at his best. Peters was solid all evening and made the blindside worry-free for Carson Wentz, who had to wait a bit longer for his inexperienced receivers to uncover. Veteran and defensive captain Malcolm Jenkins made his presence felt in a must-win game for the Eagles. Jenkins played well in pass coverage and run defense all day, but his biggest play was forcing a fumble on Daniel Jones that bounced back toward the Giants goal line, which the Eagles recovered and scored on the next play.

In a total team way, Eagles clinch East, look forward to postseason -
“It has taken every one of us in this locker room, and more, to get to this point,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “We’ve overcome a lot. We’ve had a lot of players go down with injury. That can cripple some teams. Not us. We just kept it rolling, kept working hard, and we believed that we would turn it around. Here we are. We aren’t finished yet.” In the locker room after the win, there was quarterback Carson Wentz, the toast of the team after another brilliant, mistake-free performance as he completed 23 of 40 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown, making his way to the podium for assembled media hanging on his every word. Wentz, by the way, set franchise records for completions (388) and passing yards (4,039) in a single season and became the first quarterback in Eagles history to throw a touchdown pass in every regular-season game (NFL-best 19 consecutive games).

How Eagles’ Boston Scott stepped up in Miles Sanders’ absence during crucial win vs. Giants | ‘This league is all about being able to produce’ -
Boston Scott has been ready,” Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said during his postgame press conference at MetLife Stadium. “He’s been making plays for a while now. We’re just leaning more on him.” [...] “This league is all about being able to produce,” Scott said. “After the last Giants game, they talked about continuing to learn, continuing to grow, continuing to adjust to the game and just making the best of my opportunities.”

Eagles Finally Rise Up to Win Floundering NFC East—But Do They Have a Chance in the Playoffs? - MMQB
Boston Scott—Philadelphia’s leading receiver (84 yards) and rusher (54 yards, three touchdowns) against the Giants—represents the identity of this Eagles team, which is making the most of players who haven’t had much opportunity in the NFL. Scott, who was drafted by the Saints in the sixth round of the 2018 draft, was signed by the Eagles off the New Orleans practice squad last December, and he was activated in October when Eagles running back Corey Clement was placed on injured reserve. Scott took on a larger role in this game when rookie running back Miles Sanders was injured in the first quarter.

2020 NFL Playoffs wild card schedule, start times: Seahawks-Eagles gets Sunday late slot - Field Gulls
In the late-Sunday slot, at 1:40 PM PST, the Seahawks will again be on NBC called by Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels. It’ll be Seattle’s second trip to the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia this season, after triumphing there in Week 12, 17-9.

Eagles 34, Giants 17: Five things we learned on the last Sunday of 2019 - Big Blue View
Credit where it is due, what the Eagles have done to end the 2019 season is nothing short of incredible. 178 games worth of players on the trainers’ table, and this game they had a waiting line outside of the medical tent. But even so, they were the better team on Sunday and they earned this win. So while we could, and should, offer our kudos to the Eagles, it is also an indictment of the Giants. While it is certainly true that the Giants have dealt with injuries this year, they haven’t had starters and depth charts wiped out like the Eagles. But yet their back-ups, practice squad players, and guys signed off the street were better prepared and executed better than the Giants in both games. For the third time in two years Doug Pederson obviously out-coached the Giants. As this is a reflective moment, it is one last gut-punch that Pederson was only hired in 2016 after the Giants promoted Ben McAdoo to keep him from interviewing in Philly.

Cowboys officially eliminated as Eagles beat Giants, win NFC East - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys are taking care of their business as they are blowing out Washington. Unfortunately, that was only half the battle. The Philadelphia Eagles have beaten the New York Giants and have won the NFC East. That puts the team from Philadelphia into the playoffs and leaves the Cowboys out in the cold. The Cowboys had their opportunity last week to win the division but they went up to the City of Brotherly Love and played a horrible game. That’s not the only chance the Cowboys had this year. There were plenty of opportunities for the Cowboys to win the division but when you dump a game against the New York Jets, and then play awful for stretches of the season, you really don’t deserve to win the division or make the playoffs.

Redskins Coaching Rumors: Ron Rivera meeting scheduled for tomorrow - Hogs Haven
The Ron Rivera to the Redskins rumors have been red hot over the last few days. Washington’s season is over, and now we get a report from Rivera’s agents that he will be meeting with the Redskins tomorrow. Rivera has plenty of interest from other teams, so nothing is locked in yet. There were reports that Rivera could become Washington’s new head coach as early as tonight.

Ranking the 7 dumbest mistakes from a throwback Sunday in NFL Week 17 - SB Nation
1. The Seahawks’ delay of game penalty probably cost them the NFC West. Sunday night’s 49ers-Seahawks game will go down as one of the best Week 17 finales in league history, with San Francisco winning 26-21 to earn the NFC’s No. 1 seed. The game came down to the wire, and a late penalty might’ve cost Seattle the win and the division title. With 23 seconds left on the 49ers’ 1-yard line, the Seahawks spiked the ball with no timeouts. Head coach Pete Carroll wanted to put running back Marshawn Lynch in for what could’ve been an easy goal-line score. Lynch, in his much-celebrated return to Seattle, had already scored on a 1-yard run earlier in the quarter. Another chance to do that, in this situation, wouldn’t just help the Seahawks take the NFC West crown, but it’d also give Carroll a chance to rectify the most infamous moment in the franchise’s history. Then, miscommunication doomed them as the Seahawks tried to substitute Lynch on the field when he either wasn’t ready to go or no one let him know. When Lynch got on the field, there were only 10 seconds left on the play clock. That didn’t give the Seahawks much time in the huddle and they got hit with a delay of game penalty. Take a look at how much time runs off the game and play clock.


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