Carson Wentz Stepped Up When it Mattered Most
If the Eagles season starts to turn around, we can look back to their comeback win on Thursday Night against the Giants as a potential turning point of their season.
Carson Wentz placed a perfect pass into the arms of running back Boston Scott, helping the Eagles rally from 21-10 down with just under 7-minutes to play, to improve to 2-4-1 on the season with Dallas looming next Sunday Night.
“He wasn’t the primary read on that play," Wentz explained. "I stepped up in the pocket - and Pepper had pretty good coverage. But I gave Boston a chance there to make a play and he did. He plays bigger than whatever he is - five-foot seven - he plays bigger than that. I was pretty surprised when we pulled it off. When I threw it I thought it was a little high, but like I said, he plays bigger than he is. The way we battled and found a way at the end of the game was huge for us.”
There were ups, like opening drive of the game, a high connection with John Hightower in the fourth quarter, and the pass to Scott. And downs, a ill-advised interception in the end zone with the Eagles driving after a Giants turnover.
It didnt come without more punishment, Wentz was beaten, battered and on-the-run for much of the night, thanks to a shaky performance from their offensive line, which saw Lane Johnson have to leave the game again, this time with a knee injury.
“I feel great because we got the win and I feel great because we have a long weekend," Wentz stated. "Those are the things I feel great about. Anytime you play two football games in whatever it’s been - a four or five-day stretch - it’s tough. It’s tough on your body. But the fact that we got a win and the fact that we have time off, the body will be just fine.”
While the stat sheet will show that Wentz had a big game, completing 25-of-43 passes for 359 yards and two touchdowns, it wasn't one of his best, but he came up big late, when his team needed him the most.
"Man, I thought he hung in there," acknowledged Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. "I thought he battled. Faced some adversity down a couple scores there in the fourth quarter and really hung in there. Maybe on the stat sheet, things looked good, but there's probably a couple throws or decisions he wants back."
"But he's the leader of our team for a reason and you saw that tonight, leading our team down there to get the two scores late in the game."
"But overall, hung in there, played tough again tonight."
While it wasn't a great overall performance, with all the injuries and adversity they have been dealing with, they put together two touchdown scoring drives to avoid what would have been an extremely disappointing loss.
2-4-1 with Dallas on deck.