Eagles are strong in the clutch department
Over the past two seasons, the Eagles are no stranger to close finishes on the biggest stage.
In 2017 we had Carson Wentz's game-winning touchdown to Alshon Jeffery in LA securing home-field advantage throughout the 2017 playoffs, the goal-line stand against the Falcons in the divisional round, and of course, Brandon Graham stripping Tom Brady to win the Super Bowl.
2018 had its fair share of memorable finishes too. The 16-point comeback in the second half against the Giants that kept the playoff race alive, Jake Elliott's game-winning field goal against Houston Week 16, and who can forget Nick Foles to Golden Tate on 4th and goal in Chicago.
Philadelphia is set up to continue this success in the clutch as individual players, including new additions, have made a name for themselves late in games.
While Nick Foles became famous for this hero ball, Carson Wentz also stepped up late in games last season.
In the fourth quarter of one-score games, Wentz had the third highest passer rating in the NFL at 119.8.
When analyzing late-game performances, quarterbacks are normally the focus but players across the roster played their best football in the fourth quarter.
Despite the drop in New Orleans, there may not be a receiver that has shined in the biggest moments like Alshon Jeffery has.
In five playoff games the last two seasons, Jeffery has not had a game below 60 receiving yards.
Three touchdowns in the NFC championship and Super Bowl, 160 receiving yards in a must-win game against the Rams, and who can forget the play that saved the 2018 season.
The "clutch grade" produced by Pro Football Focus showcased many Eagles. Dallas Goedert had the highest grade of any TE in the fourth quarter of one-score games.
The rookie TE made some important plays including the tying score late in Dallas, a second-half touchdown in the playoffs against the Bears, and a first-down conversion in Chicago on what would be the game-winning drive.
Goedert wasn't the only player praised for his play in the clutch by PFF. Jason Kelce had the highest clutch grade of any center. That included an 85.5 run-blocking grade late in games.
On the defensive side, only Aaron Donald had a higher grade in the category than Fletcher Cox up front.
The front office added even more to this area through free agency and the draft. LB Zach Brown was the third best LB late in games according to PFF with an 86.2 grade.
Much like Jeffery, rookie WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside was the guy Stanford went to when they needed a play.
The amount of talent on this roster makes Philadelphia a popular pick to contend for a Super Bowl in 2019. Of course, it takes much more than that. Having that talent shine when it matters most is what separates the good teams from the great teams.
Seems like the Eagles are set up pretty well once again in that department.
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