After struggling for much of the night, Wentz led a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter and put the Eagles in the lead with a nice pass to runner Boston Scott on the sideline for 18 yards. 40 seconds from the end.
“I was quite surprised that we were successful. When I threw him I thought it was a little tall, but he plays taller than him, ”Wentz said of Scott, who is 5ft 6in. “Obviously, there are a lot of emotions there. It was kind of an exciting big moment but a great kind of sigh of relief because we know we left a lot of plays. But the way we fought and found a way at the end of the game, that was huge for us. ”
Wentz finished 25 of 43 for 359 yards with three touchdowns (two assists, one rushing) and one interception.
Wentz has had an at times bumpy start to the season – his 10 interceptions in seven games are the most scored by an Eagles quarterback since Sam Bradford in 2015 – but he has picked up the pace in the last three games and continues to show a penchant for late-game success.
“It just shows he’s taking the right step to be one of the best quarterbacks in this league,” said Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson.
“That’s what it takes, especially with the situation we’re in good health in as a team. We know these games will likely be closer than we’d like, but it’s good to see your quarterback stand in there, go front-to-toe, take a few hits and still lead your team on. the ground for victory. ”
The contest was reminiscent of the Eagles’ Week 14 triumph over the Giants last season, when they overcame a 17-3 deficit to win 23-17 in overtime. The kickoff kicked off a four-game winning streak that saw the Eagles advance to the playoffs.
The Eagles could be on a similar trajectory this season despite being 2-4-1. According to the ESPN Football Power Index, their odds of winning the division shot up to 61% with Thursday’s win.
The Eagles’ defense generated three turnovers, including a Brandon Graham strip bag from Giants quarterback Daniel Jones late in the game to seal the victory.