All hope seemed lost when the Giants took a 21-10 lead with just under seven minutes to play on Thursday night.
The Eagles’ offense had been terrible all game. They couldn’t get in the endzone, they couldn’t protect Carson Wentz, and even when Wentz did have time, he couldn’t hit open receivers.
Then, out of nowhere, the team mounted a ferocious comeback.
In what felt like a matter of seconds on Thursday night the Eagles turned an 11-point deficit into a 22-21 win, finishing it off with an extremely impressive throw-and-catch from Wentz to running back Boston Scott on a game-winning 18-yard touchdown down the right sideline.
“I don’t know if I can say the play call,” Scott said with a smile after the game. “But I mean, I just checked my protection and then after that, I got out into space. I knew throughout the game, we had been running short routes into the flat kind of. [Giants S Jabrill] Peppers was coming out into the flat with me pretty much every time. On that one, I just kind of set it up and then [Eagles QB Carson Wentz] went to me so that was cool.”
The throw by Wentz was easily the best of the season, and arguably the best of his career considering the level of difficulty and the situation.
Facing 1st-and-Goal from the 18-yard line, Wentz took the snap, stepped up in the pocket and delivered a dime to Scott in the front corner of the end zone. Scott was covered well by Peppers, but Wentz put the ball into a small window where only the running back had a chance to come down with it.
“He wasn’t the primary read on that play. The way it happened - I stepped up in the pocket - and [Giants S Jabrill Pepper] had pretty good coverage. But [I gave] Boston a chance there to make a play and he did,” Wentz said. “He plays bigger than whatever he is - five-foot seven - he plays bigger than that. [Scott] made a great play. I was pretty surprised when we pulled it off. When I threw it I thought it was a little high, but like I said, [Scott] plays bigger than he is.”
The touchdown capped off an impressive fourth quarter for Wentz, who for the second-straight week saved his best football for last. Unlike the Eagles’ close loss to Baltimore, however, Wentz was able to get his team over the top on Thursday night, helping them avoid a 1-5-1 hole that likely would have ended their season.
“Obviously there were a lot of emotions there,” Wentz said. “It was kind of a big, exciting moment, but a big, kind of sigh of relief because we left a lot of plays out there. The way we battled and found a way at the end of the game was huge for us.”
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