Zach Ertz’s No. 2 performance of the season came early in the season against the division-rival New York Giants in Week 3. Ertz recorded his first touchdown reception of the season in this contest, helping the Eagles edge the Giants with a late field goal from Jake Elliott.
This game proved to set the tone for the Eagles season that resulted in their first ever Super Bowl title. After splitting the first two games of the season, this matchup with the Giants looked to be a crucial early-season divisional battle that could go a long way to determining the NFC East Champion.
“That was just huge for us. It was a huge sign of growth and something we can definitely build on now,” Carson Wentz said after the game.
At season’s end, the Eagles had run away with the NFC East, but this game can be viewed as the spark to their unprecedented season. The Giants were projected to contend for the division and possibly a Super Bowl in the preseason before suffering multiple injuries to numerous key contributors. Looking past the records, this early-season tilt was a quality victory for an Eagles team that was out to prove everybody wrong.
This was the first win of an impressive nine-game winning streak that propelled the team to a first-round bye and allowed the coaching staff to implement a heavy diet of RPOs for Nick Foles to carry the team to a championship.
As far as the game itself, the defenses came to play early as the Eagles held a slim 7-0 lead at halftime. With five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Zach Ertz snared a 3-yard touchdown catch from Carson Wentz to give the Eagles some cushion.
The fourth quarter was wild, and included four combined touchdowns and three field goals, including Elliott’s 61-yard field goal for the 27-24 win as time expired. In such a closely contested game, every inch mattered. Ertz totaled eight receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown on the day, helping the Eagles edge out their division rivals and set them on course for the No. 1 seed and a coveted first-round bye.
On the surface, this may just seem like a plain regular season win, but it boosted the confidence of the team and propelled them to the top seed. This game was the first sign that this year would be different. The Eagles would find ways to win close games, battle through adversity and finally bring home a Super Bowl championship to Philadelphia.