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Stepping Up in Eagles’ Wins

 

Zach Ertz has been an integral part in the Philadelphia Eagles recent success over the last few years. The 2018 season was perhaps his best season to date, as Zach broke Jason Witten’s single-season NFL record for receptions by a tight end.  Zach was elected to his second-straight Pro Bowl and had himself a 1,000-yard season while leading the Eagles to the playoffs again. Zach played a key role each week this season, establishing himself as a reliable target and proving to be a mismatch for defenses across the league. Many of Zach’s better games this season came in victories, so below are recaps of his performances in the Eagles’ wins from the season.

 

Week 1: Eagles vs. Falcons (home)

On third-and-goal on the Atlanta 18-yard line, Zach caught a 10-yard pass from QB Nick Foles to the Atlanta 8-yard line. This set up kicker Jake Elliott for a 26-yard field goal to tie the score at 3-3.

At the beginning of the third quarter, Ertz caught two passes for 11 yards on the 11-play 63-yard drive to set up the game’s first touchdown. Jay Ajayi pounded the ball in from the Atlanta 1-yard line to bring the game to 10-6.

Ertz tallied five receptions for 48 yards in the Eagles season-opening win against the Falcons. The five catches from Foles would jump start one of the best seasons a tight end has ever had in the NFL.

 

Week 3: Eagles vs. Colts (home)

On second-and-10 on Philly’s own 21-yard line, Wentz completed his first pass of the 2018-2019 season to his Pro-Bowl tight end deep right for 17 yards.

On third-and-4 and first-and-10 and now in Indianapolis territory, Wentz found Ertz for back-to-back completions. Ertz first caught a pass for seven yards to move the chains and then for eight to keep the drive moving in the right direction. The receptions led to a TE Dallas Goedert touchdown reception, the first score of the game.

Into the third quarter, the Eagles were down 10-13. On second-and-10 on the Eagles 47-yard line, Wentz dropped back and threw up a deep 28-yard pass to Ertz to get down to the Indy 25-yard line. Ertz’s catch set up an Elliott 6-yard field goal to tie up the game.

Near the beginning of the fourth quarter on second-and-26 on their own 20-yard line, Wentz threw a pass to Ertz, but it fell incomplete. Defensive holding was called on the play, and the Eagles were set up with a first down. The holding call later led to a Wendell Smallwood 4-yard TD rush and the Eagles took the win 20-16.

 

Week 6: Eagles vs. Giants (away)

The Eagles were up 14-3 and driving. On second-and-10, Wentz found Ertz for a four-yard gain to the Philly 32-yard line.

After Wentz found WR Nelson Agholor for a 58-yard pass, Carson completed a 10-yard dime to Zach in the end zone for Zach’s second TD of the year. This touchdown gave the Eagles a 21-6 lead.

Near the end of the third quarter and nine plays into a drive that resulted in an Elliott field goal, Wentz hit Ertz on first-and-10 on the Giants’ 32-yard line for a 15-yard completion. This completion moved the ball inside the New York 20-yard line, making for an easy field goal attempt for Elliott. Philly would go on to win the game 34-13 in a dominant performance.

 

Week 8: Eagles vs. Jaguars (away)

The Jaguars were up 3-0 early, and the Eagles were in need of a score. Wentz found Ertz on first-and-10 to start the drive for six yards.

Five plays later on second-and-10 on the Philly 45-yard line, Ertz caught a 15-yard pass to set the Eagles up in Jacksonville territory. Zach helped move the Eagles into field goal range where Elliott would make a 31-yard field goal on fourth down. The game was tied 3-3.

Up only two points at the start of the fourth quarter, Ertz caught a five-yard TD pass from Wentz to extend the Eagles’ lead to 24-15 to all but seal the win in London in a hard-fought battle with Jacksonville. The Eagles left Wembley stadium with a 24-18 win over the Jags.

 

Week 12: Eagles vs. Giants (home)

The Eagles were in need of a spark as they were down to the Giants 19-3 with four minutes left to play in the first half. On second-and-5 on the Eagles’ 30-yard line, Ertz caught a pass for 24 yards and a Philly first down.

On second-and-9 on the Giants’ 15-yard line, Zach caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Wentz. With the Clement two-point conversion after the touchdown, the Eagles were only down one possession 11-19.

With the game all tied up at 22-22 with under five minutes left in regulation, the Eagles had the ball. On second-and-11 on the Eagles own 48, Wentz found Ertz for 10 yards to move into Giants territory. Wentz then converted a fourth-and-1 pass to Nelson Agholor for 12 yards. This all set Elliott up for a game-winning 43-yard field goal and the Eagles prevailed at home 25-22.

 

Week 13: Eagles vs. Redskins (home)

Up 14-13 with under five minutes to play in the third quarter, Wentz completed two passes in-a-row to Ertz on first and second down for 13 total yards. The conversion enabled Wentz to throw a pass into the end zone for Jordan Matthews and then the two-point play to Golden Tate as the Eagles extended their lead to 22-13.

On third-and-1 on the Philly 36-yard line, Ertz caught a 6-yard pass to give the offense the time and space to move into field goal range. Elliott banged through his last field goal of the game and the Eagles took the 28-13 win.

Ertz caught 90 percent of the passes thrown his way during the Week 13 matchup, his best of the season.

 

Week 15: Eagles vs. Rams (away)

The Eagles drew first blood in the game with an Elliott field goal.

Zach caught just three passes for 22 yards against a tough Rams’ defense, but he was effective as a blocker in the run game, freeing up space for Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles and Josh Adams to run for over 100 yards and three touchdowns. While the Rams may have taken Zach out of the passing game, Alshon Jeffery exploited them for 160 yards on eight catches as the Eagles secured an essential victory for their playoff hopes.

 

Week 16: Eagles vs. Texans (home)

Zach led the team in receptions and touchdowns in the 32-30 home win. Without this win, the Eagles would not have made the playoffs.

On third-and-8 on the Eagles’ 25-yard line, Foles zipped an 8-yard pass to Ertz who once again converted another third down for Philly.

With the ball in the middle of the field, but still in Philly territory, Ertz caught a 4-yard pass on second-and-7 and immediately after caught another 4-yard pass for an Eagles first down on the Houston 45-yard line.

To cap the drive off, on fourth-and-2 Sproles caught a 37-yard pass from Foles for the first points of the game. The Eagles were up 7-0.

Down 7-9 with 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter, Ertz caught a 15-yard pass on first-and-10 on the Houston 30.

Ertz would later take a nine-yard reception down to the one-yard line on the drive before finally connecting with Foles for their first TD of the game, a 1-yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 13-9 lead.

The Eagles had a one-score lead to begin the fourth quarter, and on third-and-3 on the Houston 23-yard line, Foles dropped back and found an open Zach Ertz for a touchdown. Again on third down, Ertz had come through for Philly. The Eagles were up 29-16.

After an Eagles fumble, punt and two straight Texans’ touchdowns, the Eagles had exactly two minutes to get at least into field goal range for Elliott to bring the game home. The Eagles were down 29-30 and needed to move.

Ertz caught a 20-yard pass on third-and-10 before running out of bounds at the Houston 35. The Eagles ran the ball to wind down the clock for Elliott to seal the deal. Jake Elliott came onto the field with :03 left on the clock. It was third-and-8 on the Houston 17-yard line. Elliott nailed the 35-yard game-winning field goal, and the Eagles won 32-30.

 

Week 17: Eagles vs. Redskins (away)

With 2:31 left in the second quarter, Ertz caught a 4-yard pass short across the middle on third-and-5 to set Nick Foles up for a 2-yard QB sneak for a first down.

Up 10-0, the Eagles kept their foot on the gas. On first-and-10 on the Philly 32, Ertz caught a 7-yard pass to the Eagles’ 39. Foles followed that up with a 14-yard pass to Golden Tate for a first down. The team drove 68 yards into the end zone when Agholor caught a 6-yard pass from Foles and the Eagles went up 17-0.

By the end of the game, No. 86 had three catches for 15 yards in the team’s 24-0 season-finale win over the Washington Redskins to clinch the No. 6 seed in the NFC playoffs.

 

Week 18 (NFC Wild Card Playoffs): Eagles vs. Bears (away)

On first down on the Eagles’ 49-yard line, Ertz caught a 17-yard pass across the middle and took the ball to the Chicago 34.

On second-and-13 on the Bears’ 23, Ertz caught a 6-yard pass to set up an Elliott 43-yard field goal. This gave the Eagles the 3-0 lead.

Chicago responded with two back-to-back field goals. On Philly’s first touchdown drive, the series began with an Ertz 5-yard catch to the Eagles’ 22-yard line. Later on the drive, fellow tight end Dallas Goedert caught a 10-yard TD pass to reclaim the Eagles’ lead 10-6.

With under five minutes left in what could’ve been the Eagles’ last game of the season, the Bears were up 15-10 and the Eagles had the ball. On second-and-2 on the Chicago 27, Zach caught a 13-yard pass to the Chicago 14-yard line. This set up the fourth-and-goal TD pass to Golden Tate and helped the Eagles advance to the Divisional Round against the New Orleans Saints where their season came to its conclusion.

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