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Ertz’s Pair of TDs Caps Comeback

With their season on the line, the Philadelphia Eagles erased a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat the New York Giants, bringing Philly into a tie for first place in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys.

Zach Ertz capped off the comeback with a pair of touchdowns, with the first to tie the game with under two minutes left in regulation and the second score sealing the victory in overtime. With the 23-17 win, remains a strong threat to win the NFC East with three weeks to play in the regular season.

The Giants have been exceptionally tough on tight ends all season, but that didn’t phase Zach on Monday night. No. 86 played with purpose in front of a national audience with the playoffs on the line, catching nine balls for 91 yards and two crucial scores.

Philly’s comeback was jumpstarted by a two-yard Boston Scott touchdown late in the third quarter that brought the score to 10-17.

Then, Ertz completed the Philadelphia comeback after catching his first of two huge two-yard touchdowns, this one coming just after the two-minute warning, on a 3rd-and-Goal, to cap off a 14-play, 85 yard drive that chewed up over six minutes of game time.

Zach’s first touchdown of the game sent the game into overtime, but his second, another a two-yard strike from Carson Wentz caught in the back of the endzone, walked the game off. The catch sent the Green & White home victorious, giving the Eagles their first overtime win since November 8, 2015 at Dallas.

“Once I saw [Thomas’s] eyes, he wasn’t really locked in on me,” Ertz said. “Right when I saw that, I knew that Carson was going to find me and that we were going to be walking off.”

Ertz may have capped off both of the crucial scoring drives against the Giants, but he surely wasn’t the only Eagle that showed up on the big stage.

Wentz also had arguably his best showing of 2019, helping pull out the win under the most improbable of circumstances. The former-Bison signal caller was 33-of-50 for 325 yards with two touchdowns for a 97.5 QB rating.

In the second half and overtime, Wentz was sensational, appearing unphased despite seeing his top receiver in Alshon Jeffery and All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson go down with injuries in the first half.

Carson was 22-of-31 for 228 yards and the two touchdowns for a 113.4 QB rating during the comeback, and the final drive was Wentz’s sixth career game-winning scoring drive.

“You’ve got guys moving around. For me, I’ve got no choice but to trust these guys. Some of these routes, I’d never even repped before in those situations, but they stepped up and made plays,” Wentz said. “Guys stepped up. We realized our backs were up against the wall. The first half was obviously very ugly; we just stayed together and guys made plays.

The game brought new meaning to the “next man up mentality.” Injuries forced some Eagles, including Ertz to line up at positions then don’t traditionally play. In Zach’s case, he saw some snaps at wide receiver.

“A lot of guys were in positions that we definitely didn’t practice this week, but that’s the way it goes sometimes when guys go down,” Wentz said.

Ertz said he lined up at every skill position spot except running back; tight end Josh Perkins, who got his first offensive snaps of the season, mostly played wideout, catching five passes on five targets for 37 yards.

“We’re switching X and Z in the huddle and guys are getting lined up and making plays,” Wentz said.

The second half saw a short-handed Eagles squad hold Eli Manning scoreless while Philly scored 20 unanswered points to save their season. In the process, Philly held Giants’ running back Saquon Barkley to just 66 yards on 17 carries. Reserve running back Boston Scott, who has spent just two months on the active roster thus far in 2019 contributed 59 yards and a score on ten carries to lead all Philly rushers.

“Everybody kind of understood what was going on, and it was just a matter of pride,” Pederson said, when asked what he said at halftime. “It’s a want-to, a will, a desire, and that’s what I saw at halftime from the guys.”

The Eagles’ push for the postseason will continue next week as Philadelphia travels into enemy territory to face Dwayne Haskins and the Washington Redskins in the nation’s capital. Kickoff from FedEx Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on FOX.

By | 2019-12-10T21:35:33+00:00 12.10.19|News|0 Comments

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