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Eagles Emerge Victorious in D.C.

Zach Ertz and the Philadelphia Eagles (7-7) are back to .500 after a 37-27 road win over the Redskins (3-11) on Sunday. For the second straight week, the Eagles were involved in a back-and-forth affair.

This time, after a half-dozen lead changes, Philadelphia notched the game-winning score, a four-yard touchdown reception by rookie wideout Greg Ward Jr. with just 26 seconds left in regulation. The touchdown catch was the first of Ward’s career.

“I can’t say enough good things about Greg,’’ Wentz said after the game. “For him to keep coming up big late in the game like that, they went to man coverage, and he just kept beating his guy. He was part of the progression and just kept making plays. And then, to go up and get that ball in the end zone like that, that was sweet.’’

The game will not only be memorable for just Ward Jr., but all Eagles’ players and fans, as it took a complete team effort to secure the win. For No. 86, his five receptions averaging a team-high 12.2 yards per catch were critical. But, most crucial, was Zach’s fourth quarter touchdown reception to give Philadelphia a 24-21 lead with just under 10 minutes to play.

Wentz, too, was dropping dimes all day to pass catchers despite being short-handed at the wide receiver position all afternoon. On the day, Carson was 30-of-43 for 266 yards and three scores, including this dart to rookie halfback Miles Sanders in the back of the endzone late in the second quarter.

Wentz also orchestrated a final offensive drive in which he completed all eight of his pass attempts for 70 yards to put the Eagles on top for good.

Washington had a well-documented weakness against opposing tight ends all season, and that trend continued this week against Philly. In addition to Ertz’s five snags, teammate and fellow tight end Dallas Goedert hauled in five catches of his own for an additional 55 yards. His best being this one-handed gem.

In total, the tight end position racked up a combined 10 catches for 116 yards and a score against Washington.

The Philadelphia ground game was an equally potent piece of the offensive game plan in the nation’s capital. Running backs Miles Sanders and Boston Scott combined for 148 yards and one touchdown on 25 attempts. In the process, Sanders set the franchise-record for most yards from scrimmage by an Eagles rookie rusher.

The defense even added a score of their own on the final play of the game, a Washington hail mary that turned into a strip-fumble and a Philadelphia score by linebacker Nigel Bradham, which extended the lead to double-digits.

The win over the Redskins sets up a pivotal Week 16 showdown with the Dallas Cowboys, with the winner likely claiming the NFC East and the loser missing the playoffs. Zach and the Eagles know they need to remain focused, as all their goals remain ahead of them.

“It’s going to be a huge game. Everything is in front of us,” Ertz said of their Week 16 matchup. “No bigger game than this one.”

Kickoff against Dallas from Lincoln Financial Field is set for 8:15 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on NBC for Sunday Night Football.

By | 2019-12-17T00:05:11+00:00 12.17.19|News|0 Comments

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