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Jake Elliott's Franchise-Record Field Goal Wins It For The Eagles

Posted Sep 24, 2017

Rookie kicker Jake Elliott stunned the entire stadium at Lincoln Financial Field when he bombed an Eagles’ franchise-record 61-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles a wild 27-24 victory.

Elliott missed his first kick of the day, a 52-yard attempt earlier in the third quarter that had plenty of leg, but just went wide left. He found the ultimate redemption during the game's final seconds.

"Quite honestly, I had so much confidence standing there, calmness. I just watched him kick a couple kickoffs extremely deep into the end zone, and it was pretty awesome," said head Coach Doug Pederson. "Sounded like a cannon off his foot, great snap, great hold, protection was there. Yeah, awesome. Awesome, awesome, awesome."

Running back LeGarrette Blount and rookie Corey Clement each had rushing touchdowns while Zach Ertz had the Eagles’ lone receiving score of the afternoon. Carson Wentz finished with 176 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles improved to 2-1 on the season.

After a scoreless first quarter on both sides, Blount broke the tie on a short touchdown run up the middle. Midway through the second quarter, rookie cornerback Rasul Douglas recorded his first career interception when he picked off a pass intended for veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall right outside the Philadelphia 5-yard line.

The Eagles would later go for it on offense on fourth-and-8 at the New York 43-yard line. However, Wentz was sacked for a loss of 6 yards by linebacker Devon Kennard and the Giants took over at their own 49-yard line just before the two-minute warning.

The Eagles' defense got a stop of its own just moments later. With just under 30 seconds remaining, defensive end Vinny Curry brought down running back Orleans Darkwa on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line to keep the Eagles in front 7-0 heading into halftime.

In the second half, the Eagles came away with their second interception of the day early in the third quarter thanks to the heads up teamwork of linebacker Mychal Kendricks and cornerback Patrick Robinson. Kendricks deflected a pass intended for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Robinson took care of the rest, snatching the ball away at the New York 46.

Not long after, Alshon Jeffery drew a 41-yard pass interference call on cornerback Eli Apple that placed the Eagles inside the New York 5-yard line. The call would set up the Eagles' second score of the day: a short 3-yard dart from Wentz to Ertz. The connection gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead.

Later in the third, the Giants managed to work their way inside the red zone but the defense was once again able to build a wall. On fourth-and-2, defensive tackle Tim Jernigan pressured Eli Manning into throwing a contested pass intended for wide receiver Sterling Shepard that was deflected by Robinson and the Eagles led 14-0 after three quarters. 

The Giants rallied in the fourth quarter. Beckham put his team on the scoreboard for the first time on a 10-yard touchdown catch near the back of the end zone. Following the score, Ertz fumbled near the Giants sideline at the Philadelphia 33. Less than two minutes later, Beckham scored again, this time on a difficult left-handed grab with one hand while being tackled to the ground along the left side of the end zone. His touchdown tied the game at 14-14 with 10 minutes to go. Things started to look bleak, as the Giants managed to score for the third time in less than six minutes. Shepard broke free for a 78-yard catch-and-run touchdown that gave the Giants a 21-14 advantage with 7:24 remaining.

The Eagles answered back. A big pass interference call against Apple on Torrey Smith brought the Eagles to the New York 15-yard line. It would be rookie running back Corey Clement who would knot the game up at 21 apiece on a 15-yard touchdown run along the left sideline – the first of his career.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins was later called for a defensive pass interference call against Beckham that positioned the Giants at the Philadelphia 26. A 41-yard field goal from Aldrick Rosas recaptured the lead briefly for the Giants at 24-21 with 3:11 to go. Wendell Smallwood's 20-yard run helped answer the Giants' score and put Elliott in position to kick a 46-yard field goal to tie the game at 24-24. New York got the ball back and Curry drew a holding penalty on Giants tackle Ereck Flowers to push the Giants back and eventually force a punt. Brad Wing got off a 28-yard punt which kept hope alive for the Eagles.

The Eagles managed to get into Giants' territory with just one second to go. Then, Elliott became an instant hero. He crushed a 61-yarder just inside the right upright, giving the Eagles an improbable come-from-behind 27-24 win.

"I'll tell you, the biggest thing is there's just no panic. There's no panic. Guys were still very into the game, felt very good. Obviously didn't want to be down 21-14, but at the same time, they felt real confident. It's what I told the team in there after the game: that last year we might have come up short, we might have come up short in this game last year, but we've learned to finish games, to finish drives. They're never going to be easy. These games are never easy, especially against the New York Giants," Pederson said.

"This is a good football team, and our guys battled, hung in there, and they're learning how to finish football games, and that's the positive."

The Eagles will head out to Los Angeles to play the Chargers in Week 4.

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