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Third Quarter Recap: Carson Wentz Sets Franchise Record As Eagles Regain Lead

Posted Dec 10, 2017

After the third quarter, the Eagles lead the Rams 31-28.

Quarterback Carson Wentz set the franchise record for most touchdowns in a single season (33). On the day, Wentz has thrown for 291 passing yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. However, he left the game after the Eagles' last touchdown drive at the end of the third quarter.

In the absence of tight end Zach Ertz, Trey Burton and Brent Celek have combined for three touchdowns.

On the Eagles’ opening possession of the game, Wentz had his pass intended for Nelson Agholor intercepted at the Philadelphia 37-yard line by Kayvon Webster. The Rams capitalized on the mistake as running back Todd Gurley rushed in for a 2-yard touchdown which put the Rams in front 7-0 just two minutes into the game.

Down in the red zone for Philadelphia, Celek drew a pass interference call before he caught a 5-yard touchdown from Wentz to knot the game at 7-7.

On the next possession, Alshon Jeffery drew a pass interference call on third-and-3 to keep the drive alive before Wentz hit Burton for a 20-yard touchdown to put the Eagles up 14-7.

In the second quarter on fourth-and-1, Wentz dropped back and hit Agholor for a short pass and an 18-yard pickup to once again keep the Philadelphia drive alive. A few plays later, Wentz and Burton hooked up for the second time of the day for an 11-yard touchdown giving Burton a career-high two touchdowns.

The Rams responded as Cooper Kupp caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff to narrow the Eagles’ lead to 21-14 with nine minutes remaining in the half.

Prior to the two-minute warning, head coach Doug Pederson challenged the spot of the ball on a third down and the ruling was overturned which forced a Rams punt from their own 28. Kicker Jake Elliott drained a 22-yard field goal after a 46-yard catch-and-run by wide receiver Torrey Smith to extend the lead to 24-14 at halftime.

At the start of the third quarter, the Rams scored quickly on a 1-yard touchdown throw from Goff to wide receiver Sammy Watkins to shrink the lead to 24-21. On an ensuing Eagles’ punt, Donnie Jones’ attempt was blocked by Mike Thomas and returned by Blake Countess for a touchdown to place the Rams in front 28-14.

On the Eagles' next possession, an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Rams Trumaine Johnson kept the offense on the field. The Eagles went for it on fourth-and-goal and Wentz made a spectacular throw to Alshon Jeffery who caught the pass with ends of his fingertips for a touchdown to put the Eagles 31-28.

The Rams will take over from the Philadelphia 24 to start the fourth.

Game Leaders

Passing

Carson Wentz: 23-41, 291 yards, 4 TD, INT

Jared Goff: 14-23, 198 yards, 2 TD

Receiving

Trey Burton: 4 catches, 55 yards, 2 TD

Brent Celek: 5 yards, TD

Alshon Jeffery: 4 catches, 42 yards, TD

Torrey Smith: 6 catches, 100 yards

Cooper Kupp: 5 catches, 118 yards, TD

Sammy Watkins: 2 catches, 6 yards, TD

Rushing

Jay Ajayi: 6 carries, 53 yards

Todd Gurley: 8 carries, 87 yards, TD

Defense

Kayvon Webster: INT

Robert Quinn: 1 sack

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