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Wake-Up Call: Jake Elliott, Eagles Kick Their Way To 2-1 Record

Posted Sep 25, 2017

1. Just Who Is Jake Elliott?

Two weeks ago, Eagles fans did not know who kicker Jake Elliott was. Heck, some may not have known about him at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, just before kickoff against the New York Giants. But it was the rookie Elliott’s sensational 61-yard kick that shattered both franchise and NFL rookie records and gave the Eagles a thrilling walk-off 27-24 vicotry.

Typically after an Eagles game, head coach Doug Pederson and quarterback Carson Wentz address the media in a press conference setting, while the rest of the players talk with reporters inside the locker room. After the monumental kick, the demand to hear from the hero warranted its own press conference.

“It’s a little surreal. It’s the life of a kicker though,” Elliott said. “You have you ultimate ups and ultimate downs and just trying to enjoy it and we’ll move on.”

2. Eagles React On Twitter

The Eagles stormed the field following Elliott’s kick and had terrific comments about their rookie kicker following the game. Check out some of their reactions on Twitter.

3. The Run Game Is Back!

After struggling to develop consistency through the first 2 weeks, the Eagles’ ground game pummeled the Giants to the tune of 172 rushing yards and two touchdowns Sunday.

Wendell Smallwood had 12 carries for 71 punishing yards and LeGarrette Blount picked up 67 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Rookie Corey Clement scored for the first time in his young career on a 15-yard run to tie the game 21-21 in the fourth quarter.

The running game showed up for the Eagles at the right time.

"We got into a little bit of a rhythm. The guys up front did a terrific job and I just followed them," Smallwood said. "It was fun getting the carries and staying with it."

4. Miracle Ending To Remarkable Win

The Eagles held a firm grip of the game leading 14-0 through three quarters. But the Giants stormed back to take a 24-21 lead late during the final minutes of the game.

Dave Spadaro goes through some of the key takeaways from Sunday’s win.

5. Defense Rallies Past Injuries

In the heat of Sunday's contest, the Eagles added to their injury toll when defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and linebacker Jordan Hicks both headed to the locker room. Yet still the Eagles were able to hold the Giants scoreless through three quarters including two fourth down stops.

“It just shows you the depth we have. There were a lot of guys that were already out, and then there were a lot of guys that got hurt during the game," said defensive end Brandon Graham. "Like Big Fletch (Fletcher Cox), that’s a big loss. Then we had a couple defensive tackles that came in and filled that void and we still stopped the run the same way. We made them one-dimensional and they were just getting the ball out fast. But overall, I think the guys in the back in stepped up.”

6. Natalia Got An Eagles W For Her B-Day

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