Carson Wentz finally accomplished something on Sunday that he'd yet to do this season. The quarterback and his teammates had opportunities before, but each time they came up just short.
They weren't going to let that happen a fifth time.
As the clock expired at Lincoln Financial Field, Wentz and the Eagles were on the winning side as they pulled off their first fourth-quarter comeback and moved to 5-4 on the year. The victory over Atlanta may not have been the most dramatic, but it was one that was much-needed as the team embarks on the second half of its 2016 campaign.
"It's something we're going to build on," the rookie said during his postgame press conference. "Obviously, the other four losses we had a chance every game. Whether it was a minute left, three minutes left, whatever it may be, we had a chance. It was good to kind of get over that hump, so to speak.
"We know we can finish ball games. We know we have the guys to do that. It's good to show that finally."
Down 15-13 with 13:06 left, Wentz led the Eagles on an eight-play, 76-yard scoring drive to take a six-point lead before a Caleb Sturgis field goal truly sealed the deal at the two-minute warning.
On the afternoon, the quarterback went 25-of-36 for 231 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions and one fumble. Wentz ended the game with a passer rating of 86.7 and also had four carries for 10 yards.
From an individual standpoint, it wasn't the rookie's most statistically impressive showing. However, the balanced approach to the offense helped him tremendously and he'd much rather have that than the personal glory.
"The run game was huge today. I don't know what the total yards were. I think it was over 200, which was big," Wentz said. "It was good to get 24 going again, get Ryan (Mathews). Obviously, he's had a couple down weeks but it was good to feed him the rock and he was running angry. When the O-line is playing like that, it made my job easy. I'll tell you that much."
In the end, Wentz knows his performance wasn't perfect. He admitted to mistakes – things like throwing the ball away on fourth-and-1 just prior to halftime instead of holding on to it and letting the clock run down. But in the end, what really mattered to him was getting that "monkey off" the team's back.
The Eagles did just that. They proved they have the ability to finish and that they're going to keep improving and growing each and every week.
"It's a big game for us as an offense and as a team to really just pull off a tight win like this," Wentz said. "Obviously, we're halfway through the season. To get this win, to go in the plus category, is huge but I think the biggest thing is we pulled one out in the end. We hadn't done that yet."
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