The Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFC East title with a 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams. However, it was a third-quarter left knee injury for quarterback Carson Wentz that is raising a lot of questions for head coach Doug Pederson.
"You're speculating that he's going to be out, so until I know more (Monday) on him it's hard to say," Pederson said. "But listen, there's a lot of leaders on that football team and you saw it tonight."
Wentz's injury came early in the third quarter. He tried rushing for a touchdown and took a hit while diving into the end zone. A penalty flag was called and Wentz got back up and limped throughout the remainder of the next four plays. He threw a fourth-down 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. However, instead of a usual touchdown celebration, he walked off the field and was escorted to the locker room by medical staff. It was quickly announced that he would not return for the remainder of the game.
"He did get up a little hobbly," Pederson said. "I knew something was up but I didn't know the extent of it."
With 17 minutes remaining in the game, quarterback Jared Goff's 1-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Sammy Watkins gave the Rams the 35-31 lead. With Wentz officially out of the game, quarterback Nick Foles quickly stepped in. He went 6-of-10 for 42 yards and led the Eagles on two scoring drives in the come-from-behind win.
"I love it, I love it," Pederson said. "This guy has come in and played a lot of football games in this league. He started in this league, guys have confidence in him, I have confidence in him, it was a great way to step in under these circumstances and pull this game out. It's huge for Nick."
Wentz left the game 23-of-41 for 291 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. The four touchdown passes Sunday put Wentz at 33 on the season, the most thrown in a single year in Eagles franchise history. The fourth and final touchdown came four plays after suffering the knee injury.
"It just shows how tough he really is. To be a little banged up at that time and then on a fourth down to make that throw and Alshon (Jeffery) to make that catch," Pederson said. "Again, just mental and physical toughness by him as a quarterback, but we also had a lot of guys make plays in that second half that we needed, showed a lot of toughness by the football team."
Pederson and the Eagles will find out more information on Wentz's injury Monday upon their return to Philadelphia. The Eagles will prepare to take on the New York Giants next Sunday in their third straight game on the road.
Pederson touched on his message to the team after the hard-fought win.
"First of all, congratulated them on the NFC East, proud of the guys and the way they fought but we get back to Philly and we still have three games left and we still have an opportunity," Pederson said. "Everything is still right in front of us, for us to take and we just have to make sure we take care of business this week.
"(This game) Just gets us to 11, just gets us to 11 and we're one step closer to where we want to be. That's what my mentality all along has been and we set goals before the season starts obviously, the NFC East, we check the box, put it behind us and we move on. It's the New York Giants next week."
The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and clinched the NFC East.