With 33 seconds left in the game and down by seven points, the ball was in the hands of the Eagles’ offense at the Ravens’ 41-yard line – a few plays after a late Jordan Hicks interception. Quarterback Carson Wentz stepped back and fired down the field to tight end Zach Ertz for a 24-yard gain. Two plays later a defensive pass interference penalty gave the team a first-and-goal from the 4-yard line. Wentz ran it into the end zone for six with four seconds on the clock and it looked as though the Eagles were about to complete their comeback.
Unfortunately, that’s not how the game would play out on a windy Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Down by a point with the game on the line, Philadelphia elected to go for its second two-point conversion of the afternoon, but more importantly, it decided to go for the win. Instead, Wentz’s pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage and Jordan Matthews was unable to come up with the catch, sealing a 27-26 loss to the Ravens.
On the day, Wentz went 22-of-42 for 170 yards and picked up another 8 yards on the ground. The rookie had a rough start after throwing an interception on the third play of the game, which Baltimore turned into seven quick points. He finished the game with a 52.7 rating.
The bright spot for the Eagles’ offense was the run game. The bulk of the carries on the afternoon went to Ryan Mathews after Kenjon Barner exited the game in the second quarter with a hamstring injury, and he certainly made them count. Mathews had a tremendous performance, picking up 128 yards on 20 carries. He also notched the Eagles’ first touchdown of the game early in the second quarter, after Nigel Bradham sacked and forced a fumble of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Fletcher Cox recovered the ball at the Ravens’ 8, setting up the eventual 4-yard Mathews rushing touchdown following a defensive penalty. The running back also picked up two points after the Eagles chose not to kick the extra point due to the windy conditions.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles nabbed two turnovers, the Hicks interception and the Bradham forced fumble. The group was also able to sack Flacco three times, once by Bradham, once by Cox and a sack split between Brandon Graham and Beau Allen. However, in total the Eagles’ defense allowed 151 rushing yards and 206 receiving yards, which ultimately led to the Ravens scoring 27 points.
With this loss, the Eagles’ fifth straight, Philadelphia was officially eliminated from playoff contention, making the result even more heartbreaking for the team.
* *Running back Kenjon Barner (hamstring) exited the game in the first half and did not return.
The Eagles fall on the road to the Ravens 26-27.