It wasn't quite a miracle. But it was close.
The Eagles overcame a 17-3 halftime deficit by scoring the final 20 points of the game to keep their playoff hopes alive with a 23-17 overtime win over the Giants on a rainy Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field. It was the Eagles' first overtime win since November 8, 2015 at Dallas.
With the victory, the Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 6-7. They are now tied for first place in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys.
Tight end Zach Ertz scored on a 2-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Carson Wentz with 1:53 remaining to send the game to overtime then provided the game-winning touchdown as well on another 2-yard catch on the opening drive of overtime with just 5:10 remaining.
Ertz finished with nine catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles. Wentz was 33-of-50 for 325 yards with two touchdowns for a 97.5 QB rating. In the second half and overtime, Wentz was simply brilliant despite losing his top receiver in Alshon Jeffery (foot) and All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson (ankle) to injury in the first half. He was 22-of-31 for 228 yards and the two touchdowns for a 113.4 QB rating during the comeback. It was Wentz's sixth career game-winning drive.
By the end of the final drive, the Eagles were down to just one healthy wide receiver in Greg Ward. Nelson Agholor was inactive due to a knee injury. Jeffery exited in the first half. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who had a spectacular over-the-shoulder grab on third down for 22 yards on the game-tying drive, limped off in overtime.
The spark to the turnaround on offense was running back Boston Scott, who led the Eagles with 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground and another 69 yards receiving. In the third quarter, Scott converted a key third down as he lined up flexed wide to the left side. He went in motion and Wentz delivered the ball to Scott in the flat along the right side for 10 yards. Scott finished the drive with his second rushing touchdown of the season, a 2-yard run.
Defensively, the Eagles allowed Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who started for the injured rookie Daniel Jones, to look like the vintage version of himself in the first half. Manning was 11-of-19 for 179 yards with two touchdowns to rookie wide receiver Darius Slayton, who burned the Eagles' secondary to the tune of 154 yards on five catches for both scores.
However, Slayton didn't have a catch in the second half or overtime and Manning couldn't get much else going, finishing just 15-of-30 for 203 yards with the two touchdowns. Running back Saquon Barkley, who tortured the Eagles in both meetings last season, was kept relatively in check with 66 yards rushing and three catches for just 1 yard in the pass game. The Giants managed 29 total yards of offense in the second half.
The Eagles have a short week before they travel to Washington for another NFC East showdown on Sunday. Washington is 3-10, but has won two of its last three games.
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