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Final Drive A Building Block For Wentz

With 12 seconds remaining in the game, Carson Wentz scrambled out of the shotgun for a 4-yard touchdown. Add a successful extra point, the game would likely have gone into overtime tied at 27-27 as there were just four seconds left on the clock.

Wentz looked over to the sideline immediately after his second rushing touchdown of the season. Head coach Doug Pederson gathered the offense and gave the play call.

The Eagles were going to try and win the game right then and there. However, Wentz's pass to wide receiver Jordan Matthews was tipped at the line of scrimmage and fell incomplete.

"I loved it," Wentz said of the decision to go for two points. "I thought it showed the coach's aggressiveness and his belief in us. I thought we had it. They made a good play and they got their hand up at the line of scrimmage and it just didn't go our way today.

"We thought they were going to go all-out blitz and that's what they did. We had a great call on for it and had to get the ball out hot and I thought we had it. ... They got their hand on it. So, again it just didn't go our way."

On the Eagles' final drive of the game, a nine-play series, Philadelphia started from its own 41-yard line. Wentz was 3-of-8 for 37 yards as he guided the team into the end zone. He finished the game 22-of-42 for 170 yards with an interception for a 52.7 rating. Throughout the season, the Eagles have put themselves in position for a potential game-tying or game-winning drive, but have come up short.

"I think we've been in that situation before," Wentz explained.

"We've made plays, we've gotten down there before. Last week (against Washington) we did. We just found a way to get it in there and I just think that was the biggest thing. Unfortunately, we didn't get it in there earlier in the game. We had some opportunities down there, couldn't finish some drives, but we were fortunate enough to finish that one."

One thing that excelled today for the Eagles was the impact of their run game. Running back Ryan Mathews had his best game of season gaining 128 yards and a touchdown.

"Hard to say. But I think the O-lineman, they just did an unbelievable job. I think they took it upon themselves to come out here and dominate. I thought they did a great job at that," Wentz said.

The Eagles are now 5-9, after their fifth consecutive loss. With a quick shift, the Eagles will host the New York Giants on Thursday night. Although the playoffs are no longer an option, the Eagles will continue to fight for the remainder of the season.

"We got a game on Thursday. We got a quick turnaround, have to head back home and we'll be in there tomorrow ready to prepare for the Giants. It's obviously my first time I've had a Thursday night game and had this quick turnaround, but we just have to move on from this one as quickly as we can and get ourselves ready to go," Wentz concluded.

The Eagles fall on the road to the Ravens 26-27.

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