In truth, placekicker Jake Elliott would love it if the Eagles won every game 100-0 and he had an easy time of it and the pressure of making last-minute kicks wasn't on his plate. But that's not the reality in the NFL and, OK, Elliott just responds. He did it last season and he's done it in Year 2, the latest kick a 43-yarder with 22 seconds remaining on Sunday to give the Eagles a 25-22 win over the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field.
Just as he did last season in Week 3 with his franchise-record 61-yard kick heard 'Round the NFL, Elliott burst the upset bubble of the Giants in South Philadelphia.
"These are the situations you have to kind of thrive in as a kicker in this league knowing that most of the games are going to come down to just a possession or two," said Elliott, who has been good on 17 of 21 field goal attempts and all 21 of his PAT kicks this season. "I kind of have that mindset that it is going to come down to me every game and I try to be ready for those."
Conditions by late afternoon on Sunday were a bit blustery kicking into the north end zone at Lincoln Financial Field, so Elliott was aware of the swirl. As the Eagles marched down the field on a drive that consumed 50 yards in 5:27, Elliott stayed by himself.
"The guys on the team know not to come talk to me. I like to stay over by the net and stay in my zone," Elliott said. "During the timeouts, I go out on the field and get a feel for what the wind is doing. I was ready for the kick.
"The kick felt good. I felt calm and collected going out there. Rick (Lovato) threw a perfect snap back there and Cam (Johnston) got it down perfectly and luckily I hit a good ball."
Last year after his 61-yarder, Elliott was carried off the field and his kick helped launch the Eagles on a nine-game winning streak. This year? No escort service off the field, but maybe the spark the Eagles need to get on the right track for the remainder of the season.
"We needed the win," Elliott said. "I'm glad to do my job and help win one today. We needed it."
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