The Eagles’ playoff push is now complete. A 34-17 Birds win over the New York Giants has the team finishing the regular season at 9-7 with an NFC East championship secured and a playoff game now set to take place next Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
Once again, the Eagles overcame significant injuries and edged out a division rival in a pivotal game. Brandon Brooks and Miles Sanders both left the game after first-half injuries, but Boston Scott scored three touchdowns, Malcolm Jenkins forced a timely fumble and Carson Wentz delivered when he needed to.
The team needed a win to clinch the division, and they got it. Re-live the action below:
Boston breaks it open
Boston Scott converted a third down with a 39-yard screen pass, then scored on a two-yard run the following play to give the Eagles a 34-17 lead with 6:14 left in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles defense recovered a Daniel Jones fumble at the two-yard line and Boston Scott scored to give the Birds a 27-17 lead over the Giants with 13 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Eagles inch ahead in fourth quarter
Jake Elliott hit a 50-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 20-17 lead with 13:58 left.
Saquon Barkley breaks free, waves goodbye
The Eagles’ lead lasted less than 20 seconds as Saquon Barkley broke off a 68-yard touchdown run, waving goodbye to the Eagles defense as he sprinted to the end zone, tying the game, 17-17 with 2:05 left.
Eagles endure injury losses, take lead
The Eagles took a 17-10 lead with 2:21 left in the fourth quarter after Boston Scott scored a touchdown on a 7-yard run.
Brooks, Sanders ruled out
Brandon Brooks and Miles Sanders have both been ruled out for the rest of the Eagles-Giants game. Sanders left with an ankle injury in the second quarter, Brooks left with a shoulder injury just before the two-minute warning.
Tate ties it at 10
The Giants knotted things up, 10-10, on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Daniel Jones to Golden Tate. Tate caught the pass over Eagles backup cornerback Rasul Douglas, filling in for Ronald Darby, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.
Brandon Graham goes to locker room
The Eagles list of injures continued to grow against the New York Giants on Sunday, as Brandon Graham joined Brandon Brooks and Miles Sanders in the locker room with an injury. Graham left at the start of the third quarter.
Brandon Brooks gets carted off
Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks left with a shoulder injury during the second quarter. He was carted off and several players came out to show support as he was attended to by trainers. Brooks went down during the PAT following the Eagles’ second-quarter touchdown. The team listed him as questionable to return.
Wentz rights the ship
After nearly a quarter of offensive struggles, Carson Wentz found Josh Perkins for a 24-yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 10-3 lead with 1:52 left in the second quarter.
Giants get on the board
The Giants tied things up after Aldrick Rosas hit a 37-yard field goal with 5:16 left in the second quarter to knot the score at 3-3.
Eagles’ offense struggles, Sanders heads to locker room
Miles Sanders went to the locker room after spending time in the medical tent during an Eagles drive midway through the second quarter. Sanders came up limping after a four-yard pass in the first quarter, but returned from a brief time. Sanders is questionable to return with an ankle injury.
Birds break into scoring column
The Eagles took a 3-0 lead after Jake Elliott hit a 31-yard field goal with 3:39 left in the first quarter.
Eagles’ opening drive dwindles
The Eagles offense stalled out at the Giants’ 38-yard line, turning it over on downs after Carson Wentz was forced to throw the ball away with pressure in his face. Greg Ward left the opening drive of the game limping off the field after a Wentz run.
Welcome to the blog
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Good afternoon, Eagles fans. It’s a cold, gloomy day at MetLife Stadium, where the Eagles are set to take on the New York Giants with a playoff berth hanging in the balance. If the Eagles win, they’ll host a NFC wild card round game next weekend. If they lose, they’ll have to hope the Cowboys don’t leapfrog them with a win over Washington this afternoon.
Carson Wentz has been dominant for most of the team’s last three games, all against division opponents, and all requiring him to make plays in high-leverage situations. He’s orchestrated two game-winning drives against the Giants in Week 14 and Washington the following Sunday. Against the Cowboys, he completed 31 of his 40 passing attempts for 319 yards and one touchdown.
The 4-11 Giants are coming off two straight wins, including a 41-35, win over Washington in which both quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley looked exceptional.
Pre-game stories of interest
Be sure to study up on the keys to the game with Paul Domowitch’s numbers that matter.
The Eagles will be without Zach Ertz today, and possibly for the rest of the season after news surfaced that he has a lacerated kidney, as Les Bowen writes.
The Eagles home-road splits this season have been staggering, especially on defense. Les Bowen provides the context, including what the players think contributes to it, here.
Assuming the Eagles win, former Eagles general manager Joe Banner thinks their chances against the Seahawks are much better than how they’d fare against the 49ers. Read Paul Domowitch’s Q&A to find out why.
Jason Peters’ illustrious career may be nearing its end. Jeff McLane talked to his teammates about how highly they think of him.
From Rob Tornoe: Why aren’t Joe Buck and Troy Aikman calling today’s Eagles game?