NFL

Wentz: Overtime win over Giants can define Eagles' season

By Sports Desk December 10, 2019

Carson Wentz believes the Philadelphia Eagles' overtime victory over the New York Giants can prove to be a decisive moment in their season.

Wentz put on a second-half masterclass on Monday as the Eagles overturned a 14-point deficit to win 23-17 and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Zach Ertz was the hero as he caught a two-yard touchdown in OT, snapping a three-game losing streak for the Eagles (6-7).

Doug Pederson's team are now level with the Dallas Cowboys at the top of the NFC East standings, and Wentz is hopeful the Eagles can now kick on as the regular season approaches its conclusion.

"It's huge for us, we realise it was a sloppy game for a while but the way the guys hung tough and stayed together was huge. Guys stepping up and making plays is huge for their confidence and ours as a team," Wentz told a news conference.

"We realised our backs were against the wall. The first half was obviously very ugly, but we stayed together. We said to keep believing, we needed to make a decision which was going to define us. We knew it wasn't the first half.

"That was a rough one and ugly one, but we kept believing. Defence was going to take care of their pace, which they did, and offensively we did enough.

"This is huge for the whole team. To come in after half-time and be where we were, it's a season-on-the-line type thing. I was a little bummed we didn't win it in regulation but to come out in overtime and get the win is huge for me personally and the entire team.

"It's big for me and all these guys. The emotional rollercoaster of the day, realising how poor we were in the first half, it spurred us on in the second and we just kept making plays, I don't think I've had an overtime win, it was a lot of fun."

The Eagles have been rocked by injuries in recent weeks, and fielded makeshift or inexperienced receivers, including Boston Scott, who put in a standout display.

"We've seen what he's done in camp and preseason but his opportunities have been limited throughout the season," Wentz said of Scott.

"To step up the way he did, running between the tackles, outside the tackles, making plays in the screen game and the passing game, he did a great job and he was the little spark plug for us there. 

"I'm going to evaluate every play and there's a lot of things I can be better on as well. I just kept trusting the plays, trusting the guys and tried to play fast. I can't say enough good things about the guys who stepped up for us.

"A lot of guys were in positions that we didn't practice this week but that's how it goes sometimes. Not only making the physical plays but mentally being locked in was huge for us."

Related items

  • Murray right at home in Texas as Cardinals capitalise on big plays Murray right at home in Texas as Cardinals capitalise on big plays
  • Elliott takes the blame after Cardinals crush Cowboys: This one is on me Elliott takes the blame after Cardinals crush Cowboys: This one is on me

    Ezekiel Elliott issued an apology following the Dallas Cowboys' heavy loss to the Arizona Cardinals, admitting after two costly fumbles: "I need to be better".

    The Cardinals improved to 4-2 as they thrashed the Cowboys 38-10 in Texas, running all over their opponents as they amassed 261 total rushing yards in the one-sided contest on Monday.

    Dallas were without starting quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the Week 5 win over the New York Giants. The defeat drops them to 2-4 for the season, though they still remain top of the NFC East.

    Running back Elliott insisted the result was not down to Prescott's absence, instead pointing to his pair of fumbles in the first half as key moments. Having lost possession on back-to-back drives, he accepted responsibility for the result.

    "I don't think we can use that [Dak's absence] as an excuse," Elliott told the media.

    "I'm just going to keep saying it over and over - I started the game out with two fumbles, gave the ball away and gave them all the momentum they need to go take off.

    "I want to say I'm sorry and this one is on me. I need to be better."

    Both turnovers led to touchdowns for Arizona and, after Kenyan Drake put the Cardinals 14-0 up, Tony Pollard - not Elliott - was on duty at running back for the Cowboys.

    Dallas head coach Mike McCarthy made clear that despite the change during the game, Elliott remains the team's lead back.

    "Every player who plays in this league, and it's no different on our football team, if you don't take care of the football it obviously affects your opportunities," McCarthy said in his post-game media conference.

    "Tony got an opportunity, I thought he did some really good things. At the end of the day, Zeke is our bell cow and we need to get it right. He's part of the plan and he's going to be part of our success.

    "We need to get it right and take care of the football, that's for everyone who touches the football on our team."

    Elliott finished the game with 49 rushing yards on 12 attempts, while Pollard had 31 yards on 10 carries.

    The Cowboys are on the road in Week 7, taking on divisional rivals Washington.

  • Cardinals dominate Cowboys, Chiefs bounce back Cardinals dominate Cowboys, Chiefs bounce back
© 2020 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.