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Carson Wentz OT TD Pass to Zach Ertz Leads Eagles to Win vs. Eli Manning, Giants

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2019

Philadelphia Eagles' Carson Wentz passes during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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Somehow, the 6-7 Philadelphia Eagles are in ideal playoff position after Monday's 23-17 overtime victory over the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field.

The Eagles snapped their three-game losing streak and are tied with the Dallas Cowboys atop the NFC East. The two sides play each other Dec. 22 in Philadelphia, meaning the Eagles still control their season after Zach Ertz scored the winning touchdown in their latest effort.

As for New York (2-11), it is playing out the string and has lost nine games in a row. Eli Manning started for the injured Daniel Jones but was unable to provide enough of a spark to stop the constant losing.

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Notable Fantasy Stats

  • PHI QB Carson Wentz: 33-of-50, 325 yards, 2 TDs
  • PHI RB Boston Scott: 10 carries, 59 yards, 1 TD; 6 catches, 69 yards
  • PHI TE Zach Ertz: 9 catches, 91 yards, 2 TDs
  • NYG QB Eli Manning: 15-of-30, 203 yards, 2 TDs
  • NYG RB Saquon Barkley: 17 carries, 66 yards; 3 catches, 1 yard
  • NYG WR Darius Slayton: 5 catches, 154 yards, 2 TDs

   

Eagles Save Their Season in Ugly Showing

Eagles fans who thought their season couldn't get worse after a three-game losing streak that included a loss to the Miami Dolphins nearly thought wrong.

Things went downhill fast Monday, as New York stuffed Carson Wentz and forced a fumble on a quarterback sneak on 4th-and-1 on Philadelphia's second possession after fans booed a costly sack on the first possession.

From there, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery suffered a foot injury, leaving Philadelphia with just Greg Ward and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside as active wide receivers. What's more, offensive tackle Lane Johnson was carted off the field with an ankle injury, and Miles Sanders was sidelined with cramps.

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Lane Johnson on a cart to the locker room. Next cart will be for the Eagles' season.

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I have wasted so many hours of my life on the NFC East.

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You know what.... I'll make the Eagles receiving core right now. And I'm currently at a bar at this present moment. 🥃

There was finally reason for fleeting optimism in the second half, though, thanks to Ertz and Boston Scott.

Scott capped a 10-play drive that included six handoffs with a score late in the third quarter and was a weapon for the rest of the game with elusive moves in space. His burst into the open field in overtime helped set up the winning touchdown pass to Ertz.

Ertz also played the role of hero in regulation when he hauled in a touchdown catch with less than two minutes remaining to help force overtime. Had he not scored twice, Eagles fans would have been left thinking about Ward's failure to haul in a catchable pass in the end zone and Jake Elliott's critical missed 47-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

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Nothing the Eagles did was pretty against a team they should have handled with ease, yet they fought through boos from their own crowd, dropped passes, injuries and more to save their season for at least another week.

   

Eli Manning Gives Fans a Microcosm of His Career in One Night

This is a lost season for the Giants, but Manning's return provided an intriguing storyline and an opportunity for nostalgia.

While the veteran started the first two games of the year, New York named Jones the starter for Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The rookie held on to the job until his injury, giving Manning a chance to move above .500 in his career since he entered Monday's game with a 116-116 record.

The mark is fitting given his incredible highs as a two-time Super Bowl champion and four-time Pro Bowler and notable lows as the league's leader in interceptions three different times.

He wasted little time reminding Eagles fans of those highs in the first half with two touchdown passes to Darius Slayton. The first came when Slayton broke free from a tackle on a quick-hitter and took it 35 yards to the house. The second was a beautifully placed deep ball for a 55-yard score in the final minute of the first half that sent the crowd into a frenzy of boos.

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Eli connects with Darius Slayton for career TD #363 He is now tied with Big Ben for 7th all-time (via @NFL) https://t.co/OGZ04EoOQ0

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The duo also connected on another deep ball down the left sideline to set up a field goal in the second quarter.

The lows came in the second half.

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Eli Manning second half stats: 4/11 passing (36.3%), 24 yards (2.1 y/a), 0 TD, 0 INT, 44.8 QB rating. Now that is a storybook ending for the Giants QB.

Manning failed to put a single point on the board for the remainder of the game, missing open receivers, struggling with pocket presence and stalling on key third downs. While he didn't turn the ball over, he also didn't make a single winning play after halftime when the game was there for the taking.

As they have throughout his career, the Giants took the bad with the good when it came to Manning.

    

What's Next?

The Giants host the Miami Dolphins in Week 15, while the Eagles are at Washington.