Carson Wentz and the Eagles Stay in Playoff Hunt with Win on MNF
Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles badly needed a victory on Monday Night Football to stay in the playoff hunt and they stepped up to the challenge.
Wentz threw for 306 yards on 27 of 39 passing with two touchdowns and an interception as the Eagles beat the Washington Redskins 28-13 to remain in the hunt for the playoffs.
The Eagles went to work right away on a 12 play, 75 yard drive to go up 7-0 that took up half of the first quarter on the first possession of the game when Wentz rolled out and threw to Golden Tate for a 6-yard touchdown. It was the first touchdown for Tate as an Eagle.
Washington would make it 7-3 in the second quarter, but lost their starting quarterback Colt McCoy, to injury. McCoy suffered a broken right fibula. The injury comes just two weeks after losing Alex Smith to a horrific broken leg injury. Mark Sanchez, who they signed after losing Smith, took over for the Redskins.
On their next possession, Washington started on their own 10 yard line and handed off to Adrian Peterson, who would take the carry 90 yards to put the Redskins up 10-7. It would be the last time Washington had a lead in the game.
Darren Sproles would put the Eagles up 14-10 with a 14-yard run with just 1:46 left in the first half. The Redskins would earn a field goal to make it a 14-13 halftime score.
From there on out, it was all Eagles. Despite an interception at Washington's goal line on Philadelphia's first possession of the second half, the Eagles were moving the ball constantly throughout the rest of the game. Early in the fourth quarter, Wentz hit Jordan Matthews on a 4-yard touchdown to make it 20-13. Doug Pederson made the unconventional decision to go for the two-point conversion and it worked out as Wentz hit Tate with a pass to make it 22-13, giving the Eagles a two possession lead.
Three plays later, Nathan Gerry picked off a Sanchez pass that put Philadelphia in field goal range. Jake Elliott would hit from 46 yards out to make it 25-13. Elliott added a 44-yarder with under five minutes remaining to give the Eagles a 28-13 lead and finish off the scoring.
Running back Josh Adams finished with 20 carries for 85 yards for the Eagles while Tate had 7 catches for 85 yards. Zach Ertz also had 9 catches for 83 yards.
The Eagles are now 6-6 overall as they remain in the playoff picture at second place in the NFC East. They'll play another big game next Sunday at the first place Dallas Cowboys (7-5).