Eagles Win in Carson Wentz’s Return
Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles made crucial plays in key situations to come from behind and beat the Indianapolis Colts, 20-16.
Wentz went 25 of 37 for 255 yards with a touchdown and an interception and showed plenty of mobility in his first game back from last year’s season ending injury as the Eagles moved to 2-1.
Wentz showed he was ready to come back to field in the Eagles first offensive possession as he took them 79 yards on 12 plays and finished it off with a 13-yard strike to Dallas Goedert to put the Eagles up 7-0.
The Colts would tie it late in the first quarter on a touchdown pass from Andrew Luck to Ryan Grant from 5 yards out to make it 7-7. The Eagles would take the lead late in the second quarter on an 11 play, 75-yard drive highlighted by a 34-yard pass from Wentz to Wendell Smallwood that would setup a 33-yard field goal by Jake Elliott to go up 10-7.
The teams exchanged field goals in the third quarter and with the score tied at 13-13, the Colts defense forced a Wentz fumble to give them a short field. Adam Vinatieri kicked a 28-yard field goal to make it 16-13 early in the fourth quarter.
Then came the drive of the game for the Eagles. They used up 11:18 of the clock to go 75 yards before Smallwood would run it in from 4 yards out to take a 20-16 lead with just over three minutes to play.
The defense would do the rest, including a sack of Luck on 4th down at the Eagles 20 by defensive end Derek Barnett.
The Eagles will visit the Tennessee Titans next Sunday at noon.
In the meantime, a healthy Carson Wentz looks like the player we’re used to seeing the past several years.