You just can’t quit on the 2020 Philadelphia Eagles. Glimmers of hope continue to break through the cracks during the most frustrating of moments this season. Yesterday, that glimmer of hope came with just 40 seconds left on the clock as Carson Wentz hit Boston Scott for an 18 yard game-winning touchdown.
And that frustrating moment? Well, it was more of an extended series of moments that comprised most of the second half when the Eagles seemed to genuinely forget the meaning of a first down. But all that will be forgotten in the midst of a truly miraculous Wentz-led comeback. Despite trailing by 11 points with just 6 minutes left to play, the Eagles refused to quit and both sides of the ball saved their best performances for last.
The offense got it going through a variety of weapons late in the game. One such weapon was Tim Hightower, who only recorded a single catch, but certainly made that lone reception count as it went for 59 yards down the right sideline late in the game. Soon after, Wentz hit Greg Ward jr. for a three yard touchdown. Though the Birds failed to convert on the two-point try, going with a Wentz draw play, they were now only one more touchdown away.
Next, the defense turned it up. All told, they displayed their most complete effort of the season, holding the Giants to 21 points and 325 total yards while registering three sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception. They were able to stall a Giants drive and give the ball back to Wentz and the offense even before the two-minute warning.
That was all the Birds needed. A combination of penalties, third-string tight end Richard Rodgers, and Boston Scott brought the Eagles back to the endzone in just six plays. Though the two-point conversion (once again) failed, the defense sealed the deal with a strip-sack of Daniel Jones and subsequent recovery.
A victory over the New York Giants, who are now just 1-6, normally wouldn’t inspire this amount of hope. But considering the level of competition in the NFC East, which is truly the bottom of the NFL’s barrel, every single win is vital and cause to celebrate. This victory happens to put the Eagles on top of the division, albeit for a brief moment.
Their next two games, a clash with the Dallas Cowboys and a rematch with the New York Giants, are also crucial divisional matchups. This leg of the season could very well be where the Eagles prove they are worthy of a playoff spot. While their play was still quite sloppy in week 7, they secured the type of victory that can rally the troops for weeks to come.