7: 57 PM ET
Tim McManusESPN Workforce Author
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — An avalanche of accidents have left the Philadelphia Eagles slightly recognizable, however that was once no factor for Carson Wentz and his teammates, who muscled previous the New York Giants 34-17 on Sunday to seize the NFC East name.
The Eagles (9-7) advance to the playoffs and can host both the San Francisco 49ers or Seattle Seahawks within the wild-card spherical, pending Sunday night time’s result.
An Eagles crew that entered Sunday’s recreation with out big name tight finish Zach Ertz, all 3 of its authentic beginning receivers, proper take on Lane Johnson and each beginning cornerbacks have been additional depleted when working again Miles Sanders (ankle) and guard Brandon Brooks (shoulder) have been knocked out of the sport within the first part.
Wentz made it paintings with a piecemeal offense which integrated 5 ability place gamers that frolicked at the follow squad this season, together with working again Boston Scott (138 yards, three TD) and Josh Perkins (Four catches, 50 yards, TD). Wentz completed 23-of-40 for 289 yards and a landing. Within the procedure, he changed into the primary participant in NFL historical past to throw for 4,00zero yards in a season and not using a 500-yard large receiver, in line with ESPN Stats & Knowledge analysis.
He additionally set a franchise file for single-season completions (388) and changed into the primary quarterback in crew historical past to achieve 4,00zero yards (4,039).
The protection got here up with the defining play of the sport, as Malcolm Jenkins jarred the ball free from Daniel Jones following a foul snap, and Fletcher Cox recovered deep in Giants territory to arrange Scott’s 2nd TD of the sport early within the fourth quarter. The Eagles ran clear of there.
Philadelphia enters the postseason on a roll in spite of all of the accidents. Trainer Doug Pederson’s team has received 4 in a row — all towards NFC East combatants.
Whether or not the banged-up team can stay it going towards stiffer pageant within the playoffs is every other topic altogether. However for now, they are going to have a good time the feat of securing the department name with out seven in their authentic starters on offense.