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Eagles tame Colts in Wentz’s debut, win 20-16

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PHILADELPHIA, PA –

The Eagles were able to hold off the Colts by a final score of 20-16 as the defense held Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis offense to three field goals inside the red zone.

Carson Wentz ended his day 25/37 with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions as the sloppy weather conditions caused trouble for many of the players. The Eagles rotation of running backs without Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles eclipsed the 150-yard mark on the ground. The Colts defense began to give Wentz issues midway through the game and clamped down on the tight ends who were targeted 17 times, resulting in 12 catches and 73-yards for both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert who scored his first NFL touchdown on the opening drive. 

Philadelphia’s defense returned home to an energetic crowd and held Andrew Luck to just 164 passing yards. Although the team only got to Luck once, no play was bigger than Derek Barnett’s sack under the two-minute-waring on 4th down.  

(RECAP) – chronologically

Carson Wentz drove the team down the field on the opening drive to give the Eagles an early lead after connecting with Dallas Goedert on a 13-yard touchdown pass. The Colts then answered after Jake Elliott missed a 55-yard field goal attempt tying the game at 7-7. Philadelphia regained the lead just before halftime with a 33-yard field goal by Jake Elliott. 

The Colts took a 13-10 lead on a pair of field goals by veteran Kicker Adam Vinatieri. The Eagles finally regained the lead on a long drive that took 17 plays to cover 75 yards. Wendell Smallwood punched it in from 4-yards out but there was still more than two minutes on the clock. 

The Colts had two opportunities to retake the lead but were stopped by the defense, turning it over on downs to seal the game.

Colt’s LB Darius Leonard was as good as advertised giving the Eagles offensive line trouble and getting to Wentz often. He finished with 13 total tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, a pass deflection, and two additional quarterback hits. Dallas Goedert led the Eagles in receiving with 7 receptions for 73-yards and a touchdown.

What’s Next: The Eagles now move back into a tie for possession of the NFC East with Washington who defeated the Packers earlier by a score of 31-17. Both teams improved their record to 2-1.  The Cowboys are currently playing in Seattle. 

The Eagles will regroup and head to Tennessee to take on the 2-1 Titans after they defeated Jacksonville by a score of 9-6 to move into a tie for the AFC South lead with their division rivals. 

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SCORING RECAP

1st Quarter:

Dallas Goedert — 13-yard catch (Elliott XP)

(IND 0-7 PHI)        Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards (5:11)

Ryan Grant — 5-yard catch (Vinatieri XP)

(IND 7-7 PHI)        Drive: 6 plays, 55 yards (1: 52)

2nd Quarter:

Jake Elliott — 33-yard Field Goal

(IND 7-10 PHI)     Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards (6:40)

3rd Quarter:

Adam Vinatieri — 35-yard Field Goal

(IND 10-10 PHI)     Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards (3:35)

Adam Vinatieri — 31-yard Field Goal

(IND 13-10 PHI)     Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards (1:07)

Jake Elliott — 24-yard Field Goal

(IND 13-13 PHI)     Drive: 13 plays, 75 yards (5:33)

4th Quarter:

Adam Vinatieri — 28-yard Field Goal

(IND 16-13 PHI)     Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards (0:56)

Wendell Smallwood — 4-yard run (Elliott XP)

(IND 0-7 PHI)        Drive: 17 plays, 75 yards (11:18)

Full Stats Here (via ESPN)

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