PHILADELPHIA – Jake Elliott hit a 61-yard field goal with no time left on the clock, and the Eagles beat the Giants 27-24 on Sunday.
It was the longest field goal in Eagles’ history, surpassing the old mark of 59 set by Tony Franklin in 1979.
it culminated a game in which the Eagles (2-1) lost three key players to injury, and nearly wilted in 90-degree heat, giving up a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles got the ball back with 13 seconds left at their 38. Carson Wentz threw incomplete on first down. Then with 7 seconds left, he hit Alshon Jeffery at the sideline for a gain of 19 yards to get the ball to the Giants’ 43.
Then Elliott, signed just two weeks ago when Caleb Sturgis suffered a hip injury, nailed the 61 yard line, getting it just over the crossbar.
He was quickly engulfed by his teammates, who carried him off the field.
This was a classic NFC East slugfest. The Eagles went to a pounding rushing attack, getting 193 yards on the ground, by far their highest of the season. Wendell Smallwood had 71 yards rushing while LeGarrette Blount, who didn’t carry the ball at all last week, had 67.
Wentz completed 21 of 31 passes for 176 yards.
Still, the injuries continued to pile up in the first half. Before the game, safety Rodney McLeod was ruled out with a hamstring injury. Then running back Darren Sproles left with a wrist injury, middle linebackers Jordan Hicks left with an ankle injury and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox with a calf injury.
None returned in the second half.
That meant on defense, the Eagles were down to their third-string cornerback in Rasul Douglas, third safety in Chris Maragos, and at linebacker, they mostly went with two in Mychal Kendricks and Nigel Bradham.
Eventually, it caught up to the Eagles, who scored on Blount’s 1-yard run with 9:29 left in the second quarter and made it 14-0 on Wentz’s 3-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz with 5:15 left in the third.
It seemed like the Eagles were in great shape to win when the Giants went for it on 4th-and-2 from the Eagles’ 13 and couldn’t convert. But Giants QB Eli Manning found Odell Beckham Jr. for a 10-yard touchdown with 12:39 left in the fourth quarter.
Then Ertz fumbled after catching Wentz’s pass on the first play of the next possession, and Manning found Beckham…