Wentz throws 3 TD passes, Eagles look Super vs. Giants

October 12, 2018 - 12:10 am

© Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ All the Philadelphia Eagles needed to get over 
their Super Bowl hangover was a little more urgency, some big plays _ and a 
timely game against the New York Giants.
 Carson Wentz threw a season-high three touchdown passes and the Eagles got an 
early lift from their defense and special teams in beating the struggling Giants 
34-13 on Thursday night, avoiding their first three-game losing streak since the 
2016 season.
 Wentz sandwiched touchdowns passes of 13 and 1 yard to Alshon Jeffery around a 
10-yarder to tight end Zach Ertz to help the Eagles (3-3) build a 31-6 lead. 
They beat the Giants (1-5) for the fourth straight time and seventh in eight 
 Corey Clement scored on a 1-yard run and Jake Elliott added field goals of 33 
and 30 yards for the defending Super Bowl champions.
 Rookie halfback Saquon Barkley scored on a 50-yard run and rushed for 130 yards 
in one of the few bright spots for the Giants' offense, which was booed 
repeatedly in losing at home for the third time. Aldrick Rosas had field goals 
of 33 and 21 yards.
 This was seen as a must-win game for both teams in the weak and wide-open NFC 
East, and the Eagles went out and grabbed it.
 They came into the game having scored seven points in the first quarter and 
they doubled that against New York.
   Eli Manning was under pressure all game and finished 24 of 43 for 281 yards.
 On the opening series, Kamu Gugier-Hill intercepted Manning's pass that was 
tipped by fellow linebacker Jordan Hicks and he returned it to Giants 16. Three 
plays later, Wentz (26 of 36 for 278 yards and no interceptions) was forced out 
of the pocket and found Jeffery after getting all day to throw.
 A 46-yard run by Barkley set up Rosas' 33-yarder to cut the gap to 7-3, but the 
Eagles took control later in the quarter after DeAndre Carter returned a punt 23 
yards to the New York 44. Passes of 17 to Jeffery and 14 to Clement set up 
Clement's touchdown run.
 A spectacular tackle-breaking run by Barkley on a 55-yard screen pass helped 
cut the lead to 14-6 in the second quarter but Wentz hit a wide-open Nelson 
Agholer on a third and 3 and connected with Ertz for a 21-6 lead on the next 
 Elliott made it 24-6 just before halftime and Philadelphia put the game out of 
reach with a 75-yard drive that ended with a short Jeffery TD catch.
     The only thing meaningful after that was Barkley's touchdown run.
 INJURIES: Eagles LT Jason Peters left with a biceps injury. Backup cornerback 
Sidney Jones left in the first half with a hamstring injury. The Giants had LB 
Ray Ray Amstrong (concussion), WR Cody Latimer (hamstring) and CB Antonio 
Hamilton (illness) leave the game.
 BARKLEY GAINS: Barkley has gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage in each of 
his first six career games. He is one off the NFL rookie record set by Kansas 
City's Kareem Hunt. 
     UP NEXT
     Eagles: Host Carolina on Oct. 21.
     Patriots: At Atlanta on Oct. 22.