Post game breakdown: Eagles defeat the Texans 32-30 on a last second field goal, keep their playoff hopes alive
23 December 2018 Eagles News
The Eagles have kept their playoff hopes alive after defeating the Houston Texans 32-30 on a last second field goal by Jake Elliott.
On the day, the Eagles offense was very good, as quarterback Nick Foles threw for 471 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor caught an 83 yard bomb from Foles, which is the Eagles biggest touchdown since the famous Mike Vick to Desean Jackson play.
Tight end Zach Ertz became the all time record holder for receptions in a season, breaking Jason Witten’s 110 reception record. Ertz also had an enormous day catching 12 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, the Eagles have had better days, however, they made the big plays when needed. Defensive end Chris Long forced a fumble in a big game changing play. Once the front seven started getting pressure, the Eagles defense started to shine.
However, when it was all said and done, Foles drove the Eagles down the field to set up the winning field goal. It was a big series for a team hoping to make the playoffs. Their confidence has to be high after this win, if the results fall in their favor and the Eagles get in the playoffs, watch out.
Here’s the key statistics from today’s game.
The Eagles has a lot of success on third down today and that helped them out a lot. Sustaining drives and keeping the offense on the field not only helped them offensively but defensively as well. Converting on those down proved to be huge for them especially late in the game.
But, the biggest statistic that shows why the Eagles won was in their total yards. When it came down to it, the Texans just couldn’t stop the Eagles offense. Earlier in the season, the Eagles offense was nonexistent and now it seems as good as ever.
Star of the Game:
It goes without saying today’s star was quarterback Nick Foles. Without him today, it’s hard to say where the Eagles would have been. He made numerous big plays and big time throws. Beating the Texans and last week beating the Rams, Foles has come back into this team and he’s taken it over. Right now the offense is playing very well and you have to say it’s because of Foles’ play at the moment.
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