With the Eagles down three points, the team had to decide whether to go for a comeback or try to salvage a late victory over the Cowboys.
The Eagles went for it, and they got a field goal, a field goals by Carson Wentz, and a touchdown from Matt Barkley.
The win gave the Eagles a 17-16 lead over the Giants in the NFC North, a lead they’d hold until the end of the season.
The teams have never met, but Eagles coach Doug Pederson was happy with the outcome.
I thought the play-calling was great. “
It’s a lot to get.
I thought the play-calling was great.
It was good execution of what they wanted to do.”
The Eagles trailed by two at halftime, but the Giants scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take a 21-20 lead.
The Eagles had to settle for field goals from Barkley and Carson Wentgens on consecutive drives to tie the game.
Barkley’s touchdown with 11:41 remaining gave the Cowboys a 27-20 halftime lead.
But the Eagles were able to rally and win on a 4th-and-4 play with 7:39 remaining.
The Giants came back to tie it in the final seconds of the half with a field-goal by Jordan Matthews.
But the Eagles got the ball back and Wentz hit a 3-yarder with 3:30 left to seal the win.
The game will be remembered for a number of factors, including the way the Eagles used their offensive weapons and Barkley’s big fourth-quarter catch that put the game away.
The biggest factor was Wentz.
The first time he had a game with that many touchdowns was in the 2016 playoffs, when he had 21, with 10 coming on his way to an NFL record 1,054 yards.
That was the second-highest single-season mark by a rookie quarterback.
It also was his first game with at least 20 points.
Wentz was also one of only two rookies to have at least 50 rushing yards in a game in his rookie season.
He had the other, Ryan Mathews, who finished with 59.
The Giants finished with 537 yards, while the Eagles had 510.
That second season was a bit of a turning point for Wentz when he was traded to the Eagles in the offseason.
He played through an ACL tear that had sidelined him since mid-November, but he was able to return to the field in Week 17 and led the team to a win against the Cardinals.
The team later traded him to the Giants, who had their first playoff appearance since 2009.
Wagner had another big performance in that playoff game, leading the Eagles with five catches for 96 yards and a score.
He also had three touchdowns.