Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz admitted he was "surprised" his team managed to pull off a late comeback against the New York Giants and described it as a "big sigh of relief." With less than five minutes to go in the game, the Giants were leading 21-10.
With just over four minutes to go in the game, the Eagles scored a touchdown to reduce the deficit to 21-16 but then failed on a two-point conversion. After a quick defensive stop by the Eagles defense, Wentz returned to the field and they scored a touchdown for a 22-21 lead, before once again failing on a two-point conversion.
With just 40 seconds to go in the game, Wentz threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to running back Boston Scott. "I was pretty surprised we pulled it off. When I threw it, I thought it was a little high, but he plays bigger than he is," Wentz said of Scott, who is 5-foot-6, per ESPN.
"Obviously, there are a lot of emotions there. It was kind of a big, exciting moment but a big kind of a sigh of relief because we know we left a lot of plays out there. But the way we battled and found a way at the end of the game was huge for us."
Wentz praised by Eagles coach Doug Pederson
Wentz finished the game 25-of-43 for 359 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. "It just shows that he is taking that step in the right direction to be one of the top quarterbacks in this league," Philadelphia coach Pederson said of Wentz.
"This is what it takes, especially with the situation that we are in healthwise as a team. We know these games are probably going to be closer than we would like, but it is good to see your quarterback stand in there, go toe-to-toe, take some shots and still lead your team down the field for the win."
Meanwhile, Giants safety Jabrill Peppers, who allowed a game-winning touchdown, wasn't thrilled after the game as he acknowledged his team has got to do a better job of closing out the games. "We just have to close out the games," Peppers said.
"We had chances to close out the game and we did not execute. That's all it is. It's not a psychological thing or anything like that. We know this was a game we should have won. I let the team down."