Here’s Paul Domowitch’s report card on the Eagles’ win over the Rams. Click here to send in your own Grades.
The Eagles rushed for 139 yards. Jay Ajayi rushed for 78 yards on 15 carries. He had three double-digit-yard runs and four of the Eagles’ five rushing first downs. Corey Clement averaged 4 yards per carry.
It wasn’t Carson Wentz’s most accurate afternoon, but he still managed to throw four TD passes before tearing his ACL in the third quarter. The Eagles were without Zach Ertz, but the Eagles’ other two tight ends, Trey Burton and Brent Celek, combined for three TD catches.
The Eagles had their problems with Todd Gurley, who had 96 yards and two rushing TDs on 13 carries. He had 30- and 21-yard runs, but the defense shut him down when it had to in the fourth quarter.
Chris Long’s strip of Jared Goff midway through the fourth quarter with the Rams’ leading by a point was the turning point of the game. It set up Jake Elliott’s go-ahead field goal. Rams slot receiver Cooper Kupp had five catches for 118 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams’ Michael Thomas slipped inside of Eagles rookie Corey Clement and blocked a Donnie Jones punt in the third quarter that former Eagle Blake Countess returned for a touchdown. Jake Elliott booted three field goals, including a go-ahead 33-yarder with 3:45 left. The Eagles did a good job of shutting down the Rams’ dangerous returner, Pharoh Cooper.
The Eagles clinched the division, gained the pole position for home-field advantage, but lost their offensive heart and soul, quarterback Carson Wentz. The defensive struggled much of the day but came up big at the end when it had to.
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