Eagles kicker Jake Elliott has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
All he had to do was set some records.
Elliott, a rookie who joined the team after Caleb Sturgis suffered a hip injury, became a hero Sunday when he drilled a 61-yard field goal as time expired to give the Eagles a 27-24 win over the division-rival Giants. It was a new franchise record and the third-longest game-winning field goal in NFL history (more here).
After missing a 52-yarder in the third quarter Sunday, Elliott nailed a 46-yarder to tie the game at 24-24 and then hit the 61-yarder to give the Eagles a win as time ran out.
While the 61-yarder was impressive, the 46-yarder to tie the game was probably more pressure-packed. If he didn't make the last kick nobody would have blamed him.
Elliott is the first Eagle to earn Special Teams Player of the Week honors since Josh Huff in Week 7 last year. Elliott is the first Eagles kicker to win the award since David Akers way back in Week 12 of the 2005 season.
This is the Eagles' first Player of the Week award in 2017.
Elliott impressed his teammates so much Sunday, he was carried off the field by two linebackers. Before the kick, Carson Wentz even said he'd give Elliott his game check if he nailed it (see story).
Apparently, the quarterback and kicker have come to some sort of arrangement.
Well that escalated quickly...
but don't worry, @jake_elliott22 and I got this worked out...
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) September 27, 2017
Former Eagles safety Terrence Brooks picked up the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance against the Dolphins. Brooks, who was traded for Dexter McDougle before the season, had two interceptions in the game. He entered the game with one career interception, which came on his one snap against the Giants in December last year.