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Eagles Beat Rams to Clinch NFC East, Wentz Injures Knee

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    Eagles Fans in LA React to Carson Wentz's Injury

    Eagles fans who traveled to Los Angeles to watch the Birds defeat the Rams and take the NFC East crown spoke to NBC10's Steven Fisher about Carson Wentz's injury.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 11, 2017)

    The Eagles won a game, but they might have lost their season.

    With Nick Foles under center, the Eagles came back to beat the Rams 43-35 at the LA Coliseum, but franchise quarterback Carson Wentz left the game early with a knee injury late in the third quarter (see story).

    Now all they can do is wait and hope.

    The Eagles clinched the NFC East and also took back sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the NFC after Carolina beat Minnesota earlier in the day. With the win, the Eagles got back to their winning ways after a loss in Seattle. They improved to 11-2. This is the Eagles' first 11-win season since 2009.

    It's just that everything feels so hollow after the Wentz injury.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Eagles fear Wentz tore his left ACL, but the team hasn't confirmed anything since they ruled him out for the game.

    With the loss, the Rams fell to 9-4. It was just their second loss in their last eight games.

    Chris Long made a huge play in the fourth quarter. He had a strip sack that set up Jake Elliott's eventual game-winning field goal.

    After Wentz came out, Foles did enough to help the Eagles come back and win the game. It might be his job for a while.

    The Eagles took a 10-point lead into halftime, but that wasn't going to be enough in this shootout. The Rams were able to come back and score the first 14 points of the second half to take the lead.

    When Wentz threw a touchdown pass just before leaving the game, the Eagles took a 31-28 lead, but the Rams answered on the next possession. The Eagles' defense had trouble stopping Todd Gurley and the Rams' offense.

    Turning point
    Long's strip sack came at a time where the Eagles absolutely needed somebody to step up and make a play. The veteran pass rusher did just that.

    Key stat
    Before leaving, Wentz had another four-touchdown game. Before the Arizona game this season, he had never had a three-touchdown game. Since then, he's had six in nine games.

    Offensive stud
    Before going out, Wentz was having another Wentz-like game. With his third-quarter touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery (No. 33), he became the Eagles' single season passing touchdown record holder. He broke Sonny Jurgenson's franchise record that had stood since 1961.

    Offensive dud
    LeGarrette Blount had some opportunities but didn't make the most of them. Meanwhile, Jay Ajayi was much more explosive. For some reason, he didn't get the bulk of the carries.

    Defensive stud
    Fletcher Cox is always disruptive but he really seemed to get after Goff on Sunday. It had to feel good facing a quarterback who isn't as elusive as Russell Wilson.

    Defensive dud
    Nigel Bradham didn't have a bad game, but he dropped a couple possible interceptions. One came just a couple plays before the Rams scored their second touchdown. He could have kept points off the board.

    Rodney McLeod didn't have a very good game either. He was beat in coverage a couple times and missed a couple tackles.

    Key plays
    •Brandon Graham scooped up the ball and scored a touchdown at the end of the game.

    •Long got a strip sack on Goff and McLeod was able to scoop it up to give the Eagles the ball on the Rams' 25-yard line. That eventually set up a 33-yard field goal from Elliott to give the Eagles a 37-35 lead.

    The Eagles' defense forced a 3-and-out on the next drive. And the Eagles were able to kill some time.

    •Foles led a drive that was capped with a 41-yard field goal from Elliott. That made the score: Rams 35, Eagles 34.

    •Gurley seemed pretty unstoppable as the Rams drove down the field on a 75-yard touchdown drive to put them up 35-31 as Wentz was taken into the locker room.

    •After Wentz threw touchdown pass No. 4 of the game, he left with a knee injury and did not return.

    •On 4th-and-goal from the 2-yard line, Doug Pederson left his offense on the field and Wentz found Alshon Jeffery for a touchdown to put them back on top 31-28. It was a tremendous fingertip catch from Jeffery.

    •Donnie Jones had his punt blocked by WR Michael Thomas. It was then scooped up by Eagles 2016 draft pick Blake Countess and returned for a 16-yard touchdown to give the Rams their second lead of the game (28-24). It was their second touchdown in 1:34.

    •The Rams came out after halftime and went down the field to score easily. They went on a 71-yard touchdown drive and had the Eagles completely off balance.

    •Pederson challenged a first down spot around the two-minute warning and got it overturned to force a punt. The Eagles were then able to march down the field and get a field goal to give them a 10-point lead (24-14) heading into the locker room.

    •Bad tackling got the Eagles again in the second quarter. Jim Schwartz wasn't happy with his team's tackling in Seattle and this play was like seeing that again. Cooper Kupp caught the ball near the left sideline and made Malcolm Jenkins and Patrick Robinson miss on his way to a 64-yard play. He scored a touchdown a couple plays later to make the score 21-14.

    •Burton's second touchdown catch came early in the second quarter. This time, he caught an 11-yard pass for a touchdown. It was also Wentz's 32nd of the season, tying the franchise record.

    •The Eagles third drive resulted in a touchdown too. This drive went 88 yards on seven plays. Wentz hit Burton for a 20-yard touchdown, his first of the game. Somehow, Wentz was able to weave it through traffic and Burton made a tremendous catch.

    •After a bad first drive, the Eagles responded, going on a 75-yard drive of their own. The big play was the first of the drive, when Wentz hit Corey Clement for a 28-yard screen pass. It was the longest pass to a running back all season.

    •The game didn't get off to a good start for the Birds. Wentz's second pass of the game was bobbled by Nelson Agholor and then interception. On the ensuing drive, the Rams went 37 yards with no trouble to take a 7-0 lead. Gurley broke off a 30-yard run.

    Injuries
    Wentz left late in the third quarter. He suffered a knee injury and did not return.

    Left guard Stefen Wisniewski injured his ankle in the first half and did not return. Chance Warmack and then Isaac Seumalo filled in.

    The Eagles didn’t have Zach Ertz (concussion) or Joe Walker (neck) for this game. Both were listed as questionable coming into the weekend.

    Up next
    The Eagles return to the East Coast, but their road trip isn't over. They're up in North Jersey to face the Giants next Sunday.