Eagles lose Wentz to possible torn ACL, clinch NFC East title with win over Rams

Carson Wentz threw for 291 yards and four touchdowns before leaving with a knee injury and Jake Elliott kicked the go-ahead 33-yard field goal with 3:45 left for the Philadelphia Eagles, who beat the Los Angeles Rams 43-35 at a thriller on Sunday to clinch the NFC East title.

Two sources knowledgeable about the accident tell The Associated Press that physicians believe Wentz has ripped his left anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the season and playoffs.

Wentz requires an MRI to confirm the seriousness of the injury. Both people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the information.

Wentz was hit hard as he scrambled into the end zone on a play that was called back due to holding. He remained in the game and threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery four plays later to give the Eagles the lead.

The NFC West-leading Rams (9-4) then went up 35-31 on Todd Gurley’s second short TD run.

Elliott kicked a 41-yard field goal to pull the Eagles to 35-34. His go-ahead field goal was set up when Chris Long, a second-round draft selection of the then-St. Louis Rams in 2008, had a strip-sack of Jared Goff, with Rodney McLeod recovering.

Elliott kicked a 54-yarder, but the Eagles got an automatic first down to a personal foul on Aaron Donald. Elliott kicked the winner four plays later. The match ended on a crazy drama, when Philadelphia’s Brandon Graham grabbed a lateral by Tavon Austin from the atmosphere on the game’s final play and scored on what was ruled a 16-yard fumble return.

The Eagles clinched their first division title since 2013.

This was the eighth time in the Super Bowl age that quarterbacks taken No. 1 and No. 2 over all at exactly the exact same draft squared off. Goff was the first pick over all in 2016, followed by Wentz. Goff threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns.

Courtesy: The Globe And Mail