Wentz throws 3 TD passes, Ea­gles look Su­per vs. Gi­ants

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EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. — All the Philadel­phia Ea­gles needed to get over their Su­per Bowl hang­over was a lit­tle more ur­gency, some big plays — and a timely game against the New York Gi­ants.

Car­son Wentz threw a sea­son-high three touch­down passes and the Ea­gles got an early lift from their de­fense and spe­cial teams in beat­ing the strug­gling Gi­ants 34-13 on Thurs­day night, avoid­ing their first three-game los­ing streak since the 2016 sea­son.

Wentz sand­wiched touch­downs passes of 13 and 1 yard to Al­shon Jef­fery around a 10-yarder to tight end Zach Ertz to help the Ea­gles (3-3) build a 31-6 lead. They beat the Gi­ants (1-5) for the fourth straight time

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and sev­enth in eight games.

Corey Cle­ment scored on a 1-yard run and Jake El­liott added field goals of 33 and 30 yards for the de­fend­ing Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons.

Rookie half­back Saquon Barkley scored on a 50yard run and rushed for 130 yards in one of the few bright spots for the Gi­ants’ of­fense, which was booed re­peat­edly in los­ing at home for the third time. Aldrick Rosas had field goals of 33 and 21 yards.

This was seen as a must­win game for both teams in the weak and wide-open NFC East, and the Ea­gles went out and grabbed it.

They came into the game hav­ing scored seven points in the first quar­ter and they dou­bled that against New York.

Eli Man­ning was un­der pres­sure all game and fin­ished 24 of 43 for 281 yards.

On the open­ing se­ries, Kamu Gugier-Hill in­ter­cepted Man­ning’s pass that was tipped by fel­low linebacker Jor­dan Hicks and he re­turned it to Gi­ants 16. Three plays later, Wentz (26 of 36 for 278 yards and no in­ter­cep­tions) was forced out of the pocket and found Jef­fery af­ter get­ting all day to throw.

A 46-yard run by Barkley set up Rosas’ 33-yarder to cut the gap to 7-3, but the Ea­gles took con­trol later in the quar­ter af­ter De­An­dre Carter re­turned a punt 23 yards to the New York 44. Passes of 17 to Jef­fery and 14 to Cle­ment set up Cle­ment’s touch­down run.

A spec­tac­u­lar tack­le­break­ing run by Barkley on a 55-yard screen pass helped cut the lead to 14-6 in the sec­ond quar­ter but Wentz hit a wide-open Nel­son Ag­holer on a third and 3 and con­nected with Ertz for a 21-6 lead on the next play.

El­liott made it 24-6 just be­fore half­time and Philadel­phia put the game out of reach with a 75-yard drive that ended with a short Jef­fery TD catch.

The only thing mean­ing­ful af­ter that was Barkley’s touch­down run.

BARKLEY GAINS

Barkley has gained at least 100 yards from scrim­mage in each of his first six ca­reer games. He is one off the NFL rookie record set by Kan­sas City’s Ka­reem Hunt.

Ea­gles: Host Carolina on Oct. 21.

Pa­tri­ots: Oct. 22. At At­lanta on

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PHILADEL­PHIA EA­GLES wide re­ceiver Al­shon Jef­fery (17) catches a pass for a touch­down dur­ing the first half of the team’s game against the New York Gi­ants on Thurs­day in East Ruther­ford, N.J.UP NEXT

Ea­gles 34 Gi­ants 13

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