Ail­ing Ea­gles win di­vi­sion

De­spite miss­ing many key starters, they book trip to NFC play­offs

Orlando Sentinel - - NFL - By Rob Maaddi

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Wear­ing green “The East Is Not Enough” T-shirts and di­vi­sion cham­pion base­ball caps, the Ea­gles showed off their dance moves in the vis­it­ing locker room.

A group of back­ups, re­serves and for­mer prac­tice squad play­ers helped the team se­cure a play­off berth.

Bos­ton Scott ran for three touch­downs in the sec­ond half and the in­jury-rav­aged Ea­gles beat the Gi­ants 34-17 on Sun­day to win the NFC East ti­tle.

Car­son Wentz led the Ea­gles (9-7) to four straight must-wins and the team fin­ished an elim­i­na­tion game with­out seven starters on of­fense.

“We’re still hun­gry,” Wentz said. “We’re not done yet.”

The Ea­gles will host a wild­card game next week­end.

Al­ready miss­ing three start­ing wide re­ceivers for the fourth straight game, the Ea­gles also be­gan the game with­out Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz and right tackle Lane Johnson.

Then they lost run­ning back Miles San­ders and three-time Pro Bowl right guard Bran­don Brooks in the first half.

But Scott, Josh Perkins, Greg Ward, Deon­tay Bur­nett and Robert Davis com­bined for 16 catches on 25 tar­gets, 225 yards re­ceiv­ing, 54 yards rush­ing and four TDs. The five play­ers were cut a com­bined eight times by four teams since Aug. 31.

“You never want in­juries but for these guys com­ing from the prac­tice squad, the jour­neys they’ve been on, it makes it that much sweeter,” Wentz said.

The Ea­gles are in the play­offs for the third straight sea­son, but Wentz will make his first post­sea­son start. He was side­lined after knee surgery in 2017 when Nick Foles led the team to its first Su­per Bowl ti­tle. He was in­jured again last year when Foles took the Ea­gles to the di­vi­sional round.

Wentz threw for 289 yards, in­clud­ing a 24-yard TD pass to Perkins, who was pro­moted from the prac­tice squad Nov. 30.

The Gi­ants fin­ished 4-12.

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The Ea­gles de­fense swarms Gi­ants wide re­ceiver Dar­ius Slay­ton dur­ing Sun­day’s reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale.

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