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Wentz gets the victory in up-and-down debut

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Carson Wentz threw for 313 yards and four touchdowns to overcome a pair of fourthquar­ter intercepti­ons in the Washington Commanders’ 28-22 win over the Jacksonvil­le Jaguars.

The quarterbac­k’s career in Washington got off to an inauspicio­us start when he sailed a pass intended for a wide-open receiver on the Commanders’ first play from scrimmage. The 29-year-old seemed to settle into a rhythm after that, leading touchdown drives on Washington’s first two possession­s, a feat the franchise hadn’t accomplish­ed since 1991. Wentz finished the first half 16 for 22 with 171 yards, and the Commanders had a 14-3 lead. It wouldn’t be that easy.

Washington’s offense stalled in the second half, and on back-toback plays in the fourth quarter Wentz made the type of disastrous decisions that have led to questions about whether he’s the long-term answer at quarterbac­k. First, he stared down rookie Jahan Dotson on a sideline route, allowing cornerback Tyson Campbell to jump in front of the pass for an easy intercepti­on. On Wentz’s next attempt, rookie linebacker Travon Walker snatched his screen pass intended for Antonio Gibson.

Wentz shook off the mistakes and rallied the Commanders to a stirring win, connecting with Terry Mclaurin on a 49-yard touchdown and capping a 90-play drive with a 24-yard strike to Dotson with 1:46 to play.

 ?? JONATHAN NEWTON/THE WASHINGTON POST ?? Terry Mclaurin was limited to two catches, but one was a 49-yard touchdown that sparked Washington’s fourth-quarter comeback.
JONATHAN NEWTON/THE WASHINGTON POST Terry Mclaurin was limited to two catches, but one was a 49-yard touchdown that sparked Washington’s fourth-quarter comeback.

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