Jake Elliott on 61-yard game-winning field goal: It’s all a blur

AP

Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott missed a 52-yard field goal in the second half of Sunday’s game against the Giants that might have made last-second fireworks unnecessary, but he more than made up for the miss.

After a Carson Wentz pass to Alshon Jeffery left the Eagles on the Giants’ 43-yard-line with a second to play, coach Doug Pederson called on Elliott to try a 61-yard field goal rather than go for a Hail Mary. Elliott, who said he was “demoralized” by the earlier miss, had never made a kick that far in a game before and said that he didn’t warm up from that distance before the game, but that didn’t stop him from knocking it through for a 27-24 win.

Just don’t ask him for a detailed account of what he was feeling at the time.

“It’s kind of all a blur to me,” Elliott said in comments distributed by the team. “I don’t really know; all I know is that the ball was in the air for a really long time and [it was] real close to that right upright.”

Elliott’s make touched off a celebration that found him “just kind of running around trying not to get hurt” before he was ultimately carried off the field by his teammates. That’s not a bad ending for any player and a particularly good one for a player who lost a kicking competition in Cincinnati before landing with the Eagles due to Caleb Sturgis‘ injury.

9 responses to “Jake Elliott on 61-yard game-winning field goal: It’s all a blur

  1. Crazy ending to a game that seemed over at the start of the fourth quarter. It went from an eagles win, to I can’t believe the giants pulled it out in the 4th quarter, to it’s going to overtime, until finally the Eagles won it on that crazy kick.

    If you are the giants that was a soul crushing loss. An eagles defense missing most of it’s starters and having to pull a player off another team’s practice squad just to have enough bodies for the game should’ve been an easy win. Without Beckham’s acrobatics in the 4th quarter it would’ve been another game of complete futility for the giants.

    That goal line stand at the end of the 1st half turned out to be the difference in the game.

  2. blitzinc43 says:
    September 25, 2017 at 8:50 am
    As a close friend of the organization Sturgis is still the man but J.E. should be the first kicker called when one inevitably gets the snip.

    Must be nice to in tight with Jeff Lurie, did you also watch the game from the owners box?

  3. Really, carrying him off on your shoulders? Come on Philly, it was a week three win. It’s always overrated in Philadelphia. And check down Charlie just lost his favorite scat back for the year. Eagles could easily be 0-3. Average team!

  4. As a Bengals fan this is typical of what happens to our team. Draft the kid in the 5th round, then cut him because a journeyman kicker “beat” him in a competition and watch as the kid wins it for another team and our journeyman kicker misses a 48 yarder that would have put the game out of reach but instead allows the Packers to tie it up and eventually win the game. We are so cursed it is not funny any more.

  5. Youknowimright says:
    September 25, 2017 at 10:42 am
    Really, carrying him off on your shoulders? Come on Philly, it was a week three win. It’s always overrated in Philadelphia. And check down Charlie just lost his favorite scat back for the year. Eagles could easily be 0-3. Average team!

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    1) it was a great, last minute, divisional win in a year where the NFC East is up for grabs.

    2) “Check down Charlie” is looking pretty good in only his second season.

    3) Football isn’t a game of “yeah, but…”. You are what your record says you are.

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