Eagles history: Nine memorable games of the Carson Wentz legacy

Carson Wentz #11, Doug Pederson (R), Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
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Game two: Carson Wentz strengthens an MVP campaign with four TDs versus Arizona.

The Eagles’ first three wins in 2017 featured a 61-yard game-winning field goal versus the New York Giants and a victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in the first of two trips to Los Angeles. Philadelphia’s fourth win came versus a 2-2 Arizona Cardinals squad. This was a revenge game of sorts as the Eagles were embarrassed in a 40-17 victory by the Cardinals in 2015.

Philadelphia had dropped five of the previous meetings versus their former rivals in the NFC East (yes, the Cardinals were once in the NFC East). Revenge was sweet as Carson Wentz came out of the gate on fire. He’d finish with four touchdown passes, one interception on a desperation heave before the end of the first half, and a passer rating of 128.3. That would wind up being his ever as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles.

This game was a nice watch for fans of great passing games and high scoring. During the first quarter alone, Wentz had already thrown a pair of touchdowns to tight ends Trey Burton and Zach Ertz, but he wasn’t done.

With under a minute left in the first, the Eagles’ offense faced a third-and-five scenario on their 41-yard line. Wentz launched a missile at Torrey Smith for his first touchdown as an Eagle.

Wentz wasn’t done with the deep ball. Facing a third down and needing 19 yards, Wentz took the snap from the Eagle’s 28-yard line, evaded the Cardinals’ blitz, and threw a bomb to Nelson Agholor. He did the rest, spinning and juking Budda Baker to find his way into the end zone.

This remains one of the best plays of Carson Wentz’s and Agholor’s tenure in the City of Brotherly Love, and Agholor’s decision to stop at the goal line and go into the end zone back first was a beautiful ode to Desean Jackson.