Eagles Week 4 game balls: Jake Elliott, Haason Reddick come up huge in big spots

Jake Elliott and Haason Reddick are among a handful of Eagles that earn a tip of the cap as Philly survives an overtime thriller.
Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles
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That one was almost too close for comfort. The Philadelphia Eagles survive a thriller that stretched into overtime. So much for that pregame two-score spread, huh? Maybe we should have known. Divisional games are always tough, but fortunately, the right team won!

Philly survives their first divisional test by way of a 34-31 overtime victory. As always, there are adjustments that need to be made, but let's celebrate this one for a few more hours.

Let's hand out some game balls as we tip the cap to several Eagles who came up big in Week 4's win.

1. Jake Elliott, kicker

Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles
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Yeah... You knew we were bringing this guy up. 54-yard game-winners will always land you on a list like this. Jake Elliott's teammates trust him, and so do we!

2. A.J. Brown, wide receiver

A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles
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The line that separates wins and losses in the NFL is so thin. A.J. Brown was this close to plummeting from Week 4 hero to Week 4 goat (and, we don't mean 'goat' in a good way), but he accepted responsibility for his actions. We forgive him.

It's hard to argue with a nine-catch, 175-yard performance that ends in a pair of TDs too. Number 11 is okay with us.

3. DeVonta Smith, wide receiver

DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
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If DeVonta Smith's second-quarter catch doesn't make Monday Night Countdown's 'You Got Mossed!' segment, there needs to be an investigation. As he did in Week 3 of the 2022 season, Skinny Batman helped send the Birds into the locker room at halftime with some momentum.

From where we're sitting, this one looked like it helped turn the game around. You can have your opinion. That's ours.

Here's one more look.

4. Haason Reddick, EDGE/linebacker

Haason Reddick, Philadelphia Eagles
Haason Reddick, Philadelphia Eagles / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages

Well, he told us he felt much better after getting the cast removed from his hand. That's what we like hearing!

Week 4 was a dogfight for Haason Reddick and his Philadelphia Eagles teammates. Fortunately, his late-game sack, his first of the season, helped halt a late Commanders drive, flip field position, and help set up a late go-ahead score.

5. Nicholas Morrow & Zach Cunningham, linebackers

Nicholas Morrow, Philadelphia Eagles
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11 tackles... Ten were of the solo variety... Three sacks... Three tackles that resulted in a loss of yardage. Remember... This Nicholas Morrow fellow was cut at the end of the preseason.

Zach Cunningham was equally as special. He led all Eagles defenders with 13 tackles. Nine of his stops were solo efforts.

Maybe those Eagles linebackers are better than we thought. Morrow and Cunningham have played well, so well that we almost forgot about Nakobe Dean.

Here's one more look! Number 71 for Washington, right tackle Andrew Wylie was guilty of a false start on the next play. He was probably a little nervous. We don't blame him. We would have been as well.

All you can ask is that your best players give their best effort and come up big when their teams need them most. Check both boxes for Philly's stars and captains today.

We can't give everyone a game ball. No, that's not true. Actually, we can. Let's give everyone a game ball. This story has a happy ending as Philly improves to the aforementioned 4-0 start.

Next up is a road date with the Los Angeles Rams. Expect Birds fans to tune in for that one.

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