Rookie QB leads first winning drive
PHILADELPHIA — On his fifth try, Carson Wentz got his first comeback win.
The Eagles quarterback got a big assist from running back Ryan Mathews and a resurgent run game to rally the Eagles past the Falcons.
Mathews, who had nine carries in the previous two games, ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns, and former Gator Caleb Sturgis made a clutch field goal from 48 yards to seal the win late.
In their four losses, the Eagles had the ball and a chance to take the lead late but couldn't pull it off.
After the Falcons took a 15-13 lead on a 76-yard scoring pass from Matt Ryan to Taylor Gabriel, Wentz led an eight-play, 76-yard drive Mathews finished by running in from the 5-yard line. Mathews also scored the two-point conversion.
"It was good to finally finish a game, and we are going to build on that, for sure," Wentz said. "It's good to get over that hump."
A tenacious defense then did its job twice. Falcons star receiver Julio Jones dropped a pass from Ryan on third and 12 after the Eagles reclaimed the lead, then failed to make a difficult catch on fourth and 5 on Atlanta's next drive.