By Peter Gleason
Who was that hulking figure in midnight black wearing Norm Van Brocklin’s No. 11 last night at the Eagles-Giants game?
Quarterback Carson Wentz returned to the heady days of September when he was deified as the Birds’ savior.
Whether with his legs or his arm, Wentz played well against the Giants. Philly had success on the ground, so the rookie quarterback used play-action passes to complement the Eagles’ rushing attack.
In fact, Wentz used a play-action pass to throw a 40-yard touchdown to receiver Nelson Agholor in the second quarter. That touchdown extended the lead to 21-6.
Other than throwing an interception to Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie early in the second quarter, Wentz played mistake-free football.
However, in the third quarter, the rookie signal caller left the game after falling hard. Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon slammed Wentz to the ground after he released the ball.
Wentz’s head hit the ground, and Vernon was flagged for roughing the passer. The rookie quarterback left the game and went into the NFL’s concussion protocol. Backup quarterback Chase Daniels came in for Wentz, but the rookie quarterback returned in the fourth quarter.
Wentz finished the game with 152 passing yards to go along with a touchdown and an interception.