By Harvey Hoffman
Eagles center Jason Kelce called himself out yesterday:
“One of the all-time dumb penalties I’ve had in my career,” Kelce said. “A terrible penalty.”
Trailing 21-16, the Eagles had a 1st-and-goal on the Giants 3-yard-line with 51 seconds left Thursday night.
“We were really fired up,” Kelce said. “Putting together a tremendous drive, and one of the crucial things that we always harp on for two-minute drills is no penalties, no sacks. Those are things that can devastate a drive. We had gotten all the way down to the 3.”
That’s when, on a Corey Clement run, Kelce’s hand got tangled up in the facemark of Giants defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson.
“Obviously, wasn’t trying to do it,” Kelce said. “My hand gets caught up, he did a good job of lifting my hand up, got it into the facemark and I didn’t even know I had his helmet until I looked down and it was literally in my hand.”
All of a sudden, that 1st-and-goal was on the 18 instead of the 3. All of a sudden, the challenge facing the Eagles appeared a lot more daunting.
“I just kind of came to the huddle and said, ‘Hopefully somebody can make this right, sorry guys,’” Kelce said. “And they came up big for me the very next play.”
That’s when Carson Wentz and Boston Scott hooked up on a miraculous TD pass in the near right corner of the end zone that gave the Eagles the win.
Scott was mobbed by his teammates, and Kelce pulled him aside and screamed, “I owe your ass big-time.”