EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The absence of Zach Ertz in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants was expected after the Eagles tight end suffered a broken rib in last week’s win over the Dallas Cowboys.
What wasn’t expected was the news that broke earlier in the day that Ertz also suffered a lacerated kidney in the collision with Cowboys safety Xavier Woods early in the Eagles’ 17-9 win and was taken to the hospital after the game.
The news was first reported by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The report indicated that Ertz has not yet been ruled out for a potential first-round playoff game next week.
It does call into question the medical staff’s decision to let Ertz return to the game after taking the hit.
The Eagles will win the NFC East and secure that postseason berth by beating the Giants. Should Philly lose, the only other way it could get into its third straight playoff spot would be for the Cowboys to lose at home against the Washington Redskins.
Whichever team wins the division, it will host a first-round game either on Saturday or Sunday against the loser of Sunday night’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks.
The Eagles will also be without right tackle Lane Johnson, receiver Nelson Agholor and cornerback Jalen Mills on Sunday.
The loss of Mills (ankle) leaves the Eagles short-handed at cornerback, since the team’s other starting corner, Ronald Darby, was placed on Injured Reserve earlier in the week. The Eagles will rely on Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones, Avonte Maddox, Cre-Von LeBlanc, and Craig James at corner.
Johnson will miss his third straight game with a high ankle sprain. Both he and Mills had been listed as questionable on the Eagles Friday practice report.
Agholor also will miss the game with a knee injury that has prevented him from playing in his fourth straight game.
Quarterback Carson Wentz will have three recent practice squad players as his receivers: Greg Ward, Rob Davis and Deontay Burnett. Rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, who has struggled to practice much this past week with a foot injury, is the fourth wideout.
Offensive lineman Sua Opeta and quarterback Nate Sudfeld are the Eagles’ other two inactive players.
Eagles take field in pregame to cheers. Some boos, but drowned out. Figures to be a sort of home game for Philly today.
Giants take the field to boos - in their home stadium
Miami's Fitzmagic doesn't just beat the Eagles. The Dolphins QB just toppled Patriots with last-minute TD drive to ruin New England's chances at a playoff bye. Pats will now play on wild-card weekend.
GIANTS win toss. Eagles will receive to start game.
Ominous start after Boston Scott drops kickoff and Eagles start inside own 10. Have gained three first down and move near midfield
10:17: EAGLES turn ball over on downs after getting to NY 37.
EAGLES force punt, with Cre-Von LeBlanc making nice third down pass break up. LeBlanc didn't play any snaps against Cowboys last week. Only 23 since being activaged from IR afer Seattle game on Nov. 24. He will play a lot today with Mills and Darby out.
3:39: Eagles take 3-0 lead on Elliott 31-yard field goal. Big plays were 21-yard run by Miles Sanders and 28-yard completion to Dallas Goedert. Eagles got conservative with play calling once reach NY 16 - two runs and short throw.
MEANWHILE in Dallas, Cowboys also go up 3-0
EAGLES defense forces three and out with Brandon Graham notching sack No. 8.5. Dallas Goedert has been targeted 5 times already, has two catches
Now Eagles go three and out. Two incompletions and 6-yard loss on completion
EAGLES get to NY 43 but a 10-yard sack on blitz then delay of game kills drive
GIANTS begin drive at own 3. Eagles D forces three and out and Eagles will start at own 45. Greg Ward fielded punt and fell down for 3 yard loss after he tried to get up. Looked like had could've gained a few yards. Top offseason priority is fidning a punt returner. Maybe a receiver they draft in first round can do it?
EAGLES move into Giants territory but can't convert 3rd and 4.
WHAT was I thinking having the Eagles scoring 31 points today? The lack of weapons is really telling. Giants know screens are coming and have stopped it. Know Dallas Goedert is only true weapon and have taken him out. Who's left? Can't throw to Ward all day
5:16: Giants even up game at 3-3 on 37 field goal
1:52: Eagles take 10-3 lead on 24-yard TD pass from Carson Wentz to Josh Perkins. Extends Wentz streak to 19 staight games with TD pass, longest active streak in NFL. Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:24
Brandon Brooks gets hurt on extra point and is being carted off. This on the heels of Miles Sanders going into locker room with ankle injury. Sanders questionable to return
9:41: Giants take kickoff and march right down field, getting a fourth and one conversion on Daniel Jones 17-yard run. Jones then throws 20 yard TD to Golden Tate, who beats Rasul Douglas in end zone. Drive info: 76 yards, 10 plays, 5:19. It's 10-10
EAGLES get to own 45 but go backwards and punt. They are 1 for 9 on third down today. Ain't going to win that way
Eagles defense forces turnover on downs after 4-4 throw broken up by Cre-Von LeBlanc. Eagles take over at own 38 with 5:32 to play third quarter
Miles Sanders and Brandon Brooks both downgraded to OUT
2:21: Boston Scott runs in from 7 yards out to give Eagles 17-10 lead. Scott's third TD. Drive info: 62 yards, 9 plays, 3:11
13:58: Jake Elliott connects from 50 yards to give Eagles 20-17 lead. Big play waw a 41-yard completion to Deontay Burnett
13:00: Eagles Boston Scott runs in for 2nd TD of day, this one from 2 yards out to give Eagles 27-17 lead. TD was set up by defense when Daniel Jones dropped shotgun snap and Nigel Bradham popped ball loose. Fletcher Cox tracked ball down and fell on it at 2 yard line. Scott scored on first play after that.
Derek Barnett recorded his second sack of day and now 6.5 on season and that is a career-high for a season. Missed two games, too.
Carson Wentz just became first Eagles QB in history to notch a 4,000-yard passing season
Scott puts the icing on the cake with his third TD of game, after getting Eagles to 2 yard line with a screen pass gain that sww him do a spin move in the open field to evade a tackler. Amazing game by Scott. Eagles will WIN NFC East title for second time three years. Own 34-17 lead with less than 4 mintes to play