Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams

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Game Information
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 74,210

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles already knew Nick Foles could do it.

After all, it was only last December when the veteran quarterback replaced an injured Carson Wentz and upset the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum. Less than two months after that breakthrough game, he was an improbable Super Bowl MVP.

One season later in the same arena, Foles went back into Wentz's spot under center after three months without game action.

Foles promptly recaptured the magic, passing for 270 yards and confidently leading the Eagles to a 30-23 win over the Rams on Sunday night with plenty of help from his defense and his playmakers.

Foles' encore might not end in the Super Bowl again. It might not even include the playoffs. But after guiding Philadelphia to another win with a grace and poise belying his inactivity, the Eagles are thrilled to have him back in the game.

"It's been really emotional," said Foles, who went 24 of 31 with one interception. "You hate for your teammate to get hurt. I feel really bad for Carson. ... What you've done in the past, what I've done in the past, it doesn't matter when you step on that field. It's a new day. So I was dealing with the emotions, but prepping as hard as I could, and then realizing I'm not alone. I have great teammates out there. All I have to do is spread the ball around, lean on them, stay in the moment, and we were able to do that tonight. Today was a huge win for us."

Wendell Smallwood rushed for two touchdowns and rookie Josh Adams ran for another score as the Eagles (7-7) kept their playoff hopes quite viable with a gritty victory over the Rams (11-3), who lost consecutive regular-season games for the first time in coach Sean McVay's tenure.

Foles hadn't played since Week 2, but Wentz is out with a back injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season. Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson declined to say whether Foles would start next week against Houston, but Foles' teammates know what they've got after he slipped right back into his old role in a simplified offensive game plan.

"That's a guy with true character," Smallwood said of Foles. "We're just comfortable with him back there. We don't feel like anything has fallen off. We know he's going to step up there and do the job. We rode that guy and we stuck with him (last year), and he went out and played for us tonight."

The Eagles still trail NFC East leader Dallas (8-6) and sit even with Washington (7-7), so they will need help to get back into the postseason, most likely from Carolina and Minnesota stumbling down the stretch. But they'll get an enormous boost from becoming the first team to beat the Rams twice under McVay.

"It's very satisfying," Pederson said. "Our backs have been against the wall for the last few weeks. Hopefully this gives us momentum for the rest of the season. Our goals are still in front of us."

The Eagles scored 17 consecutive points in the third quarter and then survived the Rams' late rally. After Philadelphia's Jake Elliott missed a field goal with 1:08 left, Jared Goff got the Rams to the Philadelphia 18 with 4 seconds to play - but he couldn't connect with Josh Reynolds on a pass to the goal line as time expired.

Goff passed for 339 yards with two interceptions in the Rams' first loss at the Coliseum in seven games this season.

Todd Gurley rushed for two touchdowns - giving him an NFL-best 21 TDs this season - while catching 10 passes for 76 yards. But the superstar running back also accepted the blame for failing to get out of bounds on a catch inside the final 20 seconds, depriving the Rams of likely two additional shots at the end zone.

"We have to be able to figure this out and fast," McVay said. "We are doing things that are uncharacteristic of us. Guys are making decisions and mistakes we typically haven't seen."

The Rams already have won the NFC West title, and they still control their destiny for a first-round playoff bye with Chicago (10-4) right behind them. But Los Angeles also has produced three straight pedestrian performances since that epic 54-51 Monday night win over Kansas City last month and an ensuing bye week.

"It's good to go through some adversity at some point," said Goff, who hasn't thrown a TD pass since the first half at Detroit. "Going through it now, and in the position we are in with the playoffs, we (still) have to be urgent about getting these things fixed. These things are very fixable."

BIG TARGETS

Foles repeatedly connected with Alshon Jeffery, who had eight catches for 160 yards in the third-biggest game of his career. Zach Ertz had three receptions to become the fourth tight end in NFL history with 100 catches in a season.

INJURIES

Eagles: DT Fletcher Cox went to the locker room on a cart during the first half with a hip injury, but returned to the field before halftime.

Rams: Gurley missed several snaps in the second half with a knee injury, but returned.

UP NEXT

Eagles: Host the Houston Texans on Sunday, Dec. 23. Houston can wrap up the AFC South with a victory.

Rams: Visit the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Dec. 23. LA shut out the Cardinals at the Coliseum in September.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Rams
08:35 Jake Elliott 51 yd FG 3 0
01:16 Todd Gurley II 5 yd run (Greg Zuerlein kick) 3 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Rams
12:00 Jake Elliott 34 yd FG 6 7
04:38 Greg Zuerlein 41 yd FG 6 10
01:07 Josh Adams 6 yd run (Jake Elliott kick) 13 10
00:00 Greg Zuerlein 36 yd FG 13 13

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Rams
10:28 Wendell Smallwood 9 yd run (Jake Elliott kick) 20 13
03:11 Jake Elliott 40 yd FG 23 13
01:34 Wendell Smallwood 4 yd run (Jake Elliott kick) 30 13

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Eagles Rams
09:24 Greg Zuerlein 37 yd FG 30 16
04:06 Todd Gurley II 1 yd run (Greg Zuerlein kick) 30 23

Team Stats
  Philadelphia Los Angeles
1st Downs 17 23
Total Yards 381 407
Passing 270 325
Passing Completions/Attempts 24-31 35-54
Yards/Pass 8.7 5.8
Rushing 111 82
Rushing Attempts 30 18
Yards/Rush 3.7 4.6
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles Lost 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 31:36 28:24

Philadelphia Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Nick Foles 24 31 270 8.7 0 1

Los Angeles Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jared Goff 35 53 339 6.4 0 1
Johnny Hekker 0 1 0 0.0 0 0

Philadelphia Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Wendell Smallwood 10 48 4.8 2 11
Darren Sproles 3 30 10.0 0 17
Josh Adams 15 28 1.9 1 8
Nick Foles 2 5 2.5 0 3

Los Angeles Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Todd Gurley II 12 48 4.0 2 21
Robert Woods 1 19 19.0 0 19
Jared Goff 2 11 5.5 0 7
John Kelly 2 4 2.0 0 5
Justin Davis 1 0 0.0 0 0

Philadelphia Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Alshon Jeffery 8 160 20.0 0 50
Golden Tate 5 43 8.6 0 11
Zach Ertz 3 22 7.3 0 11
Darren Sproles 3 16 5.3 0 6
Dallas Goedert 2 12 6.0 0 10
Wendell Smallwood 2 9 4.5 0 5
Nelson Agholor 1 8 8.0 0 8
Josh Adams 0 0 0.0 0

Los Angeles Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Todd Gurley II 10 76 7.6 0 11
Robert Woods 7 74 10.6 0 20
Josh Reynolds 5 70 14.0 0 33
Brandin Cooks 6 59 9.8 0 20
Gerald Everett 5 46 9.2 0 20
Tyler Higbee 2 14 7.0 0 11
KhaDarel Hodge 0 0 0.0 0

Philadelphia Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Rasul Douglas 11 3 0 0
Malcolm Jenkins 8 3 0 0
Nigel Bradham 6 1 0 0
Cre'von LeBlanc 6 2 0 0
Kamu Grugier-Hill 3 1 1 6
Avonte Maddox 3 0 0 0
Fletcher Cox 2 1 1 8
Nathan Gerry 2 2 0 0
Corey Graham 1 2 0 0
Tre Sullivan 1 0 0 0
B.J. Bello 0 0 0 0
Michael Bennett 0 0 0 0
Deiondre' Hall 0 0 0 0
Bruce Hector 0 1 0 0
Treyvon Hester 0 1 0 0
Chris Long 0 1 0 0
Haloti Ngata 0 1 0 0
Darren Sproles 0 0 0 0

Los Angeles Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
John Johnson III 11 3 0 0
Cory Littleton 7 3 0 0
Lamarcus Joyner 5 1 0 0
Mark Barron 4 2 0 0
Marcus Peters 4 1 0 0
Ndamukong Suh 3 2 0 0
Michael Brockers 2 3 0 0
Nickell Robey-Coleman 2 1 0 0
Aqib Talib 2 0 0 0
Marqui Christian 1 0 0 0
Aaron Donald 1 1 0 0
Dante Fowler Jr. 1 1 0 0
Justin Davis 0 0 0 0
Samson Ebukam 0 3 0 0
KhaDarel Hodge 0 0 0 0
Justin Lawler 0 0 0 0
JoJo Natson 0 0 0 0
Josh Reynolds 0 0 0 0
Ethan Westbrooks 0 1 0 0
Ramik Wilson 0 1 0 0
Robert Woods 0 0 0 0

Philadelphia Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Avonte Maddox 1 0 0

Los Angeles Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Aqib Talib 1 30 0

Philadelphia Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Shelton Gibson 1 14 14.0 0 14
Darren Sproles 1 2 2.0 0 2

Los Angeles Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Pharoh Cooper 2 31 15.5 0 19

Philadelphia Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Darren Sproles 1 13 13.0 0 13

Los Angeles Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
JoJo Natson 2 -2 -1.0 0 3

Philadelphia Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Jake Elliott 3 4 75.0 51

Los Angeles Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Greg Zuerlein 3 3 100.0 41

Philadelphia Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Cameron Johnston 3 155 56

Los Angeles Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Johnny Hekker 3 169 65