If you miss the Eagles game yesterday against the New York Giants, you are going to notice why is everyone is talking about it when you walking into work this morning. Of course, we all going to be talking about the eagles but Jake Elliott game winning (27-24) 61 field goal kick is definitely a philly trending topic. Here’s what Jake McLane mentioned in his article…
Jake Elliott has a one-minute rule.
“If you miss a kick you got one minute to get over it and bounce back,” Elliott said. “You make a kick and you got one minute to enjoy it.”
Rules are made to be broken. Elliott, the Eagles kicker for not even two weeks, can be excused if he basks in the afterglow of his game-winning, last-second, 61-yard field goal for more than just 60 seconds.
“We’ll give it a day,” he said. “24 hours.”
It may take more than a day for players and fans to come down from the high of the Eagles’ gutsy 27-24 home win over the New York Giants on Sunday. But for kickers like Elliott, who has already bounced around the NFL and had to rebound from two misses in just his two lone career games, maintaining an even keel is almost a must.
“It’s a little surreal. It’s the life of a kicker, though,” Elliott said. “You have your ultimate ups and ultimate downs.”
Just a quarter earlier it looked as if maybe Elliott, who was signed only after Caleb Sturgis suffered a hip injury, could be in jeopardy of losing his job. He hooked a 52-yard attempt wide left, which is a difficult distance for any kicker, but coming a week after he had hooked a 30-yard try, there were no guarantees.
But as he did last week when he drained a 40-yarder, Elliott bounced back and connected on a 46-yarder to tie the score, 24-24, with 56 seconds left, and then, just 55 ticks later, drilled the longest field goal in Eagles history.
“I thought I hit that [52-yarder] really, really well,” Elliott said. “It started down the middle, and it kind of ended up fading left with the wind there. I wasn’t completely demoralized by it, but I definitely wanted another shot there.”
The team record was previously held by Tony Franklin, who bare-footed a 59-yarder in Dallas in 1979.
Elliott’s previous career long of 56 yards occurred four years ago, when he was a freshman at Memphis. And he had kicked other 50-plus-yard field goals in college. But 61 yards? Elliott hadn’t even tried from that distance in practice over the last two weeks. Just like in pre-game warm-ups, mid-50s were his maximum. He had also previously kicked at Lincoln Financial Field, including a 31-yard field goal as time expired as Memphis beat Temple in 2014. In two games against the Owls, he hit 7 of 9 field goals.