‘Jakes a beast’ — Elliott comes through clutch again for Eagles originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Believe it or not, there’s a downside to hitting a clutch 54-yard walk-off field goal in overtime.
Jake Elliott learned that on Sunday.
After his heroic moment — a field goal to give the Eagles a 34-31 overtime win over the Commanders — the Eagles began to celebrate. And that’s when 6-foot-8, 365-pound Jordan Mailata picked up Elliott like a toddler in celebration and held him toward the sky.
“Scary. Scary,” Elliott said. “You ever see The Longest Yard scene where they pick him up? Yeah…”
Getting lifted by Mailata after the game might have been the only time Elliott felt any nerves on Sunday.
Because he wasn’t nervous when he made the first three field goals against the Commanders. He wasn’t nervous late in the fourth quarter when he thought the game might come down to one kick off his foot.
And he wasn’t even nervous as he lined up for that 54-yard game-winner in OT.
Those are the moments Elliott lives for.
“It’s something I’ve been doing my whole life,” Elliott said. “I love it when those situations come down to me. I always have. In tennis growing up, in baseball being the last batter, whatever it may be. It’s kind of just something I’ve always done and always felt real comfortable in. For whatever reason, I just really love those situations.”
Elliott, 28, made all four of his field goals on Sunday — from 41, 47, 36, 54 — against the Commanders and has now made 13 of 14 on the season. He’s also 4 for 5 from 50+ in 2023.
In his career, Elliott is 10 for 16 on attempts from 54+ yards and has made 7 of his last 8 from that distance.
From the moment Elliott arrived in Philly during the 2017 season, he’s been an absolute weapon for the Eagles. In his postgame victory speech to his team on Sunday evening, head coach Nick Sirianni didn’t hesitate.
Everyone knew where the game ball was going.
“That was a sweet way to…
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Publish date : 2023-10-02 11:00:00
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