“I THINK HE’S GROWN UP AS A LEADER OF THIS TEAM. YOU’VE SEEN
IT HERE NOW THE LAST COUPLE OF GAMES, HOW HE’S REALLY JUST
PUT THE TEAM ON HIS BACK AND SAID, ‘HEY, FOLLOW ME,’ AND I
THINK THAT’S A SIGN OF GROWTH AND A SIGN OF MATURITY.”
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so cool to see. I think that’s what
makes it that much more fun to do what
Wentz, of course, is no stranger to
championship football. He played at North
Dakota State collegiately and was part of
a program that won five NCAA Division
I FCS National Championships – Wentz
started at quarterback for two of those
teams – and he knows the pressure of
win-or-go-home games. The playoffs are
going to be no different, really, than the
Week 16 game at Lincoln Financial Field
when the Eagles had to win to keep their
playoff hopes alive against the Dallas
Cowboys. The Eagles won, moving into
first place in the NFC East.
Last Sunday, they clinched the division
with Wentz at the helm.
Today, he takes the next step in his
development as the Eagles’ franchise
quarterback: The NFL playoffs.
“It’s going to be a great experience for
Carson but I don’t think he’s going to
approach it any different than any other
game. He’s always so well prepared. This
is not going to be a shock or anything like
that,” Pederson says. “It’s great for Carson
and this football team. We’re here to win
That’s the truth. Just making it to the
postseason isn’t enough for Wentz and
“It’s a great time to be hitting our stride.
There’s been a lot of ups and downs
all season long, but guys have hung
together and finding what we’re really
good at and what we do well and putting
guys in the right situations,” Wentz says.
“Guys just keep believing, keep fighting.
It’s been good to see us hit our stride
now and hopefully we can carry it over
into the playoffs.”