On Sunday, with the game tied at 24-24, Philadelphia Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott made a 61-yard kick with one second remaining on the game clock to give his team an important win over the New York Giants. It also made his pocket a lot heavier thanks to Carson Wentz.
It was a game-winning kick that not only moved the Eagles to a 2-1 record on the season so far, but it also gave them a vital win against their NFC East rivals. It also stopped the Giants' fourth-quarter comeback, where they scored three unanswered touchdowns in the last quarter of the game after Philadelphia lead the contest by 14 points across the first three quarters.
Elliott's performance against New York wrote his name forever in the team's history, as his game-winning kick tied the record for the seventh-longest field goal in NFL history, the longest field goal in Eagles history, the longest NFL field goal ever kicked in Philadelphia, the longest field goal by a rookie in NFL history, and the longest made field goal in the NFL since November 2015.
All this from a rookie kicker who was originally drafted in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals and then waived and sent to their practice squad where he was picked up by the Eagles. Thanks to quarterback Wentz as well, Elliott has a lot more money in his pocket than usual.
The Philadelphia star was mic'ed up during the game last weekend, and while he was standing on the sidelines waiting for Elliott to take his kick, he made a promise to his teammates around him. He promised that he would give his game check to the rookie if he made the kick.
Sure enough, he did, and Wentz, despite being out of pocket, had a great reaction to the kick as you can see in the video below.
According to Mike Garafolo, the rookie kicker will now be receiving all of Wentz's $31,764.71 game check.
Elliott won't be forgetting this kick anytime soon, and Wentz, as well as the rest of the Eagles, will be hoping he can help keep the good times going as they look to extend their 2-1 record when they play against the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday.