September 24, 2017
Overtime would have been a gift in its own right. What we got was an emphatic exclamation point from an unlikely hero.
It was a nailbiter until the very end, but the Eagles pulled out a tough, 27-24 win over the Giants on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.
Jake Elliott, a discarded rookie the Eagles signed to replace an injured Caleb Sturgis, booted a clinching 61-yard field goal to set both a franchise and distance record at Lincoln Financial Field.
It was a finale that delivered an energy the team has struggled to capture in recent seasons, nowhere more evident than in the reactions that poured in on social media.
Here's a look at the best of Philadelphia's excitement over the arrival of Jake Elliott.
I’ve watched the Jake Elliott kick close to 50 times already. Exciting each time. 🦅— Yuhas (@YankeeYuhas) September 24, 2017
Joel Embiid reacts to Jake Elliott's kick pic.twitter.com/1RJGM1uowk— Ben Livingston (@bliv94) September 24, 2017
Jake Elliott now the most popular Elliott in the NFL— Colleen Wolfe (@ColleenWolfeNFL) September 24, 2017
Jake Elliott is now a hero in the City of Brotherly Love. What a kick.— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) September 24, 2017
The City of Philadelphia has already erected a Jake Elliott statue atop City Hall. pic.twitter.com/fQyHtdBXuU— Dan McQuade (@dhm) September 24, 2017
Retire Jake Elliott's jersey.— joey bofa (@TheBenNatan) September 24, 2017
NEVER MIND TAKE DOWN THE RIZZO STATUE AND PUT JAKE ELLIOTT UP THERE— Evan Cross (@EvanCross) September 24, 2017