Give the game ball to Jake Elliott after the 25-20 win in New England.

The Birds’ kicker knocked home a 32-yard field goal, missed an extra point, and then rebounded to bang home not one, not two, but three second-half field goals of 45+ to essentially win the game for the Birds and move them to 1-0 on the season.

It was 16-14 when he knocked in a 56-yarder that would have been good from 60. He then single-doinked a 48-yarder off the left upright and then made a 51-yarder look effortless.

After the game, the Eagles communications team shared the following in their notes:

  • Elliott is the franchise’s all-time leader in 50+ yard FGs (21, including postseason).
  • Elliott’s 56-yard FG tied for the 3rd-longest of his NFL career, trailing only a 61-yard FG on 9/24/17 vs. N.Y. Giants and a 58-yard FG on 10/10/21 at Carolina.
  • Elliott has made two 50+ yard field goals in the same game for the second time in his career (previously occurred 1/8/23 vs the New York Giants).
  • This marks the first time since 1960 that an Eagles kicker has made two 50+ yard field goals in the second half of a game.

He knocked out those bullets points in the second half of a close game, on turf, on the road, in the season opener.

It’s the almost-flawless continuation of a flawless 2022 postseason, in which he went 4-4 on field goals and 12-12 on extra points. He didn’t miss a single kick against New York, San Francisco, or Kansas City, and finished last season with an 87% field goal percentage, which, while not a top-10 number, included a 5-6 mark from 50+.

Seems almost absurd to suggest this, like a bad sports talk radio poll, but does Elliott get enough appreciation in this town? I’m not sure he does. He’s sometimes forgotten, I think, because the roster is stacked with charismatic talent on both sides of the ball. It’s almost like Elliott steps up and you expect him to bang home these field goals, like we take him for granted, but on a day when the offense wasn’t firing on all cylinders, his ability to turn stalled drives into points was the difference. Say what you will about his 2019 and 2020 seasons, (the entire team was ass) but Elliott was a 2021 Pro Bowl replacement and has been playing at that level ever since. He is very clearly the bright spot on a special teams unit that sometimes lacks in kick coverage, lost key contributors from a year ago, and has a bang-average punter.

Here’s today’s poll, sponsored by nobody: