Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott launched himself toward local celebrity status Sunday with a 61-yard game-winning field goal, and the rest of the NFL took notice.
The league named Elliott, a 22-year-old rookie, its NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday. Elliott’s the first Birds kicker to take home that honor since David Akers did so in 2005.
While Elliott’s 61-yard boot as time expired handed the Eagles a 27-24 victory Sunday, it also broke at least two significant records — it was the longest made field goal in Eagles history and the longest for any rookie in the NFL.
The Eagles signed Elliott off the Bengals’ practice squad earlier this month after Caleb Sturgis injured his hip in a season-opening win over Washington. Elliott’s connected on 4 of 6 field goals the past two weeks, and he snuck the ball just inside the right upright on the kick that knocked down records, buried New York and morphed the former Memphis specialist from an little-known rookie into a hero in Philadelphia.
Elliott and the Eagles (2-1) will return to action Sunday with a game at the Los Angeles Chargers (0-3).
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