The Philadelphia Eagles' huge 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams came with a huge price as they lost quarterback Carson Wentz to a season-ending torn left ACL injury Sunday (Dec. 10). Eagles head coach Doug Pederson announced that the second-year quarterback will be sidelined for the rest of the regular season and the postseason after tearing his left ACL in the third quarter of their win over the Rams. Wentz suffered the injury while he was scrambling for a touchdown into the end zone. Wentz's effort went for naught as tackle Lane Johnson was whistled for a holding penalty.

During his run, Wentz was met by two Rams defenders, but Pederson believed that the quarterback suffered the injury before he was hit. “It appears watching the film again today it was actually before the contact so it could be a non-contact deal,” said Pederson.

Wentz an MVP candidate

Despite the injury, Wentz remained in the game and found Alshon Jeffery for a two-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal. After that, Wentz returned to the locker room while Nick Foles finished the game by leading the Eagles to two drives that ended in field goals. With the win, the Eagles remain on top of the NFC with an 11-2 record and are on a path to clinch the top overall seed and a first-round bye in the postseason.

However, they are in for a tough homestretch without Wentz, who emerged as an MVP contender after throwing for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns with just seven interceptions this season. Pederson remains confident that the Eagles can survive this latest debacle, after weathering the loss of several key players, including Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and linebacker Jordan Hicks.

Veteran QB to start for Eagles

Pederson said veteran signal-caller Foles will start in place of Wentz in their remaining regular-season games against the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, and the dangerous Dallas Cowboys. The 28-year-old Foles has a 20-16 record as a starter, but he has thrown just 69 total passes in the last two seasons.

Foles completed 6-of-10 passes for 42 yards and led the Eagles to two field goal drives that helped seal their win over the Rams. Foles, who also played for the then-St. Louis Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs, said he’s ready for the challenge to start, saying he has been preparing for this moment every day. Aside from Foles, the Eagles will rely heavily on their ground game, anchored by Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, and Corey Clement.