The Eagles benched Carson Wentz and went to rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts in the hopes of saving a lost season. On Sunday, Hurts did just enough to keep Philadelphia's playoff hopes alive. In his first career start, Hurts threw for 167 yards and added 106 more on the ground in leading the Eagles to a 24-21 upset of the 10-3 Saints. At 4-8-1, they are still somehow in the NFC East race, one win behind two teams whose starting quarterbacks weren't able to finish their respective games Sunday.
While Eagles coach Doug Pederson said the move to Hurts was not permanent and he refused to confirm after the game whether the second-round pick would start in Week 15 against the Cardinals, benching Hurts after the win over New Orleans would be an inexplicable decision. The Philadelphia offense was better with Hurts on the field, at least in this first start.
What changed? How did the team pull off the upset? And if Hurts continues to play well, what does the future hold for the organization and its deposed starting quarterback? Could we really have seen Wentz's last game in an Eagles uniform? Let's get to all of that, starting with what we saw Sunday: