The second-year quarterback stayed in the game to throw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery as the Eagles took a 31-28 lead. Wentz then walked to the locker room with a towel around his neck. The Eagles declared him out to start the fourth quarter.
The Eagles, who close with games against the Giants, Raiders and Cowboys, hold a one-game lead on the Vikings (10-3) for homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
“They are a great football team,” Fine said. “It will be a great matchup and challenge for us.”
Linebacker Tron Folsom leads Troy with 77 tackles, nine for loss, and he has an interception. Freshman cornerback Marcus Jones has four touchdowns, three on kickoff returns and one on an interception return. The pick-six went for 100 yards in the fourth quarter of Troy’s Sun Belt title-clinching, 32-25 victory at Arkansas State on Dec. 2.
“I thought we really wanted to concentrate on having a good start,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. “Obviously last game, getting down 3-0 early against Carolina wasn’t the way we wanted to start here at home. I thought we fixed that tonight. I thought we had a great first period and that kind of set the tone for the night.”
San Jose gave up three quick goals Thursday to the Hurricanes before rallying from a 4-1 deficit to win 5-4 in overtime. On this night, the Sharks picked up where they left off and posted another five goals against Ottawa.
Bulls: Markkanen was 15 for 51 (29.4 percent) from the field in the previous three games before going 8 for 15 against Charlotte on Friday. “The biggest thing about him, even when he was struggling, he kept a smile on his face, he still came in to work every day and I could tell he didn’t lose any confidence at all,” Hoiberg said. “For a 20-year-old to have that mentality is pretty impressive.”