Ty Law understands why Torrey Smith will play against the Patriots Sunday night, less than 24 hours after his younger brother was killed in a motorcycle accident.
In 1999, Law played in a game for the Patriots the day after his grandfather -- who had raised him and who Law regarded as his father -- died.
"It's very difficult, because you get the call and it's so unexpected," Law said Sunday night on Comcast SportsNet's 'Patriots Pregame Live'. "We got out of meetings and at 9 o'clock I got a page telling me my grandfather's passed. I was supposed to actually go see him the next day; no one expected him to be gone . . .
"When you get that type of news, I mean, your heart just drops. You're emotional; you don't know what to do. But I had to think. I had a lot of great teammates who consoled me throughout the process. Willie McGinest stayed in my room with me that night because he wasn't just my grandfather, he was my father. He raised me. So that was really tough.
"The thing that I had to think about: What would he want to me to do? My grandfather loved to see me play on Sunday. So I didn't just play for myself and my teammates; I played for him. Because he would have wanted me to play no matter what. And that's what I did.
PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.
Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).
The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.
That got the offense rolling.
Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.
After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.
Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.
While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.
Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.
Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.
The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.
Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.
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