4:12 p.m.: That’ll do it. The Eagles hold on for the win and improve to 2-1 on the season.
Final: Eagles 20, Colts 16
3:45 p.m.: That was a looooong drive. The Eagles went 75 yards on 17 plays and it took 11:18.
The biggest play of the drive came when Nelson Agholor caught a pass to his right and dove for a huge first down to give the Eagles a chance to get a field goal. They also had four penalties to help them move down the field.
TOUCHDOWN!— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) September 23, 2018
Smallwood punches it in! pic.twitter.com/dgrBtvB4vb
Eagles 20, Colts 16
3:20 p.m.: Another really bad turnover from Wentz (a fumble this time) sets the Colts up in the red zone. Wentz tried to step up in the pocket, but Margus Hunt stripped sacked it and then jumped on the ball. A couple plays later and the third quarter ended.
Eagles 13, Colts 13
3:07 p.m.: After a long drive, the Eagles had to settle for a 24-yard field goal. The big play of the drive was a 28-yard pass to Ertz down the seam. On third down in the red zone, Wentz’s pass to Ertz was a little late and fell incomplete. The Eagles wanted a penalty, but they didn’t get one. Wentz's pass was a little late getting there.
Eagles 13, Colts 13
3:05 p.m.: Rodney McLeod (knee) is questionable to return. He got hit in his right knee by Jalen Mills on the FG drive.
2:50 p.m.: Bad decision, bad throw from Wentz. Just an awful interception to give the Colts the ball at the Eagles’ 17-yard line. He tried to get the ball to Ertz, but instead it went right into the arms of Anthony Walker.
Just after that, Rodney McLeod got hurt. It looked like McLeod’s right knee got hit by Jalen Mills. The third-down play went incomplete and the Colts settled for a 31-yard field goal.
Colts 13, Eagles 10
2:46 p.m.: After the Eagles’ first drive of the second half fizzled, the Colts went 48 yards on nine plays before a 35-yard field goal tied the game.
Eagles 10, Colts 10
The big play of the drive came when Luck scrambled to buy some time and then hit T.Y. Hilton for a 29 yard gain down the left sideline. Ronald Darby was in coverage.
2:21 p.m.: At halftime: Eagles 10, Colts 7
The Eagles got the ball at their own 33-yard line with 1:40 left in the first half and the half ended at their 35-yard line. Not great, but they’ll get the ball back after halftime.
Wentz was 14 for 20 for 165 yards and a touchdown in the first half and has made some spectacular plays, but missed some too. The first drive of the game was scripted and he looked great, but after that, we’ve seen a little bit of rust. But we’ve also seen some great plays from him that only he can make.
2:08 p.m.: The running backs started to cook in the second quarter. Josh Adams broke off runs of 16 and 10 and then Wendell Smallwood caught a 34-yard pass. It was a pretty ball from Wentz.
But Wentz and the offense couldn’t punch in a touchdown. They had to settle for a 33-yard field goal from Jake Elliott. Wentz tried to force the ball into Zach Ertz at the goal line and he’s lucky it wasn’t picked off. This is the second time he tried to do too much on a play.
Eagles 10, Colts 7
1:40 p.m.: After one quarter: Eagles 7, Colts 7
1:36 p.m.: After a missed field goal, the Colts had a short field and made the most of it. The big play of the touchdown drive came when Jalen Mills was called for a 33-yard defensive pass interference. Mills had good coverage and even looked back on the ball, but he grabbed T.Y. Hilton and the flag was thrown.
But Mills wasn’t the only CB who had a forgettable drive. Sidney Jones didn’t make a good tackle on third down in the red zone. And Ronald Darby was beaten for a touchdown by a perfect throw by Andrew Luck.
Eagles 7, Colts 7
1:29 p.m.: That ACL looks OK. Carson Wentz shows he can still use his feet and even take a hit. This drive resulted in no points after Jake Elliott missed a 55-yard FG, but good signs from Wentz. He even got sacked later in the drive and popped up fine. That should give fans and Wentz a better feeling of comfort. We always hear the first hit is important. Wentz has that out of the way now.
1:14 p.m.: It’s nice to have this Wentz guy back. On the first drive of his 2018 season, Carson Wentz led the Eagles on a 12-play, 79-yard drive to score the game’s first touchdown. Wentz hit a wide-open Dallas Goedert for a 13-yard touchdown. The Eagles used a no-huddle offense on the first drive and it seemed to get Wentz in a rhythm. He was making calls at the line of scrimmage.
On the drive, Wentz went 5-for-7 for 55 yards and the touchdown. He’s back.
The touchdown was also the first of Dallas Goedert’s career.
1:06 p.m.: Good start for the defense. They force a three-and-out. Punt and now Carson Wentz gets the ball.
12:16 p.m.: Carson Wentz looks ready. He just led his teammates out of the tunnel.
11:54 a.m.: Most people think this isn’t the best situation for Wentz to return because of the rain, but I had an interesting chat with NBC Sports Philadelphia analyst Barrett Brooks, who disagrees for two reasons.
1. Offensive linemen love the ran because team generally run the ball.
2. Defensive linemen are reacting, while the offense knows what it’s doing. Reaction time suffers in the rain, so defensive linemen can’t get off the ball as quickly.
11:30 a.m.: No surprises with the Eagles' inactives.
#Eagles inactives:— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) September 23, 2018
11:20 a.m.: Frank Reich meets near midfield with Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Nate Sudfeld and Eagles' offensive coordinator Mike Groh, who took Reich's job.
Reich is now the Colts' head coach, so he might have a slight advantage because of all the familiarity he has with the Eagles, but that stuff is often overblown. Reich is off to a pretty good start in Indy and his team has seemingly bought in. His former coworkers sang his praises this week. Jim Schwartz said Reich is one of the best guys he's ever worked with and called him a "gem of a man."
10:40 a.m.: Carson Wentz takes the field for early warmups. He's one of the first players on the field to go through his typical early workouts.
The stands are empty now, but in a few hours, they'll be packed with screaming fans wearing No. 11 jerseys.
10:15 a.m.: It's still raining in South Philly, but there's a football game to be played. The tarp is coming off the field. Pretty soon, Carson Wentz will take the field for his pregame warmup.
10 a.m.: Despite the weather, Eagles fans aren't staying away. Maybe it was a slightly late-arriving crowd, but they are here.
8:31 a.m.: I think Carson Wentz is ready.
My God has been faithful & my source of strength through all the highs and lows. What a journey these past 9 months have been. Finally getting back on that field and I can’t thank the Lord enough! I know the Linc is gonna be rockin so let’s have some fun today! #FlyEaglesFly #AO1 pic.twitter.com/XNw9L2UIwC— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) September 23, 2018
8 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! It’s game day!
It’s a special game day too. After 9 1/2 months of rehab and waiting, Carson Wentz will make his 2018 debut at Lincoln Financial Field. Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles led the Eagles to a 1-1 record over the first two weeks of the season, but now it’s time for Wentz to take over.
It’s fair to wonder how good Wentz will be in his season debut, especially because he’ll be without some key weapons against the Colts. Darren Sproles (hamstring) and Corey Clement (quad) were ruled out on Friday. Jason Peters (quad), Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) and Corey Clement (quad) were listed as questionable. Inactives will be announced at 11:30.
This Sunday, be sure to watch Eagles Pregame Live at 12 p.m. and Eagles Postgame Live immediately after the game on NBC Sports Philadelphia and live streaming on the NBC Sports app. The game kicks off at 1 p.m. on FOX.