Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nolan Carroll has started to find his footing as a true No. 1 cornerback after missing time in 2016 with a torn ACL and dislocated shoulder, and he has already made a splash in his first game.
Carroll was among two players on the field for the Eagles’ 35-3 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.
Carroll caught a deep pass in the end zone to help set up the winning field goal by Nick Foles with 7:31 remaining, and the ball came loose as he and the rest of the defense ran up the sideline to stop a tying drive by Dallas’ Dak Prescott with 6:37 remaining.
Carroll’s long touchdown run capped a 14-play, 75-yard drive to give the Eagles a 10-0 lead with 4:56 left in the second quarter.
Carroll had nine tackles, including a sack and a fumble recovery, and finished with eight tackles and an interception.
The Eagles were leading 27-20 at halftime when Prescott and the Cowboys went up the middle for a 14th-and-5 on the Cowboys’ 21.
On the Cowboys 10-yard line, Carroll got the first hand of the ball, but Dallas defensive tackle Tyron Smith recovered it for a touchdown.
Carroll also had a solo touchdown, setting up a 17-0 run.
Carroll completed 14 of 27 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown, including two long passes to Jarius Wright and Austin Hooper.
After the Cowboys drove down the field to start the fourth quarter, Carroll made a big play to force a punt.
He caught the pass in stride and lofted it high into the air.
The Eagles went ahead 17-14 with 1:36 remaining.