Jalen Hurts leads Eagles to NFC Championship Game

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles head to the NFC Championship Game after posting a 38-7 victory over the New York Giants on Saturday in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The Eagles will face the winner of Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers.

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Despite a nagging shoulder injury, quarterback jalen hurts he returned to his MVP form, just in time for what Philly hopes will be a long postseason.

Hurts has been dealing with a sprained sternoclavicular (SC) joint in his throwing shoulder since suffering the injury on Dec. 18 at the Chicago Bears. According to the Fox broadcast, Hurts said before Saturday’s contest that he’s “nowhere near 100 percent,” adding that he, too, got sick late in the week. But Hurts didn’t show any ill effects, finishing 16 of 24 passing for 154 yards and two touchdowns and also rushing for another TD to lead the rout.

The Eagles largely avoided designed runs in Hurts’ first game after injury during a close win over these Giants in the regular season finale. The Saturday outing was a different story. He had six designed runs in the first half alone, according to ESPN Stats & Information, tied for the second most designed runs in the first half of his career. He took a couple of shots to the shoulder throughout the game, but Hurts wouldn’t say if he hurt him.

right entrance lane johnsonmeanwhile, he played on a torn adductor and seemed to hold up just fine.

With two of their biggest injury concerns alleviated, at least for the night, the Eagles enter next weekend’s NFC Championship Game with reason to believe they could be on their way to the Super Bowl.

Promising trend: edge runner haason reddick‘s disruptive ways carried over into the postseason. Reddick, who was tied for second in the NFL with 16 sacks during the regular season, made life difficult for the Giants’ quarterback. daniel jones early and often, leading all players with 1.5 sacks and three QB hits. The three-year, $45 million contract the Eagles gave Reddick in free agency this offseason looks more like a steal every week.

fundamental game: Speaking of a good signing, Philly hit gold by inking cornerback james bradberry to a one-year, $10 million contract. He got sweet revenge on his former team, jumping a route to intercept Jones late in the first quarter. With that, any idea of ​​New York making it a competitive game almost went out of the building. –Tim McManus

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Saquon passes it to Breida for the Giants’ first TD of the game

Matt Breida takes Saquon Barkley’s handball pass and turns the corner into the end zone.

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The Giants found out in a blowout loss at Lincoln Financial Field that they’re not ready to compete for a Super Bowl.

The Eagles represented a huge step up in competition from a Minnesota Vikings team that New York faced in the wild card round. Philadelphia, the NFC’s No. 1 seed, did what it wanted in the first half while building a 28-0 lead, before ending the sixth-seeded Giants’ season in dominant fashion.

It was never close. But it still doesn’t ruin what was an overall promising first season for the Giants under coach Brian Daboll and general manager Joe Schoen.

Silver lining: The Giants’ campaign was a success. Sure, this loss hurts. There is no way to avoid it. It was against an opponent, and the Eagles just own them. The Giants still haven’t won in Philly since 2013, adding 10 straight losses.

It still can’t get past anyone that this Giants team, under Daboll’s leadership, wasn’t supposed to do much this season. New York’s roster, as was evident Saturday night, is flawed.

Remember, the Giants took their medicine during the offseason to clear the salary cap. They cut players like cornerback James Bradberry (who bit them again when he intercepted a pass against his former team in Saturday’s contest) clearly with the future in mind, even if it was to the detriment of the 2022 team. wide receiver trade deadline kadarius toney.

Getting to the playoffs and showing the growth they achieved while watching their quarterback, Daniel Jones, blossom has to be seen as success. Don’t let the emotions of the divisional round loss alter this reality.

Worrying trend: More than 200 rushing yards are allowed. The Eagles rushed for 253 yards in the first meeting between the teams this season. They had 268 on Saturday night.

It’s something the Giants need to evaluate this offseason. They ranked 27th in the NFL in run defense (144.2 yards per game) during the regular season.

They need to drastically improve. A big part of that is honing the staff at inside linebacker, whether it’s in free agency or in the draft. jaylon smith Y jarrad davis they were exposed badly by the Eagles.

The Giants are expected to have more than $50 million in cap space this offseason. Schoen & Co. will undoubtedly add a linebacker and defensive line depth.

QB breakdown: Jones completed 15 of 27 passes for 135 yards with one interception. This was the game that Jones and the Giants’ offense had avoided for most of the season. They just couldn’t get anything going, in part because his quarterback didn’t have time, since he was sacked five times.

Jones was pressured on 64% of his first-half rebounds, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Only russell wilson in 2015 and 2016 he faced the highest rate of pressure in a playoff game since ESPN began tracking pressures in 2009.

Jones also threw an interception to his former teammate, Bradberry, in the first half. It was only the second interception he’s thrown in his last seven games of the season, including the playoffs.

Under the radar stats that matter: eagles running backwards boston scottAll 11 career touchdowns against the Giants. New York defensive coordinator Wink Martindale tried to deny it throughout the week. “Just because he scored, I don’t think he’s a giant killer,” Martindale said of what he saw of Scott in the first two games.

Scott scored again Saturday against the Giants, this time on a 3-yard run in the second quarter.

The numbers are ridiculous. Scott has 11 touchdowns in nine career games against the Giants. He has eight in 56 career games against the rest of the NFL. He almost doesn’t even make sense at this point. –Jordan Raanan

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