The Philadelphia Eagles flexed their muscles on a national stage with Saturday night’s 38-7 beatdown of the New York Giants.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts had an efficient outing despite concerns surrounding a sprain in his throwing shoulder. However, it was the Eagles’ dominating performance on the ground that mercilessly exploited the Giants defense early and often.
Philadelphia finished with 268 rushing yards on 44 attempts, which equates to 6.1 yards per attempt. It was an area the Eagles needed to capitalize in, especially considering the Giants finished the regular season as the 27th ranked rush defense.
It wasn’t just the Eagles’ high-flying offense that helped tie a franchise record for the most lopsided playoff win in team history. The Birds’ defense balled out as well. The Eagles sacked Giants QB Daniel Jones five times and forced him into throwing one interception. They shut down New York’s prolific rushing attack, holding Saquon Barkley to just 61 rushing yards on the night.
Interestingly enough, the 38-7 final score is identical to that in the Eagles’ last home playoff win, which came exactly five years ago in the 2018 NFC Championship Game against the Vikings.
First time the Eagles have ever had five sacks in a playoff game.— Reuben Frank (@RoobNBCS) January 22, 2023
1 1/2 – Reddick
1 1/2 – Sweat
1 – Cox
1 – BG
With such an explosive effort, the Eagles sent a message to the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. After limping into the NFC’s No. 1 seed, Philadelphia put together one of its most complete performances after the week off.
Watching the Eagles’ offense struggle down the stretch gave analysts a reason to jump off the Birds’ bandwagon. But after Saturday night’s bloodbath, the Eagles proved that whoever they face in the NFC Championship Game will have their hands full.
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