For the first time since 2017, the Philadelphia Eagles are heading to an NFC Championship game.

And that is, in part, due to Jalen Hurts, who showed his value in Saturday’s 38-7 victory over the New York Giants.

Hurts threw for two touchdowns and ran for one en route to a 112 QBR and 188 total yards in what was a dominant offensive performance in the most important game of the season. And after the game, head coach Nick Sirianni compared his star quarterback to Michael Jordon. Fair enough.

“To have him out there is like … I know this is high praise, but to have him out there is like having— I shouldn’t even go there,” Sirianni said. “But to have him out there is like having Michael Jordan out there. He’s your leader. He’s your guy.”

Sirianni added: “Like, hopefully, that’s the biggest respect I can pay to him. Comparing his ability to being on the field to a Michael Jordan-type. This guy leads. He brings this calmness to the entire team. He plays great football. He’s [as] tough as they come. To me, there ain’t nobody that’s played better football than him this year.”

Jalen Hurts’ importance to the Eagles

Hurts demands attention, even when he isn’t doing everything on offense. His game has a sense of gravity that bends defenses to his will, not the other way around.

For long stretches, Hurts was in complete control. He never looked rattled, and he always appeared poised. That’s what he does — lead by example.

“I love the fact that we are starving,” Hurts said. “We are not just hungry for it. We are starving for it. We’re starving for growth. I think there was motivation as a team to come out here and play our best ball. Sometimes you’ve got to be careful what you wish for.”

Hurts has the Eagles back in an NFC Championship game. As he said, the work starts now. Philadelphia is hungry, and Hurts is leading them to a feast. And if you ask Sirianni, Hurts resembles Michael Jordan in more ways than one.

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