The Giants punt has allowed the Eagles to grind 7 minutes off the clock. Just tearing this team apart.
Eagles vs. Giants score, takeaways: Jalen Hurts, defense dominate as Philadelphia rolls to NFC title game
Hurts showed no worse for wear in leading the top-seeded Eagles to an easy victory
PHILADELPHIA -- So much for the Jalen Hurts shoulder injury affecting the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs.
Hurts became just the second Eagles player with two pass touchdowns and one rush touchdown in a playoff game, joining Donovan McNabb on that exclusive list as the Eagles cruised to a 38-7 victory over the New York Giants in a playoff matchup that was never close.
The Eagles are heading to their seventh NFC Championship Game since the start of the 2001 season, and their second in five years. Hurts finished 16 of 24 for 254 yards with two touchdowns (112.2 rating) and had nine carries for 34 yards and a touchdown -- all in a first half in which the Eagles took a 28-0 lead and cruised to victory.
The defense also took over the game early as Haason Reddick had 1.5 sacks for the Eagles in the first half, both coming on consecutive plays to stop the Giants from moving down the field on their first drive. James Bradberry had the interception on the Giants' second possession, the first by an Eagles cornerback since Week 9. Philadelphia had a 14-0 lead at that point in the game.
Boston Scott scored a touchdown for the Eagles in the second quarter to put them up 21-0, his 11th touchdown in nine career games against the Giants. Scott has 19 career touchdowns, living up to his "Giant Killer" reputation. Hurts had a rushing touchdown to cap off the dominant first half.
The Eagles (15-3) just milked the clock from there and advanced to the NFC Championship Game. They will host the Dallas Cowboys or San Francisco 49ers next Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field at 3 p.m. ET. The Giants' season ends at 9-8-1.
Here are some additional takeaways from the blowout:
Why the Eagles won
Jalen Hurts was back in full MVP-caliber form, Miles Sanders had open lanes all night, and Jonathan Gannon's entire defense made it look easy getting after Daniel Jones up front. In other words, the Eagles looked like the peak version of themselves from their 2022 campaign. Despite a conservative approach in Week 18 while recovering from his shoulder injury, Hurts was fully rejuvenated, feeding DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert with ease, and perhaps more notably using his legs to aid a dominant ground game. Sanders was consistently fluid in space, and Kenneth Gainwell delivered one tough carry after another down the stretch as Philly piled up well over 250 yards rushing. On "D," sack artist Haason Reddick was busy again, easily outdoing Andrew Thomas to keep Daniel Jones under fire. Ex-Giants star James Bradberry read Jones like a book on an early pick. And Brett Kern did his part to pin New York deep on the Eagles' few punts of the night.
Why the Giants lost
Both Brian Daboll and Wink Martindale failed to elevate a roster that was already at least a year ahead of schedule in terms of competing. Daboll deserves props for the way he rejuvenated Daniel Jones this season, but his situational decision-making left a bit to be desired; that was never more apparent than on fourth downs, as he elected to go for a fourth-and-long early but punted away near midfield when trailing by 21. Martindale, meanwhile, saw his "D" play soft and conservative for the second straight week, and unlike the Vikings, the Eagles refused to let up on the ground. It didn't help that Jones had precious few clean pockets, or open receivers, and forced an early throw that sealed a two-score deficit early. All hope is not lost in New York; Daboll has this team on the right trajectory. But they were outplayed, outcoached and overmatched in every phase in Philly.
The Eagles went up two scores in a hurry, with Jalen Hurts finding both Smith and Goedert on back-to-back TD series out of the gate. New York went bold on its own first drive, turning it over on downs after going for it near midfield. Trailing 14-0 on their second series, they still appeared to have life, with Daniel Jones hitting Matt Breida for 19. But then, on the next play, with a free rusher coming right up the gut, Jones threw an ill-advised quick strike across the middle, and former teammate James Bradberry easily picked it. The Eagles didn't score on their ensuing possession, but the turnover confirmed the momentum belonged solely to the home team.
Play of the game
Haason Reddick had several highlight-worthy pressures, but Dallas Goedert's one-handed catch-and-run started it all for Philly:
Only need 1 hand😉@goedert33 | #NYGvsPHI | #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/vQeVBntLsY— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 22, 2023
The Giants will go home for the offseason on a bittersweet note: they weren't even supposed to make it to the playoffs, so they can take pride in that; yet lots of improvements await, with Jones still unsigned at QB and both sides of the ball requiring multiple upgrades. The Eagles, meanwhile, will advance to their second NFC Championship Game in five years, and host either the Cowboys or 49ers on Jan. 29.
Giants just elected to punt on fourth-and-6 near midfield, down 21, with 13 minutes to play. Especially curious considering they went for it in a similar situation early in this game. Not exactly a vote of self-confidence.
Explaining the Eagles fake punt formation here.
The Eagles killed time off the clock with that fake punt formation AND used the extra 5 yards to pin the Giants at the 7. Right move up 28-7 late in the third.
Creative play call to put the Giants on the board:
Barkley hands it off to Breida and the @Giants are on the board. #NFLPlayoffs— NFL (@NFL) January 22, 2023
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The Giants are on the board.
Matt Breida scores on the wildcat -- direct snap to Saquon Barkley and Breida took it in for the score.
28-7 Eagles midway through the third
10 plays, 88 yards, 6:01 on the drive.
Saquon Barkley finally got his big run, yet the Giants are down four touchdowns. Went for 39 yards as he's up to 8 carries for 58 yards on the day.
Total domination in the first half by the #Eagles, who have an advantage in the following stats:— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 22, 2023
Total yards, 258 to 64
First downs, 18 to 3
3d down conversions: 6 of 7 to 1 of 5
TOP: 20:12 to 9:48
Points: 28 to 0
Miles Sanders out-gained the Giants in the 1st half. He ran for 75 yards. The Giants had 64 total yards. Yikes.— Tommy Lawlor (@lawlornfl) January 22, 2023
The Eagles are up 28-0 over the Giants at halftime.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) January 22, 2023
This is the second-biggest halftime lead the Eagles have ever had in the playoffs. They were up 38-7 over the Lions at half in 1995 in the wild card round.
The Eagles' 28-point lead is tied for the largest by any team in a playoff game in the last 7 years.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) January 22, 2023
Offense had the ball 5 times. Four of those possessions resulted in a TD drive of 50+ yards.
the Eagles play such an aesthetically pleasing brand of embarrassing opponents— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) January 22, 2023
.@JalenHurts doing what he does 🙌— NFL (@NFL) January 22, 2023
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This Giants defense is a lot healthier than when the Eagles played them in Week 14. Leonard Williams, Adoree’ Jackson, and Xavier McKinney all playing now after missing that game.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) January 22, 2023
And yet the Birds are crushing Wink Martindale’s group anyway.
Jason Kelce pulled up lame after that DeVonta Smith first down, but he appears to be staying in. No surprise. #Eagles— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 22, 2023
Haason Reddick got another QB hit on Daniel Jones.
Safe to say Jones isn't facing the Vikings defense tonight.
Cash that Boston Scott anytime TD against the Giants. Has 11 TD against the Giants. 18 in his career.
They showed Eli Manning on the big screen and he got a very loud boo, then to Malcolm Jenkins for loud cheers. Well played.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) January 22, 2023
Landon Dickerson limped off the field on that last play. Andre Dillard in at LG. Never played LG in a regular season game.
Andre Dillard swapping in for the Eagles at left guard with Landon Dickerson banged up.
Daniel Jones is going off the field. Looks like he lost his contact lens.
The Eagles defense got grass in his face.
Seen some weird stuff in this game tonight.
The Giants were dominated in the first quarter. Eagles outgained them 129-47 and outscored them 14-0.
James Bradberry's pick, in which he reads Daniel Jones like a book as the Giants QB forces one with pressure in his face:
James Bradberry picks it off 🙌 @Brad_B21— NFL (@NFL) January 22, 2023
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Daniel Jones has done a great job of protecting the ball this year, but the Eagles are pressuring him tonight and that will mean either sacks or some risky throws. He forced the ball on the last play and Bradberry jumped it to make the pick. Great read and ball skills.— Tommy Lawlor (@lawlornfl) January 22, 2023
Daniel Jones was just picked off by James Bradberry.
Bradberry gets revenge against his former team.
TD, Hurts to DeVonta Smith.— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) January 22, 2023
Eagles 14, Giants 0.
...Eagles ran 6 plays, threw twice on that drive. They passed 5 times, ran 3 times on opening drive.
You're seeing the Eagles offense tonight.
Another outstanding drive by the Eagles offense. Coaches are calling a good game and the players are executing. Finally a quick screen works for a short TD. Really good throw by Hurts on that. Eagles now up 14-0.— Tommy Lawlor (@lawlornfl) January 22, 2023
Skinny Batman strikes:
Skinny Batman 🦇 @DeVontaSmith_6— NFL (@NFL) January 22, 2023
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Jalen Hurts to DeVonta Smith for the TD.
Hurts is 7-of-7 for 89 yards with 2 TD and 0 INT, 158.3 rating.
Eagles Spanish radio announcer -- the legendary Rickie Ricardo -- is fired up tonight from that call.
Eagles up 14-0 in the first quarter.
#Eagles pass rush comes up huge on the Giants' first possession. Haason Reddick credited with back-to-back sacks (give Josh Sweat an unofficial assist for driving LT Andrew Thomas on skates into Daniel Jones on the first). Giants turnover on downs.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) January 22, 2023
On 4th and 8, Giants go for it.
This place went nuts after Haason Reddick got the sack again.
Back-to-back sacks on two crucial plays.
Reddick forced the turnover on downs. Owning Evan Neal early in this one.