Eagle vs. Giants score, takeaways: Jalen hurts, defense dominates as Philadelphia rolls to NFC title game

PHILADELPHIA – So much for Jalen Hurts’ shoulder injury that will hit the Philadelphia Eagles in the playoffs.

Hurts became only the second Eagles player with two pass touchdowns and one rush touchdown in a playoff game. .

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 that saw the Eagles take a 28–0 lead and cruise to victory .

The defense also took over the game early on, as Haason Reddick had 1.5 sacks for the Eagles in the first half, both coming on consecutive plays to prevent the Giants from taking 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 21-0, his 11th touchdown in nine career games against the Giants. Scott has a career-high 19 touchdowns, living up to his “Giant Killer” reputation. Hurts had a rushing touchdown to end the dominant first half.

The Eagles (15-3) simply milked the clock from there and advanced to the NFC Championship Game. They will host the Dallas Cowboys or San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday at 3PM ET. The Giants’ season ends at 9-8-1.

Here are some additional takeaways from the eruption:

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 to go after Daniel Jones. In other words, the Eagles looked like the top version of themselves from their 2022 campaign. Despite taking a conservative approach in Week 18 as he recovered from his shoulder injury, Hurts was fully rejuvenated, feeding DeVonta Smith and Dallas Goedert with ease, and perhaps even more notably, he used his legs to support a dominant ground game. Sanders was consistently fluid in space, and Kenneth Gainwell delivered one heavy carry after another down the stretch as Philly piled up quickly for over 250 yards. On “D,” pocket artist Haason Reddick was at it again, easily outmaneuvering Andrew Thomas to keep Daniel Jones under fire. Ex-Giants star James Bradberry read Jones as an early pick book. And Brett Kern did his part to deeply pin New York on the Eagles’ few kicks of the night.

Why the Giants lost

Both Brian Daboll and Wink Martindale failed to improve a roster that was already at least a year ahead of schedule competitively. Daboll deserves props for the way he rejuvenated Daniel Jones this season, but his situational decision making left a little to be desired; that was never more evident than on the fourth downs, as he opted to go for a fourth and long early, but kicked away near midfield as he left with 21. Martindale, meanwhile, saw his “D” play softly and conservatively for the second consecutive week, and unlike the Vikings, the Eagles refused to stay on the ground. It didn’t help that Jones had very few clean sacks, or open receivers, and forced an early pitch that sealed a two-score deficit early on. All hope is not lost in New York; Daboll has this team on the right track. But they were outplayed, coached out and outclassed at every stage in Philly.

Turning point

The Eagles quickly moved up two scores, with Jalen Hurts finding both Smith and Goedert in a back-to-back TD series out of the gate. New York went bold on its own first drive and turned it around on downs after going for it near midfield. Trailing 14-0 in their second series, they looked to have life left, with Daniel Jones beating Matt Breida for 19. hit through the middle and former teammate James Bradberry took it easily. The Eagles failed to score on their ensuing possession, but the turnover confirmed that the momentum belonged solely to the home team.

Game of the game

Haason Reddick had several highlight-worthy pressures, but Dallas Goedert’s one-handed catch-and-run started it all for Philly:

What’s next

The Giants will go home for the off-season on a bittersweet note: they weren’t even supposed to make the playoffs, so they can be proud of that; yet many improvements await, with Jones still unsigned at QB and both sides of the ball needing multiple upgrades. Meanwhile, the Eagles advance to their second NFC championship game in five years, hosting either the Cowboys or the 49ers on January 29.

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