8:25 PM Giants at Eagles
lose to the Eagles 38-7
was totally one-sided in the first half of this game, and the Giants were on the
wrong side. The Eagles started off by scoring a touchdown on their opening drive.
Daniel Jones got his guys down to the Eagles 35 yard line, and took a sack that
brought up fourth down. I was surprised that head coach Brian Daboll decided to
go for it, needing 8 yards for a first down at this point in the game. Jones took
another sack, and the Eagles had the ball at their own 48 yard line. They soon
scored another touchdown, and had a 14-0 lead.
What if I told you that drive
where Jones took two sacks was the best Giants drive of the first half? They gained
28 yards on that drive on 8 plays, and the rest were three-and-out or less, because
one was a two play drive that ended with an interception. Meanwhile the Eagles
used up most of the time scoring two more touchdowns, and were up 28-0 at the
end of the half.
The Giants were 3-and-out to start the third quarter, but
it was encouraging to see our defense get the Eagles off the field just as fast
right after. On top of that, Jones
put together a 10 play drive that included a 39-yard run by Saquon Barkley. They
went 88 yards ending things with a direct snap to Barkley, who handed the ball
off to Matt Breida for an 8-yard touchdown!
The Giants were finally on board,
but still trailing 28-7 with more than half the third quarter gone. The defense
held again, but Jones took a sack on his turn, and when a 3rd-and-6 pass to Darius
Slayton didn't work out, the Giants had to punt. The Eagles then ran the ball
as much as they could, chewing up nearly eight minutes and two Giants timeouts,
on their way to scoring a field goal to put them up 31-7.
There wasn't much
hope with just over five minutes to play, and after Jones was sacked, he managed
to overcome a 4th-and-16 with a pass to Marcus Johnson. Jones reward was to be
sacked on the next play. Three plays later, an incompletion on another fourth
down play ended the drive. The Eagles didn't have far to go and a few plays later,
to make things even worse on the night, their running back broke free with a 35-yard
touchdown run, and a 38-7 score.
With less than two minutes to go, the Giants
managed to keep Jones sack free on two of his passes, and the other three plays
were runs until time ran out. I was so hoping the Giants would be able to win
this game, or at least look more respectable than they did losing this one. Nothing
seemed to work very well, and it will be interesting to see how the Cowboys do
tomorrow, and how far the Eagles can carry things in next week's playoffs."
Hurts injured his shoulder, and the Eagles, a team that had just one loss on the
season, lost the next two games without him. Hurts was back for the team's last
game of the season with the Eagles needing a win to clinch the NFC East and home
field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. Their task was made easier as the
Giants had already locked up the No 6 seed in the playoffs, and the Giants fielded
a mixed bag of players, including a quarterback who had never started a game,
or even completed a pass in the NFL.
The Giants would have fought tooth and
nail if they needed a win in that game, and the Eagles got what they wanted with
a 22-16 win. The Giants got what they wanted as well. With their main starters
rested, they were at their best traveling on to Minnesota, and were able to take
down the Vikings in their first playoff game 31-24.
Going into this game, one
of the included health issues was of course how Hurts would hold up. Even being
used carefully in that last game, the Giants backups sacked him 3 times. The Eagles
were looking to have right tackle Lane Johnson back, hopefully playing at full
strength to help keep the Giants real starters at bay. On the Giants side, outside
linebacker Azeez Ojulari had been dealing with a quad injury, and the thought
was he would be limited in this game.
The way it played out, the Eagles showed
what they can do when they go full force compared to their last game with the
Giants, using a more cautious approach. By the end of the first half, the Giants
offense had managed just three first downs, and the Eagles had touchdowns on four
of their five drives. Their defense had an interception, 2 sacks, and limited
the Giants to just 64 total yards.
There was no respite for the Giants in the
second half. Even though they came up with a touchdown for the first score, that
was it. The Eagles added a field goal and a touchdown, and the final score was
an embarrassing 38-7 loss for the Giants. The Eagles made sure Darius Slayton
was covered, and Jones was able to connect with him on 1 of 5 passes for 4 yards.
Isaiah Hodgins was targeted for only 2 passes, and caught 1 for 3 yards.
James was the leading receiver, with 7 catches on 10 targets for 51 yards. Jones
completed 15 of his 27 passes for 135 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception.
He took 5 sacks, and his 6 carries for 24 yards contributed to the team's total
118 rushing yards. Saquon Barkley had 9 carries for 61 yards, and caught 2 passes
for 21 yards. Matt Breida scored the only touchdown for the Giants with an 8-yard
The Giants defense was a total letdown as evidenced by the score. They
came up with only one sack on Hurts, and he threw two touchdowns. They allowed
three rushing touchdowns, one by Hurts, and one each by running backs Kenneth
Gainwell and Boston Scott. Miles Sanders carried the ball the most, and that running
back trio, along with Hurts, totaled 268 rushing yards.
It was a tough loss
for the Giants tonight, and they finished up with a
9-7-1 regular season record, and a 1-1 postseason record. It was a good season
for the Giants, and now it's time to plan for the future. Player contracts will
be on their minds for Jones and Barkley, and a number of other players."
| First Quarter
Dallas Goedert 16 Yd pass from Jalen Hurts (Jake Elliott Kick)
8 plays, 75 yards, 4:54
DeVonta Smith 9 Yd pass from Jalen Hurts (Jake Elliott Kick)
Drive info: 8
plays, 52 yards, 4:18
| Second Quarter |
Boston Scott 3 Yd Run (Jake Elliott Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yards, 4:52
Jalen Hurts 5 Yd Run (Jake Elliott Kick)
Drive info: 14 plays, 72 yards, 5:04
Third Quarter |
Matt Breida 8 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 88 yards, 6:01
Fourth Quarter |
Elliott 30 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 15 plays, 70 yards, 7:56
Kenneth Gainwell 35 Yd Run (Jake Elliott Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 36 yards,
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