The Eagles dominated the Giants from start to finish in beating their division rival 48-22 to improve to 12-1, maintain their lead in the NFC for the No. 1 seed, and clinch a spot in the postseason tournament for the second year in a row.
The Eagles never trailed, starting with a methodical 8:05 touchdown drive on their first possession, opening up a 21-0 lead in the second quarter before the Giants got on the board. The Eagles led by as much as 48-14 before the Giants got a last-minute touchdown.
Quarterback Jalen Hurts once again played at an MVP level, throwing for 217 yards, rushing for 77, and accounting for three total touchdowns. Hurts became the first quarterback in NFL history with double-digit rushing touchdowns in back-to-back seasons. He also posted a 109.2 QB rating.
Running back Miles Sanders rushed for a career-high 144 yards and scored two touchdowns. He now has 11 rushing scores for the season, the most by an Eagles running back since LeSean McCoy in 2011. Sanders also went over the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career.
A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith each had big-play touchdowns. Brown went for over 1,000 yards on the season and scored on a 33-yard score in the second quarter. He had 70 yards to lead the Eagles. Smith had a 41-yard TD as part of a 5-catch, 64-yard effort.
Saquon Barkley played for the Giants, but was limited. The defense feasted on the quarterbacks as Brandon Graham tied a career high with three sacks, and also had a forced fumble. The Eagles had seven sacks on the day!
Here's a recap of the action:
• Eagles get back to their winning ways ... with the coin toss. The defense will start on the field to open the game.
• Avonte Maddox started at the nickel, coming off Injured Reserve on Saturday. The Eagles allowed a first down on a slant pass to wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins, but sacks by Josh Sweat and Haason Reddick ended the drive. Remember, Reddick had the game of his career, a five-sack effort as a member of the Cardinals against the Giants in 2020.
• What an OPENING DRIVE FOR THE EAGLES, capped off by a Miles Sanders 3-yard TD run. It was a 14-play, 84-yard drive that spanned 8:05 to take an early 7-0 lead with 4:14 left in the first quarter.
Jalen Hurts was efficient, completing 9 of 10 pass attempts to seven different receivers for 64 yards. The Eagles mixed 11 and 12 personnel, getting the ball twice to Grant Calcaterra for 24 yards. The Eagles also utilized the empty formation to spread the Giants out. The offensive line negated the Giants' aggressive blitz packages, giving Hurts plenty of time in the pocket. Hurts made a brilliant throw to wide receiver DeVonta Smith to convert a 3rd-and-6, a quick out route despite good coverage by Fabian Moreau. Smith also drew an illegal hands to the face penalty on Moreau to convert another 3rd down.
The TD was Sanders' 10th of the season, a career high. Sanders is the first Eagles RB with 10 rushing TDs in a season since LeSean McCoy in 2011.
• Interesting: Gary Brightwell is the lead back on the second offensive drive for the Giants. Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro reported on the Kickoff Show delivered by Little Caesars that Barkley would be limited. The running back was questionable for today's game with a neck injury.
Brightwell ran for 13 yards up the middle on his first touch, but the Eagles clamped down. T.J. Edwards made a key second-down tackle on a bootleg throw to wide receiver Richie James for a loss. Daniel Jones went deep for Hodgins on 3rd down, but James Bradberry, the former Giants, and Josiah Scott were there in coverage to force the incompletion. Eagles take over with 2:12 remaining in the quarter.
• Eagles get another big 3rd down conversion (a 3rd-and-4 from the 15). Despite getting a free rusher on Hurts, the quarterback calmly delivered a dime to Quez Watkins to extend the drive. Quarter ends with the Eagles ahead 7-0 and holding possession of the ball at their 33.
• On 3rd-and-6, Hurts scrambles from a broken pocket to convert with an 8-yard run to extend the drive. The Eagles freed Smith on a rub route, as the wide receiver caught the ball on a shallow crosser and ran up the left sideline for 15 yards. The Eagles' first big decision, a 4th-and-7 from the Giants' 41, AND HURTS THROWS A DIME TO DeVONTA SMITH FOR THE TOUCHDOWN!!!!! Safety Julian Love should have either broken up the pass or at least stopped Smith, but he completely whiffed and Smith walked into the end zone. It's 14-0 with 12:05 left in the first half.
Two drives, two touchdowns for the offense. Hurts is 15-of-20 for 138 yards and a touchdown. Smith has 5 catches for 64 yards and the touchdown.
• The Eagles allowed a first down on a 3rd-and-4, a 9-yard pass over the middle from Jones to tight end Daniel Bellinger. But that's it! Matt Brieda, again no Barkley, was stuffed twice and then Fletcher Cox flushed out Jones, who was able to get the ball to Bellinger, but Marcus Epps laid the hammer for a loss of 1. Then, a bizarre punt situation. Jamie Gillan dropped the ball as he went to punt it. He kicked the ball after the bounce off the ground. The refs are trying to figure out where the ball should be spotted.
• Holy! The Giants are called for an illegal kick which is a 10-yard penalty from the line of scrimmage and a loss of down. The Eagles take over at the Giants' 33-yard line with 8:24 remaining in the half.
• FIRST DOWN TOUCHDOWN. A.J. Brown wins on a corner route against Nick McCloud to get WIDE OPEN for the 33-yard touchdown. It's 21-0 with 8:16 left in the half! Brown is the first Eagle to produce 10+ receiving TDs in a season since Jeremy Maclin in 2014.
• Barkley is back in for the Giants and they waste no time feeding him. Barkley gained 16 yards on a short pass along the right side and then he weaved his way up the middle for gains of 5 yards and 9 yards, respectively. Reed Blankenship was injured on the play. Blankenship is in for C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who is on Injured Reserve. Brandon Graham and Patrick Johnson teamed up for a tackle for loss on Barkley to set up 3rd-and-10. On 3rd down, T.J. Edwards came up with the pass breakup for force another punt. Eagles take over from their own 8-yard line with 5:05 left in the half.
• Hurts went for a shot play on first down deep down the right side for Watkins. The pass was incomplete and Watkins appeared to get injured on the play. Watkins battled a shoulder injury from last Sunday's win over the Titans. The Giants' pass rush finally got to Hurts on 3rd-and-5. Jordan Mailata was called for a holding penalty against edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux.
• Linebacker Elerson Smith blocked Arryn Siposs' punt in the end zone. Siposs picked up the ball on the bounce and returned it to the 15-yard line, just short of the first down. Siposs had to be helped off the field by the trainers, something to watch.
• The Giants convert the opportunity with a Jones touchdown to Hodgins. First, Jones hit Bellinger on a short pass for a gain of 11 to set up goal-to-go at the 4-yard line. Two plays later, Jones rolled right, bought time, and Hodgins freed himself, working against Darius Slay for the score. It's 21-7 with 2:57 remaining in the half.
• The Giant Killer strikes to get the momentum back in the Eagles' favor. Boston Scott took the kickoff return 66 yards to the Giants' 35-yard line. That's a career long for Scott, who has scored 8 touchdowns in his career against the Giants, earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors after a 3-TD effort in 2019 to help the Eagles seal the NFC East title.
• The Eagles take advantage of the short field with a 29-yard field goal by Jake Elliott to make it 24-7 with 54 seconds left in the half. Note that Britain Covey took over the holding duties for Siposs.
• Another opportunity for the offense? Fletcher Cox sacked Jones on 3rd down to force a quick three-and-out. Reddick helped with the initial pressure. Giants to punt with 26 seconds left. The Eagles threw a short pass to Kenneth Gainwell, but half ends with a 17-point edge for Philadelphia. Eagles get the ball first to start the second half.
Jalen Hurts is 17/24 for 171 yards and 2 TDs for a 118.6 QB rating.
Miles Sanders has 44 rushing yards on eight carries and a touchdown.
DeVonta Smith has 64 yards on 5 catches and a touchdown.
The defense has 3 sacks – Josh Sweat, Haason Reddick, and Fletcher Cox. Marcus Epps leads with 5 tackles.
Daniel Jones is 9/13 for 61 yards and a TD for a 105.0 QB rating.
Saquon Barkley has 20 rushing yards and 20 receiving yards.
• The weather turned sour with persistent rain to open the third quarter. With the big lead, the Eagles turned to the ground game. Hurts and Sanders combined for 64 yards to get into scoring position. A 3rd-down throw on a corner route to Smith was a drop in the bucket, but the wide receiver couldn't quite get the second foot in bounds. Elliott, with Covey as the holder, nails his second field goal, this time from 39 yards out to make it 27-7 with 11:21 remaining in the quarter.
• Jones shows off his athleticism by getting the defense to buy the fake handoff to Barkley before escaping to the right for a gain of 16 yards. That sparked Jones in the passing game as he hit James and Hodgins for consecutive 15-yard gains. The Eagles got the Giants to 3rd-and-3 at the 10-yard line, but Jones hit Brightwell for a 6-yard gain. Three plays later, Jones snuck it in himself from the 1-yard line to cut into the Eagles' lead. It's 27-14 with 5:40 left in the third quarter.
• Key injury update for Eagles: Kyron Johnson (shoulder), Arryn Siposs (ankle), and Reed Blankenship (knee) are all OUT for the rest of the game.
• Scott got the offense off to a good start with a 35-yard return to the Eagles' 37-yard line. Jack Stoll caught a short pass from Hurts and turned it into a 14-yard gain for gain a first down. Three plays later, on 3rd-and-1, the Eagles pitch to Miles Sanders to the right for a gain of 17 to get Sanders over 1,000 yards on the season for the first time in his career. Brown earlier in the drive eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards on the year. It's Brown's 3rd 1K season in 4 NFL years. And, not to be outdone, Hurts finishes off the drive with a designed run up the middle. Jason Kelce pulls in front and the Giants vacated the middle of the field for a 10-yard touchdown. It's 34-14 with 1:41 left in the third quarter.
Hurts has tied his own franchise QB record of 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season.
• The Eagles' nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, Brandon Graham, notched a sack of Jones to force a 3rd-and-long. The Giants went for it on 4th-and-4, but tight end Chris Myarick was called for pass interference forcing the Giants to punt.
• The Eagles are stymied as edge rusher Azeez Ojulari sacked Hurts. Jake Elliott was brought on the punt for Siposs. Giants take over at the Giants' 25-yard line.
• Giants keep their slim hopes alive on a 4th-and-5 as Jones escaped pressure for the first yard, a 6-yard gain. Barkley seems to be sidelined for the afternoon. But the Giants couldn't convert that into points. On a 4th-and-8 from the Eagles' 23, the pass rush swarmed Jones and his pass to James had no chance. Eagles take over with 9:58 remaining.
• Lane Johnson suffered an abdominal injury and Jack Driscoll is in at right tackle. Despite a sack of Hurts on first down, the quarterback hit Brown on a slant to get 19 yards on second down before sneaking it on 3rd-and-short to extend the drive. Sanders went for over 100 yards on the day with a 10-yard gain to the right side to move the chains.
• MILES SANDERS FINISHES OFF THE GIANTS! He scores on a 40-yard touchdown down the right sideline to make it 41-14 with 6:01 left in the game.
Sanders has a career-high 144 yards and now has 11 touchdowns on the season.
• BG PUTS THE EXCLAMATION POINT! He strip-sacks Tyrod Taylor and the loose ball is recovered by Patrick Johnson to give the Eagles the ball right back. It's Graham's second sack of the day.
• The Giant Killer pads the point total with his ninth career touchdown, a 3-yard rush up the middle, to make it 48-14 with 3:09 remaining.
• BG gets his THIRD SACK OF THE GAME just before the two-minute warning. It ties his career high which came against the other "New York" team in 2019.