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Game Recap: Eagles 38, Giants 7

DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown
DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown

Five years to the day after their last home playoff victory – the NFC Championship triumph over the Minnesota Vikings – the Eagles punched their ticket to the NFC Championship Game, winning by the same exact score.

This time, however, the victims were the New York Giants, as the Eagles raced out to a 28-0 halftime lead and never turned back, beating the division rivals for the third time this season, 38-7.

The Eagles await the winner of Sunday's showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. Regardless of who wins, the Eagles will host the NFC Championship Game at Lincoln Financial Field next Sunday at 3 PM (FOX, 94WIP).

Philadelphia set the tone on the opening drive of the game with an 8-play, 75-yard drive that featured tight end Dallas Goedert shoving Giants cornerback Adoree Jackson out of the way after DeVonta Smith hauled in a 40-yard reception before Goedert scored on a 16-yard touchdown to take an early 7-0 lead.

The defense dominated the Giants as the Eagles held the New York offense to just three first downs on their first six possessions.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts won his first career playoff game with a super-efficient outing, completing 16-of-24 pass attempts for 154 yards with three total touchdowns for a 112.2 passer rating. Hurts added another 34 yards on the ground.

The Eagles' offensive line welcomed back tackle Lane Johnson to the lineup after the All-Pro was sidelined with a groin injury and smashed on the ground, amassing 416 total yards and 268 yards on the ground, paced by Kenneth Gainwell's 112-yard outing.

From a receiving standpoint, Smith had six catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. Goedert finished with five catches for 58 yards and the score.

The defensive line feasted as well with five sacks, paced by Haason Reddick and Josh Sweat each posting 1.5.

Some of the other amazing numbers – the Eagles doubled the Giants in first downs (26-13), the Eagles were 10-of-14 on third down and 4-of-5 in the red zone.

The Giants finished with just 227 yards of offense as Daniel Jones threw for just 135 yards with an interception, while Saquon Barkley had 61 yards although 39 came on one play in the second half.

Check out the entire game recap below:

The Giants won the coin toss, calling tails. They have deferred to the second half. The Eagles' offense will be on the field first, following the opening kickoff.

Eagles offense makes an early statement

Any questions about the offense? Jalen Hurts provided an emphatic answer on the game's opening drive. Hurts was 5-for-5 for 68 yards, capping off the drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Goedert, who made a great one-handed grab on the catch and run.

The big play was a 40-yard deep shot to DeVonta Smith on an over route. The Eagles converted two third-down situations on the drive, including the touchdown throw.

It's 7-0, Eagles, with 10:06 remaining in the first quarter.

Kenneth Gainwell with the exclamation point

As the Eagles tried to run out the clock, Gainwell scored on a 35-yard touchdown behind the right side of the line. Gainwell is at 112 yards on 12 carries for the night.

Giants go for it on fourth down and get denied

The league's top pass rush came through in a big way as Haason Reddick sacked quarterback Daniel Jones on back-to-back plays, including a fourth-and-8 from the Eagles' 40-yard line, to end the Giants' first offensive possession.

No QB sneak?

The Eagles, on their second possession, lined up at the Giants' 43-yard in the sneak formation on a 3rd-and-1. Hurts, instead, tossed the ball to running back Kenneth Gainwell and gained 14 yards to the left side thanks to a devastating block from Goedert on Giants cornerback Adoree Jackson.

Eagles take 14-0 lead with 1:21 remaining in first quarter

Hurts capped off the second drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Smith. It was a quick throw to the right side and A.J. Brown blocked Jackson to provide the room needed for the score.

James Bradberry INTERCEPTION!

The Giants' second drive was quick as Jones' pass to wide receiver Darius Slayton was intercepted by former Giant James Bradberry and returned 8 yards to the Giants' 46-yard line.

A different type of contact

The Giants, early in the second quarter, had to take a timeout after Jones' contact lens came out after a 1-yard run. The Eagles forced a three-and-out on the drive, thanks in large part to a bang-bang tackle made by Bradberry on wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins, who caught the ball at the first-down line, but juggled it, and the tackle kept him short of the sticks.

A Philly welcome

Super Bowl Champions Brent Celek, Malcolm Jenkins, and Torrey Smith were shown on the videoboards during a second-quarter break, which sent the sold-out crowd at the Linc into a frenzy. To make it even better, former Giants quarterback Eli Manning was shown on the boards, much to the delight of the Philly faithful.

Yes, Boston Scott scores a TD to make it 21-0

You just knew he was going to get the ball. Boston Scott scored his 11th (out of his 18 total) career touchdown against the New York Giants with 7:29 remaining in the first half to extend the Eagles' lead to 21-0.

The run capped a nine-play, 63-yard drive as the Eagles grinded the ball out on the ground. Miles Sanders had six runs to open the drive, as eight of the nine plays were runs.

Jalen Hurts TD run extends lead to 28-0

QB1 did the work himself to cap off a 14-play, 72-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run to make it 28-0 with 43 seconds left in the first half. The Eagles ran the ball seven times on the drive, with an 18-yard run by Sanders and a 10-yard run by Scott as the key plays on the drive.

Quite simply, a dominant first half by the Eagles

Here are the numbers from the first 30 minutes.

The Eagles outgained the Giants 258-64. The Eagles totaled 18 first downs, to just three for the Giants.

Philadelphia doubled New York in time of possession, 20:12 to 9:48.

Head Coach Nick Sirianni stressed situational football and the Eagles – were 6-of-7 on third down and 4-of-4 in the red zone. The Giants were 1-of-6 on third- and fourth-down combined with no red zone trips.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts was 12-of-17 for 118 yards with 3 total touchdowns and a 129.0 passer rating.

Miles Sanders did a lot of the heavy lifting with 75 yards on 13 carries. Hurts added 30 yards on the ground.

DeVonta Smith led the receivers with four catches for 53 yards, while tight end Dallas Goedert provided 35 yards on four catches.

Haason Reddick has 1.5 sacks for the defense, while Reddick split the second with Josh Sweat.

Giants quarterback Daniel Jones was 6-of-10 for 57 yards with an interception.

Running back Saquon Barkley has just 7 yards on four carries. Jones is actually the leading rusher for the Giants with 13 yards.

More of the same to open the second half

The Giants went three and out on their opening possession of the third quarter. After a Barkley 4-yard run on first down, Bradberry had good coverage on a deep shot down the left sideline for Slayton. On 3rd-and-6, Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon brought the house and Jones threw an incompletion.

Giants get on the board

It seemed as if the Giants were content to stick with the run game, but Barkley finally broke one up the middle, gaining 39 yards on a 3rd-and-2 to get to the Eagles' 41-yard line. The Giants converted another 3rd down with a 3-yard scramble by Jones to the 19-ard line. Two plays later, the Giants punched it in as Barkley took a direct snap, handed off to running back Matt Brieda for an 8-yard touchdown.

It's now 28-7 with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter.

Eagles recover Jalen Hurts fumble

Giants safety Xavier McKinney blitzed off the edge from the left side of the defense and tight end Jack Stoll was unable to deter him from getting to Hurts for a strip-sack. The Eagles recovered, but had to punt.

Before Brett Kern pinned the Giants at their own 7-yard line, the Eagles tried to draw the Giants offsides as Reed Blankenship acted as if he was going to take a direct snap before lining up under center. The Eagles took the delay of game penalty before the punt.

Eagles make Giants pay for punting the ball away

Down 28-7 with 13:21 remaining in the game and facing a 4th-and-6 from their 42-yard line, the Giants decided to punt the ball away.

How did the Eagles respond?

Only with a 15-play, 70-yard drive that evaporated 7:56 off the clock that ended with a Jake Elliott 30-yard field goal to make it 31-7 with 5:16 left.

The Eagles gained five first downs and running back Kenneth Gainwell accounted for 49 rushing yards on the drive.

The sack party continues

After missing the regular-season finale with a scary neck injury, defensive end Josh Sweat blindsided Jones and karate-chopped the ball away for a sack and forced fumble. The Giants recovered but two plays later Brandon Graham came up with a sack of Jones as the Eagles eventually forced the turnover on downs to get the ball back.

Gardner Minshew is in at quarterback

With 2:51 remaining, the Eagles pulled several starters on offense, including quarterback Jalen Hurts.

The Eagles throttled the New York Giants 38-7 to advance to the NFC Championship Game. They will host either the Dallas Cowboys or the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Check out the Eagles as they arrive to Lincoln Financial Field in advance of the NFC Divisional Round showdown against the Giants.

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