PHILADELPHIA — — Take a have a look at all the nice fortune the Philadelphia Eagles have enjoyed ahead of their postseason opener and it’s no wonder they’re feeling great a few Super Bowl run.
Jalen Hurts is healthy (enough) after the Pro Bowl quarterback missed two games late within the 12 months with a sprained right shoulder. All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson was left off the injury report Thursday for the primary time since he suffered a torn adductor late last month. The NFC postseason runs through the Linc. The Eagles went 2-0 this season against the Recent York Giants, their NFC East rivals who will probably be visiting on Saturday night. They usually are the No. 1 seed within the NFC.
Life is nice in Philly.
“We all know we put ourselves on this position by what we did all season,” Hurts said.
Just a fast refresher on every part the Eagles did: They began 8-0 and 13-1 as Hurts surged into MVP contention. The Eagles finished 7-2 at home and even beat teams that featured key players of their last Super Bowl win, Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz.
In any case the hand-wringing in Philly for a long time over the Eagles (14-3) never having had won a Super Bowl, optimism runs as high as a Schwarbomb that they’ll make it two championships in five years.
The last No. 1 seed to win a Super Bowl? Yup, the Eagles in 2018 over the vaunted Recent England Patriots.
Comparisons are welcome.
“We’re 17, 18 weeks into this and we must always be playing our greatest football by now,” coach Nick Sirianni said.
The Giants (10-7-1) have gone from a team that posted five straight losing seasons to at least one that made the playoffs in coach Brian Daboll’s first 12 months. Recent York is coming off a 31-24 win over Minnesota within the wild-card round.
For QB Daniel Jones and the Giants, the season is already a powerful success. For the Eagles, a postseason-opening loss in Sirianni’s second 12 months — after a dreadful defeat to Tampa Bay in last 12 months’s playoffs — would make this season a powerful bust.
The Eagles are a healthy 7 1/2-point favorite, , and the Saturday night start means fans will probably be buzzing — and buzzed from daylong tailgating — from pregame introductions.
“Their crowd is brutal and it helps when their team is nearly as good as they’re,” Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas said.
Crazy things have happened in only one weekend of postseason football.
The Eagles don’t wish to be just one other victim.
Cal Ripken Jr. was on the horn to speak baseball but when Philadelphia was mentioned, the Baltimore Orioles great had an issue about one other sports bird. How is Hurts feeling?
“I knew he was going to play, but I’m just wondering the shoulder, how much it’s lingered, how much it’s bothering him,” Ripken said.
The reply: seemingly not much.
Hurts was faraway from the injury report this week and was described by Sirianni as “full go” against the Giants. In other words, no more vanilla offense. The Eagles took no possibilities with Hurts within the season finale and used a conservative game plan to ease him back into the lineup after his two-game absence.
“The consistency we had all season, the main target we had all season, I don’t think anything changes when it comes to the method,” Hurts said. “The method stays the identical throughout every part. But the usual rises.”
Sure, the Giants are frightened about them.
But the true Giant slayer is running back Boston Scott. Scott had two of his three rushing touchdowns this season against Recent York — one in each game — and a whopping 10 of his 17 profession TDs are against the Giants.
“It predates my time here,” Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale said. “He’s a very good running back. They’ve got a stable of excellent running backs. I can’t answer it. I do know simply because he scored, I don’t think he’s a Giant killer.”
Let’s take a have a look at the Eagles’ sweep.
The Eagles clinched a playoff berth once they beat the Giants 48-22 on Dec. 11 at MetLife Stadium. Hurts threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns and he rushed for one. Sanders ran for 144 yards and scored on runs of three and 40 yards.
The Eagles’ defense finished with seven sacks, including three by Brandon Graham.
Jones and Tyrod Taylor threw touchdown passes for the Giants.
The second game had lower stakes, though Hurts threw for 229 yards in a 22-16 win Jan. 8 within the regular-season finale in Philly. The Giants already had the No. 6 seed secured and rested the majority of their players. Jones took a seat. So did Saquon Barkley and his 1,312 yards rushing.
Everyone seems to be all in for the playoffs.
The Giants need all the assistance they’ll get. The four-time Super Bowl champion franchise has lost nine straight games in Philadelphia. Recent York’s most up-to-date win there got here on Oct. 27, 2013.
Sirianni was working his way up the NFL coaching ranks in Kansas City when Daboll joined the staff in 2012 as an assistant coordinator. The 2 developed a quick friendship. Sirianni considered Daboll considered one of his mentors. Daboll’s circuitous route took him to the school ranks after which to Buffalo, where he helped turn Josh Allen right into a franchise QB. Daboll showed no real interest in the Eagles job after Doug Pederson was fired in 2021, and Philly hired Sirianni off Indianapolis’ staff.
“A whole lot of my development as a coach got here from him, so no surprise the Giants are playing the best way they’re because I understand how good of a coach Brian Daboll is,” Sirianni said.
Daboll knows Hurts well after having served as offensive coordinator/QB coach at Alabama in 2017 when Hurts was the starting QB there before transferring to Oklahoma.
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