Friday, February 3, 2023

Eagles overwhelm Giants and will dispute national title

PHILADELPHIA ( Associated Press) – It only took one pass. Jalen Hurts fumbled the ball on his first attempt of the game, removing any doubt about the status of his right shoulder in Philadelphia.

It was made quite clear that he is doing great.

Hurts threw two touchdown passes, as well as a rushing touchdown during an effective first half, and the Eagles beat the New York Giants 38–7 on Saturday to clinch the NFC title game.

The quarterback is back, as are the Eagles, strong candidates to win the Super Bowl.

“It’s a big deal to have him here. I know this praise may seem excessive, but it’s like when Michael Jordan played,” said Nick Siriani, referring to the legendary basketball player. “He’s a leader, a player to follow. I have so much respect for him.”

Philadelphia, which led the NL in the regular season and went 13-1, will play that conference final next Sunday against either Dallas or San Francisco.

Down the stretch of the regular season, Hurts missed two games, a loss to Philadelphia, due to a right shoulder sprain. He featured little in the final game of the season against the Giants, when the Eagles let off the gas in an effort to protect their Pro Bowl quarterback.

But in the headlines of the post-season, the Eagles mounted an attack that humiliated the Giants. Hurts shone with his arm early, and Philadelphia’s offensive line opened big holes for Miles Sanders and Kenneth Gainwell.

The Eagles finished with 268 rushing yards.

“I had a feeling this was what Jalen looked like before,” Sanders said.

Hurts proved he was fine when he threw a pass on the second play of the game and connected with Devonta Smith for a 40-yard drive. The fun had just begun in Philadelphia.

Hurts was impeccable in that series. He completed nine more passes for five yards before a 16-yard pass into the end zone was caught with one hand by tight end Dallas Goedert.

The second series was more of the same. The quarterback hits 12 and 9 yards. Then another 9-yard pass led to a Smith score.

The score was 14–0 in the first quarter and the Giants were shut out. They turned the ball over on their first possession after three downs. In the second, James Bradberry intercepted a Daniel Jones pass.

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