Eagles snap counts vs. Giants: Jalen Hurts, Lane Johnson dominate Divisional Round despite injuries
For the seventh time since 2000, the Philadelphia Eagles are headed to the NFC Championship Game.
On the fifth anniversary of the Eagles dog-walking Minnesota 38-7 at Lincoln Financial field, Jalen Hurts and co. posted the same result on Saturday night vs. the Giants.
Today: 38-7— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 22, 2023
5 years ago today: 38-7
A look at the official snap counts from the Divisional Round:
Still battling a shoulder sprain, Jalen Hurts played in every offensive snap until Sirianni pulled starters to end the game. QB1 abolished any lingering doubts about his throwing ability on the first pass attempt, connecting on a 40-yard strike to DeVonta Smith.
Hurts threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, seemingly picking up right where he left off before getting injured in Chicago. He only threw for 154 yards, but that’s all that was needed to defeat the Giants for a third time this season.
“To have him out there is like — I know this is high praise, but to have him out there is like having — I shouldn’t even go there — it’s like having Michael Jordan out there,” Sirianni told reporters after the game. “He’s your leader. He’s your guy.”
The unsung hero award deserves to go to RT Lane Johnson, who suited up for this game despite a torn abductor. In 26 pass-blocking snaps, Johnson gave up zero sacks, zero pressures, and zero QB hits, taking Kayvon Thibodeaux completely out of the game. When it comes to the toughest players in football, Lane Johnson is atop the list.
Kenneth Gainwell played in 37% of the snaps and had the most productive game of his career, totaling 112 yards and TD on 12 carries. The Eagles rushed for 268 yards as a team, with Gainwell’s late 35-yard score capping off the 38-7 victory.
AJ Brown had to come out for a few plays as his leg got dinged up, but he was reportedly fine after the game. Zach Pascal outsnapped Quez Watkins at the third WR spot.
Game was over 45 seconds in. pic.twitter.com/PINGQ3PIud— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) January 22, 2023
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Philly’s defensive line remained fresh in this game, with all players seeing under 35 snaps. Brandon Graham played just 12 snaps on Saturday night but was still able to notch a sack on Daniel Jones. Haason Reddick continued his dominance on defense, recording five tackles, 1.5 sacks, and three QB hits.
CB James Bradberry stuck it to his former team, intercepting a pass intended for Darius Slayton late in the first quarter. One week after shredding Minnesota’s defense, Daniel Jones threw for just 135 yards against Philly’s defense, while Saquon Barkey was held to just 61 yards rushing.
The Eagles reminded everyone why they were considered strong title contenders for much of the season and now move on to host the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game.
“Well, crash landing here. Give Philly credit. They did everything better than we did [Saturday],” Daboll said. “Tough game. We really got beat in all facets, so it wasn’t one thing in particular. It was a team game, and we just didn’t get it done. Congratulations to Philly. They get to move on and unfortunately we don’t.”
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