It just wasn’t meant to be for the NY Giants on Saturday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. Leading up to the Divisional Round showdown with the Birds, the Giants had a lot of confidence from their Wild Card Round win over the Minnesota Vikings, but Philly dominated on both sides of the ball.
With no answer for Jalen Hurts and Co., the Giants were down 28-0 at halftime and there was no miracle in the final 30 minutes of action, with the Eagles recording a 38-7 victory. While this loss is tough to swallow, it doesn’t take away from the brilliant campaign the G-Men were able to record. Having said that, this was a frustrating defeat, and we take a look at four things that stood out to us following the final whistle.
4. The Eagles showcased they’re the better team
As much as we hate to admit it, the Eagles are the better team right now. Giants fans were riding high before kickoff on Saturday, still feeling great from the upset win over the Vikings. However, Philly reminded everyone why they’re the NFC’s No. 1 seed, as they wasted no time in turning heads against Big Blue.
Jalen Hurts is still dealing with his bum shoulder, but goodness, he looked fantastic in this one. On the first two drives of the game, Hurts was brilliant, going a perfect 7-for-7 for 89 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants secondary looked lost early on and that’s just a testament to the strong play of the Philly QB. Hurts finished with 152 yards passing and his two TDs, while he added another score on the ground.
Defensively, the Eagles were prepared for Daniel Jones and the rest of the Giants offense. Barkley was non-existent in the first 30 minutes of action, which no one wanted to see. The James Bradberry interception of Jones was back-breaking, as it was Jones’ first INT since Christmas Eve. Everything that could have gone wrong for the Giants in the first half – well, it did. You’ve got to give credit to the Eagles for that. They were ready from the opening kick and NY Wasn’t.