Grading the Giants’ 31-7 divisional spherical playoff loss to the Eagles on Saturday.
This seems to be a complete lot totally different when it’s the rugged Eagles and never the lame Vikings on the market attempting to cease you. There was nothing occurring all night time. Daniel Jones (15 of 27, 135 yards, 1 INT) by no means had an opportunity. Jones was sacked 5 instances and was baited and overwhelmed by CB James Bradberry for a second-quarter interception. He ran six instances for twenty-four yards. Saquon Barkley (9-61) was no issue — he had 7 speeding yards at halftime. Whole of 227 yards was uninspiring. Richie James (7-51) ran free late within the fourth quarter and dropped what ought to have been a 77-yard landing hookup. Ugly. Isaiah Hodgins (1-3) was blanketed all recreation, as was Darius Slayton (1-4). Dangerous ending.
What the Eagles wished to do they beautiful a lot did, rolling to 416 complete yards, changing 10 of 14 on third down, holding the ball for 35:43. Domination. A season-long difficulty — stopping the run — was uncovered because the Eagles rumbled for 268 yards, led by backup Kenneth Gainwell (12-112) and Miles Sanders (17-90). Jalen Hurts (16 of 24, 154 yards, 2 TDs) didn’t should do a lot heavy lifting. He ran it 9 instances for 34 yards and seemed wholesome. Xavier McKinney slipped on a key third down on the primary collection, permitting TE Dallas Goedert to run free on a 16-yard TD catch and run. McKinney had a sack and compelled fumble on Hurts within the third quarter. ILB Jarrad Davis was referred to as for an pointless roughing penalty for hitting Gainwell after an incomplete move. Dangerous ending.
Gary Brightwell returned the primary two kickoffs 22 yards apiece and opened the second half with a 28-yard return. Jamie Gillan’s first punt traveled 45 yards and there was no return, his second went 48 yards, additionally with no return and his third punt was 45 yards, once more with no return. Richie James did an honest job backtracking to area a booming 56-yard punt on a bounce to stop the ball rolling deeper into Giants territory. Grade: B.
A masterful first 12 months for Brian Daboll ended with a stinker, as he had no solutions to unravel the Eagles. Daboll’s nature is to be aggressive, however going for it on fourth-and-8 from the Philly 40-yard line on the primary offensive collection appeared a bit extreme and it didn’t pan out. Within the fourth quarter, Daboll didn’t go for it on fourth-and-6, trailing by 21 factors. Wink Martindale continued to battle discovering methods to cease opposing operating video games, a illness that harm the protection all season. Mike Kafka didn’t get right into a rhythm as a play-caller on offense, which is what occurs when your aspect is outplayed up entrance.