The Eagles’ playoff hopes skyrocketed after their 34-10 thumping of the New York Giants. Philadelphia really struggled during the first half of this game as they only scored three points at the end of the half. The offense really came alive during the second half of the game as they scored 31 points during that half. The defense on the other hand played lights out the whole game as they held the Giants to 10 points and helped the offense out as they scored a defensive touchdown. This article will recap Philadelphia Eagles Week 16 game.
Eagles had their struggles on the ground
The Eagles’ offense has been known for their potent running attack throughout the season, but this was not the case during the game. Furthermore, Philadelphia played a lot of the game without their star running back Miles Sanders as he suffered a hand injury during this game. He ended his day with 45 yards rushing on seven carries.
Jordan Howard and Boston Scott got most of the touches in his place. Scott had 41 carries and one touchdown and Howard rushed for 37 yards. As for Hurts, he had only seven yards throughout the entirety of the game. Overall, Philadelphia had 130 yards on the ground, which is low for the Eagles based on their past few performances.
Passing attack came alive
Jalen Hurts had one of his better passing performances of the season. He had 199 yards through the air and had two touchdowns. He found Quez Watkins deep in deep in the third quarter for a 39-yard completion. It really was not a great pass, but Watkins found a way to out-positioned the defender and come down with the ball. He also found Devonta Smith in the end zone as he found a way to get both feet in bounds. It was close as the play had to be reviewed two times by the officiating crew. Lastly, his last touchdown pass was in the red zone as he found offensive tackle Lane Johnson for a rare touchdown. This was Johnson’s first touchdown of his career and could very well be his last.
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This second half for Hurts really made up for a lackluster first half for the Eagles quarterback. He struggled with accuracy and really did not get much help from his receivers. Multiple receivers dropped passes in that first half. Other than that, it was an impressive offensive game for the Eagles as they showed they can also be successful passing at times.
The Eagles defense shined
Philadelphia as said before played lights out on defense. They really gave Giants quarterback Jake Fromm issues as he could not get anything going for the Giants offense. He went 6 of 17 for 25 yards and had one interception as he would be benched for Mike Glennon in the second half. Glennon was not much better as he only threw for 93 yards with an interception and had a garbage time touchdown to Evan Engram.
Philadelphia also managed to score a defensive touchdown. Alex Singleton had a 29-yard pick-six that really put the game out of hand for the Giants. He ended the day with 12 total tackles and that pick-six. The leading tackler was T.J. Edwards who has been stud for the Eagles all year. He had 16 tackles in this game and almost came down with an interception. Josh Sweat and Milton William had the only Philadelphia sacks in this game, but the defense really made both Giants’ quarterbacks uncomfortable the whole game. Overall, this was one of the Eagles’ more complete games of the year and it puts them in a good position for the playoffs. This concludes this Philadelphia Eagles Week 16 game recap.