The Eagles defeat the Giants 22-16 to clinch the NFC East and the top seed in the NFC

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Philadelphia Eagles’ Miles Sanders (26) celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

On Sunday afternoon the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field with one thing on their mind, clinching the number one seed. After back-to-back losses with Gardner Minshew at the helm, the Eagles turned back to their star QB Jalen Hurts.

Hurts had missed the last two games due to a sprained shoulder and unfortunately, the Eagles were unable to get a win to help solidify the NFC East title and the number one seed. 

While the game wasn’t as flashy as most Eagles fans would have liked it to be, Hurts and the birds still found a way to take care of business. The Eagles jumped out to an early 10-0 lead but failed to truly produce after that

Jalen was under pressure for the most part but he also looked as if he was dealing with rust on top of being careful with his shoulder. The Eagles’ offensive game plan also seemed to be very simple but also very ineffective against the Giants’ defense.

The Eagles franchise, QB Jalen Hurts, was asked to throw 30 times heading into the fourth quarter but only produced 206 passing yards with no touchdowns and one interception. The one interception came on an odd pass from Hurts to Smith where Smitty was completely blanketed.

As for the defense, Jonathan Gannon’s group kept the Giants offense in check for majority of the game but late game efforts by Davis Webb kept the Giants in the game. Webb rushed in for a touchdown to bring it to 22-9. Afterwards, Kenny Golladay made a huge catch to bring the score to 22-16. Unfortunately it was too little too late for the Giants as they recovered the ball on the onside kick.

The Eagles were still able to win despite the lack of execution from their offense. The Giants second and third stringers fought back but it wasn’t enough to stop Philly from clinching the number one seed. Philadelphia is now your 2022 NFL East Champions and the number-one seed in the NFC. Philly will now have a bye and wait for their next opponent to come to the Linc.

Eagles Highlights: 

  • A.J. Brown broke Mike Quick’s record for most receding yards in a season as he’ll end the season with 1,496 receiving yards.
  • DeVonta Smith broke Irving Fryar’s record for most receptions in a season by a wide receiver as he’ll end the season with 95.
  • The Eagles’ defensive line finished the season with 70 sacks in the season, falling two shy of the NFL record of 72 sacks in a season.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum