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Philadelphia moves up to number 7 in the NFC with a dominant second half

The Eagles scored 31 points in the second half to crush the Giants (Author: Gardener)

PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Eagles had a dominant second half against the New York Giants, scoring 31 unanswered points in a 34-10 win - and finishing 7th in the NFC playoffs thanks to the Minnesota Vikings Angeles Rams loss on Sunday. Philadelphia and New York were tied 3-3 at halftime when the Eagles struggled to move the ball in the first half, but the Eagles took advantage of many of the Giants' mistakes in the second half to turn them into defeat. The Eagles scored four goals in a row to open the second half, highlighted by a 3-yard touchdown run by Boston Scott, who finally put Philadelphia in the lead 10-3, and a 4-yard catch for DeVonta Smith, the Philadelphia 20-3 and full mastery of the game. Lane Johnson - yes, the offensive lineman - caught a touchdown pass in the second half. At the Giants' next scrimmage game after the Johnson touchdown, Alex Singleton intercepted Mike Glennon's pass and walked 29 yards in the other direction for the 34-3 touchdown. Glennon replaced Jake Fromm, who started for the Giants, in the third quarter. Fromm was miserable in his first career start, finishing 6 of 17 for 25 yards with a touchdown and an interception in defeat. The Giants finished offensive with less than 200 yards. Jalen Hurts bounced back from a slow start to finish 17 of 29 for 199 yards with two touchdowns. Smith had five catches for 80 yards and a score, while Miles Sanders recorded seven carries for 45 yards in the first half before leaving with a hand injury. Philadelphia has the last playoff spot in the NFC with two games outstanding, while New York is eliminated from the postseason. The Eagles didn't have a great first half, but they deserve a ton of credit for making the halftime adjustments against a poor Giants team. Hurts, looking plagued with an ankle injury, went 10 of 12 for 105 yards and two touchdowns (rating 142.7) in the second half, while racing just 7 yards in the afternoon. Hurts hit Quez Watkins with a 40-yard pass to get a score and tossed Smith a nice pass on a rollout that resulted in a touchdown that increased the Eagles by three points. The Eagles only had a 130-yard rush but were able to move the ball efficiently in the second half. The Giants offensive against the Eagles was disastrous, starting with Fromm in his three-quarters before being benched for Glennon. Glennon was no better than Fromm, throwing back an interception for a score in the fourth quarter before the Eagles put in their second strings. The Giants averaged just 2.6 yards per game that day, going 8-on-20 in third place. The Eagles and Giants were tied 3-3 in the half, but New York had the ball to start the third quarter. Fromm showed a miserable performance, but could not turn the ball until then. The Eagles scored their first touchdown of the game on a Scott run five games later on their way to 31 unanswered points in the second half. Johnson, who left the team earlier this year to take care of his mental health and depression, earned it with his 5-yard catch of hurts to improve the Eagles 27-3 early in the fourth quarter. Johnson was the second offensive lineman in franchise history to get a touchdown pass. His 5-yard catch was the longest for an Eagles offensive lineman since Bubba Miller in 2000. Great work by the coaches and players in executing it. ”- Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni on the Johnson touchdown catch resulted in a touchdown -Pass to a wide open Johnson.

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Eagles lineman Lane Johnson caught a deeply meaningful TD pass against the Giants

The piece was named "East Texas" in honor of the two Eagles who were responsible for performing the tackle-enabled tricks. In a season where he left his team for three games to improve his mental health but returned to play arguably his best football only to be denied an invitation to the Pro Bowl last week, Johnson's first NFL was Touchdown catch of his career ... (Author: Gardener)

Lane JohnsonPhiladelphia Eagles offensive Tackle Lane Johnson (65), scores a touchdown and runs to the fans to celebrate in the fourth quarter of the game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday, December 26th. 2021. The piece was named "East Texas" in honor of the two Eagles who would be responsible for performing the tackle-enabled tricks. In a season where he left his team for three games to improve his mental health but returned to play arguably his best football only to be denied an invitation to the Pro Bowl last week, Johnson's first NFL was Touchdown catching his career kind of confirmation. It came long after the Eagles left their footprint on the unfortunate New York Giants on Sunday. But Jalen Hurts' 5 yard floater seemed to mean a lot more to the team than any other result in the eventual 34-10 win at Lincoln Financial Field. "I won't swear," said Tackle Jordan Mailata before actually swearing, "but it was [damn] great." Every team loves when the big guys have a chance to score. Now, in his ninth season, Johnson told the team's website that the Eagles designed a pass for him that goes back as far back as when Chip Kelly was the coach. Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson (right) scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Philadelphia Eagles play against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Current Eagles manager Nick Sirianni said his version, titled "East Texas", had been on his match sheet in previous games, but the Eagles had practiced it efficiently last week. Leading 20-3 on the Giants 5 early in the fourth quarter, he let Brett Toth run onto the field as the sixth O-lineman. But Johnson, not Toth, was announced eligible on the second down. Hmm Hurts faked the handover to Boston Scott's running back, wide receiver DeVonta Smith pulled two defensive backs towards the center and Johnson, after faking a block, was alone in the end zone. "My job is to block the ending and then try to create some separation," said Johnson. Johnson danced through the end zone, handed the ball to a fan - he said the Eagles later kept it in exchange for treats - and jumped into the fans' embrace. "I think it's a testimony of perseverance and obviously strong," Hurts said of Johnson. “And Lane knows his teammates are behind him. He went through the things he went through at the beginning of the season, obviously being able to come back and be with us and be a big part of our football team and our offensive. "I'm happy for him, but I'm glad he's okay and I'm glad he made it to the end zone." Cameras caught Johnson with a big smile as his teammates on the sidelines put a Santa hat on his bald head. He went missing a little over two and a half months ago when the Eagles housed the Chiefs at the Linc. Johnson went to the stadium, turned and drove to Oklahoma. Only Johnson and his loved ones know how stressful those three weeks have been, along with the years of privately battling the disease. Center Jason Kelce broke down two weeks ago talking about Johnson's influence on others. However, his absence from three games could have affected his Pro Bowl chances. Johnson earned a nod in 2017, one of the few times a proper tackle has been chosen. However, he hasn't allowed a sack in 12 games this season, according to multiple NFL databases. Kelce was given a choice, but Johnson and Mailata, the next two obvious choices, weren't even alternatives. Mailata, who got just a full starter this season, took it with flying colors, but Johnson was clearly bothered that it was no longer well received by the players, coaches and fans who voted. He spoke to a team member about his post-game touchdown but skipped the podium, microphones and cameras after the game, also because he didn't want to be asked about the snub, sources close to the tackle said. “Whoever votes motivates him,” said Hurts. "He was very motivated all week when he didn't get into the Pro Bowl." A Pro Bowl substitute Hurts and Johnson have made detours from East Texas to Philadelphia. The quarterback was born in Channelview, east of Houston, moved to Alabama and then moved to Oklahoma before the Eagles drafted him last season. He played quarterback in high school and then at Kilgore College in Texas. He first moved to Oklahoma as a tight end. Then he tried the defensive end. But he's found his calling in tackle and has grown to be one of the best in the NFL over the past decade, even if he hasn't received the same number of awards as some top left tackles. Hurts, who trained at Johnson's "Bro Barn" in South Jersey that off-season, said he swapped shirts with his teammate after the game. "He gives me his jersey and leaves it in my locker," said Hurts of Johnson, "and he continued there:" When I caught the ball, I didn't know what to think, all I thought was what I know these Texas boys. '"

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Jalen Hurts overcomes sloppy start, DeVonta Smith plays the lead role, defense rules

At least at first, everything in South Philadelphia seemed bleak and ugly. With the aim of securing a playoff spot, the Eagles came out listless against the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon. They hit four times during their first five possession of the ball, and kicker Jake Elliott had a rare miss on a 41-yard field goal attempt. (Author: Gardener)

Jalen HurtsEagles quarterback Jalen Hurts yells after officials ruled wide receiver DeVonta Smith scored a third-quarter touchdown against the New York Giants in Philadelphia on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Match officials overturned the original assessment that the touchdown didn't count. With the aim of securing a playoff spot, the Eagles came out listless against the New York Giants on Sunday afternoon. They hit four times during their first five possession of the ball, and kicker Jake Elliott had a rare miss on a 41-yard field goal attempt. But much like DeVonta Smith's ability to change direction on the fly, the Eagles revitalized themselves with an explosive effort in the second half, blowing out their league rivals with a 34-10 win. Coupled with the defeat of the Minnesota Vikings against the Los Angeles Rams, the Eagles climbed to No. 7 and the last playoff seed in the NFC. The Eagles (8-7) now control their playoff fate with two regular season games remaining. One of the primary reasons for the sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts was his difficulty in diagnosing his progress in real time. There have been many times this season when it seemed like Hurts was setting a goal and his eyes failed on his other readings. The most glaring example came shortly before the two-minute warning in the first half, when Hurts missed a wide-open Dallas Goedert in the end zone at the third and goal of the Giants Five below the completion, which lagged behind the pylon. In the meantime Goedert had driven an out route on the right side and had no one within 10 meters. When asked exactly what he saw in the play, Hurts described his point of view in a thorough one-minute reply: Hurts eventually overcame those early glitches, and Nick Sirianni's game reputation improved as the game progressed. Hurts completed 17 of 29 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Hurts set the club record for the most rushed touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season last week when he scored numbers 9 and 10, but he hasn't done much with his legs against the Giants. "He definitely missed some throws in the first half that he wants back," said Sirianni of Hurts. “He didn't play his best first half, but when he plays [well] the offense rolls. It's an honor for Jalen to relax and play a good second half. ”On multiple passes, receivers made intelligent in-air adjustments on deep shots that hurts. Smith slowed to take a jump ball over Julian Love for a 46-yard reception; Quez Watkins tracked down another misappropriated pass and grabbed another 31-yard catch with Love in the coverage. Smith hit game highs of 80 yards and five catches, including a touchdown in the third quarter. Smith increased his season total to 821 yards. It now only takes 92 yards to break DeSean Jackson's franchise record for the most yards from a rookie wideout. "It's been two weeks in a row [Smith] played big toe-tip games and pulled that foot," said Hurts. DeVonta may be in his freshman year but he is a real pro at how he prepares for the different things that can come up in a game. ”Defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon was reluctant to flash early in games. However, Gannon quickly increased the pressure on Giants quarterback Jake Fromm, who was making his first career start. With an active defense front, Fromm looked like a lost pup in his pocket. Before being benched in the second half in favor of Mike Glennon, Fromm completed only 6-of-17 passes for 25 yards and an interception from Rodney McLeod in the second game of the third quarter. Fromm was released twice and beaten four times. "We met her from the start," said Sirianni. Kicker Graham Gano scored a 54-yard field goal early in the second quarter and the Giants added a touchdown in garbage time, but for the majority of the competition the defense was high. "Coming out in the second half and getting our team in the position I could have created a lot of momentum," said McLeod. “Our halftime message came out and it really showed who wanted it more. Sanders limped slightly and started the session with a deep breath before muttering, "Man, being a running back is tough," referring to the injuries he's sustained in the past few months. Unfortunately for Sanders, he suffered another setback - this time it was his hand that forced him out of the game before the end of the first half. Prior to the Giants game, Sanders was listed as a non-participant in training with a quadriceps injury. But fourth-year running Boston Scott came along and continued to build on his impressive résumé against the Giants. Early in the second half, Scott raced 3 yards into the end zone thanks to an incredible push from the left side of the offensive line to break the 3-3 draw. It was Scott's 12th touchdown of his career - and his eighth against the Giants. Scott, who had a pivotal fumble late in the fourth quarter of the team's loss to the Giants in early December, ended up with 12 carries for 41 rushing yards and a score. "We stayed calm," said Scott. “We didn't want to get emotional or think we had to overdo it. When I was in the game, I just wanted to focus on my basics when I got the chance. "

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Hurts holds Eagles in a 34:10 win over Giants in the playoff race

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The piece was called "East Texas" based on Jalen Hurts and ... (Author: Gardener)

EaglesBoston Scott of the Philadelphia Eagles scores a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants on Sunday, December 26, 2021 in Philadelphia. Boston Scott of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Philadelphia on Sunday, December 26, 2021. New York Giants' Jake Fromm (left) is attacked by Milton Williams of Philadelphia Eagles during the second half of an NFL football game in Philadelphia on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles' Derek Barnett (left) celebrates during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants on Sunday, December 26, 2021, in Philadelphia. Jake Fromm of the New York Giants plays in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, December 26, 2021 in Philadelphia. Jake Fromm of the New York Giants plays in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, December 26, 2021 in Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The song was named "East Texas," in reference to the roots of Jalen Hurts and Lane Johnson, and - for a franchise that loves a little trickery - all it took to make it work was right Free the tackle at the goal line. The lineman easily surprised the Giants and was all alone for Hurts to throw the easy touchdown. Lane scrambled through the end zone, trying to jump into the arms of the mad Eagles fans. The Eagles might just make their way to the playoffs. Hurts tossed Johnson the 5-yard touchdown, linebacker Alex Singleton returned an interception for a score, and the Philadelphia Eagles continued their late-season playoff push with a 34-10 win over the New York Giants on Sunday. The Eagles (8-7) won six of eight and lost five of seven after the season opener and moved up to seventh playoff place in the NFC. Johnson and Hurts swapped shirts for a souvenir after the game. "We switched jerseys afterwards because I've never thrown a touchdown on an offensive tackle," said Hurts. He gave me his shirt and wrote: “When I caught the ball, I didn't know what to think. The Eagles can only hope they won't have to play the last two games without running back with Miles Sanders after leaving the game with an unspecified hand injury. Hurts shrugged off a dismal first half, throwing 199 yards and two touchdowns to push the Eagles over .500 for the first time since their season opener win. The Eagles scored 31 points in the second half, none as cool as Hurts' 5-yard pass to Johnson at the start of the fourth, which made it 27-3. Johnson, the standout right tackle, was reported eligible and was left all alone when Hurts hit him for the easy score. Johnson, who missed three games this season to tackle depression and anxiety, became the Eagles' first lineman to score a TD since 2010. "I know Jalen put that thing in there," said Johnson. Mike Glennon, who played after Jake Fromm was benched in his first NFL start, had a pass from Singleton and returned 29 yards for the score. Fromm's first pass of the second half was intercepted by Rodney McLeod and Boston Scott hit a 3-yard touchdown for a 10-3 lead. Hurts also hit DeVonta Smith for a 4-yard touchdown in the second half in an odd sequence where replay canceled the call, only for one more call to replay that restored the score. Fromm started with the Giants (4-11) with few options after Daniel Jones was closed for the season with a neck sprain. Fromm went 6 of 17 for 25 yards and an interception before being drawn for Glennon late in the third. The first half was played by both teams with the meaning of a meaningless preseason final. Hurts and Fromm combined a 5 for 17 in the first quarter - each with an identical 39.6 QB rating. Maybe the short break hit Hurts and the Eagles early. The Eagles beat Washington on Tuesday just five days earlier over a postponement due to COVID-19 issues. Hurts is still recovering from a sprained left ankle, and the QB, who had run more than 700 yards this season, only ran 1 yard at halftime. Fromm threw only 18 yards in the half. Glennon threw a touchdown late in the game. "I wish I had gone out and done my business and led us to victory," said Fromm. The normally stable Jake Elliott streaked 17 straight field goals when he missed a 41-yarder. Graham Gano kicked a 54-yarder - just 22 yards behind New York's total offensive performance in the first half - and Elliott kicked a 22-yarder to send the game into halftime with three of them all. "Another week of coming out and not doing the way we wanted, but I've always admired the courage and perseverance of this team," said Hurts. Sanders started rushing at 709 yards and added another 45 in the first half before leaving with an unspecified hand injury. Sanders has yet to hurry for a touchdown this season but has played his two best games of the season without any problems. He ran 120 yards in a win over the Jets and followed with a career high of 131 yards against Washington.

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Third quarter explosion leads Eagles to third straight win

The Eagles turned a 3-3 half-time tie with 17 points in the third quarter into a 34-10 defeat and are now in the final playoff spot with two games left (Author: Gardener)

Third quarterPHILADELPHIA - It was too cold to sweat, but that's what the New York Giants did to the Eagles and their fans on Sunday, making them sweat with a defense that took Philadelphia to just three points in the Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field first half held. The Eagles' offense was wiped off, scoring 17 points in a span of 7 minutes, 55 seconds, which went like this: a 3-yard touchdown run from Boston Scott, a 37-yard field goal from Jake Elliott, and a 4- Yard TD catch from DeVonta Smith who survived a long review. When the dust cleared, the Eagles had blown the Giants 34-10 after taking fourth-quarter results from Lane Johnson - yes, those Lane Johnson, the Eagles' real tackle - and a 29 yard interception return for a touchdown from Alex. added Singleton, the second in his career. RELATED: 'East Texas' puts Lane Johnson in the end zone - Sport ... New York's only touchdown came with just 3:59 before the game. The win was a season high, the third in a row for the Eagles, who take their step at the right time and sit on deck at 8-7 next Sunday with a trip to Washington. "Good teams win games but they have to win games," said head coach Nick Sirianni. “If we have to grind this up and get dirty and let the defense take the weight all the time, that's how we're going to do it. But hey, you just have that next play mentality of forgetting the first half. ”Next play mentality and come ready to go. They definitely did a good job of getting out and just forgetting - they did just that, forgot the first half and executed in the second half. "If the season ends today, the Eagles would be seventh and last in the playoffs because Minnesota lost to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. It doesn't matter if the Saints win on Monday night because the Eagles own the tiebreaker after beating them earlier this season, it's tough this week after we just go but everyone stayed focused, "said Scott. It was the seventh time this season that the Eagles scored 30-plus points after failing once in 2020. New York, which beat the Eagles 13 -7 on November 28 and were tied in that, 3-3, at halftime, fell to 4-11. Smith, who had five catches for 80 yards, now has five TD catches this season. Receiving scores, Dallas Goedert was one more than a tight end. The rookie WR had a career-length 46-yard catch in the first half. Scott, who saw more playing time after Miles Sanders was out at halftime with a hand injury, scored his seventh quick touchdown against the Giants in his sixth career game. The Eagles continued to pour it into the fourth quarter, with Johnson reporting as a suitable recipient, then Jalen Hurts found him for a 5-yard touchdown with 11:40 in the final quarter. The right tackle had never found the end zone or even caught a pass in its nine career seasons. The touchdown made it 27: 3 and triggered a jubilant cheer in the end zone. Hurts overcame a terrible first quarter in which he had only three completions in 10 tries for 11 yards to finish 17-for-29 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. His two TD litters give him 16 for the season and 26 overall. RELATED: Eagles Offense Again Can't Do Anything Giants in a ... Singleton then made it 34-3 with 10:19 remaining, taking a Mike Glennon throw 29 yards into the end zone. "Of course it's exciting to do that," said Singleton, who added 11 tackles and now has 122 of them this season. “I've scored in the NFL two years in a row. I got my sophomore year once in college. For me it is a privilege to only play in the NFL every week. To have these opportunities and to be able to do this for this team as we are trendy, the guys in this locker room, it's exciting to do that. "Glennon had replaced Jake Fromm at 7:48 in the third quarter. He was benched after running 25 yards 6v17 with an interception and a pass score of 19.5 The Giants got the ball out of half but Fromm returned it directly to the Eagles when he airmailed it a Throw Rodney McLeod's hand straight to safety, initiating the offense at 21. The Eagles conceded possession on Scott's TD run RELATED: Adversity No Problem for Eagles, Plus Some More Nuggets the New York 21 with a 39-yard -Punt return after a three-and-off forced by the defense. This time Philadelphia had to settle for Elliott's field goals, but it was now a two-owner game at 13-3 with 7:52 for third place to play. "Really, I was just being aggressive" said Reagor. I've also watched [former Bears and Falcons return specialist] Devin Hester a lot and you know, just [former Eagles WR / PR DeSean Jackson] and just implementing my own game and path into this game and just trusting myself . "Smith made it 20-3, 4:07 to play in the third. The scoring drive was set up by a 40-yard catch from Quez Watkins who had three receptions for 43 yards in play. The Eagles' series of Seven games in a row over 175 yards came to an end. They had 130 yards in 30 runs. The Eagles defense got sacks from Josh Sweat, who was his sixth, who linked his career high from last year, and rookie Milton Williams, who second in his career. For the latest Eagles news, visit www.SI.com/NFL/Eagles or www.eaglemaven.com and follow him on Twitter: @kracze.

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Eagles' Jalen Hurts refuses to talk about playoffs after blowout win over Giants

PHILADELPHIA - In a white Randall Cunningham throwback jersey, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts interrupted a reporter in the middle of the question. The reporter mentioned that the Eagles are positioned in third and final wildcard spot in the NFC playoff picture after their 34:10 win over the Giants on Sunday, but Hurts didn't want to hear that news. "I'm not talking about ... (Author: Gardener)

Jalen HurtsPHILADELPHIA - In a white Randall Cunningham throwback jersey, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts interrupted a reporter in the middle of the question. The reporter mentioned that the Eagles are positioned in third and final wildcard spot in the NFC playoff picture after their 34:10 win over the Giants on Sunday, but Hurts didn't want to hear that news. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni argues with an offensive penalty at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, December 26, 2021. “I'm not talking about anything but being in the moment,” said Hurts. Philadelphia Eagles WR DeVonta Smith (6) makes a catch as New York Giants CB James Bradberry (24) defends in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. Hurts led the Eagles to an 8-7 record after a sluggish 2-5 start to the season. While the Eagles used a small Giants roster for a big win in the playoff standings, Hurts, who completed 17 of 29 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns, wasn't interested in hypothesizing. Philadelphia Eagles RB Jordan Howard (24) lets a pass vs. He celebrated a win against an underdog but wasn't ready to talk about the postseason as the Eagles still have a lot to do. New York Giants S Xavier McKinney (29) will face Philadelphia Eagles WR DeVonta Smith (6) in the second quarter of Sunday, December 26, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field. A defeat by either team could make Hurts and the Eagles' path to the future more difficult for the playoffs. Philadelphia Eagles RB Boston Scott (35) will be New York Giants DL Dexter Lawrence (97) in the second quarter on Sunday, December 26, 2021, at Lincoln Financial Field. "I stay with everything in the moment," said Hurts. “Everyone has goals, everyone has dreams and things they want to achieve. We put so much work into it so there are big dreams and big goals we want to achieve, but right now I'm just glad we relaxed and found a way to win this game. ”Philadelphia Eagles WR DeVonta Smith (6) celebrates Hi Catch against the New York Giants in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. The New York Giants in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, December 26, 2021. The New York Giants during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. The Eagles offensive got off to a terrible start against the Giants. Head coach Nick Sirianni also worked away from the game, despite the unit's dominance for the past two months. New York Giants DL David Moa (96) tackles Philadelphia Eagles RB Jordan Howard (24) in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. Sirianni said after the game that he had hurts a couple of throws back wanted. Hurts agreed that the Eagles didn't do well in the first and second quarters. But with the defense dominating the Giants fill-in quarterbacks Jake Fromm and Mike Glennon, the offensive calmed down in the second half. The unit, led by Hurts and supported by running back Boston Scott and Wideout DeVonta Smith, scored 24 points in a row. "They forgot the first half," said Sirianni, "and they were executed in the second half." Philadelphia Eagles LB Alex Singleton (49) leads the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles LB Alex Singleton (49) passes the ball to the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Singleton intercepted the ball destined for the New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney (89) deflected by Philadelphia Eagles S Rodney McLeod Singleton intercepted the ball destined for the New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney (89) deflected by Philadelphia Eagles S Rodney McLeod a second win in five days. J. Arcega-Whiteside (19) and Philadelphia Eagles DE Cameron Malveaux (59) tackle New York Giants WR Pharoh Cooper (83) in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, December 26, 2021 not speaking yet, he believes the Eagles have yet to put in a strong performance. If or when they achieve that goal, Hurts will be ready to talk about the playoffs. Philadelphia Eagles LB Alex Singleton (49) catches the ball that was destined for New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney (89) but in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, December 26th, from Philadelphia Eagles S Rodney McLeod (23) was distracted. 2021. "You're looking at this soccer team right now and I just think we have so much character," Hurts said. Philadelphia Eagles T Lane Johnson (65) celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles T Lane Johnson (65) celebrates a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles T Lane Johnson (65) celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New York Giants in Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021.

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Eagles control their fate in the postseason after scoring 34 unanswered points in beating the lowly Giants

PHILADELPHIA - After performing like the Walking Dead in the first half against the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, the Eagles finally came to life in the second half with 34 unanswered points in a 34-10 win that got them closer brought to the postseason. The Eagles struggled to move the ball to start the game when head coach Nick Sirianni, fresh from the COVID-19 logs, ... (Author: Gardener)

GiantsPhiladelphia Eagles DE Derek Barnett (96) celebrates a defensive stop against PHILADELPHIA - After playing like the Walking Dead in the first half against the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, the Eagles finally finished in the second half with 34 unanswered points brought to life in a 34-10 win that brought them closer to the postseason. The Eagles struggled to move the ball to start the game when head coach Nick Sirianni, fresh from the COVID-19 logs, refused to play the ball despite his unit dominating opposing defenses for the past two months . Wideout DeVonta Smith was the only save for the offensive in the first half, and he helped anchor a massive turnaround in the second half. The slow start didn't stop the Eagles from scoring their league rivals as the switch flipped after half time. The Eagles defense, which dominated the entire game, came with two interceptions and a defensive touchdown, even after low starter Jake Fromm was benched in the second half for equally incompetent veteran backup Mike Glennon. The Eagles' offense eventually got into such a groove that Sirianni decided to embarrass the Giants with a fourth quarter touchdown throw from Hurts to tackle Lane Johnson, who had more yards in the game (5) than the Giants Pro Bowl, who returned Saquon to Barkley (-4). With the victory over the Giants, the Eagles are in second place with 8-7 despite a 2-5 start under Sirianni. After the Minnesota Vikings' 30:23 defeat against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the Eagles are now third and last wildcard in the NFC playoff picture. Here are seven observations from Sunday's win and what those findings mean for the Eagles 'push towards the postseason: If the Eagles offensive against Washington begins like this next week, they'll lose The Eagles' offensive was terrible in the first half. Hurts telegraphed and subjugated several throws, receivers dropped a half-dozen passes, and Sirianni refused to rely on his epic running game despite the Giants begging him to run. Such a start is why some of Philadelphia believers would prefer to skip the playoffs. If the Eagles keep opening games like this - as they did against Washington last week - they will spoil an excellent opportunity to get to the dance. Hurts completed 7 of 17 passes for 94 yards in the first half, and the yards were largely offset by an impressive 46-yard catch from Smith in the late second quarter. The Eagles got a hit, though the defense ended the incompetence on the other end. Sirianni didn't help as he only ran the ball 11 times, even though his back averaged 5.3 yards per carry. The Eagles had to run down the Giants' throats early, build a two-point lead and keep beating the MetLife crew until the final whistle. Instead, Sirianni, who had been in COVID-19 quarantine, called passing games on five of the first six offensive snapshots. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni argues with an offensive second quarter penalty at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Instead of setting the tone, the Eagles downplayed their defeated, beaten opponents in the first half. If you repeat that against Washington next week or against Dallas in week 18, you will see your playoff hopes crash faster than a Fromm throw more than seven meters. He stared at targets, wired deep throws and missed open options in the passing game. Hurts has to play better so the Eagles get a chance at the postseason apple and actually have a chance to make some noise. He appeared to be just starting the game, although the Giants Defense did nothing particularly compelling to stop him. Philadelphia Eagles RB Jordan Howard (24) passes a pass against the New York Giants in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. The New York Giants in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, February 2021 In the second half, Hurts “recovered”, looking more accurate and efficient. He threw the ball on the run to Smith for a formidable touchdown. However, his touchdown throws against Smith and Johnson were on the money and showed why Hurts is so successful in the red zone. Hurts completed 17 of 29 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns. When the Eagles jumped up in the draft to pick Smith in the first round, a Giants assistant coach sent a nasty text message to Joe Pannunzio, the Eagles special team assistant. The Giants desperately wanted Smith, and on Sunday the wideout showed why he was the apple of their eye. Smith dominated the Giants and went into halftime one yard less (75) than Joe Judge's entire team (76). He made two catches for big wins, including a 46-yard pickup in the second quarter, and scored an impressive rope touchdown in the third quarter. He finished with seven catches for 80 yards and a touchdown against his NFC East admirers / rivals who watched their first-round wideout, Kadarius Toney, racked up four catches for 28 yards. RELATED: Why Eagles Giants jumped for DeVonta Smith and how he has exceeded expectations since Philadelphia Eagles WR DeVonta Smith (6) in the second quarter of New York Giants S Julian Love (20) at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday February 2021. The Giants could not do anything in the first half and scored the first field goal mainly due to the Eagles' inability to go on the offensive which resulted in an uneven field position battle. Philadelphia Eagles RB Boston Scott (35) will receive the Pst New York Giants DL Dexter Lawrence (97) in the second quarter on Sunday, December 26, 2021 at Lincoln Financial Field. The Giants only had 76 net yards in the first half when the defensive front slowed the game. Fromm made only five of 15 passes for 18 yards in the first two quarters and was hit three times. The Eagles produced five loss tackles and one strip sack in the first half alone. New York Giants DL David Moa (96) tackles Philadelphia Eagles RB Jordan Howard (24) in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. Depending on how the Eagles see Taylor Heinicke, the defense could actually be the team wants to go into the postseason. Fromm is of course an extreme case, but the defense played extremely well on Sunday. Safety Rodney McLeod's early third quarter pick was a groundbreaking move that essentially ousted the Eagles from the Giants. Boston Scott was able to score a touchdown after being intercepted and set up Philadelphia with no response from the Giants offensive. Linebacker Alex Singleton also produced his second career pick-six in the fourth quarter after a terrible throw from Glennon. The Giants only had 10 points on the offensive. After some lackluster efforts over the past two months, the Eagles' line of defense has finally started to grow. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Defensive End Josh Sweat have been particularly efficient in building up pressure and stopping the run over the past three weeks. Cox had two early stops for casualties as his strength drove the Giants offensive line around. He produced an impressive sack from the edge to Fromm in the third quarter. Linebacker Genard Avery, who plays the SAM position, also showed himself in great style, forcing a bad throw from Fromm to intercept and making a huge run stop at Devontae Booker in the third quarter. The Eagles need their first seven to dominate to make the playoffs and take advantage of a potential postseason run. Philadelphia Eagles LB Alex Singleton (49) leads the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles LB Alex Singleton (49) leads the ball in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, December 26, 2021 for a touchdown in the end zone. Singleton intercepted the ball destined for the New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney (89) deflected by Philadelphia Eagles S Rodney McLeod Singleton intercepted the ball destined for the New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney (89) deflected from Philadelphia Eagles S Rodney McLeod A clear 20-yard run by Scott in the second quarter was wiped out because a referee blew up a game for dead in violation of the neutral zone. There were also a couple of penalties for poor holding on offense, while the Giants avoided similar penalties despite obvious holds on their end. It's hard to force a team to play two games in five days and the Eagles showed signs of it before waking up in the second half. J. Arcega-Whiteside (19) and Philadelphia Eagles DE Cameron Malveaux (59) tackle New York Giants WR Pharoh Cooper (83) dominated the last two in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021 Months with their running game. Running back Miles Sanders (hand) left the game in the first half and did not return due to injury. Sanders was replaced by Scott, who continued his excellent performance against the Giants with a green touchdown in the third quarter. Philadelphia Eagles LB Alex Singleton (49) catches the ball intended for New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney (89) but in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday December 26th from Philadelphia Eagles S Rodney McLeod (23) was distracted. 2021. Singleton ran the ball into the end zone for a touchdown. The Eagles' running backs ended with 28 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. While they ran over the Giants in the second half without Sanders, the former second-round pick and current lead-back will be vital to any playoff push the Eagles try to put together. Philadelphia Eagles T Lane Johnson (65) celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles T Lane Johnson (65) celebrates a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. Howard, who departed with a sting in the fourth quarter, will also be featured this week as the Eagles prepare for Washington.

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Slow start becomes Pious-Fueled Finish

The Eagles flashed the overwhelmed Giants in the second half (Author: Gardener)

EaglesPHILADELPHIA - An ugly start turned into a forceful finish for the Eagles in a 34-10 drubbing by the New York Giants. It wasn't pretty, but Philadelphia used an inside straight named Jake Fromm to win and move up for the second time in six days. The Eagles are now number 7 and last in the NFC playoff picture after Minnesota's loss to the Los Angeles Rams. The Philadelphia offense was just as clumsy as the Fromm-led Giants for 30 minutes, but the second half was a different story when the Eagles crossed the finish line with 31 points to defeat the gloomy Giants (4-11) who lost, easy to overtake at least 10 games in five consecutive seasons. The Defense - You really can't put too much emphasis on the gaudy numbers on Jonathan Gannon's defense, as Fromm has been ridiculously bad to the point where former Giants low backup and current Eagles quality control coach Alex Tanney are likely to be one would have been a better option if Joe Judge could have convinced him to come out of retirement. Luke Falk of the Jets was Joe Namath compared to Fromm in his debacle last season, and Garrett Gilbert was as annoying as Joe Theisman last week when he at least fought valiantly for the Washington Football team on Tuesday. Either way, the defense did what they should, choking Fromm, who finished 25 yards 6 of 17 with an interception, a dismal 1.48 yards-per-try, and a 19.5 passer before im Third on the bench was fourth for Mike Glennon. In total, the Eagles' defense allowed for only 192 yards, a 29-yard Alex Singleton pick-six and another Rodney McLeod INT which provided a short field. “Of course we saw a lot of [Giants QB Mike] Glennon during the week. So we just knew they were going to do similar things with Fromm, and they obviously changed it a bit, "Singleton said. So when they got back to Glennon, we knew what they were going to try." We knew as soon as they switched, what we'd get. "DeVonta Smith - The Eagles rookie receiver made two brilliant catches, climaxed the football for a 46-yard win, then somehow stayed in the end zone on a four-yard TD pass from Hurts that went endless looked like before it was finally given the all-clear by officials. "It was really just a communication mistake on our part," said Walt Anderson, senior vice president of officiating for the NFL, to pool reporter Zach Berman of The Athletic when talking about the game So the original communication between the replay booth and the referee was that it looked like it was going to be an expedited review, and then we said no, wi We're going to pause the game and look at this because we had multiple angles relative to whether it was a continuous step first and then the heel comes down in one continuous step then it's out. But if there is any kind of resistance with the toe, then in that case that toe resistance counts towards the second step. ”Jalen Reagor - An early four yard loss on a punt return was made up for a 39 yard return It was the one who extended the game from one score to two scores. Reagor was also involved in the passing game. Nick Sirianni was obviously bored in quarantine, as evidenced by the dissertation he gave to reporters on Friday on a harmless game management issue. Perhaps Sirianni also came up with some unique things considering he unveiled the Johnston tackle eligible game, which saw the veteran Right Tackle go off for a 5 yard TD reception with 11:40 remainder in the game. "It was called 'East Texas' because [Eagles QB] Jalen [Hurts] is from East Texas and I'm from East Texas, but I knew we'd play it if we got ahead," said Johnson via a member of the team's PR team. Perseverance - Despite a short week of baked-in holiday and a coach virtually working due to a COVID-19 positive, the Eagles weathered the storm and held out in games that should have won. "I always knew we were a tough group," said RB Boston Scott, who scored his seventh TD against the Giants in a three-yard run in the third quarter. The Eagles' Playoff Hopes - The LA Rams have theirs in Minnesota, which means the Eagles will now determine their own destiny. If Philadelphia wins in the next two weeks - in Washington and against Dallas - the Eagles will be in the playoffs. Game prep - Although Sirianni claimed his brief stint in COVID purgatory would not affect this week's prep the Eagles just didn't come out ready to play and things were ugly for 30 minutes until Fromm's fatal mistake when he met Rodney McLeod was selected to put the Eagles on a brief. After the Eagles took the lead, the game was practically over. The Eagles have been very healthy this late in the season, but those issues, along with the daily uncertainty from COVID, could make things difficult for the past two weeks Media. You can listen to John along with legendary sports talk host Jody McDonald every morning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Birds 365, which is streamed live on both PhillyVoice.com and YouTube. John is also the host of his own show "Extending the Play" on AM1490 in South Jersey. Ed Kracz is editor of SI.com's Eagle Maven and co-host of the Eagles Unfiltered Podcast. For the latest Eagles news, visit www. SI.com/NFL/Eagles or www.eaglemaven.com and follow him on Twitter: @kracze.

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Why it was important to his teammates that the Eagles' East Texas TD play against Lane Johnson

PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles faced the Giants in the northern end zone of Lincoln Financial Field for the fourth quarter. The Eagles had exploded offensively after battling for traction in the first half. Now, at 20-3, offensive coordinator Shane Steichen radioed in the game to quarterback Jalen Hurts in the huddle. (Author: Gardener)

EaglesPhiladelphia Eagles LB Alex Singleton (49) catches the ball intended for New York Giants WR Kadarius Toney (89) but in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday December 26th from Philadelphia Eagles S Rodney McLeod (23) was distracted. 2021. Singleton ran the ball into the end zone for a touchdown. PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles faced the Giants in the northern end zone of Lincoln Financial Field for the fourth quarter. Now, at 20-3, offensive coordinator Shane Steichen radioed in the game to quarterback Jalen Hurts in the huddle. That game would have special meaning for Right Tackle Lane Johnson, however. Johnson, who was snubbed by the Pro Bowl vote earlier this week, had been carrying extra motivation throughout the week proving to those who voted they hadn't voted wrong. The play's name was even made up because, according to the Census Reporter, Johnson is from Groveton, a small town in eastern Texas with a population of 1,238. Philadelphia Eagles RB Boston Scott (35) celebrates a touchdown in the third quarter of the NFL game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. When Johnson reported to referee Land Clark that he was an eligible receiver he wanted to put his stamp on the game. Johnson blocked a Giants defender for a few seconds before wandering into the end zone, all alone and with no one around him. When Johnson snapped the ball with both hands to complete the 5-yard touchdown catch, the first of his career, it sparked a series of celebrations, not just at the Eagles bench, but for the over 60,000 in attendance. The touchdown helped the Eagles to a 34-10 win over the Giants and put them in last place with the wildcard two weeks from time. Johnson said he had waited a very long time to play the piece and was from when former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was leading the team. "We had this game for a couple of years, or at least I had it a couple of times, but we were always down," said Johnson after the game. I know Jalen put that thing in there. Head coach Nick Sirianni said he had a lot of faith in the play call because the team practiced it this week. Sirianni added that he was glad to see Johnson get on board because of the snub. "Lane is a phenomenal football player," said Sirianni. “I don't agree that he's not in the Pro Bowl. You have the chance to have a man who will be a first or second team all-pro and not in the Pro Bowl. Philadelphia Eagles WR Quez Watkins (16) celebrates a catch while New York Giants CB James Bradberry (24) looks on during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Sirianni added that he had no hesitation in using Johnson on the game because of the athleticism Johnson has shown in practice. Julian Love (20) of the New York Giants is called to a penalty when he snaps the face mask from Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) in the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. I've never been to one Offensive device as talented as this guy, "said Johnson." He could play tight end if you wanted and you should watch him throw the football. Johnson, who is in his ninth season, has a lot this season In addition to being bypassed for the Pro Bowl, Johnson spoke publicly about managing anxiety and depression, which is why Johnson, who was previously named an All-Pro in 2017, missed three games. Earlier this week, Johnson had none Sack allowed and only hit one quarterback. Philadelphia Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (1) celebrates a 34-10 win over the New York Giants on Sunday, December 26, 2021. After the game, Hurts Johnson gave his jersey to them Moment to remember because it was the first time he had thrown a touchdown pass to an offensive lineman. A little later, Hurts returned to his locker to see that Johnson had returned the favor, and left a message he and Hurts, also from the east Texas town of Channelview, would understand. Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Reagor (18) escapes tackle attempt by New York Giants LB Reggie Ragland (55) in the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. “He gives me his jersey and leaves it in my locker ”Said Hurts,“ and he went on to write: 'When I caught the ball, I didn't know what to think. I like to think about what you all know about these Texas boys. ‘" Hurts also echoed Sirianni's feelings, saying Johnson deserved more recognition for how he played. "It's just so fun to see him out there playing games like this and obviously playing at the level he has in his tackle all year round," said Hurts. "I know he might not be in the Pro Bowl, but I know he's better a first-team all-pro for the player he is." Philadelphia Eagles DT Milton Williams (93) and Philadelphia Eagles DE Genard Avery (58) celebrate a Williams knockout against New York Giants QB Jake Fromm (17) in the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. Left tackle Jordan Mailata credits Johnson as one of his mentors and as the person who enabled him to succeed in the NFL. Mailata said he was happy to see Johnson celebrate his touchdown. "We should have spent more time planning a celebration," Mailata said. “It was like half ballroom dancing, half on the spot, and half Lincoln Field Leap. I'm so glad he got a touchdown. For Lane, a guy of his caliber, he deserves it. ”Philadelphia Eagles T Lane Johnson, 65, celebrates a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021. Philadelphia Eagles T Lane Johnson (65) celebrates a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the NFL game against the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, Sunday, December 26, 2021.

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Bukayo Saka's double leads Arsenal's 5-0 breeze past Norwich on Boxing Day

Bukayo Saka scored two goals in Arsenal's 5-0 win at Norwich, which also featured Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe (Author: Gardener)

Bukayo Saka'sDean Smith lamented individual flaws when the Norwich head coach admitted after a Boxing Day beating by Arsenal that the standards had "dropped massively". A brace from Bukayo Saka on either side of a rare Kieran Tierney goal put Arsenal up to three points before a late penalty from Alexandre Lacazette and a goal for substitute Emile Smith Rowe secured a comfortable 5-0 win. The win puts Arsenal in fourth place by six points - despite Spurs having three games in hand - although they later learned that Tuesday's game against Wolves at Emirates Stadium would be open to visitors due to the high number of Covid cases was moved. While Arsenal continued on their good form, Norwich remain rooted at the bottom of the table. "It was very hard to be honest, I didn't see that coming," said Smith. We have to be better and we are better than that, unfortunately the standards have fallen massively since the Manchester United game, there are reasons for that, but I'm not here to make excuses. ”These reasons are likely to be a mixture of injuries and positive ones Covid cases, with Smith admitting that due to the condition of his cadre, he faces a "bigger task" to keep Norwich alive. "I am very happy," said the Arsenal coach. “It's not easy to win away in this league, the way we played and how dominant we were, that was really impressive. "I think in general, collectively and individually, we've had some great performances and you don't win 5-0 away if you don't, so I'm happy with all of the guys." Arteta also highlighted progress over the season after beating Norwich 1-0 in September when his side - rather than the Canaries - came at the bottom of the table. When asked whether his players' beliefs were due to the different feelings within the squad, he replied: “Yes, probably. Saka set the tone early on, conceding a pass from the formidable Martin Ødegaard before pulling past Angus Gunn - the goalkeeper for regular Tim Krul, one of several positive Covid cases in Smith's squad. To their credit, Norwich fought for periods of the first half but the game slipped away. As halftime approached, another fine ball from Ødegaard allowed Tierney to break into the box and score Gunn's fourth goal for the club. It never looked like an inspired comeback for Norwich in the second half. Saka's second goal in the 67th minute was a fine finish as English winger Brandon Williams struck before striking from the edge of the box to secure victory. Lacazette was then bundled by Ozan Kabak six minutes from time, and he shot the resulting penalty away before Smith Rowe hit the bench for the second straight league game.

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