This game ultimately didn’t up mattering for the Birds. The Dallas Cowboys did what they were expected to do and beat the Washington Commanders to officially clinch the NFC East, leaving the Eagles as the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoff picture.
And it’s true that the Eagles approached this game with less than a normal effort to win. They rested Fletcher Cox and D’Andre Swift. They didn’t have DeVonta Smith and Darius Slay push through their injuries.
Still, for the Eagles to go down 24 to 0 in this game to a very bad Giants team ... pathetic. The Eagles were never really in this one. Gutless.
Any talk of the vibes turning around because A.J. Brown stood up for Nick Sirianni and/or because the Eagles hit rock bottom by losing to the Arizona Cardinals looks pretty silly now.
The painful reality is this team is trending in a very bad direction. They finished the season just 1-5 over their final six games. They got further injured in this game, which hurts their chances of winning a road wild card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next weekend.
Everything is coming crashing down. And while there is plenty blame to share, no small part goes to Nick Sirianni. His players did not fight for him today. He’s overseen a poorly coached team going through a historic collapse.
The Eagles started the season 10-1 and would finish 11-6 if they lose this game.— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) January 7, 2024
They'd be the first team to start the season 10-1 or better and finish with 11 or fewer wins since the 1986 Jets.@ESPNStatsInfo
Read on for a recap and stay tuned for BGN’s postgame coverage, including the BGN Radio postgame show.
- The Eagles won the coin toss and elected to defer. The Giants started on offense first. Tyrod Taylor immediately scrambled and threw for a first down. Haason Reddick knocked the Giants off schedule with a big TFL on Saquon Barkley. Facing 3rd-and-13, Taylor aired it out deep and the throw was too far out in front of Jalin Hyatt. The Eagles defense actually forced a punt! Incredible!
- The Eagles’ first play from scrimmage was a Jalen Hurts completion to ... Quez Watkins. The Eagles picked up one first down and then punted after struggling to handle the blitz. What’s new?
OK, just saw a replay. All vertical routes against that Giants blitz.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) January 7, 2024
3rd and long. Big blitz. All routes going vertical. Get used to it. The Eagles have no interest in making any adjustments to help their offense.— Shane Haff (@ShaneHaffNFL) January 7, 2024
- The Eagles blitzed Kevin Byard and instead of generating any pressure it left a huge hole for a Wan’Dale Robinson catch-and-run into Philly territory. Barkley took a run to the 8-yard line. Marlon Tuipulotu and Moro Ojomo combined for a sack. Taylor took off running out of bounds to have the Giants settled for a very short Mason Crosby field goal. Bad to allow a 9-play, 67-yard drive ... but good to only allow three points. EAGLES 0, GIANTS 3.
If you hoped the defense this week would move away from five-man fronts that force Haason Reddick or Josh Sweat to not do the thing they're good at, welcome to hell.— Bo Wulf (@Bo_Wulf) January 7, 2024
- Gainwell broke off a regular season career-high 32-yard run into Giants territory with Jason Kelce springing the RB with a lead block. Hurts to A.J. Brown initially had a first down but the Giants immediately punched the ball out after possession. Brown stayed down on the ground holding his knee after fumbling. Disastrous. This was the concern with playing the starters on an awful field.
- Tommy DeVito entered the game in place of an injured Tyrod Taylor (thumb issue). The Giants promptly went three-and-out.
- Gainwell broke another run for a first down. Hurts aired it out to Quez Watkins and the pass was unsurprisingly incomplete with the WR failing to track the ball. Hurts went back to Quez short of the sticks to bring up fourth down. Facing 4th-and-2 at the Eagles 48-yard line, Nick Sirianni went for it ... and Hurts’ pressured throw was short and incomplete. Hurts’ hand got hit and hurt by a defender on his follow through. Great!
- Facing 3rd-and-11, Taylor had plenty of time to find an open Wan’Dale Robinson to put the Giants in goal-to-go. And then Barkley took it in for a touchdown to cap off a 9-play, 48-yard drive. Such a pathetic defense. EAGLES 0, GIANTS 10.
Sean Desai wasn’t doing a great job there was zero reason to ever replace him with Matt Patricia, who’s been even worse.#Eagles— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) January 7, 2024
- The Eagles went three-and-out with Hurts getting blitzed and sacked to turn 3rd-and-6 into 4th-and-20. Absolutely zero answers against the blitz. Laughably inept.
- The Giants took over at their own 45-yard line. They went 55 yards in six plays (four first downs, two second downs) to score their second touchdown. EAGLES 0, GIANTS 17.
The Eagles are down 17-0 to the Giants, who rank 31st in DVOA and 30th in point differential.— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) January 7, 2024
One week after the Eagles got their asses kicked at home by the Cardinals, who rank 29th in DVOA and 28th in point differential.
- Another Giants blitz, another Giants sack. Wow, who saw it coming?
- The Giants went 73 yards in four plays for another touchdown. Pathetic. EAGLES 0, GIANTS 24.
Eagles defense is clueless. It was clear pre-snap that the Giants were going to get a huge play down the field to Barkley. Nobody knew who was supposed to cover him.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) January 7, 2024
And then as I type this nobody covers Darius Slayton for TD lol.
Changing defensive coordinators after 13 games and letting the new guy try to install his own version of the crap the Eagles were already running maybe wasn't a well thought out plan.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) January 7, 2024
Not hyperbole: This might be the worst defensive football I've seen from an Eagles team in my lifetime.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) January 7, 2024
They've allowed 7 TDs on their last 10 possessions.
To the Cardinals and Giants.
With playoff seeding on the line.
Can't stop the run, can't cover, can't rush the passer.
- Hurts got picked off targeting Julio Jones downfield. Pretty great play by Xavier McKinney.
- Hurts got pulled and Marcus Mariota came in and immediately threw an interception to McKinney on an attempted screen pass. LMAO.
- Taylor then threw a pick on a play where James Bradberry deflected the pass and Reed Blankenship caught the tipped ball.
- The Eagles ran the clock out to end the first half.
- The Eagles rested some starters to begin the second half. The Eagles got to 4th-and-8 ... and took a delay of game to set up a punt instead of going for it from the Giants’ 38-yard line. Lol. Sirianni ain’t it.
Eagles offensive line to begin the second half:— Josh Tolentino (@JCTSports) January 7, 2024
LT Jordan Mailata
LG Sua Opeta
C Landon Dickerson
RG Jack Driscoll
RT Fred Johnson
PHI decided to punt to NYG from the NYG 39* on 4th & 8* with 11:45 remaining in the 3rd while losing 0 to 24.— Surrender Index 90 (@surrender_idx90) January 7, 2024
With a Surrender Index of 23.3, this punt ranks at the 99.0th percentile of cowardly punts of the 2023 season, and the 97th percentile of all punts since 1999.
- Tommy DeVito re-entered the game midway through the third quarter with Tyrod Taylor getting roughed up.
- The Eagles went on a 13-play, 66-yard drive where Sirianni decided to kick a field goal on 4th-and-9 from the Giants’ 18-yard line to ... make a three-possession game a three-possession game. And, really, to avoid a shutout. Loser shit. EAGLES 3, GIANTS 24.
- The Eagles went on an eight-play, 81-yard drive to make it a two score game. Capped by a Mariota touchdown pass to a leaping Quez Watkins. Nice to see him finally make a play when it really counts. EAGLES 10, GIANTS 24.
- The Giants took 6:36 off the clock on a long field goal drive to work towards killing any kind of Eagles comeback effort. EAGLES 10, GIANTS 27.
- The Giants strip-sacked Mariota and recovered but Mason Crosby missed a 45-yard field goal to extend New York’s lead.
FINAL SCORE: EAGLES LOSE, 27 to 10
EAGLES INJURY NEWS
- Sydney Brown (knee) was carted off the field early in the game. He was quickly ruled out. Not good.
- A.J. Brown (knee) got hurt on the Eagles’ second drive of the game. He was in the medical tent before walking to the locker room. He was ruled questionable to return. He was later ruled out.
- Jalen Hurts’ finger looked bent after it got hit by a defender on a follow through. He took a trip to the medical tent. He remained in the game with a taped finger.
- Cam Jurgens (eye) got hurt and did not play in the second half.
- Reed Blankenship (groin) got hurt on the play where he had his interception late in the second quarter.
- Eli Ricks got banged up early in the fourth quarter.
- Landon Dickerson visited the medical tent in the fourth quarter.
- Britian Covey was in the medical tent at one point.