Philadelphia – Jalen Hurts’ shoulder injury has impacted the Philadelphia Eagles’ playoffs.
Hurts became the second Eagles player with pass plays and one rushing touchdown in a playoff game, joining Donovan McNabb on that exclusive roster as the Eagles cruised to a 38-7 victory over the New York Giants in a playoff game that never looked so close. .
The Eagles have been heading to the NFC Championship Game six since the start of the 2001 season, their second in five years. Hurts finished 16 of 24 for 254 yards with two touchdowns (112.2 rating) and had nine carries for 34 yards and a touchdown – all in a first half in which the Eagles took a 28-0 lead and cruised to victory.
Hurts showed his shoulder wouldn’t be an issue as he started 7 of 7 for 89 yards as the Eagles built a 14-0 lead after the first quarter, finding Dallas Goedert and Devonta Smith on touchdown passes to give Philadelphia a solid lead.
The defense took control of the game early with Hasson Reddick getting 1.5 sacks for the Eagles in the first half, both of which came on two straight plays to prevent the Giants from moving down the field on their first drive. James Bradbury made an interception on the Giants’ second possession, the first by an Eagles linebacker since Week 9. Philadelphia led 14-0 at that point in the game.
Boston Scott scored for the Eagles in the second quarter to give them a 21-0 lead, his 11th touchdown in nine career games against the Giants. Scott has 19 career touchdowns, living up to his “Giant Killer” reputation. Hurts had a rushing touchdown to seal a dominant first half.
The Eagles finished with 268 yards rushing, with Kenny Ginwell finishing with 12 carries for 112 yards and a TD. Miles Sanders had 17 carries for 90 yards and a score. The Eagles averaged 6.1 yards per carry.
The Eagles (15-3) just took advantage of the clock from there and advanced to the NFC Championship Game. They will host the Dallas Cowboys or the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday at Lincoln Financial Stadium at 3 p.m. ET. The Giants season finishes at 9-8-1.
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