Grayson’s Grades: Eagles vs. Giants
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles clinched the top seed and a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs thanks to a 22-16 win over the New York Giants.
The Eagles needed this win to guarantee the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC goes through Philadelphia. They played their starters the entire game while the Giants played mostly backups since they had the six seed already locked up.
Jalen Hurts returned from a shoulder sprain that sidelined him for two weeks. He played well but clearly had some rust to shake off.
The Eagles defense created a lot of havoc and frequently blew up the pocket for Giants Quarterback Davis Webb.
Overall a good game for the Eagles, so here is the final regular season edition of Grayson's Grades.
A.J. Brown - Brown got the game started on a great note with a 37-yard reception. He now holds the franchise record for most receiving yards in a season. Brown went on to catch three more passes. He and Hurts missed on a couple of deep shots or his totals could have been even higher. Brown caught four passes for 95 yards.
Dallas Goedert - Goedert is such a force over the middle of the field. He is a matchup advantage for the Eagles almost every time. Goedert and Hurts have not played together for weeks due to each of them being injured at different times. Goedert had six receptions for 46 yards.
DeVonta Smith - Smith has been a reliable and great weapon for Jalen Hurts and the Eagles. He continues to rack up some great yards after the catch. Smith set a franchise record for receptions by a Wide Receiver in a season. He finished this game with seven receptions for 67 yards.
Jake Elliott - Elliott was a machine and made every field goal he attempted. He accounted for 16 of the Eagles 22 points. Elliott was a perfect five-for-five making field goals from 22, 32, 39, 52 and 54 yards. He is a reliable and accurate kicker which is something you need to have in the postseason.
Kyzir White - White has not played great lately, but had a good game in this one. He was flying around the field and contributed in nearly every statistical category. White led the team with 12 tackles. He added one sack, one tackle for a loss, two passes defended and one quarterback hit.
Jalen Hurts - Hurts played well, but clearly had to work through shaking off some rust. The timing of some passes was off a bit and the deep balls were close, but just a touch off the mark. Having earned the bye, there will be time to fix these issues heading into a home playoff game in two weeks. Hurts completed 20 of 35 passes for 229 yards and one interception. The Eagles settled for Field Goals far too often and needed to do a better job of punching it in the end zone.
Haason Reddick - Reddick was frequently harassing Giants Quarterback Davis Webb. He was blowing up the pocket with his speedy pass rush but unable to get Webb down or get to him fast enough for the sack. Reddick led the team with three quarterback hits. He also added one tackle.
Offensive Line - The offensive line gave up too many pressures on their quarterback. Jalen Hurts was sacked three times and had to escape the pocket too many times, especially in his first game back from injury. They have to be better and this shows you just how valuable and consistent Lane Johnson is for the Eagles.
Brett Kern - Kern did not do a great job punting in this game. He only had two opportunities but averaged just 33.5 yards per punt. His longest traveled 38 yards. Kern has handled the punting duties thanks to the injury about a month ago to Aaron Siposs. Siposs could be ready to come back for the first playoff game in two weeks. That certainly bears watching.