NY Giants (10-7-1) at Philadelphia (14-3)
When: Saturday, January 21st 2023
Where: Lincoln Financial Field,
Time: 8:15 ET | TV: FOX
Opening Odds: Philadelphia -7.5/48
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Two longtime NFC East rivals will meet Saturday night with lofty stakes, as the New York Giants visit the Philadelphia Eagles in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. The winner will advance to the NFC Championship Game next Sunday. There is no shortage of history between these franchises, especially in the postseason. This will be the fifth postseason meeting, with the series tied at 2-2. The Giants bested the Eagles on the first two occasions – the 1981 Wild Card and the 2001 Divisional. Since then, Philly has tied the series including a Divisional Round win in 2009 that saw them put an end to New York’s reign as defending Super Bowl champions.
It was all Eagles during the 2022 regular season, with Philly winning both. This is the third meeting since Dec. 11 when the Eagles destroyed New York 48-22 on the road. The Week 18 contest saw Philadelphia clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a 22-16 victory. In that game, the Giants were already locked into their seeding and rested many key regulars.
New York went on the road during Wild Card weekend to upend the Minnesota Vikings 31-24 after losing to them on Christmas Eve on a last-minute field goal. After getting humiliated at home by the Eagles in Week, the Giants bookended wins around the Minnesota loss against the Colts and Commanders and squeaked into the postseason for the first time since 2016. The Eagles are heavy 7.5-point favorites with a total of 48.
The Giants upset Minnesota last week behind the young duo of Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley. Jones was 24-of-35 for 301 passing yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions. Barkley rushed for 53 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, while Jones ran for 78 yards on 17 carries. Jones became the first player in NFL history to reach 300 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and 70 rushing yards in a playoff game. Jones has also cut down on his turnovers, throwing just one interception since Nov. 20. Wideout Isaiah Hodgins caught eight passes for 105 yards and one score, but was listed as questionable as of Wednesday.
Adoree’ Jackson, who had seven pass breakups and two fumble recoveries last week, missed both of those losses to the Eagles while injured. Jackson limited All-Pro Justin Jefferson in the wild-card game to one reception in the second half. Jackson (back) was listed as limited for the Giants on Tuesday but was a full participant on Wednesday. Linebacker/safety Landon Collins (ankle), receiver Isaiah Hodgins (ankle), safety Julian Love (hamstring), defensive back Fabian Moreau (hip) and linebacker Azeez Ojulari (quad) were limited this week as well.
Cornerback Avonte Maddox (toe) did not practice Wednesday and defensive end Brandon Graham appeared on the injury report due to illness. Philadelphia listed nine players as limited due to rest: cornerback James Bradberry, Brown, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, offensive guard Landon Dickerson, center Jason Kelce, defensive end Robert Quinn, offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo, cornerback Darius Slay and defensive lineman Josh Sweat.
The extra week’s rest will surely benefit Hurts and the Eagles. The Giants were impressive in last week’s win, but the Vikings defense is horrendous and Philly was No. 1 in the league against the pass. The Eagles dominated the Giants when all were healthy, but New York has played better since. Philly should win this game, but the scrappy Giants will keep it close.
Pick: Giants +7.5