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NFL Week 16 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 34, New York Giants 10

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) and offensive tackle Lane Johnson (65) celebrate after a touchdown against the New York Giants during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles overcame a slow first-half start and outscored the New York Giants 31-7 in the second half, continuing their playoff push with a dominant NFC East win. 

Jalen Hurts tossed two scores, and the Eagles' defense picked off both Jake Fromm and Mike Glennon to avoid a season sweep to the Giants. Philadelphia moves to 8-7 on the year and currently holds the final playoff spot in the NFC.

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Philadelphia Eagles

Quarterback

Jalen Hurts made three turnover-worthy plays and no big-time throws, but he did have two red-zone touchdown tosses and an 81.5% adjusted completion percentage to propel the team to victory. He is set to earn a sub-60.0 passing grade for the game.

Running Back

Miles Sanders was on pace for a big rushing day before exiting due to injury in the second half. He forced one missed tackle on eight attempts while crossing the first-down marker three times.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

DeVonta Smith continued his solid rookie season with another productive outing. He caught all but one of his six targets, and three went for first downs while another resulted in a touchdown. The Alabama alumnus is set to finish with a 75.0-plus receiving grade.

Tight end Dallas Goedert caught two of his four targets for only 28 yards, and he also dropped a pass.

Offensive Line

The Eagles offensive line allowed only seven pressures, which buoyed the unit's 83.6 pass-blocking grade on first review. Lane Johnson surrendered no pressure on 31 pass-blocking snaps. 

Defensive Line

Philadelphia generated 16 pressures, including 13 hurries and two sacks. Josh Sweat tallied four on his own — three hurries and a sack — to complete a 90.8 pass-rush grade on first review.

Linebackers

T.J. Edwards made three stops, a tackle for loss and four total tackles in run defense. He had six stops overall, which should lead to an 85.0-plus grade.

Secondary

Targeted four times through the air, Darius Slay allowed just one catch for negative four yards. A dropped interception was his only lowlight on the afternoon, as the Pro Bowl corner finished with an 81.3 coverage grade on first review.

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New York Giants

Quarterback

Jake Fromm started his first NFL game, and it wasn't a memorable one. He didn’t surpass 30 passing yards passing and finished with a turnover-worthy play to complete a 39.7 passing grade on first review. Mike Glennon entered in relief, and while he did throw for a touchdown, his passing grade on the afternoon wasn’t much better (43.7, pending review).

Running Back

Saquon Barkley continued his tumultuous 2021 campaign with another underwhelming ground performance. He managed only one rushing first down and just 2.1 yards per carry from his 15 carries. Barkley also forced a missed tackle.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

Rookie Kadarius Toney had just 28 yards on four catches but made two first-down grabs. Fifteen of those yards came after the catch.

Tight end Evan Engram snagged four of his five targets for just 17 yards and a late-game score.

Offensive Line

The Giants' offensive line surrendered 17 pressures, including two sacks. Andrew Thomas was the lone bright spot for the unit, as he allowed just two pressures on 53 pass-blocking snaps. 

Defensive Line

Leonard Williams’ three run stops highlighted a productive outing for him in run defense (pending 68.5 run-defense grade), although he recorded only one pressure on 24 pass-rushing snaps.

Linebackers

Tae Crowder finished with a stop and three tackles in an underwhelming run-defense performance. He also missed a tackle.

Secondary

James Bradberry gave up three grabs for 53 yards and a first down but still was able to finish with a pending 75.2 coverage grade.

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