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NFL Week 17 PFF ReFocused: Philadelphia Eagles 34, New York Giants 17

Dec 29, 2019; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott (35) scores a touchdown against the New York Giants in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

With a playoff berth on the line, the Philadelphia Eagles left little to chance Sunday, doubling up their NFC East rival New York Giants 34-17 to clinch the division title in Week 17 NFL action.

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Final Score

Philadelphia Eagles 34, New York Giants 17

Philadelphia Eagles

The unlikely hero in this division-clinching game for the Eagles was running back Boston Scott. Scott, who led the Eagles in both rushing and receiving yards, scored 3 touchdowns and was the spark plug for the Eagles in the must-have game.

With a lot of injuries along the offensive line, the steady veteran Jason Peters picked a great game to be at his best. Peters was solid all evening and made the blindside worry-free for Carson Wentz, who had to wait a bit longer for his inexperienced receivers to uncover.

Veteran and defensive captain Malcolm Jenkins made his presence felt in a must-win game for the Eagles. Jenkins played well in pass coverage and run defense all day, but his biggest play was forcing a fumble on Daniel Jones that bounced back toward the Giants goal line, which the Eagles recovered and scored on the next play.

The Eagles defensive line had Jones under siege for most of the game. Jones was constantly under pressure from multiple places and the Eagles finished with four sacks. This was truly a full team effort along the front-seven as they held off the Giants rushing on offense save for one long touchdown run by Saquon Barkley.

New York Giants

Two years ago, the Giants paid a historically high price to bring along Nate Solder to fill their hole at LT. That hole looks big as ever after this season, and Solder was particularly poor in Week 17. Solder was responsible for multiple pressures on the night and Daniel Jones was under fire consistently as he was sacked four times.

Jones played as he did for much of the season in the regular-season finale. Jones put the ball in danger on too many plays and his team suffered for it. His fumble on a snap directly led to an Eagles touchdown and he also threw a very poor interception to Sidney Jones down the sideline.

As an undrafted free agent in 2016, Antonio Hamilton has not played much in his professional career. In fact, he played the most snaps he has ever played in Week 17, and he preformed admirably. Hamilton was great in coverage all day and had multiple pass breakups. Hamilton looks like a great depth candidate for the Giants roster next year.

The Giants defense held up well against the run on Sunday against the Eagles, and their interior defensive line played a big part in that. Newcomer Leonard Williams played the best of all of the defensive line in run defense, and has played very well since his arrival to the Giants.

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