We now know which team the Philadelphia Eagles will host at Lincoln Financial Field in the divisional round of the 2023 NFL playoffs.
When the New York Giants defeat the Minnesota Vikings in Sunday’s Wild Card action, the Eagles will face the G-Men for the third time this season.
The first meeting between these two teams took place in Week 14. The Birds won 48 to 22. And eight of the Giants’ points came in garbage time against Philly’s backup quarterbacks.
The second matchup, you’ll recall, was a Week 18 game that featured unusual circumstances. The Eagles were playing for the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff picture, while the Giants were resting key players as they locked in the No. 6 seed. The Eagles appeared to be trying to execute a vanilla game plan while trying to protect Jalen Hurts from injury in the quarterback’s first game. They couldn’t put the game away early, which wasn’t ideal, but ended up winning 22-16.
Match three likely won’t be a walk in the park for the Eagles. The Giants are well coached and the players seem to be fighting hard for Brian Daboll. Daniel Jones cares about football. Saquon Barkley is a big play threat. New York’s blitz-happy defense under Wink Martindale could mess with Hurts, especially if the QB is at less than 100% due to his sore shoulder.
Ultimately though, the Eagles are the more talented team. And they have a bye, while the Giants have to go from Sunday’s road game to Saturday. It should be expected that the Birds can win and take the NFC Championship game to Philly.