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The New York Giants have their first playoff win in over a decade, but they’ll face a different test entirely against the top-seeded Philadelphia Eagles next week.
The Eagles opened as -325 moneyline favorites with an 8.5-point spread at DraftKings Sportsbook. The over/under is 45.5 points.
The Giants, of course, have not fared well against the Eagles this season. Philadelphia beat New York 48-22 in Week 14 and 22-16 in Week 18, though the Giants were resting their starters the second time around.
With almost the entire roster healthy, this could be the Giants’ best chance yet to dethrone the Eagles, who were on a bye this week.
“I think we’ve got a lot of work to do, but it’s enjoyable work,” head coach Brian Daboll said about preparing for the Eagles.
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Other Giant observations
Giants shut down Vikings in wild-card game: How Jones, Barkley performed in playoff debuts | The Athletic
Jones is the first quarterback in NFL postseason history with 300-plus passing yards, two-plus passing touchdowns and 70-plus rushing yards in a playoff game. The Giants quarterback joined Lamar Jackson (2019) and Steve Young (1995) as the only players to have 300-plus passing yards and 70-plus rushing yards in a single playoff game in NFL postseason history.
The Giants defense gets the final stop of the game
ESPN's Dan Orlovsky, who had questioned Jones ability in previous years, stated “Congratulations @Giants. Apologies to Daniel Jones"
Orlovsky didn’t stop there, heaping praise on the Giants’ offensive coordinator for his play-calling Sunday.
“Mike Kafka needs to be talked about more. As impressive as Andy Reid and Kyle Shanahan are He’s right there with them right now.”
Hopeful news about LB Azeez Ojulari
#Giants LB Azeez Ojulari, ruled out with a quad injury, was kneed in the thigh, source said. He’ll have tests tomorrow to determine if there is additional damage, but was walking without much of a limp postgame. That’s a good sign.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2023
“We were gonna go try to win the game; we had confidence in Daniel moving the pile, and I can live with the consequences,” Daboll said. “He kept his legs driving and made a big play.”
Dungy expressed frustration with one particular call in the Giants-Vikings playoff game | CBSSports.com
Tony Dungy, a member of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class, didn't appreciate seeing what appeared to be a false start penalty on New York Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas on a play that ended up giving the G-Men a 14-7 lead on the Minnesota Vikings during Sunday's playoff game on Super Wild Card Weekend.
The NFL has had a rough season with their roughing the passer rules. Though the spirit of the rule is correct — to protect quarterbacks and to heighten player safety — there are many moments that seem to take it too far. In the fourth quarter of the Vikings-Giants Wild Card playoff game on Sunday, it appeared to everyone watching that the NFL took it too far.
As Giants co-owner John Mara stood in the euphoric visiting locker room at U.S. Bank Stadium, a reporter noted that his voice was cracking. Was it from the emotion of ending a decade-long postseason drought with a 31-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings?
“I lost my voice. A couple of times,” Mara said. “Particularly on that roughing the passer call.”
“How vindicated in a lot of ways does Dave Gettleman look this weekend?” Evan said during Saturday’s show. “The quarterback, the running back, the left tackle, Dexter Lawrence, which was a criticized pick - ‘How could you take a guy like this this high?’ well, he’s blossomed into a superstar. Dave Gettleman’s gotta be sitting on his couch this weekend with a cigar and a big smirk on his face.”
WR Kenny Golladay with his pancake block
Strahan will receive a prestigious star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The special star will appear on Hollywood Boulevard near Orange Drive in front of the Line Store. It will be the 2,744th star on the famed walk.
This week’s opponent
Eagles injury news: Jalen Hurts throws, Lane Johnson says he will play next week | Bleeding Green Nation
After not throwing during the media-attended portion of Thursday’s practice, Hurts was seen slinging the pill on Friday. Seems like positive progress. The Eagles won’t practice again until either Tuesday (Saturday game) or Wednesday (Sunday game) next week. Hurts will be able to rest his shoulder until then.
Not unlike Hurts, Johnson ramped up on Friday. The Eagles’ starting right tackle was practicing with the team after only doing some work off to the side on Thursday. It was previously reported that Johnson would be ready to suit up for the playoffs. He confirmed as much on Friday, saying on The Pat McAfee Show that "I am playing next week" and clarified that he’s dealing with a groin injury (sports hernia) and not an abdomen issue.
Six Eagles were named to the AP All-Pro Team in a vote of 50 sportswriters and broadcasters nationwide. Two were first-team All-Pro – center Jason Kelce and right tackle Lane Johnson – and four more were named to the second team – cornerback James Bradberry, wide receiver A.J. Brown, quarterback Jalen Hurts, and linebacker Haason Reddick. This is Kelce's fifth All-Pro selection and only two other centers have been All-Pro five times since the 1970 NFL merger – Pittsburgh's Mike Webster (5 times) and Dermontti Dawson (6 times).
Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen knocked off three head coaching interviews in the last few days. Steichen interviewed with the Texans on Friday and then moved on to interviews with the Colts and Panthers on Saturday. Those are the only three teams that have asked to speak with Steichen at this point in the process.
Around the league
The Panthers join the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos and Houston Texans as teams set to interview the Super Bowl-winning coach this offseason. In-person interviews between HC candidates and teams are allowed starting on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
"There was some communication that we'd gotten first down," said Miami head coach Michael McDaniel. "So then we were deploying a group of players for the first-and-10 call. Then it was articulated that, no, it was fourth down ... It's probably the first time all year that that had happened. You try to do your best. As it was, I thought we had a fourth-and-6 opportunity we were unable to come up with. You just have to adjust to any variables out there, and I thought we had a chance at fourth-and-6, as well."
Days after his dismissal as Cardinals head coach, Kliff Kingsbury is drawing interest from around the NFL, with multiple teams targeting him for their offensive coordinator vacancies, according to Fox Sports. But the 43-year-old coach recently bought a one-way ticket to Thailand, according to Peter Schrager, and has respectfully declined all inquiries, telling teams he’s not currently interested in coaching.
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