Including two playoff games, the Giants finished Brian Daboll’s first season as head coach 10-8-1.
Daboll called the loss a “crash landing” for the Giants and said “I feel like crap.”
“I’m proud of the guys, the way we competed. I’m proud of the coaches, the staff members,” Daboll said after the game. “You only really do this for one reason at this level. It hurts when you lose.”
A week after raising hopes that maybe they were primed for another unlikely Super Bowl run by beating the 13-4 Minnesota Vikings 31-24 n the Wild-Card round, the Giants were outclassed.
The Giants had hoped to show that the Eagles weren’t as superior to the Giants as their 48-22 Week 14 victory had made them seem. That didn’t happen.
The Eagles quickly made it obvious that the Giants wouldn’t be leaving Lincoln Financial Field with an upset victory. They scored touchdowns on their first two possessions to take a 14-0 first-quarter lead. They added two more second-quarter touchdowns for a 28-0 halftime lead.
The Eagles have now beaten the Giants 10 straight times in Philadelphia.
"I wish we could've done a better job, wish I could've done a better job. I feel like crap. It's an honest as you can be."— Giants Videos (@SNYGiants) January 22, 2023
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- Daniel Jones completed 15 of 27 passes for 135 yards and an interception. He was sacked five times.
- Saquon Barkley had nine carries for 61 yards, most of those coming on a 39-yard run.
- Richie James led Giants receivers with seven catches for 51 yards. Isaiah Hodgins had only one catch for 3 yards.
- The Eagles had 416 net yards to 227 for the Giants.
- Philadelphia had the ball for 35:43 compared to 24:17 for the Giants.
- The Eagles ran 44 times for 228 yards, 6.1 yards per attempt. Kenneth Gainwell had 12 carries for 112 yards (9.3 per attempt) and Miles Sanders had 17 carries for 90 yards.
Saturday’s loss does nothing to take away from this having been a successful season for the Giants. Prior to 2022, the Giants had suffered five straight double-digit losing seasons. The organization hired Joe Schoen as GM and Brian Daboll as head coach.
“I want to make it the best I can,” Schoen said at the Combine. “I don’t want to go out and get my head beat in, ever. I want to have a competitive team and do what’s best for the franchise in the future.
“No, I’d like to build the roster the best we can so we can be competitive this year.”
It ended up being a year in which the Giants made the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season, and won their first playoff game since becoming Super Bowl champions in 2011.
Saturday was a disappointing ending to a successful season.
- Rookie cornerback Cor’Dale Flott suffered a hamstring injury. He was ruled out in the third quarter.