Grading Eagles, their NFC East rivals chances as NFL postseason begins

JANUARY 08: Philadelphia Eagles fans. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

. team. 31. . 9-7-1. . New York Giants

The Giants look to exact revenge on the Vikings for a last-second loss in the regular season.

For the first time since 2016, the New York Giants will be playing in the postseason. Their opponent is the Minnesota Vikings. They meet Sunday in the Wild Card Round. Their most recent meeting resulted in a New York loss by way of a last-second, game-winning 61-yard field goal. That was Week 16.

Here’s the thing. Minnesota has had a tough time versus the NFC East. They were embarrassed by the Eagles, blown out by the Cowboys, and had to squeak out last-second wins versus New York and Washington.

In Week 16, the G-Men’s quarterback, Daniel Jones, racked up the passing yards (334) while throwing one touchdown and one interception. He won’t have to win this one alone as running back Saquon Barkley will be available. He notched 133 yards rushing with one touchdown in the previous meeting, and as everyone knows he assists both the passing and rushing attack.

Jones is fully capable of putting up those numbers again in this game. The Vikings’ secondary has been very shaky this season. They have given up 4,515 passing yards. That’s the second-worst total league-wide.

The Giants’ defense needs to tame wide receiver Justin Jefferson and tight end T.J. Hockenson, who combined for 242 receiving yards and three touchdowns during the Week 16 matchup.  It is a hard task to stop Jefferson, but it can be done as he has seen six games where he has been limited to 48 yards or less.

If New York pulls off the upset versus Minnesota, they could face Philadelphia in the Divisional Round, but a Super Bowl run for this team seems unlikely.

Grade: C