An Eagles win over the Giants in the NFC’s Divisional Round would be a third straight victory for Philadelphia.
The stage is set. We have all run out of adjectives to describe this one. The Philadelphia Eagles take on the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. The first of two NFC Divisional Round games will determine the first entrant into next week’s Conference Championship Game.
Philly and the G-Men, long-time NFC East foes have met in the playoffs four times, and the win totals are dead even as each side has two wins to its name. Saturday’s game will provide the rubber match, but there is more at stake than bragging rights (although it would be nice to have them).
Believe it or not, the .500 record versus the Giants in the postseason is the best that Philadelphia owns over a division rival. They’re 1-3 versus the Dallas Cowboys historically and 0-1 versus the Washington Commanders.
During their games versus the G-Men, Big Blue has gotten to the Eagles’ starting quarterbacks seemingly at will, collecting 11 sacks during the four-game stretch. The Birds haven’t seen the same measure of success as they have only been able to able to generate three sacks of their own. If the Eagles can change that this time around, Saturday could be a lot of fun.
Where Philly has had a slight advantage is in turnover differential (four interceptions and four forced fumbles). New York has countered with six forced turnovers of their own (three interceptions and three forced fumbles); however, one of those interceptions was a pick-six.
Another meeting, the 181st between these proud franchises and the fifth postseason clash, is on the horizon. While we have a moment, let’s look back at the previous four playoff meetings.