Eagles throttle New York Giants: Game balls following Divisional Round

James Bradberry, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
James Bradberry, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports) /

Raise your glasses, both real and imaginary. Here’s a toast! Did you see the game? That’s what we’re talking about! That’s what we have been waiting on! That’s what Philadelphia Eagles football is supposed to look like!

One game is in our rearview mirror, and with the Birds’

of the New York Giants, they move on from the Divisional Round to the NFC Championship Game and await the winner of the Dallas Cowboys/San Francisco 49ers game. That one will be played on Sunday.

Philly’s Saturday night victory over the G-Men doubles as their fourth straight. They’re 12-3 versus their rivals since the 2016 season, but there are bigger fish to fry.

Two more wins will award them the second Vince Lombardi Trophy in franchise history. That ladies and gentlemen is the goal, so we’ll celebrate for a few more hours. Then, we’ll move on. How about a few game balls? As usual, we’ve probably handed out too many!

The heroes were easy to identify during the Eagles’ mauling of the Giants in the Divisional Round.

The offense was impressive. Shane Steichen’s play-calling was on point. So was the game plan laid out by Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon.

We’re tough on them when they deserve it. We owe them a pat on the back when they deserve that too. Coaches are always happy when their players execute, and on Saturday night, Philly’s best players and their role players were huge.

Here are a couple of handfuls of about 20 or so heroes that we could name.

Jalen Hurts, quarterback

Welp! Jalen Hurts passed the test! We saw him throw, and we saw him run! Here’s what we came up with. This is the NFL’s Most Valuable Player. We could care less about what everyone else or the voters say!

Lane Johnson, right tackle

Lane Johnson didn’t just play in this one! He was his usually dominant self! If we didn’t know he was injured, we would never figured it out by watching his performance.

It’s official. We have figured it out. Lane is an alien, and he’s probably from the Planet Krypton!

DeVonta Smith, wide receiver

DeVonta Smith led all Eagles receivers in receptions (six) AND receiving yards (61). He also scored a touchdown. This young man is truly something special, and here is the best part. He and A.J. Brown are going to be great for a long time.

Dallas Goedert, tight end

Dallas Goedert’s stiff arm during the Eagles’ first drive of the game set a tone and simultaneously sent a message. The Birds had no intention of being pushed around on their home turf!

He finished second in receptions (five) and receiving yard (58). He also contributed to the 38-point outburst with a TD score.

All three Eagles running backs

Miles Sanders was brilliant. Kenneth Gainwell eclipsed the 100-yard threshold and scored a touchdown. Boston Scott burned the Giants again. Cut a game ball into three pieces and give all three a part of it!

Haason Reddick, linebacker

As far as we’re concerned, this is the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, and he saved one of his best games (five tackles, one tackle for a loss of yardage, 1.5 sacks, and three additional quarterback hits). This guy is truly a monster!

James Bradberry, cornerback

We can’t possibly be as happy as James Bradberry was about his interception, but doggone it, we were pretty pumped. Since his arrival in the City of Brotherly Love, we’ve had visions of him sticking it to his former team, and revenge was certainly sweet versus the G-Men on Saturday.

He deserves to be proud, especially seeing as how his exit wasn’t to his liking. And, guess what? We’re pretty damn proud of him too!

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