Reasons why Miles Sanders is primed for a huge NFC Championship Game

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
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Well, this should be a surprise to no one. Thanks to a dominating rushing attack, the Philadelphia Eagles ran all over their NFC East rivals, New York Giants, during the Divisional Round of the 2022 NFL Postseason en route to a 31-point blowout victory. Boston Scott, Jalen Hurts, and Kenneth Gainwell all found their way into the endzone. Philly’s leading rusher, Miles Sanders, enjoyed a nice showing as well. The question is this. Can Philly’s ground attack topple the San Francisco 49ers?

Miles may not have scored a touchdown, but he was the workhorse. He led the Eagles in rush attempts (17) en route to the second-highest rushing yardage total (90). Philadelphia did a phenomenal job of rotating their rushers and giving the Giants’ defense a few looks that they were unfamiliar with and unprepared for. That’s quite the task seeing as how these teams had met three times since December 11th.

This isn’t the first time that Sanders has risen to the occasion when called upon. Prior to the Eagles’ Week 14 matchup with the New York Giants, we discussed why he should be a focal point of the Eagles’ offense. He went on to have a career day in that contest, amassing 144 yards and two touchdowns on just 17 carries.

The Eagles now find themselves in the NFC Championship Game. They’re hosting a team they haven’t played all season, the San Fransisco 49ers. They are home to one of the league’s premier run defenses, but they’re unfamiliar with Miles Sanders. That could allow an opportunity for another huge game.

Expect Miles’ number to be called on Sunday. Expect him to answer the call and help lead Philadelphia to their fourth Super Bowl appearance. Here are two reasons we say that with confidence.