The Eagles' first win in a month has birthed a few storylines.
Christmas dreams came true for Philadelphia Eagles fans on Monday. Santa delivered some holiday cheer by way of a Birds win, their first in over four weeks, but it finally happened! Philly defeated their NFC East rival, the New York Giants, by a 33-25 final score. It was a closer game than it should have been, but hey... A win is a win.
The Eagles saw their commanding lead erased. There were turnovers. There were other head-scratching moments, but Philadelphia came through in the end. The win was an important one given the NFC's and division's standings to this point.
Philly takes sole posession of first place in the NFC East. That has given us much to discuss in the aftermath.
We finally saw a balanced attack by the Eagles on offense.
When Philly can run the ball, the result is usually in their favor. Monday was no exception to that rule as the Eagles turned in 35 carries and fostered a balanced attack (they also threw the ball 38 times. That kept the offense humming for the most part.
The rushing game contributed a pretty decent 4.9 yards per carry average. After a slow start, running back D'Andre Swift finished with a game-high 92 rushing yards on 20 attempts. He also scored a touchdown.
Kenneth Gainwell added a nice 22-yard carry in the second half and recorded a total of 41 yards on six attempts. Quarterback Jalen Hurts tallied eight rush attempts for 34 yards. He acored as both a rusher and passer.
Hurts was pretty effective through the air. He finished the game completing 24 of 38 attempts for 301 passing yards. He also tossed an interception.
It was his first time eclipsing the 300-yard mark in a game in nearly two months. Wide receiver A.J. Brown collected 80 receiving yards. DeVonta Smith added 79 more. Tight end Dallas Goedert added another 71 yards, so all of the stars were equally productive.