The Philadelphia Eagles are going back to the Super Bowl after defeating the San Francisco 49ers Sunday in the NFC Championship, 31-7. It will be their second Super Bowl appearance in the last five seasons.
The Eagles were very physical on both sides of the ball. Their running game was able rip off big plays against the 49ers too rush defense.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders scored to two touchdowns in the first half and Boston Scott ran in one with with 16 seconds left in the half.
Eagles star pass rusher Hassan Reddick strip sacked 49ers QB Brock Purdy on San Francisco’s opening drive. On the play, Purdy hurt his elbow and reportedly suffered nerve damage.
Purdy was then replaced by Josh Johnson. Johnson is a 10-year veteran. In the third quarter, Johnson suffered a concussion, forcing Purdy back into the game. However, he was clearly unable to throw the football. San Francisco attempted two total passes in the second half, despite trailing by double digits.
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts had a rushing touchdown to put the Eagles up 28-7. He finished with only 121 passing yards, but he extended plays with his legs, rushing for 39 yards to go along with his rushing TD.
Eagles running backs Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott combined for 111 rushing yards to go along with the rushing three touchdowns.
Eagles LB Reddick terrorized both San Francisco quarterbacks. He finished with three tackles and two sacks. Safety CJ Gardner-Johnson made huge tackles all day.
The Eagles were the NFL’s best team from Week 1 through the NFC playoffs. They are 16-1 when Hurts starts at QB. The offense can run it effectively or hit big plays in the passing game. The defense showed on Sunday that it’s a championship-quality unit too.
Head Coach Nick Sirianni and Hurts made the playoffs in their first year together last year, and now they are heading to the Super Bowl.
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