Eagles revert to their early season dominance in earning Super Bowl berth against Kansas City

by Marc Narducci | Jan 30, 2023
Eagles revert to their early season dominance in earning Super Bowl berth against Kansas City
There was some worry that the Eagles were entering the postseason, not on all cylinders. Many felt that the divisional game with the New York Giants would be close and the NFC championship against San Francisco would be closer.

 And nothing could have been further from the truth on both counts.
In their two playoff games, the Eagles reverted to their early-season dominant self.

Two playoff games – Eagles 69, Giants/49ers 14.

The Eagles will now look to close out the deal in Super Bowl 57 on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona when they take on Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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There isn’t a facet that the Eagles didn’t downright dominate in the two playoff games and quite frankly, there’s no reason it can’t continue in the Super Bowl.They became the fifth team in NFL history to win the divisional and conference championship games by 21 or more points. The other four ended up winning the Super Bowl.In the two playoff wins, the Eagles have rushed for 416 yards (4.7 avg.) and seven touchdowns. The Eagles have not had to pass as much but Jalen Hurts has thrown two touchdown passes and more importantly zero interceptions.

And the defensive line has provided the biggest mismatch with eight sacks in the two games, along with plenty of pressure.

Nick Sirianni has been on his game and the Eagles have been well-coached in the playoffs. Make that well-coached all season.

A classic example was DeVonta Smith, who caught a 29-yard pass on fourth down to the 49ers 6-yard line in the first quarter. As the replay showed, Smith actually dropped the ball, but the Eagles rushed to the line of scrimmage and ran the next play and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan never challenged the play. Had he done so, it would have been the 49ers ball. Instead, two plays later the Eagles took a 7-0 lead on Miles Sanders’ 6-yard scoring run.

After the game, Sirianni said how the Eagles are coached to get quickly to the line of scrimmage when there is a play in their favor in doubt and that was a game-turning play. Sure, the game was a rout, but at that point, it wasn’t and it changed everything.

There will be plenty of time to dissect how the Eagles match up with the Chiefs, but the fact is they have the edge against any NFL team. That doesn’t mean that the Eagles will coast in the Super Bowl, but it will take the Chiefs’ best effort, just to stay with a team that has shown no weaknesses this postseason and very few the entire year.

 


Author: Marc Narducci

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