Eagles-Giants quick countdown analysis: New WR3 for the game?

The official numbers are in for the Philadelphia Eagles’ divisional round playoff game against the New York Giants. Let’s take a look and do some analysis.

  • Dallas Goedert tied Devonta Smith for the lead among skill players in scoring percentage. Goedert caught all five targets (very efficient, as usual) for 58 yards and a touchdown, while Devonta was six of 10 for 61 yards.
  • It’s amazing that Lane Johnson was able to play the entire game before going on three foul-time layoffs. Dude is hard as hell.
  • Landon Dickerson missed a couple at one point after a hit. Andre Dillard briefly replaced him at left guard before Dickerson was able to return.
  • AJ Brown ranked second in targets behind only Devonta … but had just three catches for 22 yards. Jalen Hurts would have had a touchdown if he hadn’t overturned it in the end zone. Brown seemed upset about losing that game, but the buzz is that he’ll be fine.
  • Jack Stoll has played the highest rushing percentage since Week 15. A little more than 12 guys in this game.
  • Kenneth Gainswell had the third-highest rushing percentage this season. It was a career night for him with 12 carries for 112 yards and one touchdown. An unexpected but welcomed development.
  • Zach Pascal has the eighth-highest rushing percentage this season. This was the first match in which Quetzal defeated Watkins. Is this decision relative or is he losing faith in Quez after some late-season struggles with the coaching staff? Maybe a mix of both? We’ll see if Pascal continues to be a WR3.
  • For the first time since Week 1, Queez didn’t even see a target. Pascal, meanwhile, saw one that resulted in a four-yard catch.
  • You know the Eagles will get Boston Scott a touchdown against the Warriors.
  • Cam Jurgens and Jack Driscoll saw some garbage time. Jurgens’ shot was a bit high (but well caught) on Gainwell’s touchdown run.
  • Gardner didn’t attempt a pass against Minshew, but he did score the first playoff touchdown of his career. It’s cool to be able to pull your starters through the playoffs.

  • This was a relatively light workload for the defense. By contrast, the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive starters had to play as many as 61 snaps on Sunday night.
  • How about an undrafted rookie free agent out of Middle Tennessee instantly leading the Eagles’ defense in a playoff game?
  • This is the second time this season that Marcus Epps has missed a complete game. He missed just 10 regular season snaps. I’m glad I was able to get him some rest near the end of this one.
  • Hassan Redick was a beast. He also tied for the team lead with five tackles in addition to posting 1.5 sacks, one TFL and three quarterback hits. All that in just 36 times. Efficient.
  • Josh Lab also posted 1.5 sacks.
  • Jordan Davis played more snaps than Linval Joseph for the first time since joining Philly’s roster. Interesting.
  • Robert Quinn logged one tackle but is still looking for his first Eagles sack.
  • Brandon Graham only played 12 snaps but had one sack and one TFL.
  • K’Von Wallace was effective in limited playing time with three total tackles, one pass defensed and one quarterback hit. He got better as the season went on.
  • Josh Jobe made a big hit on Richie James late in the game. Nice little moment for the UDFA CB, who only saw 12 defensive snaps during the regular season.

  • Jake Elliott also scored 8 points, going 5/5 and making his only field goal attempt.
  • Brett Kern returned 53 yards on this play and all three punts landed inside the 20-yard line.
  • Britannia Covey did not return any points. It’s not the worst thing to see as it’s a fair holding machine.

Inactive: Avonte Maddox, Ian Book, Trey Sermon, Josh Sills, Kieron Johnson, Anthony Harris

  • Maddox was seen without any shoes on Saturday night. Maybe he can make it back to the NFC Championship Game? If not, he should return if the Eagles make the Super Bowl.
  • The Eagles temporarily elevated Harris to inactive status, ostensibly to get him a game check. Strengthening the security of veterans.

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