The Philadelphia Eagles (12-1) clinched a playoff berth Sunday afternoon versus their NFC East rival, New York Giants (7-5-1). Clinching on the road means the Eagles managed to win on the road this year – something not easy to do. The Eagles did everything right on Sunday to get to the playoffs, but their work is not done yet.

Is it safe to say the team did everything right? I think so. The only issues would be injuries from the weekend due to the ongoing demands for the NFL to abandon turf fields.

Defense stopped big run games

The biggest job the Eagles defense had the past few weeks was to just stop the explosive run opponents. The team managed to hold great running backs to minimal rush yards and a few touchdowns, something that otherwise might have been a struggle for the team. The Eagles are only going to continue facing these rush attacks the rest of the season and into the playoffs, especially if they end up facing the San Fransisco 49ers and Christian McCaffrey.

Winning on offense either way

If there’s one thing the Eagles are going to do, they will win the game either with the run, the pass or a combination of both. The Eagles improved both offensive games this season which is going to help in the playoffs with whoever they face. If a team has a great run defense, the Eagles can attack with the pass – and vice versa.


Minor injuries

Both teams had minor issues on Sunday, and it’s nothing to really worry about for the Eagles since the starters were able to rest early on Sunday. However, weather and poor turf may come up again this season and into the playoffs. It’s going to be important for the Eagles to have games like versus the Giants so they can rest early and get back on track for the next game. This is also why it’ll be very important for the team to get the first-round bye.

Weather + colder month = bad combo

The rainy weather in a cold December game is not fun to play in, but it’s northeast football. Both teams had slip-ups and mistakes that really just came from the harsh weather Sunday afternoon. The Eagles struggled with ball security a little this season, but the rain was a big part of that on Sunday versus the Giants.


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