Jason Kelce’s speech, Eagles’ ‘grimy’ play have them on verge of playoffs

PHILADELPHIA – So what do we make of this Eagles team, potentially one week away from clinching a playoff spot after such a brutal start to this season and a brutal first half Sunday?

There the Eagles were, stuck in a 3-3 tie with the hapless Giants. It seemed like they couldn’t have played worse if they had tried.

Unless you harken back to four weeks earlier, when the Eagles self-destructed to the same Giants in a flurry of interceptions, fumbles and penalties.

Only this was shaping up to be worse.

The Eagles were playing for a playoff spot, and the offensively-challenged Giants were down to their third quarterback. And yet, the Eagles had already fumbled twice deep in their territory – they recovered twice – a Jalen Hurts interception was overturned by video review, and they punted the ball four times in the first quarter alone.

Philadelphia Eagles' Lane Johnson scores a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

One pulverizing second half later, and the Eagles were celebrating an easy 34-10 win Sunday, one that put them into the final NFC playoff spot with two games remaining.

“Good teams win games however they need to win games,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said. “If we have to grind this out and be grimy and let the defense carry the weight the whole time, we’ll do it that way. But, hey, just have that next-play mentality of forget the first half.”

The Eagles had so much to forget.

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