Jalen Hurts was one of three players that sustained major injuries during the first half of the Philadelphia Eagles’ game against the New York Giants, which sent their NFC East rivals into a 24-0 lead at MetLife Stadium. The first half has been described as a nightmare for the Eagles.
During the Eagles’ dismal run to end the regular season, which consisted of four losses in their last five games, Hurts appeared to receive a dislocated finger on his throwing hand. This occurred as the Eagles’ miserable run reached its lowest point. Hurts was taken out of the game for a short period of time to receive medical attention before moving back under center for the Eagles’ subsequent drive.
However, this did not help his team, and he was eventually removed from the game. In spite of the fact that his finger was twisted in the wrong direction, Hurts did not exhibit any signs that he was experiencing any discomfort. However, the quarterback was undoubtedly fueled by rage and adrenaline as a result of what was occurring around him. On the sidelines, he had the finger bandaged up before attempting to put on a glove, taking it off, and then returning to the game.
The injury sustained by Hurts came after those of A.J. Brown, a great wide receiver, and Sydney Brown, a defensive back, both of whom had knee problems that might potentially jeopardize the Eagles’ hopes of making it to the postseason. On the other hand, head coach Nick Siriani already has a lot of reasons to be concerned about his team’s performance, which has been absolutely terrible over the past several weeks. In comparison to the Giants, who produced 272 yards of total offense in the first half, the Eagles (11-5) only managed to rack up 102 yards of total offense in the first half.
By the time the first half was up, several of the Eagles’ starters were taken out of the game. Before the teams went down the tunnel for halftime, backup quarterback Marcus Mariota threw an interception with his first ball. This was a perfect example of Murphy’s Law acting out in real life. If the Philadelphia Eagles want to win the AFC East championship, they need to first win today and then pray that the Dallas Cowboys lose their game against the Washington Commanders.
However, given that Dallas is currently in the lead at FedEx Field and the Eagles have failed to live up to their end of the bargain, Siriani appears to be resigned to the notion that his club will have to settle for a wildcard position anyhow.
According to the current state of affairs, Philadelphia will be the fifth seed in the National Football Conference (NFC), and they will be traveling to Raymond James Stadium to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Super Wildcard Weekend.
Several weeks ago, following victories over the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills, the Eagles would have been considered major favorites by the oddsmakers to face the Buccaneers (9-8), who had topped an NFC South team that was not particularly good.
However, Baker Mayfield and his colleagues will undoubtedly be optimistic about their chances, as the Eagles are a faint facsimile of the formidable force that made it to the Super Bowl the previous year.