Giants Backups Lose To Eagles As Attention Turns To Playoffs

The Eagles welcomed the return of quarterback Jalen Hurts and – thanks to a career performance by kicker Jake Elliott – were able to outlast the New York Giants 22-16 on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

With the win, the Eagles are 2022 NFC East Champions and they clinched the No. 1 seed, ensuring that the NFC Playoffs will come through Philadelphia. The Eagles earned the conference’s lone bye and will return to action in the Divisional Round against the lowest-remaining seed.

The Giants entered Sunday’s game locked in as the No. 6 seed in the NFC, regardless of what happened against the Eagles. For that reason, they rested key starters – running back Saquon Barkley, defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, safety Julian Love, and tackle Andrew Thomas were inactive despite being healthy.

Daniel Jones did not start at quarterback. Instead, the Giants went with Davis Webb, who was elevated from the practice squad on Saturday. The only starters on offense with offensive linemen Ben Bredeson and Nick Gates, who rotate at guard, and tackle Evan Neal.

Defensively, no full-time starters lined up on the opening drive for the Giants.