The New York Giants travel to Philadelphia this Sunday to play their last game of the 2022 season. The Giants are locked into the 6 seed for the playoffs, but the Eagles are playing for an NFC East title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. To get ready for this one, let’s take a look back at the Giants and Eagles November 1981 meeting at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
The 1981 season was the Giants first season making the playoffs since 1963. Coming into this game, the Giants had also lost to the Eagles 12 straight times. Due to these circumstances, it was probably right to make the Giants a 10 point underdog. If you were to look at the box score of this game, the Giants and Eagles were evenly matched with the Eagles totally 293 yards and the Giants totaling 292 yards. The difference was turnovers, which actually favored the Eagles 3-1. Despite this, the Giants were able to key plays at the right time. Some of these were sacks by Giants legends like George Martin and Alex Van Pelt. But the biggest play of the game came in the 4th quarter when the Giants had just kicked a field goal to go up 13-10. The next drive, Eagles Quarterback Ron Jaworski would be picked off by Giants corner Terry Jackson which would give the Giants a 20-10 lead and put the final nail in the coffin to get the Giants the win.
The 1981 Giants ended an 18 year playoff drought. The 2022 Giants aren’t ending quite that long of a drought but still there are parallels to draw between these two games. This victory was huge in that it was the Giants first victory against Philadelphia in their last 12 meetings. It helped propel the Giants to the playoffs and guess who would they beat again in the Wildcard round? The Philadelphia Eagles. A win this Sunday against the Eagles would give the Giants a ton of steam heading into the playoffs.
Do like the ’81 Giants did and end a 9 year drought of losing to the Eagles in Philly.
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