The Giants are heading into enemy territory in Philadelphia tonight to take on the number 1 seed Eagles. The Giants and Eagles have one of, if not the biggest rivalry in all of football, and it gets magnified tonight for the Playoffs. To get ready for tonight’s show down, let’s take a look back at the Giants and Eagles meeting in the 2000 NFC Divisional Round.
Coming into this matchup, the Giants had won both their regular season matchups against the Eagles and were coming into the playoffs red hot winning their final 5 regular season games after Head Coach Jim Fassel’s famous “Chips in the Middle of the Table” Speech. The Eagles themselves had also won 6 of their last 7 games, including a 21-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card matchup. Despite both teams being hot, this game was all Giants from the very start. The Eagles would kickoff to the Giants to start the game and Ron Dixon would take it all the way to the house with a 97 yard kickoff return touchdown. The Giants would score their second touchdown late in the 2nd quarter, when Donovan McNabb would throw an interception to Giants corner Jason Sehorn who made an acrobatic interception that he would then take to the house to put the Giants up 17-0. Surprisingly, this would be the Giants only 2 touchdowns of the game as the Giants offense would only muster 237 yards of total offense. The Defense was dominant though, smothering McNabb for 6 sacks, including 2 for future Hall of Famer Michael Strahan. The Eagles would score 1 touchdown late, but they never stood a chance, as the Giants would win the game 20-10 to move onto the NFC Championship.
The 2000 Giants were about as hot as a team could be, and while the 2022 Giants aren’t quite on their level, they are coming into this game with a ton of momentum. That is especially true following the Giants win in Minnesota last week. The Eagles on the other hand, limped into the playoffs, winning just 1 of their final 3 games, with that 1 win being against the Giants backups. That’s not to say the Eagles should be underestimated as they had a week of rest, but this is a Giants team they have yet to face this season.
The Giants are a healthy, confident, loose bunch of guys, and I can’t think of a better time to get our first win in Philly in almost a decade.
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(Photo: AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser)