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Week 17 Game Recap: Philadelphia Eagles 34, New York Giants 17

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Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles secured a divisional title and playoff appearance with their road divisional win over the Giants. Carson Wentz continued his strong play down the stretch despite a lackluster collection of survivors amongst the injury-plagued wide receiver depth chart in 2019. Miles Sanders missed a chunk of the game with an ankle injury and Boston Scott continued his strong play down the stretch as the teamís secondary back with Jordan Howard out with injury. Zach Ertz also missed the game and the unlikely combination of Boston Scott, Dallas Goedert, and Joshua Perkins paced the passing game.

New York Giants

1. Daniel Jones handled the Philadelphia pass rush poorly and this really dragged down the passing game for New York.

2. Barkley owes the majority of his production to one rushing play and really was not a factor for most of the game.

3. The Giants offensive line struggled to keep the Eagles off Barkley and pass protection was a major issue for Jones throughout.

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Carson Wentz, 74 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 40 - 289 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 15 - 0
Wentz made magic yet again in the road win over the Giants to secure a division title. Zach Ertz was notably out of the lineup and Miles Sanders missed more than half the game with an ankle injury, adding to the Eaglesí long-reaching wide receiver injuries this season. Wentz had three highlight throws in the game, including a throwback to seldom-used Joshua Perkins for a touchdown, a deep out floater over a defensive back toa toe-dragging Dallas Goedert, and finally a long bomb to Deontay Burnett. Wentz should have had an interception on a long pass into double coverage, but otherwise played a clean game to close the season.

RB Boston Scott, 55 offensive snaps, Rush: 19 - 54 - 3, Rec: 4 - 84 - 0 (6 targets)
Scottís impressive late-season run of impact continued against the Giants as Miles Sanders missed more than two quarters with an ankle injury and Scott surged to feature back status. Scott had two eye-popping receptions with a one-hander on a chunk screen gain and later breaking tackles on a screen and nearly scoring for 30+ yards. Scott had two short-range touchdowns on the ground and added a broken tackle red zone score for the hat trick. Scottís low center of gravity and two-way production has been a shot in the arm for an Eagles offense searching for playmakers with their wide receiver injuries this season and Zach Ertz and Miles Sanders specifically this week.

RB Miles Sanders, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 52 - 0, Rec: 3 - -1 - 0 (5 targets)
Sanders was off to a solid start with two highlight runs in the first half, including a wow cut on one and speed up the middle on the other. However, a second quarter ankle injury derailed his game and he was stuffed in the passing game uncharacteristically. Boston Scott was impressive in relief as Sanders enters the NFL playoffs compromised at best from the ankle injury.

WR Greg Ward, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 43 - 0 (7 targets)
Ward was lapped in impact by a host of Eagles in their impressive road win to lock up the NFC East. Ward was fifth on the team in receiving yards despite Zach Ertz missing the game with injury and Miles Sanders exiting with an ankle injury in the second quarter. Ward came wide open down the seam for his longest gain of the game, converted a third-down slant, and corralled a low grab on another occasion. Deontay Burnett notably came to life with a long reception as did Joshua Perkins to cloud Wardís potential role in the playoffs despite the Eaglesí offensive injuries.

TE Dallas Goedert, 74 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 65 - 0 (10 targets)
Goedert was the starting tight end against the Giants with Zach Ertz missing the game due to injury. Goedert led the team with a hearty 10 targets and had two highlight grabs plus a seam reception for more than 25 yards despite Carson Wentz and Goedert not connecting on most of their attempts. Goedert collected an impressive low grab in a contested situation plus toe-tapped on a deep out floater over a roaming defensive back on Carson Wentzís best throw of the game. Goedert has high upside any game Zach Ertz misses and the Eaglesí lagging wide receiver impact heading into the playoff also boosts Goedertís stock to close the season.

New York Giants

QB Daniel Jones, 74 offensive snaps, Pass: 28 - 47 - 301 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 3 - 26 - 0
Daniel Jones did not play well on Sunday and had a tough time against the Eagle defense. The pressure he felt was non stop and he did not cope with the pass rush well. It routinely caught him off guard, he took a lot of sacks in key situations that stalled drives and this doomed the Giants offense. He trusted his offensive line too much at times and failed to see the rush coming off the edge. Jones tested the Eagles deep a lot in this game with average success.

At times, he connected down the field and helped change field position. A lot of these passes were thrown despite close coverage however and a lot were overthrown. Several Giants receivers had a step on their defender deep but under thrown balls caused the passes to be incomplete. Jones had no running game to work with consistently and it got worse for him as the game progressed. He did have a few nice throws. Jones found Tate in the corner of the endzone after he rolled out left for a big score. He did hit Slayton on a deep corner route against the sideline as well, fitting the ball in well before the sideline. Jones mishandled a snap late in the game unfortunately and this lead to a defensive score. Jones forced a late ball to the sideline that was easily picked off but the game was in hand for Philadelphia at that point.

RB Saquon Barkley, 64 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 92 - 1, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (4 targets)
Saquon Barkley had a quiet game on Sunday for the most part and most of his production came on one rushing play, which rescued his performance for any fantasy owners. Barkley had to contend with a defense that was offering very little to no space. They were in the backfield taking him down, swarming the ball carrier after the hand-off was complete and were determined to limit his impact. The Giants could never establish a solid running game and their passing game was doing nothing to pressure the Eagles to change their scheme. Barkley struggled to get one yard on several short attempts and generally just had nowhere to go on most carries. Barkley did manage to break free on one carry to the right, following his blockers who paved a clear path to the sideline and Barkley did the rest from there going untouched down the field. The Giants passing attack struggled heavily and Barkley had to pass protect a lot, which limited his impact on the game in this regard.

WR Sterling Shepard, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 39 - 0 (10 targets)
Sterling Shepard dropped a pass over the middle early in this game but was saved by a defensive holding call. Shepard struggled to make an impact on this game and only managed to get short catches underneath. Shepard was wide open deep on several occasions but Jones massively under-threw some of these attempts. One deep attempt was so under-thrown it hit the trailing defender in the back. Shepard did his part to get open but Jones was seeing ghosts and getting whacked in the pocket for most of this game, causing inaccurate downfield balls for guys like Shepard.

WR Golden Tate, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 68 - 1 (8 targets)
Golden Tate had an excellent touchdown grab later in the game, which saved his production from being completely dismal. Tate managed somehow to secure a deep ball in the corner of the endzone with one hand/arm in bounds for the score. Tate took some vicious hits over the middle as Jones left his receiver out to dry but he did well to hold on despite the immediate contact from the Eagles. Tate generally has extremely strong hands, holding onto balls despite taking massive hits and isn't afraid of getting popped over the middle. It's one of his great attributes as a player and it was on full display on Sunday against the Eagles.

WR Darius Slayton, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 50 - 0 (9 targets)
Darius Slayton never established himself as a true threat in this game but the passing attack was mediocre as their young quarterback was misfiring a lot. Slayton had to settle for a lot of short routes (curls) and wasn't targeted often. Jones tried to hit him deep on few occasions but his scattershot accuracy let him down for the most part. The duo did connect on a deep corner route, Slayton using his speed to get a lot of separation and easily haul the catch in bounds. Slayton couldn't get as much isolation again and the offense sputtered in general down the stretch.

TE Kaden Smith, 74 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 98 - 0 (11 targets)
Kaden Smith was the leading receiver for the Giants but some of this came in garbage time on the final few drives when the Giants had no realistic chance of winning the game. Smith did get wide open deep on a seam route and hauled in a nice ball. He secured another big first down on a deep out pattern. Smith showed a good vertical leap, getting high for a lofty ball on a curl route but made the catch regardless. He did have one potential catch knocked loose after a hard hit dislodged the football but it was a tough catch to make in traffic. Smith has acquitted himself well this season and been inserted into the starting line up for most of the second half of the season. He has solid hands and route running to get open but is more of a pass catching tight end. With Engrams future in the air due to all his injuries, Smith could be back for more in 2020 with the Giants.