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Giants Legend Blasts Team After Blowout Playoff Loss to Eagles

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The New York Giants would love a time machine to resume their divisional round game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Jan. 21, resulting in a brutal 38-7 away loss at Lincoln Financial Field.

Giants Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor would also have liked to have turned back the clock. When the Giants were 28-0 down at halftime, the 63-year-old was Taylor tweeted: “I’m about to put my pads on.”

The Giants could certainly have used Taylor’s talents from the old days. Taylor played 13 seasons in New York and won two Super Bowls with the team and finished his career with 132.5 sacks. He was the last defensive player to win the league MVP (1986) and was anchored in 1999 in Canton, Ohio.

The Giants needed a lot more than a defensive star, however, as they scored just seven points and rushed for just 227 total yards.

After the game, Taylor returned to Twitter and offered his final thoughts.

“It wasn’t supposed to be tonight. Proud of our boys… nobody expected them to be here. Have a damn good season, Big Blue!!” Taylor tweeted.

This season’s Giants secured the franchise’s first playoff berth in six years, as well as their first postseason win since their Super Bowl win in 2011.

Despite the playoff loss to the Eagles, it’s easy to see that the Giants are building something under first-year coach Brian Daboll.

New York’s blowout loss will sting a lot, and that includes Daboll. But the head coach understood that the Eagles controlled the game from top to bottom.

“Well, crash landing here. Give honor to Philly. They did everything better than us [Saturday]’ Daboll said. “Tough game. We were really beaten on all facets, so it wasn’t one thing in particular. It was a team game and we just didn’t make it. Congratulations to Philadelphia. They get to go and unfortunately we don’t.”

Daboll and his coaching staff have nurtured the talent throughout the season, and that includes quarterback Daniel Jones. But they didn’t have a point in the first 30 minutes against the Eagles, and Jones threw just 135 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

It was the Giants’ third loss to the Eagles in 2022, and Daboll believes he should have been a better coach for the roster.

“I’m disappointed,” he said. “I wish we could have done a better job. I wish I could have done a better job. I feel bad. You can only be that honest.”

The Giants fired James Bradberry in May 2022 only for the Eagles to sign him to a one-year contract.

Bradberry was part of an Eagles roster that defeated the Giants three times that season. Not only did Philadelphia beat New York by 31 points to forge the largest lead in franchise postseason history, Bradberry also managed to intercept Jones in what was his first win with the Giants since signing with the Eagles last May would have.

“We knew Daniel could play with his legs and our defensive line did a good job of keeping him in the pocket when needed,” Bradberry said after the game. “There were a few times when we got cover bags. We were tight in our cover, tight on our man, and it allowed them to charge the quarterback and get a few plays on the ball.

Jones was also fired five times by the Eagles as four different members of Philadelphia’s front seven — Josh Sweat, Haason Reddick, Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham — recorded sacks on the night.

With the win, the Eagles advance to their first NFC championship game since winning the Super Bowl in 2017.

“We knew Daniel could play with his legs and our defensive line did a good job of keeping him in the pocket when needed,” Bradberry said after the game. “There were a few times when we got cover bags. We were tight in our cover, tight on our man, and it allowed them to charge the quarterback and get a few plays on the ball.



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