NFC East Reporter
NFC West Reporter
The Philadelphia Eagles have been rolling toward this moment since the start of this season. They’ve believed since training camp opened that they had the makings of a Super Bowl team.
They just couldn’t have imagined that a San Francisco 49ers team that was 3-4 nearly halfway through the season and has played the last seven games with their third-string quarterback would be the last team to stand in their way.
That’s where things stand, though, with the powerful Eagles (15-3) set to battle the red-hot 49ers (15-4) in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia (3 p.m. ET on FOX). A trip to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona on Feb. 12 will be on the line.
And the matchup couldn’t be much better. The Eagles looked revived after pounding the New York Giants 38-7 in the divisional playoffs on Saturday night. The 49ers, who edged the Cowboys 19-12 on Sunday for their 12th straight victory, haven’t lost a game since before Halloween.
It will pit the top two seeds in the conference, the top two defenses in the NFL, two top-five offenses, two top-10 rushing attacks, and two strong candidates for Coach of the Year. It’ll also match the likely Defensive Player of the Year (49ers defensive end Nick Bosa) vs. an MVP candidate (Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts), too.
For more on this high-octane matchup, FOX Sports NFC East writer Ralph Vacchiano and FOX Sports NFC West writer Eric D. Williams take a closer look:
Ralph Vacchiano: I know how good Kyle Shanahan is as a coach, and I know the 49ers defense is incredible. But the one thing I have always believed is that to go on a real run in the playoffs, to win the really big games, teams need an elite quarterback. And I know there are exceptions, but it usually involves a quarterback playing at an elite level for a few weeks. I can’t say I expected that out of Brock Purdy.
I know he’s not the reason they beat Dallas last week,…
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Publish date : 2023-01-25 19:54:15
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