Why Philadelphia Eagles Will Win the NFC Championship
Get off to a decent starts and the Eagles might be able to put this away fast.
That’s been the thing about the tremendous run under Brock Purdy – the 49ers have never had to panic or press too much. Even in the overtime win over the Raiders and the team got down, he was okay, the running game took over – Christian McCaffrey was terrific – and the downfield shots were relatively safe.
There’s a difference between getting behind against Las Vegas and getting down to this Eagle team.
San Francisco’s problem in this is that Philadelphia has the ability to out-49er the 49ers.
Yeah, Purdy is fantastic at getting the ball in the hands of his weapons and playmakers. Philadelphia has better wide receivers, a strong tight end in Dallas Goedert, and enough depth at running back to do a variety of things. No, the Eagles don’t have a Christian McCaffrey, but the 49ers don’t have a running weapon like Jalen Hurts.
And all of it what feeds into what the Eagles like to do.
They lead the NFL in yards allowed per pass attempt. You want to dink and dunk on quick timing plays, Brock Purdy? Great. The Eagles don’t allow big things to happen when players get the ball in their hands.
You want to run and keep running, Niners? That’s fine, but again, Philadelphia has the ability to do this just as well or better. San Francisco is 2-4 when allowing 99 rushing yards or more.
Philadelphia has been held under 100 yards just five times and is 12-0 when hitting the mark.