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PHILADELPHIA — In one of the more efficient performances of his NFL career, Jalen Hurts showed the world what his Philadelphia Eagles teammates knew all along.

Hurts answered the bell in the NFC Divisional Round, carving up the New York Giants for 154 yards with a pair of passing touchdowns while adding 34 yards and another touchdown as the driving force behind the Eagles’ 38-7 victory clinching a berth in the NFC Championship Game.

Saturday marked Hurts’ first postseason victory, leading the Eagles two wins shy of hoisting the franchise’s second Lombardi Trophy. But Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert isn’t surprised by Hurts’ effort in the divisional round, as his confidence in the 24-year-old quarterback has been building since Hurts’ debut in 2021.

“Jalen’s been playing well since he got here,” Goedert said following Saturday night’s game “The first day he stepped on the field in Green Bay, he was dialed in. I don’t know what everybody else outside the building have been looking at, but he’s been a dog since he got in here, I’ll tell you that.”

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Beyond Hurts’ marked improvement throughout the season identifying defenses pre-snap, and orchestrating the Eagles’ scheme to near perfection on a weekly basis while posting a 15-1 record in games that he started this season, his emergence as a leader has been instrumental to Philadelphia’s success.

“It’s like having Michael Jordan out there,” Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters. “He’s your leader. He’s your guy. That’s the biggest respect I can pay to him, comparing his ability to being on the field to a Michael Jordan type. This guy leads.”

Earlier this season, Hurts acknowledged studying Jordan and channeling his killer instinct into his mindset during a season that he launched an all out assault on the MVP award, before suffering a shoulder injury in Week 15 that sidelined him two games.

After getting past the Giants, Hurts looked and sounded like a man with work left to do.

“We’re not just hungry for it, we’re starving for growth,” Hurts said. “Getting better, and learning from our mistakes. That’s a beautiful thing and that was a little motivation as a team. We wanted to come out and play our best ball. Sometimes, you have to be careful what you wish for.”

The Eagles Know They Have Work Left to Do

Saturday night inside a raucous Lincoln Financial Field, Goedert was one of Hurts’ favorite targets, catching all 5 of his targets for 61 yards, including a spectacular one-handed catch and run for the Eagles’ first touchdown of the game.

But even before Goedert found paydirt, Hurts erased any doubt about the health of his shoulder when he launched a 40-yard bomb down the field to DeVonta Smith that set the tone for Philadelphia’s offense.

“We knew Jalen was going to be back healthy,” Goedert said. “We put ourselves in a great position before he got hurt. We knew we needed to win one of the last three, and the dude’s ready to go today and [shoot], we were all ready to go.”

For Hurts, Goedert, Smith, and the rest of the Eagles, even in the immediate aftermath of a postseason victory the focus was on what lies ahead arther than savoring a playoff win over a division foe.

“It feels good,” Smith said. “But the job’s not done yet.” READ MORE.

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49ers vs. Eagles best first touchdown scorer picks for NFC Championship

What better way to kick-off the NFC Championship than cashing in on a first time touchdown scorer bet?

Sure, correctly picking the player to score the first touchdown of the game is an extremely difficult task, but if you do it correctly you can earn a big payout and plenty of excitement.

I’m up for the challenge to see if I can guess who will score first in the big game between the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles.

Let’s dive into my predictions, but first here are the odds for any player to score first:

49ers vs. Eagles first TD bets
  • Christian McCaffrey +700
  • A.J. Brown +950
  • George Kittle +1200
Christian McCaffrey +700

Christian McCaffrey is the favorite to score first, and for good reason. He has found the end zone in eight straight games for the 49ers. You would have to go all the way back to Week 12 against the Saints to find the last time he didn’t score a touchdown.

The 49ers offense clearly revolves around CMC, so you have to think that their opening drive game script is going to center around McCaffrey as well.

A.J. Brown +950

A.J. Brown hasn’t found the end zone in his last two games, but lets not forget his ability to score. He racked up 11 touchdowns this season, and he’s still getting a huge amount of targets that should lead to more scores as long as the Eagles stay alive.

If an Eagles receiver scores the first touchdown, there’s a great chance that receiver is going to be A.J. Brown.

George Kittle +1200

Once Brock Purdy took over at quarterback, George Kittle became a touchdown machine. He has scored seven touchdowns in his last six games, so getting him at +1200 to score first on Sunday makes him the best value bet on the board.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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