Eagles Rout 49ers, Advance to Super Bowl

A 31-7 Victory puts the Eagles in Super Bowl 57


Entering the NFC Championship Game, both the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers were in for a battle. This game was going to be very physical and dominated by the defenses.


The Eagles defense controlled most of this game. After San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy exited the game on the sixth play, the 49ers looked lost. Purdy then reentered the game when fourth-string quarterback Josh Johnson suffered a concussion. The sudden changes affected the 49ers offense throughout the game and they could not cope with it, falling 31-7 to the Eagles.


The Eagles started the game with the football. Two third-down conversions and a successful fourth down conversion put the Eagles at the goal line. A six-yard run from running back Miles Sanders gave the Eagles an early lead.


On the 49ers first offensive possession, they tried to match the Eagles potent passing game; However, a hit from Eagles pass-rusher Haason Reddick on Purdy made the ball come loose, resulting in a fumble recovered by the Eagles at their own 44 yard line.


When Purdy’s replacement, Josh Johnson entered the game, he became the third-oldest quarterback (36 years, 259 days) in the Super Bowl era. Two completions to running back Christian McCaffery put the 49ers in the red zone. A rushing touchdown by McCaffrey tied the game at 7.


On the Eagles next possession, they were stopped on a third down try. However, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts converted a fourth down to keep the drive alive. A defensive pass interference committed by San Francisco on another third down gave the Eagles another first down. This 17 play, 67 yard drive was capped off with a rushing touchdown from Miles Sanders. A 49ers turnover gave the Eagles a short field, resulting in another touchdown that gave the Eagles a 21-7 lead.


In the third quarter, the 49ers badly needed a touchdown to keep the game close. However, a hit from Eagles defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on Johnson resulted in a concussion check and forced Johnson out of the game.


When Purdy re-entered the game despite getting injured earlier, the 49ers had a very slim chance of winning. A punt followed by another Eagles touchdown made it 28-7. The 49ers had rushes by George Kittle, Deebo Samuel, and Christian McCaffrey on their next possession due to Purdy’s inability to throw the ball deep. A failed 4th down rushing attempt from Deebo Samuel gave the Eagles the football in 49ers territory. A made field goal from kicker Jake Elliott extended the lead to 31-7 and secured the Eagles spot in Super Bowl 57.