NFC Championship review

The Eagles beat the 49ers in the NFC Championship



From Week 10 of the NFL Season featuring the Washington Commanders at the Philadelphia Eagles from Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 14, 2022. (All-Pro Reels / Joe Glorioso)

Seth Stern, Evergreen reporter/Copy Editor

On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers faced off against the Philadelphia Eagles to claim the NFC and go to the Super Bowl to play against the winner of the AFC Championship. 

The Eagles were able to soundly defeat the 49ers 31-7, but the game had its moments of intensity. 

Before the game started, Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown got into a scuffle with 49ers safety Jimmie Ward. The two players needed to be separated by their respective teams, showing the bad blood between the two teams.

The game began with an Eagles touchdown on their opening drive, which sparked controversy toward the officials. On 4th-and-3, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts scrambled to the left sideline and threw a pass to wide receiver DeVonta Smith, who made a spectacular one-handed catch. After watching the replay, it was clear the pass to Smith was incomplete but the 49ers did not challenge the catch, leading to a rushing touchdown by Eagles running back Miles Sanders, giving them an early 7-0 lead. 

The 49ers took another blow in the first quarter with 7:01 on the clock. 49ers QB Brock Purdy fumbled the ball during a pass play. During the throw, Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick hit the throwing arm of Purdy, injuring him and leaving backup QB Josh Johnson as his replacement.

In the second quarter, running back Christian McCaffrey tied the game 7-7 with a 23-yard rushing touchdown. Along with the touchdown, McCaffrey carried the ball 15 times for 84 yards throughout the game.

The Eagles were able to score two more touchdowns in the second quarter to take an imposing 21-7 lead at halftime.

The third quarter began with another 49ers injury as Johnson was ruled out with a concussion. With no one left, the 49ers were forced to place Purdy, who was still dealing with his first-quarter injury, back in as quarterback. Purdy finished the game 4/4 with only 23 passing yards and a quarterback rating of 3.7.  

The Eagles were able to score another touchdown in the final seconds of the third quarter to take a commanding 28-7 lead. 

The only scoring in the fourth quarter was by Eagles kicker Jake Elliott, as he converted on a 31-yard field goal putting the Eagles up 31-7. This would be the final points of the game as the Eagles thoroughly dismantled the opposing 49ers. 

As the game was concluding, a fight broke out between 49ers left tackle Trent Williams and Eagles safety K’Von Wallace causing members of each sideline to break up the scuffle. Both players were ejected for the remainder of the game.

On Monday, Purdy was evaluated for his injury. Doctors found a complete UCL tear in his throwing arm which will require surgery. Purdy is expected to be out for six months, meaning that he will miss off-season training. The team is seeking a second opinion on the surgery. 

The Eagles will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII Feb. 12 in Glendale, Arizona. The game will be broadcast on FOX.